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Free Range Glamping

· Chiddingstone, Kent, England
500 acres hosted by Chris A.
4 glamping pitches
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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21 Ratings · 24 reviews
Velile N.recommends
July 28, 2022
Ash Yurt - 16ft, with outdoor kitchen
Our very first glamping experience as a new family with a 12 week old. Firstly, the location is tranquil and out of the way, ideal for walks and relaxation. The yurt was a short walk from the car park in this case beneficial for a bit of quiet. Trolleys are provided to carry your things. Unless staying for a while, its not really necessary to bring too much as it is provided. There is a kitchen unit that has ontop of it a 2 plate gas stove, with cutley, pots and pans. The yurts are so far apart and ideal if the baby is unsettled. No need to worry, just enjoy the views and aura of it all. The yurt was so comfortable! A large bed was provided with another small bed. On a cooler night we lit the wood burner which kept the entire place so warm. Very easy to use. Above all, there is an outdoor shower, oh wow! Loved it so much. I cant recommend enough, we are already plotting a return.
Stephen W.recommends
July 10, 2022
'Daisy' Shepherds Hut
A beautiful Shepherd's Hut, compact with an amazing location. Outdoor shower was fun.
Mrs T ?.recommends
June 7, 2022
Ash Yurt - 16ft, with outdoor kitchen
Super quiet and spacious pitches, we felt like we were the only ones there! The outdoor kitchen with double gas cooker was really useful and the kids loved getting involved with cooking. Stunning location, and we loved watching the cows being milked during our stay. Highly recommend!
Jessica B.recommends
September 24, 2021
'Barbara' Shepherds Hut
A wonderful escape from the noise of everyday life. Stayed for a midweek 2 night break and we were the only people here apart from the farmers! It was absolutely idyllic. The perfect place for bubble blowing and crossword puzzles without interruptions from the ever present mobile phones. Glorious sunset from the steps of the Barbara hut every night with a cup of tea and watching the mist fade in the morning. Contactless check in and check out was an added bonus since it meant it really didn't matter when we arrived or left. Our three year old didn't want to leave and neither did we!
Joanna B.recommends
August 28, 2021
'Barbara' Shepherds Hut
We stayed for four nights in the Barbara Shepherd Hut. It was a lovely quiet place to stay with pretty much everything you needed. Our children 2 and 5 loved the bunk beds and the space. The view of the vegetable fields was stunning and the owls were lovely in the evening. We hired bikes for three days and cycled locally. The outside shower was good as was the sink and the compost toilet. If you want to glamp for a quiet time this is for you. Adjusting to people when we left was a challenge!
Rachel P.recommends
August 22, 2021
'Daisy' Shepherds Hut
This beautiful site, with views across the valley, provided a complete break from the hussle of busy city living. Peace to read, paint, and reflect as well as gentle walks in the area. Wild flowers grow in abundance. The accomodation in theis beautifully retored shpeherd's hut was perfect with a large, soft and comfortable bed and the ability to cook and heat a kettle in the hut as well as the BBQ outside. I was concerned about using the compostable toilet in the hut but this was so much better than I was afraid of! There was even an option to use an outside, heated shower just meters from the hut for when you were feeling more adventurous as well as full shower facilities attached to the barn. The staff I met were all friendly and helpful, from those in the office to those working in the market garden. Their welcome made you feel at home. If you like camping and the outdoors, but don't want the hassel of setting up tents, then the glamping at Bore Place is perfect for you!
Chiddingstone, Kent, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Chris A.

Joined in May 2018
From the host
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.
Nearby attractions

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 and 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.

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