The Sunnyfield

UK England South East England Kent Ashford

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A convivial weekend-only campsite set across two hilltop meadows in the Garden of England, with campfires permitted and glamping options too.

A few years ago, Sasha and Philip bought the fifteen grassy acres of Little Pett Bottom Farm and it wasn’t long before they were lured outside by the colourful wildflowers and dark, starry skies. After camping amid the greenery of their private paddock with family and friends, they began to realise how much fun could be had by pitching a tent on their doorstep. Now they have unbolted the meadow gate, set down the basic facilities and opened up their pristine pastures to the everyday camper.

Nestled in the Kent Downs, surrounded by ancient trees, The Sunnyfield boasts a hilltop position that's blessed with sunlight all day long (hence the name). Arrival is tinged with anticipation as you wind your way through narrow lanes, the banks overgrown with cow parsley and long grass, to this truly secluded spot in the Kentish countryside. As you pull through the gate, you’re greeted with a generous open space for just 25 pitches of various sizes and a car-free site perfect for kids. Down in the orchard, a separate meadow away from the main camping field, Philip & Sasha have set up a separate glamping space with up to 10 fully furnished bell tents, plus a communal campfire pit and a cosy field shelter. You can rent a single tent or hire the whole field exclusively, while glampers with camping friends can also pitch together.

Refreshingly understated, ablutions consist of composting loos and cleverly-converted horsebox showers, while standing pipe taps are dotted around the site supplying easy access to running water. There's also a new undercover washing-up station, so you can wash up in the dry. Other than that, this is an unadulterated meadow and it's such simplicity that creates the real charm of the site. It provides a rustic, traditional camping experience, with campfires at each pitch and dogs welcomed. When you’re done larking in the flowers or clambering among the trees, it's just a short stroll over to the fantastic Italian outdoor oven, where wood-fired pizzas are served. In the shed, meanwhile, morning lattes are served to thirsty campers and there's the occasional option of yoga (information is emailed to campers before they arrive, along side any other food evenings and events).

Such a secluded setting need not cut you off entirely and those willing to re-emerge from their cocoon in the countryside will find themselves poised to make the most of South East England. By car the beaches of Dymchurch, Sandgate and Folkestone are less than half an hour away, while historic Canterbury with its distinctive cathedral is just a 15-minute drive. Then of course there are the myriad quaint local villages with excellent pubs and restaurants, while top walking and cycling routes are on the doorstep for those who want a more vehicle-free holiday. The Sunnyfield can put you in touch with a local independent bike shop if you need route advice or want to hire a bike, while canoe trips can also be arranged.

The Sunny Field is the working definition of ‘simple but effective’. Sasha and Philip saw a space made perfect for camping and thought, 'if something ain't broke, don't fix it!' Wildlife still enlivens the hedgerows and tranquility is still the word – rural camping at its best.

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Facilities

Composting loos, converted horsebox showers, standing pipe taps dotted around the site, plus a new undercover 99% recycled washing-up station and a wood-fired pizza oven. The bell tents include a comfy double mattress and bunk beds with all the bedding, assorted furniture, books, board games, plus an firepit and grill outside with seating. There is a swing in the oak tree and good walks from the campsite gate. Campfires are permitted with each pitch. Bike hire & canoe excursions available.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, groups, families and dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Take the short journey to one of England's most venerable cities, Canterbury, with its historic cathedral (01227 762862), ancient castle ruins (01227 378100) and fantastic museums. There is plenty to make for a good day trip, including punting (07786 332666) on the river or weekend concerts in the Dane John Gardens (01227 378100). Heading south will take you to the coast and the Cinque Ports of Dover and Hythe, the front to continental Europe and full of nautical history. Dover Castle (01304 211067) is an iconic structure above the white cliffs, while further east Walmer Castle (01304 364288) is also worth a visit. Dymchurch beach stretches along to the promontory of Dungeness, a strange but interesting site for a convivial little community. Closer to home, forget the car and enjoy The Kent Downs (01303 815170), perfect for cycling and walking with the notable North Downs Way passing close to the campsite.

Food & Drink

Home made wood fired pizzas available on one of the nights during your weekend. There is a great village shop in Stelling Minnis and the local garage at the top of the lane has just about all the basics. An abundance of fresh produce is available from Farm Shops and local farmers markets in Wye. Perry Court Farm Shop (01233 812408) serves amazing apple juice and veg with fish fresh off the boats from the coast on Friday and Saturday. Potten Farm Shop (01303 814804) and Ripple Farm Organics (01227 730898) are also local gems. There are excellent pubs near the campsite, including The Bowl Inn (01233 750354) in Hastingleigh, The Tiger Inn (01303 862130) in Stowting, The Five Bells (01303 813334) in Brabourne, Timber Batts (01233 750237) in Bodsham, The George (01227 709170) on Stone Street and Hop Pocket (01227 709866) in Bossingham.

Opening Times

May–September. Weekends only.

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The Owner Says

The Sunnyfield campsite is a tents, campervans & glamping only campsite for lovers of real camping and their families. Our simple car-free meadow camping pitches are large and spacious and come with their own camp firepit. We welcome groups – it's a great place for groups of friends to get together.

Wheel barrows are provided to take your kit to your pitch, hot showers are provided in horse boxes, we have our wood-fired pizza oven in operation usually one of the nights over weekend and delicious coffee available mornings in the recycled shed - we only use coffee thats roasted 3 miles away and milk from local diary 4 miles away !

The Sunnyfield Campsite is nestled in the heart of the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and close to the coast. Surrounded by idyllic countryside, overlooking fields, a valley and teeming with wildlife all around. It is a stress-free environment, a great place to unwind and just relax.

This beautiful site provides access to fantastic walking and biking from your doorstep with the nearby North Downs Way and excellent cycle routes. Alternatively you can just relax and enjoy the peaceful and secluded location. Being in the "Garden of England" we are surrounded by an abundance of delicious local produce to enjoy whilst watching the sun going down.

Pitches

8 acres of grassy space with 25 pitches available. Pitches vary in size and can take 2–3 families each and groups can be situated in areas to make them feel more private. No electric hook-ups.

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Location

Contact The Sunnyfield, Maxted Street, Nr Stelling Minnis, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6DJ

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Getting There

Sat Nav co-ordinates are: 51.159752, 1.038184

From Ashford/Folkstone M20, Exit Junction 11 and follow signs for Canterbury on the B2068 (Stone Street). Continue on this road for 4.6 miles as you drive up to the top of the downs. When you get to Six Mile Garage on the left you need to make a left hand turn down a very narrow lane. Not the first left signposted “Stowting” the other left with a sign saying 6.6” Drive SLOWLY down this track past half dozen houses until you come to a sharp cornerthe entrance to The Sunny Field is the gate on this corner.

From Canterbury Take the old Dover road out of Canterbury. Turn Right past the Kent cricket ground on to B2068 Nackington Road. Follow B2068 for 7.6 miles. Take a right when you see a sign pointing saying “Maxted Street”. Follow this narrow lane at the T junction take a right. Drive SLOWLY down this track past half dozen houses until you come to a sharp cornerthe entrance to The Sunny Field is the gate on this corner.

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