We managed to find a last night of camping available for the 1st October (our Indian summer evening!). The owner was friendly.
When we arrived were surprised to find that we had the whole campsite to ourselves. Just myself and 4 young children made this perfect.
The field was vast and in a very scenic spot. The kids spent hours in the woods collecting firewood and also playing on giant rope swings.
Yes this place isnt at all 'Glam' and very basic but isnt this what camping is all about? We loved the perfect isolation from the civilised and civilisation. A proper camp site in stunning scenery, we couldn't have asked for more!
This is a new campsite with excellent potential. A large field of about 12 or 15 acres which gives plenty of space and choice of pitch.
The ground is superb for camping being well drained and exceptionally comfortable if you chose to sleep on the floor!
The site is in a beautiful location with some nice walks to the River Medway and Groombridge; a less pleasant wak to the nearest pub, the Chafford Arms. Facilities are next to non-existent, consisting of two Portaloos and a tap, but if you want wild camping what more do you need? Take a large pot to keep some hot water going on your open fire (for washing and washing-up) and you will want for nothing.
The big open field and lack of town-glow made for an amazing experience with a black sky full of stars. If you live in a town, you actually forget how awe inspiring that is.
Confounding my friend who said that booking a site in the south east 4 days before a bank holiday for 1 night only would be impossible, this site proved him wrong. OK, it’s only been open for 2 months, has no website or reviews, but has huge potential and we shared the field with about 8 other units. It’s a 2-3 acre open farmers field, surrounded on all sides by trees and hedges, used to be a hop farm then turned over to wheat, so the ground is excellent for tent pegs, looks pretty well drained and is flat despite being on a small gradient. Pitches are unmarked and go anywhere, open fires allowed anywhere – not a good idea IMHO once the site becomes more used – wood is for sale at £5 for a medium sized bag but its cleanly cut and dry. Call the number when you arrive and within 5mins, the young, friendly and helpful Bernard arrives on his bike with a sausage dog trailing behind, takes your money and answers any questions you may have.
Facilities are very basic, just 2 portaloos in a huge shed, but with paper and a small sink+soap – take a torch, maybe even during the day, it’s very dark sitting on the throne! Drinking water tap outside this shed. Showers are planned for next year, possibly plumbed in loos. There are no rubbish facilities so you need to take it home with you. Various footpaths around including a shortish-cut to the nearest pub, about 20mins walk. The Chafford Arms in Fordcombe does some real ales, good food choice (didn’t try) and also offers a take-away service. Nearest shop is about 2 miles away in Langton. Load of places of interest nearby, Penshurst, Hever - see main advert.
Directions: Trust your satnav – remember this site is called Chafford PARK farm – do not be swayed by the yellow Chafford Farm sign on the right hand side (from Fordecomb) – I believe the owners are already suffering from a sense of humour failure with people driving down their lane and doing a 3-pointer in their yard. Continue past about 1/4mile and you’ll see a white sign on the left-hand side with Chafford Park and another name under it.
Cost is £10 per person which is arguably a bit toppy for what you get – i. E. Nearby St Ives farm £8 with showers and a lake – but there are no other charges for awnings/gazebo’s, dogs or even cars, the latest way popular sites like to “enhance their earnings”
The only downside I can think of is the proximity to Gatwick – I sleep pretty well in most conditions but what sounded like a Turpolev doing a low fly past at around 6am Sunday morning meant the Full English was cooked a lot earlier than planned. On the upside, there’s hardly any town glow so a cloudless night will provide you with a myriad of stars to gaze at
In all, this is an excellent back to basics camp site, ideal for the last-minute one-nighter, and we’ll definitely be going back and watching its progress with interest.
Chafford Park Campsite is still in its embryonic stages but it is in a beautiful location, very peaceful, well away from the busy A264 and within walking distance of the Chafford Arms. The field is huge, and very flat, so it easy to pitch your tent well away from other folks and you are allowed to light open fires (wood is available).
The only facilities are portaloos, and it is true to say that the site would benefit from a more permanent toilet block; but it is, as the website states, “wild camping” and also early days.
The owner, Sarah, is very friendly and came round to visit all campers to make sure we had settled in. Her dog, Casper, is a delight.
All in all a great site, perfect for getting back to nature; there was lots of wildlife – deer, buzzard, woodpeckers, badgers and we also saw shooting stars … I will be back …
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