Sunninglye Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England Kent Tunbridge Wells

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Walking
Family-friendly safari tent stays just outside Royal Tunbridge Wells

The fact that there are two pubs a stroll away and four of the loveliest castles in the UK within 20 miles will be of no interest to any kids who visit Sunninglye Farm. Their ears might briefly prick up if you mention bike rides around Bewl Water or high ropes adventure at Bedgebury Forest. But, mostly, all this excitement will pale into insignificance when compared with the on-site fun at this safari tent site in Kent. We’re talking tickling pigs, climbing trees, grooming ponies and building rafts. Who could blame them for wanting to stay put?

Sunninglye is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation provided by Feather Down is invariably lovely, with log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation is always similar, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on, with hosting left in the capable hands of the farmer.

At Sunninglye Farm it’s the Miles family who run the place, with Jill and Jo taking care of safari tent guests. They’ll show you around, introduce you to the animals and then let you run wild. The two bedroomed safari tents, each with an en-suite flushing loo, are set up in a copse of trees with views across sheep-studded fields. Rope swings dangle from branches, trails lead off round the farm and there’s a pond, a small woodland and a wildlife hide too. If there’s an animal lover in your tent, sign them up for the optional pony grooming experience and for muddy memories you won’t forget, get the whole family on board for raft-building fun.

If the sociable side of this site is not your style, that’s no bother. There’s so much space, you can do as you please and while the farm location is endless fun for kids, it’s just as good for grown ups. Exploring countryside and castles, heading into genteel Tunbridge Wells and walking to the pub are all great ways to spend days here and, what’s more, it’s just an hour south of London. The best bit though, is something all ages can enjoy, the timeless fun of a campfire at the end of the day no matter how you’ve spent it.

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Facilities

Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area, rope swings, play equipment and plenty of space for games. There's also an on-site pond and honesty shop.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families, dogs – yes. Big groups and single-sex groups – by arrangement only. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.

Nearby

There's plenty of on-site fun, including the bookable extras of an hour's pony grooming, where you learn general maintenance and stable duties, or the exciting raft-building experience. Off site, you could pop into historic Royal Tunbridge Wells (four miles away) to browse the historic Pantiles shopping arcade and peak at the Chalybeate Spring; the source of iron-rich water that has been attracting health-seeking tourists for centuries. Bewl Water, a reservoir, with walking, cycling, fishing, watersports and an aqua park, is eight miles from Sunninglye with Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest nearby too – the latter has plenty of forested trails, as well as a Go Ape treetop adventure course. There are plenty of gardens, stately homes and castles in Kent with Scotney Castle gardens (01892 893820) and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (01580 710700) the closest to Sunninglye Farm (within 10 miles). Penshurst Place (01892 870307) is 13 miles from site and both Leeds Castle (01622 765400), dubbed the 'loveliest castle in the world' and Hever Castle (01732 865224), childhood home of Anne Boleyn, are 20 miles from the farm. The south coast is also within day-tripping distance, with the closest beach at Hythe, 40 minutes away.

Food & Drink

The on-site honesty shop sells basic supplies alongside some local, seasonal goodies and you can order breakfast and barbecue packs of local produce in advance of your stay. The closest pub is the Brecknock Arms (01892 750237), less than two miles away, which stocks a full range of Harveys ales from nearby Lewes and serves home-cooked food. You can also walk to Pembury (about four miles) and The Black Horse pub (01892 822141). A wider selection of culinary options can be found in nearby Royal Tunbridge Wells, where The Black Dog (01892 549543) is recommended for breakfast, coffee and lunch. Cherry Gardens Farm (01892 862307) has a fantastic selection of organic homegrown produce in its farm shop, as well as local honey and home-made jam. They also offer a pick-your-own service during the summer months, where guests can stock up on raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and Victoria plums.

Open

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Sunninglye Farm is nestled on the Kent / Sussex border among the rolling hills of the High Weald, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s just 27 miles from the M25 and only 40 minutes from the coast. Surrounded by woodland on all but one side, Sunninglye has seven Feather Down tents within a shady hilltop copse.

Each tent faces outwards with views across the surrounding fields and woodland, ideal for a family holiday in Kent. Visitors are always pleasantly surprised by the peacefulness of the setting. Younger children are free to climb and swing and play safely among the trees near the tent. The older ones might like to explore the farm while attempting to conquer the Sunninglye Challenge, a farm trail which combines fun with education and will occupy them for a good couple of hours. Sunninglye Farm’s fields are all grass – including a seasonal wildflower meadow – and you are usually free to wander all over the farm. In the fields near your tent you can play rounders, cricket or football.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

Accommodation

Five safari tents in a copse of trees.

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Location

Contact Sunninglye Farm, Sunninglye Farm, Dundale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9AG

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Getting There

From the M25 head south toward Sevenoaks and Hastings on the A21. Follow it for approximately 11 miles until the road converges into a single lane. At the second roundabout, take the third exit signposted for Frant Station. Follow Dundale Lane for two-and-a-half miles, over a small bridge and past a small lodge on your left. The entrance to the farm is approximately half-a-mile further on the left.

The closest train station is Frant at Bells Yew Green, just two miles down the road. From there a taxi to site would be the best option and should be booked in advance.

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