Pete's Field

UK England South East England Kent Folkestone

  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Care-free, pop-up camping in the Kent Downs, with ample space, glowing campfires and expert owners.

For space, sunsets and simple, back-to-basics charm, few sites come close to this new, pop-up campsite four miles from the Kent coast. Open during the school summer holidays only, Pete’s Field is, for most of the year, grazed by Cole Farm’s cattle and home to roaming rabbits and pheasants. Unsurprisingly, then, given it is only around for a few weeks, this is a small-scale and wild-feeling campsite, where ‘digital detox’ is the buzzword. There’s no Wi-Fi, toilets are in a cleverly converted container, while open-air bucket showers offer blissfully basic outdoor bathing. For those who like the grass-stained knees and tyre-swing fun of proper camping, however, the place is a haven.

Though a new campsite, the couple behind Pete’s Field are a dab hand at happy camping. Having worked as wardens on another Cool Camping recommended location for several years, they know that a plentiful supply of logs and comprehensive pointers to the local pub (200-metres away) are all important. Pete (yes, the Pete) is a campfire-lighting supremo, while Amy’s adventure credentials have seen her write articles for camping websites and outdoors retailers. Their nous for good ideas, includes separate parking, so that the camping meadow is car free, and four pre-pitched bell tents for campers without their own equipment.

At the south-east end of the Kent Downs AONB, Pete's Field is in a nimble position for walkers – it’s less than a mile off the North Downs Way – as well as being close to the beaches around Hythe, Folkestone and Dover. In fact, the campsite is twice as close to France as it is to London, though the capital is only just over an hours’ drive away. It’s enough distance that urbanites can admire wonderfully dark, starry skies and proper sunsets as well as teeny little countryside hamlets like Paddlesworth, where Pete's Field is based. Its quirky charms include a pub called The Cat and Custard Pot – owing to a badly painted picture of a red lion – and an 11th-century church that gave rise to the wonderfully self-deprecating village motto, “Highest Church, Lowest Steeple, Poorest Parish, Fewest People”.

Details

Facilities

During camping season we offer two open-air bucket showers and six flushing toilets in a small converted container along with open-air washing up facilities. No electric hook up available. Campfires allowed in off-ground fire bowls (included with all bookings). Bell tents come furnished for four with a double futon and two fold-out beds, plus a picnic bench, two camping chairs and campfire cooking equipment. Pete's Field Cabin is equipped with the same but with a made-up double bed instead of the futon and has a kettle, kitchen sink and an electricity supply. The campsite is on a working farm with a small herd of cows and direct access on to local footpaths.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, kids – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups of more than two households, dogs – no.

Nearby

The campsite is situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, less than a mile from the North Downs Way National Trail. The Kent Battle of Britain Museum (01303 893140) is about a mile away at Hawkinge and there’s a little railway museum and countryside centre, the Elham Valley Line Trust, in the other direction. Pete's Field is one the closest campsites to the Channel Tunnel and just a few miles from the ferry port at Dover. Folkestone harbour and Sunny Sands beach are a 10-minute drive away as is the quaint town of Hythe with its shingle beach. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway (01797 362353), Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (01303 264647) and Dover Castle are within 10 miles of the campsite and historic Canterbury with its famous cathedral is under 20 miles away.

Food & Drink

The Cat & Custard Pot (01303 892205) is just 200 metres up the road from the campsite and is good for a pint and a packet of crisps at weekends - but is not currently serving food. The Gatekeeper Inn (01303 864345), two miles away, in Etchinghill however has a good menu featuring local produce. There's a supermarket just over a mile from site in Hawkinge and nearby Folkestone has a wealth of pubs and eateries with fresh fish and seafood available in the harbour and a growing selection of well-regarded food and drink outlets on the Harbour Arm. Amy and Pete can offer tips on the closest shops and places to buy local produce.

Open

July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Our quiet, campsite, Pete's Field, pops up at Cole Farm in the Kent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the summer, offering back-to-basics camping – with campfires allowed. We have 20 pitches for people with their own tents, four bell tents set up for people who don't fancy pitching their own and a cosy camping cabin too. If you like wildlife, walking, quiet camping and campfires, we think you'll like it here. Outside of the camping season, our camping cabin remains available for two.

As a pop-up campsite with a focus on camping, we don't have a snazzy facilities block, wifi or even electric hook-up, we just offer classic camping where watching sunset over the Downs and toasting marshmallows on the campfire counts as entertainment. Having said that, as keen campers ourselves, we know how important it is to have clean toilets and a place to scrub up after a night around the campfire so we've got a cleverly converted container with flushing toilets as well as open air bucket showers and washing-up facilities. We keep Pete's Field peaceful with a no amplified music policy, quiet after 10pm and cars parked in a separate field.

Our bell tents are simply furnished and set up for four with a double mattress on a futon base for a comfortable night's sleep as well as fold-out beds for kids. We also provide a picnic bench, two camping chairs and a fire bowl with your tent and cooking equipment that's suitable for use over the flames.

The camping cabin is set up for two (please enquire if you want to stay with children). It has similar equipment to the bell tents but with a made-up raised double bed, a breakfast bar, its own kitchen unit with a sink, a kettle and an electricity supply. During the camping season facilities are shared with campers, outside the season it has its own hot-water shower and sole use of our flushing toilet block a short walk away.

Cole Farm is a small working farm owned by the Clayson family who keep a small herd of cows within their 60 acres. It is situated in the tiny village of Paddlesworth, which has a pub, a church and a few farms, it is the perfect place to relax, read a book and generally enjoy the Kent countryside. It's also in a great location for visiting the seaside at Folkestone or Hythe, exploring historic Canterbury or Dover Castle and is just a couple of miles from the Channel Tunnel.

Accommodation

20 pitches plus 4 pre-pitched and simply-furnished bell tents

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6 4 Available
A simply-furnished five-metre bell tent.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 7 20 Available
A grass pitch in Pete's Field with campfires allowed and access to our facilities.

Pete's Field Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 2
A quirky camping cabin for two in the beautiful Kent Downs, just a mile off the North Downs Way and four miles from Folkestone. A made-up bed, comfy chairs and a breakfast bar help make the most of the beautiful countryside views.

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Location

Contact Pete's Field, Cole Farm, Teddars Leas Road, Paddlesworth, Kent CT18 8AD

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Getting There

Leave the M20 at junction 12 and follow the A20 signposted for the Channel Tunnel to the Beachborough Roundabout. Take the third exit towards Etchinghill. After 1½ miles take a right on to Teddars Leas Road. Follow for 2 miles to Paddlesworth. Cole Farm is on the right. You will need to pass the farm, turn around by the Cat & Custard Pot pub and return to access the drive.

The nearest train station is Folkestone Central, 5 miles away. It is well served by taxis. Alternatively get the number 16 bus from outside the station – it also visits the town centre, Hythe and Canterbury. The nearest bus stop is 1 mile from the farm at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Aerodrome Road in Hawkinge.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 83 reviews

★★★★★

A second lovely stay at Pete's Field

We absolutely love Pete's Field, why? Pete and Amy are super friendly and helpful It is small but lots of space between pitches - I love that Pete and Amy keep the numbers small. Car Free Campfires Bucket showers are an absolute delight - hot water, open air, spacious and lovely extra touches like the beautiful smelling shower gel and shampoo. Lovely walks straight from the campsite but really near to Folkestone, Hythe and not too far to Dungeoness
Oct 9, 2021 by Mel Burgess
★★★★★

Perfect, simple camping experience!

We were really impressed with Pete's Field. We had read the reviews and heard people recommend the camp-site...our expectations were high! Thankfully, the whole experience really did live up to the hype. The field is large, with beautiful views of the English countryside. The toilets were spotless throughout our stay and the bucket showers really were wonderful! Pete and Amy were friendly and often can be seen walking through the field doing their various jobs. If you have any questions then they are easy to find and very helpful. We took our own tent and were a group of two adults and four children (ages 4,5,6 and 7). The simple pleasures of climbing on hay bales, swinging in the hammocks or the tree swing were more than enough for the children. We all had a great time! Next year, we are hoping to go for a longer stay.
★★★★★

Eco bucket showers and proper flushing loos!

Slightly sloping spacious field with lovely springy grass (good if you're a barefoot camper!). The bucket shower was a new experience and amazingly simple but effective, using just 15litres of water. The little touches like complimentary shower gel and shampoos (which were gorgeous) and a well stocked store of wood and essential items made for a well thought out and comfortable site. Only challenges were if you wanted a more remote pitch at the bottom of the field and had not packed light, wheelbarrowing your gear up and down from your car was an effort. Avoid the haybales if you're in search of real quiet or pitch next to them if you have kids to entertain. A unique site that has clearly been carefully planned and developed by the hosts, offering space and back to nature experiences within a mile of all major amenities.
Aug 29, 2021 by Sarah Haigh Verified Review
★★★★★

quiet, clean, spacious, a return to real camping

We were met by Amy and Pete who told us all we needed to know about the site and the surrounding area and made us feel most welcome. The site itself is a large field that allows only 20 pitches, each marked out by it's own firepit, so plenty of space and a great sense of freedom. You choose your own pitch and set up however you like. The whole experience is a mile away from the strict sites that tell you exactly what you must do and squeeze as many in as they can. The toilets are simple but practical and extremely well kept, the showers are a real experience to be enjoyed and always with plenty of warm water, the simple honesty shop has very little in it but exactly the sort of things you always end up needing. No cars on the site, which was wonderful, lots of wheelbarrows on hand to shift all your stuff. No amplified music and the space between the pitches meant one of the quietest experiences we've had, wonderful. I really can't find fault with Petes Field and am hoping to return as soon as possible, thankyou Amy and Pete.
Aug 24, 2021 by Tina Miles Verified Review
★★★★★

Simple perfection

A lovely, quiet site with everything you need for a tranquil camping experience. Clean toilets and wash basins, each pitch with a metal fire bowl and an honesty shop for logs and other basic provisions. No cars in the campsite which is nice and a lovely touch to have lots of wheelbarrow to help cart things to and from the car. Excellent stay overall and would definitely visit again.
★★★★★

Fantastic experience

We had an amazing time at Pete's field. Our 7 year old's first time camping was made even more fun with the addition of some hay bales onto the campsite to climb on as we arrived. Everything is set up to make the stay as easy as possible including showers, toilets, washing up and fire pits. The 'honesty pot' policy for anything else you may need is a lovely touch. We'll definitely be back next year - hopefully with some sun!
Aug 11, 2021 by Dean Garbett Verified Review
★★★★★

amazing luxurious campsite, incredible value

We couldn't have had a better stay at Pete's field. We had the field to ourselves on the first night! The views are incredible, Pete and Amy are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. The bucket showers were steamy hot and delightful, with shampoo etc of a really high standard included. The toilets were pristinely clean. Having firewood / marshmallows etc with a honesty box on site was so helpful too, as well as the fire pits provided. Would recommend to all!
★★★★★

Peaceful campsite run by brilliant hosts

The sunsets, the showers, the swing... This campsite is a little piece of heaven. The toilets and showers are of a very high standard - super clean. We bought two bags of logs and kindling (and matches) on site for the fire pit but we did also need fire lighters to get the flames going! Location is great - a short drive from a Tesco Local and a great base for day trips to Folkestone and surrounding areas. Pete and Amy were lovely hosts, full of local knowledge and tips. We were first-time campers and this has definitely given us the bug!
★★★★★

Calm, relaxing and comfortable

It was our first stay and it was wonderful. We booked a bell tent and stayed with a toddler and a preteen. The first and I think very important factor for many families, is the safety. No cars are allowed on the field, it is all surrounded by the fence and trees and I felt at ease letting my kids wonder out of the tent. The field has beautiful views and very relaxing calm atmosphere. The bell tent was very clean, spacious and fully equipped. You get a box full of cooking equipment, pots pans plates- anything really! Amy and Pete are wonderful- they will help and assist with any requests. The toilets on site are also very clean and comfortable, the bucket shower is actually very cool experience! So overall, very good stay, inspired us to try camping again:) I would recommend this place for people who appreciate chilling by the fire, for families with kids of any age, for nature lovers. Thank you for having us!
★★★★★

Fantastic despite the weather

We stayed at the campsite for 3 nights over a very wet weekend. The campsite has a great feel about it - it's clear that a lot of care & love has gone into making sure everyone enjoys the site. I loved the 'personal touches' such as handmade crochet bunting, hand-written labels on the shower bottles & the personalised 'welcome black board' next to our tent. The bell tent was well equipped with everything that's needed for basic campsite cooking with a little gas hob also included. The tent was bigger than expected & accommodated our family of 4 easily. The conopy outside the tent provided good cover from the rain. The 'honestly cabin' had some basic things for sale ranging from baked beans, homemade jams to matches. Number of games & toys were also provided for children to use. The toilet & shower facilities were spotless & cleaned regularly - the bucket shower was fabulous!!!!! Even my kids who usually shy away from any form of cleaning couldn't wait to use it! I was originally concerned about lack of electricity at the campsite - however I do now consider this to be one of the best features of this campsite. The kids understood that mobile phones/tablets/consoles would not work & easily found number of games (mainly with other kids at the campsite) to play - there is a great tree swing & hammock area for kids to hang out. I charged my phone in my car encase of any emergencies etc. Overall - this campsite is best for those looking for a pecaful, nature orientated camping experience rather than over-commercialised business operation.
★★★★★

A hidden gem found

We were lucky enough to stumble upon Petes field while searching for somewhere quite and relaxing to stay. We booked for a long weekend hoping it would be what we were looking for. And for once, it really was! A gorgeous location, hosted by a truely great, friendly couple, and a very nice welcoming farmer! We felt at home and at ease from the moment we arrived, right until the sad moment we departed. Pete and Amy were legends and couldnt have done more for us. The kids (young) loved the place and we felt totally at ease letting them run free. Then once they were asleep we relaxed by a lovely log fire and soaked up the communal quite, as all pitches did likewise. We look forward to returning soon and spending some more quality time at our new favourite place ;-)
★★★★★

Quiet quality camping experience

We have been there three times (will be four by the end of summer!) and have loved every stay!! Pete and Amy are wonderful hosts. A lovely couple who could not be more welcoming and helpful. The pitches are very well spaced apart, unlike other camping sites we have been to where you are crammed in with only your vehicle between your tent and the next one. Vehicles are not allowed on the site (park on the next field, metres from the field where you camp) but there are wheelbarrows there with which to transport your belongings to your pitch. The hot water, private bucket showers are brilliant and the toilets are the cleanest I've seen at camping grounds. Extra logs and kindling plus other extras like jams and marshmallows, are available on site. Plenty to do in Folkestone nearby and it is a great camping ground to come back to after a busy day out, with just the noise of the camp fires, the local cows, sheep and birds, plus the sound of kids playing. Cannot fault this place. You do a great job Pete and Amy and we look forward to seeing you again soon!!
Jul 31, 2021 by Sean Verified Review
★★★★★

Magical experience, run by people who know about camping

We had another wonderful trip to Pete's Field (our second). It is so peaceful and we had such a good time. You have loads of space and it is really quiet at night. Love the fact there are no cars in the field. Makes it so much safer for children. The bell tents have really comfortable beds and loads of space. The loos and showers are spotless. The campsite attracts lovely people, whether families or young people arriving by bike. Pete and Amy really know what they are doing, love the fire pits, swing, hammocks, the toys in the communal area were really welcome and the daily weather announcement. I have raved about it to all my mates and think everyone should experience it. We will be back. Folkestone's Triennial is worth a visit, the Lower Leas coastal path is beautiful and loved The Lift Cafe as well. Really decent coffee and cheese toasties. Great beach and colourful beach huts as well.
Jul 26, 2021 by Joss
★★★★★

Fabulous campsite

A lovely big open field with nicely spaced Bell Tents that have everything you need. Pete and Amy are wonderful and the open air hot water bucket showers were a treat! Will definitely be booking again for next year.
Sep 12, 2020 by Mark Gibaud
★★★★★

Fantastic Stay

Lovely quiet campsite with eco showers and fire pits. logs well seasoned and emergency marshmallows available on site too!
Sep 3, 2020 by Amy Law Verified Review
★★★★★

A lovely stay with great hosts.

My partner and I had a great night staying at Pete’s Field with friends over the August bank holiday weekend. The field is very well spaced and made social distancing an absolute breeze - there was also plenty of soap and hand sanitiser around. The field is very nicely situated and peaceful, and we had a lovely evening sitting around the fire-pit provided catching up with our friends. The only regret that we have is that we didn’t stay longer! The two hosts are very helpful, and gave us great tips when we left to visit nearby Folkestone.
Sep 1, 2020 by LindyN Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

Lovely campsite- facilities basic but makes it quite fun - it’s a shame you can’t park your car next to the tent. I also think it’s very expensive when paying £15pp. Normally you just pay for the pitch. Owners very nice.
★★★★★

Excellent campsite

Very impressed with this site. Owners were super friendly and organised, and even though the facilities are 'basic' (i.e. outdoors/not permanent) they were extremely clean and actually more pleasant to use than many commercial sites I've stayed at. Some thought has gone into making this a pleasant place to stay. Overall, a lovely friendly, chilled vibe – would definitely recommend.
★★★★★

Friendliness and lovely location

Owners are very friendly and helped me to find the location as I was late. I was so surprised and happy to use a hot shower. Facilities are very clean and location is wonderful
★★★★★

Simple pleasures

It was a last minute booking and what a lovely surprise. The view from the field is beautiful. There is not much there- except for what you need. So we made a fire in the fire bowls that were supplied, ordered drinks and a very posh pizza from a nearby pub that was recommended by the beautiful camp host and watched the sunset and then the stars. Pete and his girlfriend (whose name I forgot...sorry) are such a beautiful couple and helped us a lot with unexpected needs. Thank you guys, we will be back!
Aug 26, 2020 by Inbal Ringel Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely family campsite in super peaceful setting

The perfect low key campsite - loads of space, clean facilities, super friendly owners and tons to do nearby. We stayed 3 nights, and wished we were staying for longer! Great value too.
★★★★★

lovely camping experience

really enjoyable recent one night stay at Pete's field camping. The site is very open and pretty. The best bits for us though was the lovely welcome and information..very well organised and also so lovely to shower in the open air back to nature. The fire-pit per pitch another lovely added feature. Cycled the Crab and Winkle way from Canterbury to Whitstable which is highly recommended and not too far away.
Aug 24, 2020 by derekahern Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful place to visit

We had a great time camping at Pete’s field! Very relaxing and chilled. We can’t wait to book again 😁
Aug 23, 2020 by Cat
★★★★★

Great vibes, friendly and relaxing

We had a lovely stay at Pete's Field. As relatively novice campers, it was perfect for us - all the facilities we needed were there and kept in great condition. Amy and Pete were so helpful, always happy to chat and offer advice. It's a beautiful location and a super atmosphere - thanks for a great weekend!
Aug 18, 2020 by Ben Thompson Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely spot with a friendly welcome

We had a lovely time relaxing in the field even though it was one of the hottest couple of days. The showers are great fun and the welcome was very warm.We were not far from Folkestone with its amazing beach and cliff walk and the pier with pubs, live music and cafes. You are really out of the way and can feel the countryside around you.
Aug 16, 2020 by Becky Ridley Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent people, facilities, and location

Pete’s field was a great experience. From the initial email to confirm our stay, to the personal friendly welcome on site, the the helpful information about the area, to the friendly conversations, to the goodbyes— Pete and Amy were wonderful hosts. The location was easy to find, its minutes from a local supermarket (if you forgot anything), and it’s a quick drive to a number of beaches, walking routes, or historical landmarks. The facilities were simple, but clean and well looked after. The open space along with shaded swings and hammocks for the children we great. Looking forward to staying again!
Aug 15, 2020 by David Wilson Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing covid safe holiday!

This was our 3rd year in a row camping at Petes Field. As always we had a lovely time. So chilled and relaxing and was amazing to be outdoors after months of lockdown. Amy and Pete are great hosts and the campsite felt very covid safe. The campsite has always been very clean, spaced out and peaceful so despite covid regulations we noticed little change to our normal holiday. We will be back again next year!
Aug 14, 2020 by Gemma Rogers Verified Review
★★★★★

Excellent in every way

Pete’s field was a wonderful experience! From the email communication before arrival, to the friendly greeting upon arrival, and the goodbyes upon departure — Pete and Amy were very friendly and created an almost family-like atmosphere that was felt at the campsite. The farm was fairly easy to find and the facilities were well kept after and clean. A few bonuses of this location was the local supermarket less than 10 mins away (just in case your forgot any necessities), the local pubs nearby and the amazing coastline/beaches less than 20 mins from the site. The open space was not only good for children to play football or games, but there were also swings and hammocks under shade for the little ones to play and explore. I’d recommend Pete’s Field to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable few days away to relax with their family or on their own — one of the highlights each evening was sitting at the campfire looking at the beautiful sunsets.
Aug 14, 2020 by David Wilson Verified Review
★★★★★

Time to reconnect as a family

We had a wonderful stay in Pete’s Field. We needed time to reconnect as a family and this certainly allowed us to do this! The toilets and showers were kept spotlessly clean. The kids enjoyed the freedom and we had a lovely time as a family. We do hope to come again next year :-)
★★★★★

Laid back and everything you need

We loved our stay at Pete’s Field. For a no thrills campsite they have thought of everything and we were really impressed with the facilities. Beautifully situated and uncrowded, with countryside walks nearby it was the perfect getaway. Thank you for a lovely stay.
Aug 10, 2020 by Ellie
★★★★★

One of the best camping sites we’ve ever visited!!!

Petes field has amazing views, wonderful owners and perfect facilities. Super cool bucket shower really makes you feel closer to nature. Campfires allowed which is a massive bonus. Amy is super welcoming and friendly. The town of Folkestone has pretty stony beaches. We had an amazing time, plan to make a yearly trip here.
★★★★★

Brilliantly original

Pete and Amy have done a great job creating a site that’s laid back and relaxing with some great features in the tune with eco friendliness - like the bucket showers under the trees, which were lovely - without making a fuss. The site is tucked away in an oasis of rural charm in the grounds of a long established family farm going back generations; yet within easy reach of the beach, walks , places to eat. It’s a quiet, uncrowded site, perfect for what we were looking for. Loved it.
★★★★★

A super relaxing stay at Petes Field

When we arrived we were so happy with the set-up at Petes Field. Tons of space and loads of room between pitches. Amy and Pete welcomed my daughter and myself, showed us what’s what on the site and then left us to pick our pitch. We were soon set up and settled in, with our own log burner and two bags of dry logs we’d bought on booking. Pete and Amy recommended places to visit when I asked, recommending we go down the coast to Deal. A brilliant recommendation and a great little twin for fish n chips and a swim (not in that order!) We only stayed for a couple of nights, but we’d happily stay a lot longer. All in all a couple of cool people doing something awesome for people who fancy a bit of a back to basics camp in Kent.
Aug 6, 2020 by Kris Hudson
★★★★★

Simply perfect

From the very first phonecall to Amy when we asked all our "beginner camper" questions, including tent-buying tips, we knew we'd picked the right place for our family to spend four nights. Amy and Pete made everything so easy, safe and comfortable for us and the facilities were super clean and just top-notch, really. The open-air hot bucket showers were a dream and they had firewood, kindling and marshmallows available for sale. Our two young children found so much to keep them amused with the swing, the little wooded area, hammocks, cows, and other children, that we only really saw them for meals around our campfire! We all had a fabulous experience and this has only whet our appetite for more field camping. We'll be back, Pete and Amy, if you'll have us!
★★★★★

Magical experience, run by people who know about camping

This is a brilliant place to go with young children, if you want a peaceful setting in a very beautiful part of the world. Pete's Field is run by the very knowledgeable and helpful, Pete and Amy, who know what they are doing and have set up something really beautiful. The bucket showers, rope swing, hammocks in the wood and washing up station are really well done. The bell tents are beautifully appointed, with comfortable beds, brilliant fire pit and lovely views. What I really liked is how empty the campsite was, with loads of space for everyone to relax. Our toddler loved having the freedom to run around with no cars. He was also thrilled to have cows and sheep nearby as well. Paddlesworth is really close to the beautiful Kent coast, Folkestone with the Harbour Arm and Sunny Sands beach, Hythe and Sandgate with more pebbly beaches. Samphire Hoe beach near Dover is also lovely. Or you can venture to Canterbury, Lyminge forest ot the pretty village of Elham over the hill with two great pubs, the Rose and Crown or Kings Arms. We cannot wait to go back. It was a magical weekend.
Aug 3, 2020 by Laura Parsons
★★★★★

Peaceful spot and thoughtful hosts, handy for the North Downs Way

I stayed one night at Pete's Field, breaking up a two-day walk on the North Downs Way (Wye to Dover). It was in a great location for that and the site itself is on a farm in a very small village - but it does have a pub that serves food. The hosts, Amy and Pete, were helpful and thoughtful. The site is simple but well-equipped with lovely details - including a rainy-day container-living-room, providing somewhere to sit and admire the view, but also books, maps, utensils for camp cooking and various other handy things. Flushing loos, a washing-up station and bucket showers - but otherwise just really simple and peaceful. It suited my mood after a day of walking by myself - really relaxed. And with a sheltered spot to pitch my tent in, I slept well despite it being quite windy. I'd highly recommend.
★★★★★

Petes Field - ROCKS !!!

Not to be mistaken for Petersfield, Petes field is just fabulous. Back to basics in the nicest mist natural way, Pete and Amy are fabulous hosts who make everyone feel very welcome and at home. The amenities are great and the Showers are just LEGENDARY !!!! I am an avid camper and re-visit great campsites frequently. Petes Field is now No1 on my list for Campsites to revisit. See you again soon Pete & Amy xx :)
Sep 12, 2019 by Kellie Pack Verified Review
★★★★★

First time camping with our little ones

Pete’s Field was awesome. This is the first time camping since we had the kids so the pre-pitched, beds and cooking equipment all included bell tent was the perfect way to introduce them. They loved it, the rope swings and hammocks were a bonus too but just seeing them run around a huge field, meet and play with other kids was lovely. The facilities are basic but everything you need and it’s a great way to get away for a relaxing break! We will definitely be back!
★★★★★

Wonderful

Beautiful site, very peaceful and green. Well equipped with good facilities, loved the bucket showers! Very friendly owners too. Great place for a peaceful break.
★★★★★

Well equipped field

Great campsite, which pitches decently spaced and some stunning sunsets. Fire pits are great and there are decent Loo's and other facilities. The couple who run it were awesome too, lending us some tools to put our BBQ together and offering lots of advice on the local area. Will go again!
Sep 3, 2019 by Phil James
★★★★★

Perfect escape from London

Pete's field was exactly what we were looking for; very basic, no frills, nestled in nature. The fast train from St. Pancras meant it was a short and comfortable journey. We had our own fire pit, Pete and Amy provided all the basics we needed - firewood, kindling and wine glasses! We met some beautiful horses, had a pint in the quaint pub nearby and watched shooting stars. The North Downs Way is just a short walk away and if you get up early you can manage a swim in the sea! Amy and Pete were extremely helpful and made our weekend even more enjoyable.
★★★★★

Calm, clean and simple

Veldig fin plass for en rolig og nedpå teltturopplevelse! Lovely open field with simple and clean amenities for a calm and easy tenting experience. Only stayed one night,but Amy and Pete provided a warm welcome and plenty of good tips for local walks in the time I had. Fire pits are provided for each pitch so I could keep to my own timetable. Will definitely stay again in future!
★★★★★

Simple camping, well-done

One farmers field, a clean toilet block, 2 bucket showers, a laid back vibe and 2 super hosts. Thats what you get at Pete's field. We were lucky enough to book at Pete's field for the August bank holiday weekend, so enjoyed some amazing weather. We arrived early and were greeted by Pete who gave us a friendly welcome and a brief intro to the site and some tips on where might be a good place to pitch. His partner Amy also gave us some excellent tips on where to go locally for good food and beaches. The BEST thing about this site is that it's clearly run by 2 people who love camping and put the whole experience above all else so they have restricted the field to just 20 pitches. This meant that even on the Saturday night when it was full, it didn't feel full with plenty of space for everyone and the kids to run around and make noise without worry. Bliss. Facilities were simple and clean, with 2 superb outdoor bucket showers (with hot water). They also don't allow cars onto the camping field at all, preferring you instead to transfer your gear to your pitch by large sturdy wheelbarrows. It might take you a few trips but it's worth it. Pete and Amy were ever present comping on the field too, so always around to answer any questions. There is also a simple store where you can get fire wood and kindling and a few other bits using an honesty box system. It was a fantastic little place to camp, with great hosts and a great atmosphere. Just simple camping, really well-done. oh and if you're into aviation, you can enjoy (in good weather) plenty of spitfire flypasts, coastguard helicopters and cool little Battle of Britain museum at (what was) RAF Hawkinge, just a mile down the road.
★★★★★

One night stay Bank Holiday Weekend

This was our second year at Pete's Field and we were really happy with our return visit. The site was very busy but we still enjoyed the views, peace and tranquillity and the open fire in the evening - everyone seemed to respect the time to keep the noise down. Really appreciate the eco friendly approach with providing washing up liquid and toiletries For us, it is very near to where we live but could be absolutely miles away!
Aug 27, 2019 by Steve
★★★★★

Just precisely what we were looking for.

What a lovely laid back place this is. The field slopes somewhat and you can’t take your car in, but on the other paw, the slope gives everyone a nice view and there are no cars cluttering up the place, also allowing the kids free reign (wheelbarrows available pitching for the purpose of). The quiet policy and no dogs policy add to the general tranquillity as do Pete and Amy who can be found camping at the site, unflustered and welcoming. We intended to nip down the road to The Cat & Custard Pot, but couldn’t really tear ourselves away from the place once we settled in. The fire pits are also a nice touch, swings and hammocks are hidden in the trees and there is a portacabin with local information and some local produce for sale, books and games and what seem like spare pots etc should you need them. The small toilet block was nice and clean, the outdoor bucket showers some may find daunting, but be reassured they do the job and are really quite fun. We were only there one night, so did not explore too far, Folkestone is a short drive away and is a seaside town of many parts, but I get the feeling that if we’d stayed longer we wouldn’t be straying too far from the field.
Aug 27, 2019 by billadie Verified Review
★★★★★

Just perfect

What an amazing experience. Pete and Amy have created something really special here. We stayed in a bell tent which was beautiful, clean and well equipped. The bucket showers were a highlight! Views from our tent were gorgeous as were the sunsets! The surrounding area is superb, we loved the miniature railway, Lower Leas Coastal Park, fish and chips on Dymchurch beach and live music on the Harbour Arm. Just perfect!
Aug 27, 2019 by Sarah Stokes Verified Review
★★★★★

Friendly eco camping at its best

A brilliant family friendly field where we were warmly met by the owners Amy and Pete. The field is car free (wheelbarrows are on hand to ferry your stuff around) which was perfect for the kids and provided a fantastic space for our 'little explorers' (6, 3 and 1 year olds) to roam and find exciting bugs, critters and places like 'The Shave'. The bucket showers and outdoor washing up facilities added to the wonderful experience and kept the kids chatting for hours. Amy and Pete were ever ready with wood for the firepits, advice for the surrounding area and a friendly chat. All of this is close to Folkestone and the beautiful Kent coastline, with the field getting stunning views, beautiful sunsets and fantastic night skies. A site worthy of a return visit.
Aug 25, 2019 by Kate Ross
★★★★★

Super gezellige camping heel rustig gelegen in de natuur

De 'belly tent' was heel ruim met alle comfort, alles wat je nodig hebt om te koken, leuk met de plaats waar je vuurtje kan stoken. Sanitair tip top en de openlucht douche is super. Echt een aanrader!!
Aug 24, 2019 by Marnix de Vos
★★★★★

Children's first camping experience.

Thankfully our children's first experience of camping was at Pete's Field with host's Pete & Amy. Welcomed by them both on arrival, shown clean and what I would consider great camping facilities, was a lovely surprise. We felt very relaxed here and I enjoyed seeing the children explore in a safe, peaceful, outdoor, learning and fun environment. Roasting marshmallows on the BBQ and seeing the stars and planet's from our tent at night was the icing on the cake. The children said they would love to go camping again!!

(If it rain's we also really enjoyed Folkstone Museum)

Aug 15, 2019 by CD Mahony Verified Review
★★★★★

Great camping in lovely part of England

We have stayed twice now and thoroughly enjoyed both visits. It is a large field with plenty of room, and the hosts could not be more helpful. Allows camp fires (always a bonus) and there is a nice pub virtually on site with pretty good food. There is plenty to explore close by- Folkestone, Hythe, Deal. We popped in to St Margaret's Bay on the way home- this was lovely and good food in the pub. Highly recommended
Aug 8, 2019 by Patrick Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect!

After an amazing stay last year my family and I returned to find everything just as we remembered. Cosy campfires, toasting marshmallows under starry skies, ample of space for the boys to explore and those amazing bucket showers! Pete and Amy were as welcoming as ever, happy to chat and on hand if needed. Can not wait to make it 3 in a row next year. Thank you Pete and Amy!
Jul 30, 2019 by Tracy
★★★★★

Best Camping Experience Ever

Best camping experience @ Pete's Field. Beautiful site with lots of room for kids to run around. The bucket showers are a lovely touch and the facilities are first class. Pete & Immy are lovely and nothing is too much trouble. I will be back for sure next year. Thanks for a great break. Stephane & Immy
★★★★★

An escape from it all, with lovely touches to make the camping experience that little bit more special!

A lovely experience all round - every little detail had been considered by Amy and Pete, who incidentally couldn't be nicer! I stayed with a group of friends and all the kids, and we caught up around the campfire watching an amazing sunset. It was just really really lovely. The campsite is away from the hustle and bustle and thats what I loved. Plenty of space to go for hikes and exploring nature, but also close enough to lovely little towns. All in all, had a great experience and am looking forward to next years pop up camping with Amy and Pete already!
Sep 14, 2018 by CathB
★★★★★

Lovely, relaxed camp fun

We had a really lovely time over bank holiday. It’s a super chilled campsite with a nice relaxed vibe. Amy & Pete are great hosts and the campsite is perfect for escaping to the countryside and switching off. I even braved the bucket shower and they were fab! We will be back thank you xx
Sep 13, 2018 by Bethan & Rob
★★★★★

The best time out!

We had such a nice bank holiday weekend at Pete's Field. Our 7 year old son (little Pete!) loved the running around and playing footie with other campers. He enjoyed the bucket showers so much he wants one in our garden! The website describes basic camping but hosts Amy & Pete have put so much effort and detail into the site that enhances the experience. Their knowledge and passion really shows and they couldn't have been more accommodating especially during some unfortunate weather drama. Despite the rain it was amazing to leave our phones and tablets behind and take some quality, family time out in this lovely setting. We will definitely be back next year and hope to try one of the very lovely bell tents.
★★★★★

Fabulous campsite

What a lovely campsite. Gorgeous views, everything you need, chilled out, clean, quiet, great location - the only issue is that we only had a weekend there. Really hope you're back next year as we'll definitely be back. Thank you for a great weekend to see out the summer!
Sep 2, 2018 by Zoë
★★★★★

Superb!

Pete and Amy are most welcoming and have done everything to make it comfortable. The view from the top of the field was awesome and its in a lovely, quiet part of the world. We gazed at the stars at night in perfect tranquility. There was a lovely feel to Pete's field and I cannot recommend this enough. It was good for families like ours, but was not overrun with noisy kids!
Sep 2, 2018 by Andy M
★★★★★

Camping at its best!

Awesome stay at Pete’s field! Kids absolutely loved it - running free & enjoying nature at its best! Amy and Pete are the best hosts and very experienced campers ... they know exactly how to provide an amazing camping experience for all. At Pete’s field, there is something for everyone, can’t wait for next time!
Sep 1, 2018 by Suzi Spratley
★★★★☆

Peaceful family fun

This small campsite is well thought out, Amy and Pete couldn't have been more helpful and I loved all the little touches designed to make your camping experience the best it could be. Thanks for a lovely time.
Aug 30, 2018 by Henrietta Preston
★★★★★

Tranquil back to basics camping - loved it.

Amy and Pete, thank you. Bucket showers, envigorating and hot. Camp fires burning. Marshmallow overload - sweet sticky and fun. We’ll be back.
Aug 24, 2018 by Geri
★★★★★

The best few days off I've had in years

We stayed in a bell tent with our 5 year old. So comfortable and spacious with beautiful views. Everything has been thought of here cf. other recent reviews. Our daughter loved playing with other children and there was simply no stress wondering where she might be as every bit of the field is visible from anywhere. The loos are spotless...in fact everything is spotless. Pete and Amy do everything to make your stay pleasant and hassle free. Our daughter went paddling at nearby Hythe where you can buy excellent caught today fish (£4 got us 2 fillets of sea Bass which we cooked in butter over the excellent fire bowls). Lots to do nearby but I was happiest just chilling on site watching my daughter play with new friends in safety and outside . A great place and we will be back next year for longer. Congratulations . Marcus, Ag and Roxy
Aug 24, 2018 by marcus Rowell
★★★★★

A slice of heaven in Kent

We stayed at Pete’s Field for 4 nights from 19th-23rd August in one of their bell tents and were very sad to have to leave and go back to reality! Amy and Pete were incredible and have so much knowledge and experience that there is nothing they haven’t thought of to make a stay on Pete’s Field absolutely brilliant. The bell tents are beautiful with comfortable beds for the adults and kids and all the things you could possibly need for your stay - kettle, pots, pans, gas stove, cutlery, cups, glasses, plates etc. All you need to bring is your bedding, clothes and food. We have a 5 year old and a 2 year old who fell in love with camping and played for hours with new friends they made from other tents. The field is so open they can roam and play and you can keep an eye on them really easily. Highlights were definitely the tree swing, cooking on the campfire, toasting marshmallows, the brilliant hot water bucket showers and the little hut selling lovely local produce. They also have a great ‘waste not, want not’ box with things that other campers have left behind in case they might be useful to others. Pete’s Field is really close to lots of attractions, villages and beaches so we also managed to have fish & chips on hythe seafront, go walking in Lyminge forest and spend a day at Port Lympne wildlife park - all within 10/15 minutes drive. We really can’t recommend Pete’s Field enough, and we will DEFINITELY be back next year!
Aug 23, 2018 by Rachel
★★★★★

Perfect in every way.

We loved our short 3 night camping experience at 'Pete's Field'. Amy & Pete are so friendly and welcoming and they have thought of every detail to make staying here superb. The toilets are clean and well maintained. The Bucket shower was very effective and rather good fun to use. Washing up sinks very well designed and include eco liquid and nice dish brushes. Good recycling facilities. The honesty shop is a great idea and being able to grab some very keenly priced cold beers from the cooler box and leave the money in the jar was a really nice touch. There are great views from the top of the field, all in all one of our new favourite camp sites. We can't wait to return next year.
Aug 22, 2018 by Ben Norris Verified Review
★★★★★

Stunning views and beautiful sunsets

It was a lovely field, clean facilities and bucket showers, first time we had tried them but very refreshing, hot and eco-friendly! Amy and Pete were very friendly, they have a great well stocked "shop/station" with a few leaflets/ toys and all you need to share and enjoy your stay.
Aug 17, 2018 by Rob and Sarah
★★★★★

Beautiful quiet campsite

We took our 18 month year old on her first camping experience and Pete’s Field was the perfect place. Amy and Pete were helpful and welcoming, and the bell tent we stayed in was absolutely gorgeous - Amy had organised a travel cot and some toys for us, and they had provided everything else we needed. My daughter loved running free in the field, picking blackberries and using the outdoor bucket shower, and my partner loved tending the campfire (and I loved that he had all the appropriate tools and fire gloves). The hot bucket shower was a real treat, much more beautifully constructed than I was expecting from a pop up campsite! We had a lovely stay thank you, looking forward to coming back next year.
Aug 16, 2018 by Sarah
★★★★★

Well-run relaxed countryside-feel campsite

We had a lovely stay on this very relaxed feeling site. Amy and Pete are great hosts, very friendly but not intrusive. Highlights were the campfires, lovely scenery, bucket showers, swing for the children and bonus that no cars on the actual site. I would definitely stay if travelling via the eurotunnel which would be very convenient, and the bell tents looks ideal if didn’t have your own camping gear. We spent a happy few days and kept busy and entertained despite not brilliant weather, with Dover castle, Canterbury and the cathedral and Battle of Britain memorial museum. All in all a great stay and lovely site
Aug 14, 2018 by Catherine
★★★★★

Child-friendly campsite and beautiful views

I took my little girl to Pete's Field for her first camping trip, staying with my sister-in-law's family and we had an amazing time. The kids loved running around the field, playing on the rope swing and trying out the (surprisingly warm) bucket showers. Yes, we had a few hiccups -(high winds and inclement weather scuppered our first night and the toddler forced me out of my bed onto the hard floor on the second) but Pete and Amy's wonderful hosting, attention to detail and the amazing location made it all worthwhile. I am already planning to come back next year - only next time, I think I'll book a bell tent with the large comfy bed!
Aug 14, 2018 by Lucy
★★★★★

Wow! What a great campsite

Just stayed for 1 night & had a great time, what a lovely campsite! The bucket showers were amazing 👍😊
Aug 13, 2018 by Rach
★★★★★

A beautiful spot with great hosts

We stayed in one of the beautiful, very well furnished bell tents overlooking golden corn fields. Amy and Pete were lovely hosts and the little touches - such as lovely wooden toys for the tiny campers - made for a very special weekend.
Aug 13, 2018 by Moss
★★★★★

Wonderful, peaceful setting with fantastic hosts

We had a great overnight stay at Pete's field. Amy and Pete were very welcoming and accommodating. The bell tent was so homely. Great for kids and adults alike! The fire pit and views were the icing on the cake!
Aug 12, 2018 by Holly
★★★★★

Definitely cool camping with a very personal and familiar service

We stayed one night with a tent and three children. Had we known this campsite earlier we would have stayed some days more. Tents a placed on a wide and open field which gives you the impression to be somewhere in the countryside but not an campsite. We enjoyed especially the bucket showers (with warm) water and the open air dishwashing sinks. Both campsite hosts are very friendly and helpful and we wish them lots of success for their brand new campsite project.
Aug 12, 2018 by Florian
★★★★★

Idyllic couple of days

I spent a couple of night’s at Pete’s Field with my two children and we loved it. The location and scenery is beautiful, the bell tents are great and the bucket showers amazing on a hot day. Amy and Pete are lovely hosts and have got everything just right. Definitely think about coming back next year.
Aug 9, 2018 by Steve
★★★★★

Relaxing and peaceful

I spent 2 glorious nights in a bell tent at Pete's field. The location is great to switch off and relax! The sunsets over the North Downs were beautiful. My highlight has to be the bucket showers! Other highlights were the beautiful walks on the North Downs, the honesty box farm-shop produce, the quirky pub around the corner and the REALLY comfy bed in the tent. Amy and Pete have created an really special place and they are the perfect hosts, really experienced, knowledgable and kind. I wish them every sucess with their new venture and I will definitely be back!
Aug 7, 2018 by susilovescamping
★★★★★

Back to nature camping - Autism friendly

Beautiful views, camp fires, a tree swing and those amazing bucket showers with deliciously scented eco products! Amy and Pete are the perfect hosts for a truly memorable off grid stay. The strict no noise after 10pm policy was very welcome after a busy day exploring with a noise sensitive Autistic son. First time camping for our boys and they are hooked - no one wanted to leave! Highly recommend for back to nature camping for all!
Aug 7, 2018 by Tracy
★★★★★

Great bell tents with everything you need!

We had a lovely weekend at this campsite. The bell tents are spacious and comfortable, and you can tell Amy and Pete have loads of camping experience as so much thought has gone into providing all the essentials (and some non-essentials such as games!) it really does make camping easy. Like others, we found the bucket shower to be excellent, particularly in the hot weather. Highly recommend this campsite!
Aug 7, 2018 by Loznz
★★★★★

A little bit of heaven on earth

My wife and I spent a weekend here and had the most enjoyable relaxing stay. There is plenty of space for your own secluded pitch with wonderful views accross the Kent weald looking west for some spectacular sunsets ( weather permitting). Amy & Pete ( the hosts) are both friendly and helpful and are often checking if you are ok. A great base for walking in countryside or visiting the local seaside resorts . A strict no noise policy after 10pm ensures you get a good night's sleep. We Will definitely go back.
Aug 7, 2018 by Jim Powell Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

Took my 5 year old grandson on his first camping trip and we enjoyed out stay on this eco camp site with a lovely view, glorious sunset and lots of space between tents plus the novelty of a bucket shower! Amy and Pete were extremely helpful and friendly field hosts. All in all a welcome break from the London heat
Aug 6, 2018 by Anne
★★★★★

Great views!

We had a great time staying in a bell tent at Pete’s Field. The facilities were excellent- clean and easy to use washing up facilities, all cooking equipment provided and a comfy bed. The huge open field with views of rolling hills and a gorgeous sunset was wonderful. I would highly recommend!
Aug 6, 2018 by Michaela
★★★★★

Felt like a true escape!

Was bowled over by the bell tent we stayed in and the attention to detail. Having not read the website properly (classic me) I didn't realise they are completely kitted out and you really can just grab an overnight-bag and pop to the supermarket en route for some grub...and that's it! The bed was very comfortable; loved the bucket shower; and just enjoyed feeling like I was miles away from the rat race (knowing that there's a pub down the road!). The kids ran wild and had a great time visiting the farm animals. Definitely want to return and do a bit of rambling next time. Thanks for a lovely stay Pete and Amy!
Aug 5, 2018 by Clare B
★★★★★

Lovely hosts and eco friendly basic but great facilities.

Quiet site only minutes from civilisation but felt a million miles away!
Aug 5, 2018 by Steve
★★★★★

Quirky, comfortable and beautiful

Would definitely stay again... the bell tents are new, spacious and owners have thought of everything!
Aug 4, 2018 by Livy
★★★★★

location superb, showers brilliant

We had a great stay at Pete's field, great hosts, thanks Amy and Pete. Our first time glamping with 2 young children and cotbed provided too which was perfect. Highly recommended - turn up, chill out. Hope to see you again.
Aug 3, 2018 by Ross
★★★★★

Lovely and Comfy

We stayed last weekend during a festival on the Farm. Just what we needed after a busy day, very relaxing and comfortable stay. With some nice little touches, such as homemade flapjacks. Jummy. Would stay again.
Jul 30, 2018 by Aidan

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