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Reviews of The Gate Lodge Certificated Site

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The Gate Lodge Certificated Site
Ingleden Park
Swain Road
St Michaels
Kent   (Browse area)
TN30 6SL
Tel: 01580 765447
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Pitches: 5 vans plus tents
Open: 01/01/2024 to 31/12/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 24 Reviews
                9/10 from 24 Reviews

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 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club 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   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   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 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <10 miles   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

This is a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, which accept caravans or motorhomes and usually tents. This is a club member only site - you can usually join on site

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Date of Visit: June 2022 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Gerry2 4 reviews from this member

 Lovely site, clean basic washrooms, well kept pitches. Nice wooded area.

This site is featured in the camping series with Paul Merton and his wife it is the first episode.

Great Chinese that deliver to the site, two pubs within walking distance and historic Tenterden is a short drive away with its restaurants, pubs and supermarkets and if that's too much then there is a 24hour garage at the end of Swains Road.

Keep an eye out for the little black cat who likes a stroke or two while he is doing his rounds. 
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Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Janks 5 reviews from this member

 We loved having our own 'private' camping area in the woods with no other tents within view - something we didn't expect in the south of England during the school holidays! (The site is adults only).

The shower block is fairly small with a total of 2 showers and 3 toilets but we didn't find them busy at all so they were more than adequate, and very clean and nice to use.

It was great to have sockets and a mirror in there.

Richard the owner was a very nice guy and kindly gave us a lift in his car to pick something up when our car was in the garage - thanks very much! 
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Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Easygoer 7 reviews from this member

 Richard, the owner/manager, is an intelligent and very helpful man who has created an idiosyncratic and well thought out site. He has marked out walks through the woods and has provided a bin of fish food so that you can feed the well stocked pond.

The facilities are clean, basic and efficient, but maybe not large enough for when the site is fully occupied. It is set in open countryside with lovely views and plenty of walking opportunities.

We had no problems, for example, in walking across fields and through woods - at night - to and from the fine town of Tenterden.

We would definitely stay there again. 

Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Tony Burton 48 reviews from this member

 There are superb views over the surrounding countryside. The pitches are surrounded by woodland and there is a short dog walk through the adjacent copse. There are wild camping pitches set amongst the trees. The bluebells amongst the trees provided a wonderful carpet in the middle of April.

We also enjoyed feeding the fish in the lake and watching a nuthatch fetching food for its young. Itís a very attractive site.

The toilets and showers are somewhat dated but were kept immaculately clean.

I think the unusually warm early spring had resulted in the grass growing somewhat faster than the owner was able to keep it cut. This is not a modern pristine manicured site. Itís just natural and peaceful. £18:00 per night for two in a caravan with EHU. I think kids would love this site but I'm afraid it's adults only. 

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jandan 20 reviews from this member

 Nothing to be heard here but the sound of birds and sheep. Quiet, small, peaceful and very informal - and charmingly basic with home made signs everywhere. There are two shower rooms in the converted stables, one for gents, one for ladies - and a spare loo for anyone to use.

The grass is rough (apart from on one or two pitches) and the hardstanding is very patchy with grass growing through it, but it does the job.

St Michaels has a handful of shops, two or three takeaways and a pub and Tenterden has a wealth of places to eat, drink, sightsee and shop.  


Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Coatham1965 1 review from this member

 This was our first camping experience for a long time so were a little apprehensive. We decided to experience the wild camping in the woods and were not disappointed. Quite, relaxing site.

Toilets and showers were clean and adequate. Good cycling in the around, reasonably flat! Visited the White Lion in Tenterden for a meal, good food, reasonably priced. Looking forward to visiting again soon. 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Quietlife 3 reviews from this member

 Love this site. One of the best we've visited. It is adult only but does accept dogs. Quite informal but lovely and quiet. Great showers with plenty of space and plenty of hot water (but you do have to remember to put the immersion heater on half an hour before to be sure of the hot water although we often forgot but still had hot water). Kept clean and tidy.

The walk on the campsite through the wood is beautiful and was lovely and cool for the dogs in the hot weather. Huge mirror carp in the pond with a bin full of food to feed them-loved watching them.

Nice walk into Tenterden through the fields and Tenterden is worth visiting-Pretty, great shops, lovely places to eat and has a steam railway-you can get a platform ticket or ride the steam train to Bodian castle (National Trust). We went on the train with two dogs and had a great day out. Bodian castle is definitely worth a visit too. We had a lovely lunch at Busy Bees in Tenterden - they even brought out dog biscuits for the doggies.

There is a choice for tents between a few field pitches with EHU or a few 'wild' pitches in the woods. No wifi and not a great phone signal-advantage or disadvantage depending on you!

The village just down the road has several takeaways (2 chipshops, 1 chinese, might have been an Indian takeaway but I can;t remember for sure). The shop there has a good range of things and a nice deli with pies, cakes, etc.

Lots of National Trust properties in easy driving distance and many other great places nearby to visit. Some good public footpaths from close to the campsite but many not well signposted so if you have land ranger map, take it.

All in all can highly recommend this site. 

Date of Visit: November 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Littlemo777 1 review from this member

 Lovely camp site beautiful woodland walks fun feeding the Carp, we would definitely recommend this site and we will return again.

Richard was very friendly and welcoming. Lovely little site tucked away in the beautiful Kent countryside and only a short distance to Tenterden. 

Date of Visit: October 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Chris5mph 54 reviews from this member

 A charming site with woodland and pasture pitches close to Tenterden, the Weald and Romney Marsh. The natural attractions have not been ruthlessly manicured, as on some sites, and the site is delightful because of this.

The signs could do with a lick of paint, the track and hard standings are beginning to disappear under grass and could do with some attention and the toilet block is showing signs of age, but we will return.

Cannot comment on customer service as we did not see the owners in the whole five days of our stay, but with a good few years experience on campsites we found all we needed, so this was not a problem. 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Fredknell 1 review from this member

 I have visited this lovely friendly site several times over the years and can always rely on a warm welcome from Richard & Penny. Both myself and my wife love the peacefulness of an adult only site.

It has good clean facilities and level hard standings for caravans. A separate field is available for tents and wild camping in the woods for those who prefer that. Richard always does everything he can to make your stay enjoyable and I cant rate this small cosy site too highly. 

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