Star Field Glamping & Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK England South East England Kent Tunbridge Wells

Off-grid camping in the High Weald of Kent with campfires, acres of space and a farm shop within strolling distance

In the rolling scenery of the High Weald AONB in Kent, this gently sloping camping meadow is aptly named. Cloudless nights, of course, can’t always be guaranteed but, when they arrive, the stars and the dark skies here are dazzling. Bedded down in the long grass of this former hay meadow, you can throw another log on the campfire and gaze endlessly into space. For those leaving the well-lit haze of London, it’s a particularly popular spot. It can be tough to believe this rural field, where a mere six camping pitches spread across some four acres of space, is just half an hour from the M25.

Given its proximity to London, Star Field is a pleasingly paired-back and basic affair. It will suit anyone who wants to really cut the cord from urban life. The campsite is entirely off-grid, with neat composting toilets and gas-heated showers, and the sheer space on offer means your pitch only ever feels hemmed in by nature – the long grass, cowparsley and wildflowers of the meadow – rather than by other campers. There are pre-pitched bell tents, for those who want the wild experience but don’t have their own equipment, and there’s one bell tent that’s fully furnished, including real beds, for those who, well, don’t like things too wild at all.

Star Field is set in one of the most picturesque meadows on Charity Farm, now under the fourth generation of the same family, which began life as a chicken farm before diversifying into selling hay, straw and forage from a small on-site country store. Over time, the store expanded (you can now buy the latest knit wear or a Joules raincoat when you come here camping), while a clutch of free-range hens and pigs still occupy the farmyard above the campsite. The result is local goods conveniently located, while still enjoying that off-grid experience. It takes little over a couple of minutes, for example, to walk to Cranbrook Farm Shop and buy beef burgers for your campfire or freshly baked bread from the bakery.

Elsewhere, you can walk to Bedgebury Forest right from the site (or get there by car in under 5 minutes with parking free-of-charge there). It’s a pleasant half-hour walk into Cranbrook, the smallest town in Kent and a thoroughly pleasant place, with a host of excellent independent cafés and pubs. A working windmill, built in 1814, dominates the local skyline there, while the local church also holds a little known historic artefact, the prototype for the clock on Big Ben. It’s 10 minutes to Sissinghurst Castle, 15 minutes to Bodiam Castle and 20 minutes to Scotney Castle – all owned by the National Trust – while the coast around Hastings and Camber Sands is 35 minutes or so by car. In all, though, this back-to-basics campsite is the sort of place where time will happily be ebbed away around the campfire or simply doing nothing at all. After all, that’s what disconnecting and being off grid is all about.

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The Owner Says

Star Field Glamping and Camping at Charity Farm is a family run glamping and campsite based on a working farm in Cranbrook, Kent (previously known as Charity Farm Camping).

If you're looking for a simple off-grid country retreat to enjoy a well-earned break with a clear view of the night sky, then we've got a pitch for you. If you fancy something a little more glamorous, we've got you covered as well. If you have an event going on, or simply want to take a break with all your family and friends and want to book the whole site we can organise that too.

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