A FAMILY CAMPSITE, NESTLED IN GLORIOUS COUNTRYSIDE ON A FARM
IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK.
*** CORONAVIRUS UPDATE ***
Further to our statement below, following pleas from rural communities not to visit the countryside and the National Trust’s move to close their parks and grounds, we’ve now made the difficult decision to not open our campsite until the situation changes.
For those who have bookings this year we appeal to you not to cancel immediately. If this happens, we will almost certainly have to close the business and there will be no more Woodfire Camping.
We are coming up with a postponement offer for everyone who has booked during the period we have to close. We’re not sure what this is yet, but it will give you more than you originally booked for and hopefully mean we can stay afloat – we’ll get this out to everyone with bookings in the next couple of days. In the meantime, let’s all stay in, look out for each other and follow the instructions we’ve been given. Have a barbecue in the garden if you can and imagine you’re on the field with those beautiful hills in the distance – let’s all raise a glass to better times ahead.
Take care all. xxx Stella and Griff
*** CORONAVIRUS ***
None of us has ever lived through anything like this before. With the situation changing daily, it’s hard to work out what to do. We have been assuming our business will be badly hit along with much of the hospitality industry, which would be devastating. At the same time, we are a family with two school-age boys. So, now the schools have closed our plan is to decamp to the field with them, see the crisis out in the fresh air and beautiful countryside rather than cooped up indoors and see what we’re left with when everyone emerges from this.
However, it seems lots of people are thinking the same thing as us, and, just like in Japan and the US*, many families feel safer out of doors. The National Trust has opened all its outdoor spaces to the public for free so they can get out into the fresh air. We’ve had enquiries asking whether we’ll be opening mid-week now schools have closed with kids already going a bit stir-crazy. So yes, we will. We don’t want to take advantage of the situation and will provide a 50% discount for all mid-week term-time bookings for those wanting to bring their own tents or campervans and just be outdoors.** We will also change our cancellation policy for this period to refund 90% of your booking fee up until a day before your booking rather than two weeks before in case someone falls ill at the last minute. This way we can maintain our business and provide access to the countryside for those who want to be there.
We have plug and phone charging points and amazing 4G for hotspots if people need to work remotely. We are following Public Health England guidelines for stringent cleaning practices in all common usage areas and will implement social distancing policies. We already have plenty of loo roll and hand cleaning equipment, and if there’s a demand, we’ll be cooking over wood fire in the fresh air. And we’ve got loads of hot water bottles and blankets to borrow for chilly nights; you can use our kettles to fill them. We honestly can’t think of a better place to be right now.
Our 50% discount has now been applied for mid-week Monday-Thursday 13th April until May 22nd. See you on the paddock!
** initially from Monday 13th April until May 22nd to gauge interest. We can’t include pre-pitched tents in the discount for now, unfortunately.
*** it’s unlikely that you’ll feel like camping if you’re ill, and we know some people can anyway have the virus and no symptoms which is why we’re implementing social distancing policies and intensive cleaning routines, but if you are displaying any of the coronavirus symptoms (new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature), obviously please follow public health guidelines and stay at home.