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The Old Apple Shed

UK England South East England Kent Ashford

  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
An old orchard shed in Kent that has been converted into a cosy glamping hideaway
Like the fresh-faced folks on a Magners advert, the orchard field along Norton Lane was once a happy place, with the smell of cheery blossom in the air and apples bristling along the branches. Alas, though you can still buy local ciders in the village pub, the orchard is no longer there and those summer days plucking apples from the trees are a thing of the past. But worry not luxury lovers. As the adverts may tell you, ‘there’s method in the madness’ and, while you may no longer be able to wake up to fresh-pressed apple juice, trade relics of the past now provide a thoroughly refreshing treat of an altogether different kind. Put down the cider and pick up the map as we present to you, The Old Apple Shed - a private, romantic retreat for two.

Nestled in what was once an orchard, though now resembling a more open, meadow space, The Old Apple Shed is exactly as the name suggests; a store for apples and cherries left over from the early 1970s. From outside the hut still has an obviously rustic feel, it’s asymmetrical roof giving it an oddly off-balance feel, but within owner, Kate, has converted it into a cosy glamping hideout.

The interior is surprisingly spacious. There’s a double-bed in the bedroom with en-suite facilities that include a hot, electric shower, and the living space has a deep, comfortable sofa, which, when the weather’s bad, makes for a comfy place to board yourself away and play games from the stash provided. There’s a well-stocked kitchen area and a casual dining space but its things like the quirky cabinets made out of old apple crates and a handmade chandelier using empty glass bottles, that really reflect the love that’s been put into the place. It has a wonderfully homemade feel that still doesn’t come at the cost of comfort. In fact, if anything, it makes the place all the more cosy, enhancing that ‘local’ feel you expect from such a low-key glamping site.

Outside there is a fenced, decking area, with a table and chairs, and if you stroll across the field your straight into the village of Bethersden. Centred around a 15th-century church, the charming little settlement has a real community feel and still boasts two pubs, both of which are excellent. If you really want to fit in you can even borrow one of Kate’s dogs and take them on a walk through the local woods, nodding to village folk as you go, picking up a newspaper from the village shop and a pork pie form the local butcher. Careful not to get to accustomed/ You can’t stay forever we’re afraid.



The Old Apple Shed consists of a sitting room with sofa bed, throws and cushions and a log burner. Off the sitting room is a kitchen area with table and chairs, work space, cupboards, Baby Belling Cooker, drawers and fridge. The bedroom has a shabby-chic style, with fairy lights around the antique iron bed and Cath Kidston curtains. There is a modern en-suite with an electric shower, basin and toilet. The shed also has carefully recycled additions including pine flooring, apple boxes for kitchen units and a stunning chandelier made from a bike wheel and wine bottles. Onsite residents include Toast, the New Forest pony, and two beehives tucked away in a quiet corner, providing honey for sale. Parking is up at the main house with a short walk to the shed, wheelbarrows can be sued for luggage.

Suitable For

Glampers and couples only. So no tents, campervans, caravans, children or dogs we're afraid.


Inside the shed there is a folder with ideas for local activities, though one a little closer to home is to borrow one of the dogs for a simple walk in the neighbouring woods. In the village be sure to pop your head into the Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horse Makers (01233 820363) – certainly unique and a joy to watch them absorbed in their craft. Further afield there's a cluster of excellent heritage sites. Kent and East Sussex Railway (01580 765155) runs between 'the Jewel in the Weald', Tenterden, full of old buildings, antique and interesting shops and places to eat and drink, and Bodiam with its magnificent castle (01580 830196). Sissington Castle (01580 710701) is also just 8 miles from the campsite and National Trust owned Great Dixter House and Gardens (01797 252878) is just a little further.

Food & Drink

It's a 5 minute walk into Bethersden where The George (01233 820235) and The Bull (01233 820534) contend for your custom. Both do great home-cooked food and Kentish Ales. There's also a village shop (01233 820251) and a delightful artisan butchers-cum-deli that's not to be missed.


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Contact The Old Apple Shed, Cherry Trees, Norton Lane, Bethersden, Kent TN26 3AL

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