CAMPSITE REVIEW: Stud Farm, East Sussex

Stud farm is camping just how we like it, uber laid back and a tiny bit rough round the edges. Set on a working farm, in the heart of the South downs, if you like walking, beaches, campfires and insanely good views, you’re in luck. You can even bring a horse! 

If you need a powerful, hot shower every morning, then it might not be for you. Facilities are basic, we were previously here 2 years ago when it was portaloos only, they’ve since put in a small toilet and shower block, but showers are currently closed.  

Anyone missing one of our favourite campsites Britchcombe farm (which is sadly closed in 2020), must visit Stud farm. We think it has a very similar vibe and filled that Britchcombe void for us this summer. 

Saltdean Beach


  • Views of sea and South downs 
  • South Down walks from campsite
  • Campfires 
  • Walk to dog friendly Saltdean beach 
  • Laid back vibes 


  • You have to take home rubbish, although they do have a dog poo bin 🙌 .  We were very grateful for our Trasharoo,  3 nights of rubbish and recycling would stink the van out.
  • Low water pressure (due to the awesome location on South Downs) means often there’s no water in the taps to wash hands if someone else is washing up, showers closed but can’t imagine they would be great with such low pressure 
Walking on the South Downs


  • Saltdean beach is around 35 minute walk from the campsite across fields, just the two sections infront of the cafe don’t allow dogs.
  • There are various options for amazing walks straight from the campsite. We like the very scenic circular route via Rodmell including a stop for lunch in the Abergavenny Arms.
  • There’s a stunning, but precarious walk between Saltdean beach and Telscombe beach. The huge, eroded chalk boulders you have to clamber over are quite other-worldly.
  • It’s a 5 mile walk (or cycle) on the undercliff path from Saltdean to Brighton centre


  • Fires: Yes – You can hire a pit and buy logs on site 
  • BBQ’s – Yes

Walk to the beach


  • Sample some of Stud farms home produce, including Pork, lamb, sausages, eggs and bacon, all delivered to your van or tent
  • Whitecliffs Café bar and grill on Saltdean beach, is a lovely dog friendly café, currently serving take away food, drinks and ice creams
  • The dog friendly, Smugglers Inn on Telscombe cliffs has a very inviting looking clifftop garden. Unfortunately, we haven’t sampled it as due to Covid it was bookings only and fully booked when we stopped by.
  • We love the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell, we’ve eaten there a few times and the food has been excellent.
Sheep Invasion of the camping field and the new toilet block


  • Toilets 
  • Drinking water tap
  • 2 showers (currently not in use for Covid) 
  • Hot washing up 
  • Phone reception/ 4g
  • No electric, no vans bigger than VW size 


  • Huge marked allocated pitches (although they were very flexible about moving) Pre-covid it was pitch were you like
  • Showers closed 


  • We like camping opposite the entrance gate with views of both the se and the downs and not too far from the toilets. 
  • There is extensive recycling on the beach front at Saltdean, so take a bag full down with you if you are heading there. 

Stud Farm website

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