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.
A sanitary block has toilets, showers and basins, along with a fridge for all to use and washing up facilities. Guests can walk around the farm where wild deer, foxes and pheasants can be glimpsed, as well as owls during the night if you're lucky! It's also possible to arrange clay shooting and fishing nearby. See website for details.
Tents, glampers, couples, families, large groups (including weddings) and dogs - yes.
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
New for Summer 2019 is our Fire 'n' Crust catering van. Our campers and glampers do not need to venture far we we have a delicious menu with plenty to choose from waiting for you (Best to book in advance for groups).Hampers are available from the farm shop while nearby pubs and restaurants serve excellent local fare. The Spotted Dog (01892 870253), The Bottle House (01892 870306) and 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.
April - October. Sorry we are now full for the August bank holiday! Bell tents are available to hire between May- end of September.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 28 reviews
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!
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 😊
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!
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.
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 🏕🍻🍹🐕🐶☀️❤
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.