Knepp Castle Wilding Project and Safaris​

Knepp Castle Wilding Project and Safaris

Whether you are a keen wildlife enthusiast, an avid rambler or just interested in learning more about the countryside, the Knepp Estate has something for you.

The estate has a wide selection of wildlife safaris and workshops available between April and October covering a variety of topics from bats and butterflies to storks and nightingales.  

Just over 5 miles away from Chase Farm Glamping is the internationally renowned Wildland Project at the Knepp Castle Estate in Dial Post, near Shipley.  The owners, Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree, have worked together with various advisors on this pioneering project, and transformed what had once been a 3,500 acre intensively farmed estate into one of the most successful wilding habitats in the UK.

The project combines the use of free-roaming grazing animals (long horn cattle, fallow deer, Tamworth pigs and wild ponies) with the restoration of natural water courses to create a dramatic boost to the estate’s wildlife in both numbers and species.  Over the years this has included the appearance of extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies, which are now breeding and successfully increasing in number here.  

Along with the free-roaming grazing animals that have driven habitat creation, the estate also has a programme for the reintroduction of wildlife that once graced these lands centuries before, such as the white stork.  This has added to the ‘complex mosaic of habits’ across the estate.

There are also plenty of footpaths both in and around the estate for the public to enjoy all year round, just remember to bring wellies during the wetter winter months.  The Sussex clay can be very sticky and porridge-like when wet (and concrete when dry)!

The vision of the Knepp Wildland Project is radically different to conventional nature conservation in that it is not driven by specific goals or target species. Instead, its driving principle is to establish a functioning ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible. The aim is to show how a ‘process-led’ approach can be a highly effective, low-cost method of ecological restoration - suitable for failing or abandoned farmland - that can work to support established nature reserves and wildlife sites, helping to provide the webbing that will one day connect them together on a landscape scale.

Chase Farm Glamping is within walking distance of the Knepp Estate (1.5 hours) for keen walkers, otherwise its just a 10 minute drive to the walkers’ car park on the estate, and a useful walking map is available for the public to download.

There are also plenty of footpaths both in and around the estate for the public to enjoy all year round, just remember to bring wellies during the wetter winter months.  The Sussex clay can be very sticky and porridge-like when wet (and concrete when dry)!

For those who like to source organic free-roaming, pasture-fed beef, pork and venison, it is now possible to purchase directly from the estate at Knepp Wild Range Meat.  In addition, there is a selection of merchandise to choose from, including the best selling book, ‘Wilding‘ by Isabella Tree, which tells the remarkable story of how the project came about.

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Fine Dining

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Fine Dining Escapades near Chase Farm Glamping

For food lovers seeking a gastronomic adventure amidst the picturesque countryside, the area near Chase Farm Glamping offers an array of exceptional dining experiences. From historic castles to elegant manors and contemporary establishments, this region is a haven for discerning palates. The Horsham area is fast becoming one of the foodie destinations in the south-east, and you won’t be disappointed with the choice on offer.  From hearty brunches and appetising lunches to afternoon tea and Michelin Star dining, check out the following locations, which are just a small selection of many, within easy travelling distance of Chase Farm Glamping.  Join us as we embark on a culinary journey, exploring some of the finest dining destinations nearby.

Amberley Castle – 15 miles:

A Royal Feast for the Senses Nestled amidst the tranquil landscapes, Amberley Castle is renowned for its outstanding cuisine. Step into the castle’s magnificent Queen’s Room or The Great Room, where medieval charm blends seamlessly with contemporary elegance. Under the skilled guidance of their head chef, Paul Peters, indulge in a culinary symphony featuring the best of British and local produce. From simple yet refined flavors to innovative twists, each dish is crafted to perfection, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.

Gravetye Manor 15 miles:

Michelin-Starred Splendor Prepare to be captivated by the culinary artistry at Gravetye Manor. With its newly designed restaurant boasting stunning views of the glorious gardens, this Michelin-starred establishment is a true delight for food lovers. Executive Chef George Blogg’s passion shines through in every dish, offering a taste sensation that is both visually stunning and incredibly flavorful. The seasonal menus, created using ingredients foraged from the Grade I listed Leonardslee Lakes Gardens and ethically sourced from Sussex’s finest producers, showcase the epitome of fine dining.

Interlude at Leonardslee Gardens 15 miles:

A Harmonious Connection with Nature Immerse yourself in a unique dining experience at Interlude, nestled within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport, drawing inspiration from British and French cooking, takes you on an unexpected culinary journey. With ingredients sourced from their own gardens or local organic farms, each dish tells a story of seasonality and respect for nature. This contemporary restaurant combines old and new techniques to create a menu that perfectly complements the serene beauty of the gardens.

Ockenden Manor 13 miles:

Sussex’s Finest Delights Located amidst stunning countryside, Ockenden Manor is a culinary haven that promises to tantalize your taste buds. Head Chef Stephen Crane, an award-winning culinary master, ensures that every dish reflects the finest flavors of Sussex. Using locally sourced ingredients and building strong relationships with trusted suppliers, Ockenden Manor delivers exceptional dining experiences. Whether you prefer a leisurely lunch, a sumptuous afternoon tea, or an unforgettable dinner, this charming manor provides a beautiful setting and far-reaching views over Cuckfield Park.

Spread Eagle – 22 miles:

Timeless Charm and Exceptional Cuisine The Spread Eagle, with its cozy lounge bar, welcoming conservatory, and oak-beamed bar, offers a perfect blend of historic charm and exquisite dining. Indulge in a glass of wine, savor a relaxed lunch, or indulge in a delightful afternoon tea. With an inner courtyard and a sun-filled terrace, this establishment provides idyllic spaces to bask in the sunshine while enjoying delectable treats.

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South Lodge – 8.2 miles:

The Pass and Camellia Restaurants boast two outstanding dining experiences. The Pass, an intimate restaurant located within the historic walls, offers a unique culinary journey. Led by Michelin-starred Head Chef Ben Wilkinson, you can witness the craft of the kitchen brigade and savor innovative tasting menus that highlight the best of seasonal produce. Meanwhile, Camellia restaurant, headed by the talented Josh Mann, presents an elegant seasonal menu showcasing fine dining dishes created from produce sourced from the South Lodge estate and the best local Sussex ingredients. After your meal, unwind on the terrace or at the bar, and enjoy the pleasures of this remarkable establishment.

For food lovers seeking a culinary adventure near Chase Farm Glamping, this region boasts an impressive array of dining destinations. From the regal ambiance of Amberley Castle and the Michelin-starred splendor of Gravetye Manor to the harmonious connection with nature at Interlude, the exceptional delights at Ockenden Manor, the culinary artistry at South Lodge, and the timeless charm of The Spread Eagle, each establishment offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Embark on a gastronomic journey through these remarkable establishments, and let your taste buds be enchanted by the flavors, creativity, and passion of the local chefs.

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