Ellenden Farm Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Whitstable

  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Adults-only glamping where just three shepherds’ huts and two bell tents share views of the Kent countryside and Whitstable coast

There’s been a bit of a buzz about the Kent coast for a while now. Perhaps nowhere more so than in Whitstable, just an hour-and-a-half outside London. But out in the countryside, overlooking this seaside staycationers’ dream town, there’s a buzz of a different kind – and it’s an altogether more natural one. It’s the sound of a re-wilding project that is returning farmers’ fields to English meadows in association with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Natural England. And it’s not just the birds and the bees who are being welcomed to Ellenden Farm but a handful of lucky glampers too.

There are just three shepherds’ huts and two bell tents sharing a massive ten-acre meadow here. The view from their position at the top of it is rural fields all the way to the sea. The green of the fields and the blue of the sea may well be enough to tempt you here but, if you’re still undecided, how about the added attraction of a 200-acre woodland in which you’re free to wander? Come in springtime for bluebells as far as the eye can see… pure bliss, but shhh – don’t tell the kids. Ellenden Farm is adults only. Just the place for a quiet, nature-filled, grown-up getaway.

While there’s no denying that this is glamping, with beds made for you and cool box ice-packs replaced daily, in some ways this site is simple. There are no cooking facilities, save for a gas BBQ and fire pit outside each dwelling, and the site is off grid too. An old army tent with sofas, a washing-up sink and a composting loo complete the field’s facilities – though a flushing toilet and hot-water shower can be found in the farmyard, 600 metres away. This is, as Blair the site’s custodian says, a ‘country clinic’ – somewhere to get away from it all and re-charge the batteries while your mobile phone’s one runs out.

Should you wish to do more than enjoy the view, there’s plenty to see. Wander through Ellenden Woods to discover the young Victory Woodland Nature Reserve or to join the Crab and Winkle Way, from which you can hike or bike to Whitstable. It’s two miles to town where oysters, ice cream and flat whites are as easy to come by as the beach. The historic sights of Canterbury are five miles in the other direction. The Kent countryside in all its glory surrounds Ellenden Farm, with farm shops and gastropubs making the area a worthy honeypot for nature lovers and foodies.

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Facilities

Two compost toilets in the glamping meadow and 1 flushing toilet and shower in the farmyard. There’s also running water, a washing-up sink and a communal-use army tent with sofas. 2 of the shepherds’ huts (Poppy and Daisy) sleep 3, with a double bed and a single bunk, while the other (The Cricket Pavilion) sleeps 2. Each has a wood-burning stove and 12v lighting. The bell tents have a double bed. All glamping units have bedding, a cool box, plates, cups, cutlery and a single ring camping stove for boiling a kettle on. Outside each is a fire pit and BBQ. The first bag of logs is provided and extra bags are available to purchase whilst you're here.

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.

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

If you’d like to go off-grid and get away from it all, then have a look at our handmade Shepherd’s Huts here at Ellenden Farm in Kent. Situated in the middle of a conservation farm, this idyllic and picturesque campsite is surrounded by green meadows and ancient, peaceful woodland. In 2019 we are also excited to announce that not only have we completed the building of new showers for our guests but you will be able to book a stay in one of our two beautiful bell tents.

Accommodation

3 shepherd’s huts and 2 bell tents.

Shepherd's Hut - Daisy

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
This Shepherd's Hut has a double bed and a single bunk, a wood stove to keep the chill off along with 12-volt lighting. Each hut has its own fire pit and a gas BBQ to cook on.

Shepherds' Hut - Poppy

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
This Shepherd's Hut has a double bed and a single bunk, a wood stove to keep the chill off along with 12-volt lighting. Each hut has its own fire pit and a gas BBQ to cook on.

Shepherd's Hut - The Pavilion

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Our Cricketing themed Shepherd's Hut has a double bed, a wood stove to keep the chill off along with 12-volt lighting. Each hut has its own fire pit and a gas BBQ to cook on.

Bell Tent - Buttercup

Bell tent Sleeps 2
This Bell Tent sleeps two guests

Bell Tent - Bluebell

Bell tent Sleeps 2
This Bell Tent sleeps two guests

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Location

Contact Ellenden Farm Glamping, 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.

Reviews

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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
★★★★★

Relaxing weekend stay

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Pavillion this weekend (for 2 nights) which was a great choice for my boyfriend who has enjoyed watching and playing cricket for many years. Blair (the owner) met us to guide us to our accommodation. We were delighted with the surrounding area - there were very few other campers, lots of green space and great views. The facilities were close the accommodation and were spotless. The bbq and fire pit were clean and ready to use. The relaxation area around the accommodation was excellent, including the sofa and blankets. I felt it was very well thought out. We will certainly be going back and will try the bell tent next time. Thanks
Jul 26, 2021 by Mags King Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful, relaxing, welcoming

If you want a welcoming relaxing, peaceful stay then this is the place for you. Beautiful fields, forest, farm and bell tent with all the amenities you could need. So close to Whitstable for food and shopping or stay at the farm and switch off for a few days. We will definitely be back.
★★★★★

Our stay at Ellenden

Had a lovely stay at Ellenden farm this weekend, we didn't get the best weather but it was still beautiful and peaceful. The owner Blair is very welcoming and helpful. Im not one for camping but we will definitely be back, was sad to leave this morning. Thank you for having us 😊
Jun 21, 2021 by Clare
★★★★★

Beautiful, tranquil & spotlessly clean

I had a wonderful couple of nights staying in Daisy at Ellenden Farm- welcoming & friendly host, thoughtful touches in the hut (jar of marshmallows & binoculars for bird watching!), gorgeously quiet surroundings to relax on the sofas & a clean & comfy bed- loved it and would love to come back
★★★★★

Beautiful peaceful place

Went to ellenden farm to have a break from my hectic life. Could not have been happier with my stay very welcoming peaceful and beautiful and right in the middle of beautiful nature. The shepherd's hut was nice warm and cosy. Definitely will be back.
★★★★★

Perfect glamping spot

We stayed at Ellenden Farm for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. We stayed in Bluebell tent which was delightful and had everything we needed. The seating outside was great, and the fire pit and marshmallows were an added bonus. Whitstable is very close and other coastal towns an easy drive away. We'll definitely visit again, thanks very much for having us!
★★★★★

Welcoming and relaxing

Very attentive host who clearly puts a lot of thought and effort in. All the facilities you could want, at great quality. Even though we felt no need to leave the site, there are also great surroundings to explore.
★★★★★

relaxing and well looked after

Two of us stayed in Poppy hut last week for 3 nights.We were well looked after by Blair who went out of his way to making sure everything was as it should be, and in a friendly manner, including helping out with car problems-gave us jump start after car battery flattened when charging mobile phone on the site and charged my phone as it had run out of battery.[worth taking rapid car phone charger or mains charger which you can plug in to mains at cafe when you go out as no mains electric on site, if you use phone for anything other than odd phone call]. Outside sofa, fire pit, BBQ, and accommodation all excellent, with spare gas container for kettle boiling in Poppy provided.Clean cutlery, cups plates , etc. all provided ,including tea coffee sugar, and milk and water in ice box. All in all I can highly recommend this accommodation and organiser.
★★★★★

Beautiful location and relaxing

Great set up. Quiet and peaceful. Tents are well equipped. Walk to Whitstable Harbour took us just over an hour. Rather hilly though. Beautiful sunsets from the tent we stayed in and clear sky’s at night to see the carpet of stars.
Aug 23, 2020 by Sarah Flower Verified Review
★★★★★

Peaceful and pretty

We stayed in Bluebell, the bell tent, for a long weekend and really enjoyed it. The campsite is well-located for visiting local towns and attractions but feels very peaceful. Each pitch has plenty of space around it and is well equipped with lovely touches such as fresh flowers. Blair was very welcoming and we had a really comfortable stay despite some patchy weather. The attention to detail is what makes this place special and I would recommend it.
Aug 18, 2020 by Sarah B
★★★★★

Fab place to relax and switch off

We stayed for three nights in the Bluebell tent. Blair, our host, worked really hard to make sure everything was perfect. He showed us around on arrival, explained how to use everything and then popped by each day just to check everything was okay. Our bell tent was very comfortable with a double bed and included lovely touches such as fresh flowers and battery powered lighting in the tent which was very atmospheric (and extremely useful after dark!). Everything we needed was provided, immediately outside the tent which was for our sole use, was a sofa, table and chairs and gas fired BBQ. Blair left milk and ice in a cool box and the ice was replenished every day. Tea, coffee, sugar marshmallows were also provided, and logs for the fire pit for the first night. Hot showers and a flushing toilet are there if you want them, though the composting toilet was spotless. The whole experience was really special and we are intending to return next year. Highly recommend Ellenden Farm Glamping if you are looking for peace, quiet and getting off grid for a few days.
★★★★★

Tranquil break in beautiful surroundings

We stayed at Ellenden Farm for three nights in the Bluebell tent. Blair, the host, worked really hard to make sure everything was perfect. He showed us around on arrival, explained how to use everything and then popped by each day just to check everything was okay. Our bell tent was very comfortable with a double bed and included lovely touches such as fresh flowers and battery powered lighting in the tent which was very atmospheric (and extremely useful after dark!). Everything we needed was provided, immediately outside the tent which was for our sole use, was a sofa, table and chairs and gas fired BBQ. Blair left milk and ice in a cool box and the ice was replenished every day. Tea, coffee, sugar marshmallows were also provided, and logs for the fire pit for the first night. Hot showers and a flushing toilet are there if you want them, though the composting toilet was spotless. The whole experience was really special and we are intending to return next year. Highly recommend Ellenden Farm Glamping if you are looking for peace, quiet and getting off grid for a few days.
★★★★★

A lovely weekend escape

Recently stayed for a long weekend with my girlfriend and had a really great time. Blair was a very accommodating and helpful host, the bell tent was full of nice little touches like fresh flowers, marshmallows for the fire pit and lots more. The setting is beautiful with sea views and woodland for nice long walks. We had a super relaxing weekend and will certainly want to come back - highly recommended!!
Aug 3, 2020 by Will Petre Verified Review
★★★★★

Brilliant stay

We had a brilliant few nights staying in one of the Shepherds Huts. They have all you could need provided, with comfy seats to sit outside and relax into the evening by the fire. Great little touches made the stay extra enjoyable, couldn't recommend highly enough!
Jul 30, 2020 by angusforshaw Verified Review
★★★★★

Brilliant stay

We had a brilliant few nights staying in one of the Shepherds Huts. They have all you could need provided, with comfy seats to sit outside and relax into the evening by the fire. Great little touches made the stay extra enjoyable, couldn't recommend highly enough!
Jul 30, 2020 by angusforshaw Verified Review
★★★★★

An idyllic and stunning getaway!

Living in London, we needed to get away from the daily grind and this was the perfect getaway! Blair is a brilliant host and makes you feel very welcome and relaxed. Even with some rain, the location and experience was nothing short of amazing! The marshmallows were a lovely treat too! :)
Jul 26, 2020 by Jade Hills Verified Review
★★★★★

Laid back and relaxing

We arrived met by Blair, who gave us a quick tour of the site, explaining about the location and surrounding area. The Shepherds Huts were nicely spaced for privacy and were very smartly presented, with everything we needed for our 2 day stay. The welcome pack of milk, tea, coffee and marshmallows, was very much appreciated but the bags of ice in the cool box, topped up the following day, was a nice touch The toilet facilities were compost toilets, which are great for the environment, were clean, with plenty of hand sanitizers available. The shower block was clean and refreshing, with a regular toilet, if this is what you needed. Beautiful open field with woodland surrounding, with plenty of wildlife, which included several different types of Butterfly. Our highlight was watching the young kestrels being taught how to hunt by their parents and our particular favourites, watching the Buzzards floating naturally on the thermals. We can go on and on about how lovely this little gem is, from the view of the estuary to watching the sunset, each night but would recommend going to check it out for yourself. Thanks Blair, keep up the great effort!
Jul 21, 2020 by Sarah Ward Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely outstanding

I booked this get away for my parents 30th wedding anniversary. On there return the owner kindly put a complimentary bottle of champagne on ice in the hut. They had such an amazing time and loved everything about it. Everything was to such a high standard and really didn’t want to leave. They’re planning on booking another stay with you shortly. Thank you so much
Jul 14, 2020 by Ellie Mae Teather
★★★★☆

Brilliant relaxing weekend spent BBQing & swimming

The facilities at Ellenden farm are amazing - the field feels very private and you each get your own BBQ, dining table, sofa and firepit. We stayed for a weekend and loved having BBQ bacon breakfasts in the sun, and s’mores at night. Lots of nice little touches like fresh ice in the cooler and vintage plates. We walked in the forest and then along the Crab and Winkle way down to Whitstable, where we went swimming. I’d definitely come back and stay for even longer next time. Great for switching off.
Jul 14, 2020 by Amy
★★★★☆

Lovely experience beautiful surroundings and felt well looked after. Easy to get around.

Great location in peaceful beautiful farm but close to Whitstable and Canterbury. Nice to have fire pit and somewhere nice to sit.
Jul 8, 2020 by Lynne
★★★★★

Magic!

Wonderful place. Everything you could want is provided in a beautiful setting. We had an amazing couple of days and the owners were so welcoming. Highly recommend Ellenden Farm

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