Camping and glamping near the Kent coast, with campfires and a good on-site bar
An hour-and-a-half out of London, there's a sweet spot in the Kent countryside. It's midway between the ancient towns of Sandwich and Deal and a short drive from the beaches at Margate, the cliffs at Dover and the city of Canterbury too. It sits in countryside so close to the coast that seagulls fly over; a short walk from a farm shop, a pub and a nature reserve. It’s here, in this sweet spot, that you’ll find Lillyroos; a camping and glamping site with campfires allowed – and a bar.
It's very much a family-friendly place and while kids will be thrilled to discover the goats and the chickens on site, mums and dads will be grateful for the G&T they can order to celebrate setting up tent. Come here and in addition to letting someone else pour the drinks, you can forget about cooking, if you want. There’s a kitchen, a chef and a menu of locally-sourced food. On night one of your stay, it's a godsend. For the rest of the time: pure pleasure. Breakfasts, dinners, real coffee, Kentish wines and locally-brewed beer are all on offer at this rustic, festoon-lit bar that's set up in a re-purposed farm building. Next door, the barn offers an equally pleasant place to hang out undercover with leather sofas warmed by a log-burning stove and a big screen for movie nights. It's the inside brought out to the field, but it'll be the field that you came for, so what of that?
Lillyroos is set up in three grassy acres that are surrounded and sheltered by neat rows of mature trees and neighboured by fields full of crops. There are ten simple grass pitches for campers and ten well-spaced bell tents for glampers. Two are unfurnished, fuss-free, good-value and dog-friendly. The others have made-up beds, fairy lights and log-burners. Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits that are provided for bell tent guests and available to hire for the regular camping crew.
This sweet spot in the south east is within easy reach of some big Kent attractions; Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral among them. Our advice is to visit those on your way to or from your holiday and, instead, spend days in between savouring the lower key, local attractions that surround the campsite itself. Walk straight out into marshy countryside to spot birds, explore neighbouring Betteshanger Park, cycle to Sandwich to eat fish and chips on the quay or go crabbing off Deal's little pier. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
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Hosted by Lillyrooskent C.Joined in June 2020
62 Ratings · 60 reviews
August 11, 2022
21 - BYO Tent/Camper-van
Campervan stay at Lillyroos
Wonderful stay at Lillyroos. Excellent campsite and super family friendly. The staff here are lovely too.
August 10, 2022
14 - BYO Tent/Camper-van
Relaxed and well-equipped spot
We loved staying at Lillyroo's. The site was well kept, clean, and with superb amenities including washing up area, on-site bar and cafe, and a small playground for those with kids.
The hosts were accommodating - especially as we had mislaid poles for our tent. We were able to switch booking and get into a spacious bell tent for our stay. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a comfortable site close to the coast.
August 4, 2022
12 - BYO Tent/Camper-van
This is a lovely little site, split between glamming and grass pitches. Well located in a quiet spot just 5 minutes drive from the seafront at Deal. the facilities are excellent, the bar is great and the food terrific. Friendly and well-run. Great for families, quiet at night and with lots to entertain the kids.
August 2, 2022
8 - Part-Furnished Bell Tent
We loved our stay at lillyroos, I won't lie the tent was smaller than we expected from the pictures and the pitches are quite close together however this didn't prevent us having a super time. The guy that owned the place (so sorry can't remember his name) was so lovely! Understanding and helpful! Our son stated he had one of the best nights of his lives here! Thank you so much for a lovely break away :) we will be back xx
July 29, 2022
15 - BYO Tent/Camper-van
Amazing campsite 100% reccomend
The best campsite I've been to, nice relaxed vibe with excellent facilities. loved the bar area, the food was good and had a good selection of drinks and nice local beers. David and Sarah were excellent hosts and even found time to help me when my car battery died 🤦. I will definitely be returning.
July 27, 2022
14 - BYO Tent/Camper-van
Nice campsite with excellent facilities, especially the kitchen and bar. The staff are really friendly and welcoming. We are going back again this summer.
From the host
Our Mission - Life, Balance, Relaxation
We believe in building equilibrium into your life — taking the time to rest and unwind from the daily grind to focus on yourself and the wonders of nature. Eco-Friendly Lillyroo's Glamping provides you with a quintessential experience of the beautiful natural environment of this part of Kent.
Betteshanger Park (01304 619227), a country park on the site of a former colliery, is just over a mile down the road. It has walking and cycling trails, play equipment and lots of events throughout the year. Just beyond it is Cottington Lakes Fishery (01304 380691) with a selection of lakes for anglers. The historic towns of Sandwich and Deal are within cycling distance of site (three and four miles away, respectively). The Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory field centre is just outside town and provides information on nature reserves and places to spot birds and wildlife. You can also walk directly there from site on local footpaths through marsh land. There are also wildlife boat tours, including seal-spotting, from Sandwich harbour with Sandwich River Bus (07958 376183). It's just a short drive (15 miles) to Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral, to the sandy beaches and seaside towns of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate or to historic Dover Castle (0370 3331181). Kids will love the exotic animals at Howletts Wild animal Park (11 miles away) and Wingham Wildlife Park (eight miles) – where life-sized dinosaur models are almost as exciting for younger kids. Older ones, and adults, might be more interested in the canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding on the River Stour. You can hire vessels for a paddle from Canoe Wild (07947 835688) 11 miles away.
Food and drink
There is a fully-licensed (and well-stocked) bar on site offering locally-sourced food and drinks, including proper coffee. At the end of the lane, you'll find well-stocked Algar Lodge Farm Shop, which can cater for all your picnic and campfire cooking supplies, and there's a pub right over the road too. But those in the know stick with drinks at the on-site bar or head out to one of three recommended pubs just a mile away; The Crown (01304 612555) or the St Crispin Inn (01304 612081), which you'll need to get in the car for, or The Blue Pigeons (01304 613233), which is a pleasant walk away. For fish and chips, head to Sandwich and enjoy them from the quayside or head to Deal to pick up some fresh fish to cook back on site.