Set on a gigantic, leafy 320-acre estate only 40 minutes from Brighton lies the brand-new luxury glamping site Chiddinglye. On arrival we realise this isn’t like any type of glamping we’ve experienced before. Nine striking wooden pods nestled around the edge of a giant grassy field surrounded by huge, magical looking trees that wouldn’t look out of place in an Enid Blyton novel.
The pods consist of hand-made wooden beds, full kitchens (with fridge, freezer compartment and oven), a bathroom with the most delicious power shower, plus three of the pods have an additional bunk bed room perfect for two excitable children. For those chilly nights the luxury pods also have under floor heating which makes this kind of trip possible all year round. The pods are nothing short of perfect, finished to an extremely high standard combining practicality with Nordic-inspired design elements.
The pods are placed around the side of a huge open field scattered with fire pits perfect to keep warm as the sun goes down, and of course to enjoy a plentiful supply of s’mores.
Chiddinglye is set on a truly magical estate with woodlands and forests steeped in history that will keep even the most energetic child entertained for hours. Different types of trees line the forest, but in the heart of one of the woodlands lies rock formations that wouldn’t be out of place in Jurassic Park and really are incredible.
For full enjoyment we went on a guided walk with Ranger Ross. The nature specialist took us on a thrilling two-hour trek of the estate explaining the flora and fauna, and even helping us forage the most delicious wild mushrooms for dinner.
The cherry on top of this incredible site is the fact it also houses a rather delightful micro-brewery, Missing Link, with a huge field acting as a beer garden and hosting different street food pop-ups from posh kebabs to tasty bao buns every weekend. Missing Link brews some bloody special beers including Primate, a rather moreish IPA and an extremely drinkable cider.
Chiddinglye is a superb site, and we couldn’t recommend this more whether you’re a family or a couple who want to enjoy luxury in the heart of the South Downs.