Our ideal location means that we have many local attractions. Stansted Park is our closest neighbour, the grounds are just a stones throw away from the campsite.
Steeped in History
Stansted House is glorious Edwardian Mansion, nestled in 1200 acres of ancient woodland. In 1983 the 10th Earl of Bessborough gave his family home, contents, and Arboretum to the public. The house is still furnished as if he were still living there, and thus the house and family are brought to life by the knowledgable guides.
If you are a member of the HHA (Historic Houses) you are also able to gain free entry!
The arboretum is rich in wildlife. Bats use the loose bark and cavities in the older trees as roost sites, along with many insects associated with dead wood habitats. Kestrels nest most years, and barn owls can sometimes be seen hunting for voles in the twilight.
A pond has been created at the southern end and has since been colonised by frogs, newts and several species of dragonflies and damselflies.
The 1200 acres of woodland is basically on our doorstep here at Sawmills Farm. With plenty of routes within walking distance, don’t hesitate to ask if you want pointing in the right direction! Dog walkers and ramblers alike will find joy and beauty in the ancient woods.
Nature lovers will surely feel at home in the sweet chestnut coppiced woods. Wood anemone and primrose bloom on newly cut areas, and foxgloves appear every few years. Butterflies and insects thrive here, as well as larger wildlife. Binoculars and a camera are therefore essential equipment!
Stansted Park Light Railway is a 7 1/4 gauge light railway set in the grounds of Stansted Park. Open for passengers on various days of the week, the journey is not one to be missed!
Over 500 yew trees and a kilometre of hedging makes up the yew maze. Opened in 2011, the maze is an attraction for old and young alike. A small fee for admittance, includes 3 holes of mini golf and giant games such as chess and jenga.
The Pavillion Tea Room
The Walled Garden has been lovingly restored and now hosts The Pavillion Tearoom. With fresh, made on-site food, it is therefore a must stop for the weary traveller. They provide everything from breakfast to afternoon teas, all in a gorgeous peaceful setting.
Garden Centre & Farm Shop
The Garden Centre is situated at the edge of the car park, and is similarly a must visit. Not only selling all your gardening needs, it also has a wide selection of gifts, and home and lifestyle items. Additionally, there is also a cafe, pet shop, second hand bookstore, and clothing shop, all located inside. A one-stop shop for all your needs!
The Farm Shop is the best place to source and enjoy the food of the South Downs, stocking locally sourced food and drinks. Homemade pastries, award-winning cheeses, and locally sourced meat; it can all be found here.
Similarly, there is food and drinks available from pop-up vendors. Usually seasonal, these range from homemade ice-cream to on-site wood-fired pizza.
Arts and Crafts
The Studio is a working pottery studio based within the grounds. They offer various classes throughout the year – a wonderful way for a creative to spend a few hours!
Not only is it a uniquely wonderful place to visit, but they also run several events throughout the year. Click here to see their upcoming list.
Overall, we are very lucky to have such a wonderful site on our doorstep, where there is sure to be something for everyone!