Free Range Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury private yurt glamping and shepherds hut on an organic farm in the Kent Downs.

Picture a sprawling green field, fringed by forest that’s abuzz with wildlife, and views across the valley, a magical foreground to the most spectacular of summer sunsets. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? Hard to believe, then, that this picture-perfect scene is just an hour or so from London. Kent’s hillsides, orchards and heady hop fields offer solace to world-weary urban émigrés seeking a slice of the fabled ‘Garden of England’ for themselves. And set in a quiet picture-perfect pocket of the Kent Downs, this new glamping retreat truly encapsulates all the qualities of a Kentish getaway.

Located just outside the perfectly preserved Tudor village of Chiddingstone, Bore Place plays host to Free Range Glamping. This 500-acre organic dairy farm and historic venue is an environmental charity that pioneers renewable energy, sustainability and food provenance. And now with the addition of a pair of luxury yurts and a shepherds hut, they can add glamping to their already string-laden bow.  

As the name suggests, there’s a wealth of space to roam at Free Range Glamping, with a pair of roomy (16ft and 18ft) hilltop yurts enjoying a prime position within the spacious wildflower meadow overlooking the fields and woodland of the valley and the High Weald AONB. Inside each yurt is a cut above some of the more rustic models we’ve seen, with elegant latticework walls, wooden flooring and stargazing crown. And while sparsely furnished, the wood-burning stove, proper king-size bed and comfy futon for extra guests ensures camping in the utmost comfort.

Adjacent to the yurts, each dwelling has its own private safari-style kitchen shelter, equipped with gas burner, sink, plus all the kit and caboodle. Thoughtful extra touches like bedding, towels and a starter pack of wood, firelighters and matches means all the essentials are covered. Plus, there’s that all-important firepit for nighttime marshmallow-toasting. The car-free meadow is totally off-grid so facilities are of the compost loo variety (each yurt has its own private one a short walk away). But for those who need it, proper toilets and a shower can be used at the Bore Place reception at the other side of the field (around 200m away). In keeping with the eco-credentials, there’s no electricity in the yurts so lighting is by candle light (don’t forget to bring your torch!). It all adds to a wonderfully atmospheric feel of evenings here, and the lack of light pollution means the stargazing is exceptional.

Like the yurts, the new shepherds hut enjoys equally stunning views across the valley and comes complete with lots of home comforts for a hassle-free holiday. There's a king-sized double bed (bedding and towels included) and a wood-burning stove to keep couples warm on winter nights, while a cute kitchenette features a double gas burner, sink plus all the cutlery and crockery you're likely to need. The hut comes with its own en-suite eco loo and you'll find another flush toilet and shower at the farm just 300 metres away. Outside seating and a BBQ-firepit are provided along with a complimentary fire-starter pack so you can do some serious stargazing under the clearest night-skies around.

All in all, Free Range Glamping strikes a pleasing balance between hassle-free and suitably outdoorsy. In the In the words of friendly proprietor Chris, his Kentish glamping experience offers ‘all the best bits of camping – campfires, birdsong, and breathtaking scenery – combined with clean, dry, inspirational space, proper beds and a private toilet’. We couldn’t agree more.

Set in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s some fantastic walks and outdoor pursuits to enjoy. Bouldering (or mini rock climbing to the uninitiated) is surprisingly prevalent here in an area not necessarily famed for its peaks. Chris can fill you in on the best formations for scrambling, like Harrison’s, Toad, and Wellington rocks surrounding nearby Tunbridge Wells. For more sedate excursions, there’s a wealth of stately piles, castles, ornate gardens 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 enlightening 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

Each yurt comes with a proper kingsize double bed and a futon style sofa bed. The shepherds hut has a lovely kingsize double too. A wood-burning stove, with starter pack of wood and kindling, and linen (towels, sheets, pillows and duvets) are all provided. Each yurt has its own private outdoor kitchen shelter featuring gas hob, food prep area and outdoor seating and table. The shepherds hut has an indoor kitchen with gas hob and sink, as well as outdoor seating. There's also a firepit/BBQ. The yurt's have a private composting toilet, and the shepherds hut an indoor eco variety.  There's a standard flushing toilet, 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.

Opening Times

May–end of October. 

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The Owner Says

A pair of brand new luxury yurts and a shepherds hut 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.

Accommodation

2 yurts (each sleeping 4) and a shepherds hut (sleeping 2).  Check Availability

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 2 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 – 4 miles away (55 mins to Victoria, weekdays only); Sevenoaks Sevenoaks – 6 miles away (25 mins to London Bridge); and Tonbridge – 8 miles away (40 mins to London Bridge).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★☆

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.
Jul 15, 2019 by Dominic Marafioti
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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.
May 4, 2019 by Sarah Wallace
★★★★★

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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