Bell tent

UK England South East England Kent Ashford The Sunnyfield

  • Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Slippers, an umbrella and a coat stand lend a touch of class to this fully-furnished bell tent in Kent.
  • A five-metre bell tent set up with everything you need for a comfortable glamping stay
  • Fire pit, grill and gas stove available for al fresco dining
  • Pitched in a rural meadow with a back-to-basics feel

The Owner Says

Each tent is uniquely stylised and accessorised with themes/names like; Alice in Wonderland, Romantic Ratten, Under the sea, Farm yard Friends, Colourful Scandi & 70’s soft filter!

Bell tents are fully furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay including a comfortable double mattress bed and linen, king-size duvet, six pillows, bottom sheet, throws and hot water bottles. Fantastic kids' bunk beds are also available.

The tents are internally lit with solar and LED lighting and also contain bedside tables, an Ottoman trunk box filled with blankets, rugs, a cool box, crockery box with cutlery, frying pan, saucepan, washing up items, BBQ equipment, glasses and wine glasses as well as a vanity mirror, coat stand, books, board games and surprises - not to mention slippers and an umbrella!

Fridges for ice packs are available at the main house. Outside the tent, you'll find a fire pit, pop-up grill, camping gas stove and outdoor seating.

The Bell Tent is priced for two sharing adults but other beds can be added at additional cost. Extra awnings, event shelters and separate external store tent for food and luggage are available as an add on if required, email us your requirements.

A wood-fired pizza oven will be available for making your own pizzas and the shop will stock essential items such as wood, kindling, fire lighters, head torches, organic meats, raw milk from the local diary and quirky local crafted items. A range of freshly made coffees available.

About The Sunnyfield

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, groups, families and dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Take the short journey to one of England's most venerable cities, Canterbury, with its historic cathedral (01227 762862), ancient castle ruins (01227 378100) and fantastic museums. There is plenty to make for a good day trip, including punting (07786 332666) on the river or weekend concerts in the Dane John Gardens (01227 378100). Heading south will take you to the coast and the Cinque Ports of Dover and Hythe, the front to continental Europe and full of nautical history. Dover Castle (01304 211067) is an iconic structure above the white cliffs, while further east Walmer Castle (01304 364288) is also worth a visit. Dymchurch beach stretches along to the promontory of Dungeness, a strange but interesting site for a convivial little community. Closer to home, forget the car and enjoy The Kent Downs (01303 815170), perfect for cycling and walking with the notable North Downs Way passing close to the campsite.

Food & Drink

Home made wood fired pizzas available on one of the nights during your weekend. There is a great village shop in Stelling Minnis and the local garage at the top of the lane has just about all the basics. An abundance of fresh produce is available from Farm Shops and local farmers markets in Wye. Perry Court Farm Shop (01233 812408) serves amazing apple juice and veg with fish fresh off the boats from the coast on Friday and Saturday. Potten Farm Shop (01303 814804) and Ripple Farm Organics (01227 730898) are also local gems. There are excellent pubs near the campsite, including The Bowl Inn (01233 750354) in Hastingleigh, The Tiger Inn (01303 862130) in Stowting, The Five Bells (01303 813334) in Brabourne, Timber Batts (01233 750237) in Bodsham, The George (01227 709170) on Stone Street and Hop Pocket (01227 709866) in Bossingham.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 117 reviews

★★★★★

We'll be back!

What a lovely weekend! Lovely site.
★★★☆☆

Great campsite but the glamping experience was not as portrayed

We booked the glamping tents and ended up being in the first campsite (rather than the downhill one). The campsite itself was great but the tents didn’t look as advertised (the decor wasn’t similar or even up to par; there weren’t any games etc as mentioned). And the fridge was very far away (ten min walk). Cool boxes were provided but without the ice boxes so we had to hike out all the way in the dark (it is a steep downhill and uphill). Perhaps there is a difference between the two campsites that matters but we were quite underwhelmed to begin with. That being said the beds were comfortable and the campsite itself (the loos and the shower etc) were good. Coffee in the mornings was super but the pizza was average. In the end we had a lot of fun since the location is great as well. We would probably revisit but would ask for details on which tent we would be in before the trip.
Aug 31, 2021 by Mc Verified Review

Response from The Sunnyfield

Thank you Meera  for your feedback we welcome all response from campers and glampers so that we can continue to strive to keep the Sunnyfield experience as good as possible. As a small family run campsite we offer an off grid back to basics campsite where the simple things in life can be experienced; beautiful campsite in an ANOB, light pollution free sky’s for star gazing and sitting around a campfire.

When we received your booking we were slightly concerned about your stay due to the number of emails you sent with numerous questions you sent in multiple emails and your admission of being a novice camper. We get a lot of first time campers which is great and always try to answer these questions individually and follow up with a clear sheet of what is included in your bell tent and where you would be pitched. This did not include games due to Covid measures and was not mentioned on any of the information sent to you.

I know everything was detailed and as explained being an off grid campsite the freezer with ice packs is located by the farm house, a short 2 min drive down the hill, the majority of glampers in the top field tie in ice pack swapping with going out for the day. Each bell tent is individually decorated and we are sorry you found the styling of your tent underwhelming. We provided everything as per the information you were sent. We get a lot of positive feedback and requests for the pitch you were in being a prime west facing sunset spot looking cross the valley. We offer glamping tents in the top field and orchard but made sure with  your last minute booking and friends booking that you were pitched together in one of our best spots.

I’m so glad you loved the campsite location, compost loos, showers and coffee, and look forward to welcoming you back any time.

★★★★★

Fabulous

Absolutely loved it, a beautiful location with wonderful fascilities. We traveled from London to canterbury east via train and were able to get taxis to and from the campsite. There's a gorgeous gastro pub within walking distance and pizzas were available to order as well. Having the fire definitely was a huge bonus as it opened up a breadth of fun possibilities at night, enabling us to star gave without getting chilly and play silly campfire games too. The toilets were well located and the showers were great too. All in all, would love to go again and could not recommend it enough. Rock on a sunny field!
★★★★★

Sunnyfield is perfect

We really enjoyed our short stay at The Sunnyfield! A very well organised camping site. Set out are large camping areas cut between tall grass and flowers. Great coffee from the hut in the morning !!! Definitely recommend.
Aug 10, 2021 by David Xerri Verified Review
★★★★★

Idyllic camping experience

From a stunning location high in the Kentish North Downs to sustainable, ecologically friendly facilities, the Sunnyfield ranks as one of the best sites I've ever visited. We loved the spacious pitch - ample room for three 3-person tents - and considerate spacing between neighbours. Each pitch has a dedicated spot for "cowboy" fires and you can hire a fire pit complete with barbecuing rack too. All the small comforts have been thought of: wheelbarrows to transport luggage from carpark to pitch; locally sourced charcoal and wood for the fires; an option for food deliveries; witty reminders of camp etiquette (so much pleasanter than the usual passive aggressive notes!); beautifully maintained compost loos and upcycled horsebox showers. It's important to feel that we're having a minimal impact on the environment and I really felt that at The Sunnyfield; even the spaces between pitches have been allowed to grow for the bees and other pollinators. Just as important was the friendly vibe both from the campsite owner and all the other campers. Everyone was considerate of each other, which made for a relaxing stay. In terms of location, there's so much to see locally. We enjoyed swimming at a new beach every day - St Margaret's at the Cliffe, Hythe, Tankerton - and visited the beautiful, historic towns of Sandwich, Deal and Rye. Options we didn't get to but would return for are the 28-mile walk along the military canal, RHD small gauge railway and other beaches on the Whitstable side.
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Location

The Sunnyfield is located at Maxted Street, Nr Stelling Minnis, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6DJ

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Getting There

Sat Nav co-ordinates are: 51.159752, 1.038184

From Ashford/Folkstone M20, Exit Junction 11 and follow signs for Canterbury on the B2068 (Stone Street). Continue on this road for 4.6 miles as you drive up to the top of the downs. When you get to Six Mile Garage on the left you need to make a left hand turn down a very narrow lane. Not the first left signposted “Stowting” the other left with a sign saying 6.6” Drive SLOWLY down this track past half dozen houses until you come to a sharp cornerthe entrance to The Sunny Field is the gate on this corner.

From Canterbury Take the old Dover road out of Canterbury. Turn Right past the Kent cricket ground on to B2068 Nackington Road. Follow B2068 for 7.6 miles. Take a right when you see a sign pointing saying “Maxted Street”. Follow this narrow lane at the T junction take a right. Drive SLOWLY down this track past half dozen houses until you come to a sharp cornerthe entrance to The Sunny Field is the gate on this corner.