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Ham Hideaway

UK England South East England Kent Deal

Hay Hill, Eastry, Sandwich, Kent CT14 0ED

Glamping in the Kent countryside, close to the coast – with an optional butler catering service

All the joy of the outdoors with none of the hassle of camping. Most of the glamping sites we come across are striving to provide that – but none of them have gone quite so far as to provide a butler service. Until now, that is. If you love the idea of camping but hate the idea of having to cook, clean and wash up while on holiday, Ham Hideaway might just be the place for you. This cluster of top notch shepherds huts and safari tents close to the Kent coast is cared for butler-style, by a capable Jeeves-type who’ll serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner – if you want him to, or will melt noiselessly away if you don’t.

The excellent service that comes with a stay at Ham Hideaway starts as soon as you’ve made your booking. You get a phone call enquiring whether you’d like afternoon tea on arrival day (with or without prosecco) and, perhaps, breakfast delivered to your shepherd’s hut during your stay. Don’t mind if I do, thanks. There’s an extra charge for all this, of course, but it’s not unreasonable and if you’ve got kids under five their breakfast comes free. And anyway, you’re on holiday. You’ll realise that as soon as you arrive.

Chances are that Chris, your butler, will be waiting for you as you pull up in the car park. He’ll lead you through an arched gateway in the hedgerow to the little hideaway beyond. Two safari tents and two shepherd’s huts share the space, all looking out across Kentish cornfields towards the sea. The huts are romantic boltholes and completely self contained. One, Corncockle, has an en-suite walk-in shower and the other, Sweet Briar, has a scene-stealing, polished copper free-standing bath. The two-bedroomed safari tents are better for families and have separate but individual bathrooms nearby. Every detail is tasteful but unfussy, from white Egyptian cotton sheets to vintage light switches you’ll wish you had at home. Your meals can be served to the raised deck of your shepherd’s hut or tent or taken just over the way in the shared dining barn, Wind Hover, named for the nearby nesting kestrels.

There’s little reason to cater for yourself but simple facilities are there if you want them. Ultimately, though, this is a place for people who don’t mind paying a little more for the pleasure of great hospitality. And with the washing up taken care of, you’ll have more time to enjoy a location that’s ringed by the best of Kent. There are fields and farms all the way to the coast, quirky Deal and historic Dover to the south, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate to the north and world-famous Canterbury a short drive inland. Exploring all this can be exhausting. Lucky, then, that you have a little hideaway where you can put your feet up and watch the shadows grow on the cornfields while someone else prepares your three-course dinner.

Details

Facilities

The shepherd’s huts are set up for two with a double bed. Indoor and outdoor dining tables and chairs, crockery and tableware are all provided and there’s a raised deck outside. Corncockle has a walk-in shower while Sweet Briar has a freestanding bath and its own WC. The safari tents have two bedrooms; one with a double bed and one with two twins. There is an additional sofa bed in the lounge area. There is an inside and outside dining table and chairs and tableware, cutlery and crockery is all provided. Bed linen and towels are provided for all units and each has an electricity supply, lighting and power points. Separate but designated toilets and showers are a short walk away for the safari tents. The site has a shared, dining barn with a grill for use of all guests. Butler-served meals can be enjoyed here, or at your tent or hut.

Suitable For

The Hideaway is suited to couples, families and groups of varying sizes. Although up to 6 can be accommodated in our carpeted luxury safari tents , you can still stay even if there is only two of you...

Our "raison d'etre" is our butler catering. Combining the off-grid vibe with superb food and drink expertly prepared and caringly served is usually the reserve of the moneyed elite! But not here at the hideaway. Each glamp has its own butler who can offer individual, special service to all our guests. This alone makes Ham Hideaway a jewel for guests who demand the best. And so unique.

Nearby

The ancient medieval town of Sandwich is about four miles down the road with historic Deal, six miles in the other direction. Both are worth a look for their independent shops, eateries, timbered buildings and small museums. Sandwich sits on the River Stour and there are boat trips available with the Sandwich River Bus (07958 376183) either out into the estuary where there’s a good chance of spotting seals or inland to Richborough Roman Fort (01304 612013). At Deal, you can visit Deal Castle (01304 372762), go crabbing off the pier and enjoy the long shingle beach. Further along the coast there are two more castles Walmer (01304 364288) and the mighty Dover Castle (0370 3331181) atop the famous white cliffs. Closer to site, you can walk to the beach at Sandwich Bay in about 40 minutes or head in up the coast for beaches and seaside fun at Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate. For something more active, head to one of the area’s many well-known golf courses or for the bike trails at Betteshanger Park (01304 619227), three miles from site. Howletts and Wingham Wildlife Parks are both about ten miles from site and Canterbury is only 15 miles away.

Food & Drink

With a private chef and butler service, there’s really no need to leave the site – unless you want to. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are all available served in the shared dining barn or to you at your tent or shepherd’s hut. If you want a change of scenery, it’s just a short walk, across the field, to The Blazing Donkey, a small country house hotel with a bar, restaurant, open fires, a garden and a welcoming atmosphere.

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All year.

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