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The Finches Caravan & Camping Site
Chartway Street
Kent   (Browse area)
ME17 3DN
Tel: 01622 844388
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Open: 01/03/2022 to 31/12/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 10 Reviews
                8/10 from 10 Reviews

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 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: July 2022  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Johnhousego 1 review from this member

 We have always used UKCampsite.co.uk to find our sites for our breaks …

Always good and this one was too…

Very easy to find via sat Nav though some of the lanes leading to the site are narrow but very interesting to drive along …

Pitches set amongst fir trees providing both privacy and shelter as required.

We used this site as a base for visiting Kent which we have not done before. Leeds castle just down the road and close proximity to Gloucester and Hever castle which we also visited on our stay.

(Park and Ride from Morrisons ‘WinCheap’, into Gloucester highly recommended too).

There is a nearby Nisa shop in Kingswood and also a very nice pub/restaurant called the pepperbox inn 🙂

Facilities were good… and kept clean and tidy … thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay and found Alex the site manager/owner very helpful and informative along with his colleagues.

Our daughter wants to visit Hever one day so I’m sure we’ll be making a repeat visit to the site …

Many thanks,

John and Fran🙂🙂 

Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Leefma 1 review from this member

 Quite site Very close to golf course.

Friendly reception. Walking from site difficult due to narrow road.

Directions to use footpaths to go to Leeds castle would have been helpful. 

Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 12 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Iowkiss 8 reviews from this member

 Stayed here for 12 nights as visiting a cousin in Ashford a few miles away. All-in-all a pleasant stay and very few other tents so was peaceful, apart from the reasonably busy road which passes the site. On arrival you are given a code in order to open the security gate, and a welcome chat is nice from Gavin or one of the other staff.

The site was kept reasonably tidy, the staff cutting grass etc as and when they could work around the tents and camper vans and caravans. I have given a midway score for child-friendliness as I was a solo traveller hence no kids!, but I didn't see any outdoor play area, however there was a games room which I didn't use


Gavin and staff very welcoming and helpful; a code-operated security gate at entrance; nice Xmas tree pitches in an ancient woodland; generally a quiet site -

Owners do not accommodate groups; kept reasonably tidy; fire pits provided;

Plenty of room for cars next to tents; after an initial welcome staff do not bother you unless you need them;

Lots of hot water, however the washing up tap water was just a dribble at times;

Tent pitches protected from wind by the Xmas trees which is always a bonus!


Poorly drained tent pitches when raining hard; only two showers and two toilets for men, and the same (presumably) for ladies?;

Poor phone signal; £25pr/night inc EHU seemed a little over-priced for the site;

Tent pitches suffered from road noise; only a little room in shower cubicles;

The shower water jets seemed to be angled to hit you in the face and no room to move yourself out of the way;

I didn't see a regular cleaner in the toilet/shower block but they didn't seem too bad during my stay; the area suffered from lots of narrow roads which are flooded after rain;

Local drivers are dangerous drivers in my experience; 

Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Berth Bloggs 2 reviews from this member


1. Good convenient location for me

2. Nice area to walk the dog

3. Nicely spaced pitches - all hardstanding.

4. Pleasant reception

5. Free laundry facilities


1. No motorhome 'service point' so no-where to dump grey waste.

2. It is tired and untidy.

3. Overpriced (£30 for one night when it should have been nearly half that IMHO).

4. Just one water tap so it is necessary to park close to it unless you have a really long hosepipe (motorhome).

5. Noisy permanent residents.

Will use again, only because it is convenient for me. 

Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Colcalex 1 review from this member

 Our first ever camping trip and we couldn’t recommend this campsite enough.

Very clean toilets and showers, excellent facilities and pretty quiet. The staff were amazing, very helpful and friendly.

Biggest problem is now I can’t get the kids to stop asking when are we going camping again! Loved it 
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Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Dandro 6 reviews from this member

 We bought our caravan form the guys who own this site and as my car hasn't got a tow bar fitted (my lease is due to expire soon) and in order to get some use from the caravan they kindly let me keep it pitched here and pay when we use it

Admittedly there is little to do apart from sit and relax but that's exactly what we want while we get used to our new caravan.

The site is peaceful as there are 8 or so caravans and 5 big RV's there at the moment so its not busy and most of the noise is from the wildlife and the old planes that fly over from Headcorn.

The facilities are clean and well looked after and we look forward to going there every weekend with our dog. 

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Lady Camp 1 review from this member

 I was a bit nervous about visiting this site as have seen mixed reviews but we were visiting family who were 2 minutes away from the site so for convenience we choose to try it. We were pleasantly surprised and do not understand why this place has a couple of negative reviews! It was a lovely site, so peaceful and tidy, the hard standing pitches were a good size and we were allowed to put up our awning at no extra cost, the facilities were well maintained and clean and they were all free to use including the washing machine and tumble dryer! We paid a total of £50 for 2 nights (£25 per night) which we thought was extremely reasonable as everything is included with unlimited use of electricity, water and all of the facilities; even the pool table is free! We enjoyed it so much that we cannot wait to go back when the weather is a bit warmer and all the flowers are blooming. 

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Franko 4 reviews from this member

 Found site very sorry for itself, Grass cut here and there, vans for 'sister'? site parked there appearing to be stored, 1 van seemed to be for sale and at bottom of site seemed to be 2 resident vans, toilets warm but cramped. Games room not used but very scruffy, water points scruffy and falling over, and £25 per night much too dear, e mailed site with comments no response. Could not see any connection with Finches or International as in site name, shame as potential is there 

Date of Visit: December 2013 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Janetpeacock 7 reviews from this member

 We opted for this site as it was very close to Leeds Castle where we were visiting the Christmas Fayre. Both unfortunately were disappointing.

The site is very simple, uninteresting, plainly laid out with hard standing pitches.

Reason for unimpressed review? Although we didn't want pretty this really was just utility. Pitch sizes ok, could do with wider hard standing. We only used the toilet and showers. Good warm water but despite lots of room no cubicle for a private wash. Shower cubicle very cramped and not enough hooks. Although nice and clean My pet hate of hair in all 3 of the sink plug holes, yuk! Apparently in the gents there was no heating and no loo paper.

And this mediocrity was £25 a night! Sorry, but very overpriced.

As the site was also down some narrow lanes which weren't particularly friendly to our Swift Freestyle 690L butadjacent to a quite busy, noisy road we decided to move on to another site in the area for our second night. 

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: SU happy camper 1 review from this member


We had originally enquired about another campsite a few miles away, but having arrived there we hastily left - the tents had to be sited right next to the river bank which smelt stagnant and awful, and the (very temporary looking) toilets and other facilities were at the top of a very steep slope a fair distance away. We were also told that the neighbours might shout at us when we drove down the access road to the site, because they didn't like people camping near to them. We then spent ages searching online, and found The Finches whilst doing so. We rang to see about availability, considering we really needed something there and then, and the lady we spoke to was really nice - she said we could just turn up anytime, there was plenty of space and she looked forward to seeing us. The site is located along a country road, so its lovely and peaceful and in the middle of the countryside, however its only a few miles from a huge Morrisons supermarket and petrol station so its a very quick and easy job to get supplies etc. There are several pubs close by which do nice food which isnt too expensive, so eating out wasn't a problem either. The large town of Maidstone is just a few miles away, with several other smaller villages also within easy reach. And of course, Leeds Castle is only just up the road. We arrived and just could not believe our luck in finding the place online - the lady wed spoken to came out straightaway to welcome and greet us (I think she is the site manager), and spent plenty of time outlining the site and facilities. She took us around the toilet and shower block and showed us the laundry room, games room and children's playground. There was also a small caravan next to the children's playground which has been put there just for the kids to play in - what a fantastic idea! Although it didn't rain when we were there, if it had done you knew youd got the games room and the playground caravan to shelter and play in as well. Because they weren't busy she said we could choose where we wanted to pitch our tents, and we were able to drive straight to our chosen spot and leave the cars next to our tents throughout our stay with no problem. We paid £15 per tent per night, which compares very favourably with other sites in the area. And the best bit is you really do get your moneys worth: included in the charge you get car parking next to your pitch, loads of electric hookups and water points dotted about everywhere, unlimited use of the very fully stocked games room (I struggled to get my 6 year old son out of it!), unlimited use of the showers and even free use of a washing machine and tumble dryer if you needed them! There were absolutely no hidden extras, in fact we couldn't believe how many facilities were included in just £15 per tent per night. And the lady was brilliant - she said that either she or her husband were there 24 hours a day, and in fact their caravan was right opposite the main toilet and shower block so they were more than readily available. She was always easy to find, so you didn't have to hunt about if you needed anything - and every time we saw her she asked how everything was, and whether we needed anything. The toilets and showers were beautiful - I think they had been recently installed - and were constantly kept spotlessly clean and in full working order. There was a disabled shower / toilet which was huge - and the lady said I could take my little boy in there if it would be easier (which it definitely was!) and that was fine. She obviously took great pride in keeping everything up to scratch and clean, and did a fantastic job of it. The pitches are set amongst small plantations of pine trees, so they were very well sheltered and beautifully located. Although other people were camping at the same time as us, and there were several caravans pitched on the other side of the site, we weren't disturbed by rowdiness or anything like that at all. We were allowed to have a barbecue whenever we wanted, and stayed up late chatting without anyone getting annoyed (we weren't that noisy, honest!) We had an absolutely fantastic stay there, and cant wait to go again - hopefully during August bank holiday. Its an absolute little gem, and we were so lucky to find it. I give it 11 out of 10 for our stay! Fantastic, well done ! :O) x 

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