The Hare Lodge

UK England South East England Kent Tonbridge Gravel Pit Farm

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • In room Wifi
Luxury safari tent glamping on a rural Kent farm within walking distance of the local vineyards
  • Proper, comfortable beds with warm duvets and crisp white sheets
  • Cosy wood burning stove to keep you toasty
  • Evening sunsets can be enjoyed on the covered veranda

The Owner Says

The luxury safari tent has everything to make your glamping experience fun and comfortable. Styled like a traditional safari lodge, but with with plenty of extras. Its comfortable size (11m x 6m) means the private bathroom (shower, loo, basin and heated towel rail ) is within the tent (Each tent also has an extra loo in a wooden cabin outside the tent).

Proper, comfortable beds with warm duvets and crisp white sheets mean you get a dreamy nights sleep. There is a double Bedroom with a King sized four poster bed, it also has a wardrobe and shelves. There is a second bedroom with twin beds (each 3ft wide) and a simple wardrobe with shelves. The third bedroom is in the cabin, it is a kingsized bed in a cosy elevated cabin, there is a chest of drawers and storage below.

Under the cabin is a snug which is loved as a hideaway by children.

The cosy wood burning stove can be lit whenever it is colder than you are comfortable with (a generous starter basket of wood is supplied and more can be purchased).

The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, utensils, a gas hob and a fridge. Outside there is an amazing, large charcoal BBQ which can double as a fire pit after you have finished cooking!  The evening sunset can be enjoyed on the covered veranda, the whole front of the tent can be opened to bring the inside and outside into one comfortable space. Outdoor furniture is supplied.

There is a corner sofa and dining table in the living area, In the paddock there is a good old campfire site for long evenings watching the flickering flames while toasting marshmallows. There is considerable wildlife to enjoy, ducks on the pond, rabbits, hares, foxes, occasionally deer and a huge variety of birds including various owls - the barn owl can often be seen catching his supper at dusk. Our chicken generously lay eggs which are available for you to collect from nesting boxes and buy for your breakfast. Hot and cold water, electricity and even wifi (if you want it) are all included. Set on a Kentish farm but only a mile from a mainline station that can whisk you into central London in under an hour. In the surrounding area there are several vineyards that can be visited (a couple on foot) and a gin distillery - also walking distance. The village with many amenities is a mile away. Kent has castles, Bewl water, walks, cycle routes, museums, the seaside and much much more to enjoy. We are happy to help you organise some adventures out and about or maybe just some fun on the farm. A little help with celebrating special occasions is also available. We provide everyone with a welcome pack containing a few basic essentials to start you off, but BBQ packs and more are available by special order.  All electricity is from renewable resources, wherever possible we have put the environment and nature first whilst trying to provide you with comfort on the inside (you are on holiday!) but keeping it wild on the outside.

Features & Facilities

Safari tent sleep 6, with a double-bed master bedroom, a twin room and a cosy cupboard bed that's great for 2 kids. Each tent has an ensuite bathroom, including a shower, flushing loo and sink, plus there is an extra outside loo for each tent in an oak cabin. Lighting, electricity and WiFi throughout. Each tent has an integral kitchen with gas hobs, fridge, sink and a food preparation space, well stocked with cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and so on. BBQ on each deck. There is a large wood-burning stove in each tent and a radiator in the shower room (extra heaters can be supplied in winter). Welcome pack provided with a few essentials, such as coffee, tea, sugar, milk, butter, bread, cereal, jam, biscuits and marshmallows with sticks for toasting them on the campfire. Ample space in the meadow for games. Communal campfire area. Horses, chickens, dogs and cats live on the farm (eggs can be collected daily).

Activities

The South East of England is real castle country and there are plenty nearby. Dramatic Leeds Castle, jutting out over a lake formed in the River Len, is 25 minutes away and both Sissinghurst Castle (01580 710701), perhaps more famous for its gardens than the building itself and National Trust-owned Scotney Castle (01892 893820), whose garden's are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, are 20 minutes away. If you love the history of these places, the Museum of Kent Life (01622 763936) is half an hour by car. If you're thirsty, you can have tours and tasting at Hush Heath Winery (01622 832794) – if you want to drink too much to drive it's an hours walk – while Herbert Hall vineyards (07956 163519) is closer still (a 15 minute walk), as is the Anno Gin distillery (01622 833278). The historic towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Cranbrook are 20 mins away and the ancient city of Canterbury is an hour away. There are ample footpaths and cycling is very popular around Marden as much of the Weald of Kent is flat(ish) – power assisted bikes can be hired nearby. It's also 20 minutes to Bewl Water for watersports.

Food & Drink

Food deliveries to your tent with full meals from Life, Fork and Spoon (07900 586060) can be arranged (enquire in advance). It's a 10-minute walk to the first of the village's eateries, the West End Tavern (01622 831956; good pub grub). There are plenty of other places in Marden to eat if you carry on too. The Taj of Kent (01622 833339) is a good curry house with excellent service, The Unicorn (01622 296766) is a popular, traditional pub and the Marden Tandoori (01622 832184) is a second curry house option. The Old Post Office (01622 833374) in the village is now a coffee house with amazing homemade cakes. There's also a kebab shop, fish'n'chip shop and a Chinese. There are a couple of spots to get local groceries in the village, too: Marden Farm Shop (01622 83150) has interesting locally grown farm produce and can deliver, Taywell Farm Shop (01580 211853) has a wide selection of local produce and game, including pre-ordered boxes for BBQ’s. Larger supermarkets are a 20–25-minute drive away.

Family Friendly

Children will love collecting eggs from the chickens and adore the hidden cupboard bed, housed in the wall of the safari tent and climbed into via a little ladder. There's ample space in the paddock for rounders, football and cricket – though parents should be aware of some of the natural rough and tumble of the place (there are rabbit holes and, at one end of the paddock, an unfenced pond with ducks and moorhens) – and a good stash of board games inside the tent for evenings beside the wood burner.

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Getting There

From the M25 (clockwise): Come of at Junction 3 onto the M20 turn off the M20 following signs to the B2016 Once on the B2016 (Seven Mile Lane) at the 2nd roundabout take the 1st exit, then take the first Right which takes you through Yalding on the B20162 - Turn Left at Collier Street Church. Continue to the T Junction, turn Right, then take the first Right into Pattenden Lane. At the next T junction turn Right, go past the school on the Right and take the 2nd Right into Gravel Pit Lane, Past some new houses and 1/4 mile down the farm track. Gravel Pit Farm is straight ahead.

From the M25 (anticlockwise): Come off at the M26, take the first exit off the M26 following signs to the B2016 Once on the B2016 (Seven Mile Lane) at the 2nd roundabout take the 1st exit, then take the first Right which takes you through Yalding on the B20162 - Turn Left at Collier Street Church. Continue to the T Junction, turn Right, then take the first Right into Pattenden Lane. At the next T junction turn Right, go past the school on the Right and take the 2nd Right into Gravel Pit Lane, Past some new houses and 1/4 mile down the farm track. Gravel Pit Farm is straight ahead.

From the South: Take the A21 going North, at the Lamberhurst roundabout take the B262 towards Goudhurst. In Goudhurst, at the village pond turn Left onto the B2079 towards Marden. As you approach the Village turn left into into Gravel Pit Lane, Past some new houses and 1/4 mile down the farm track. Gravel Pit Farm is straight ahead.

The nearest mainline train station is Marden, which is a 15-minute walk away (direct lines to the Kent Coast and London Charing Cross). There are also a handful of buses between Marden and Maidstone each day.