Star Field Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK England South East England Kent Tunbridge Wells

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Off-grid camping in the High Weald of Kent with campfires, acres of space and a farm shop within strolling distance

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 and the dark skies 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 rural field, where a mere six camping pitches spread across some four acres of space, 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. The campsite is entirely off-grid, with neat composting toilets and gas-heated showers, and the sheer space on offer means your pitch only ever feels hemmed in by nature – the long grass, cowparsley and wildflowers of the meadow – rather than by other campers. There are pre-pitched bell tents, for those who want the wild experience but don’t have their own equipment, and there’s one bell tent that’s fully furnished, including real beds, for those who, well, don’t like things too wild at all.

Star Field is set in one of the most picturesque meadows on Charity Farm, now under the fourth generation of the same family, which 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 (you can now buy the latest knit wear or a Joules raincoat when you come here camping), while a clutch of free-range hens and pigs still occupy the farmyard above the campsite. The result is local goods conveniently located, while still enjoying that off-grid experience. It takes little over a couple of minutes, for example, to walk to Cranbrook Farm Shop and buy beef burgers for your campfire or freshly baked bread from the bakery.

Elsewhere, you can walk to Bedgebury Forest right from the site (or get there by car in under 5 minutes with parking free-of-charge there). It’s a pleasant 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 back-to-basics 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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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 permitted 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, you can arrange with the owners to have phones charged and ice-packs re-frozen if you're desperate.

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. Bedgebury Forest is a short walk from the campsite or less than 5 mins away by car (free parking). 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 25 minutes away 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.

Opening Times

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.

Accommodation

6 grass camping pitches, 2 pre-pitched (unfurnished) bell tents and 1 fully-furnished bell tent.

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

Elder Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 7 Available
This area is at the bottom of the field between Nettle and Thistle

Whole Site

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 48
2 Dressed bell tents, 2 undressed bell tents, up to 11 pitches. 7 composting loos, 4 hot showers a communal washing up station and 2 kitchen areas (with Bramble and Nettle)

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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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