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Glassenbury Camping

· Cranbrook, Kent, England
12 acres hosted by Maria H.
3 glamping pitches · 30 motorhome/tent pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home in nature at some pitches — including real toilets, showers, and kitchen.
Eco camping in the heart of the High Weald and Kent's castle country

There's no boozing, big crowds or thumping music late in to the night. This is Glassenbury. Not Glastonbury. But there are a few things the two have in common. There's plenty of space, there's a focus on the eco-friendly and the setting, on a farm, is left for sheep to graze for the vast majority of the year. And, like Glastonbury, once word gets out, we've no doubt campers will be crashing the internet to bag themselves a pitch. Numbers here are limited to something more like 100 people, rather than 100,000. It's small, it's quiet... it's great.

New for 2021, Glassenbury Camping is set in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and expands over some twelve acres of land, with campers pitching wherever they please. Owners Raf and Maria see themselves as caretakers of the site, which they've created with careful consideration for the environment. They use renewable energy from solar and wood-fired systems, and toilets are of the composting variety. The mostly flat meadow, meanwhile, is surrounded on most sides by high trees and shaggy hedgerows, and what meagre slope exists is south-east facing, so you get fabulous sunsets on summer evenings.

In a designated corner you'll find the site’s three pre-pitched bell tents, each furnished with a double bed and side tables and uniquely decorated with its own selection up-cycled treasures (handmade bunting, a wood-framed mirror or perhaps a Moroccan rug and chest). Outside, you'll find a BBQ and campfire pit, something that Maria and Raf place great importance on. All campers at the site can enjoy campfires and, as evening falls, the general scent of woodsmoke and the happy crackle of campfires is the main soundtrack to life under the stars.

A particular bonus of camping here is Glassenbury's convenient location. It's less than two hours from central London and finds itself in prime walking and cycling country. The bridleway that runs just north of the campsite is part of the Long Distance Walkers Association's "Three Castles Walk", which lets you take in Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle all in one day and gives you an idea of how close they all are. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is also just a ten-minute drive from the campsite and it's less than half an hour to the village of Battle (the site of the battle of 1066) and the coast around Hastings. It's enough that you won't be able to do it all in one holiday. But then, like Glastonbury, you'll probably be returning year after year.

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35 Ratings · 39 reviews
Quinncampsengland ?.recommends
September 13, 2021
Grass Pitch
We've just returned from a weekend's camping at Glassembury and could not have asked for a more beautiful site, with more attentive (but not imposing) hosts. We shared the field with 4 other groups/families and had so much space. The field was lush and green and enjoyed incredible views across the valley. The showers and toilets were cleaned multiple times per day, and were brilliantly maintained. Non-smelly composting loos, hot showers that stayed hot, and one of the nicest washing up areas we've found at a campsite recently (with hot water for washing up). My only slight quibble was that the "dogs must be kept on leads" rule didn't seem to be upheld, despite sounding quite strictly imposed on the T's and C's. There were two dogs who didn't go on a lead once whilst on site, and whilst they were well behaved and friendly, they were running around freely, sometimes with one another, and having a child with a really intense fear of dogs after a horrible experience - this did give us a few upsetting episodes. I'm a huge dog lover and am more than happy to camp on sites that allow dogs, but for my 6 year old, those dogs charging about enjoying the space was a bit too much.
Nicklas P.recommends
September 9, 2021
Grass Pitch
Spent a weekend with kids who found the forest area at the edge of the site completely captivating. The facilities are basic but in the best way possible, everything you need but nothing more. As another review stated, the only room for improvement would have been drier firewood. Great views, nice walks around and not far from London. Will return next season.
Liz O.recommends
August 31, 2021
Grass Pitch
We stayed here three times over the summer. It's a lovely spot and never feels crowded. We loved the view and sitting by our campfire. The showers were warm and the toilets were great. At night we could hear owls.
Sian D.recommends
August 31, 2021
Grass Pitch
We had a lovely stay at Glassenbury! Maria was incredibly helpful throughout our stay, and this is a very friendly site. Facilities were very good and very clean and well maintained. Site itself is a good size relative to how many campers there were, so it does not feel crowded or packed and you feel like you have plenty of space, and it is surrounded by trees and nice views. Fire pits are available on site to borrow to have a campfire, and they even have a card reader so you can purchase wood on site if like me you never carry cash! Close to pubs, great place for kids to play, feels incredibly safe. We loved our time! We will definitely be back if we are in the area! Thank you!
Christopher B.recommends
August 30, 2021
Grass Pitch
Beautiful views, and a well-managed site. Facilities excellent, clean and well maintained, and as described. Take the chance to stock up at the Hartley farm shop, and try to take in a visit to Sissinghurst Gardens…
Chris G.recommends
August 24, 2021
Grass Pitch
Wonderful location and clean, brand new facilities. Very friendly staff, but I'd advise taking your own firewood as what was provided was sodden wet.
Cranbrook, Kent, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Maria H.Joined in February 2021
From the host
Glassenbury camping is an eco campsite based in the heart of the Kent countryside, set within the 800 acre Glassenbury Estate. With breathtaking views over an area of outstanding natural beauty, and plenty of activities on your door step it offers a unique setting to escape the stresses of every day life. We are located only a short distance from some of Kent’s best walks and mountain biking routes, including Bedgebury Pinetum, Bewl Water, Sissinghurst Castle. We also have a great selection of local Pubs, Restaurants, Farm Shops and Vineyards in the area. We are within easy travel distance from London, Hastings, Lewes, Brighton, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne and the South Coast. Our campsite has been designed to offer you an off-grid and sustainable camping experience, and all of our facilities are provided with careful consideration to the environment. We take sustainability seriously, and we try where possible to make the best eco friendly decisions. Our key aim is to provide a safe and friendly location for our campers to relax and reconnect with friends and family, and connect with fellow campers around the campfire. The campsite covers approximately 12 acres. Friends and families can camp together, and campers can pitch where they please within the allocated field. There is plenty of space to pitch with distance between each camping group.
Nearby attractions

It's 10 minutes to National Trust-owned Sissinghurst Castle, boasting one of England’s most famous gardens, and 15 to moated Bodiam Castle. The local villages of Cranbook (five minute drive) and picturesque Goudhurst (also a five-minute drive) have a handful of good pubs and cafés between them – the latter has a steep high street running between the church and the village pond which famously featured in the 2007 Tour de France. Try boating, sailing, canoeing or hire bikes and cycle around Bewl Water (01892 890000), a 15-minute drive away. It's 25 minutes to the village of Battle (of 1066 fame) and 30 minutes to Rye, Hastings and the South Coast.

Food and drink

The Star and Eagle is a five-minute drive away, once an ancient monastery and dating back to the 14th century, or it's just over 15 minutes to The Poet at Matfield (01892722416), set in a characterful 16th-century building, its name is inspired by the World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon who lived in the village. Frankies Farmshop (01580890713) is a 15-minute drive away, offering everything from plants to pot when you get home to takeaway pizzas you can enjoy back at camp.

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