Chafford Park

UK England South East England East Sussex Groombridge

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
Family-run camping and glamping in the grounds of an 18th century Sussex farmhouse.

With a shimmering lake, green lawns and the lazy River Medway wandering through its grounds, the 18th century farmhouse at Chafford Park lays claim to a quintessentially English setting. But between the golden fields and hedge-lined meadows, there's plenty of space for more than just the local farmer. Over nine acres of picturesque Kent countryside have been set aside for tent-pitchers and peg-pushers so that us travelling campers can still enjoy a generous slice of the scenery.

Chafford Park is a family-run farm that’s been under the helm of the Thompson’s for over a century. And while 300 acres of arable fields are still blessed with the rumble of tractors every year, there is more to be found than just bushels of wheat and the sweet smell of hay bales. The house and grounds are a popular venue for both indoor and outdoor weddings, while clay pigeon shooting and fishing are organised throughout the year. But it's the campsite, occupying a large apron of grass near the house, that merits the attention of us cool campers – a worthy place to spend an evening beneath the starry skies.

With up to 50 tents but no designated pitches, Chafford Park offers camping of the wilder sort, without electric hook-ups, cumbersome caravans or plastic playgrounds. There are still good sanitary facilities onsite; with toilets, showers and a washing-up area, but without the commercial campsite feel. Fridges allow guests to stash away a bottle of milk or a hunk of meat (from the local farm shop) for the BBQ, something that's well worth doing. The generous amount of space available also means that large groups or wedding parties can be roped-off in their own separate space, avoiding too much disturbance within the campsite and giving the group a laid-back festival atmosphere.

Despite such quiet seclusion in the countryside, Chafford Park offers surprisingly easy access to the surrounding area. A short drive into Royal Tunbridge Wells rewards you with an elegant spa town with a colonnaded parade of shops, while exploring the rural areas will take you to Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Ashdown Forest – the home of Winnie-the-Pooh. Whether you cruise between castles, throw yourself into local watersports, or arrange some onsite clay shooting, you’ll always be entertained and can finish off the day back in the arms of this rural hideaway. Return to the quiet of your tent, grab that cold beer you remembered to put in the fridge, and enjoy this blissful place to kick back and relax in the south of England.

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Facilities

A sanitary block located within a barn with 4 x toilets,  4 x showers and basins and washing up facilities. Please note that the camp fridge will be closed for health and safety reasons this season due to COVID 19, so it is advisable to bring a cool box with you. It's also possible to arrange clay shooting and fishing nearby- please see Chafford Park for details.   Social distancing measures for summer 2020 - all tents will need to be pitched up to 10 metres apart. There are also a rustic outdoor hand washing station, available with cold running water and soap next to the glamping bell tent area and also an outdoor washing up station with two sinks.  The sanitary block will be cleaned every day.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, couples, families, large groups (including weddings) and dogs - yes (must be on a lead at all times)

Nearby

Hop in the car for a drive north to Chartwell (01732 868381) – the former home of Winston Churchill – stopping on the way at Hever Castle (01732 865224), an exquisite beamed and moated Tudor manor house. Those taken in by the country pile should also consider Penshurst Place and Gardens (01892 870307) – similar splendour and family activities await. East of the campsite, Royal Tunbridge Wells precedes the tiny village of Tudeley, home to an unassuming church that boasts famous stained-glass windows by the Russian artist Marc Chagall. Meanwhile, more active campers can go canoeing (01342 810493) on the River Medway or climbing Harrison’s Rocks (01892 860670), an isolated sandstone outcrop surrounded by woodland. Ashdown Forest (01342 823583) is also a fantastic place to walk with kids. It was here that A. A. Milne wrote the classic Winnie-the-Pooh.

Food & Drink

Hampers are available from the farm shop while nearby pubs and restaurants serve excellent local fare. The Bottle House (01892 870306) the local, where you can order take away food during summer 2020 and The Spotted Dog (01892 870253), The Leicester Arms Hotel (01892 871617) are all in nearby Penshurst, while The George and Dragon (01892 863125) in Speldurst is a traditional 13th century inn with roaring log fires and dramatic oak beams – an excellent pick. The Chafford Arms (01892 740267) in Fordcombe is also a good family friendly pub in a quiet village.

Opening Times

April - October.  Bell tents are available to hire between May- end of September.

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The Owner Says

The campsite is situated in a quiet setting, near Royal Tunbridge Wells. Surrounded with golden corn fields and stunning natural beauty and wildlife, Chafford Park is ideal for traditional campers and there are lots of beautiful walks nearby with footpaths leading off the camping area.  Guests can book any activities, such as archery, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, basketry bookshops, Yoga bookshops and bushcraft and air rifle sessions (please speak to a member of our team to book).  You can also order food hampers upfront from the local farm shop in Groombridge (Tel: 01892 861753) to book your food supplies and firepits are available with logs to hire at the site (cash only payment for logs please). Bike rental can also be ordered in advance - ask us for details of supplier.  The site is open to campers and glampers - we have 12 bell tents available to hire during the summer from an external pop up rental glamping company and these are situated within a separate part of the camping field to the non-glampers.

Social Distancing Measures

Chafford Park Estate will be implementing social distancing rules with tents pitched 10 metres apart for 2020. There is also a rustic outdoor wash basin with water jug and hand soap within the glamping area. 

Accommodation

50 (undesignated) pitches in the 9 acre camping field. Tent-only. No electric hook-ups. 10 furnished Bell tents.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 35 Available
Our undesignated grass pitches are spread out in our 9 acre camping field. You can choose your own spot to pitch your tent up in our spacious field allowing groups and families to camp together.

Bell tent with double bedding

Bell tent Sleeps 4 6 Available
A Bell Tent sleeping up to 4 people

Bell Tent with double bedding

Bell tent Sleeps 4 3 Available
A Bell Tent sleeping up to 4 people

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Location

Contact Chafford Park, Chafford Park, Ashurst, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9UR

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Getting There

The nearest train station is Tunbridge Wells (08457 484950), not to be confused with Tonbridge, the more mundane town a few miles north. Owing to the rural nature of this campsite it is advised you have a car.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 52 reviews

★★★★★

Lovely, spacious campsite...

This campsite is situated in beautiful surroundings. Although the car park was full there was plenty of space around the edges of the field to choose your pitch (bell tents had the rest of the field) and we were a long way from the neighbouring tents on either side. It felt very spacious. Fire pits and wood were very welcome and brought round to the tent if you wanted them (we did). The toilet/shower facilities would have been fine in a 'normal' year but the covid has meant only 1 person / household in each of the 2 sections (previously male / female) at a time which caused some queues, however campsites have to work with what they have and safety is paramount. There are portaloos available round the site - the one near the shower block was clean, but the one nearest us at the opposite side was not but our timing may have been bad. The toilet/shower block was clean each time we went in. The campsite is a great base for exploring the surrounding area. We very much enjoyed our stay and found it very peaceful although large groups are accepted. There were a couple of larger groups whilst we were there but we weren't aware of much noise and definitely none later in the evening. Would definitely stay again if we were camping in the area.
Sep 20, 2020 by Cathy
★★★★★

Amazing, beautiful and friendly

Chafford Park was an ideal location for camping, with beautiful country side walks just minutes from the site. Toilets and showers were kept very clean and soap and toilet roll was provided - an added bonus! Fabulous price for a fire pit and was very handy that they came and delivered them! Would definitely recommend and will be staying again.
★★★★★

Beautiful setting

A great weekend camping at Chafford Park. The tents are set around the edge of a large field, well distanced between tent pitches so felt quite private, maybe less so in a bell tent which were more central. Rentable fire pits a great addition. Facilities were decent. Good location to travel down from London.
★★★☆☆

Nice setting but let down by the facilities

Nice setting for camping, tents not on top of each other, nice forest walks close by. Not enough hand cleaning stations and many either empty or not working. Not enough washing up facilities or showers for the number of people, only one of the two for women working, always queues and they weren't very clean. Soaps were empty and not refilled. Owner can be a bit short and rude to campers. Nice quiet Sunday ruined by trail bikers in adjacent field all day. For the money there are much better camp sites in East Sussex.

Response from Chafford Park

Thank you for your feedback and do appreciate it. Due to our COVID regulations we only allow one family to use the facilities at a time, sometimes this does result in a slight queue and we apologise for this but we only want all of our campers to be safe. To help minimise the queues we have added in extra hand washing facilities outside of the wash block to ensure all campers have access to them easily and we have also added multiple portaloos around the field.

We are sorry to hear about bike event disturbing you, this event took place on a neighbours farm and unfortunately it was outside of our control. We have spoken with them and will let campers know beforehand in the future.
★★★★★

Truly relaxing

Second year running our large group camped at Chafford Park. It was our 25th anniversary of camping. The owner Sarah is hands on, approachable, & engages well with her guests. She smelt the daily Millicano coffee whilst doing her rounds. She sat chatting with us & even joined us with a glass of wine around the camp fire at night. If your stuck on things to do simply ask her & she will direct you to local pubs, attractions, or give you directions to simply stroll through her lovely grounds. If your looking for a relaxing peaceful break, without the silly rules & regulations that other sites impose, then this is the place to be!! Thanks Sarah. X
★★★★★

Perfect Bank Holiday weekend even with barely any sun

There were 4 of us at the site with 2 tents, We had a fantastic time, We did not explore enough though! Plenty of space!
Sep 1, 2020 by waveswaves Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect site for family, friends and dogs!

We spent the bank holiday weekend at the delightful site, with our daughter and dog - and absolutely loved it. There are a lot of plus points. For starters, the field is enormous, so you really do have a great choice where pitches are concerned. While the bell tents are located at the top of the field, there are plenty of other lovely spots to choose from - all accessible via little footpaths mown through the long grass. (These are very useful when it comes to transporting your gear to your chosen pitch, using one of the wheelbarrows provided on site.) The amenity block is another winner. There are two showers and two loos per side (all cleaned very regularly) - one designated for men, the other for women. These flank a central area, which features two sinks for washing up (complete with washing up liquid, sponges and copious amounts of hand sanitiser), as well as hairdryers and plug sockets where you can recharge your devices. There's also a camp fridge here, although this is currently out of bounds due to the ongoing pandemic. Outside, there's a further wash station, plus a pizza van, which visits in the evening to feed those who've booked a day in advance. (NOTE: While the pizza van only comes if it has advance orders, it's also possible to order from them on the day - so long as they have sufficient supplies.) Between 5 and 7pm, the owner, Sarah, and/or her son come round to informally check you in and to ask whether you'd like to hire a fire pit (£10/night) or to buy logs for it (£8/bag). It's a very relaxed affair - and all the better for it. All in all, we felt it was a fantastic dog/family-friendly site. The location is stunning (think rolling hills, bordered by corn fields). And although you can hear the occasional plane overhead, these are rare and don't detract from the experience. Thanks, Chafford Park, for a lovely stay!
★★★★★

Lovely bank holiday trip

Perfect camp site for a last minute bank holiday camping trip. The site has lots of space and great facilities! Lovely scenery and walks nearby in the beautiful Kent countryside.
★★★★☆

Picturesque campsite

Lovely campsite with lots of privacy and space. You choose your own pitch on arrival, but there is more than enough space for everyone. You can't park your car on the field, but you can drive to the pitch to unload and load, which is very helpful. The only slight issue is that it could probably do with another set of toilets and showers (there are two of each for men and women) and they are quite a far walk from parts of the field. There are a few porta-loos scattered around, which does help. All in all a lovely place, with so much to do in the local area. When we were there there was a pizza van on the Saturday night, but not sure if this is a regular thing.
★★★★★

Perfect setting for family, friends and well-behaved dogs!

We spent two delightful nights here over the bank holiday with our daughter and dog. It really is a gorgeous site - and perfectly geared to family and friend groups alike. For starters, the picturesque field is enormous, meaning that you have a huge amount of choice in terms of where you want to pitch - if you aren't staying in one of the gorgeous bell tents, which are situated at the top of the site. There are also paths mown through the long grass, making it easier to navigate to your preferred location. (These are useful when using one of the supplied wheelbarrows to transport your gear from the car park to your pitch.) The amenity block contains two showers and two toilets apiece for men and women, plus a central area that includes two sinks for washing up. This is equipped (and regularly topped up) with washing up liquid/sponges, as well as hand sanitiser, hair driers and plug sockets - making it a convenient location for recharging devices. Normally, there is also a camp fridge; it's out of action during the pandemic, but I imagine it would be very convenient at other times. Outside, there is a further washing area - plus a pizza van that comes on site in the evening. (NOTE: The van only comes on site if it receives advance orders. However, we forgot to do this, and were told that we could still order so long as the van was there.) Between 5pm and 7pm, the owner (Sarah) and/or her son come round to check you have everything you need, and to offer the opportunity to hire a fire pit (£10) and wood (£8). They have a lovely approach; it's all very relaxed. All in all, we were very happy with our time at Chafford Park. The setting is divine (think rolling hills, bordered by maize fields). Yes, you'll hear a very occasional flight overhead. And there was clearly a scrambling bike event happening in a nearby field one morning. However, this didn't detract from our five-star experience in any way. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chafford Park!
★★★☆☆

Lovely place (lack of facilities let it down)

Just returned from a 3 night stay in the camping field. When we arrived it was raining and raining quite badly. (It took us 6 trips back and forwards to the car with the wheelbarrow 😫) When we arrived we were unsure what to do! We just followed another family which had turned up. Was very easy to find a spot to pitch as the site was quiet. However as it was bank holiday weekend the site filled up over our stay, lovely atmosphere with the children playing in the fields and in the woods, but the lack of facilities really let the place down. 2 showers and 2 toilets just wasn’t suitable for the amount of campers on the site. There were lots of people waiting every time I went to use the facilities and queues for pot washing also. One other negative was when other people arrived they drove cars on the field to pitch up, I thought it was a no car site (hence the 6 trips in the rain on our arrival day!) It is a lovely site for exploring and space for children to play, however the facilities really let it down for us. There were portaloos dotted around the field, however these were full and stinky!) Was a shame really as the owners were lovely and as said perviously a great site for exploring.

Response from Chafford Park

Thank you for your review and we are sorry to hear about the queues you experienced during your stay. Due to covid19 only one family are allowed in the facilities at a time, which may have resulted in longer waiting times however, this was necessary for the safety of all our campers, we hope you can understand this and again we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. 
★★★★★

Beautiful place to get away from it all

Just home from a weekend away at Chafford Park. The campsite is well maintained. Very friendly owners. Clean facilities. The camping field is perfect and pitches feel well spaced. Beautiful location. Went with three children who all thought it was brilliant. Would definitely stay again.
Aug 31, 2020 by Peter Jackson
★★★★★

Charming and quiet campsite

We spent a lovely few days here. There are 12 very cute bell tents set up in the middle of the field, with mown paths to them and then a mown strip, also reached by paths, all along the perimeter for those bringing their own tents (us). The owner, Sarah, lives on site but is happy to leave campers to just get on with it. The field is beautiful. There are two showers and two toilets (quite rustic but fine) each for women and for men. The washing up area has two sinks but no hot water (I filled our trug in the showers next-door). There are hairdryers available there and you can plug in your phone for recharging. The fridge is not available to guests at the moment due to Covid but we managed by shopping daily and storing milk in a bucket of water. I gather that the bell tents are only rented out on the weekends / long weekends so I think it might be busier then, but Mon-Fri was really quiet and peaceful with only seven other tents (families or groups) while we were then and not all at once. We visited Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, food shopped in Crowborough and also the Groombridge Farm Shop. But if you are happy to sit amongst the grasses reading a book or playing catch, cooking over a fire (hiring fire pits and buying a bag of wood are £18), watching the sun come up over the trees in the morning or the stars cover the expanse of sky at night then this is the place for you. It is on the Gatwick flight path but that didn't bother us. And be warned that you need to take your things to your pitch on wheelbarrows but being car free on the field is very pleasant.
★★★★☆

Secluded & lovely!

Really lovely field, where you will definitely find a pitch that feels secluded. It's also very peaceful, without any close-by roads. The only reason it doesn't get 5 star is there can be rushes on the toilets at busy times. But if i could give 4.5 star I would!
★★★★☆

Great seclusion.

Really lovely field, where you will definitely find a pitch that feels secluded. It's also very peaceful, without any close-by roads. The only reason it doesn't get 5 star is there can be rushes on the toilets at busy times. But if i could give 4.5 star I would!
★★★★☆

Very peaceful campsite for a relaxing time

My partner, my son and I thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights at Chafford Park. The campsite is essentially a large high grass field with a few glamping huts surrounded by a tent-pitching area. There were only a handful of tents throughout our stay, which made this such a quiet and relaxing place. You can enjoy a wild swim in the local river, just 5 minutes walk away. The site has everything you need, from fire pits, to washing up stations and portaloos. The main building has toilets, showers and a sink area with drinking water. Chafford park is 55 minutes away from the seaside, less than 30 minutes away from Bewl waters for some water fun (and delicious trout!) and 5 minutes away from a farm shop selling local products (fruits, vegetables, cheeses, etc.). Nice country pubs within 10 minutes drive too. The owner was friendly and left her guests to their own devices. Personally we would have appreciated the owner welcoming us at check-in, introducing us to the local area and in particular explaining the covid-19 measures put in place. Overall, we had a lovely holiday and will definitely consider the campsite again.
Aug 15, 2020 by Philippe & Annabel
★★★★☆

Very peaceful campsite for a relaxing time

My partner, my son and I thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights at Chafford Park. The campsite is essentially a large high grass field with a few glamping huts surrounded by a tent-pitching area. There were only a handful of tents throughout our stay, which made this such a quiet and relaxing place. You can enjoy a wild swim in the local river, just 5 minutes walk away. The site has everything you need, from fire pits, to washing up stations and portaloos. The main building has toilets, showers and a sink area with drinking water. Chafford park is 55 minutes away from the seaside, less than 30 minutes away from Bewl waters for some water fun (and delicious trout!) and 5 minutes away from a farm shop selling local products (fruits, vegetables, cheeses, etc.). Nice country pubs within 10 minutes drive too. The owner was friendly and left her guests to their own devices. Personally we would have appreciated the owner welcoming us at check-in, introducing us to the local area and in particular explaining the covid-19 measures put in place. Overall, we had a lovely holiday and will definitely consider the campsite again.
★★★★★

Lovely site, laid-back feel

Really easy-going camping. Beautiful site...pitch areas spaced out and felt very private (long grass in between). Facilities good, clean and plentiful for number of campers. Very near river...had extremely pleasant wild swim. Nice pubs nearby. A few picnic tables dotted about make huge difference for camping with kids (perennial request of campsites)....
★★★☆☆

Beautifully secluded

This is a beautiful secluded spot ideal for escaping the crowds during lockdown. Tents can be pitched anywhere around the beautiful meadow, with plenty of room for everyone to find a private spot. Wheel barrows are provided although watch out for ones with a flat tyres and loose screws! Much fun had trying to balance our gear on wonky barrows! There’s a little stream running through the woodland alongside the field with access to footpaths through the far reaching maize fields. Fire pits are plentiful for campfire cooking, watching gently billowing smoke rise over the camping field in the evening was magical. Shame about the communal facilities though, not good Covid precautions. Extra hand wash sinks and portaloos were provided so not too far to walk to a loo. Unfortunately the only drinking water available was from the washing up area where campers also cleaned teeth and dried hair. A bottleneck with only one family allowed in at a time and could have done with more regular cleaning - not nice cleaning teeth in a washing up sink nor cleaning spit from a basin before washing up. Hot water taps were temperamental, so we ended up boiling water to do our washing up. Not the best COVID secure arrangements, I suggest the owners put in more regular cleaning and check the taps are working more often. None the less, with a bit of improvisation we had a fantastic stay.
Aug 8, 2020 by Vicky
★★★★★

A great escape without far to go, simple but endlessly entertaining.

Chafford Park so easy to get to it warrants the experience even if you only have a couple of days to spend there.Yet it feels like a proper escape. The owner strikes the perfect balance of the excellent host -- friendly and helpful but never interfering. The woods are magical for kids, precluding the need to entertain them, so that you can sit back with a glass of something cool and just relax.
★★★★★

Beautiful site, close to London

We had a lovely four day stay at Chafford Park, including two days private hire for a party. Sarah the host is friendly and welcoming and pops round every night with logs for the fire pits. Nestling within the meadow are comfortable, well-provisioned bell tents, or you can pitch your own in the mown parts of the field. The showers and communal areas are clean and tidy, with sockets for charging phones and cameras. As well as a little woodland that’s safe for the children to explore, there’s a beautiful little Wind in the Willows river nearby perfect for wild swimming, and plenty of pubs if you fancy a night off the camp stove! ... and it’s only an hour or so away from London. We’ll be back next year!
Aug 4, 2020 by A McCulloch
★★★★★

Beautiful

Setting is just gorgeous, full of wildlife, quiet and next to some great woods for the kids to play in. Lots of lovely walks nearby too. Sarah was lovely and the facilities were clean and fully stocked. I would definitely visit again x
★★★★☆

Beatiful site, very quiet

We loved being on the meadow. A wonderful unspoilt view from our tent! The camping area is on a large perimeter of a large golden meadow. The way it slopes you don't really see the tents on opposite side, so feels very private. Or certainly did when we were there as despite summer holidays, it was not busy at all. I am not sure how the toilet and washing up facilities would cope with bigger numbers, when busy. I knew they don't run a reception as such. I was surprised though to find no instructions whatsoever on arrival, what to do, where to set up, where the toilets are (not obvious when you first arrive!), how we could get fire pits or wood. I appreciate they are busy, no reception is fine, but it would be immensely helpful to have some sort of welcome sheet. Had the other campers not been around (and there weren't many of them) , we would have felt quite stuck and unsure how to proceed. The owner arrived later that evening to chat to us. The area is beautiful, we found lots of things to explore and do and just enjoyed being by the fire pit and cooking lengthy breakfast! It would be really useful to be able to preorder the fire pits. You are not allowed to make a fire without them. But they are first come first serve, not sure how many to go round. I would have been really stuck for our meal plans, if we hadn't managed to get a fire pit, as we relied on that for cooking. We don't go camping, to then go to the pub! Not sure what to do next time, if we came again, as I would want to be sure I can have fire. Bit more info, local map, etc would also be helpful! There was just a pub list. There wasn't a wedding on, whilst we were there. Not sure how it would feel to share the space (both for the wedding party and for the campers). I guess I would feel a little awkward to wander to the toilets, when a wedding party is in progress. So, yes, we loved the space and the area. Amazing to have that sense of space and yet be on a campsite!
Jul 29, 2020 by TheGardener Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful, well-run site

The campsite is situated in a large meadow, full of lovely wildflowers and with shady trees around the perimeter. There are a few conveniently-sited portaloos in the camping area and the toilet, shower, and washing-up block is modern and does not lack for hot water. Logs and fire pits to burn them in are reasonably priced and plentiful. There are plenty of beautiful walks around the farm and lots of things to do nearby. The owners are friendly, and after coming round to make sure we were settled in left us to enjoy our stay. The family should be very proud of what they have achieved with this incredibly gorgeous part of the country.
★★★☆☆

Well located, friendly sociable site, facilities could do with improving.

Good points * The campsite was really friendly and laid out in a way, that even though we were there bank holiday weekend and it was full to capacity, it didn’t feel crowded or noisy. * You can play music and again because of the layout, you couldn’t hear other peoples music or voices, even late at night when the rest of the site was quiet. * Nice woods for the kids to play in. Bad points * The facilities (toilets / showers) were not sufficient for the number of visitors they allow on the site * The showers were dirty. They were incredibly muddy despite a heatwave on the Bank Holiday weekend we stayed. On the BH Monday we were the only people remaining on the campsite the site, the facilities had supposedly been cleaned, but my son dug a huge lump of other peoples hair from the shower mat with his foot. * None of the hand soaps in the ladies toilets were filled at anytime over the weekend. They were empty by the Monday evening. * There was no hot running water from the washing up tap at any point over the weekend, even when we were the only people on the site. * The fire wood that you have to buy on site is quite expensive. * The fridges were filled to capacity. The site make a big deal about you being able to put anything you want in the fridge, which is a great gesture, but it meant essentials like milk didn’t stay cold because people had filled it with bread and beers and raspberries!!! There were additional fridges available, but these were also filled with non-essential items. It’s a shame the facilities let this site down. It is lovely, well located and very friendly and works brilliantly for big groups to stay, but it is hugely letdown by the toilet and shower facilities.
★★★★★

Lovely staff and location

My friends and I had a wonderful weekend at this campsite celebrating a mates 21st. Booked very last minute (previous day) and everything was super smooth. Staff were lovely and chilled, lovely woods, fire pit was great, barely populated so we had our space. Everything was great. Would love to come again!
Sep 23, 2019 by Matty
★★★★☆

Bank holiday visit

Great visit to chafford park on the bank holiday weekend. It is always a gamble camping on a bank holiday weekend as it can be over crowded. But the way in which the field is set out, it prevents you from feeling your on top of everyone else. The facilities were great and clean. A fridge on site to be used which was invaluable with the extreme heat. However, some people were using it to store alcohol. Would be useful for the fridge only to be used for perishable goods! We will definitely be back again for visit 😊
Aug 30, 2019 by L Hill Verified Review
★★★★★

Fab first camping holiday!

This was our first time camping and we had a blast. We arrived just after the bank holiday weekend so the site was extremely quiet which was a bit daunting at first (being by ourselves in a big field) however, there was actually one other set of campers at the other end of the field and it didn’t matter anyway, Sarah came and greeted us along with her gorgeous doggies and then just left us to it really! The toilet and shower blocks are great; hot showers, proper loos, lots of mirrors and a drinking water tap! This is an absolutely lovely area and we couldn’t believe how beautiful all the surrounding areas were. I recommend visiting Hever Castle and Bewl Water (we hired bikes to cycle around the lake and it was glorious). We also spent one evening cooking our dinner by the campfire which was lovely!
Aug 30, 2019 by Hannah Hawkings
★★★★☆

Affordable & quiet camping spot in great location

We booked this for bank holiday weekend last minute and still got a spot. It was quite busy but our neighbor campers were lovely. The facilities were good and it's a nice, quiet camping spot within a short distance of lots of nice sites to see.
Aug 28, 2019 by Ilona Pinter Verified Review
★★★★★

Awesome

Just returned from our annual camp at Chafford Park. We were a group of 15. Space is plentiful & the stunning scenery ensured a truly relaxing stay. There is a large fridge on site to store your perishable goods which proved to be handy. The owner Sarah is truly hands on & connects well with her guests. She took time out from her busy schedule to visit us daily, chatted & even danced with us once she had a few drinks around the camp fire! A chilled out campsite without the silly rules & regulations other sites enforce. Thanks Sarah we all enjoyed ourselves.
★★★★★

Amazing break with family and friends

I arrived on Thursday2 22nd August to find my brother being the only person and tent there! The field is huge with a beautiful uncut bit in the middle. You can drive around the cut grass to select your pitch wherever you want. We pitched near the entrance so we didnt have far to walk to the toilet/showers/washing up. The first night was only us two in the massive field! We hired the fire pit and got our wood which yes you can say is expensive at £10 per liad but its really good wood and our fire lasted 5 hrs! Sarah the owner introduced herself. She is a very pleasant lady who runs the whole thing single handed! Five more tents in our group arrived on Friday. They pitched next to us and opposite so we were together. Friday night was so much fun...we invited Sarah to drinks with us...she came along and we sat by the fire in a circle and chatted fof hours. We did manage to have a bit of a boogie too which was fun! It was so very hot over the weekend that we bought a paddling pool to cool off in. It was a lifesaver. The site is dog friendly and Sarah has 3 beautiful dogs who joined us a lot...maybe for our sausages!! The site was fully booked but you didnt feel overcrowded. Yes we had to wait for a shower but we just went very early or about 11ish. The after dinner washing up was very busy but we were in peak season. There were fridges there but some people put their Prosecco and boxes of beer in to keep cool I felt this was selfish as we were in 31 degree heat over bank holiday and the meat and dairy should have been a priority. I can honestly say our whole group of 13 and 2 dogs had a very relaxing and chilled out time. I for one never sleep well but slept like a baby until 8am. We left on Tuesday 27th August and it was very relaxed about what time to leave. Its just beautiful at Chafford Park especially at night where theres no light pollution and you can just watch the shooting stars. Sarah is one very lucky lady to be blessed with such a beautiful Estate and she works very hard on it too. I would certainly recommend the site and will most definitely be going back 🏕🍻🍹🐕🐶☀️❤
Aug 28, 2019 by Helen Davey Verified Review
★★★★★

Quiet and relaxing campsite

I camped here over the bank holiday weekend and despite there actually being lots of campers on site it felt wonderfully quiet. We only had to wait for washing up. It’s a beautiful site in the green hills of Kent. Perfect for the sort of camping I enjoy. Space enough to have a number of tents in your group, camp fires, dogs and access to water. Loved this place and wish to return. Thank you for a fabulously relaxed weekend.
★★★★☆

I’d go again.

This campsite is a great campers site. The site is in a beautiful location and tents are pitched around the edge with a slight mound/wild meadow in the middle. Great for families, couples or groups. The no car policy did ensure that kids were generally free to run and roam without risk. The facilities are just ok: two sinks for washing up (although only with cold water) and men’s and women’s toilets and showers (2 of each which did mean we had to wait unless you get up early). Make sure you’ve got a hold-all to go to the showers/wet rooms with as there is nowhere to put anything (except a hook on the back of the door) whilst showering and the floor was dirty and the shower ran on to it. The showers were hot and worked well. We didn’t see the ‘new’ catering van that i saw in the pictures - maybe it wasn’t up and running for the bank holiday or it wasn’t for campers - not sure. Would I go back? Yes. Would I recommend? Yes.
Aug 27, 2019 by Suz
★★★★★

Heavenly Camping in the Kent Countryside

Great weekend with friends at Chafford Park - Very busy BH weekend - yet not overcrowded. So peaceful, good facilities, great host Sarah, who delivered our fire pit, our logs and came to say goodbye to each individual tent - How is that for service. We took our bikes and loved the down hill sections of the local cycle path (very hilly part of the country) We will return.
Aug 27, 2019 by Paula Farley Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite

My second camping trip here, this time with an old friend who wasn’t sure camping was for her! She’s now a convert. The setting is stunning, beautiful countryside all around. Our kids had fun and whether you want to chill out and explore the surrounding woods or go further afield, there’s plenty to see and do. We went to Kingdom, only 3 miles away and worth a visit. The campsite was also pretty quiet when we were there so we never had to queue to wash up or shower, plus plenty of room in the fridge. Sarah, the owner, is an interesting lady who was friendly and helpful.
Aug 11, 2019 by Jane Powell
★★★★★

Wonderful camping experience

We've just returned from an amazing camping weekend at Chafford Park. The setting is just beautiful with campers pitching up around the edges of a field which is a bit wild in the middle. It makes you feel like you are glamping in the wild with not that many people around. It was lovely to meet the owner Sarah - the team were very helpful! The facilities were good and the location is spot on, right in the heart of rolling Kent countryside. Thank you, we will be back!
★★★★☆

Great location, lovely field camping with a great atmosphere.

Our stay was very quiet even though it was the school holidays. Lots of space, decent facilities and logs for the fire pit on request. Relaxed atmosphere and a great location for visiting National Trust properties as well as towns and the coast.
★★★★★

Wonderful peaceful campsite

My daughter and I and our dog spent a wonderful weekend at Chafford Park. Plenty of space surrounded by the beautiful Kent countryside. Facilities spot on and owner very helpful. Will definitely be back.
Jul 30, 2019 by Bruce
★★★★★

Great campsite

The site was really peaceful and the views were great. Sarah was really helpful by phone when we arrived - as we had a few questions but had arrived late. Showers were really good. Would stay here again.
Jul 29, 2019 by Victoria
★★★★★

Had a great time

Wonderful site. Lovely owner. Loads to do locally. Rain stopped plans to go canoeing and swimming in the river but went to Hever Castle instead, which is an amazing day out. Lots of opportunities for rock climbing locally too.
★☆☆☆☆

Rude owner ruined experience - but beautiful location

I don't normally write reviews, but it is necessary on this occasion. The owner Sarah is incredibly rude and condescending she shouted at us for driving down the wrong path and became very aggressive stating 'this was her land', our encounter with her was very unpleasant and left a sour taste on our trip. We went to the local pub who also seemed to have an issue with her as they told us how difficult she has been. This site is only recommended if there are no encounters with the owner, otherwise, your camping experience could be ruined. Sorry!
Jul 27, 2019 by Louise
★★★★☆

Glorious setting! Service was adequate

The location is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend this site. The outer edges of the field are mowed for pitches with plenty of room for you to choose where suits you best. The field domes in the middle and is covered in wild grasses and young trees so it feels completely secluded from your pitch. The facilities are in good condition (washing up station, power sockets, showers & WCs and a fridge). There was no one onsite managing the campsite when we arrived. We'd given lots of notice as to our exact arrival time and we'd booked a fire pit and wood in advance. It took over 45 minutes to get hold of someone, despite the owner originally answering our call. It was raining and we were reliant on the fire to cook so it was really annoying. We cycled to the campsite from the station (10 minutes) and had a great day cycling back to London on Sunday. However the only amenity in walking distance was a pub so it would be good to bring a car.
★★★★★

A perfect pitch just a short drive from London

This was our first camping trip and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to what we hope will become a new family tradition! It’s a truly beautiful country campsite, with a mound of wild grass in the middle and pitches dotted around the perimeter, allowing for a very private feel. You can park your car right up at your pitch, making set up and pack up seamless. The ablutions are kept very clean, and not to far from any pitch. There are also great countryside walks to take directly from the campsite. We’ll definitely go back!
★★★★☆

Great

A lovely place set back from everything and everyone. You choose your pitch when camping and get left to your own account. You can hide a campfire pit for the weekend for £10 and a small bucket of wood for £10 also but I recommend getting your own wood and charcoal before going. But all for all it’s a great place to camp if you just want to be away from everyone and everything.
★★★★★

Brilliant!

Great location, lovely meadow with good facilities. Lots of open space for the children to fun free. My 3 girls had the best time and so too did I. I would definitely return and recommend.
Jul 15, 2019 by TIM UDEN Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful, scenic, charming and relaxing

Sarah the camp site owner has a nice relaxed approach towards her guests. She runs a tidy, well laid out camp site which includes hot showers, toilets and cleaning facility. The main field is nicely maintained with short cut grass showing the walking route toward the showers and toilets. The grass in the center of the field is left to grow which encouraging the beautiful wildlife to surround you. We would recommend this campsite. 😁
★★★★☆

Nice area, good facilities

Great campsite with nice facilities. The extra charge for the campfire is a little bit expensive, but totally worth it. The fridge is a great extra facility to have. Their signage could be improved, as we had to call them to work out where to go when we arrived, and the toilet block was not clear on arrival. This campsite is certainly walkable from the nearest train station.
Apr 29, 2019 by Dave Verified Review
★★★★☆

Beautiful setting but not the best experience

The setting is absolutely beautiful, although the 9 acre camping field is slight misleading. As only a small portion was mown and therefore the rest couldn’t be pitched on. Because of this we were pitched rather close to each other right next to a large a slightly rowdy group! It’s clear that the camping is more just an add on to the wedding venue business and so signage is great for the weddings but not great for campers. Eg signs to the loos were incorrect and not easy to find the facilities. Despite this, the setting was stunning and facilities were great (indoor washing up area and well equipped loos) and we had a lovely break away.
Aug 13, 2018 by Bella Leal
★★★★★

Lovely weekend away

Stayed here just at the end of august as a getaway just the two of us had such a lovely time . The guys who run the site were really friendly and helpful. We rented a fire pit for a £10 for the whole weekend was well worth it as had a rack for cook on so we didn't really need to bring a stove , there a kettle in the utilities . Though it was a basic site they kept it clean and when it did get messy they sorted it out in a few hours. When we went the site was quite busy but didn't feel like we were on top of people. We had some lovely walks around the area and would recommend  going on walk through the corn fields to  the chafford arm pub . 

Sep 16, 2015 by chan88
★★★★★

Noisy and dirty campsite

I have stayed at the campsite and it will be the last time I will be staying. Firstly, we arrived and we werent seen too for ages, no one greeted us. Finally the owner turned up Sarah who I found very rude and short. The campsite had too many people and not enough toilet facilities. Noisy children and the tents were all squashed up together which makes it impossible to relax. We were unable to have a fire pit as there were none available so we had to make do with the small cooker we had. The whole experience was a nightmare and it certainly wasnt a glamping site but extremely basic camping site. I would've had more fun in my back garden. I find the information on this site misleading and I suggest that Chafford Park gets taken off this site altogether to avoid more unhappy customers.
Sep 2, 2015 by Antonella
★★★★★

Beautiful and peaceful campsite

Chafford Park is a relaxed, back-to-basics campsite set in a beautiful field. I don't think the photos on here do it justice, to be honest!

I went with my girlfriend, who has never been camping before, and we couldn't have picked a better first-time spot! The shower, toilet and washing facilities were very clean and provided just the right amount of comfort, although, as the above review mentions, I think if we went at a busier time there would be queues - there were two other groups there during our stay.

The surrounding countryside has many footpaths and is dotted with small, quaint villages with plenty of pubs around to stop for a mid-walk pint or two! We had a meal at the Chafford Arms which we can highly recommend for good prices, great portions and a large selection of home-made food. It is just a 15 minute walk down the road as well!

Not really god anything bad to say about the place other than that I personally wouldn't want to go at peak times, purely because I think it would get a pain with the basic shower facilities. I would recommend Chafford Park for couples or small groups of adults.

Sep 5, 2014 by Sam
★★★★★

laid back luxury

We had a lovely stay at Chafford Park. We were blessed with lovely weather which always helps but nevertheless it was a lovely campsite. It is what I would class a "basic" campsite (which are the type I prefer) but don't let that put you off.  The facilities are probably the best I have experienced for a basic site.  The toilets are clean, proper toilets - no portaloo's to be seen. There are two for men and two for women along with two showers for men and two for women. When I was there there was never a queue, I can imagine on a busy weekend this could be a bit different but personally I would rather wait than use a portaloo!

There is a fridge/freezer available - I think the fridge has broken though or perhaps it was just the hot weather when we were there, but the fact that this has been provided at all is quite impressive for a "basic" site. washing up facilities consist of a very clean indoor area with two sinks and draining boards - again no queues when I was there but I can imagine this getting busy at other times.

There were three large wheely bins for rubbish disposal but no recycling (tunbridge wells has a recycling unit at the sainsbury's a few miles away.)

The camping field was a lovely long grass meadow with mown areas for driving around and pitches - really beautiful. there are areas with tree cover for shade and shelter. there are woods to explore for the kids and a lovely big swing.

the fire pits they provide while quite pricey at £10 (that covers the whole stay so if staying for over a couple of nights it's actually excellent value) are really top notch. they are well designed and have a griddle that can be put on half of it to cook on - no need to get your bbq out and have to clean it up!

overall highly recomended - we will be going again this summer and will probably make this our last minute getaway in the future.

Aug 4, 2014 by uniqueadventures

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