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.
Glamping, camping, tents, small campervans, kids and dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.
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.
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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.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 39 reviews
We've just returned from a weekend's camping at Glassembury and could not have asked for a more beautiful site, with more attentive (but not imposing) hosts. We shared the field with 4 other groups/families and had so much space. The field was lush and green and enjoyed incredible views across the valley. The showers and toilets were cleaned multiple times per day, and were brilliantly maintained. Non-smelly composting loos, hot showers that stayed hot, and one of the nicest washing up areas we've found at a campsite recently (with hot water for washing up). My only slight quibble was that the "dogs must be kept on leads" rule didn't seem to be upheld, despite sounding quite strictly imposed on the T's and C's. There were two dogs who didn't go on a lead once whilst on site, and whilst they were well behaved and friendly, they were running around freely, sometimes with one another, and having a child with a really intense fear of dogs after a horrible experience - this did give us a few upsetting episodes. I'm a huge dog lover and am more than happy to camp on sites that allow dogs, but for my 6 year old, those dogs charging about enjoying the space was a bit too much.
Great off-grid experience
Spent a weekend with kids who found the forest area at the edge of the site completely captivating. The facilities are basic but in the best way possible, everything you need but nothing more. As another review stated, the only room for improvement would have been drier firewood. Great views, nice walks around and not far from London. Will return next season.
A great spot for off-grid camping
We stayed here three times over the summer. It's a lovely spot and never feels crowded. We loved the view and sitting by our campfire. The showers were warm and the toilets were great. At night we could hear owls.
Lovely Campsite! Well maintained!
We had a lovely stay at Glassenbury! Maria was incredibly helpful throughout our stay, and this is a very friendly site. Facilities were very good and very clean and well maintained. Site itself is a good size relative to how many campers there were, so it does not feel crowded or packed and you feel like you have plenty of space, and it is surrounded by trees and nice views. Fire pits are available on site to borrow to have a campfire, and they even have a card reader so you can purchase wood on site if like me you never carry cash! Close to pubs, great place for kids to play, feels incredibly safe. We loved our time! We will definitely be back if we are in the area! Thank you!
Beautiful views, and a well-managed site. Facilities excellent, clean and well maintained, and as described. Take the chance to stock up at the Hartley farm shop, and try to take in a visit to Sissinghurst Gardens…
Wonderful location and clean, brand new facilities. Very friendly staff, but I'd advise taking your own firewood as what was provided was sodden wet.
Awesome, cool stuff!
Where to start? This is a basic campsite in seemingly the world's biggest field. But don't be put off as the staff are super helpful and it has everything you need in a beautiful location. If you like getting back to nature then it can't be beaten. Easily accessible from London and I really enjoyed it as I could bore my family going back down memory lane - I lived in Hawkhurst (a village nearby) for a year many moons ago... (and Hawkhurst now has 2 supermarkets Tesco and Waitrose which didn't exist back in my day). Highlight? The composting toilets along with the instructions!! Any faults? None, but bring a crowbar to prise the kids off of the campsite;-) The only question which remains is "When are going back?"
I was looking for somewhere to relax and unwind and wasn’t disappointed. Raf and Maria are perfect hosts and the site is clean and well run. I will be returning for some more R&R as soon as I can.
Excellent camping experience
An outstanding camp site! The views were incredible, facilities very clean, hosts very welcoming and understanding. Theres also loads of do nearby (and a VERY close farm shop). Would 10/10 recommend!
A great camping spot for adults or families. Highly recommended if you are looking for a relaxing stay away from busy city.
We have really enjoyed camping at Glassenbury. Great location just an hour from London with a beautiful views and peaceful surrounding. Lots of space between tents, place is suitable for both adults and families. In the nearby town ( 1h slow walk) we stopped for a delicious lunch and drink. Overall a fabulous camping spot with a very friendly owners who were helpful and they run the site really professionally. I must add how impressed we were with eco toilets-brilliant and so clean!!!
Fantastic eco site!
This site may be small but it's certainly mighty. The views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking and owners Raf and Maria limit numbers to around 100 campers per weekend, so we had plenty of space to spread out as a group. They supply fire pits you can cook over and wood, and the eco loos and showers were spotless, and stocked with lovely smelling sanitiser, shampoo and shower gel. Plus, there are woody areas that are perfect for kids to explore and go wild in. All in all, one of the nicest eco campsites we've been to - I'd highly recommend.
Laid back and peaceful with stunning views
We really enjoyed our stay here. The campsite is incredibly laid back and peaceful with stunning views. The site is very spacious and spread out so the site and the facilities never felt busy. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were spotlessly clean. There's a lovely village nearby too with good shops and pubs. Would definitely go back.
Relaxing stay on beautiful site
We felt immediately relaxed as we arrived on site, not a long journey at all from London. Initially a bit nervous of 'eco loos', but they were actually really clean and not smelly, and with the lovely smelling soap and sanitizer, nicer than any toilet block at other campsites (the fairy lights adorning them at night was a nice touch). I can't recall the last time we camped with so much space between us and other campers. Fire pit and wood available on site. Lots to see and do for a weekend near by. Run by a lovely couple, we can't really rate this place highly enough. Probably not the place for large noisy groups but perfect for for anyone who wants to feel they've got away from it all without actually traveling too far. We will be back for sure.
It was quite windy at times, but the pay off was far reaching views, a glorious meadow and star filled nights. When it comes to campsites, sometimes less is more and this beautifully basic and clean campsite certainly made a good impression. We will be back for more.
Perfect for a quick getaway from London
We usually camp in Dorset and Devon but have grown tired of the long drive. We chose this for distance from London - about a 90 minute drive. 2 hours with traffic. We were not disappointed! What a great little campsite. It was very quiet and the views are spectacular. The facilities were clean and comfortable. We were there on a very wet weekend but there seems to be good drainage, no boggy mess. It was very relaxed. There are a few good pubs nearby too. Thanks for the stay.
The main attraction of this site is the beautiful view across the Kent countryside. A highlight, for me, was watching the mist banks and low cloud drifting through the valleys after an evening rain shower. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming, toilets and showers nice and clean, with a separate washing up station with hot water. I stayed here with my fiancee and another couple, and we all said we would definitely stay again, if in the area.
Amazing Off-Grid Camping Experience - Couldn't Recommend More!
This campsite is in a great location with stunning uninterrupted views of the countryside. The campsite is very well kept and the toilets and showers are very clean (the compost toilet is not smelly at all!) The team are very friendly and always available to talk to if you have any problems. They make a real effort with the little touches such as providing wheelbarrows for moving your equipment around and eco-friendly sanitizer/soap/washing-up-liquid/shampoo. We also loved using the fire pit they provided! It was great to have pitches very spread out which meant it was quiet and you felt you had your own private space. There was a really nice atmosphere and it was great to see people of all ages having such a great time! There are walks you can do from the campsite and Scotney Castle and Bewl Water are just a short drive away. I would recommend both but please note if you want to do any boating activities you have to book in advance! If you want a day out to the beach, Camber Sands is a great choice, about 35 mins drive away. Overall, a top rate campsite- Thank you Raf and Maria for making it such a lovely holiday!
A wonderful weekend
What a fantastic weekend we had at Glassenbury. The facilities were some of the best I have seen whilst camping, with a brilliant focus on being eco-friendly. Showers and toilets were all impeccably clean, with great washing up and fresh water facilities too. The site itself is beautifully situated, with sunsets and views to die for. It's a really big space, so although we shared the site with several others, it felt private and peaceful. The owners were kind and welcoming, and should be so proud of everything they have achieved here - a little slice of heaven! We'll definitely be back.
Favourite campsite yet
Had an amazing weekend at Glassenbury, lovely campsite with great wild camping toilet and shower facilities. Haven’t experienced a nice compost toilet. A lot of thought has gone into the supplies of eco friendly soap, shampoo, washing up liquid and sensitiser. Fire pits and wood provided, with tonnes of space between pitches. The owners are super friendly and extremely helpful. Can’t wait to return.
Expansive views and spacious eco camping
Perfect spacious camping under canvas. Views down through the valley are far-reaching and it's the perfect place to enjoy a sunset session by a fire with friends and a bottle of local wine. I visited a few local wineries during my stay, but will return to check out more of the local area by foot. Balfour Winery and Woodchurch Wine are less than 30 mins drive and both offer tastings and tours. Facilities are really good on-site and eco soaps are provided if you forget your own. Friendly welcome and check-in from the lovely Maria too :) Parking is at the entrance to the field and wheel barrows are available to carry your equipment to your chosen pitch. I arrived and left outside "rush hours" but the 5 or 6 wheel barrows were in high demand during these times. There's not many sites like this in the country that offer so much space between pitches. And there's not a car, caravan or motorhome around to get in the way of your view. Enjoy!!
Very friendly staff-Raf and Maria. Very accomodating. Absolutely clean facilities especially loos and showers. Lovely sunset.very quiet place. My friends enjoyed their stay and would love to comeback for another wonderful experience.
Lovely facilities , only quibble is could do with more wheel barrows
The best views ever!
Gorgeous little off Grid campsite with loads of space and great sunset views. Showers and toilets well maintained and immaculate. Owners really helpful and friendly.
Fantastic, relaxing weekend on spacious natural campsite
We went for a weekend with three other families with young kids and were really struck by the amount of space available for everyone - tents were really spread out with no fixed pitch areas. Which means there was loads of space for the kids to run around and the wooded area for them to run off and play was great for them. The facilities were well maintained and very clean. There's also a good off-road path from the campsite for walking through Angley Wood that connects up with the High Weald Trail and takes you on a nice walk down into Cranbrook.
We tried glamping for the first time at Glassenbury camping, and we couldn't chosen a better place to try it! Maria and Raf who run the campsite are incredibly well organised, generous and kind, and they keep the facilities immaculate at all times. We stayed in a super clean and charming bell tent, equipped with everything you need to eat and do basic cooking. It even came with a small gas stove! We slept really well in the comfy bed and felt very safe at the campsite. The forest trails near the campsite were also easy to access by foot. If you live in London and want a great camping experience that is easy to access with a £5 train ticket and a not too unreasonable taxi fare, this is the place.
Stayed as 2 young families for a weekend. Lovely stay. Beautiful views. Everything nice and clean. Note that you can’t drive to your spot and need to move your stuff by wheelbarrow, so pack light!
New favourite campsite
Hosts lovely (thanks for lettting us borrow your map!) Space, views and great facilties.
Beautiful campsite with impeccable facilities and friendly hosts
I couldn’t recommend this campsite any more highly. Lovely grass pitches with views across the countryside and incredibly clean facilities including hot showers with decent water pressure. The hosts are friendly and helpful and the campsite had a lovely relaxed vibe with a mixture of couples and families. Excellent location too for visiting National Trust and English Heritage sites. We have already booked a return stay!
Amazing eco friendly campsite with lovely staff!
We stayed at Glassenbury Camping the first weekend they opened and we had a lovely time! You could tell all the love that had gone into planning everything and the attention to detail! My partner and I enjoyed the bucket showers, walks around the nearby woods and the lovely view from our tent. The hosts were very open to feedback and tried to accommodate everyone, e.g. organising last minute grills for the fire pits etc. One suggestion is to get some compost bins for food waste as we liked the separate dog poo bins but felt bad adding the food waste to the normal rubbish. We'll be back :)
A long awaited, memorable weekend
Raf and Maria are excellent hosts and have put a lot of effort into this fantastic campsite. Having never been to an eco campsite before I was a tad trepidatious about what to expect. Toilet blocks are basic but spacious and extremely clean with eco soaps and sanitisers supplied, no pongs or smells or flies as you may expect. You have a choice of hot solar showers or cold showers from raised buckets which was well received in the heat we’ve just had. The hosts were always around to answer questions or recommend local food and drink options. We had a memorable weekend here (party of 6) with camping brought back to its basic form, and a joy it was. Will definitely come again with my son as there’s a great bike park in Bedgebury nearby.
Great break in beautiful countryside
We have just returned from a weekend break and loved our time here. The scenery and sunsets were lovely, the weather was great and this is such a great place to relax, off grid with fire pit chats with friends and family. Enough facilities for all which were regularly checked and cleaned and owners on hand should there be any issues, we didn't have any. A perfect place for a break camping and loved that it was eco friendly facilities. Thanks Tia, Maria & Raf 😁 and sorry Tia that Charlie wasnt that impressed!
Beautiful and clean
We had a lovely time at Glassenbury Camping. The site was spotlessly clean and absolutely beautiful. The young couple who own it, are absolutely lovely and very helpful. You couldn’t ask for better hosts. The children had lots of space to run around in, they enjoyed the small woodland area where they made dens and camps of their own. It is only a small site, so it was safe for the children to run around independently. Will definitely return and would highly recommend.
Perfect campsite - calm, peaceful, eco-friendly, everything-friendly
My 11-year-old son, 2-year-old Shih-Tzu and I spent the past 3 nights at Glassenbury Campsite. It really was the perfect off-grid getaway, absolutely breathtaking sunsets and views all around. A lovely spacious field with plenty of room for ball games, sausages on fires, and to breathe in the wonderful fresh air. Not a screen in sight, my son spent his time on rope swings, den building and exploring the woods. There is a gorgeous forest walk to the picturesque local town of Cranbrook with its authentic wonky rooves, lovely cafes, olde worlde shoppes, and a stunning church on the hill. The owners Maria and Raf were really lovely and friendly, always available to help on site but not intrusive. They even welcomed us warmly at 11pm after our car broke down on the way... Eco-friendly in a very encouraging way and all the wooden details around the site were very tastefully put together. The composting toilets were so much nicer than plastic portaloos or toilet blocks and they even smelt lovely (thanks to the wood shavings!) No electricity but very welcome warm showers. Our dog's tail didn't stop wagging (and he made a new friend with Tia) so I think he had a good time too! Thank you!!
Amazing views, clean facilities, friendly campsite
Spectacular 360-views, open skies - this campsite ticks all the boxes for those that love the peace and quiet the countryside has on offer, with plenty of activities to choose from within close proximity. When we arrived, we were given a free fire pit, logs can be purchased too. For the kids, there are a couple of swings in the magical woods which also has a couple of benches hidden by the edge of the field. The camping field is huge and carefully managed to not become crowded. Guests can pitch up where they like, wheelbarrows are available and for those that come with their kitchen sink, there is help on hand. Its strict music off policy after 9pm, so you get to sit and do some star gazing, it really felt like being on top of the world. Great attention to detail and eco-friendly facilities, and friendly, helpful campsite owners have made out weekend trip feel like we were away for a week's holiday. We will be back soon. Thanks Tia, Maria and Raf!
What a hidden gem, which is pretty easy to access - even on public transport - as an escape out of London! The campsite was on lovely grounds and had such stunning views; the fact that it was fully booked and still felt so spacious was an extra bonus. The facilities were great, with great walks closeby and the hosts were so welcoming and friendly. We would definitely recommend!
Super friendly, amazing view - a real hidden gem
We’ve never been to a campsite before with such a sense of space, despite being fully booked. The owners were so helpful and friendly as were all the other campers, meaning after 2 days it felt like a real community. The facilities were the cleanest we have experienced and although we weren’t totally sure about compost toilets and bucket showers before, they really added to the experience and were even a hit with the kids! It’s ideal for enabling the kids to run free and get them away from technology in a family friendly, secure location. Have already booked for the summer and can’t wait to return. Once word gets out, this hidden gem will be fully booked!
The experience we had there was very good, the place is very good, the area where it is located we liked it very much. Stop going with kids this super.
Divine camping experience!
What a wonderful campsite! Beautiful views, lots of space and good facilities. Raf was super friendly but not intrusive and lots of care had gone into making this a perfect campsite post lockdown. Thank you for such a great stay!
Excellent new campsite in beautiful location
We stayed in one of the bell tents over the bank holiday weekend. The tent was lovely and thoughtfully decorated with a comfy double bed in a separate area of the site with its own very nice compost toilets and hot showers. The site itself is huge with excellent views but wasn't too crowded meaning that it always felt that there was plenty of space. Facilities are simple toilets, showers and washing up areas but well maintained and handmade. The owners were lovely and very helpful. It's only just opened but everything seems very well thought out. We'll be back!