Palace Farm

UK England South East England Kent Sittingbourne

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Unpretentious and peaceful camping in an underrated spot

The cockerel may crow or the goats may mutter as you enter Palace Farm, but that’s as noisy as it gets here. It’s a quiet old place, off the beaten track (but not far from some very worthwhile places to visit) and with a 10pm quiet rule that’s largely respected.

It’s a simple set-up: a flat, grassy field holds up to 25 tents around its hedgerow edges, with an adjoining field left free for games or general haring around. Two pre-erected bell tents provide the slightest hint of camping glamour, but this is good, honest Kentish camping with no pretensions to be anything else.

Don’t confuse quietness with strictness, though. Campfires are allowed, campers can help themselves to plums from the orchard or blackberries from the old hedgerows around the farm, and edible mushrooms are permitted to grow prolifically across the site in the autumn. (We’re told they’re not hallucinogenic which, apparently, is a good thing.) While you’re hunting and gathering, have a forage at the honesty shop, where zero-food-mile courgettes, pumpkins, and other seasonal veg are available fresh from the farm.

Busy days, quiet nights. Life’s good at Palace Farm.

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Facilities

Campfires allowed (in fire pits); 25 pitches plus 2 bell tents on a field of about an acre with a wooden shower block (3 showers, 3 toilets including family/disabled room). Tourist info and walking maps available at the reception hut, where you can also freeze ice packs and charge phones. Reduced noise after 10pm and no noise after 11pm.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs (on leads; must be pre-booked), well-behaved groups – yes. Motorhomes, caravans – no.

Nearby

Lots to explore in the wider area including Leeds Castle (10 miles), Challock Forest (10 miles), Canterbury (14 miles), and Whitstable (16 miles); owners happy to help.

Food & Drink

The George Inn (01795 890237) in Newnham is a dependable old pub with a popular restaurant. The Chequers (01795 886366) in Doddington was recently revamped and serves cracking pub grub.

Opening Times

Easter–October.

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The Owner Says

The small quiet campsite offers camping  for visitors with their own tents or those who want to stay in one of our pre-erected Bell Tents.  We ask guests to respect the peace and quiet and not to make excessive noise.  We expect campers to be quiet from 10 pm, and those making excessive noise after 11 pm may be asked to leave without a refund.  If you are looking for somewhere to party this is not the campsite for you.  Fire pits are available on the campsite for fires. Perfect for walkers and cyclists who want to explore the heart of the Kent Downs with its beautiful wooded valleys and mixture of farmland concealing many old and interesting villages or visit the North Kent Marshes less than half an hours’ cycle away. There  are plenty of attractions in Kent; Doddington is close to Sittingbourne making Palace Farm a great base for groups and families interested in visiting the close by towns of  Canterbury, Rochester and Chatham.  Leeds Castle and many other historic attractions towns, villages and castles in Kent are available for day trips from Palace Farm.  Day trips to London are also possible as we are so well connected by train and motorway.

Accommodation

It’s a simple set-up: a flat, grassy field holds up to 25 tents around its hedgerow edges, with an adjoining field left free for games or general haring around. Two pre-erected bell tents provide the slightest hint of camping glamour, but this is good, honest Kentish camping with no pretensions to be anything else.

Family Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 10 Available
Camping on a flat, grassy field holding up to 25 tents around its hedgerow edges, with an adjoining field left free for games or general haring around. Price includes pitch, parking for one car, use of facilities (including small freezer for ice blocks) and all hot water, no charges for modest gazebos.

Grass Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 15 Available
Camping on a flat, grassy field holding up to 25 tents around its hedgerow edges, with an adjoining field left free for games or general haring around. Price includes pitch, parking for one car, use of facilities (including small freezer for ice blocks) and all hot water, no charges for modest gazebos.

Bell Tent 5 Metres

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 6 3 Available
Bell Tents have a large interior with standing room and zipped in groundsheets, they have four 3 foot mattresses in each, we can provide up to two sleeping mats for extra children making them fantastic for families.

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Location

Contact Palace Farm, Palace Farm, Down Court Road, Doddington, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0AU

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Getting There

From the A2 between Sittingbourne and Faversham turn south at Teynham, signposted Lynsted. Go through Lynsted, over the M2 bridge, then take the second right into Down Court Road. Palace Farm is on the left. Train to Sittingbourne, then a bus to Doddington (up to 4.30pm), or hop in a taxi for about £15.

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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