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"A peaceful site in the South Downs, near Petworth House and historic Petworth. "
In the heart of the South Downs - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and now the country's latest National Park - is our Graffham Club Site. The pitches on this campsite are surrounded by trees and, in the spring, there is a carpet of bluebells around the site. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that due to the surrounding environment, only gas barbeques are allowed on this site - no charcoal.
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I was delighted with this
astonishingly beautiful camp site. - Helen Christy
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Graffham Camping and Caravanning Club SiteGreat BuryGraffhamPetworthWest SussexGU28 0QF
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Maclolm Wells, Sue Wells
We had a lovely three days at Graffham. The staff were very friendly and very helpful. All the pitches are well placed in and around the woods. The facilities were all in good clean condition. Our Son loved building a den within the woods and poking his head down the various badger sets we found. There are many lovely walks around the site, depending on how far you wish to explore. We would recommend this campsite to our friends and are looking forward to coming back in the summer.
DATE STAYED: May 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
As soon as we arrived ate site the assistant warden came out to meet us . After booking in we were shown to our pitch by the Adrian . We were offered a choice of two pitches and also told if any problems to contact the site office and the staff would be pleased to help. The pitch was lovely tucked away in the forest glade rhododendron bushes in flower all around. The birdsong in the evening and in the morning was fantastic . The shower and toilet block were kept very clean and tidy and hot water was plenty. Washing up area also kept very clean and tidy. Lots of local information was available at the office and recommendations of local pubs and eateries . This site is to be highly recommended and rated very well.
DATE STAYED: June 2008
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
We visited for the first bank holiday weekend in May. The site was chock full, we arrived on saturday and there were just 2 pitches left (we had booked so it was ok), most people having arrived on friday. The site is all woodland nooks and crannies, lots of walks nearby and plenty of footpaths to lose your way on! despite being full, the site wasn't noisy, although the local birds do make a bit of a racket. The site staff were excellent , really helpful to us on only our second outing in our caravan. Our pitch was a bit sloping (many are) and they helped us get it just right. On Bank Holiday Monday we went out for the day and on our return found the site virtually empty! Probably less than a dozen pitches occupied. Would definitely return but maybe mid week for more choice of pitch and a few less people in the wash block! Great site though and thoroughly recommended.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Fabulous site, clean, friendly, beautiful location and very peaceful. Lots to do within easy reach, will most definately be returning. Highly recommended, thanks for an enjoyable stay.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff, who showed us to our pitch. We really liked the fact that we could walk off our pitch and onto footpaths within metres, very convenient for dog walking etc.
The facilities were good and always clean, like other reviews not sure closing before midday is the best time, but if we (visitors) expect clean toilets and showers it needs to be done.
This was our first visit to Graffham and we would not hesitate to book again.
Well done to all concerned!
DATE STAYED: April 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Active break,Peaceful break
We have just had our first visit to the
site and we had a a great time!
Sue & Malcolm the Site Managers were
friendly and helpful. The site is so very
peaceful with Birds constantly singing
it might have been our first visit there
but it will most definately not be our last.
Thank you Sue & Malcolm & Thank
Alan & Vicki.
Lovely site for taking the dog and young grandchildren. Building dens in the wood, rope swings in the trees, Easter egg hunts, wild deer roaming, birds singing. Helpful wardens. No shops nearby, so take plenty of provisions. I will go back when the weather is warmer.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Peaceful break
We loved this site. It's absolutely unique in a kind of wood on a hill - we've never been anywhere quite like it before but look forward to staying there again. There's lots of natural greenery around you & it's so quiet & peaceful. There's no shop facilities within walking distance so a car or bikes are useful, but the walks are great.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This was our second visit this year. The autmn colours and walks from the campsite were splendid. We love the feeling of privacy and seclusion and being in amongst the trees. The only downer is the slight grumpiness of site manager although she was helpful when one of our party was unwell - just a bit too brusque! the showers are clean and warm but the 10.30-12 closure times are a real pain if you want a lie in!
DATE STAYED: October 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Peaceful break
Myself and my boyfriend stayed at this site 12-14 October 2012 and found it really quiet and tranquil! The only thing i would say is it was a little hard to find due to there only being one very small sign for the camping site and as we arrived in the dark, it took a while to find. (We weren't using sat nav) And the only other thing was they close the shower block from 1030-12... which was a little inconvenient for us as we like to have lay in, the only other option was a toilet block where there were no washing facilities. That is literally the only bad things i have to say about this site. The pitches are a really good size. and are enclosed so you have your own privacy. it was a lovely quiet camp and we wasn't bothered by anyone the whole time. We could come and go as we pleased (although the gates are closed between 11pm and 7am) There is 2 pubs in Graffham, we went to the White Horse which was nice but very small. We did want to go to the other one in Grahham however saturday night was very busy and we couldn't find anywhere to park so we went to another pub on the main road on the way into Midhurst which was really lovely. I would recommend this to my friends and hope to go back during the summer,
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Although we are members of the club we agreed to take 4 'newbies' camping for the first time. We settled on Graffham as it was an equal distance from all of us and boasted pubs within walking distance! Arrival was easy and smooth, especially liked the male staff who were friendly and happy to give advice. The site is very quiet but not too large and I like the individual pitches in amoungst the trees. They still managed to accommodate our 6man tent with Electric and put the two 2man tents without electric right next door. Facilities were good, everything I would expect of a club site and always clean. Be warned the black sand gets everywhere! So take a broom with you. Overall a good site if you fancy something a bit different from open grass and great for walks/cycling in the area but still close the coast etc. We all enjoyed the weekend very much.
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
The staff are very helpful. I had booked for one night only and when we showed, I found to my dismay I had booked the wrong night!. Though the camp-site was full due to the Goodwood Revival Weekend going on nearby, they found a way to accommodate us, which saved MY bacon! Thank you all, your efforts may our weekend.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break
This is our second visit to Graffham site.It is nicely situated well amongst the trees well away from civilisation.Access with a large caravan requires some care,the site roads are fairly narrow and shrubbery is everywhere.One of the site staff seems to be averse to visitors this is compensated for by some pleasant male staff members.The site itself is rather overgrown,in my view some judicious pruning of ther greenery would be beneficial to the flora and fauna.Some of the pitches are dank damp and dismal.The facilities are adequate if not somewhat dated.There is abundant animal life and good opportunities exist for dog walking.Internet access is available but poor and phone signals can be described as intermittent.Tv is digital and acceptable.The local shop in Graffham has most suppies but can be pricey.There is a Co-Op in Petworth but big supermarkets can be found in Chichester..about 10 miles to the south
Local attractions include Petworth house and Uppark House.The beaches at West Wittering to the south are well worth a visit.
Once again the site itself was a delight. Working in the City I needed a quiet secluded site where I could just relax. I cannot praise the site enough, for a woodland weekend away in my tent it is perfect.
I wish I could same for the lady that booked me in... She was miserable, rude and blunt. Within 2 minutes of arriving I'd almost received enough verbal abuse to turn the car around and leave. The miserable old lady at the front office REALLY needs to work on her people skills to not put off PAYING customers.
YES, I really do want the pitch I carefully booked online despite having a smaller tent and it costing me more money!
YES I do have current C&C club membership but just happen to be carrying last yearâ€™s card!
I do not need to be spoken to like a child!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
Lovely site, very peaceful and friendly as well as the presence of red squirrels and birds. Would recommend to people and will probably go back.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
lovely site,well located,good for walking cycling etc,pitches in small clearances in the woods,some larger than others,shady and sandy,toilets very clean,will definately go back
I visited Graffham with my wife and daughter in May 2012 and we loved it! Very professional, clean and friendly. Plus the feeling of remoteness and natural beauty was a real treat.
Graffham is a lovely secluded site, realy friendly welcome, lovely clean shower facilities. Set out in the woodland, we had our own little section which gives you a nice bit of privacy. A must for bird watchers and wildlife lovers. Nice pubs in walking distance, gorgeous scenery. such a pleasant surprise for grown up campers!
DATE STAYED: June 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
As a small group of campers off for a relaxing weekend, we were all pitched relatively close to one another but as each pitch is unique in its layout and location, no one felt cramped. Quite a sandy site, which did find its way into most places, but easily brushed off. Facilities are what you would expect, clean, tidy and well kept. A couple of pubs within walking distance as well as a small shop, one of the pubs is a free house serving real Ales. Peaceful with fantastic scenery around. Wildlife galore and such a relaxing break. Petworth and itâ€™s wonderful house just a short drive away and a tad further is the magnificent city of Chichester. Would highly recommend this to those who appreciate camping. Top Notch.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Site isn't going to be to everybody's taste but if you`re looking for a quiet site with secluded pitches where nature is all around you then this is perfect.
The site is a forest with clearings where you pitch your tent. Definitely no rows of tents here and in most cases no neighbors either.
Personally I loved it
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break,Younger couples
First time visit, lovely site in the woods with pitches in secluded areas. Great area for exploring with kids.
Did not use site facilities.
Staff friendly and very helpful. In fact helped us out on the last day with his tractor as we did not have 4X4 and due to rain we were worried about skidding on gravel slope. A big thank you to him.
Good village shop nearby, plenty of other things in area. (Chichester, Arundel, Petworth).
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups
First time camping in over 20yrs & what a lovely place to reacquaint ourselves! We had a fantastic weekend, good sized pitch. Gatwick flight path was noticeable... However I was a little disappointed with the standard of the facilities, I expected them to be of a higher standard given the size of the C&C Club.
Had a fantastic time over easter took our two dogs plenty of areas to walk and enjoy the local area,only complaint would be that only a number of pitches have electric,burst my bubble a little as i was lead to believe the camping fraternity would help each other out.
on the whole a really nice camp which we would recommend so thumbs up from us try it you will like it but please remember to book the electric hook up
Gary & Karen.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
Had a lovely stay during beautiful weather last Sept. Have just booked again for May. Spacious pitches in stunning countryside, perfect for cycling and walking. The Forresters Arms was a added bonus within walking distance, cracking food, sunny garden and super friendly management. Village shop did nice croissants for breakfast, get there early. Can't wait for May!
DATE STAYED: September 2011
Gorgeous wooded campsite. Warm and helpful welcome. Pitches secluded and surrounded by woodland. Just a short (5mins) walk to see stunning views of the South Downs. Although on a hillside our pitch was level and very large. Mind food left in awnings - woodland creature made its way in and stole a loaf of bread and some crackers! Plenty to do and see in the area for kids and old alike. Our Autumn visit was perfect and especially for the changing colour on the trees.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
we were most impressed with graffham very friendly and helpful staff, lovely peaceful area, good clean showers and toilet facilities, secluded pitch if required, lovely walks,the surroundings area is beautiful really enjoyed our stay, it seemed like we was in the middle of nowhere, excellant would come back and would recommend.
we booked this site for four nighs, where do i start,i cannot think of one good thing to say that is possative, oh!if you have got a dog there is a lovely dog walk ,every pitch is secluded by trees and bushes, very dark site,no sun gets through to most pitches,they are in the dark all the time,very depressing,the small toilet block at the bottom of the site is very basic and outside with a corrigated roof,not for me, the main block is not bad but again not up to normal site standards that i have seen, we have come home today a day early so we can sit in the sun in our garden,it was our only hope of seeing it before the weather changes,but on a possitive not,if you are a walker you will love it,the area is lovely,the white horse public house is the best pub i have been into for a really good meal,lovely garden and resturant,and dogs are welcome into the bar area and the garden,as for the site thumbs down for me sorry to all of you that love the place.
SUITABLE FOR: Groups
what a fantastic site pitches surrounded by trees staff were always friendly and helpful the toilets and showers were spotless
We have been coming to this site for years.New managers this year could not have been more helpful. First time we had stored the caravan on the site and it was always on the pitch ready for us. Facilities always clean .The warm welcome at "The White Horse" as always with the excellent food makes for a perfect relaxing holiday in beautiful, natural surroundings.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Lack of site information.
Very minimal ablutions for such a large site.
Weird cleaning times (way too early).
Peaceful & secluded pitch.
Sheltered amongst the trees.
As close as you can get to wild camping (if you go out of season!)
the pitch i was allocated was very small dark, dank no grass, with very black soil? the dog bin to our knowledge was not emptied, during our 6 day stay. one morning at approx 9.45am the soap dispenser in the men's toilet was empty (toilets cleaned at 7,am) was the dispenser checked then? when i lived in sussex we used this site quite often.regrettably not anymore
Hubbie and I are getting back into camping after years and we went for a 'test' long weekend with all our new kit and our reluctant 16 year old daughter. Recently joined the C & C Club so wanted to try one of their sites. Google earth is excellent to check out the lay out of the site, so you fully know what you are getting before you book - secluded individual pitches etc. We stayed in pitch 35 which was excellent, fitted our large tent (just) and close to the loos & showers (but not too close!)Had no problems with tree roots or bent tent pegs. The dusty ground was a pain, but as pre-warned in previous reviews took dustpan and brush (and what do you expect - grass does not grow under trees!) Ladies in the office were a bit frosty but the chap who showed us to the pitch was really friendly, gave us a choice of pitches and told us about the local pubs and was quick to say Hi all weekend (the ladies, not so much). 3 showers in the ladies block, all ok and cleaned well, shut between 10.30am and 12pm - we chose to shower in the late afternoon and never had any queues. Hubbie reported that 3 showers in the men's but one was out of order - a note advised that it had been vandalised. Only 2 cubicles though for the boys. Washing up room was good, nice and clean (although someone pinched our washing up liquid when we left it there by accident - thanks!)Site was quirky and better than the 'car boot style' sites - no rows of white plastic boxes, but I feel that it could be more special if it was run with a bit more enthusiasm. Site was pretty, the Rhododendrons will look great in May so will probably visit again then as the South Downs gorgeous. Local pub The Forresters Arms did a great roast and free wifi. Wifi was available on site but we didnt bother as it looked like you could only pick it up on the picnic table outside reception. Arundel castle is expensive but worth it - great gardens as well as a very well run stately home/castle.
My first time camping in ten years and was looking for a local campsite to take my 5 year old son on a little adventure. Greating was friendly and efficient. Great location in a secluded part of a wood, very dark and quiet at night, the only noise was the sound of the owls although flights into gatwick can be heard from 5:30 onwards which is normal for this part of the country. I was very pleased with the facilities, they were very clean and pleasant. We only stayed the one night to see what my son thought, he loved it and didn't want to leave which is a great endorsement in itself. I will definately be going back here for a longer stay in the near future.
Unfortunately the welcome at the site is not as it was, there being nobody in the office when we arrived.The new management not as friendly as the previous ones.The shower block being closed at 10.00am is not very convenient, leaving only a small toilet block available until 12.00 noon. When on holiday why should you rush around to get a shower(most shower blocks shut from 12.00 til 2.00)
DATE STAYED: August 2011
The site is tucked away in the middle of nowhere.
The facilities are clean, but there are never enough!
Pitches are sand/forest ground based and leave mess everywhere- would recommend taking an extra groundsheet and definitely a dustpan and brush with you.
Nicely located, shop a short walk away (expensive!), plenty of wildlife in and around site and walks galore from site.
I really wanted to love this site, but couldn't quite. An unfriendly welcome (too busy drinking tea and smoking), a policy of closing the toilet block at 10.30am for cleaning and placing our tent on a sand and stone pitch which bent most of our pegs are the negatives.
Its location, the Landscaping and total darkness at night real positives.
Finally, the no charcoal and/or fires is a lazy way of reducing the fire hazard. The whole tone was of the 'lecturing' caravan club that I remember from when I was a kid. Most of the notices started with a 'No...'.
We have just got back from a very enjoyable stay and the dogs loved it to. We will deffinately be returning soon. The staff where very helpful and facilities clean at all times, highly reccomend this site
We camped here for 10 nights with our three children (aged 16, 7 and 4) and enjoyed it very much.It reminded us of Scout campsites, which is both a good and sometimes less good thing. Good: unusual, in that it is in the middle of woods with secluded, discreet camping plots. Lots of exploring and shelter-building for the children. The site was very peaceful - even in August - and brilliantly located for all of the attractions - natural and tourist! Less good: we thought the facilities were all fine but just a little basic for more than a short stay. The lack of grass made our site pretty sandy/dusty, leaving a constant film of dust everywhere - made worse when you have children running around.
Beautiful site with lots to do for the children. Great also for walking, cycling and also if you want a peaceful time as pitches are wellspaced and secluded within the trees and bushes. Pitches in amongst ancient woodland which made for a great stay close to nature. No lighting at night which made for an even more authentic country experience but be sure to bring your torch!!! Facilities all very clean and tidy.Great all round. Will certainly be returning to this great site...
What a different site, with pitches crammed between trees often with very difficult access for towing cars/campervans. I saw on many occasions campervans having to reverse several times before being able to get onto their pitches.
I had booked a grass pitch, but my allocated pitch was pure sand with tree roots (over which I managed to fall twice) sticking up thro the surface.
The pitches were very small and opposite were a twin pitch on which 2 tents were pitched. The tents had only 4meters between then and when I questioned the Holiday manager he just shrugged and said, what can I do.
There were only 3 male showers for the hole of the site and only 2 male WCs in the main toilet block, this meant having to queue in the mornings.
I could not recommend this site
First time camping in a while & what a lovely place to reacquaint ourselves!
We had a fantastic, good sized & secluded pitch.
Gatwick flight path was noticeable but doesn't go through the night... & we didn't seem to notice after 1st night!
As it was start of the summer holidays the site soon filled & getting to the shower was all about timing, before the designated closure for cleaning. Hot water was never a problem!
DATE STAYED: July 2011
A lovely site, people were friendly and all facilities were clean and tidy. There are pockets of woodland clearing for caravaning/camping etc which are lovely but if i could have one gripe it would have been to have the area where we were situated to have had the grass cut as it made our area look a little untidy.
Lovely and helpful welcome. Beautiful site with clean sinks and showers. Great pitches
Only downside as with most sites is there is always 1 pitch that makes a noise in to the early hours keeping everyone awake. Not sites fault thought.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
we were most impressed, lovely peaceful area, good clean shower / toilet facilities, secluded pitch if required, lovely walks / surroundings, really enjoyed our stay, it seemed like we was in the middle of nowhere, excellant would come back and would recommend.
DATE STAYED: May 2009
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
Another excellent weekend spent at Graffham. The pitches are well spaced and some very secluded. It is a peaceful site for a relaxing break.
DATE STAYED: May 2011
We visited several campsites in the South East of England but this was the only that could please us. Secluded in the woods with private plots for tents as well as caravans, this was absolutely the best campsite we've stayed on during our holliday in GB.
DATE STAYED: July 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This wooded site was charming. The staff were very welcoming and couldn't do enough for me. Facilities were clean and in good repair. Although I really enjoyed the woodland setting, winding paths and hilly terrain of the site, this wouldn't perhaps be suitable for less agile campers or small children. Plenty to do and see in the local area, Petworth House is well worth a visit. I look forward to visiting this site again.
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
The setting was brilliant. Pitches are well set out and surrounded by woods. The children loved exploring and had a lovely time.
DATE STAYED: May 2010
I had a lovely weekend here. Peaceful and quiet..friendly welcome..clean toilet block and a well stocked shop just up the road in Graffham. My pitch was surrounded by trees and I loved it here and will return asap...
DATE STAYED: April 2008
We have visited this site a couple of times and love it. Quiet forest setting with loads of walks on your door step. We always take our 2 dogs and they have a great time. Nicely laid out site with lots of hidden away pitches. Probably not suitable for disabled due to uneven ground. Also very dark at night. This site really feels like proper camping but with facilities thrown in!
DATE STAYED: June 2010
Our favourite site we go back every year. Woods and walks. Southdowns. Singleton historic houses museum welcomes families and dogs. Midhurst lovely village and Petworth great for antique hunting. East Dean Gardens for the gardeners, lovely to walk round (no dogs though). Beaches and Portsmouth Dockyard Heritage Centre, Gunwharf shopping Centre and Winchester city can all be easily reached by car. However we end up chilling and walking, staying local, nearby pubs good for food, tend to only venture out for food supplies. The whole family enjoys staying on the site. Only wish pot holes on entrance track could be filled.
A really lovely wooded forest site with extremely friendly and professional site managers who unfortunately for us are moving to Knelvdon Hatch in Essex. However this site will now be added to our 'must visit sites' next year as after speaking to numerous fellow members they all seem sad to see Annette and Bob leave so therefore will be following them to their new site which is a bonus to your club.
DATE STAYED: October 2010
We use this site every year, it is so peacefull, and great for long country walks with the dog. The managers are fantasic, hope there are there next year.
Very clean toilets etc, Local shop is just up the road and there is a great pub (The white Horse) for food and frink, the manager (Adam) make you feel very welcome. We will be back next year.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
We stayed camped with our 3 small children and dog. This is a beautiful campsite, surronded by woodland. Pitches are a good size and fairly private. Toilets and showers very clean and modern.
We were given directions for a lovely walk across countryside to the village,where there is a great pub.The reception staff are extremely helpful and accomodating. A fantastic place to stay
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
We loved the individual pitches and the peacefulness of this site (despite the fact it was the middle of summer).
Loads to do in the surrounding area, will definitely be back!
DATE STAYED: August 2010
Stayed 3 nights at the end of July. Deliberately wanted a campsite off the beaten track a little and the setting - being in the wonderful South Downs - was perfect. No packing in like sardines, the pitches are very well spaced and some are really secluded.
Staff were always helpful and passed on whatever information we asked of them. The only downer being that the shop wasn't open very early in the morning. Not a major issue, but it would have been good to be open earlier nevertheless. The local village shop was ok for most things.
The loos, showers and facilities were very clean and the place neat and tidy. If I want to visit the area again I will definitely use this site - it was excellent.
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