Unpretentious and peaceful camping in an underrated spot
The cockerel may crow or the goats may mutter as you enter Palace Farm, but that’s as noisy as it gets here. It’s a quiet old place, off the beaten track (but not far from some very worthwhile places to visit) and with a 10pm quiet rule that’s largely respected.
It’s a simple set-up: a flat, grassy field holds up to 25 tents around its hedgerow edges, with an adjoining field left free for games or general haring around. Two pre-erected bell tents provide the slightest hint of camping glamour, but this is good, honest Kentish camping with no pretensions to be anything else.
Don’t confuse quietness with strictness, though. Campfires are allowed, campers can help themselves to plums from the orchard or blackberries from the old hedgerows around the farm, and edible mushrooms are permitted to grow prolifically across the site in the autumn. (We’re told they’re not hallucinogenic which, apparently, is a good thing.) While you’re hunting and gathering, have a forage at the honesty shop, where zero-food-mile courgettes, pumpkins, and other seasonal veg are available fresh from the farm.
Busy days, quiet nights. Life’s good at Palace Farm.
Palace Farm, Palace Farm, Down Court Road, Doddington, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0AU
From the A2 between Sittingbourne and Faversham turn south at Teynham, signposted Lynsted. Go through Lynsted, over the M2 bridge, then take the second right into Down Court Road. Palace Farm is on the left.
Train to Sittingbourne, then a bus to Doddington (up to 4.30pm), or hop in a taxi for about £15.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews
Lovely quite relaxing
Just got back from a 3 night stay camp site is lovely and clean owners are very friendly, chickens running about kids loved that, nice pub with great food down the road if I wanted to change anything I would maybe add a climbing frame for kids but will say kids were never board the were busy playing with all the other children on site
Relaxing campsite in a good location.
Palace Farm is a very tidy and quiet campsite. We felt very comfortable, and could leave the kids to run free and explore the site and adjacent fields, and they loved seeing the chickens roaming around. Facilities are basic but just what you need and very clean. The owners were very friendly and we loved the fact we could hire a firepit and buy logs from the farm. It was in a good central location for us, close to the coast and Leeds Castle. We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend.
Wonderfully relaxing family weekend in countryside
This was a perfect base for exploring interesting local towns and seaside then back home for bbq and relax. The owners were great, facilities nice and simple but clean and showers were good and hot. Wish we could have stayed longer as it was so relaxing and easy to get to from London.
Clean, Quiet, Plenty of Space
This clean quiet campsite in the Kent Countryside was perfect for a few nights with the kids. The children enjoyed the firepit and playing games in the vast expanse of land. The pub just 5 minutes away served up good grub when camp food became too much.
Fantastic campsite for an relaxed and easy stay
Small campsite which offers everything you need of the basics. Good clean shower, loos and washing up area. Just myself and my daughter stayed, so it was great to have the large toddler shower room. Made life so much easier! Welcoming owners, who were available if you needed them. Safe areas for little ones to run around. Definitely, hope to go back at some point, as in easy reach of Whitstable where we spent lots of time at the beach and Canterbury perfect for a city day.
We had a lovely time over the weekend, we stayed on the farm (on a camping pitch) for two nights. The location is perfect to visit lots of different places and the facilities are just what we needed; toilets, shower, space to clean the dishes and a freezer for the ice cubes.
First time campers - great experience
This was the first time both myself and my partner have been camping and we had a great time. The campsite is clean, easy to access, near the pub (which serves delicious food) and lots of walks nearby which was great to explore. We will definitely return.
Lovely, well kept site.
Lovely site. Beautiful, flat pitches with plenty of space left for children to play. Facilities clean. Loved having a firepit. My only complaint was the grill on the firepit was filthy so we couldn't BBQ on it, which I hadn't expected when you are paying for it. Luckily we had brought out own grill which fitted the firepit we hired.
Quiet clean campsite - friendly helpful owners
We spent just one night here, as we just wanted a campsite close to home to test out our new tent. The owner was pleasant and helpful (bringing us our logs as we were still setting up when she wanted to pop out). This is a basic campsite in that it's only a field (no play area or anything) but the field seems well-kept and the facilities were all that were needed, and clean. I would happily go here again and recommend to others.
Just what we needed.
A clean simple quiet campsite. We loved it. We will go again. Very good pub food just down the road.[No food Sunday evening] Tom McDougal
Very nice campsite clean and friendly
Campsite was very clean and well kept. The toilet block was regularly cleaned. Showers had hot water. Enjoyed using fire pits to cook on. Very peaceful and relaxing.
Lovely bank holiday camping experience 🌞
Lovely family friendly campsite ,you can hire a fire pit 🔥 with 🐓 running free and loads of different birds to wake you up in the morning singing there songs . Dogs allowed on leads, very common sense rules to abide by no loud noice after 10pm. Proper flushing toilets and lovely hot powerful showers . Lovely friendly owners who will help you out if needed at all. Will defiantly be back .
Arrived the day before the campsite officially opened, to the surprise of Graeme and his wife (sorry, I didn't get your name! Next time!). Wasn't a problem though and they soon showed us our pitch and delivered a fire pit with wood. Its a beautiful field with all the facilities you need. Other campers arrived the following day and the way the site is arranged means you camp either on the side with morning sun, or the side opposite with evening sun. This leaves a space in front of the tents where the children mingle and play, this meant they met others really early and got on with it, leaving us with our books! Graeme is really friendly and helped me out on arrival because my airbed pump was blown, then on departure because the car battery was flat! We loved it!
Flat site perfect for tents
We stayed for 3 nights at Palace farm and we straight away relaxed on arrival as we were greeted by Woody, the goat and the chickens& chicks. Pitch sizes are ok and the owners friendly. The site was well thought out but the toilet facilities were not enough for when the site is full. 3 toilets ( unisex) isnt enough for 100 people. Also felt the rough concrete floor was never really clean., tiled would be better. We all liked the firepits you could hire for £2.50 a day, camping isnt camping if you cant have a fire. Also the local team room is worth a visit. Good coffee& reasonable priced food with very friendly service.
Very pleased with our recent 4 night stay at Palace Farm. Nice flat field for tents and not very busy when we were there. Friendly owners. We brought our dog which was fine, but they are a bit concerned about having dogs there as they have hens walking free. Of course she stayed on lead. Basic, but perfectly decent facilities. We were provided with a fire pit and there is a freezer to re-freeze your cooler packs and laminated maps of local walks. Great pub with good food nearby. Can recommend a walk to Doddington Place for a walk around the gardens and a nice cup of tea.
Lovely campsite close to London
This is a simple and lovely campsite. We spent 4 night at the beginning of the school holidays and we don’t have kids so was a bit worried about the amount of noise from lots of kids playing etc. this was far from the case. The campsite is big and there is plenty of space between each tent. It is a quite campsite and it is lovely. You can have campfires at night and the owners are so lovely and relaxed and always at hand to help out with anything. The facility’s are kept clean at all time though it could do with another toilet as 2 is not quite enough when the site is full. The location is lovely and you just have 30 min drive to the sea and so many other lovely attractions. We will def be back here for a long relaxing weekend.
Relaxed friendly site
I spent two nights camping at Palace farm with my two young boys. We had a really lovely stay. The owners had a relaxed and friendly attitude which made for a chilled out stay. The site is quiet and what I would call ‘real camping’ with simple facilities of washing up station, shower block and toilets which were clean and tidy. The place was natural and family friendly with no raised eyebrows over my boys playing, running and flying their kite in the adequate space around the tents. There was a culture of quiet politeness amongst the patrons, and lights were out and all was quiet by 10pm. We intend to return soon.
Great if you have children, but could do with more facilities
This is a very popular campsite with families. We arrived on a Friday evening outside of school holidays and the campsite was nearly full with families. The site is a long rectangle, with pitches along both sides. The middle is used by children as a football pitch/play area from dawn until late into the night (up to 10.30/11pm) Although pitch sizes are generous, the set-up doesn’t allow you a lot of privacy, even when you pitch facing the edge of the field. If you’re camping as a family, then this is a great campsite, but if you don’t have children and are hoping for a peaceful weekend away then this is definitely not for you. The facilities are very basic and in my opinion not big enough for the size of the campsite. There were over 100 people staying in a 75/80% full campsite sharing 2 toilets, showers, basins and washing up sinks. There was no working hand soap dispenser available for the whole 3 day trip in either toilet and on at least 2 occasions there was no hot water available for showering or washing up. The rough concrete floored toilet cubicles opened up directly onto the field full of campers, leading to awkward moments when someone had finished doing their business and had to step out past a queue of people. There are fire pits for rent which I’m sure would be nice to use in a chilly evening, but not great when you’re down-wind of the pitch next door and have to inhale light fluid fumes and smoke instead of nice country air. In summary, it’s a great campsite for families but could do with some additional facilities.
Easy to get to, but feels deep in the country
Very nice site, with some facilities so you are semi off grid. Fire pits are great to have an open fire without damaging the ground. Great for a family or group wanting a restful escape from the urban sprawl
A lovely camp site
This is a very child-friendly campsite. We stayed just one night with some friends. It was very quiet and friendly. The fire pits are great and we used ours to have a BBQ. The toilets were kept clean, but I think they could do with a few more than 3 when the campsite is full. A lovely stay though and we will go back.
Lovely family friendly camping
This is a lovely little site with large flat, grassy pitches on either side of the field. We stayed the second weekend in the May half term after the storms and the field was dry. The owners are very friendly and on hand if you needed anything but otherwise pretty relaxed. Fire-pits and wood refreshingly reasonably priced and the facilities basic but clean and well maintained, plenty of hot water/loo roll etc. The site was completely full of families when we stayed, with all the kids playing together in the middle of the field. There's chicken and a goat which kept our kids entertained for quite a while, lovely local pub 5 mins walk away and if you fancy going further afield - Whitstable is not too far for a beach day and Leeds Castle even closer. All in all a lovely stay!
Family friendly chilled out campsite
Huge pitches around the edge of a quiet, massive tree lined grass field with the middle free for the kids play with their new campsite buddies. Sturdy fire pits to hire and logs for sale = cozy marshmallows evenings. 'Facilities'' are basic but do the job nicely! An enjoyable week exploring the nearby Kent villages lanes, farms and orchards on our bikes. Graham and Liz are very welcoming and this campsite is highly recommended!