Free Range Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Off-grid yurt and shepherd's hut glamping on an organic farm with views across Kent's Eden Valley

Located just outside the perfectly preserved Tudor village of Chiddingstone, just an hour or so from London, 500-acre Bore Place Farm is an organic dairy farm, historic venue and environmental charity all rolled in to one. And now, with the addition of luxury yurts and shepherd’s huts, Bore Place can add glamping to its already string-laden bow.

As the name suggests, there’s a wealth of space to roam at Free Range Glamping, with a glorious hilltop position for all of the accommodation in a sprawling wildflower meadow. Glampers enjoy breath-taking views across Kent's orchards and heady hop fields – the huts and yurts face south across the aptly named Eden Valley – and the local area is awash with decent footpaths.

The yurts themselves are real works of art – elegant latticework walls, wooden flooring and a transparent crown for stargazing – and are comfortably furnished with wood-burning stoves, king-sized beds and futons for extra guests. Each has its own safari-style kitchen alongside, plus a firepit for late-night marshmallow roasting, and it’s a short stroll to your private composting loo. Shepherd’s huts, too, feature king-sized beds, woodburners and have compact kitchen spaces inside. They have en-suite eco loos but, for both hut guests and yurters, if you prefer proper flushing loos or want to take a shower, it’s a 300-metre walk to the farm where there are ‘proper’ facilities. The result is access to the goods when needs must but otherwise a wonderfully paired-back, off-grid glamping experience, with candle lit evenings, and a quiet, rural atmosphere.

“It’s all the best bits of camping – campfires, birdsong, and breathtaking scenery”, as friendly owner Chris tells us. “Combined with clean, dry, inspirational space, proper beds and a private toilet.” It's glamping, in other words, that hasn't completely left the fun of camping behind.

Set in the North Downs, there’s some fantastic walks and outdoor pursuits to enjoy. Bouldering (or mini rock climbing to the uninitiated) is surprisingly prevalent here. Chris can fill you in on the best formations, like Harrison’s, Toad, and Wellington rocks surrounding nearby Tunbridge Wells. For more sedate excursions, there’s a wealth of stately homes and gardens, castles and quintessential Kentish towns to visit. The eminently reachable village of Chiddingstone is one of the best-preserved examples of a Tudor street anywhere. Or if the lure of the organic farm setting is too much to resist, you could partake in one of Bore Place’s ecology courses – try your hand at green wood-working or simply enjoy a guided stroll around the multi-faceted rural setting.

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Facilities

Yurts and shepherd's huts all have king-sized beds, while yurts have additional futons too (all bedding and linen included). All feature a wood-burning stove (starter pack of wood and kindling) and a kitchen space (in an adjacent shelter for the yurts) with hobs, food-prep area and a sink, as well as outdoor seating and a firepit. Shepherd's huts have en-suite eco toilets, while yurts each have a composting loo a short walk away. There's a standard flushing toilet, a hot shower and baby-changing facilities at the farm about 300m away.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples, kids – yes. Tents, caravans, campervans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Famed as the 'Garden of England', Kent is bursting with bucolic attractions with many in the immediate vicinity of Edenbridge including Emmets Garden (01732 868381), Penshurst Place and Gardens (01892 870307) and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens (01732 459777). For history buffs, Winston Churchill's old countryside retreat Chartwell (01732 868381) makes for a fascinating away-day. The stunning grounds and National Trust-run house are filled with various historic artefacts including the former prime minister's very own paintings. Chiddingstone village itself (also owned by the National Trust) is described as the most perfect surviving example of a one-street Tudor village anywhere in the county. Elsewhere, art-filled Chiddingstone Castle (01892 870347), motte and bailey Tonbridge Castle (01732 770929) and childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle and Gardens (01732 865224) all offer tours and regular events. Back at the site, Bore Place (01732 463255) itself offers a wealth of walks woodcraft workshops and courses in sustainability, organic agriculture, horticulture, health and wellbeing courses.

Food & Drink

For the best coffee around – and outstanding views of Bough Beech Reservoir – Ide Hill Community Shop (01732 750157),about a mile north of the yurt, is the place to go. Groombridge Farm Shop (01892 861753) boasts the finest Kentish produce – be sure to stock up on their famous asparagus. Cafe-wise, the beautiful Kingdom centre set in the Penshurst woods offers delicious healthy whole food dishes and great coffee in a lovely setting. It's open every day 10am – 5pm. There's plenty of nice pubs just a short drive away. The King Henry VIII (01732 862457) – a charming half-timbered Tudor pile – is the nearest (about 10 mins). They serve a fine selection of ales and a surprisingly varied menu of curries and pasta alongside pub grub classics. The Little Brown Jug (01892 870318) in Chiddingstone Causeway is a popular gastropub, a pleasant hour or so's walk away. The Castle in at Chiddingstone (01892 870371) is another handsome watering hole that's equally walkable and does good food. For a refined dining experience, The Wheatsheaf (01732 700100) in Bough Beech offers beautifully presented dishes, with much of the produce coming direct from this modern gastro's very own kitchen garden. You'll find supermarkets in Edenbridge, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and Chiddingstone Causeway has a well-stocked village shop.

Open

Shepherd's huts are open all year. Yurts are from May to the end of October only.

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The Owner Says

Two luxury yurts and two shepherd's huts in a Kentish meadow on Bore Place organic dairy farm.

We started life in 2017 and our first luxury yurt proved such a huge hit that we invested in another one! We love being out in nature, but we also love comfy beds, kitchen facilities, and wood-burning stoves, so we feel Free Range Glamping offers the best of both worlds – rustic luxury meets a true outdoors experience.

Our rural Kent Downs setting is such a beautifully special place – we hope you love it as much as we do. We invite you to play in the woods, sit round the fire and explore the farm. Bore Place operates as an environmental charity in the weald of Kent. An amazing creative place, with lots going on, and yet a real stillness about it. Guests are welcome to take part in our ecology courses, woodcraft and guided walks.

Social Distancing Measures

We are well set-up for social distancing as each yurt and shepherds hut is about 100m from any other and has its own compost toilet. New compost toilets for the yurts have been built, and we are building three new private wet rooms with flush toilets and showers, on the farm, so that everyone can have their own. These will be ready as soon as possible in the summer.

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Accommodation

Two yurts (each sleeping four) and two shepherd's huts (one sleeping four, the other just for couples).

Ash Yurt - 16ft, with outdoor kitchen

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
The best bits of camping - campfires, birdsong, and breathtaking scenery, with clean, dry, inspirational space, proper beds and a private toilet. The brand new yurt is at the edge of a wood, with a great view. Everything you need for a relaxing stay is included, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, linen, towels, a wood burning stove and a firepit.

Oak Yurt - 18ft with outdoor kitchen

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
The best bits of camping - campfires, birdsong, and breathtaking scenery, with clean, dry, inspirational space, proper beds and a private toilet. The brand new yurt is at the edge of a wood, with a great view. Everything you need for a relaxing stay is included, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, linen, towels, a wood burning stove and a firepit.

'Daisy' Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Enjoy the view across the valley from 'Daisy'. With wood burning stove, and insulation you'll be cosy whatever the weather. A kingsize double bed means you'll wake refreshed and ready to explore the farm, walk to a number of lovely country pubs or visit one of the historic castles nearby.

'Barbara' Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Enjoy the view across the valley from our new shepherds hut. With wood burning stove, and insulation you'll be cosy whatever the weather. A double bed and two full length bunk beds mean the whole family will wake refreshed and ready to explore the farm, walk to a number of lovely country pubs or visit one of the historic castles nearby.

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Location

Contact Free Range Glamping, Bore Place, Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7AR

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Getting There

SatNav users should enter TN8 7AR. Otherwise, leave the M25 at junction 5 and join the A21 south to Sevenoaks. Leave the A21 at the exit signed for Sevenoaks A225/Hildenborough, then take the second exit onto the B245 towards Hildenborough and Tonbridge. Continue onto B245 for two miles, then turn right (signposted for Leigh/Chiddingstone). Continue straight until you reach a T junction, then turn right onto the B2027 (signposted Edenbridge). Continue straight along the B2027, through Leigh and Chiddingstone Causeway. After the village shop and post office in Chiddingstone Causeway, take the third turning on the right (signposted ‘Bore Place’). Travel along the avenue of trees. At the first junction, the road narrows. Go straight on, then take the first turning left into the Bore Placer drive (signposted ‘Bore Place only’).

The nearest mainline railway stations are Penshurst – four miles away (55 mins to Victoria, weekdays only); Sevenoaks Sevenoaks – six miles away (25 mins to London Bridge); and Tonbridge – eight miles away (40 mins to London Bridge).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews

★★★★★

Gorgeous Escape

A wonderful escape from the noise of everyday life. Stayed for a midweek 2 night break and we were the only people here apart from the farmers! It was absolutely idyllic. The perfect place for bubble blowing and crossword puzzles without interruptions from the ever present mobile phones. Glorious sunset from the steps of the Barbara hut every night with a cup of tea and watching the mist fade in the morning. Contactless check in and check out was an added bonus since it meant it really didn't matter when we arrived or left. Our three year old didn't want to leave and neither did we!
★★★★★

Lovely quite retreat

We stayed for four nights in the Barbara Shepherd Hut. It was a lovely quiet place to stay with pretty much everything you needed. Our children 2 and 5 loved the bunk beds and the space. The view of the vegetable fields was stunning and the owls were lovely in the evening. We hired bikes for three days and cycled locally. The outside shower was good as was the sink and the compost toilet. If you want to glamp for a quiet time this is for you. Adjusting to people when we left was a challenge!
★★★★★

A peaceful retreat.

This beautiful site, with views across the valley, provided a complete break from the hussle of busy city living. Peace to read, paint, and reflect as well as gentle walks in the area. Wild flowers grow in abundance. The accomodation in theis beautifully retored shpeherd's hut was perfect with a large, soft and comfortable bed and the ability to cook and heat a kettle in the hut as well as the BBQ outside. I was concerned about using the compostable toilet in the hut but this was so much better than I was afraid of! There was even an option to use an outside, heated shower just meters from the hut for when you were feeling more adventurous as well as full shower facilities attached to the barn. The staff I met were all friendly and helpful, from those in the office to those working in the market garden. Their welcome made you feel at home. If you like camping and the outdoors, but don't want the hassel of setting up tents, then the glamping at Bore Place is perfect for you!
★★★★★

Wonderful weekend

Our Host Chris and Rue kept in contact with us before and during our stay. He answered all our questions and nothing was too much trouble. Checking in and out was easy. Ash Yurt was clean and very comfortable. The outside kitchen had cold running water and a two hob gas burner, that worked well cooking for myself husband and two small grandchildren. Very nearby was an open air hot shower and our grandchildren absolutely loved it. Everything on site is based in honesty, with QR codes to pay for extra wood or even the small I've cream shop near reception. The whole ethos is wonderful. Thank you
Aug 16, 2021 by Lisa David Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful place for a break.

Loved my time in the Daisy Shepherd’s Hut. Easy to check in, comfortable stay & easy to check out. Look forward to returning for a longer trip.
Jul 11, 2021 by NCY86 Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful glamping experience!

One of the best camping/glamping experiences we've ever had. Loved everything about it, from the smooth and contactless check-in, to the beautiful location (both the site and surrounding region), generous amenities and helpful staff. The hut itself is so quaint and comfortable. Fire pit barbecues and heated outdoor showers particularly memorable. Highly recommended!
Jun 17, 2021 by Kenta Sekine Verified Review
★★★★★

A great glamping experience

The best camping experience I’ve ever had, would 100% visit again and recommend to absolutely anyone who wants a relaxing few days away surrounded by beautiful views and nature.
Apr 30, 2021 by Alex Bailey Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely break

Beautiful hut, well thought out, just enough home comforts to keep you happy but also felt like we escaped the world of having everything at your finger tips. We chose to walk to the little brown jug pub for lunch using Chris’s instructions, this turned out to be a great family adventure for our 5 year old. She didn’t even notice it took nearly 3 hours there and back! Would love to try out the yurts in the warmer weather to make use of the outdoor kitchen/shower. Def will be back!
Oct 31, 2020 by Tamsin Kirk Verified Review
★★★★★

A perfect stay

We will definitely be back - so much attention to detail and no problems at all in settling in and finding everything. Wonderful.
Oct 19, 2020 by sara logie Verified Review
★★★★★

Great experience

I stayed in the Barbara shepherds hut with my son, we had a fantastic weekend with amazing views from the hut, a walk across the fields to the Greyhound pub, and even an outdoor shower to wake us up on Sunday morning. So good I already booked it again, this time for December. Hoping for snow 😬
★★★★★

A relaxing treat - good for the soul!

We rented the Daisy Shepherds hut, having never glamped before. The hut was cosy, well equipped and set on the top of hill with stunning views. The bed was a huge comfortable with woollen throws if it gets a bit chilly. There is a little gas stove and enough room for the table and two chairs if you can’t sit outside. The best bit was the shower - outside and open to the elements, but hot water and very invigorating! We are definitely going to book this again. Thank you Chris and your team!
Oct 10, 2020 by Jane Barfoot Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful, peaceful, fantastic

Booked this mini break for a treat for me and my niece, the communication from Chris from the beginning was first class... The hut was clean, had all essentials required.... so peaceful. Will definitely be rebooking. Thank you
Aug 20, 2020 by claire smith
★★★★★

Amazing

Beautiful place ! Exceeded expectations by far ! Definitely re visit and recommend thanks Chris
Aug 4, 2020 by Dan & roxanne
★★★★★

Beautiful, Comfortable, Fun

We had a great time glamping - two adults and two kids. The yurt was large and clean. The double bed very comfortable. Great views looking down the farm. Really good communication from Chris the host. Highly recommend.
Jul 27, 2020 by Jane Beacon Verified Review
★★★★★

Loved Our Glamping Experience

I wasn’t sure what to expect but absolutely loved our Glamping experience, the Yurt is beautiful, very cosy and clean. The outdoor kitchen area in Oak is fabulous, even though the other Yurt had a sink which I would have liked, we had the larger covered area which was great as was so warm when we were there is acted as a sunshade, but would have been advantageous if it had rained. Fresh main water and a composting loo, which I thought I wouldn’t use but it was absolutely fine. Chris is a great host and we will definitely return as was so private and peaceful and was just what we needed ~ thank you
Sep 1, 2019 by Jacqueline
★★★★☆

Exactly what we were looking for

Enjoyed our time and the yurt we had was better than expected. Comfortable, roomie, and secluded enough that the kids could be loud but close enough to main building for facilities that you could walk to in 5-7 minutes. We will be back.
★★★★★

Brilliant Yurt in a Gorgeous Area

Chris was absolutely awesome host, sending us information and being available before hand, meeting us when we arrived and settling us in. The yurt is gorgeous, warm, cosy, well equipped and so fun to stay in, with super big beds and a log burner. The outside kitchen is a pleasure to cook in with a wood burning fire pit and complementary marshmallows to toast at night. There is no electricity just candles and the fire and in the morning the farmers through the fields with dogs...absolutely loved it. Would go again anytime. Thank you all Sophie, Sarah, Sabrina and Sarah
Jun 14, 2019 by Sophie Verified Review
★★★★★

Open skies and cosy fires

The yurts are towards the top of a gentle slope with trees behind - so there is a lovely view out across the fields, but greenery nearby too. We loved seeing the moon through the window on the yurt roof... it was so peaceful (even though there was a wedding at Bore Place one night), and the kids loved running around with all of the open space. Having a gas hob was super useful - and the log burner and fire pit meant a nice feeling of actual camping! Definitely a lovely place to stay, and with lots of days out for exploring in the surrounding area.
★★★★★

Lovely experience

We had a great week in the yurt. The yurt is lovely - very comfy beds, beautifully clean and new and loads of room. The outside cooking area is very handy and with a huge fire bowl. Bore Place was a great place to explore with really nice gardens, market gardens, wildflower meadow and nice local walks. My kids loved the cows and watching them going to and from milking. It is great that it is an organic farm. Chris was really helpful and everyone at Bore Place was very friendly - the farmer answered all my 'farming-mad' son's questions above the cows. The really best thing is the space - there is no one else around and what a treat to feel that you have the world to yourself. It was a lovely, memorable stay and I would recommend it.
Jul 20, 2018 by Hannah
★★★★★

A Fabulous weekend of outdoor Fun

My sons and I can’t wait to go back! Football and cricket on the grass, exploring the woods, evenings round the fire and a clean, cosy, spacious yurt to sleep in! Great views in a peaceful setting. A fabulous weekend of outdoor fun. Chris was friendly and helpful and had all the essentials we could need. Not to mention a never ending supply of logs! iPads didn’t get a mention all weekend!! Thank you
Jul 2, 2018 by Richard freeman
★★★★★

You'll love your yurt.

You'll love your yurt. Outdoor kitchen. And walks in the beautiful Kent countryside. With all your home comforts... like a bed, and a welcoming bag of marshmallows to toast in the fire pit, Chris has thought of everything. You won't see or hear anyone from your breakfast table but you may catch sight of a cow or bird of prey. Bore Place is chocolate-box perfect. And while the long-drop loo isn't to everyone's liking, there are real toilets not too far away. We spent two nights away and returned feeling like we'd been away for a week.
Jun 25, 2018 by Phil

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