Free Range Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Off-grid yurt and shepherd's hut glamping on an organic farm with views across Kent's Eden Valley

Located just outside the perfectly preserved Tudor village of Chiddingstone, just an hour or so from London, 500-acre Bore Place Farm is an organic dairy farm, historic venue and environmental charity all rolled in to one. And now, with the addition of luxury yurts and shepherd’s huts, Bore Place can add glamping to its already string-laden bow.

As the name suggests, there’s a wealth of space to roam at Free Range Glamping, with a glorious hilltop position for all of the accommodation in a sprawling wildflower meadow. Glampers enjoy breath-taking views across Kent's orchards and heady hop fields – the huts and yurts face south across the aptly named Eden Valley – and the local area is awash with decent footpaths.

The yurts themselves are real works of art – elegant latticework walls, wooden flooring and a transparent crown for stargazing – and are comfortably furnished with wood-burning stoves, king-sized beds and futons for extra guests. Each has its own safari-style kitchen alongside, plus a firepit for late-night marshmallow roasting, and it’s a short stroll to your private composting loo. Shepherd’s huts, too, feature king-sized beds, woodburners and have compact kitchen spaces inside. They have en-suite eco loos but, for both hut guests and yurters, if you prefer proper flushing loos or want to take a shower, it’s a 300-metre walk to the farm where there are ‘proper’ facilities. The result is access to the goods when needs must but otherwise a wonderfully paired-back, off-grid glamping experience, with candle lit evenings, and a quiet, rural atmosphere.

“It’s all the best bits of camping – campfires, birdsong, and breathtaking scenery”, as friendly owner Chris tells us. “Combined with clean, dry, inspirational space, proper beds and a private toilet.” It's glamping, in other words, that hasn't completely left the fun of camping behind.

Set in the North Downs, there’s some fantastic walks and outdoor pursuits to enjoy. Bouldering (or mini rock climbing to the uninitiated) is surprisingly prevalent here. Chris can fill you in on the best formations, like Harrison’s, Toad, and Wellington rocks surrounding nearby Tunbridge Wells. For more sedate excursions, there’s a wealth of stately homes and gardens, castles and quintessential Kentish towns to visit. The eminently reachable village of Chiddingstone is one of the best-preserved examples of a Tudor street anywhere. Or if the lure of the organic farm setting is too much to resist, you could partake in one of Bore Place’s ecology courses – try your hand at green wood-working or simply enjoy a guided stroll around the multi-faceted rural setting.

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Facilities

Yurts and shepherd's huts all have king-sized beds, while yurts have additional futons too (all bedding and linen included). All feature a wood-burning stove (starter pack of wood and kindling) and a kitchen space (in an adjacent shelter for the yurts) with hobs, food-prep area and a sink, as well as outdoor seating and a firepit. Shepherd's huts have en-suite eco toilets, while yurts each have a composting loo a short walk away. There's a standard flushing toilet, a hot shower and baby-changing facilities at the farm about 300m away.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples, kids – yes. Tents, caravans, campervans, dogs – no.

Nearby

Famed as the 'Garden of England', Kent is bursting with bucolic attractions with many in the immediate vicinity of Edenbridge including Emmets Garden (01732 868381), Penshurst Place and Gardens (01892 870307) and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens (01732 459777). For history buffs, Winston Churchill's old countryside retreat Chartwell (01732 868381) makes for a fascinating away-day. The stunning grounds and National Trust-run house are filled with various historic artefacts including the former prime minister's very own paintings. Chiddingstone village itself (also owned by the National Trust) is described as the most perfect surviving example of a one-street Tudor village anywhere in the county. Elsewhere, art-filled Chiddingstone Castle (01892 870347), motte and bailey Tonbridge Castle (01732 770929) and childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle and Gardens (01732 865224) all offer tours and regular events. Back at the site, Bore Place (01732 463255) itself offers a wealth of walks woodcraft workshops and courses in sustainability, organic agriculture, horticulture, health and wellbeing courses.

Food & Drink

For the best coffee around – and outstanding views of Bough Beech Reservoir – Ide Hill Community Shop (01732 750157),about a mile north of the yurt, is the place to go. Groombridge Farm Shop (01892 861753) boasts the finest Kentish produce – be sure to stock up on their famous asparagus. Cafe-wise, the beautiful Kingdom centre set in the Penshurst woods offers delicious healthy whole food dishes and great coffee in a lovely setting. It's open every day 10am – 5pm. There's plenty of nice pubs just a short drive away. The King Henry VIII (01732 862457) – a charming half-timbered Tudor pile – is the nearest (about 10 mins). They serve a fine selection of ales and a surprisingly varied menu of curries and pasta alongside pub grub classics. The Little Brown Jug (01892 870318) in Chiddingstone Causeway is a popular gastropub, a pleasant hour or so's walk away. The Castle in at Chiddingstone (01892 870371) is another handsome watering hole that's equally walkable and does good food. For a refined dining experience, The Wheatsheaf (01732 700100) in Bough Beech offers beautifully presented dishes, with much of the produce coming direct from this modern gastro's very own kitchen garden. You'll find supermarkets in Edenbridge, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and Chiddingstone Causeway has a well-stocked village shop.

Opening Times

Shepherd's huts are open all year. Yurts are from May to the end of October only.

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The Owner Says

Two luxury yurts and two shepherd's huts in a Kentish meadow on Bore Place organic dairy farm.

We started life in 2017 and our first luxury yurt proved such a huge hit that we invested in another one! We love being out in nature, but we also love comfy beds, kitchen facilities, and wood-burning stoves, so we feel Free Range Glamping offers the best of both worlds – rustic luxury meets a true outdoors experience.

Our rural Kent Downs setting is such a beautifully special place – we hope you love it as much as we do. We invite you to play in the woods, sit round the fire and explore the farm. Bore Place operates as an environmental charity in the weald of Kent. An amazing creative place, with lots going on, and yet a real stillness about it. Guests are welcome to take part in our ecology courses, woodcraft and guided walks.

Social Distancing Measures

We are well set-up for social distancing as each yurt and shepherds hut is about 100m from any other and has its own compost toilet. New compost toilets for the yurts have been built, and we are building three new private wet rooms with flush toilets and showers, on the farm, so that everyone can have their own. These will be ready as soon as possible in the summer.

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Accommodation

Two yurts (each sleeping four) and two shepherd's huts (one sleeping four, the other just for couples).

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Location

Contact Free Range Glamping, Bore Place, Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7AR

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Getting There

SatNav users should enter TN8 7AR. Otherwise, leave the M25 at junction 5 and join the A21 south to Sevenoaks. Leave the A21 at the exit signed for Sevenoaks A225/Hildenborough, then take the second exit onto the B245 towards Hildenborough and Tonbridge. Continue onto B245 for two miles, then turn right (signposted for Leigh/Chiddingstone). Continue straight until you reach a T junction, then turn right onto the B2027 (signposted Edenbridge). Continue straight along the B2027, through Leigh and Chiddingstone Causeway. After the village shop and post office in Chiddingstone Causeway, take the third turning on the right (signposted ‘Bore Place’). Travel along the avenue of trees. At the first junction, the road narrows. Go straight on, then take the first turning left into the Bore Placer drive (signposted ‘Bore Place only’).

The nearest mainline railway stations are Penshurst – four miles away (55 mins to Victoria, weekdays only); Sevenoaks Sevenoaks – six miles away (25 mins to London Bridge); and Tonbridge – eight miles away (40 mins to London Bridge).

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