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Little Halden Farm Summer Campsite

UK England South East England Kent Ashford

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Set in a secluded Kent valley with woodlands on either side, Little Halden Farm is wonderfully basic, straightforward camping
Little Halden Farm is not just a beautiful place – it’s the result of one family's passion, love and dedication. Tucked away in the heart of the Weald of Kent, the Hilder family have been farming the land for five generations, through a mixed enterprise of livestock, arable and crop-hops. As the years rolled by, Jon & Sara have adapted and evolved the business, with the sole aim of securing the farm for future generations. This evolution is great news for the camping fraternity, as one secluded field, surrounding by lush woodlands has opened its agricultural gates. But you best book quickly – this idyllic pocket of South East England is only open 28 days a year!

It is perhaps the space that is most memorable about Little Halden Farm. With a maximum of just 20 tents at any one time, this is a completely different experience from the ‘pack em in’ sites that are common throughout Kent and Sussex. With this comes a sense of calmness that helps characterise this site as a peaceful retreat, hidden from the rest of the world. Facilities here are basic but more than adequate. Hot showers, toilets and fresh, running water are all present, and campers can also drive onto the field and park next to their chosen pitch. If the weather makes driving on the field difficult, there is plenty of parking close to where you can pitch.

Jon and Sara may be new to traditional camping, but they’re certainly no strangers to hospitality. The family also offer a fine selection of glamping options at their sister site, for those seeking a touch of luxury. And because Little Halden Farm is wonderfully free from too many rules and regulations, they allow visitors to enjoy a campfire – so this is a great spot for some outdoor cooking under the summer sky. What’s more, you can even hire a firepit and buy a crate of firewood (both £5) directly from the farm.

Given Little Halden's countryside setting, it's hardly surprising it's a great place for wildlife spotting. Budding naturalists can have a field day, particularly in the evenings, when a walk around the farm reveals countless interesting sights. The area is abuzz so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for foxes, badgers, weasels, deer, buzzards and kestrels, plus the resident cows and sheep. There’s even an elusive black rabbit so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! Upon arrival, one thing becomes apparent very quickly here: peace and tranquility reign supreme. And just like Jon & Sara's family, you’ll probably want to stay for a very long time.

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Facilities

Hot showers and toilets are available, along with mains water. Campers can drive onto the field and park next to where you pitch. Should the weather make driving on the field not possible, there is plenty of parking not too far away. Firepits can be hired for £5, or you can always bring your own (the farm sells firewood at £5). You will be able to chill out round the campfire, or follow a public footpath to Rolvenden for its well stocked local shop.

Suitable For

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

Nearby

The sandy beach of Camber Sands is only 30 minutes away and worth a visit when the weather is playing ball. Bedgebury Forest & Pinetum are excellent for nature trails, horse riding and mountain biking, whilst the port town of Rye, is one of England's most beautiful medieval villages. Visitors can't help but fall under its spell as you struggle for balance down its cobbled lanes and crooked timber-beamed buildings. Leeds Castle (01622 765400) is pretty close by, as is The National Trust-run Bodiam Castle (01580 830196). Why not take a trip on the Bodiam ferry which takes a tranquil trip down the still waters of the River Rother. There's also the Kent and East Sussex Railway (01580 765155), a time-honoured steam train which travels the line between Tenterden and Bodiam Castle.

Food & Drink

The surrounding area has some lovely little pubs including The Bell (01797 280242) in nearby Iden. Here you will find a welcoming atmosphere as well as some decent local brews and hearty pub grub. The small village of Rolvenden is only a short stroll (20 minutes) from Little Halden. At Rolvenden you will find a well-stocked shop which sells a few essentials, and the regions specialty: Korker Sausages. Rolvenden also hosts a farmers market (every Thursday) and boasts its very own micro-brewery in The Old Dairy (01580 243185). For more shops, bars and restaurants, Tenterden is only a 5 minute drive away.

Opening Times

From the end of July to the end of August.

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Pitches

Camp in the spacious, flat field with plenty of room for children to run around.

Location

Contact Little Halden Farm Summer Campsite, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 4JL

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Getting There

For the general campsite you will be using the main farm entrance which is located off the A28. Come through Tenterden on the A28 carry ontowards Rolvenden for 1.5 miles, at the top of Rolvenden hill look to the right and you will see the sign for the farm. If you are coming from the opposite direction come through Rolvenden on the A28 to Tenterden for about a mile, you will come round a sharp left hand bend, 200 yards after this look out for the sign for our farm on the left. Once on the lane please drive slowly and continue straight down for about a quarter of a mile until you see the campsite sign on your right at the bottom of a steep hill. If you have a sat nav, please use postcode TN17 4JL.

Car or you can catch a train to Headcorn and bus it or get a taxi from there.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews

★★★★★

Lovely owner and lovely relaxed site

It was spacious, peaceful and back to nature kind of site. A simple site perfect if you are looking to switch off and chill out. The owner is very helpful. We had not used compost loos before but they were ok. Shower was lovely- hot and powerful.
Aug 13, 2019 by Catherine Ciarleglio
★★★★★

Fabulous

Brilliant campsite. Quiet and peaceful. Good amenities, kept clean, showers hot. Compost loos easy to use and well stocked with toilet paper and antibacterial gel! Owners were friendly approachable and really helpful. Good central position for exploring Kent.
Aug 23, 2018 by Helen
★★★★★

Great friendly welcome even though we arrived at the glamping by mistake.

Midweek stay for one night, shared entire valley with one other couple. Great location, very quiet and very little light pollution for viewing the night skies, the compost loos were immaculate and the showers were great. You can have your own fires, we used our own basket and bought a large bag of logs for a fiver, great value. Nice walks nearby, trying pubs next time.Looking forward to returning, John the owner could not have been more welcoming. Highly recommended from a seasoned camper.
Aug 17, 2018 by Estefania
★★★★☆

Peaceful countryside camping

Firstly, I would like to note how Jonathan from Halden Farm was so friendly and made us feel very welcome and settled in. He gave us all the info we needed for our stay. Really does help when you are arriving somewhere new. The field itself was huge with only a few tents spaced far enough so u have privacy but the various kids could get to know each other and play. There are v clean compost toilets and large clean showers. Impressed with how everything is kept so tidy around that area. There’s plenty to do locally... woods (but not on site) steam train, castles etc. Just lovely. Thank you.
Aug 13, 2018 by Zoe
★★★★★

Brilliant small campsite

Really enjoyable stay at the summer campsite. Lots of space, very clean facilities and a great walk to the nearest village.
Aug 6, 2018 by PaulaBri

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