- Sleeps: 3 or 4 per unit
- Bedroom: Varies
- Bathroom: Varies
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
Beautifully tucked away in rural Haywards Heath, and complete with its own spring-fed stream, you’ll find it hard to believe that Enchanted Glade Retreats is under 35 miles away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Immersed in the charms of nature, here you’ll discover a creative selection of cosy off-grid accommodation, 10 acres of private bluebell woodland with spring fed stream and an abundance of forage-able food, tasty organic breakfast hampers, a wild spa, visiting wild deer at almost every sunrise, and a programme of activities, thoughtfully chosen by the friendly owners to help reset your mind, body, and spirit.
(Both seasoned experts in sustainable hospitality, Maria and Lillo also give a percentage of their profits to local woodland conservation projects and tree-planting organisations).
Better still, you can make this entire beautiful space completely your own, with exclusive use of the site for you and your tribe! Up to 25 lucky guests of all ages can be accommodated in their choice of gorgeous eco-haven, while the heated workshop space and 8m marquee mean your holiday options are truly endless. Maria and Lillo specialise in helping you create your own unique and bespoke group gatherings, so perhaps now is the time to run that retreat or have that family reunion that you’ve been dreaming of?
A haven of peace and tranquillity, the Quirky Cabin is a lovingly hand-converted, wooden ‘tiny house’ retreat that sleeps two adults and one small child in rustic comfort. Rustle up sizzling suppers on the barbecue, and get lost in gentle reconnection with nature (and each-other).
The cosily insulated Wooden Wagon was converted by Maria and Lillo themselves, using reclaimed materials, and features a double bed and a second double above the cab, so is ideal for small families.
Perfectly positioned to capture the spectacular sunsets, Maggie the Wagon sleeps up to three guests. You’ll have private kitchen and shower facilities, soft fairy lights, a soft-glowing wood-burner… and a seating area with an incredible view!Keep reading
At a glance
- A soothing eco-retreat, nestled on a private site in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
- The site can be booked as an exclusive hire for up to 25 guests, or up to 16 in the bell-tent area. Bespoke group packages can be booked for exclusive whole site hire for your special occasions – birthday parties, bridal blessings or even woodland weddings.
- Off-grid accommodation comprises:
- ‘Tiny house’ wooden cabin (2 adults and 2 small children)
- Wooden Wagon (4 guests)
- Maggie the Wagon (3 guests)
- 4 x individually styled bell tents (each sleep a small family, or 3-4 adults)
- For a treat, book a session in the Wild Spa, which features a barrel sauna, hot tub, and a heated treatment space for relaxing massages – if you’re feeling brave there’s also a ‘Wim Hof’ cold plunge barrel!
- Site hire includes a heated, furnished workshop space, an 8m marquee, and a dedicated children’s play area.
- There is a thoughtfully chosen programme of activities to indulge in during your stay, including creative/nature workshops, foraging walks, archery and paintball, Saturday morning yoga, and evening storytelling sessions by the communal firepit.
- The famous Bluebell Steam Railway and Ardingly Reservoir are just minutes away from the site, and there are pubs in walking distance.
- Family Friendly
- Hot Tubs
- Large Groups
Off-grid accommodation for couples and families.
Tiny House Wooden Cabin (2 adults, 1 small child): kitchen with tea, coffee, olive oil, salt, herbs, bedroom with double bed and bedding, sofa bed with sleeping bags, organic breakfast hamper, woodburner and fire-starting kit, indoor dining area. Outside: furnished decking, private firepit and barbecue.
Maggie the Wagon (3 guests): double bed with bedding, single sofa bed with kids’ sleeping bag, woodburner and fire-starting kit, soft furnishings, private equipped kitchen with cool box, private WC and shower. Outside: seating area-with-a-view, private firepit and barbecue, fairy lights, bunting.
Wooden Wagon (4 guests): double bed with full bedding, bunkbed with two singles, with kids’ sleeping bags and pillows, fully equipped kitchen with gas hob and cool box, wood burner with fire-starting kit, lounge area with sofa. Outside: decking with al-fresco dining area.
Gypsy Wagon (4 guests): double bed with full bedding, two single bunkbeds, two small sofas, private kitchen with fridge, oven, wood-burner, solar-powered central heating, solar-powered lighting, charging points. Outside: seating area-with-a-view, private firepit and barbecue.
Bell tents (3-4 adults or a small family): double bed with bedding, 2 single mattresses with sheets and pillows, sheepskins and rugs, woodburner and fire starting kit, table and chairs, fairy lights, al fresco seating area, sheltered outdoor kitchen, communal seating area.
On site: wild spa, activities, micro-brewery and café.
Foraging, creative workshops, guided nature walks, massage, yoga, meditation, archery, paintball, storytelling, wild swimming and water sports (Ardingly Reservoir)
Shabby Chic Bell Tent - sleeps 3-4
Ethnic Oriental Bell Tent - sleeps 3-4
Gypsy Wagon - sleeps 4
Rustic Organic Bell Tent - sleeps 3-4
Tiny House Cabin - sleeps 2 (+1)
Wooden Wagon - sleeps 4
The Truck - sleeps 4
The Gypsy Wagon is a stylish and traditional retreat, yet furnished with all the mod-cons you’ll need, including a fridge, oven, and charging points for phones and laptops. Sleeping up to four guests in a blissfully private space, you’ll have a downy double bed and two single bunks to curl up in, a private kitchen, and a toasty wood-burner.
Last but by no means least, you can choose your favourite from four unique bell tents to sleep a small family or 3-4 adults, each equipped with soft bedding and a crackling wood-burner, plus private kitchen/dining area and fire-pit. Creatively decorated in shabby chic, rustic organic, and ethnic oriental themes, there’s a style to suit just about every holiday taste.
Once you’ve settled in, how about exploring the site, with a plethora of magical sheltered spaces to discover? You could also treat yourselves to a session in the Wild Spa, superbly positioned right in the heart of the Enchanted Glade.
Faithfully awaiting your weary souls are a traditional wood-fired barrel sauna, and a relaxing hot tub-under-the-stars (there’s even a ‘Wim Hof’ cold plunge barrel if you’re feeling brave!) together with a heated treatment space that’s just perfect for an indulgent oil or Thai Yoga massage… particularly after a long day of rambling in nature!
There’s plenty more to uncover on site, too, including nature-based art and creative therapies. If you feel like working for your culinary rewards, you could arrange a foraging and ‘wild banquet’ session with the friendly expert forager.
There are countless more on-site activities to get involved with, from archery and Saturday morning yoga, to ecology walks, women’s circles, and wildlife habitat lessons. But if you feel like straying away, you’re just two minutes away from the famous Bluebell Steam Railway, and five from the shimmering Ardingly Reservoir, which offers a wide array of watersports.
Wear yourselves out in whichever way you choose, before ending your day in the loveliest way imaginable. Sat around the crackling central firepit, settling in for storytelling and mugs of hot chocolate with your favourite people.
Things to note
Regrettably, pets are not permitted. If required, the Wild Spa can be booked exclusively by your party for a two-hour session. Please note that the Wagon is suitable for guests with reduced mobility, with easy access to the on-site facilities. One session in the Wild Spa is included in exclusive site hire; additional sessions and massage therapies can be arranged by request. The site can be booked as a woodland wedding venue and for day retreats – please enquire on the owner’s website for details.
Where you'll be staying
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
What the guests of Enchanted Glade Retreats say
“Absolutely stunning break, real return to nature; going off grid and cherishing the connection with my husband who shared the experience with me. Facilities are brilliant – hot shower with good pressure, fantastic little shared outdoor kitchen with sink and stove, and lovely spa! My husband had a massage and literally floated back to the tent. Highly recommended all round! We will be back!”
“Had the most amazing stay at Enchanted Glade Retreat for a friends birthday. The site is so so beautiful; it feels like every time you turn a corner there is something new to experience! The surroundings are amazing. The bell tents are beautiful and cosy. The hot shower in the woods is great, but the cold shower after the hot tub is out of this world. And to top it all off Maria and the team that run the site are all very friendly and incredibly helpful. Would recommend to anyone wanting to drop off the grid in nature with that little sprinkle of luxury!”
“Our week stay at the Enchanted Glade was fabulous. I really didn’t want to leave! The forest and wildlife such as deers, pheasants, rabbits and birds was so wonderful to see. My favourite was the Californian Red Trees which are huge! I really felt like we were in the thick of wilderness with a touch of comfort such as spacious tents with all the trimmings of blankets, beds and wood burners and a large community cooking area. The hot shower was a lovely surprise too! We brought too much with us and only really required, food, warm clothes and wellies. The pictures don’t do the glade justice. Maria & Lillo were so warm and welcoming, it’s amazing what they’ve accomplished in such a short space of time. There’s a slightly tricky walk down to the glade as it was muddy, however Lloyd (site manager) was more than happy to assist us with our luggage both ways. I’m hoping to come back in the autumn to see the beautiful scenery and array of colours. I’m an avid camper and this place comes up trumps for me. Thank you again.”