Glamping is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature, and we have picked the 3 best glamping sites in Kent that are just a short drive from London and are ideal for a weekend escape.
Longberry Farm Glamping is the epitome of glamping; offering luxury camping-style self-catering accommodation in the beautiful Kent countryside. Situated just outside the rural village of Bethersden, you are only an hour and a half from London, but you’ll feel a whole world away with the tranquil landscape surrounding you. Should you wish to arrive by train, it’s only 40 minutes from London and a free taxi service is provided by the Farm.
Longberry Farm Glamping is an intimate, friendly, family run site. There are three 5m Bell Tents and a modern, sparkling clean washroom outside the tents, with hot showers, toilets and washing up sinks – there’s even baby changing facilities! The décor is enchanting, you could be in a country cottage; with beautiful soft furnishing and vintage style accessories. The tents include complimentary wood along with gas BBQs, as well as cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment for nights spent snuggled outside your tent around the campfire.
2. Elmley Nature Reserve Glamping
Elmley Nature Reserve is set in the middle of the marshland. An old, Victorian farm oversees Elmley’s glamping within the reserve, where you can enjoy one of three handcrafted shepherds’ huts. These huts have unbeatable views over this wetland landscape, the meadow grasses, tidal streams and distant yachts. Inside, each hut has deep cosy beds and are lovingly decorated to give a cosy feel. Crucially, the huts have their own hot gas-powered showers and composting loos. A short walk away is a tall Victorian barn which has cooking facilities and flushing toilers.
The reserve itself offers board-walks and bird-hides to watch passing wildlife. Other activities include helping to collect chicken eggs or a leisurely cycle to local villages.
3. Greenhill Glamping
Set in a buttercup-filled meadow in the Kent Downs, this single, hut is the genuine 1890’s shepherd’s wagon. Abandoned on the Romney Marshes for over 75 years, it has been tastefully refurbished for a luxury glamping stay.
Inside, wood-slat walls remain unpainted and are still marked with the names of World War II soldiers – who sheltered in the hut while manning a local gun battery. Antique furnishings add to the ambiance and are complemented with a king-sized bed, en-suite shower room, kitchenette facilities. A Nespresso machine and homemade cake are other things to look forward to.
This is the kind of place to enjoyed toasting marshmallows by the fire pit and watch the sunset, before retiring to the cosy bed.
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