Sumners Ponds Campsite and Fishery is set in the beautiful, tranquil, West Sussex countryside, in Barns Green, just ten minutes drive from the bustling historic market town of Horsham. This idyllic spot offers log cabins and pods to hire, as well as touring pitches. It's a good campsite for relaxing fishing holidays as well as peaceful camping breaks for couples and families in touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
This campsite boasts 100 touring pitches, high quality camping facilities, large woodland areas, a 100-acre working farm and four good fishing lakes.
Summer Time - Reception is open from 8am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am to 8pm on Fridays and 8am to 5pm on Sundays & Mondays. Winter Time - best to check with campsite direct for Reception opening hours. The village shop, a short walk away, stocks milk, bread and essential supplies.
The pretty licensed Café by the Lake is one of the highlights of Sumners Ponds and would be worth going to even if you're just driving through the area and fancy a coffee and a quick look at the campsite! There are comfy chairs, as well as pine tables and chairs. Breakfasts, simple lunches and afternoon teas are available all year round. In the summer and during the peak camping season, you'll be able to get evening meals with fine wines and a selection of bottled and local beers on tap.
Please check with website www.cafebythelake.co.uk for opening times. At busy periods, its always advisable to book beforehand.
There are three touring areas with electric hook-ups, ideal for caravans and motorhomes. There is room for caravans or motorhomes with a mixture of hardstandings and grass pitches. There are also 11 premium lakeside pitches which can be fished . The touring pitches are in Bluebell Park, Ribbon Park and Sumners Park. There is also a separate tent field.
The two toilet and shower blocks have washing-up areas and laundry facilities. As you'd expect, there's a chemical loo disposal point as well. Calor Gas replacement bottles are available in various sizes. You can also buy small gas bottles for camping stoves from Reception. These are in several sizes of Butane, Propane and Camping Gaz (904 and 907). TV reception is poor, but you can rent a TV cable while stocks last. Mobile phone reception is weak. Wi-Fi is available at the café.
Book ahead to get onto the best lakeside pitches and you'll be all set for camping and caravan holidays to remember. Many of the lakeside pitches are tucked away, screened by trees and hedges for privacy.
If you like fishing holidays, you can buy day ticket fishing permits and fishing bait and tackle from Reception at Sumners Ponds Campsite & Fishery. About a third of the campers tend to be on a camping and fishing holiday, so you'll meet plenty of like-minded people beside the lakes.
For family caravan holidays with children of all ages, Bluebell Park is the touring area with a play area for young children.
There are six wooden sleeping pods available to hire and two holiday log cabins for hire.
Moorhen Lodge is a three-bedroom lakeside log cabin, which sleeps up to eight guests. The lodge has its own shower room and a kitchen, with an electric oven and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. Cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery are provided. The sleeping accommodation comprises a master bedroom with a double bed and wardrobe, two twin bedrooms, each with two single beds and a wardrobe, and finally a sofa bed in the lounge-diner. The lounge also has a TV/DVD player, two chairs, and patio doors onto decking overlooking the fishing lake.
Grebe Lodge is a two-bedroom lakeside log cabin, which sleeps up to six people. This lodge has a bathroom with a combined bath and shower, a master bedroom with its double bed and wardrobe, plus a twin bedroom with two single beds and a wardrobe. The lounge-diner has a dining table, sofa/sofa bed, two chairs and a TV/DVD player. Grebe Lodge also has patio doors onto decking with views over the fishing lake.
If you can fish from the decking in each of the lodges, in your own private little bit of the lake.
Footpaths and cycle paths lead you through the farming fields and woods at Sumners Ponds Campsite and Fishery. Dogs are welcome, but of course need to be kept on a lead alt all times.
Sumners Ponds is an ideal touring base, with many beautiful towns and villages near by. Access to the South Downs Way and the South Coast is easy. Visit Brighton, while you are in Sussex, because it is 30 minutes by car. If you fancy a day trip to London, it's only an hour away by train from Horsham. It takes a similar time to drive to London (provided you to after 9am and return after 7pm to avoid the rush hours) by car.
You can read more about Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome's stay at Sumners Ponds Campsite and Fishery in the blog section of Caravan Sitefinder: https://www.caravansitefinder.co.uk/blog/a-visit-to-sumner-ponds
There are 11 premium angling pitches, each of which has it’s own dedicated swim area, suitable for 2 anglers. These pitches also have electric hook-up. There is a nightly charge for the pitch, plus fishing fees as appropriate. Current are prices available from Reception.You can buy the fishing permits, bait and tackle from Reception at the campsite.
Additional charge per person per night is dependent on the season.
The Café by the Lake offers breakfasts, lunches and teas all year round, and is licensed. Takeaway food is available from here. During the peak summer season evening meals are offered at weekends. Please see http://www.sumnersponds.co.uk for more details and opening times.
West Sussex has a huge network of footpaths and cycleways.
Don't miss the High Weald Landscape Trail (http://www.highweald.org/) and The South Downs Way (http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/south-downs-way).
Barns Green is also closely linked to Southwater and Christ Hospital by the South Downs Way.
Visit Arundel Castle, a beautiful working castle and tourist attraction overlooking the picturesque and hilly river town. http://www.arundelcastle.org/
Take in a play or film and check out the art gallery at at The Capitol Theatre, Cinema and Café in Horsham.
Swim, gym and workout activities are available at Pavilions in The Park, Horsham (01403 219 200).
For more things to do in Sussex, see Practical Caravan's Travel Guide to South East England (http://www.practicalcaravan.com/caravan-travel-guides/28046-south-east-england).
All nearby attractions are a 10-30 minute drive.
Food shop in the village is 400 yards away, you can get fuel three miles away. The café is licensed and does takeaways. The Queens Head Pub in Barns Green is just down the road (www.thequeensheadbarnsgreen.co.uk). There's an indoor heated swimming pool 4 miles away and a golf course three miles away. Horse riding stables are just two miles from Sumners Ponds, and water sports are available three miles away. It's about half an hour's drive to get to the beaches of the South Coast.
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