Star Field Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK England South East England Kent

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • 24hr+ ventilation between accommodation guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Off-grid camping and glamping in the High Weald of Kent with campfires, acres of space and a farm shop on site

In the rolling scenery of the High Weald AONB in Kent, this gently sloping camping meadow is aptly named. Cloudless nights, of course, can’t always be guaranteed but, when they arrive, the stars here are dazzling. Bedded down in the long grass of this former hay meadow, you can throw another log on the campfire and gaze endlessly into space. For those leaving the well-lit haze of London, it’s a particularly popular spot. It can be tough to believe this small rural site is just half an hour from the M25.

Given its proximity to London, Star Field is a pleasingly paired-back and basic affair. It will suit anyone who wants to really cut the cord from urban life as this camping and glamping site is entirely off-grid, with neat composting toilets and gas-heated showers. The sheer space on offer means your pitch only ever feels hemmed in by nature – by long grass, cowparsley, wildflowers and trees rather than other campers.

There’s a sliding scale of comfort and wildness from the basic camp pitches where you pitch your own tent to two fully-furnished safari tents; with bell tents between. Wildest of all are the ten camping pitches which share facilities and space in the main camping meadow. For wildish glamping, choose an unfurnished bell tent. It has its own composting loo, picnic bench and even beds inside but it’s a step less tamed than the furnished bell tents which have bedding, a shower and an outdoor kitchen too. Most luxurious of all are the pair of safari tents which have their kitchen inside, a stove, a sofa and solar power to boot.

Star Field is set in one of the most picturesque meadows on Charity Farm, now under the fourth generation of the same family. It began life as a chicken farm before diversifying into selling hay, straw and forage from a small on-site country store. Over time, the store expanded and you can now buy the latest knitwear or a Joules raincoat when you come here camping as well as half a dozen farm-fresh eggs from the clutch of free-range hens which still occupy the farmyard above the campsite. For more than that, Cranbrook Farm Shop is next door, stocked full of local produce and goodies.

Elsewhere, you can walk to Bedgebury Forest right from the site (or get there by car in under five minutes with parking free of charge). It’s a half-hour walk into Cranbrook, the smallest town in Kent and a thoroughly pleasant place, with a host of excellent independent cafés and pubs. A working windmill, built in 1814, dominates the local skyline there, while the local church also holds a little known historic artefact, the prototype for the clock on Big Ben. It’s 10 minutes to Sissinghurst Castle, 15 minutes to Bodiam Castle and 20 minutes to Scotney Castle – all owned by the National Trust – while the coast around Hastings and Camber Sands is 35 minutes or so by car. In all, though, this campsite is the sort of place where time will happily be ebbed away around the campfire or simply doing nothing at all. After all, that’s what disconnecting and being off grid is all about.

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Details

Facilities

Composting toilets, gas-heated hot showers, covered washing-up area, bins and recycling area. BBQs are permitted but must be raised off the grass and campfires welcomed in the firepits provided (logs and kindling can be bought from the country store; please do not bring your own). Charity Farm Countrystore is less than a minute's walk from the camping field and sells a range of products including pet food, clothing and Calor gas. There is also a well-stocked farm shop for food (Cranbrook Farm Shop). This is a working farm with free range chickens and pigs. Though the campsite is entirely off grid, there is a container where you can recharge your technology and re-freeze your ice blocks.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, trailer tents, dogs – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, young groups, single sex groups and noisy folk – no.

Nearby

Facing the English Channel, the South East of England is real castle country and Star Field is well placed to visit the best preserved of them. It's a 15-minute drive to moated Bodiam Castle (01580 830196), a 14th century marvel that is the classic image of a castle, while Leeds Castle (01622 765400; 30 minutes) is built on an island in a widened section of the River Len and is a truly spectacular sight. It's a 20-minute drive to National Trust-owned Scotney Castle (01892 893820), too, though this is more of a country house than a castle, with extensive gardens (which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a celebrated example of the Picturesque style). It takes around 40 minutes to drive from the campsite to the coast – Camber Sands is the nearest well known beach – while Bedgebury Forest, great for walking and cycling on car-free trails is within walking distance, or a 2 minute drive, Bedgebury Pinetum is a 25 minute drive and Bewl Water is just beyond. The tiny market town of Cranbrook is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive away and worth wandering to, with ample independent shops and some historic eateries alongside newer establishments (see Food & Drink).

Food & Drink

Cranbrook Farm Shop (01580 712546) is a 1-minute walk from your camping pitch and sells local produce, hot teas and coffees and take away lunches as well as being a Cook outlet. For larger shops, there is also a Co-Op in Cranbrook (5-minute drive or 20-minute walk). Cranbrook has 3 pubs: Larkins' Alehouse (07917 252585), the first micropub in Cranbrook, is best for real ales, while The George Hotel (01580 713348) is the posh oldie of the bunch – it's been open since 1300! The White Horse (01580 720727) is the most lively option, with live music from time to time. Cranbrook also has a plethora of cafés – try Arthur’s (01580 720880) for good coffee, Cocolicious (01580 714954) for sweet treats and afternoon tea or Waterloo Tea Rooms (01580 713802) for a quirky setting among the antiques and good views of Cranbrook's windmill. Further afield, it's a 10-minute drive to The Milk House (01580 720200) in Sissinghurst – it's a good one for families, with dogs welcome and a large outside space with a play area for children.

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Star Field Glamping and Camping at Charity Farm is a family run glamping and campsite based on a working farm in Cranbrook, Kent (previously known as Charity Farm Camping).

If you're looking for a simple off-grid country retreat to enjoy a well-earned break with a clear view of the night sky, then we've got a pitch for you. If you fancy something a little more glamorous, we've got you covered as well. If you have an event going on, or simply want to take a break with all your family and friends and want to book the whole site we can organise that too.

Social Distancing Measures

We are a small and spacious site but have decided to take out some pitches to be even safer.

All of our glamping tents have their own toilets (Bramble and Nettle have exclusive showers too) we are asking guests to bring their own bedding and linen, we will extend the changeover period too so that we can deep clean in between guests.

Between the 9 grass pitches there will be 3 composting toilets.  For showering the 9 pitches and 2 naked bell tents will share 2 gas heated showers and an open air solar heated shower (bring your swimming attire for this!).

Stand pipes with drinking water are available throughout the campsite and there are two wash basins with hot and cold water for handwashing and a washing up area.

All shared areas will be cleaned daily and cleaning and sanitizing products will be available to use as required.

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Accommodation

10 grass camping pitches, two pre-pitched (unfurnished) bell tents, two fully-furnished bell tents and two fully-furnished safari tents.

Bramble Luxury Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Fully furnished bell tent, sleeps 4. Private shower, compost loo and kitchen area in a secluded area.

Dandelion Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Dandelion is a 5 metre bell tent, this year we have included a double bed with mattress, we can add up to 2 single futon beds on request. It comes with it's own composting loo, fire ring and picnic bench

Thistle Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Thistle is a 5 metre bell tent, this year we have included a double bed with mattress, we can add up to 2 single futon beds on request. It comes with it's own composting loo, fire ring and picnic bench.

Elder Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
This area is at the bottom of the field

Hawthorn Grass Pitch 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
This area is over to the left of the field half way down

Hawthorn Grass Pitch 2

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
This area is over to the left of the field half way down

Hazel Grass Pitch 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Near the top of the field to the left.

Holly Grass Pitch 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
This pitch is at the bottom of the field, between Bramble and Nettle

Sycamore Grass Pitch 2

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Sycamore is in the northeast corner of the field

Willow Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
This area of the camping field is near the top, close to the showers and washing up station.

Whole Site

Sleeps 60
Safari Tent (details to follow) 2 Dressed bell tents with showers loos & kitchens, 2 undressed bell tents, up to 11 pitches. 7 composting loos, 4 hot showers a communal washing up station

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Location

Contact Star Field Camping, Charity Farm, Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3PS

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Getting There

From the M25, take the A21 for 18½ miles to the A262. Continue on this road for 6 miles through Goudhurst. Turn off on to the B2085 (Glassenbury Road) at The Peacock Inn and follow this road to the end, then turn left on to the A229 (Hartley Road), then immediately right on to the B2086 (Swattenden Lane). Follow this road for ½ mile and turn into Charity Farm Countrystore on the right. Check in to the campsite at the countrystore.

From the M20, take the B2163, the A274 and the A229 towards Hawkhurst. Turn left at the B2086 (Swattenden Lane) and follow this road for ½ mile. Turn into Charity Farm Countrystore on the right and check in to the campsite at the countrystore.

From Ashford, take the A28 through Tenterden to Rolvenden and turn right on to the B2086. Follow this road for 6½ miles through Benenden until you reach Charity Farm Countrystore on the left. Turn in and check in to the campsite at the shop.

The nearest train station is in Staplehurst (trains from London take just under an hour, running from St Pancras International, Charing Cross and Cannon Street). From there you can take the number 5 bus (one every hour) to the village of Hartley. From there it's a 15-minute walk to the campsite.

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