Chestnut Meadow Country Park
The award-winning pet and family friendly Chestnut Meadow Country Park offers glamping pods, a rustic log cabin and luxury hot tub lodges in East Sussex.
The park is minutes from the beach in the heart of East Sussex’s historic 1066 Country, an area of magnificent green landscapes speckled with ancient towns, grand country houses and mighty medieval castles.
Overlapping 1066 Country is the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its wooded hills and parish steeple-tipped stone villages. Also close by are the chalk hills, rolling meadows and spectacular white cliffs of the South Downs National Park. Along the coast you will find a choice of beaches, Eastbourne’s elegant Victorian boulevards and pier, and up-and-coming Hastings with its quirky old town.
Children’s entertainment is provided by a play park and a games room and essentials are available at the onsite shop. Dine on tasty meals in the resort’s café or have them delivered to the door of your accommodation.
Imagine a medieval castle, and the picture in your mind’s eye will look like Bodiam. After exploring the battlements, tall towers and ruined interior, have a potter around the surrounding wildflower meadows and the gift shop or grab a slice of cake from the café. Look out for special events.
The site of the famous battle in 1066 is now home to a quaint market town, a medieval abbey and an ancient woodland. Relaxing afternoons can be enjoyed visiting the town’s tearooms, pubs and independent shops followed by a walk around the abbey and through the woods.
HASTING OLD TOWN
The old town area of Hastings roughly covers the extent of the town before the 19th century. Now the centre of a thriving artistic community, the streets below the medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings are lined with pubs, cafés, antique shops and fresh seafood stalls.
The Seven Sisters is a series of awe-inspiring white cliffs that stand where the South Downs tumble into the English Channel. The surrounding country park of river valleys and chalk grasslands offers opportunities for exploration by foot, bike and boat. Come here at night for amazing views of the constellations.
BEACON DOWN VINEYARD
This vineyard produces award-winning still and sparkling wines on the side of a hill in the High Weald that overlooks Eastbourne across to the eastern edge of the South Downs. Head over for guided tours and sampling sessions, and maybe treat yourself to a bottle from the onsite shop.
BREDE HIGH WOODS
A valley of ancient woodland, open grassland and wild heaths in the High Weald. Crested newts and water voles can be found living among its streams and ponds and its canopies are home to buzzards and other magnificent species of bird. A walking trail leads here directly from Chestnut Meadow.
BLUE BELL RAILWAY
Experience the East Sussex countryside travelling aboard a romantic relic from a bygone age. The steam trains of the Bluebell Railway pull vintage carriages and stop at four stations. Each one preserves a different period of stream transport history ranging from the Victorian era to the 1950s.