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The Barn KT9

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· Chessington, Greater London, England
3 acres hosted by Charlie W.
3 glamping pitches · 1 motorhome pitch · 12 tent pitches
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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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Claire R.recommends
April 3, 2024
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
Friendly campsite in outer London
A lovely rural campsite on the edge of Kingston borough, easily accessibly by TFL bus. Local walking routes in the area and a popular coffee hut on site with a nice sheltered seating area. Proper toilets and heated showers.
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Lindsay S.recommends
September 18, 2023
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
Such a special place that is close to London and has loads of amenities. We cycled to the site and went to The Star for dinner. Woke up and had a great coffee at the cafe shop and then did some gravel cycling around Epsom and Ashtead Common. Highly recommend to other cyclists that want something close to London but feels like you're in the middle of nowhere with access to great cycling!
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James H.recommends
September 12, 2023
3 - Bell Tent 3
Very lovely
Lovely facilities, very outdoorsy (of course) but felt clean the whole time. The toilets and showers were clean and well equipped, the bed was lovely and the tent was spacious. Close to the cafe/farm but still far enough that we had some privacy. The owner communicated well and was easily accessible. Beautiful surroundings, really lovely to wake up to. Would definitely stay again!
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Shirley C.doesn't recommend
September 10, 2023
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
Fine for a quick stop off
Under flight path and you can hear the busy road which meant we were all up very early. It’s a pretty field and for basic camping and has everything available - good showers and toilets. There was only us and one other family camping in a bell tent but we couldn’t help notice that some of the pitches for tents were quite close together and not sure why particularly as it’s quite a big field, if there had have been more campers it wouldn’t have offered much privacy. It’s was fine for a quick stop off.
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Daniela I.recommends
September 10, 2023
Bring-your-own-tent (1 Tent)
We had a great time at The Barn KT9 and we can't wait to return! Thank you for being so welcoming!
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Mark D.recommends
September 6, 2023
Midweek Cycling/Walking Bivvy
Perfect for a mini adventure.
Beautiful simple campsite which despite only being a few miles outside London and just off a main road feels delightfully remote. I arrived on bike with a lightweight tent and minimum gear for a perfect mid-week mini adventure. The lovley cafe and Pizza van were added bonus. Can't wait to come back soon.
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Chessington, Greater London, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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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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