We have been campers for many years but after too many wet and windy holidays we this year decided to try hiring a motorhome for a long weekend to see how we got on with it before possibly hiring one for a longer trip. We picked this campsite because it isn't too far from home and we were keen to explore Brighton and Lancing has an excellent train service into Brighton and in fact all along the south coast. The station is about a 15 minute walk from the campsite.
Joe the owner could not have been more helpful especially as, being new to a motorhome, we had a few difficulties. He was there to save the day at every turn. All the other people staying there were really friendly and helpful too.
The site is ideal for families with young children. It has a great play area in the centre of the field, right in view of watchful parents but far enough away not to disturb everyone. The facilities are a little bit basic but spotlessly clean. The beach is probably about a 10 minute walk. Next to the station is an Asda and close by a really good off-license too. The train into Brighton was really cheap, just over £9 for two adults and a child.
Brighton station is right in the middle of town. As you walk away from the Station down Queen Street make a left down some steps after a short distance. A short way down the hill take a right into North Laine which is a pedestrianised area with great little independent shops, boutiques, cafes etc. We thought this area was actually better than The Lanes themselves which are closer to the sea front. There is very good signing so you won't get lost. The Brighton Pavillion is close by too and the Pier with a great funfair on the end - especially good if you have teenagers with you.
Going the other way from Lancing (West) either by train or by road is Arundel which is a lovely old town with a castle. Big tip though - don't follow the sign in the main car park that says P for motorhomes this way! It takes you into a very wet field which we were into and couldn't immediately turn round due to a one way system (and lots of traffic). We got stuck nearly up to our axels in here. We insisted that Arundel Estates get us towed out which, to be fair, they did (thank you to Peter with his tractor! - and also to the wonderful Jim from the RAC who tried to come to our rescue to begin with and who stayed to help Peter by driving the van out - what would we have done without you both!).
Back to The Barn campsite - we'd definitely recommend. Thank you Joe.Motorhome, March 2016