Glassenbury Camping

UK England South East England Kent Tunbridge Wells

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Eco camping in the heart of the High Weald and Kent's castle country

There's no boozing, big crowds or thumping music late in to the night. This is Glassenbury. Not Glastonbury. But there are a few things the two have in common. There's plenty of space, there's a focus on the eco-friendly and the setting, on a farm, is left for cows to graze for the vast majority of the year. And, like Glastonbury, once word gets out, we've no doubt campers will be crashing the internet to bag themselves a pitch. Numbers here are limited to something more like 100 people, rather than 100,000. It's small, it's quiet... it's great.

New for 2021, Glassenbury Camping is set in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and expands over some twelve acres of land, with campers pitching wherever they please. Owners Raf and Maria see themselves as caretakers of the site, which they've created with careful consideration for the environment. They use renewable energy from solar and wood-fired systems, and toilets are of the composting variety. The flat meadow, meanwhile, is surrounded on most sides by high trees and shaggy hedgerows, and what meagre slope exists is south-east facing, so you get fabulous sunsets on summer evenings.

In a designated corner you'll find the site’s three pre-pitched bell tents, each furnished with a double bed and side tables and uniquely decorated with its own selection up-cycled treasures (handmade bunting, a wood-framed mirror or perhaps a Moroccan rug and chest). Outside, you'll find a BBQ and campfire pit, something that Maria and Raf place great importance on. All campers at the site can enjoy campfires and, as evening falls, the general scent of woodsmoke and the happy crackle of campfires is the main soundtrack to life under the stars.

A particular bonus of camping here is Glassenbury's convenient location. It's less than two hours from central London and finds itself in prime walking and cycling country. The bridleway that runs just north of the campsite is part of the Long Distance Walkers Association's "Three Castles Walk", which lets you take in Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle all in one day and gives you an idea of how close they all are. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is also just a ten-minute drive from the campsite and it's less than half an hour to the village of Battle (the site of the battle of 1066) and the coast around Hastings. It's enough that you won't be able to do it all in one holiday. But then, like Glastonbury, you'll probably be returning year after year.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
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Details

Facilities

There are compost toilets (plus urinals for men), showers (eco soaps and shampoos provided), washing up points (eco washing-up liquid provided) and drinking water taps. Fire pits are provided with some basic cooking and BBQ attachments, sustainably sourced firewood is also sold and can be added on to your booking. If staying in one of the bell tents you will have access to two compost toilets, as well as a gas-powered shower and bucket shower. Each bell tent is furnished with a double bed, side tables, mirror, hanging rail and chairs – bed linen is available but you'll need to bring your own towels.

Suitable For

Glamping, camping, tents, small campervans, kids and dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

It's 10 minutes to National Trust-owned Sissinghurst Castle, boasting one of England’s most famous gardens, and 15 to moated Bodiam Castle. The local villages of Cranbook (five minute drive) and picturesque Goudhurst (also a five-minute drive) have a handful of good pubs and cafés between them – the latter has a steep high street running between the church and the village pond which famously featured in the 2007 Tour de France. Try boating, sailing, canoeing or hire bikes and cycle around Bewl Water (01892 890000), a 15-minute drive away. It's 25 minutes to the village of Battle (of 1066 fame) and 30 minutes to Rye, Hastings and the South Coast.

Food & Drink

The Star and Eagle is a five-minute drive away, once an ancient monastery and dating back to the 14th century, or it's just over 15 minutes to The Poet at Matfield (01892722416), set in a characterful 16th-century building, its name is inspired by the World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon who lived in the village. Frankies Farmshop (01580890713) is a 15-minute drive away, offering everything from plants to pot when you get home to takeaway pizzas you can enjoy back at camp.

Open

May–September.

Pricing

Grass Pitches: Adults from £13 per night; Children from £7 per night.
Furnished Bell Tents: from £65 per night.

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The Owner Says

Glassenbury camping is a new eco campsite based in the heart of the Kent countryside, set within the 800 acre Glassenbury Estate.

With breathtaking views over an area of outstanding natural beauty, and plenty of activities on your door step it offers a unique setting to escape the stresses of every day life.

We are located only a short distance from some of Kent’s best walks and mountain biking routes, including Bedgebury Pinetum, Bewl Water, Sissinghurst Castle. We also have a great selection of local Pubs, Restaurants, Farm Shops and Vineyards in the area.

We are within easy travel distance from London, Hastings, Lewes, Brighton, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne and the South Coast.

Our campsite has been designed to offer you an off-grid and sustainable camping experience, and all of our facilities are provided with careful consideration to the environment. We take sustainability seriously, and we try where possible to make the best eco friendly decisions.

Our key aim is to provide a safe and friendly location for our campers to relax and reconnect with friends and family, and connect with fellow campers around the campfire.

The campsite covers approximately 12 acres. Friends and families can camp together, and campers can pitch where they please within the allocated field. There is plenty of space to pitch with distance between each camping group.

Accommodation

Three bell tents, sleeping up to two guests each and around 30 camping pitches.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Sleeps up to 6

Kingfisher Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2; Bed linen included; Please bring your own hand and bath towels; Situated in a designated corner of our main campsite with lovely views across the valley

Robin Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2; Bed linen included; Please bring your own hand and bath towels; Situated in a designated corner of our main campsite with lovely views across the valley

Swallow Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2; Bed linen included; Please bring your own hand and bath towels; Situated in a designated corner of our main campsite with lovely views across the valley

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Location

Contact Glassenbury Camping, Glassenbury Camping, Glassenbury Road, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2QJ

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Getting There

If travelling along the A21 from the north, continue onto Sevenoaks Bypass/A21, following the signs for Hastings. After 11 miles, continue onto Hastings Road and Pembury Bypass. Follow this road for four miles until you reach the Kippings Cross roundabout. From here you’ll want to take the second exit onto the A21. Follow the road for three miles until you reach Forstal Farm Roundabout, then take the first exit onto the A262. Continue for four miles and then turn right onto Glassenbury Road. Glassenbury Campsite will then be on your left.

The nearest bus stop is located on Hartley Road but you would then need to walk to the campsite from there. ​

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