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Little Halden Farm

UK England South East England Kent Ashford

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury camping and glamping in the heart of the Weald of Kent
Little Halden Farm is enviably nestled in the heart of the Weald of Kent – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a scenic, chalky landscape woven with interesting footpaths. Though the glampsite is a relatively new venture, the family-run farm is in its fifth generation and its name sake summer camping site has been running for several years, so it’s fair to say that current owners, Jon and Sara, aren’t exactly new to the area. Now with a bunch of happy glampers to accommodate it’s clear they’re in their element, beaming as they gesture out across the open fields explaining the easy walking route down to the pub in Rolvenden.

The range of accommodation on offer means couples looking for nights under canvas are just as well catered for as larger families seeking self-catered seclusion. Options include safari lodges, yurts and their newest offering, the Hopper Huts – converted stable-like buildings with a cosy ambience inside. All come kitted throughout with the likes of double beds, wood burners and a 3-ring gas stove, while the gentle, south-facing slope of the field means they’re blessed by sun from first thing in the morning until late in the afternoon (as well as good views towards Tenterden below).

Visitors exploring the farm will find acres of open space for children to play, explore and monkey about in, most notably building dens in the adjacent stretch of woodland. A walk around reveals countless interesting sights too. The area is abuzz with wildlife, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for foxes, weasels, deer and buzzards, plus cows and sheep in the field next door. There’s even an elusive black rabbit, though their nocturnal nature and the darkness of the nights here mean they’re never easy to come by. Come evening every critter has flitterred away into the trees with the occasional soft coo or a rustle amongst the branches to remind you of their presence. It’s a pleasure too, when you hear them, only serving as a reminder of how peaceful this part of England really is.

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Facilities

There’s 1 Safari Lodge sleeping 6 people, a 20ft Yurt with additional 10ft Yurt on the same deck as an extra bedroom taking 6 people, a 14ft Yurt sleeping 4 and four Hopper Huts each sleeping 4 people. There are toilets and 4 showers plus washing up sinks—all with unlimited hot water. All the structures have solar panels charging a 12 volt battery for lighting and all have a 12 volt charging point for phones. All structures have a double bed that comes with all linen provided. Glampers will need to bring sleeping bags/quilts for any of the additional beds be they sofa beds, bunk beds or futon, pillows, sheets and extra blankets are provided. All pitches will have their own fire pit and grill. At the glampsite a complimentary basket of logs is provided for the woodstove and a crate of logs for the campfire thereafter logs for the stoves or campfires can be purchased at £5 per crate.

Suitable For

Families, couples, groups by prior arrangement as are any additional tents at the glampsite—yes. Caravans, motorhomes and dogs—no.

Nearby

Where to begin? Leeds Castle, 'Loveliest Castle in World', is but a short drive away. The National Trust-run Bodiam Castle is a mere 20 minutes in the car. Entry to the grounds is free, but the entry fee to the castle (adults £7/children £3.50) is worth it for the views from the top of the towers. They also host various events and family fun days throughout the year. While not make your way there by the Bodiam ferry which gently cruises down the peaceful River Rother. Kids will love the Kent and East Sussex Railway, an old steam train that chugs from Bodiam Castle to Tenterden. The huge sandy beach of Camber Sands is about half an hour away (17 miles) and well worth a visit on a sunny day. Be sure to check out Bedgebury Forest & Pinetum for nature trails, horse riding and mountain biking. The medieval port town of Rye is not too far either—its quaint cobbled streets and rickety, timber-framed houses are a quintessential slice of olde English charm.

Food & Drink

Grill your own on the gas stoves and camp fires. Family butchers, Ward & Sons in nearby Benenden does some fantastic cuts of meat. You can store your perishables in the 30li cool box kindly provided. The pretty village of Rolvenden is a mere 20 minute amble from the farm where the Bull Inn is the local pub. Here you'll find a well-stocked village shop selling all the essentials plus the local specialty, Korker Sausages. The village also hosts a farmers' market every Thursday. Rolvenden even boasts its very own micro-brewery in The Old Dairy. For a wider selection of shops, bars and restaurants, Tenterden is a 5 minute drive away. The surrounding area is served by some great little pubs including The Bell (01797 280 242) in nearby Iden. Rumour has it this ancient former monastery hides a secret tunnel connecting the cellar to the local church. Nowadays, you'll find a friendly welcome as well as some fine local brews and hearty pub fayre.

Opening Times

Glampsite is open all year and general camping is open for the summer.

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Accommodation

The glampsite has 7 structures and the summer campsite will take up to 20 tent pitches.

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Location

Contact Little Halden Farm, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4JL

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Getting There

Directions to the glamp site are quite easy, you can use the postcode TN17 4JG which will get you to the entrance gate, we strongly advise you access Halden Lane from the A28 as some sat navs have led guests on quite a tour of the surrounding lanes. A good idea is to head for Tenterden or Rolvenden first before trusting your sat nav to take you to the glampsite. Come through Tenterden on the A28 carry onto Rolvenden for 2 miles (please ignore the sign for our main farm entrance off the A28), just before Rolvenden after a row of houses turn right down Halden Lane, drive for half a mile until you come to a sharp left hand bend. Directly in front of you, you will see two metal gates just go through the one with the Little Halden sign on. If you are coming from the opposite direction just as you leave Rolvenden on the A28 to Tenterden you will come round a sharp right hand bend, Halden Lane will appear on your left before a row of houses. Car or you can catch a train to Headcorn and bus it from there.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

fantastic place

We had the safari tent which was totally excellent, the weather wasnt great but it didnt matter the setting was brilliant and the stove made it snug and cozy inside , everything was clean , and worked well, the whole design has been really well thought out. Showers brilliant too lovely and warm , hot water made washing up in the washing up facilities really easy. The views from all the tents are blinding too, never knew Kent could be so picturesque.Jon, the owner was super helpful with fire wood and cold packs for the cooler and was super quick with all communication, nothing was too much trouble. There is loads to do nearby, Bodium castle , Camber, Rye and the highlight the steam railway. All in all 5 stars we are 100 per cent going back, kids loved the sand pit and toys too and are pleading to return.

May 29, 2014 by owen
★★★★★

Lovely setting, great hosts

Stayed in the safari lodge for 2 nights with my partner and 2 kids.  Everything is very well equipped and clean.  All  bedding and kitchen ware provided so more room in the car for other stuff!  The safari lodge has two bedrooms, one with a double bed the other with bunk beds and a communal area that's big enough for a sofa and 6 seat dining table and room to spare for the kids to run around in.  It also has a wood burner which was great for keeping the nip in the air at bay at night.  

For outside eating - there's a veranda big enough to take the table or sit on the logs around the open fire.

Toilets and showers were really clean and plenty of hot water.

Took the kids on the steam train that runs from Tenterden to Bodiam and over to Camber Sands, but to be honest I think think they had just as much fun running around the field and singing to the baa baas in the next field!


Jul 30, 2013 by ghill
★★★★★

lovely secluded campsite

Little Halden is a gorgeous, secluded campsite in a lovely area. The facilities were very well kept and the showers hot! Very friendly host came to welcome us in and helped us with anything we needed. A very personal campsite and service. Looking forward to going back. 

Jul 28, 2013 by R Cherry
★★★★★

For us it was a whole new level of camping.

 We hired the yurt and the safari lodge last weekend, 4adults and 2children, we had a fantastic time the weather was perfect (not too hot) the children had the whole field to run around in, it felt like the whole farm, the yurt and lodge are very well equiped and have been placed so you get the best views, nearby is Rolvenden village a short walk away, we spent a day at camber sands and rye, about 20-30 mins away, the beach was lovely. We're going back to little halden farm in mid July for a long weekend, wild camping month in one of the old hop gardens, just a shower and a tap : ) should be fun, Happy camping.

Jul 1, 2013 by Karen peters

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