After hearing good things about this campsite, I was pretty surprised how poorly maintained this site was when I stayed there with my family. I can only imagine the management have become complacent, relying on the location to sell the place. It is indeed a lovely setting, but it has become really neglected.
The chemical toilet on our field was full (literally to the brim!) on Friday and by Sunday, still had not been emptied. The main toilet/shower block was very unclean, even though a cleaner left it as I was going in, after supposedly having cleaned it (I'm not fussy but much grimness left on the loo seat).
Everything was falling to bits - how the rope swings hadn't been condemned is a mystery (the ropes were seriously tatty and falling apart and a baby swing seat was splitting underneath badly).
An uncovered manhole in a walkway was lethal. If you managed to avoid that, a disused underground cable that had surfaced and been chopped off, with it's exposed rusting metal cores was a very scary thing to behold. Might be wise to get a tetnus booster before camping here.
There was a communal indoor relaxing area with table tennis and easy chairs, but needless to say that was just as poorly maintained as everywhere else - the net was held up with sticky tape, everything was dirty and the sofas would have been rejected from Steptoe's yard.
I wasn't convinced about the site's so called green credentials either - a motley collection of knackered old fridge/freezers for the campers use, probably accounted for most of the local CFC emissions.
On the plus side - the free soup and bread on Saturday was very tasty, although on ballance, hardly enough to offset the general feeling that I had payed a fair old wedge for a very substandard establishment.
If you still insist on coming here, you might want to bring a guitar as that will apparently gain you free admission at the weekend, if you have a communal strum and a bit of Ging Gang Goolie 'round the campfire. Although from the bits of performances I heard, I think I've worked out where the seemingly never ending supply of distributed firewood came from!
- Also Known As:
- Wapsbourne Manor Farm Hotel Uckfield
- Wowo Campsite East Sussex/Uckfield