About Us

Chase Farm Glamping offers guests a combination of charm and comfort on a working farm whilst being a convenient base from which to explore the local attractions.

Background

Chase Farm dairy herd 1950s
Chase Farm dairy herd feeding on hay in the yard in the 1950s

Chase Farm is a working farm located in Southwater, West Sussex, where the Edwards family have been residents since 1955.  The Chase farmhouse was built in the late 19th on the grounds of a previous estate called Shaw’s Farm.  This farm has roots back to the 16th century and was named after the Shaw family, who also gave their name to the road that Chase Farm is on, Shaw’s Lane.  In historic Sussex dialect, a ‘shaw’ means ‘a little hanging wood’.

Originally a dairy farm of Channel Island cows, the farm is now arable and sheep grazing.  The main arable crop is maize for a bio-digestor that produces green energy that is turned into electricity for the National Grid.  We are part of an environmental scheme called the Countryside Stewardship Scheme where we grow crops that benefit the wildlife and improve the soil.  We also produce an annual crop of hay and the grasslands surrounding the Glamping Site are grazed by sheep. Depending on the time of year, you might have sheep grazing nearby or witness the exciting hay harvest in action! 

Haymaking in the Summer
Haymaking in the Summer

Haymaking at the Glamping Site

You will also have the opportunity to see and hear the local wildlife in the fields from your accommodation; from roe deer, pheasants and foxes to buzzards, tawny and barn owls.

 

About Southwater

Chase Farm was literally built by the local earth of Southwater.  In the early 19th century, the village was made up of a series of farm, but in by 1891 a brickworks opened to take advantage of the vast Sussex clay reserves and the village grew. These red engineering bricks were especially strong and were used worldwide for bridges, infrastructure and housing, including Chase Farm.  The brickworks closed in 1981 and the land became what is now Southwater Country Park, which offers a variety of water sports as well as the Dinosaur Island playground.  The park is within walking distance or a quick drive from Chase Farm Glamping.

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