Charming Safari Tent for a Glamping Getaway near Ashdown Forest, England

Balcombe, England (United Kingdom)
Safari Tents
1 unit
6 guest capacity

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Accommodation Description

· Kid-friendly · Barbecue

This charming safari tent is located near Ashdown Forest, England, and can accommodate six guests for a glamping getaway in a peaceful woodland setting. Inside the tent, guests will find two bedrooms, one full bathroom, a living/dining area, and a fully-equipped kitchen—all of which come with a range of modern amenities that will allow them to reconnect to nature without having to sacrifice home comforts.

The first bedroom is furnished with a full-size bed, while the second bedroom contains a set of twin-over-twin bunk beds. There is also a sofa bed in the living/dining room. All of the beds come replete with high-quality mattresses and bedding.

In the living/dining room, guests will also find a rustic wooden dining table that can seat six guests. The fully-equipped kitchen includes a gas hob, a sink with hot and cold running water, a fridge with a freezer compartment, and a set of crockery, cutlery, and utensils.

In the bathroom, guests will find a flushing toilet, a sink, a glassed-in shower, and a heated towel rack. Towels and toiletries are provided. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, electric lights, power outlets, books, games, and a welcome pack of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Outside, guests will find a charmingly-lit covered porch with seating, a picnic table, a barbecue grill, and a fire pit. Read More

Accommodation Features

  • Towels
  • Bathroom
  • Private Lounge/Living room
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Electricity
  • Running water
  • Parking
  • Sink
  • Double bed
  • Bunk bed
  • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Coffeemaker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Deck/Patio
  • Kitchen
  • Firewood
  • Linens
  • Shared Barbecue
  • Stove
  • Television
  • Dining table
  • Tea kettle
  • Fire pit
  • Games
  • Kitchen equipment

Inside the safari tent, guests will find a variety of amenities that one would normally associate with home, rather than camping, thus fully earning the distinction of "glamping." These include Wi-Fi, electricity, hot and cold running water, a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining table, a sofa that converts into a full-size bed, a full ensuite bathroom that is equipped with a shower and a heated towel rail, and two separate bedrooms that contain real beds replete with high-quality mattresses and bedding.

Outside, guests will find a covered porch with seating, a picnic table, a barbecue grill, and a fire pit. A basket of logs for the fire pit and a welcome pack of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are provided courtesy of the host.

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Guest Services

A breakfast hamper, a fire pit pack, and a barbecue pack are available from the host for an additional fee.

Location + Surroundings

  • Supermarket
  • Amusement park
  • Movie theater
  • Shopping

This safari tent is located at a glamping site in the northern outskirts of Balcombe, which is a small village in West Sussex, England. Situated in a woodland setting on a six-acre property that is home to chickens, pigs, and vegetable gardens, the site is surrounded by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which encompasses 564 square miles of verdant forests, historic parks, small farms, and charming villages. Laced with more than 1,200 miles of footpaths, the AONB provides guests with a virtually inexhaustible range of options for reconnecting to the great outdoors.

Nearby attractions within the AONB include Ardingly Reservoir and Ashdown Forest. Even if they have never been to the latter, guests will likely already have some familiarity with it, as it was A.A. Milne and E. H. Shepard's inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood in which the Winnie-the-Pooh stories take place. In addition to its literary significance, the forest is also a nationally-designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area, and Special Area of Conservation due to its ecologically important heathland habitats and the abundant species of birds that they support.

The site is just 15 minutes from the town of Crawley, where guests will find the nearest international airport and a number of shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the botanic gardens and country estate of Wakehurst Place, the ruins and garden of Nymans, and Tilgate Park. At the latter, guests will find Tilgate Lake, a silvicultural forest, a treetop adventure course, and a nature center that is home to more than 100 species of wildlife and birds, including otters, pigs, mongooses, meerkats, owls, and parrots. Read More

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Bird watching
  • Boating/Sailing
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Golfing
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Water sports
  • Winter sports
  • Zip-lining
  • Stand-up paddleboarding

Guests will find ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and reconnection to nature during their getaway to this glamping site. With more than 1,200 miles of footpaths winding through the surrounding High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), guests will have ample options for hiking and biking through the area's bucolic woodlands, heathlands, and farmlands.

While exploring these footpaths, guests will have many chances to do a spot of birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Guests may encounter rabbits, deer, and a variety of birds in the surrounding woods. For more birdwatching, they can head to nearby Ashdown Forest, the heathlands of which provide ecologically crucial habitats to abundant species of birds. To see wildlife in a more controlled, up-close setting, guests can visit the Tilgate Nature Centre, which is home to more than 100 species of birds and mammals.

The nature center is located at Tilgate Park, where guests will also find the Tree Top Adventure course and Tilgate Lake. At the former, guests can test their mettle on zip lines, Tarzan swings, and canopy bridges. On the latter, they can go swimming, fishing, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, rowing, and kayaking. For more water-based recreation, guests can head to Ardingly Reservoir, where they can go sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, powerboating, and fishing for fish such as perch, carp, and pike.

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Accommodation Rules

  • Infants allowed Under 2 years old
  • Children allowed 2-12 years old
  • No parties
  • Some spaces are shared

Cancellation policy

  • You will receive a 50% refund when you cancel at least 15 days prior to check-in.
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Additional Information

Guests should contact the host regarding the property's smoking and pets policy.

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