Gravel Pit Farm

UK England South East England Kent Tonbridge

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Luxury safari tent glamping on a rural Kent farm within walking distance of the local vineyards yet speedily reached from London

It’s difficult to believe, when you step off the train at Marden Station in Kent, that a world of campfires, vineyards and late-night star gazing are a mere 18-minute walk away. Whether you’ve come from London or elsewhere, the flicking of the urban everyday outside your carriage window dissolves into the rural greens of Kent as you make your way towards Gravel Pit Farm. It’s a small, secluded and utterly uncrowded place – there are just two luxury safari tents, fully equipped with kitchens, en suite bathrooms and room for up to six people – and, if you like a little privacy, this one-acre glamping site is just the trick.

On the edge of Marden Village, within walking distance of the pubs, post office and characterful 13th-century church that it affords, Gravel Pit Farm is one of the newest glamping sites in Kent and perfectly positioned for exploring the area. It’s a 20-minute walk to Herbert Hall vineyard – the last of the footpaths taking you right past some of the vines – and the same, by car, to National Trust properties like Sissinghurst Gardens and Scotney Castle. Yet at your tent itself, the space feels wonderfully private. From the front deck, the view is across the open paddock beyond (with plenty of space for ball games and larking around) and over the adjacent field, flowering yellow through May or pale with wheat in summer.

Gravel Pit Farm’s safari tents are built to a 21st century spec. They have good showers, proper flushing loos, a sleek wood-burning stove and a kitchen with a fridge, sink and gas hobs. The master bedroom has a four-poster bed, while children will love the quirky ‘cupboard bed’ that’s hidden in the wall and lets you really cocoon yourself away. There’s WiFi, too, and electricity throughout. If you do come by train, you needn’t pack much.

For all of the glamping site’s mod cons, however, Gravel Pit Farm still hasn’t lost touch with the real appeal of being outdoors. Friendly owner Annabel clearly loves the fresh air. “As our children were growing up we had almost daily campfires during the warmer months,'' she tells us. At the other end of the paddock, a big stone hearth is set up for communal fires and a welcome pack is provided when you arrive that, along with essentials like tea and coffee, includes marshmallows and sticks for toasting. There’s also a huge barbecue outside each safari tent and other touches show Annabel’s attention to detail, such as the Victorian-style bathtub, now planted up with fresh herbs that you can pick and use when cooking. “Absolute bliss!” Annabel declares. It’s hard to disagree.

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Facilities

Safari tent sleep 6, with a double-bed master bedroom, a twin room and a cosy cupboard bed that's great for 2 kids. Each tent has an ensuite bathroom, including a shower, flushing loo and sink, plus there is an extra outside loo for each tent in an oak cabin. Lighting, electricity and WiFi throughout. Each tent has an integral kitchen with gas hobs, fridge, sink and a food preparation space, well stocked with cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and so on. BBQ on each deck. There is a large wood-burning stove in each tent and a radiator in the shower room (extra heaters can be supplied in winter). Welcome pack provided with a few essentials, such as coffee, tea, sugar, milk, butter, bread, cereal, jam, biscuits and marshmallows with sticks for toasting them on the campfire. Ample space in the meadow for games. Communal campfire area. Horses, chickens, dogs and cats live on the farm (eggs can be collected daily).

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families and groups all welcome. The Stag Lodge is pet friendly (a dog pack is available, featuring a freshly laundered dog bed, bowls, crate and an 8-metre-long line). Dogs must be kept on a lead.

Nearby

The South East of England is real castle country and there are plenty nearby. Dramatic Leeds Castle, jutting out over a lake formed in the River Len, is 25 minutes away and both Sissinghurst Castle (01580 710701), perhaps more famous for its gardens than the building itself and National Trust-owned Scotney Castle (01892 893820), whose garden's are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, are 20 minutes away. If you love the history of these places, the Museum of Kent Life (01622 763936) is half an hour by car. If you're thirsty, you can have tours and tasting at Hush Heath Winery (01622 832794) – if you want to drink too much to drive it's an hours walk – while Herbert Hall vineyards (07956 163519) is closer still (a 15 minute walk), as is the Anno Gin distillery (01622 833278). The historic towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Cranbrook are 20 mins away and the ancient city of Canterbury is an hour away. There are ample footpaths and cycling is very popular around Marden as much of the Weald of Kent is flat(ish) – power assisted bikes can be hired nearby. It's also 20 minutes to Bewl Water for watersports.

Food & Drink

Food deliveries to your tent with full meals from Life, Fork and Spoon (07900 586060) can be arranged (enquire in advance). It's a 10-minute walk to the first of the village's eateries, the West End Tavern (01622 831956; good pub grub). There are plenty of other places in Marden to eat if you carry on too. The Taj of Kent (01622 833339) is a good curry house with excellent service, The Unicorn (01622 296766) is a popular, traditional pub and the Marden Tandoori (01622 832184) is a second curry house option. The Old Post Office (01622 833374) in the village is now a coffee house with amazing homemade cakes. There's also a kebab shop, fish'n'chip shop and a Chinese. There are a couple of spots to get local groceries in the village, too: Marden Farm Shop (01622 83150) has interesting locally grown farm produce and can deliver, Taywell Farm Shop (01580 211853) has a wide selection of local produce and game, including pre-ordered boxes for BBQ’s. Larger supermarkets are a 20–25-minute drive away.

Opening Times

All year (except some of January and February).

Family Friendly

Children will love collecting eggs from the chickens and adore the hidden cupboard bed, housed in the wall of the safari tent and climbed into via a little ladder. There's ample space in the paddock for rounders, football and cricket – though parents should be aware of some of the natural rough and tumble of the place (there are rabbit holes and, at one end of the paddock, an unfenced pond with ducks and moorhens) – and a good stash of board games inside the tent for evenings beside the wood burner.

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The Owner Says

Gravel Pit Farm Glamping evolved from our many outdoor adventures. As our children were growing up we had almost daily campfires during the warmer months, our favourite way to entertain is a BBQ and many camping adventures are in our 'diary of the happiest days'. Here in Darling Buds Of May country we appreciate the great outdoors; big, wide skies burning into spectacular sunsets that in turn bring some of the most spellbinding nights of dramatic skies full of stars. At Gravel Pit Farm Glamping we want you to be able to share this, you can opt to turn of all the lights and quietly enjoy the night darkness with just a crackling campfire, absolute bliss! On those chillier evenings the odd light and a wood burning stove can make all the difference. Also... in this day and age a flushing loo and proper shower simply make the whole thing a bit more civilised.

The safari tents are superbly well equipped, the three bedrooms all have comfortable beds with crisp white sheets and warm extra blankets. Towels are supplied with a midweek towel change option for stays of a week. The wood burning stove always creates a toasty warm atmosphere. In the winter months we can offer extra heaters and electric blankets for warmth – experience sleeping in the middle of a field in winter but still being snug and cosy!

Each tent has its own 30" charcoal BBQ with double layered grill which doubles as a fire pit after you have finished cooking. There is also a gas hob in the kitchen of each tent along with a kettle and toaster – some of life's little luxuries – there if you want them!

Each tent has a fully functioning bathroom with loo, shower and basin but there is an extra loo for each tent in an outside cabin, which also has an outdoor wash stand with a victorian butlers sink. The site nestles in over an acre of paddock for the exclusive use of the two tents. Perfect for rounders, football cricket and games. Inside there is a suitcase full of boardgames.

So, based on our own experience whether you are looking for a romantic break away from it all, or you are a boisterous family looking for a great outdoor adventure, or maybe you are a group wanting a fun, step off the speeding world, celebration or getaway, we can offer you a really comfortable, luxury tent which is very civilised on the inside combined with a little bit of the wild and some outdoor fun on the outside.

Accommodation

2 luxury safari tents, each sleeping up to 6 people.

The Stag Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Ultimate Luxury Safari tent, comfortably sleeps 6, with integral bathroom, kitchen, living area, wood burning stove, veranda and paddock, set on a farm but only an hour from London

The Hare Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Ultimate Luxury Safari tent, comfortably sleeps 6, with integral bathroom, kitchen, living area, wood burning stove, veranda and paddock, set on a farm but only an hour from London

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Location

Contact Gravel Pit Farm, Gravel Pit Farm, Gravel Pit Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9NP

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Getting There

From the M25 (clockwise): Come of at Junction 3 onto the M20 turn off the M20 following signs to the B2016 Once on the B2016 (Seven Mile Lane) at the 2nd roundabout take the 1st exit, then take the first Right which takes you through Yalding on the B20162 - Turn Left at Collier Street Church. Continue to the T Junction, turn Right, then take the first Right into Pattenden Lane. At the next T junction turn Right, go past the school on the Right and take the 2nd Right into Gravel Pit Lane, Past some new houses and 1/4 mile down the farm track. Gravel Pit Farm is straight ahead.

From the M25 (anticlockwise): Come off at the M26, take the first exit off the M26 following signs to the B2016 Once on the B2016 (Seven Mile Lane) at the 2nd roundabout take the 1st exit, then take the first Right which takes you through Yalding on the B20162 - Turn Left at Collier Street Church. Continue to the T Junction, turn Right, then take the first Right into Pattenden Lane. At the next T junction turn Right, go past the school on the Right and take the 2nd Right into Gravel Pit Lane, Past some new houses and 1/4 mile down the farm track. Gravel Pit Farm is straight ahead.

From the South: Take the A21 going North, at the Lamberhurst roundabout take the B262 towards Goudhurst. In Goudhurst, at the village pond turn Left onto the B2079 towards Marden. As you approach the Village turn left into into Gravel Pit Lane, Past some new houses and 1/4 mile down the farm track. Gravel Pit Farm is straight ahead.

The nearest mainline train station is Marden, which is a 15-minute walk away (direct lines to the Kent Coast and London Charing Cross). There are also a handful of buses between Marden and Maidstone each day.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect Glamping Experience

Excellent location, lovely owners and reasonably priced. We could not have asked for more.
Oct 25, 2019 by Sanjay Patel
★★★★★

Perfect Countryside Retreat

I stayed with a group of girls and we had the most amazing stay here! Best glamping site we have been too! The area is really secluded and peaceful . The safari tents are beautiful and kitted out with everything you would need. The owners couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Really worth the money! We will definitely be back! Highly recommend!!
Jun 13, 2019 by Kate
★★★★★

Wow! Hidden treasure in Kent countryside

I was in two minds whether to keep this little treasure a secret or not but decided to share the wonderful experience as our hosts Annabel and Simon deserve praise for the haven they have created. Luxury without the opulence, secluded but not remote. We stayed weekend of May bank holiday and we didnt want to leave! It was so lovely to feel that we were in the middle of nowhere although so easy to get to from London. My two boys, aged 8 and 10 could not believe the space they had to adventure in ( we have tiny garden in London ) and all the animals to meet, tracks to cycle on and we made the most of the campfire and marshmallows Annabel had thoughtfully provided. There are so many lovely individual touches - the boys loved the " hidden bed " , the quirky outside loo, the herb bath but most of all the wonderful welcome Annabel gave us. We shall return ! I feel it may become our second home!
Jun 2, 2019 by Polly

Response from Gravel Pit Farm

Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, your boys were great fun to have around and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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