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General

  • Smallholding a few miles from the M20
  • Six miles from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
  • Local pub within a short walk

What a smashing setting… The Lodge in Ashford, Kent, is a mere few miles from the J11/M20 and easily accessible from the B2068, is a piffling ten minutes from the Eurotunnel and an easy 20 minutes from Dover: use this handsome little site as a stopover on trips north and south or as a break on the way to la belle France. Or just settle down for some time instead, as this is a wildlife haven with spectacular scenery in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As The Lodge is a smallholding, many a critter can be spotted on site too, such as the resident horse, goats, sheep and chickens; free-range eggs are usually available from the chooks to sizzle up using the site firepit. (If you reckon the kids might want to see yet more critters, the fab Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is less than six miles away.)

Basic supplies and bread are at the petrol station 300 metres away and top local produce at the village shop of Stelling Minnis a mile and a half away. Several pubs are within a few miles, including the closest, The George, a paltry 400-metre stroll away across green Kent fields.

The Lodge has two toilets and a shower, a washing-up area and chemical disposal. Dogs are welcome, but please do keep them on leads because of the sheep and other livestock.

Please note

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

Bookings including children under the age of 11 are not allowed on Pitchup.com. The site mainly caters for adults only or families with older children. However, the site may -occasionally - allow regular customers to bring young children.


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8.7

Overall rating based on 53 reviews

 

87% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

 
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No noncence no frills small but very tidy site. Would ... 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    No noncence no frills small but very tidy site. Would deffo use again enroute to ferry.

    Disliked: 

    Black spot for phone. Not their fault at all

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Thoroughly recommended 10/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom kerry_g225375 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice quiet location, friendly sheep (and John), camp fires, good facilities

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From the manager...

Thank you very much for your review and for coming to stay with us. Glad you enjoyed the camp fire - much needed in the current weather!

Dolly and Daisy the sheep say hi!

Best wishes

Jo and Dave

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As above tranquility lovely and clean facilities very friendly owners 05/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom shirley v. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional gravel touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Wonderful warm welcome 😊 pitch large and flat. The ambience was relaxed with lovely natural planting excellent facilities. Overall just the feel of the Lodge is tranquil...booked to go again already.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike for me

From the manager...

So glad you enjoyed your stay - it makes it all worthwhile!

Thank you for coming and look forward to seeing you again.

Best wishes

Jo and Dave

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Very good site 04/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Ireland john_l25 Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The management couple were very friendly and accommodating. They did everything to help us. We arrived around 8.30 pm and as we hadn't eaten Dave rang the local pub to see if they were still serving. When he discovered they were finished for the night at the pub he arranged for us to get an Indian takeaway delivered on-site. His partner helped us with the phoning of the takeaway and lent us cutlery which we didn't have. They were so helpful!

    Disliked: 

    There was nothing really that we disliked, perhaps a couple of lights in the site might be helpful especially for those with tents.

From the manager...

More than happy to help out as there is nothing worse than being hungry especially after a long drive!

We note your comment re lights. We have added solar lights at the gate and by the shower block this year. We try to keep "light impact" minimal however we will look at this again.

Thank you for coming.

Jo and Dave

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Ideal location for eurotunnel, quiet but basic 03/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kaidee l. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet site close to the eurotunnel (10/15 min drive)

    Disliked: 

    Toilets were basic and not clean, only one toilet per gender, only one sink for both and one shower for both.

    Could do with more flexibility on leaving times, there should be an option to stay later the day after, with charge per hour as it is so close to eurotunnel.

From the manager...

It is a small site so facilities are limited. We do check the facilities regularly so we are sorry they were not up to standard.

We are vey flexible on leaving and arrival times and we don't charge if guests leave a bit later. Perhaps there was a misundertanding. The only time it is a problem is if more campers are arriving early and the space is needed .

Regards
Jo and Dave

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Pretty, quaint site. Good safety features for dogs (large front ... 01/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom charlotte_s216269 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Bell tent (pet free)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pretty, quaint site.
    Good safety features for dogs (large front gate)
    Easy to find with shop and pub nearby (probably easier to drive to)

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

We appreciate your review especially helpful for dog owners. We try to encourage support of the loval pubs and shops so thank you for mentioning them too!

Best wishes
Jo and Dave

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👍🏻 28/07/2017

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Antwan E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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Thank you for coming to stay at our site.

All the best

Jo and Dave

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Adorable caravan on a lovely site - perfect for a budget getaway. 24/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gudrun G. Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom gypsy caravan
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Cute little caravan on lovely well-kept grounds. Quite basic but nice little touches like mugs and teabags. Also much warmer at night than we expected. Dave was very helpful putting our ice packs in the freezers. Shower/toilet block nice and clean.

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From the manager...

Thank you very much for your review. So glad you enjoyed the gypsy caravan as we think it is really cute too!

Thank you for coming.

Best wishes

Jo and Dave

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A great place to relax 22/07/2017

samruddock

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Just got back from 2 nights here. Loved the peace and quiet and the fact that there is no internet or phone signal - just what we needed. The pitches were well spaced out and the field was well kept. Washing up facilities were nice and spacious and although basic, the showers and toilets were clean with plenty of hot water. Dave and Jo were very welcoming and it was lovely to have fresh eggs in the morning. On the second day we hired a fire pit and got a huge bags of logs too - £7 in total which we thought was a bargain. There were a few children on site, but all were well behaved and made a fuss of our dog and it was lovely to see the sheep, chickens and goats in the field next to us. Will definitely visit again.

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From the manager...

Thank you very much for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was great to meet you and Jess the dog who was so good and hopefully had fun too.

The chickens are pleased you enjoyed the eggs and Poppy the goat says hullo.

Thanks again.

Best wishes

Jo and Dave.

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Excellent rural setting. 21/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Fiona J. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    A lovely rural setting with friendly owners.
    There was plenty of space to pitch my tent without being too close to my neighbours.
    The added bonus was seeing the chickens, sheep and goat.
    Thank you for a pleasant, relaxing break.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

From the manager...

Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are really glad you had a good time and a chance to relax.

Best wishes

Jo and Dave

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Rules

Adults only

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Gypsy caravans

Location

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  • Lymbridge Green, Stowting Ashford, Kent, England, TN25 6BL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1539°N 1.0274°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sellindge (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
Newingreen (Kent): Ashford Rd Coach Stop — 4.7 miles
Willesborough (Ashford Kt): Hythe Rd. Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Train stations
Westenhanger Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Sandling Rail Station — 4.7 miles
Wye Rail Station — 4.8 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 5.6 miles
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 12.8 miles
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 13.2 miles
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 14.4 miles
Kent International Airport — 19.6 miles

Directions


From J11/M20 take the B2068 to Canterbury. After about five miles turn left at the Esso petrol station - signposted Stowting. The site is 300 metres on the lefthand side.

Avoid the first signpost to Stowting as that will take you a long and very windy way round and satnavs are not reliable.

From Canterbury/M2 take the B2068 towards Hythe. Turn right at the Esso petrol station. We are 300m on the left.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Those not on a quick stopover or rushing off to the Eurotunnel should spend their first day or two here just wandering around the surrounding countryside via the wildlife and birdwatching of the local paths right outside The Lodge. Horse riding and cycling are also top options in the area.

If you're feeling energetic, hike the 22 and a half miles of the Elham Valley Way from Hythe all the way to Canterbury Cathedral; if not, drive along to the famed old city to see its famed old cathedral where many a tale was fictionly told. The award-winning Canterbury Tales attraction can tell you how it all worked out in Chaucerian times.

Dover's also within easy reach, to see its splendid white cliffs, Dover Castle and (also splendid) Roman Painted House Museum, or have a day at the seaside at Folkestone, Dymchurch or Hythe.

Must see

  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (5.4 miles)
  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (6.0 miles)
  • Ashford Designer Outlet (6.4 miles)

National Trust

  • The White Cliffs of Dover (13.6 miles)
  • South Foreland Lighthouse (14.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  11 a.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

The Lodge cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

100% refunded up to four weeks before arrival.
50% refunded if within four weeks of arrival

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Lodge will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

Additional terms

Bookings including children under the age of 11 are not allowed on Pitchup.com. The site mainly caters for adults only or families with older children. However, the site may -occasionally - allow regular customers to bring young children.

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