No longer a working dairy farm, since 1967, Sunnyside Farm is now just a 7 acre small holding, with 2 fields, orchard, gardens, barns, yard and several outbuildings. The old stable block now houses the store, shower and toilet.
Our peaceful site has a rustic charm which will appeal to couples, cyclists, walkers, families and gentle folk who love nature, and want to escape to the countryside.
We are offering 12 generously sized tent and mixed touring pitches, in a 1 acre grassy paddock (named Hemp Land). Lined with hawthorn, hornbeam & hazel hedges and beautiful ash trees, the site has a peaceful, sheltered atmosphere, with a sunny and pleasant aspect. Situated quietly beside the farmhouse and stables, at the back of our old farm, the camping filed is a quiet and secluded location, with generously sized grass pitches around the edge of the field, two central pitches for communal activity, and plenty of space for children to play .
We are delighted to offer allocation for 2022 - please look out for updates here & on our Facebook page. Bookings are via Pitchup.com.
We provide an electric hook up to 1 pitch only, from £25 per night (non peak). All other pitches are non electric, from £20 per night (non peak)
We also offer some basic facilities including: a toilet with small wash basin, a shower room with toilet & sink, a water point; an outside wash-up area and toilet disposal - this is strictly using eco friendly chemicals only - compatible with the septic tank.
We have good 4G network coverage here. There is a communal fridge/freezer and a small, honesty shop on site, stocked with charcoal, logs, natural firelighters, eco toilet chemical, fresh free range eggs, marshmallows, chocolate digestive biscuits, homemade jams, hot chocolate and other camping essentials!
Plus, we have a kettle and tea, coffee & squash, free electric sockets for guest use, a mini library and some outdoor toys & games, including a retro table tennis table (on dry days).
Fire pits are available for hire from £5 from the honesty shop in the store, or you may wish to bring your own BBQ grill and fire pit, as long as these are raised off the grass. Sacks of seasoned logs are £7. Free kindling, such as sticks, twigs, fir cones & plentiful dry leaves can all be easily found on site if you forage around, or you can just bring your own or buy locally!
We accept cash or bank transfers for items hired or bought from the honesty shop.
With climbing trees, dens, a bog, trampolines, a playhouse and rope swings, there are lots of activities on site to entertain children, but all play must be supervised and used at your own risk.
We hope this is more than enough for the resourceful camper, but we are always looking to develop our facilities, to help make everyone’s experience at Sunnyside as comfortable and as pleasant as possible.
ALSO available - Make your camping experience extra special with:
Please contact us to check availability of any of the above, or if you need more info.
If there is anything else that you may require during your stay, please ask us and we will always do our best to help!
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 were often 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 4 acre ‘front’ field which is a remnant of the old Cox's Common.
The farmhouse is timber framed, built in the 16th Century and features 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 and 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). Much later, a Victorian pantry along with the small set of stables, cart shed and stores were built, 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 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 only now for storage and workshops. The stables have been sensitively adapted into convenient washing & toilet facilities, and a store for guests to use.
The camping field itself is named on old maps as 'Hempland', and was probably used to grow a hemp crop - as the name suggests! The ponds which lie beside 'the green lane' which skirts around the site may have been 'retting ponds' where the cut hemp was left to soak, to soften the tough outer layer of the stalks, before the inner part is 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.
My family bought the farm as a 7 acre small holding in 1985 and began our mission to restore and renovate the dilapidated and near derelict farmhouse. We opened Sunnyside Farm as a campsite in August 2021 and welcome guests to share in this rural idyll.
Our own house 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 farms history.
We think its the perfect campsite to stay at, with all its charm and character, and balance of 'boutique and basic' and hope that you appreciate and enjoy the special historical setting of Sunnyside Farm as much as we do.
Sunnyside Farm 1967