Bell Tent - Bluebell

UK England South East England Kent Whitstable Ellenden Farm Glamping

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
This Bell Tent sleeps two guests

The Owner Says

If you’d like to go off-grid and get away from it all, then come and visit us here at Ellenden Farm in Kent.  Situated in the middle of a working farm, this idyllic and picturesque campsite is surrounded by green fields and ancient, peaceful woodland.  In 2019 we were also excited to announce that we completed the building of new showers for our guests.
Each of our Bell Tents has a double bed with fresh sheets and duvet.  There’s a fire pit as well as a charcoal BBQ for cooking.  Tea, coffee, sugar and marshmallows are provided along with an ice box with milk and also cutlery, glasses and mugs.
  • First Bag of Logs provided for the fire pit  (extra bags will be needed can be pre-ordered or purchased on-site)

Remember you are in a Conservation Area and off-grid (no electricity or wifi) but there is a self-composting toilet and brand new showers for our guests (please bring your own towels) as well as an inside loo!

About Ellenden Farm Glamping

Suitable For

Glampers, adults – yes. Children, dogs – no. Small groups are welcome.

Nearby

There are 200 acres of ancient woodland to wander on site, which links with the neighbouring Victory Wood Nature Reserve where you’ll find sculptures linked by routes suitable for cycling, walking and horseriding. You can walk right through to Blean Woods which links to Canterbury. You can navigate your way through on The Crab and Winkle Way, a 7-mile, multi-use path which links Whitstable with Canterbury. The seaside, shops and restaurants of Whitstable are 2 miles away and historic Canterbury is 5 miles away with its ancient city walls and the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral (01227 762862) among its many attractions. Beautiful, formal gardens surrounding a country house can be found 4 miles from site at Mount Ephraim (01227 751496). Nearby Faversham (9 miles) is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame, where you can join a brewery tour (01795 542016). The seaside town of Margate, with its retro theme park Dreamland, and the port town of Dover with its cliff-top castle (01304 211067) are both around 30 minutes’ drive away.

Food & Drink

For campsite supplies, there’s an M&S Food Hall 5 minutes’ drive (or 10 minutes’ walk) away. Whitstable has plenty of shops including independent butchers, bakers and delicatessens. You can pick up fresh fish and seafood from Whitstable Fish Market (01227 771245) or dine above it at the Crab and Winkle Restaurant (01227 779377). The Whitstable Oyster Company (01227 276856) is another great place to try the town’s most famous produce as is the teeny, but highly recommended, Wheelers Oysters Bar (01227 273311). There are plenty of other great pubs and eateries in Whitstable and a wide range of independent coffee shops, cafés and restaurants alongside familiar high-street eateries in Canterbury 5 miles away. Canterbury is also home to The Goods Shed, a celebrated farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant (01227 459153). Macknades Fine Foods (01795 534497) is another farmers’ market and food hall with a good reputation, 9 miles away in Faversham. Outside of the urban areas, The Dove at Dargate is just over 2 miles away and it’s a mile or so further to The Red Lion (01227 751207) where you'll find a more contemporary menu. The much-acclaimed, Michelin-starred Sportsman (01227 273370) is about the same distance (3 miles) in the other direction. Booking well in advance is essential.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 26 reviews

★★★★★

Chilled weekend in a beautiful setting

We arrived to a beautifully prepared bell tent with a really well though out setup. Comfortable sofa and chairs, a small food preparation area and gas BBQ and table a benches for eating at. Each plot separated with little wall of hay bails to increase privacy and plenty of space between the tents and shepherd's huts. We were met by the host on arrival who was lovely to chat to and given a tour of the facilities available. He popped by each morning to see if we needed anything. We had already sent an email to enquire about bringing plates, pans etc and the response of "Just bring food and booze" was spot on. Tea, coffee, milk and marshmallows were provided in the tent along with crockery, cutlery and glasses. Pans, tin openers etc were available by the washing up sink. We had a lovely walk, roughly 10km through Ellended Woods on site and then through to Victory Wood which is maintained by the Woodland Trust. It has beautiful grasses and wild flowers and views over to the Isle of Sheppy and beyond. There are many more walks if you'd like to go further into Kings Wood or Blean. It was sunny and cloudy when we stayed but if it had been raining we would have had plenty of space to eat at the table in the tent. There was also a seating area further up the field inside a larger gazebo type tent with sides and another area in the farm yard building with a large dining table, seating area, gas cooker and wood burning stove. In the evening we heard the owls and in the trees nearby and saw a bat flying around. You can hear the sound of the A229 from the site but that was hardly noticeable on the second night when the wind from that direction had died down. Overall a lovely, relaxed weekend. We would definitely consider staging here again. We also got to spend some time with Plumy the dog who lives in one of the farm houses and does her daily rounds to make sure the farm is in order.
Sep 13, 2021 by Laura Mills Verified Review
★★★★★

What a gem!

We have only been here a few hours and it’s blown my expectations! What a lovely homely little clamping setup! It has all the quirk and all the essentials one would need! Arrived to a fully kitted bell tent, even though you off the grid it’s perfect. A set of cutlery, fire wood to get you started, gas bbq, cooler, tea & coffee setup with a whistling kettle. It’s perfect to get away from the bustling city! Cannot wait for the rest of the weekend:)
★★★★★

Fabulous

.... my son & i wanted to escape, couldn't have been better. Blair is a top bloke.
Aug 23, 2021 by Karl Hayes Verified Review
★★★★★

Restful and rural - without being remote

Wanting a place near Whitstable but with a restful rural feel was what led us to search the web for shepherd's huts. We were even more enthusiastic than we thought we'd be - and were also blessed with good weather. The views are expansive (you can see the sea on the horizon, and watch the sun go down over the Two-Hundred Acre wood); the ambiance is quiet and tranquil; being able to sit around the firepit, cook outdoors and keep your wine in a big cold-box gives it the air of genuine camping, but without the hassle of getting wet or having the tent blown away. And it's only ten minutes from Whitstable, where we went swimming in the sea every day. Our friends came to visit and declared they'd be making a booking soon...
★★★★★

Fantastic, peaceful, wonderful location

Greeted by Blair who showed us around the facilities. Beautifully set out bell tent which was furnished well. Very private, we were well looked after and Blair was very responsive to requests and checked to see if we where ok and needed anything. Well located for us, 8 min drive to shops, 12 mins to sea and 30 mins to Broadstairs for folk week. We will definitely be going back - we loved it!
Aug 10, 2021 by Jane Prince Verified Review
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Location

Ellenden Farm Glamping is located at Ellenden Farm, Fox’s Cross Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3BX

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Getting There

From Whitstable take the A290 towards Canterbury, down Clapham Hill, past the Whitstable Bay Vets on the left. Turn right in to Pye Alley Lane. At the end, turn left. Ellenden Farm is the first right. From Canterbury, head towards Whitstable on the A290, through Blean and down Honey Hill. Take a left in to Fox Cross Road. Ellenden Farm's entrance is on the right after a mile. Go down the drive and keep left past the caravan storage area in to the field. There is a wooden gate on the drive. The combination will be sent once your booking is made.

There are train stations at Whitstable (3 miles), Canterbury West (5 miles) and Faversham (7 miles). Buses travel between Whitstable and Canterbury on the A290 with the closest stop about half a mile from Ellenden Farm.