Ellenden Farm Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Whitstable

  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Adults-only glamping where just three shepherds’ huts and two bell tents share views of the Kent countryside and Whitstable coast

There’s been a bit of a buzz about the Kent coast for a while now. Perhaps nowhere more so than in Whitstable, just an hour-and-a-half outside London. But out in the countryside, overlooking this seaside staycationers’ dream town, there’s a buzz of a different kind – and it’s an altogether more natural one. It’s the sound of a re-wilding project that is returning farmers’ fields to English meadows in association with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Natural England. And it’s not just the birds and the bees who are being welcomed to Ellenden Farm but a handful of lucky glampers too.

There are just three shepherds’ huts and two bell tents sharing a massive ten-acre meadow here. The view from their position at the top of it is rural fields all the way to the sea. The green of the fields and the blue of the sea may well be enough to tempt you here but, if you’re still undecided, how about the added attraction of a 200-acre woodland in which you’re free to wander? Come in springtime for bluebells as far as the eye can see… pure bliss, but shhh – don’t tell the kids. Ellenden Farm is adults only. Just the place for a quiet, nature-filled, grown-up getaway.

While there’s no denying that this is glamping, with beds made for you and cool box ice-packs replaced daily, in some ways this site is simple. There are no cooking facilities, save for a gas BBQ and fire pit outside each dwelling, and the site is off grid too. An old army tent with sofas, a washing-up sink and a composting loo complete the field’s facilities – though a flushing toilet and hot-water shower can be found in the farmyard, 600 metres away. This is, as Blair the site’s custodian says, a ‘country clinic’ – somewhere to get away from it all and re-charge the batteries while your mobile phone’s one runs out.

Should you wish to do more than enjoy the view, there’s plenty to see. Wander through Ellenden Woods to discover the young Victory Woodland Nature Reserve or to join the Crab and Winkle Way, from which you can hike or bike to Whitstable. It’s two miles to town where oysters, ice cream and flat whites are as easy to come by as the beach. The historic sights of Canterbury are five miles in the other direction. The Kent countryside in all its glory surrounds Ellenden Farm, with farm shops and gastropubs making the area a worthy honeypot for nature lovers and foodies.



Two compost toilets in the glamping meadow and 1 flushing toilet and shower in the farmyard. There’s also running water, a washing-up sink and a communal-use army tent with sofas. 2 of the shepherds’ huts (Poppy and Daisy) sleep 3, with a double bed and a single bunk, while the other (The Cricket Pavilion) sleeps 2. Each has a wood-burning stove and 12v lighting. The bell tents have a double bed. All glamping units have bedding, a cool box, plates, cups, cutlery and a single ring camping stove for boiling a kettle on. Outside each is a fire pit and BBQ. The first bag of logs is provided and extra bags are available to purchase whilst you're here.

Suitable For

Glampers, adults – yes. Children, dogs – no. Small groups are welcome.


There are 200 acres of ancient woodland to wander on site, which links with the neighbouring Victory Wood Nature Reserve where you’ll find sculptures linked by routes suitable for cycling, walking and horseriding. You can walk right through to Blean Woods which links to Canterbury. You can navigate your way through on The Crab and Winkle Way, a 7-mile, multi-use path which links Whitstable with Canterbury. The seaside, shops and restaurants of Whitstable are 2 miles away and historic Canterbury is 5 miles away with its ancient city walls and the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral (01227 762862) among its many attractions. Beautiful, formal gardens surrounding a country house can be found 4 miles from site at Mount Ephraim (01227 751496). Nearby Faversham (9 miles) is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame, where you can join a brewery tour (01795 542016). The seaside town of Margate, with its retro theme park Dreamland, and the port town of Dover with its cliff-top castle (01304 211067) are both around 30 minutes’ drive away.

Food & Drink

For campsite supplies, there’s an M&S Food Hall 5 minutes’ drive (or 10 minutes’ walk) away. Whitstable has plenty of shops including independent butchers, bakers and delicatessens. You can pick up fresh fish and seafood from Whitstable Fish Market (01227 771245) or dine above it at the Crab and Winkle Restaurant (01227 779377). The Whitstable Oyster Company (01227 276856) is another great place to try the town’s most famous produce as is the teeny, but highly recommended, Wheelers Oysters Bar (01227 273311). There are plenty of other great pubs and eateries in Whitstable and a wide range of independent coffee shops, cafés and restaurants alongside familiar high-street eateries in Canterbury 5 miles away. Canterbury is also home to The Goods Shed, a celebrated farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant (01227 459153). Macknades Fine Foods (01795 534497) is another farmers’ market and food hall with a good reputation, 9 miles away in Faversham. Outside of the urban areas, The Dove at Dargate is just over 2 miles away and it’s a mile or so further to The Red Lion (01227 751207) where you'll find a more contemporary menu. The much-acclaimed, Michelin-starred Sportsman (01227 273370) is about the same distance (3 miles) in the other direction. Booking well in advance is essential.



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The Owner Says

If you’d like to go off-grid and get away from it all, then have a look at our handmade Shepherd’s Huts here at Ellenden Farm in Kent. Situated in the middle of a conservation farm, this idyllic and picturesque campsite is surrounded by green meadows and ancient, peaceful woodland. In 2019 we are also excited to announce that not only have we completed the building of new showers for our guests but you will be able to book a stay in one of our two beautiful bell tents.


3 shepherd’s huts and 2 bell tents.

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Contact Ellenden Farm Glamping, Ellenden Farm, Fox’s Cross Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3BX

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Getting There

From Whitstable take the A290 towards Canterbury, down Clapham Hill, past the Whitstable Bay Vets on the left. Turn right in to Pye Alley Lane. At the end, turn left. Ellenden Farm is the first right. From Canterbury, head towards Whitstable on the A290, through Blean and down Honey Hill. Take a left in to Fox Cross Road. Ellenden Farm's entrance is on the right after a mile. Go down the drive and keep left past the caravan storage area in to the field. There is a wooden gate on the drive. The combination will be sent once your booking is made.

There are train stations at Whitstable (3 miles), Canterbury West (5 miles) and Faversham (7 miles). Buses travel between Whitstable and Canterbury on the A290 with the closest stop about half a mile from Ellenden Farm.


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