Chafford Park

UK England South East England East Sussex Groombridge

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
Family-run camping and glamping in the grounds of an 18th century Sussex farmhouse.

With a shimmering lake, green lawns and the lazy River Medway wandering through its grounds, the 18th century farmhouse at Chafford Park lays claim to a quintessentially English setting. But between the golden fields and hedge-lined meadows, there's plenty of space for more than just the local farmer. Over nine acres of picturesque Kent countryside have been set aside for tent-pitchers and peg-pushers so that us travelling campers can still enjoy a generous slice of the scenery.

Chafford Park is a family-run farm that’s been under the helm of the Thompson’s for over a century. And while 300 acres of arable fields are still blessed with the rumble of tractors every year, there is more to be found than just bushels of wheat and the sweet smell of hay bales. The house and grounds are a popular venue for both indoor and outdoor weddings, while clay pigeon shooting and fishing are organised throughout the year. But it's the campsite, occupying a large apron of grass near the house, that merits the attention of us cool campers – a worthy place to spend an evening beneath the starry skies.

With up to 50 tents but no designated pitches, Chafford Park offers camping of the wilder sort, without electric hook-ups, cumbersome caravans or plastic playgrounds. There are still good sanitary facilities onsite; with toilets, showers and a washing-up area, but without the commercial campsite feel. Fridges allow guests to stash away a bottle of milk or a hunk of meat (from the local farm shop) for the BBQ, something that's well worth doing. The generous amount of space available also means that large groups or wedding parties can be roped-off in their own separate space, avoiding too much disturbance within the campsite and giving the group a laid-back festival atmosphere.

Despite such quiet seclusion in the countryside, Chafford Park offers surprisingly easy access to the surrounding area. A short drive into Royal Tunbridge Wells rewards you with an elegant spa town with a colonnaded parade of shops, while exploring the rural areas will take you to Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Ashdown Forest – the home of Winnie-the-Pooh. Whether you cruise between castles, throw yourself into local watersports, or arrange some onsite clay shooting, you’ll always be entertained and can finish off the day back in the arms of this rural hideaway. Return to the quiet of your tent, grab that cold beer you remembered to put in the fridge, and enjoy this blissful place to kick back and relax in the south of England.

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Facilities

The site includes a mixture of fixed and portable toilet and shower facilities. The fixed washroom facilities include 4 flushable toilets and 4 hot showers. There are portaloos that are dotted around the field for convenience. Rustic outdoor handwashing stations are available with cold running water as well as an outdoor washing up area.

We ask all campers to keep to social distancing measures and extra handwashing and hand sanitiser is available.

Facilities are cleaned twice daily.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, couples, families, and well-behaved dogs - yes (must be on a lead at all times)

Nearby

Hop in the car for a drive north to Chartwell (01732 868381) – the former home of Winston Churchill – stopping on the way at Hever Castle (01732 865224), an exquisite beamed and moated Tudor manor house. Those taken in by the country pile should also consider Penshurst Place and Gardens (01892 870307) – similar splendour and family activities await. East of the campsite, Royal Tunbridge Wells precedes the tiny village of Tudeley, home to an unassuming church that boasts famous stained-glass windows by the Russian artist Marc Chagall. Meanwhile, more active campers can go canoeing (01342 810493) on the River Medway or climbing Harrison’s Rocks (01892 860670), an isolated sandstone outcrop surrounded by woodland. Ashdown Forest (01342 823583) is also a fantastic place to walk with kids. It was here that A. A. Milne wrote the classic Winnie-the-Pooh.

Food & Drink

The Bottle House (01892 870306) the local, where you can order take away food during summer 2020 and The Spotted Dog (01892 870253), The Leicester Arms Hotel (01892 871617) are all in nearby Penshurst, while The George and Dragon (01892 863125) in Speldurst is a traditional 13th century inn with roaring log fires and dramatic oak beams – an excellent pick. The Chafford Arms (01892 740267) in Fordcombe is also a good family friendly pub in a quiet village.

Open

April–October. Bell tents are available to hire between May–end of September.

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The Owner Says

The campsite is situated within a 300-acre estate, near Royal Tunbridge Wells. The campsite is a large 9-acre meadow field surrounded by rolling fields and woodland. The site is open to campers and glampers - we have 16 bell tents available to hire during the summer, the bell tents are situated in the middle of the meadow field, slightly away from the camping pitches.

The camping pitches are assigned and marked by wooden posts around the edge of the field. Pitches are 11 meters apart. Wheelbarrows are provided for taking your belongings to your pitch as cars are not permitted to drive onto the campsite and parked in the car park only.

The campsite is ideal for those looking for a unique country escape.

With lots of beautiful walks nearby and footpaths leading off the camping area.  As well as onsite activities, such as archery, fishing, yoga work shops and bike rental (please speak to a member of our team to book). 

Firepits are available for hire on a first come first served basis and we sell logs delivered to your tent.

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Social Distancing Measures

Chafford Park Estate will be implementing social distancing rules with tents pitched  6 metres apart for 2021. There is also a rustic outdoor wash basin with water jug and hand soap within the glamping area. 

Accommodation

50 (undesignated) pitches in the 9 acre camping field. Tent-only. No electric hook-ups. 10 furnished Bell tents.

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Location

Contact Chafford Park, Chafford Park, Ashurst, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9UR

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Getting There

The nearest train station is Tunbridge Wells (08457 484950), not to be confused with Tonbridge, the more mundane town a few miles north. Owing to the rural nature of this campsite it is advised you have a car.

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