Fancy hot tub glamping in Kent? This county is in the far south east of England is often seen as something of a place people go through rather than stay. Situated in between Dover and London, Kent is often overlooked as a holiday destination in its own right. This is a huge oversight, as the county has much to offer the visitor, and especially the glamper. With a geology unique in the British Isles, Kent's landscapes vary more than most people appreciate, and play host to many wildlife reserves, not to mention some of the most fertile farming land in the country.
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Dover, Kent / Sleeps 6
Book from £87 Per Night - Closely situated to the quiet village of Capel, with a host of attractions including Dover Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover less than 6 miles away.View property
Canterbury, Kent / Sleeps 2
Book from £52 Per Night - 8 miles from the lovely city of Canterbury, you can explore the garden of England from this terrific base with the seaside town of Whitstable also nearby.View property
Ashford, Kent / Sleeps 2
Tucked away in a secluded spot on the grounds of the award-winning Bloomsbury in Biddenden glamping site, rests this idyllic single-storey holiday home. A wonderfully romantic retreat, ideal for couples seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Wild Rose Retreat offers a sociable, open-plan layout, a private wood-fired hot tub and a wealth of on-site facilitiesView property
There are two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which dominate Kent; the Kent Downs AONB and the High Weald AONB. These spread out across the county, in two broad strips from north west to south east. The major town of the High Weald AONB is Royal Tunbridge Wells, while Kent Downs lies in an arc, starting with Sevenoaks to the north west, Maidstone to its east, and then spreading out south-eastwards to Folkestone and Dover. In between these two designated areas, and to the north east, are large areas of open countryside.
Kent is also home to many traditional coastal holiday destinations, including Margate and the Isle of Sheppey. In fact, Kent has an extremely extensive coastline, which makes it all the more attractive to glampers as well as day trippers. The county is also punctuated by the River Medway, which flows from the west of Kent, northwards to the Thames Estuary. The Medway Estuary itself is home to famous historic towns, including Chatham and Rochester. The many islands and peninsulas around the the Thames and Medway estuaries provide some unique wildlife habitats, and their flat, low lying profiles give excellent opportunities for glamping in safari tents, yurts and treehouses. Some areas of north Kent in this area have sea views for as far as the eye can see.
To the north and east of the Kent Downs AONB lies a part of Kent which is almost a mini county in itself. Starting from the historic cathedral city of Canterbury, the countryside spreads out towards the North Sea, and Kent itself comes to almost a point just east of the coastal resort of Margate. The geology in this part of the county is unique, and there are coal seams under the east coast, running out into the sea. Coal mining used to be a main source of income in this area, which is one of the many things not normally associated with Kent.
There are well established holiday parks right around the north and east coasts of Kent, from Whitstable in the west through Herne Bay to Margate, then down the east coast from Pegwell Bay to Sandwich, Deal and Dover. Some sites, like the Hawk Place Campsite, are literally right on the cliff top. Others are situated slightly more inland, a bit further away from the winds which can affect this part of Kent. As the area is largely rural away from the coastal towns, glampsites have sprang up which make the most of both the countryside and the coast.
Just inland from Whitstable is the Homing Park campsite, which is both a rural retreat and a tailor made family holiday site. In the main, the sites located nearest the coast are more geared towards families with caravans, whereas those further inland offer more glamping opportunities. Nethergong Camping, near Upstreet on the A28, offers the best in glamping facilities, including shepherds' huts located by the site's woodland. To the south of Nethergong, on the other side of the A28 near Stodmarsh, is the Glamping at Preston Court glampsite. This has a large number of canvas bell tents, again lined up against a large forested area.
There is quite a range of glamping and other accommodation available throughout the Kent Downs AONB. Just to the west of the area, across the busy M20, is Leeds Castle, an historic structure which has an important part in English history. The castle sits on an island in the River Len, which meanders through the flat landscapes around this part of Kent. Nearby, and in the grounds of Leeds Castle, is the Knight's Glamping site. This is squarely aimed at the high end glamper, with the canvas tents coming in a number of bright colours, both outside and in. The site offers the very best in luxury, including heated swimming pool.
On the other side of the M20, the Kent Downs spread out in a largely eastern and south-eastern direction, all the way to the south east coast of Kent. There are hostel facilities available, traditional campsites, and farm-based glamping facilities. To the north of Leeds Castle, and not far from the A249, is the Kent Downs Eco Lodge. Although some would argue this is not strictly a glampsite, in fact it more than ticks all the boxes many people look for when glamping. It is a solid structure, but then many glamping lodges are. This lodge is extremely eco-friendly, and yet offers every home comfort a glamper could want.
Further to the south east, in the heart of the Kent Downs AONB, are some more excellent glampsites. These include the Clavertye Shepherds Huts and Greenhill Glamping. These make the best use of the Downs' natural features from gently rolling hills to hilltop wooded areas. There is a traditional feel to this part of the Downs, and wooden shepherds huts fit into it very nicely. Tudor cottages are to be found in many of the local settlements, adding to the sensation of comfort and tranquility.
There are no large towns in the immediate area, and all major roads skirt the Downs to the north-east and south west. Those running through this part of the AONB are strictly B roads, if that. There are a number of cycle tracks, walking trails and horse riding opportunities. If the need arises, however, the major coastal town of Folkestone is not too far away, complete with sea views and other opportunities.
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