Ellenden Farm Glamping, Whitstable
Adults-only glamping where just three shepherds’ huts and two bell tents share views of the Kent countryside and Whitstable coast.
There are just three shepherds’ huts and two bell tents sharing a massive ten-acre meadow here. The view from their position at the top of it is rural fields all the way to the sea, with the added attraction of a 200-acre woodland in which you’re free to wander. Come in springtime for bluebells as far as the eye can see… pure bliss, but shhh – don’t tell the kids. Ellenden Farm is adults only. Just the place for a quiet, nature-filled, grown-up getaway.
Fallow Fields Camping, Deal
Family camping and bell tent glamping on a working fruit farm, two miles from the beautiful town of Sandwich
Fallow Fields caters well to family campers, with a newly built washroom, rainy day spaces and a small shop selling essentials (along with some of the farm’s own produce). For those less pushed to pitch, they have a dozen ready-furnished bell tents too.
Food is often on the mind here. On weekends, pizzas, pulled pork and roast chicken are rustled up for those hungry after the days activities – bushcraft during school holidays and yoga most weekends. Not that activities need be organised. Kids have space to run wild, gradually tiring themselves silly before a very good night’s sleep.
Elmley Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppy
Unbeatable views and wildlife on the only farmer owned and managed National Nature Reserve in the UK
Elmley Nature Reserve is a painter’s paradise. From your perch on a bank of raised ground in the middle of the marshland, eyes wander across swathes of meadow grasses, catching every colour of the morning sun.
Thankfully, from inside one of the reserve’s six handcrafted shepherd's huts, the windows do the work for you; 'Little Owl' and 'Samphire' have pretty picture windows, 'Vanellus' has a long, floor-to-ceiling glass panel, while 'The Ferryman’s', 'The Saltbox' and 'The Damson' have a vast pane as an entire end wall of each hut. They seriously let the outside in, achieving a sense of true abandonment in the middle of the wetland landscape, while a lovingly decorated interior and deep cosy beds still ensure that cosy, hide-away feel. Be you painter, shepherd, or hapless London-escapee, you'll feel at home here.
Broadhembury Caravan and Camping Park
Get a dose of The Good Life in The Garden of England
They don't call Kent 'The Garden of England' for nothing.
Having welcomed campers to this corner of Kent for over 40 years, the resident team here know what it takes to pull in the pitch-up punters.
Surrounded by acres of lush arable fields and wildflower meadows, the countryside round here is a walker's paradise and as such, a small public bridleway runs right through the grounds. "6 - 12 on the clock face" is given over to the camping fields. A selection of non-electric and hooked-up grass pitches of all shapes and sizes (the 'maxi pitches' are 14m x 10m!) are spread over two fields – one for families and an adults only field. The caravan contingent even have the option of a fully-serviced hard standing pitch. While the park does also boast an orderly scattering of holiday lets, these lie separated from the tent campers ("12 - 6 on the clock") by a hedge.
Badgells Wood Camping, Maidstone
Wonderful woodland camping with enough space to find your own private clearing in the trees
Set in the 30 acre corner of a sprawling 250 acre forest, the campsite has ample space for pitches, each in their own unique spot and varying in size. Whether you want to tuck yourself away with a two-man tent, or park up a campervan with a group of friends, there’ll be a pitch to match and, with peace and quiet top of this campsite's agenda, you can guarantee you won’t be disturbed. Instead, kick back in your pocket of woodland paradise, kindle the campfire and let your kids loose amongst the trees.
As the Badgells team rightfully proclaim, “if you prefer your campsite with mown lawns, plastic playgrounds and a swimming pool then we’re probably not for you”. But those with a romantic yearning for an off-grid woodland escape should head straight for the Kent Downs. Badgells Wood Camping will certainly do the trick.
If you want to find out more about any of the campsite listed above or many more, go to www.coolcamping.com