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Croquet Lawn Camping at Court Farm

8.7

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General

  • Family-run farm site in the Kent Downs, a mile from Halling village
  • A 10-minute drive to Rochester, 20 minutes to Leeds Castle
  • Well-stocked farm shop on site; next to the North Downs Way

There’s history all around at Croquet Lawn Camping at Court Farm – this farm site in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is in the midst of the Medway’s megalithic sites (including Kit’s Coty and Coldrum Long Barrow), and part of an area once occupied by the Romans.

The Lingham family can’t trace their history back quite that far, but they’ve still managed to notch up 150 years of living on this fine agricultural estate a mile from the village of Halling. The manor house dates back to the early middle ages though, and the estate is clearly a place that’s well settled in its environment (you can tell by the way the wild pheasants stroll nonchalantly around the place, and the fact that hawks, badgers and squirrels seem happy to stop by too…)

This is still a working farm, so you’ll be surrounded by fields of arable crops and grass-fed sheep and cows, and with free-range chickens to see as well. All of this feeds into the very popular and well-stocked farm shop and bakery on site, which is open six days a week (not Mondays) and provides all sorts of local treats including fresh meat, bread and veg, dairy and deli snacks and Kentish fruit juices and local ales to wash it all down.

All of this means you’re likely to want to barbecue or picnic as much as possible – and you’re welcome to do so, but it’s also handy to note that there’s an excellent pub in the village if you fancy venturing out.


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8.7

Overall rating based on 11 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

 

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Very basic. Toilet clean. Good location for north downs wayens10/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Location close to North Downs Way

    Disliked: 

    No sink in toilet, in a separate area other side of house. No shower.. Arrived late due to problems on route but did keep host informed. Unable to contact host when we arrived- he was at pub. When host returned he checked we had arrived but didnt tell us that the sink area would be locked overnight nor did he tell us there was a water tap in field. Anither camper had already shown us where the toilet was. After a full days cycling we had no water for a drink, to make tea or wash with. The sink area was also locked when we got up. Pretty disappointed.

From the manager...

Hi there,

We're very sorry about this miscommunication - as you can see from the "rave reviews" we've had in the past (10/10), this hasn't happend before. Normally I am there to show you around but unfortunately I had to visit family urgently in Australia. Apologies.
Just wanted to point out though that our listing/description does not offer a shower and we make it clear that the amenities are indeed basic ie no sink in the toilet and you need to use the taps and tubs in our farm office area before a certain time. We lock up to ensure security at night.
I think we will put signage in the hedge where the water tap is at the camp site as it may not be that obvious at dusk. Thanks for pointing that out. We normally have printed instructions available but as you say, it was an exceptional weekend given the public holiday and our earlier closing times for the farm shop on Sundays.
Hope you come back! We'll make sure it is an easier arrival next time :)
cheers,
Tania Lingham

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10/10 - we will very likely be back again next year!05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    - It was peaceful and quiet.
    - It's not a large space so I think at full capacity you might have 8-10 other tents.
    - Plenty of wild birds around, pheasants, partridges, kestrels etc.
    - The field was in great condition, with a soft carpet of grass.
    - Hot running water in the main house which was great for washing up etc.
    - The farmer was busy but popped by morning and evenings to ensure we had everything we needed.
    - Great location to walk up onto the North Downs.
    - Great value butchers shop and bakery on the farm itself.

    Disliked: 

    - The farm shop closed early at 1pm (likely because of the Jubilee weekend).
    - Earwig season
    - No smaller barbecues on the pitch, which is understandable as there are large fields of crops around so it's a fire hazard, and it would also destroy the camping field.

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Spacious pitch Farm location Close to train station (within 1 …05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGina M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Spacious pitch
    Farm location
    Close to train station (within 1 mile)
    Area for children to run around
    Farm shop on site, well stocked with local produce, meats, bread and local alcohol
    Close to footpaths and walking routes

    Disliked: 

    Bee's nest close to toilet

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Brilliant place to stay. Tania and Andrew were very hospitable. …02/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Brilliant place to stay. Tania and Andrew were very hospitable. Was a real treat to be able to buy local food and drinks from the onsite farm shop. The kids loved it.

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Absolutely perfect for a short break with kids26/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlyss R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The lady was very communicative without being overbearing, the view was beautiful, my kids had the opportunity to feed cows and chickens which was wonderful for them, everything was clean and efficiently run.

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The site was excellent if you want to get away from city life!22/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The quiet simplicity, peaceful and calm. The farm shop had some really tasty meats. Easy to park and felt totally relaxed.

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Just what I was after!16/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen P.Confirmed

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

    Relatively flat pitch. Dark skies, little light pollution.
    The on-site farm shop was a total bonus, we didn’t have far to go to ‘forage’ dinner!

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Really nice place to stay,’run by very friendly helpful people14/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Very peaceful, fresh clean air, very friendly people

    Disliked: 

    Walking between car park and pitch area (not much of a problem though)

From the manager...

Dear Paul, Thanks so much for your kind review, we loved having you here at Court Farm! Note that the harvest season is nearly over and then our car parking arrangements will return to normal ie right next to the campsite so only a walking distance of a couple of meters. Sorry for the inconvenience, but as a working farm we had to put health & safety first for the few weeks we needed the "top barn" for the tractors driving back and forth unloading the tonnes of harvested grain :)

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Great site for walking, easy access to North Downs Way12/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartin C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Super friendly welcome & back to basics site.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Very nice quiet campsite, basic amenities, but a beautiful place …03/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very nice quiet campsite, basic amenities, but a beautiful place to camp.

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Features

Coronavirus

24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitising stations

Masks/gloves available

More frequent emptying of bins

One-way flow for entering/leaving buildings

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Gastronomic delight

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

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Tiny (1-10 pitches)

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

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Location

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  • Court Farm, Pilgrims Road, Upper Halling, Kent, England, ME2 1HR
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.3547°N 0.4261°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre — 6.5 miles
King Street — 7.1 miles
King Street — 7.1 miles
Train stations
Halling Rail Station — 0.8 miles
Snodland Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Cuxton Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Ferry ports
Gravesend Pier — 6.8 miles
Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 7.1 miles
Woolwich Arsenal Pier — 18.2 miles
Airports
Biggin Hill Airport — 17.1 miles
London Southend Airport — 19.0 miles
London City Airport — 19.3 miles

Directions


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

You won’t have to go very far to get to the closest attraction – a simple 10-minute stroll gets you to the bright blue waters of St Andrew’s Lakes, for wild swims, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking or a bounce across its inflatable assault course. If you’d rather stay dry, take a ramble through the farm’s woodland down to the marshlands alongside the Medway River, or set out for a walk on the North Downs Way, which passes by the site.

If you’d like to tick off those ancient megalithic sites, plan a day taking in Kits Coty House (15 minutes’ drive) and Coldrum Long Barrow (20 minutes) – or follow the guided walk from the farm to the latter.

Rochester (15 minutes) is another place to put on your list, for its museum, cathedral and castle, and you may also like to plan outings to Leeds Castle (20 minutes) and Canterbury (40 minutes). For a rather more modern day out, sign up for go-karting sessions at Buckmore Park (15 minutes) or get to grips with the bigger vehicles at Diggerland Kent (10 minutes).

Must see

  • Rochester Castle (4.1 miles)
  • Rochester Cathedral (4.1 miles)
  • The Historic Dockyard Chatham (5.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Cobham Wood and Mausoleum (2.4 miles)
  • Owletts (2.8 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. –  6:30 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Croquet Lawn Camping at Court Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 3 day(s) of arrival.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Croquet Lawn Camping at Court Farm will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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