The Nut Plat Retreat

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Antique living wagons on the banks of the River Bourne, with a charming orchard setting, a pub down the lane and a sense of history unlike anywhere else.

Some glamping sites build high-tech treehouses, others pluck for super-shiny Airstream caravans. But visit The Nut Plat Retreat in rural Kent and you'll be in no doubt of how best to go glamping in England. If you could bottle up the history of the British countryside and turn it into a quaint-as-they-come glamping site, The Nut Plat Retreat would be it. The glorious riverside setting – where horses chomp through grass on the opposite bank – combined with authentic, vintage accommodation avoids the 'quaint' becoming 'twee', while a handy location just 45 minutes outside of London make this a glamping site accessible for the quickest of quick breaks. If you want Kent with character, The Nut Plat Retreat is spot on.

On the northwest edge of the Kent Downs, this charming glamping getaway is full of history and intrigue. Glampers arrive to an 18th-century farmhouse, home of owners Duncan and Rachel, and are led along a shady, woodland path to the riverside clearing where the two antique living vans reveal themselves. Towed behind steam rollers during the 1800s, the vans are the real deal, complete with original wrought iron wheels and the old, heavy crank handle for applying the break. Inside, however, while a sense of history remains, interiors have been spruced up to provide a comfortable living space. There's a double bed, fold-out table, oak chairs, a wood burner and beautiful stained-glass windows from Rye Cinque Port in Sussex. Outside, meanwhile, each of the two wagons has it's own private kitchen space, shower room and toilet, along with a firepit and barbecue for late nights around an open fire (marshmallows provided!). Ransoms, the hut with the traditional green and yellow exterior, even comes with its own wood-fired hot tub – not something the 19th-century work force would have enjoyed!

While the living vans are things of beauty in their own right, the hidden setting is all part of the glampsite's appeal. On the edge of a nut orchard, glampers can pluck cobnuts straight from the trees or help out with the harvest, before wandering through the wild gardens of the farm. You needn't wander too far, either. The nearest pub – a proper local bolthole – is just a few hundred metres down the lane, while footpaths from the campsite lead you along cow-parsley-crowded field sides to other fine establishments. There's English Heritage-owned Old Soar Manor – a beautiful stone home built in the 13th century – a 20 minute walk away, or the National Trust's moated manor house, Ightham Mote (40 minutes). Or, of course, you could pick another good pub – The Swan on the Green – which has its own micro-brewery and a sunny beer garden. The choices are endless, the choices are charming and the choices are all excellent. You might just want to stay for longer.

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Facilities

The living vans are off grid but both have their own gas-heated showers (towels provided), composting toilets and a well-equipped camp kitchen (a two ring gas stove, a Weber BBQ, all the pots, pans, crockery and utensils you need, plus teas, coffees, oils, sugar lumps, salt, pepper and marshmallows). There's also a fridge freezer and phone charging point in the nearby barn if needed. There's a wood-fired hot tub with unlimited logs (£25 per night; Ransoms Hut only) and outdoor firepits, too. Inside, each van has a double bed (all bedding and linen provided), a wood-burning stove and a table and chairs, plus a good stash of card and board games.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Each van sleeps 2. No dogs.

Nearby

Locally, the walks and cycle routes are a real draw. Circular walking routes take in some of our quintessential country pubs. The National Trust's Ightham Mote is a 40 minute walk away across the fields – the medieval moated manor house that John Newman described as "the most complete small medieval manor house in the county" – while, closer still, English Heritage look after 13th century Old Soar Manor (0370 333 1181; a 20-minute walk away). 400-year-old Knole House and Park makes for a lovely stroll and, while there, it's worth visiting Sevenoaks too for the good variety of independent shops. Tonbridge (4 miles) has a castle (01732 770929) and more good shopping, while those happy to go for a drive will find the Kent coast or Sussex coast are both an hour or so away – trendy up and coming Margate to the east, bucket and spade Camber Sands to the south and the oysters of Whitstable to the north.

Food & Drink

Pre ordered breakfast baskets are available: Either free-range bacon with chipolatas or berries, muesli and yoghurt. Both options come with bread, butter, honey, free-range eggs, milk and either locally pressed apple or pear juice (£20 for 2 people).
It's an easy 200m stroll to The Kentish Rifleman (01732 810727), a typical English village pub serving good food. The Papermakers Arms (01732 810407) is a mile away, while The Swan on the Green (01622 812271) is particularly nice to walk to – a scenic 45-minute route across the fields, the pub is set on a quintessential village green with great food and its own micro-brewery. For local produce, try Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, held in St Giles Church every Wednesday (9am–11am).

Opening Times

Mid March–mid November.

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The Owner Says

Come to the Nut Plat Retreat for peace and quiet just 45 minutes from the middle of London.

Kick back on the river bank in the Garden of England and watch the natural world go by

Breathe

The two vintage living vans have been carefully restored to a comfortable standard with out compromising their heritage

Each has its own facilities - a well stocked camp kitchen, safari style shower and comfortable compost loo.

You can help yourselves to as many logs as you need

Accommodation

2 lovingly restored vintage living vans. Check Availability

Location

Getting There

The Nut Plat Retreat is in Roughway Lane near Dunks Green. Outside of Tonbridge, and coming from the Tonbridge direction on the A227, turn left opposite the Chaser pub. Follow your nose for a mile until a crossroads with Dunks Green Road on the left hand side. Then turn right at the Kentish Rifleman Pub and on the first left hand bend you’ll see the sign and gateway on the right.

The nearest train stations are Tonbridge (4½ miles) or Borough Green (3¾ miles). Pick ups can be arranged free of charge when convenient. Please give plenty of notice if you need collecting. Guests arriving on foot or by push bike are given a breakfast basket free of charge!

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Why book with Glampingly?

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