Free Range Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury private yurt glamping and shepherds hut on an organic farm in the heart of the Kent Downs AONB.
Deep in the heart of the Kent countryside, in the upper Medway valley, Bore Place is the ultimate rural retreat, a 500-acre organic dairy farm and market garden that is also home to some rather special holiday accommodation,  from to three fabulous holiday cottages to the well-named free-range glamping – basically a pair of spacious hilltop yurts in a wildflower meadow overlooking the fields and woodland of the High Weald AONB. Inside, the yurts have elegant latticework walls, wooden flooring and a stargazing crown, simple furnished with a wood-burning stove, king-size bed and comfy futon for extra guests. The yurts have their own private safari-style kitchens outside, equipped with gas burner, sink, plus everything else you need. Bedding, towels and a starter pack of wood, firelighters and matches, are all provided, and there's a firepit for nighttime marshmallow-toasting.

Each yurt has its own compost loo a short walk away, but for those who need it, proper toilets and a shower can be found at the Bore Place reception, which is equally close by. Bore Place is an eco-friendly sort of place so there’s lighting is by candle light (don’t forget to bring your torch!), which only adds to the wonderfully atmospheric evenings here; also, the lack of light pollution means the stargazing is exceptional. Like the yurts, the new shepherds hut enjoys equally stunning views across the valley and comes complete with lots of home comforts – a king-sized double bed (again, bedding and towels are included), a wood-burning stove and a cute kitchenette with a double gas burner, sink and all the cutlery and crockery you need,. plus it has its own en-suite eco loo. Outside seating and a firepit are provided along with a complimentary fire-starter pack so you can do some serious stargazing under the clearest night-skies around.

As for Bore Place,  it's so much more than just a farm: not only does it have its own holiday accommodation, it's also an environmental charity that pioneers renewable energy, sustainability and food provenance; they run courses and workshops, yoga retreats and it's a popular place to get married. You can explore the sumptuous grounds on foot, visit the local villages or hire a bike and cycle to nearby Bough Beech reservoir, which is run by the Kent Wildlife Trust and is a haven for birdwatchers. In short, it's a great place for Londoners to escape to the country if they don't want to go far.

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The Owner Says

A pair of brand new luxury yurts and a shepherds hut in a Kentish meadow on Bore Place Organic dairy farm.

We started life in 2017 and our first luxury yurt proved such a huge hit that we invested in another one! We love being out in nature, but we also love comfy beds, kitchen facilities, and wood-burning stoves, so we feel Free Range Glamping offers the best of both worlds – rustic luxury meets a true outdoors experience.

Our rural Kent Downs setting is such a beautifully special place – we hope you love it as much as we do. We invite you to play in the woods, sit round the fire and explore the farm. Bore Place operates as an environmental charity in the weald of Kent. An amazing creative place, with lots going on, and yet a real stillness about it. Guests are welcome to take part in our ecology courses, woodcraft and guided walks.

Our favourite spot

Glampers, families, couples, kids – yes. Tents, caravans, campervans, dogs – no. 

The local area

Famed as the 'Garden of England', Kent is bursting with bucolic attractions with many in the immediate vicinity of Edenbridge including Emmets Garden (01732 868381), Penshurst Place and Gardens (01892 870307) and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens (01732 459777). For history buffs, Winston Churchill's old countryside retreat Chartwell (01732 868381) makes for a fascinating away-day. The stunning grounds and National Trust-run house are filled with various historic artefacts including the former prime minister's very own paintings. Chiddingstone village itself (also owned by the National Trust) is described as the most perfect surviving example of a one-street Tudor village anywhere in the county. Elsewhere, art-filled Chiddingstone Castle (01892 870347) , motte and bailey Tonbridge Castle (01732 770929) and childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle and Gardens (01732 865224) all offer tours and regular events. Back at the site, Bore Place (01732 463255) itself offers a wealth of walks woodcraft workshops and courses in sustainability, organic agriculture, horticulture, health and wellbeing courses. 

Best local places to eat and drink

For the best coffee around – and outstanding views of Bough Beech Reservoir – Ide Hill Community Shop (01732 750157) ,about a mile north of the yurt, is the place to go. Groombridge Farm Shop (01892 861753) boasts the finest Kentish produce – be sure to stock up on their famous asparagus. Cafe-wise,  the beautiful Kingdom centre set in the Penshurst woods offers delicious healthy whole food dishes and great coffee in a lovely setting. It's open every day 10am – 5pm. There's plenty of nice pubs just a short drive away. The King Henry VIII (01732 862457) – a charming half-timbered Tudor pile – is the nearest (about 10 mins). They serve a fine selection of ales and a surprisingly varied menu of curries and pasta alongside pub grub classics. The Little Brown Jug (01892 870318) in Chiddingstone Causeway is a popular gastropub, a pleasant hour or so's walk away. The Castle in at Chiddingstone (01892 870371) is another handsome watering hole that's equally walkable and does good food. For a refined dining experience, The Wheatsheaf (01732 700100) in Bough Beech offers beautifully presented dishes, with much of the produce coming direct from this modern gastro's very own kitchen garden. You'll find supermarkets in Edenbridge, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and Chiddingstone Causeway has a well-stocked village shop.

Why stay with us?

Each yurt comes with a proper kingsize double bed and a futon style sofa bed. The shepherds hut has a lovely kingsize double too. A wood-burning stove, with starter pack of wood and kindling, and linen (towels, sheets, pillows and duvets) are all provided. Each yurt has its own private outdoor kitchen shelter featuring gas hob, food prep area and outdoor seating and table. The shepherds hut has an indoor kitchen with gas hob and sink, as well as outdoor seating. There's also a firepit/BBQ. The yurt's have a private composting toilet, and the shepherds hut an indoor eco variety.  There's a standard flushing toilet, hot shower and baby-changing facilities at the farm about 300m away.

Accommodation

2 yurts (each sleeping 4) and a shepherds hut (sleeping 2).  Check Availability

Price

From £60–£120 per night. Minimum 2-night stay.

Opening Times

End-May to October.

Location

Contact Website Free Range Glamping, Bore Place, Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7AR

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Getting There

Leave the M25 at junction 5 and follow the A21 southbound towards Sevenoaks, leaving at the exit signposted Sevenoaks A225/Hildenborough B245/Sevenoaks Weald. Take the second exit onto B245 southbound towards Hildenborough and Tonbridge and continue 2 miles, then turn right towards Leigh/Penshurst/Chiddingstone; continue straight on until you reach a T junction, then turn right onto the B2027 signposted Edenbridge.  Continue straight along B2027, through Leigh and Chiddingstone Causeway; fter the village shop at Chiddingstone Causeway, take the third turning on the right, signposted ‘Bore Place’ and ‘Bough Beech Centre’, continue for a mile and then turn left into the drive.

The nearest mainline railway stations are Penshurst – 4 miles away (55 mins to Victoria, weekdays only); Sevenoaks Sevenoaks – 6 miles away (25 mins to London Bridge); and Tonbridge – 8 miles away (40 mins to London Bridge).

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