Can't decide whether you prefer wood camping or field? Then make your mind up at this site which offers you both.
If you’re one of those people who lie awake at night fretting over whether you prefer camping in a field or in a wood – there’s no shame in it, there are millions of us out there – you’ll be relieved to learn that there is a select posse of sites that offers both, one of which is Welsummer.
On arrival, the site appears quite conventional: a short track off a minor road leads up to two small, flat camping fields. However, go through an unobtrusive gate underneath a beech tree and you enter a dense dark wood harbouring half-a-dozen pitches, which can only be described as naturalistic – the owners, Laura and Med, may have to point them out to you before you realise where they are. This is quite deliberate as Laura used to camp in these woods as a child and her aim is to offer others a taste of the joys she experienced back then. Situated on a smallholding with chickens roaming around a copse, bees zipping in and out of hives, and a miniature orchard containing native English apples, Welsummer is a laidback campsite that wears its quirky touches lightly (rainbow-coloured windsock, anyone?).
For those wanting more than a traditional grassy camping spot there is also a charming old Wendy's House that the couple have converted into a cosy glamping den. With its proper bed, table and chairs, this tiny hut has everything you need to stay warm and dry. The green, wood finish allows the exterior to blend subtly into the surroundings, while the inside is small without being cramped. A cluster of bell tents mean any remaining glampers are catered for too, with a few different sizes to match your needs.
Prepare to make friends here. This is the sort of place where meals are shared with strangers, especially with those who make the schoolboy error of not lighting their fire early enough in the evening to cook their jacket potatoes by a reasonable hour, so end up stuffing themselves with that haut cuisine of al fresco cooking: the half-incinerated marshmallow.
Our bell tents are set amongst our pretty and wild gardens and meadows around our small site. Each tent sits in its own area with plenty of space around. You will have a picnic table and campfire or firebowl just outside, for cooking those feasts and marshmallow roasts you are already planning!
Your 5 meter bell tent will be equipped with:
- A cozy queen size double mattress and two single fold out beds. Please contact us to request bedlinen (extra charge applies)
- picnic table and fire pit
- Access to "The kitchen cupboard" with carefully selected dining and cooking equipment.
- rugs, lantern, dustpan etc.
Kent, Kent, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Laura B.Joined in December 2015
From the host
Come and join us at our woodland retreat in Kent for some laid back fun in a
picturesque setting. Welsummer is located just 2 miles from
Lenham or Harrietsham. Many families, young couples, and older ones too have enjoyed peaceful afternoons under the beech tree accompanied by the song thrush, the perfume of the bluebells, and the rustle of a pheasant through the undergrowth. Our accommodation options include woods and meadow pitches plus a variety of glamping options and handcrafted cosy cabins. Our cabins are open through winter with private use of the facilities. Facilities are simple but pretty, and we do our best to use renewable resources and eco-friendly products where possible! Sheltered area and small cafe/shop on site.
Leeds Castle (3¾ miles) – sheer stone-fortress perfection; 01622 765400. Biddenden Vineyards (11 miles) – wine tasting and 22 acres of vines to admire.
Food and drink
The Pepperbox Inn (Shepherd Neame), Windmill Hill, nr Ulcombe (¾ mile) – food comes highly recommended (no U14s allowed inside, but there is a beer garden); 01622 842558.