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Redrock Glamping (Adults Only)

UK England South East England Kent Maidstone

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Bell tent glamping on a working farm, where crumbling castles lie just around the corner and rare-breed animals dot the surrounding Kentish fields

Despite being just an hour from central London, Redrock Glamping is an undeniably rural escape. Down the lanes between the Kent Downs and the High Weald, its setting, on a working farm, where lambs bounce in spring and chickens lay fresh eggs for your morning breakfast, is about as far from the big smoke as you can be. Well, not quite. Perhaps the tip of Scotland would be wilder. Though, with Hebridean sheep and the farm’s own herd of Highland cattle, Redrock still competes.

Comprised of just three fully furnished bell tents (along with a trio of ‘pop-up’ unfurnished options), Redrock blends traditional camping under canvas with the added luxuries of home. Inside there’s a double bed (linen and bedding included), a wooden table and chairs, a chunky wooden chest and a deep, cosy bean-bag, while, under the tent’s canvas porch, a rustic kitchen block has everything you need for cooking. Choose from sizzling your sausages on the gas burner provided or go back to basics and cook directly over the campfire instead – cleverly repurposed washing machine drums act as excellent firepits.

While the tents are luxurious and convenient – particularly for those looking for short breaks from the city – Redrock Glamping still hasn’t lost its sense of place. Up-cycled pallets have been use to create the flat decking beneath each tent, while the base of the bed and side tables, too, are built from recycled wood. It all feels wonderfully fitting within the agricultural surroundings of the farm.

Rummage through the bell tent’s box of tricks – past playing cards and board games – to the local OS map provided, then plan a route through the surrounding countryside. Wander along footpaths within the 180-acre farm and out into the land beyond. The English Heritage-owned runs of Sutton Valence Castle, built in the mid 12th century, are within easy walking distance and there’s a trio of good pubs in the same village, too. If you make it back from the boozer before dinner, meanwhile, you can even buy some of the farm’s own home-reared meat. A little more campfire cooking anyone?

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Facilities

Tents are on flat timber decking, which also accommodates a firepit, sun chairs and BBQ (plus colourful wind breaks to create your own sun trap). Bell tents have traditional rugs and coir matting, furnished with a double bed, armchair, folding table-and-chair set and storage chest, plus a compact kitchenette, with everything you need, including a gas-fired hob, crockery, cutlery, a basic larder (oil, spices, tea, coffee) and cool box (ice-packs replenished). Linen, towels, torches, games, playing cards, extra batteries, firelighters, a local OS map and Redrock's Handbook to Glamping at Roundoak also provided. Basic but well-maintained toilet and shower facilities, as well as a covered washing up area.

Suitable For

Adults only. Campervans, caravans, pitch-you-own camping and those under the age of 18 are not permitted. Dogs welcome.

Nearby

Despite the rural feel of the place, the accessibility of the M20 puts heaps of attractions within speedy travelling distance, while many of Kent's top spots are even closer at hand. Moated Leeds Castle (01622 765400) is perhaps one of the most picture-perfect keeps in the world and lies just 5 miles from Redrock Glamping. For almost 900 years it has stood above the moat and, with almost 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, there's plenty to do beyond the castle building itself. It has free falconry displays, daily activities and numerous special events year round (particularly during school holidays). It is widely held as one of the top attractions in South East England. Further afield, Bedgebury Pinetum (0845 094 9174), one of world's most impressive conifer collections, is 30 minutes away. The forested parkland there is ideal for cycling, walking and riding, with an adventure play, plus a Go Ape (0845 094 9174) are for high-wiring in the trees. Surrounding towns offer decent shopping and bags of history. Royal Tunbridge Wells to the west; historic Canterbury, the home of Chaucer, to the east; while, on your doorstep, is the county town of Maidstone with it's vibrant night life, museum and River Medway.

Food & Drink

Purchase the farm's very own meat, raised and butchered by Ruth and Norman, and enjoy the ultimate BBQ feast. For everything else, there's a Sainsbury's Local in Headcorn Village (less than 3 miles away), where the dog-friendly, family-friendly (there's a play area in the garden) and real-ale-friendly White Horse pub (01622 890625) is a nice spot to have a pint. For a treat, though, the whitewashed Pepper Box Inn (3½ miles; 01622 842558) is highly recommended by The Good Pub Guide: Cask ales, good food, dogs welcome and a fantastic shrub-filled beer garden – "just the place to relax after a walk along the nearby Greensand Way footpath" – make it a real winner. Inside, meanwhile, low beams, cosy nooks and an open fire give it rainy day appeal too.

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