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The Barn KT9

· Chessington, Greater London, England
3 acres hosted by Charlie W.
3 glamping pitches · 12 tent pitches
Best in South East England: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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97% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Best glamping: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
A unique rural campsite in Surrey, a stone's throw from London's Zone 6

The Barn KT9 in Surrey's Rushett Farm is described as “the middle of nowhere, in the middle of everywhere." Never has a description for a campsite been more apt, given the site's close proximity to London — it's just 10 miles from the centre of the capital, a stone's throw away from Zone 6 — but in rural surroundings with not a single oppressive tower block in sight. For city-dwellers, few campsites are as thoughtful and considered when it comes to providing a break away from the bustle of modern life. With its staunch focus on wellness, campers are expected to leave rejuvenated by way of its on-site gym, with it also providing a unique and morale-building getaway for businesses looking to treat their teams.

The Barn provides three pre-pitched bell tents as its glamping options, each boasting a double bed with all linen included. Glamping is available on Tuesday & Wednesday nights, along with Friday and Saturday weekend stays, though The Barn will do its best to accommodate those looking for different dates. There is space here to bring your own tent, too, with 12 different sized areas for you to pitch up on. Hot showers and flushing loos are available, while each glamping tent is equipped with its own BBQ, and firepit. Hampers with crockery, glassware and cutlery can be rented too. Those bringing their own tent are welcome to use the communal firepit area in the centre of the site.

The Barn KT9 is best viewed as a retreat, both for the individual and for the team. Families and friends can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and impressive roster of food and drink, with specialty coffee being brewed at the on site cafe from Wednesday to Sunday, while a rotation of local street food businesses are on-hand for evening meals, including delicious calzones cooked each Tuesday. Check The Barn’s website for the latest food timetable. Alongside small group PT sessions for everyone, guests can book postnatal and prenatal uplift sessions, helping both the pregnant and recently pregnant among your group embrace some much-needed winding down. Sunday morning Pilates, and Monday evening Yoga are also on the schedule.

The campsite also sits adjacent to an active airfield, where you may catch a glimpse of one of the light aircraft or helicopters based at the farm coming in to land if you are lucky. There's excellent cycling both on and off-road right from the door, pubs aplenty nearby and great transport links both to London and to the south.

While families and friends can stay in this dog-friendly, kid-friendly site, it is also ideal for events, with two venues accommodating large groups for weddings, private parties or corporate team-building exercises. The Hangar is, as its name suggests, is a converted blister hangar with room with for 175 guests under cover. The co-working space in the gym works perfectly as a smaller meeting or presentation room and has it’s own luxury loos, and showers.  

The Barn KT9 is also a fully licensed venue and can sell you ice cold beers and more to enjoy around the campfire.

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137 Ratings · 74 reviews
Caroline U.recommends
July 12, 2024
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
Beautiful setting, lovely field and views to bring your own tent too. Outdoor eco toilets and showers efficient. Took 4 teenage boys who loved having a log fire on the fire pit. The on site cafe was great to access first thing in the morning, highly recommend good value for money
Chris S.recommends
July 3, 2024
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
Great little getaway from the hussle and bussle on London. Super easy to get to and great pitches. Big area so easy to have a quiet and private spot. Will definitely be back!!
Laura H.recommends
June 24, 2024
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
Beautiful campsite
Campsite is looking gorgeous with all the different grasses and neatly mown pitches. Toilets clean and plenty of loo roll and hand wash supplied. As ever, delicious cake and coffee available at the cafe! A lovely weekend, thank you. We’ll be back!
Erin C.recommends
June 24, 2024
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
This was my third time camping at The Barn KT9 and each time it has been a great experience! The onsite cafe serving delicious coffee and baked goods is a great added bonus. Looking forward to campoing there again soon.
Tom C.recommends
May 27, 2024
3 - Bell Tent 3
Loved this place
We loved this place. So chilled and relaxing, and the tent was kitted out perfectly. The cafe on site is such a nice spot to sit in the morning. We’ll definitely come back
Tina G.recommends
May 20, 2024
2 - Bell Tent 2
Perfect for one night in the open , lovely views and close by for our party venue
Chessington, Greater London, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Charlie W.Joined in June 2021
From the host
The Barn KT9 is The Middle of Nowhere, In The Middle of Everywhere. Nestled just inside the Greater London boundary, we are an oasis of tranquility just 10 miles from Central London. The Glampsite is spacious, peaceful and has views for days. Whether you love walking, cycling, birdwatching or just enjoying the scenery, there's plenty to enjoy here.
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The Barn KT9 prioritises the wellness of its campers, and nowhere is this evident more than in one of its various personal training sessions. Each can be booked from the campsite's official website, with the Barn enlisting the aid of experts in the field, scouted by the site's co-owner Emily Woodall who also runs classes and individual training from the farm. Those with some energy in the tank should bring a bike with them, as you can ride off from the south coast of the farm in a lengthy off-raid trail. Ashtead Common (01372 279083) is five miles away and is a 496-acre idyllic wooded area perfect for dog walking or simply experiencing your natural surroundings, with multiple routes available to ramble through. Chessington World of Adventures (01372 731657) is a two-mile walk down the road, with the theme park and zoo providing a great day out for the kids.

Food and drink

On-site food and drink is served from the Barn KT9's own licenced cafe with it being accessible by foot or by bicycle and providing responsibly sourced takeaway coffee. A rotation of various local food vendors are available through the week, with the Doughboyz Calzone trailer setting up shop on Tuesday evenings. Check The Barn's website for the latest timetables. The food is served throughout the night or until it's all sold out, so get there first to make sure your hunger is satiated. The Shy Horse (01372 738051) is the closest pub, with this 19th-century building providing hearty favourites and a stocked bar of cask ales, wines, and British gin in just a 10-minute walk away from the site. The Star (01372 842416) is a 15-minute walk from the site, serving pub favourites with garden areas for alfresco dining along with popular Sunday roasts. Epsom has a number of pubs including The Cricketers, Jolly Coopers, Rising Sun and Marquis of Granby which are all 25-35 minutes walk away.

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