White Hill Woods

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
A dog-friendly log cabin and shepherd's hut in a peaceful woodland meadow, less than an hour outside London and easy to reach by train

Winston Churchill knew it, Anne Boleyn knew it and Henry VIII knew it, too: West Kent is a great place to escape from London. These days you don’t have to be an aristocrat to enjoy a weekend away in the peaceful Kent countryside — thanks to places like White Hill Woods. It just so happens that this boutique glamping site is within a half-hour drive of the stately pads once frequented by those historic big wigs and is now open to the public. There’s Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, Lullingstone and Chartwell. It’s also within walking distance of a vineyard, two pubs and a little museum. All this and it's also only a short drive away from a lovely lavender farm — and three minutes’ walk from the nearest train station. And did we mention there’s a heated swimming pool on-site (Open Easter to end of October)? If country life appeals but you live in the city, it doesn’t get much better than this.

An improbably short hop from London by train or car will get you to White Hill Woods, where a single log cabin and a shepherd’s hut sit in a lovely woodland meadow. This is a family-run affair in the grounds of a family home and while it’s suitably family-friendly — the lodge sleeps up to five and a swing set and trampoline is located in the communal-access garden — it’s also great for couples. In addition to the play equipment, there’s a fire pit area for barbecues, views and walks into the nearby Kentish Downs and, of course, that heated pool.

White Hill Lodge is called a log cabin, and from outside it offers that charm, but it's really much more than that. It’s a fully-equipped but compact holiday cottage for self-catering stays. We’re talking Freesat TV, electric log burner, WiFi, rainfall shower and more. The only concession to camping is what’s outside and the mezzanine double bedroom. Over at White Hill Hut, things are a little cosier, as you’d expect for a shepherd’s hut that’s been designed for couples. It is, however, still self-contained with an en-suite shower, loo, its own kitchenette and private outdoor seating.

Whichever accommodation you choose, White Hill Woods is a comfy countryside bolthole that’s so easy to reach from London that it’s tempting to talk about it the other way around. The brief 10-minute drive to the M25 and three-minute walk to the train station means that you could actually use this as a base from which to visit the city. But that would be to miss the local charms and, with so much so close by, you definitely wouldn’t want to do that.

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Facilities

We have two separate properties available for rent, either together or separately. White Hill Lodge is a lovingly converted log cabin, perfect for families or groups of up to five people. The Lodge has a double bed and two singles, with an additional roll-out single bed when needed. The bathroom has a walk-in rainforest shower and the kitchen is fully equipped with an oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. Patio doors lead out to a private seating area. The eco-friendly electric woodburner will keep you toasty warm in the colder months. The Lodge has wi-fi and Freesat TV, or you can go off-grid playing the board games provided.
White Hill Shepherd's Hut is perfect for couples, with enough space for a travel cot or child's roll-out bed if needed. Nestled at the top of the meadow in a wooded area, White Hill Hut has its own outdoor seating area with stunning views over the countryside. Indoors, a breakfast bar allows for dining inside, and you'll be amazed at what fits into such a compact space, including a fully fitted shower room with toilet and sink, a hob, microwave and fridge. The Hut has a custom-built double bed, and guests have regularly asked where we bought our mattress and pillows from as they've had such a comfy night's sleep!

Suitable For

 White Hill Woods is dog-friendly, allowing one well-behaved dog per property. The owners ask that you not leave dogs unattended at any time in the property, that you keep your dog on a lead at all times in the meadow and that you clean up after them.
Children are more than welcome at White Hill Woods and we can provide a travel cot, highchair and stairgate (in the Lodge) if requested in advance. However, please do be aware that young children need to be supervised as there are 2 ponds on the wider property, and the twin bedroom of the Lodge is a mezzanine level that may not be suitable for intrepid toddlers!
If you hire both White Hill Lodge and White Hill Hut together, you would have exclusive use of the meadow with all its facilities.

Nearby

You will be absolutely spoilt for choice as there are so many wonderful places to visit locally. The beautiful, historic village of Shoreham is a short walk away and is well worth a visit. Shoreham is home to The Mount Vineyard, where you can taste locally-grown wines, a gorgeous cafe called the Honeypot, a well-renowned aircraft museum and a couple of lovely traditional pubs. The UK's largest lavender producer, Castle Farm, is a short drive away and worth a visit all year round, especially during lavender season (Jun-Jul). If history is your thing, Lullingstone Roman Villa and Lullingstone Castle and World Garden are just outside the neighbouring village of Eynsford. If your passion is animals, Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation is well worth a visit for its bird of prey flying displays and unusual animals. Leaving White Hill Woods, you can walk straight up into the Otford Hills or Darent Valley, and there are several fantastic golf courses nearby, including The Darenth in Shoreham and Lullingstone Park Golf Course. Further afield, stunning castles and historic houses abound: Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Chartwelll are some of our family's favourites. 

Food & Drink

The Mount Vineyard in Shoreham is an absolute must for guests to White Hill Woods. Nestled in the heart of the village, it offers home-grown wines, wood-fired pizza and locally sourced ice-cream in a stunning setting, with a retractable rood making it perfect for all weathers. The Vineyard also have a coffee box outside the Ten Acres Gift Shop.
Shoreham village is home to both The King's Arms and The Crown which both serve traditional, hearty pub food. The neighbouring villages of Eynsford and Otford both have a range of lovely pubs to choose from too. If it's coffee and cake you're after, the Honeypot in Shoreham has a range of homemade cakes to choose from, including gluten-free options.

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The Owner Says

The Legg family have lived at White Hill Cottage for over 20 years, and friends who came to visit them always remarked on how beautiful and secluded the property is, yet how easily reached by road and rail - Shoreham Station is a 2-minute walk away!  Dom and Emma have spent the last 3 years making their dream of hosting guests here a reality, notwithstanding a global pandemic and having a third baby along the way. White Hill Woods is nestled up a bridleway, surrounded by fields and woodlands. Our two properties - White Hill Lodge and White Hill Shepherd's Hut - share a beautiful meadow, which includes a swing, trampoline and large fire pit perfect for barbecues or toasting marshmallows on. Guests are also welcome to use our outdoor, heated swimming pool for 1.5 hours a day (Easter - end Oct). The historic village of Shoreham is a short walk away, and you'll be spoilt for choice with two traditional pubs and the award-winning Mount Vineyard to try out. This area of Kent is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you can walk directly up onto the North Downs from the gate of White Hill Woods. You won't be short of exciting things to do, with the UK's largest lavender producer Castle Farm, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Lullingstone World Garden and Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation all a short drive away, to name but a few. 

Social Distancing Measures


Minimum 2-night stay to limit guest frequency
Contact-free arrival and checkout available
All bedding and towels will be washed at 60 degrees
Property will be well-ventilated between guests
Soft furnishing (cushions/throws) will be limited. Please bring your own if desired
All used tableware will be put through the dishwasher at 60 degrees
Hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes next to the swimming pool for guests to wipe down handrails before and after use. Please bring your own towels for swimming
If you feel unwell or experience symptoms during your stay, please notify us immediately
If you or any member of your household have Covid, please do not come to White Hill Cottage: notify us immediately and we will endeavour to help you book an alternative date.

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Accommodation

A log cabin and a shepherd's hut.

White Hill Lodge

Cabin Sleeps 5
White Hill Lodge is a lovingly converted log cabin, ideal for families. Sleeps a maximum of 5

White Hill Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
White Hill Shepherd's Hut, situated in a wooded area at the top of the meadow, has been lovingly hand-crafted to include all the creature comforts you could need.

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Getting There

We are a 10-min drive from both the M20 and M25, and a 10-minute drive from the historic town of Sevenoaks.  Shoreham Mainline Station is a 3 minute walk from White Hill Woods.

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