Hawthorn Grass Pitch 1

UK England South East England Kent Star Field Camping

  • Sleeps 6 (max 4 adults, 4 children)
  • Dogs Allowed
This area is over to the left of the field half way down

The Owner Says

Hawthorn area is on the South East side of the field and the place to be if you want to observe what's going on from your tent but be far enough away to feel secluded if you want to. There are two pitches in this area, if you would like to book with friends just let us know.
Our camping field is kept natural with long grass in between pitches with plenty of space for kids young and old to run about and play. Each pitch comes with its own fire ring. Fire kits, logs and camping fuel are all available to buy from the country store on site.
Please note our camping field is on a slope, it is not extreme but it is worth mentioning.
This is for one tent and one car (which will need to be parked off the camping field in the car park adjacent). If you have any further requirements, please email or call us before booking.

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About Star Field Camping

Suitable For

Glampers, tent campers, campervans, trailer tents, dogs – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, young groups, single sex groups and noisy folk – no.


The South East of England is real castle country and Star Field is well placed to visit the best preserved of them. It's a 15-minute drive to moated Bodiam Castle (01580 830196), a 14th century marvel that is the classic image of a castle, while Leeds Castle (01622 765400; 30 minutes) is built on an island in a widened section of the River Len and is a truly spectacular sight. It's a 20-minute drive to National Trust-owned Scotney Castle (01892 893820), too, though this is more of a country house than a castle, with extensive gardens (which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a celebrated example of the Picturesque style). It takes around 40 minutes to drive from the campsite to the coast – Camber Sands is the nearest well known beach – while Bedgebury Forest, great for walking and cycling on car-free trails is within walking distance, or a 2 minute drive, Bedgebury Pinetum is a 25 minute drive and Bewl Water is just beyond. The tiny market town of Cranbrook is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive away and worth wandering to, with ample independent shops and some historic eateries alongside newer establishments (see Food & Drink).

Food & Drink

Cranbrook Farm Shop (01580 712546) is a one-minute walk from your camping pitch and sells local produce, hot teas and coffees and take away lunches as well as being a Cook outlet. For larger shops, there is also a Co-Op in Cranbrook (5-minute drive or 20-minute walk). Cranbrook has three pubs: Larkins' Alehouse (07917 252585), the first micropub in Cranbrook, is best for real ales, while The George Hotel (01580 713348) is the posh oldie of the bunch – it's been open since 1300! The White Horse (01580 720727) is the most lively option, with live music from time to time. Cranbrook also has a plethora of cafés – try Arthur’s (01580 720880) for good coffee, Cocolicious (01580 714954) for sweet treats and afternoon tea or Waterloo Tea Rooms (01580 713802) for a quirky setting among the antiques and good views of Cranbrook's windmill. Further afield, it's a 10-minute drive to The Milk House (01580 720200) in Sissinghurst – it's a good one for families, with dogs welcome and a large outside space with a play area for children.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews


Great Campsite.... shame about the weather!!

Having camped for forty years I guess we've experienced quite a few campsites!! This one gets our thumbs up as, apart from the weather which we can't blame Star Field team for, it ticked all our boxes!! We chose the 'Elder' site which is beautifully sited down the hill in a glade backed by bushes/blackberries, it would get good sun.... but not the best site if it's raining heavily and the water is cascading down towards you as was our experience on day 2....still, it allowed Mike to be 'manly' and dig a trench which diverted the rain though we were squelching around in mud - the joys of camping! We watched most of our fellow campers being pulled out by the owners in a tractor - fun to watch. We loved the hot showers (2), which were kept spotlessly clean. The composting toilets were short drop ones (2) which I would imagine in hot weather might be a bit 'pongy' particularly as there was no sawdust. Knowing that there were only two loos we took our own portaloo - advisable particularly if you're coming with children. The farm shop is fabulous, not many places where you can stagger up for a croissant and fresh fruit in the morning. But agree that it is much cheaper to bring staples with you. Great location for Sissinghurst, can highly recommend The Milk House where our friends were staying. Not far from Rye, Dungeness and Derek Jarman's garden....lovely area all round and a great stay!

Spacious and beautiful

The site is lovely, tucked away from the world and nice and quiet. The compost loos are very clean and the showers are nice and hot ! Being able to have a fire to cook our meals and sit by at night was a real bonus ! The farm shop is convenient however prices are much higher for staple name brand items than would be in a standard supermarket so try not to forget the essentials like I did ! But I will add that it was nice to buy local fresh affordable produce and meat ! Walking along the tracks was very nice but I wouldn’t recommend walking along the road unless you are highly Visible, lots of blind bends and no paths
Jul 6, 2021 by Jess Cable Verified Review

Response from Star Field Camping

Thank you for your lovely review Jess.  The farm shop is such a bonus for our campers, it isn’t our business but Mel & Nick have been marvellous in stocking some essentials that campers often forget, unfortunately they cannot compete with supermarkets on price but do provide wonderful locally produced food you won’t find in those supermarkets.  You are right about walking on the road, please use our fields instead or the footpaths.

We love this campsite - clean, beautiful setting, great facilities, lovely hosts

It's a really beautiful campsite - rolling fields surrounded by hedgerow and woods. Very clean toilets and excellent hot showers. Lots of space to run around, very peaceful at night, and you can really see the stars. You can have a fire near the tent. The owners are really nice and helpful. Highly recommended!
Jul 4, 2021 by Tamsin Verified Review

Response from Star Field Camping

Thank you Tamsin, it was lovely to see you again, and again after you wrote this review ☺️

A great few days of peace and quiet in a lovely space, without lighting

We came here as it was convenient stop off but ended up staying 4 nights- lovely tucked away site, off grid, plenty of composting loos and good gas showers in individual huts. No extra lighting which was great! The farm shop is really handy on site but do bring what you need- it’s not open in the evening and they’d run out of the size gas we needed. We were able to cook on a campfire so it was fine but you’d need to be prepared and up for it! Any rain and getting on and off the field is tricky, any more and it’s impossible without 4wd or a tow. Easy walk on tracks to cranford with great curry and micro pub, but horrible walking along the road as loads of fast traffic. Would definitely come back- the owners have taken great care to create a lovely space with a very relaxed atmosphere

Response from Star Field Camping

Thank you Fran for your lovely comments. You are correct in all of your comments  We had monsoon rains before and during your visit which did result in David helping some people out with the tractor.  Our shop does close in the evenings (5.30) but is open 7 days a week, and we didn’t have the gas you needed as Calor has a national shortage of bottles.  We don’t recommend people walk on the pathless lane but do give directions to Cranbrook via a footpath, and if you do want to walk to the top of the lane, you can do so through our fields. There are lots of other walks from the campsite too.  We look forward to seeing you again.

Perfect getaway

Amazing site with everything you need for the perfect city escape. We hired one of the safari tents and were super impressed! Far better than what we expected, with everything you need! Camp site was lovely and quiet! The farm shop has everything you can think of and more! Highly recommend!
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Star Field Camping is located at Charity Farm, Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3PS

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Getting There

From the M25, take the A21 for 18½ miles to the A262. Continue on this road for 6 miles through Goudhurst. Turn off on to the B2085 (Glassenbury Road) at The Peacock Inn and follow this road to the end, then turn left on to the A229 (Hartley Road), then immediately right on to the B2086 (Swattenden Lane). Follow this road for ½ mile and turn into Charity Farm Countrystore on the right. Check in to the campsite at the countrystore.

From the M20, take the B2163, the A274 and the A229 towards Hawkhurst. Turn left at the B2086 (Swattenden Lane) and follow this road for ½ mile. Turn into Charity Farm Countrystore on the right and check in to the campsite at the countrystore.

From Ashford, take the A28 through Tenterden to Rolvenden and turn right on to the B2086. Follow this road for 6½ miles through Benenden until you reach Charity Farm Countrystore on the left. Turn in and check in to the campsite at the shop.

The nearest train station is in Staplehurst (trains from London take just under an hour, running from St Pancras International, Charing Cross and Cannon Street). From there you can take the number 5 bus (one every hour) to the village of Hartley. From there it's a 15-minute walk to the campsite.