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Star Field Camping

· Cranbrook, Kent, England
1 acre hosted by Debby & David C.
6 glamping pitches · 6 motorhome/tent pitches · 8 tent pitches
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Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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Off-grid camping and glamping in the High Weald of Kent with campfires, acres of space and a farm shop on site

In the rolling scenery of the High Weald AONB in Kent, this gently sloping camping meadow is aptly named. Cloudless nights, of course, can’t always be guaranteed but, when they arrive, the stars here are dazzling. Bedded down in the long grass of this former hay meadow, you can throw another log on the campfire and gaze endlessly into space. For those leaving the well-lit haze of London, it’s a particularly popular spot. It can be tough to believe this small rural site is just half an hour from the M25.

Given its proximity to London, Star Field is a pleasingly paired-back and basic affair. It will suit anyone who wants to really cut the cord from urban life as this camping and glamping site is entirely off-grid, with neat composting toilets and gas-heated showers. The sheer space on offer means your pitch only ever feels hemmed in by nature – by long grass, cowparsley, wildflowers and trees rather than other campers.

There’s a sliding scale of comfort and wildness from the basic camp pitches where you pitch your own tent to two fully-furnished safari tents; with bell tents between. Wildest of all are the ten camping pitches which share facilities and space in the main camping meadow. For wildish glamping, choose an unfurnished bell tent. It has its own composting loo, picnic bench and even beds inside but it’s a step less tamed than the furnished bell tents which have bedding, a shower and an outdoor kitchen too. Most luxurious of all are the pair of safari tents which have their kitchen inside, a stove, a sofa and solar power to boot.

Star Field is set in one of the most picturesque meadows on Charity Farm, now under the fourth generation of the same family. It began life as a chicken farm before diversifying into selling hay, straw and forage from a small on-site country store. Over time, the store expanded and you can now buy the latest knitwear or a Joules raincoat when you come here camping as well as half a dozen farm-fresh eggs from the clutch of free-range hens which still occupy the farmyard above the campsite. For more than that, Cranbrook Farm Shop is next door, stocked full of local produce and goodies.

Elsewhere, you can walk to Bedgebury Forest right from the site (or get there by car in under five minutes with parking free of charge). It’s a half-hour walk into Cranbrook, the smallest town in Kent and a thoroughly pleasant place, with a host of excellent independent cafés and pubs. A working windmill, built in 1814, dominates the local skyline there, while the local church also holds a little known historic artefact, the prototype for the clock on Big Ben. It’s 10 minutes to Sissinghurst Castle, 15 minutes to Bodiam Castle and 20 minutes to Scotney Castle – all owned by the National Trust – while the coast around Hastings and Camber Sands is 35 minutes or so by car. In all, though, this campsite is the sort of place where time will happily be ebbed away around the campfire or simply doing nothing at all. After all, that’s what disconnecting and being off grid is all about.

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52 Ratings · 47 reviews
Danny B.recommends
September 10, 2023
Pixie's Paddock pitch 5
Very nice and close to London
It was awesome! Certainly pick plot 5 in ‘Nick’s field’ as most secluded
Dillon S.recommends
July 31, 2023
Hawthorn Grass Pitch 1
It was really good. Great site, beautiful and a short walk from the farm shop which is very nice and has everything you need including a bookshop and cafe. Lovely weekend.
Alexandra D.recommends
July 17, 2023
Bramble Luxury Bell Tent
Great shop and beautiful tent, directions for walk to Cranbrook could be updated - one sty no longer exists!
Anja W.recommends
July 10, 2023
Sycamore Grass Pitch 2
We loved staying at Debby & David’s land. We had a great pitch and enjoyed the fire kit; the pitches were spacious and spread out. The facilities were excellent as well. We would love to come back!
Georgina K.recommends
September 18, 2022
Sycamore Grass Pitch 2
Brilliant campsite.
We had a brilliant stay! Excellent facilities and a lovely atmosphere. The farm shop onsite is a real plus, delicious fresh produce and a bakery too. We’ll be back for sure!
Jo B.recommends
September 12, 2022
Pixie's Paddock pitch 1
Lovely site, very friendly and very good eco facilities. We were lucky enough to have our own field! The farm shop was fantastic and well worth a visit. I will def go again.
Cranbrook, Kent, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Debby & David C.Joined in May 2019
From the host
Star Field Glamping and Camping at Charity Farm is a family run glamping and campsite based on a working farm in Cranbrook, Kent. If you're looking for a simple off-grid country retreat to enjoy a well-earned break with a clear view of the night sky, then we've got a pitch for you. If you fancy something a little more glamorous, we've got you covered as well. If you have an event going on, or simply want to take a break with all your family and friends and want to book the whole site we can organise that too.
Nearby attractions
The South East of England is real castle country and Star Field is well placed to visit the best preserved of them. It's a 15-minute drive to moated Bodiam Castle (01580 830196), a 14th century marvel that is the classic image of a castle, while Leeds Castle (01622 765400; 30 minutes) is built on an island in a widened section of the River Len and is a truly spectacular sight. It's a 20-minute drive to National Trust-owned Scotney Castle (01892 893820), too, though this is more of a country house than a castle, with extensive gardens (which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a celebrated example of the Picturesque style). It takes around 40 minutes to drive from the campsite to the coast – Camber Sands is the nearest well known beach – while Bedgebury Forest, great for walking and cycling on car-free trails is within walking distance, or a 2 minute drive, Bedgebury Pinetum is a 25 minute drive and Bewl Water is just beyond. The tiny market town of Cranbrook is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive away and worth wandering to, with ample independent shops and some historic eateries alongside newer establishments (see Food & Drink).
Food and drink
Cranbrook Farm Shop (01580 712546) is a one-minute walk from your camping pitch and sells local produce, hot teas and coffees and take away lunches as well as being a Cook outlet. For larger shops, there is also a Co-Op in Cranbrook (5-minute drive or 20-minute walk). Cranbrook has three pubs: Larkins' Alehouse (07917 252585), the first micropub in Cranbrook, is best for real ales, while The George Hotel (01580 713348) is the posh oldie of the bunch – it's been open since 1300! The White Horse (01580 720727) is the most lively option, with live music from time to time. Cranbrook also has a plethora of cafés – try Arthur’s (01580 720880) for good coffee, Cocolicious (01580 714954) for sweet treats and afternoon tea or Waterloo Tea Rooms (01580 713802) for a quirky setting among the antiques and good views of Cranbrook's windmill. Further afield, it's a 10-minute drive to The Milk House (01580 720200) in Sissinghurst – it's a good one for families, with dogs welcome and a large outside space with a play area for children.
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