Sunnyside Farm is a seven acre small holding, with two fields, an orchard, gardens, barns, yard and several outbuildings. It has been our family home for over thirty five years, and in 2020 we were inspired to open as a little campsite.
Sally, Richard and their two teenage children Will & Eve - live on site in a converted cowshed called 'The Shippen' (where you will find us on arrival) and Sally's mum Linda (Nan nan ) owns the farm and lives in the farmhouse next door.
Situated quietly, at the back of the old farm, the 1 acre camping filed (named 'Hempland') is a small, secluded location, with grass pitches around the edge, a flower meadow in the middle, with plentiful space for communal activities and small wooded areas for children to play.
The adjoining stables conveniently house the washing up area, shower, toilet and store, where you can make tea/coffee, store food in the communal fridge/freezer, charge your electrical items, hire & collect a fire pit and buy essentials from the 'honesty shop'. Items can be paid for with cash or by bank transfer. Site information is available on every pitch.
We offer nine generously sized, tent/mixed touring pitches. We also have one electric hookup pitch called the 'Sunny Pitch'. New for 2022 is a central pitch with a pre erected tent ,and all the necessary equipment, for those wishing for a 'ready to go' glamping experience (bring your own bedding),
The camping field has a peaceful atmosphere, with a sunny and pleasant aspect, and dark, starry skies at night. Lined with native hedges of hawthorn, hornbeam, field maple, dog rose, hazel and beautiful ash trees, the sheltered site is a little oasis, surrounded by open farmland, with fantastic views across the fields.
Full of rustic charm, Sunnyside Campsite will appeal to couples, cyclists, walkers, families and gentle folk who love nature and the outdoors. It is a ideal location for those who want to explore the beautiful Suffolk coast and countryside.
We are delighted to offer allocation for 2022 - please look out for updates on Instagram & on our Facebook page. Bookings are via Pitchup.com.
We offer some basic facilities including: a toilet with small sink, a water point with hose; an outside wash-up area - now with hot water; a family sized shower room with additional toilet & wash basin.
You will need £1 coins to operate the shower. The shower is limited to 7 minutes (for environmental reasons and consideration of other guests) but is plentiful time for a decent wash. We strongly recommend that the shower is used at quiet times, as the pressure may drop when water is used elsewhere on site!
Toilet disposal (eco friendly chemicals only) - please ask if you require disposal of toilet waste. Eco 'green' fluid is available to buy from the store (£20). If you wish for your own private loo, a flushable 'portaloo' toilet with tent (self sited on your pitch) is available to hire (pre booking advised).
Rubbish & recycling bins - we provide a box on every pitch and encourage you to separate out materials that can be recycled from your general waste. Please empty your recycling box at the end of your stay. We also collect glass in a separate crate and have a compost bin for all organic waste.
There is a communal fridge/freezer and a small, honesty shop (in the store/end stable) stocked with fresh free range eggs, crisps, Suma tinned foods, Stokes sauces, marshmallows, chocolate digestive biscuits, Dairy Milk chocolate, homemade jams & marmalades, hot chocolate and other camping essentials! We ask that any items bought or hired are noted in the shop's log book and we accept cash or bank transfers for items hired or bought from the honesty shop.
There is also a kettle in the store, with complimentary tea, coffee & squash, and free electric sockets for charging. We have good 4G network coverage.
If you forgot to bring fresh milk or fruit juice for the morning, you can make a 'Milk & More' order. Orders by text to Sally (before 8pm) for next morning delivery on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Fire pits are available for hire (£5) - or you may like to bring your own BBQ and fire pit, You can pick up a fire pit from the store on arrival. We also sell sacks of seasoned logs (£7) easy lighting charcoal (£3) kindling bundles (£2) natural firelighters (£1) and outdoor clicker lighters (£4).
In the store you will find a mini library, magazines and lots of local information to keep you entertained and well informed.
There are outdoor toys & games, including table tennis and an array of rackets, bats & balls. With hammocks, climbing trees, den building materials, stepping/balancing logs, trampolines, a playhouse and rope swings, there are lots of activities on site to entertain imaginative children - and adults alike, but all equipment is used at your own risk, and all children's play & behavior must be supervised.
If you wish to leave the car on site and explore the area on foot, we have created a map with directions for a wonderful 'Westhall walk'. This 4 mile circular route takes you to the beautiful, historic Church of St. Andrews and back, via the village pub and play area.
We provide a water filled drinking bowl and free treats for dogs. There are many walks and bridleways around the village where you can exercise your furry friends - off lead, and with dog litter bins located along all lanes. But whilst on site, we respectfully ask that you keep your dog on a lead at all times please. The country code practice is posted in the store for your information.
We are conveniently close to the National Cycle Route No1. - for all keen cyclists in need of a peaceful place to rest overnight, and we can provide dry storage for bikes if required.
We are also very proud to collaborate with SOUTHWOLD CYCLE HIRE. Cycling is an excellent way to experience our local area. If you wish to pre-book bikes and get them delivered to the campsite, please contact Jason & Barnes: 07787427237 www.southwoldcyclehire.co.uk
Relax & connect with nature
Sometimes its nice just to stay on site and relax! Enjoy this peaceful haven and watch for wildlife. We provide a friendly environment for many species of flora and fauna, including great crested newts, frogs, grass snakes, bats, owls, buzzards, hares, rabbits, hedgehogs, sky larks, ducks and rabbits - to name but a few!
We enjoy 'dark skies' status, so after a fun filled day you can sit back and star gaze, whilst you warm yourself with a crackling campfire at night, and listen out for the hooting owls, rustling hedgehogs or an occasional fox or Muntjac bark.
Special eats & treats:
On Thursday lunch times, Paul - our friendly fish man calls, selling delicious local, fresh & smoked fish and shell fish from his van. Who can resist smoky barbequed prawns, chargrilled mackerel, salmon or a tasty crab salad for lunch or supper?
Homemade cake is on sale from the store on Saturday afternoons - perfect with a cup of tea, or glass of Prosecco perhaps!?
Parravani's Ice-cream van www.parravanis.co.uk visits the village on Saturday afternoons (around 3.30-4pm). Listen out for the music chimes to meet the van at the end of the drive, for a special treat of authentic gelato made in Suffolk!
Sunday breakfasts - you may wish to preorder your bacon & egg baps and croissants to takeaway from The Shippen kitchen, for a lazy Sunday morning (9am -10.30am). Pre order on forms from the store by 8pm, Saturday.
Pizza nights (last Friday of the month, weather permitting). New for 2022 -offering stone baked, sourdough pizzas (£10 each) to be enjoyed around a communal campfire at the woodshed, or taken away. Order forms and time slots available on the day from The Shippen.
The Racehorse Community pub is just a five minute stroll away, if you are wanting lunches, evening meals and/or liquid refreshment - current opening times from Wednesday to Sunday. Booking for food advised. www.westhallpub.com. tel: 01502 575 665
Make your camping experience extra special with:
We hope this is more than enough for the resourceful camper! Please let us know if you require anything additional during your stay.
Contact us by text or email to check availability of any hire items, or if you need more info. You can also send a message/note/request to us when booking on Pitchup.
Available from the store/honesty shop
£5 per stay
Event shelter, for self erecting on your pitch
£25 (1-3 days) contact us to check availability
Portaloo & tent, for self erecting on your pitch £25 (1-3 days) contact us to check availability
Pre order forms from the store:
Bacon & egg baps. Choose meat or non meat options, croissants, tea/coffees to take away
Fresh & homemade, treat yourself to a slice - or two - from the store!
Local fresh & smoked fish, from Paul's van -
visits site 12-1pm
Relax in comfort, read a book or watch the sun going down from a hammock in the woods
Fun & games with a retro table tennis and other ball and bat games
Small wooded areas are great for nature trails, hide & seek, den building & climbing.
Ropes swings, stepping logs & trampolines to keep the kids happy & active
A little home from home, equipped with vintage toys, for young children to play
Enjoy outdoors cooking on a campfire (chocolate digestives & marshmallows available to buy from the store)
We are offering a luxury pre-erected tent, suitable for two persons for a minimum of two nights stay, available throughout August & September. Perfect for anyone new to camping, walkers & cyclists with minimal equipment, or folk who just want a hassle free get away!
The tent is a high quality, medium sized, canvas ‘bell-tent’ style, made by Cabernon. It has an integral ground sheet and two, cozy living compartments – an entrance/living space, and a sleeping area, which can be enclosed with curtains for extra privacy. There is an additional porch/side panel providing more space for storage and shelter.
The double sofa bed has a comfortable mattress topper, and we provide a freshly laundered, cotton bottom sheet. All other bedding (pillows/sleeping bags) is to be provided by guests. (We recommend you bring a double duvet or quilt, and two plump pillows for a more luxury experience!) Please ask if you would like extra blankets x
We also provide a box of kitchen utensils, with plates, bowls, mugs, cutlery (for 2 persons). Plus, the essential pots & pans, a washing up bowl, kettle, cool box and gas camping stove for all your cooking needs.
Please note that the pitch is non electric, but you can access all the communal facilities on site, including fridge-freezer, electric sockets, kettle and complimentary drinks from the store.
Parking for Pitch 10 is nearby - on the yard, but you can drive a vehicle on to the camping field to load and unload, if required, or borrow the handy wheel barrow.
Prices of hire:
£70 per night (min 2 nights) September (non peak season)
£80 per night (min 2 nights) August (peak season)
Please visit www.pitchup.com. to check availability and to make a booking.
You can buy a gift card for a camping pitch, or to put towards an extended stay at Sunnyside Campsite, as a special present to friends or family.
Gift cards are sent out as an email voucher and are also available to purchase on site, from the store.
Gifts can be arranged for any value from £20, for as many nights/pitches as required* subject to availability.
Non electric Pitch
£20 - 1 night (non peak season)
£25 - 1 night (peak season)
Sunny Pitch, electric hook up
£25 - 1 night (non peak season)
£30 - 1 night (peak season)
Pre erected tent
£150 - 2 nights (min) August @ £70 per night
£140 - 2 nights (min) Sept @ £75 per night
The receiver of the gift card can contact us at any time to arrange the date of stay and confirm pitch requirements, quoting the # number of the card to redeem their gift.
Gift cards are valid for 1 year from date purchased. No cash exchanges/refunds given.
Peak season is throughout July and August. *Pitches are subject to availability.
To arrange the purchase of a gift card and for all gift bookings contact us using the 'find out more' action button below.
Gift Card payments via bank transfer: Sunnyside Campsite, Sort: 20-16-12, Account No: 43807126
There has been a farm here for at least 500 years and probably for a significant time before that too! There is archaeological evidence of Neolithic people inhabiting Westhall, with several finds of worked flint and a hand axe discovered in the village.
The land around here in medieval times would have been thickly covered in oak forest, with lots of timber readily available for building ships and houses. As areas of forest were cleared and opened up, land for grazing animals became available as ‘common land’.
Westhall village was formed around several commons, including Mill Common, Cox Common and Bacons Green. Although the commons have since been 'enclosed', you can still see where they once were.
Typically Suffolk farms are set back at the edges of a common, and feature a long drive or track, with a pond, ditch or moat in front, to keep the cattle out. Sunnyside Farm itself is situated at the back edge of our four acre ‘front’ field, which is a remnant of the old Mill common - becoming part of 'Cox Common' when the railway was built in 1856-8, which created a new, hard boundary between the two commons, separating the farm from the main village.
The farmhouse is Grade 2 listed, with a timber frame, built in the 16th Century and featuring deep chamfered oak beams and large inglenook fireplaces. It was likely that the farm house was originally built as a hall house – much like a barn, and open to the roof, with livestock living at one end, and people living amongst their cattle, perhaps sleeping on an upper deck (solar) above.
Around 1800 the house was encased with brick, and then at other times in the houses’ history, further additions were made, including a dairy and a north facing kitchen (with a store above - an external door, accessed by steps from the yard, is now a window). Much later, a pantry was built, along with the small set of stables, coal and cart shed, which all overlook the farm yard as we see today.
Sunnyside Farm ceased to be a working farm in 1967 and a significant proportion of the farm to the north was demolished, when the surrounding fields, once grazed by a dairy herd, were sold off to make way for more an intensive type of farming of arable crops, such as wheat, peas and oil seed. Much of the remaining farm buildings, such as the big threshing barn, garage, covered yard and milking dairy are modern 1930's brick replacements, used now for storage and workshops.
Interestingly, the camping field is named on old maps as 'Hempland', and was probably used to grow hemp crops, as the name suggests! The ponds which lie to the west, beside 'the green lane' may have been 'retting ponds' where the cut hemp was left to soak to 'rot' away the tough outer layer of the stalks. The soft inner part would then be stripped out and used to make ropes or a canvas type material.
The grass field is flat and well drained, with a sunny, east-west facing aspect. It has a very pleasant & peaceful atmosphere, and spectacular sunsets can often be seen through the trees and across the open farm land beyond. The dark skies are also very special here - you can star gaze whilst enjoying a crackling campfire, as our ancestors must have done for many centuries before us.
My parents bought the farm as a seven acre small holding in 1985 (when I was 11yrs old!) and we began a mission to restore and renovate the dilapidated and near derelict farmhouse. We opened Sunnyside Farm as a campsite in August 2020 and adapted the stables into the washing & toilet facilities, and a store for guests in 2021.
Our own home called 'The Shippen' - meaning cowshed (often known in Suffolk as a ‘Nettis’) also forms an important part of the farm's curtilage. We converted it into a small family home in 2004 – 06 and are pleased to have contributed to the farm's history, helping to maintain the farm for future generations to enjoy, and we love welcoming guests to share in this rural idyll.
We think this is the perfect campsite with its understated charm and nostalgic character, and hope that you will appreciate the special historical setting of Sunnyside Farm as much as we do.
To find out more, you can read the books & leaflets about the history of Suffolk & Westhall, from the store's mini library, visit the ancient church of Saint Andrew and browse the following websites:
Westhall church - www.suffolkchurches.co.uk
Discover the Iron Age 'Westhall hoard'- www.britishmuseum.org
See other artefacts from the area at Halesworth and District Museum - www.halesworthmuseum.org.uk
WW2 memorabilia at Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum - www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.co.uk
Sunnyside Farm - a working dairy farm in 1967