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Woodchurch Safari Lodge

9.2

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General

  • Rural glamping two miles from village, and half a mile from local pub
  • A 15-minute drive to Eurostar at Ashford; 30 minutes to Camber Sands
  • Bed linen, bathrobes, fridge, private garden and barbecue all provided

Bring your walking boots, your keenest appetite and your dog to Woodchurch Safari Lodge in Kent: there are first-rate strolls and hikes all around this dog-friendly glampsite, including one to an award-wining pub (and its food menu) a half-mile amble away.

A few minutes' saunter from the safari lodge will take you to a local path leading to around three hours' worth of walking in scenic Kent countryside, while the South Of England Rare Breeds Centre is a three-and-a-half-mile walk to the south. This is top terrain for cycling too, with with National Cycle Route 18 (a 61-mile route from Canterbury to Tunbridge Wells) passing by; secure bike storage is available for guests.

The site has splendid access to and from as well, as it's a 15-minute drive to the Eurostar terminal at Ashford if you're heading to or from the continent. And if you seek the beach? It's about half an hour from here to splendid Camber Sands.

The lodge is kitted out with beds, towels, bed linen and bathrobes, as well as solar-powered lighting, a fridge, charging facilities, and water and food bowls provided for your friend. A private garden, private car parking space and a barbecue are just outside.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 13 reviews

 

85% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

 

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Everything you’d expect from a rural escape!28/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLouise J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The lodge, the space, the area, the hosts!

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Even our kids were happy to be off-grid at Woodchurch Safari Lodge!17/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomClare E.Confirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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    We had a super brilliant time at the Woodchurch Safari Lodge. It's an amazing glamping experience - all the comforts of home but surrounded by fields and a lovely outside space. Our hosts were really welcoming, friendly and informative, letting us know all the best local spots for wild swimming and walks. We spent our early evenings watching sundown deer playing and looking out for the local owl. Later evenings we sat on the terrace watching shooting stars, had a barbecue and sat around a fire roasting marshmallows. Even our kids were happy to be off-grid at the Woodchurch Safari Lodge! Lit by solar power and firelight, we felt like we were in our own special retreat - back-to-nature yet with lovely comfortable beds and hot shower to hand. We will definitely want to revisit. A big thank you for a wonderful few days!!!

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Clean tidy and well worth the money05/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Piece and quiet lovely caring couple who looked after us well

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Fantastic stay at the Safari tent, felt like a real …10/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomOrson W.Confirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Fantastic stay at the Safari tent, felt like a real break, especially after lock down. Liz and Ally were great hosts and its a brilliant set up, lovely to have your own area and to have toilet and shower to yourselves, all of which were very clean. We did not know this part of Kent , but really enjoyed exploring the local area, sitting in the sun and cooking in the evening. Would definitely recommend.

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Comfortable and well kitted out with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. …07/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjill h.Confirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Comfortable and well kitted out with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Liz and Ali were very welcoming hosts. Enjoyed our starry nights sitting round the chimnea.

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The tent was clean and had everything we needed for …28/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJeff S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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    The tent was clean and had everything we needed for BBQ and breakfast. Liz and Ali were great hosts. Also had clean towels and torches and little battery powered lights which were very handy.
    The surrounding area is beautiful but can’t really be enjoyed when you’re at the lodge itself.

    Disliked: 

    We expected to have a nice view to enjoy from the front porch, but you’re either looking at a hedge or the bathroom area (shower and porta-loo behind screen) when you’re in the garden or sitting on front porch. Also the garden and tent are directly on a country road and on the Friday evening it was relatively noisy.
    Also the cracked ground in the garden (apparently due to dry weather?) was a huge hazzard for our 2 year old.

From the manager...

Thanks for your feedback Jeff.

The ground here is clay and in the summer with less rain it dries out and cracks. There isn’t much we can do about that. We did advise you of this when you arrived.
There isn’t much we can do about the traffic either I’m afraid. But it’s a shame you found it noisy.
Usually it is very quiet here as you can see from other reviews, unless there is a problem on the A28 and then people use our road as a cut-through. We would love to be able to control the traffic and the weather, but we haven’t been able to crack either so far. We’ll keep working on it 😉
Shame you didn’t seem to enjoy it though, you definitely seemed very happy when you were here perhaps as it was raining on one day this dampened your view and you made no mention of any of this to us at the time.
Sadly the lodge was left in one of the dirtiest states yet and it took us extra time to clean it. Very disappointing.

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Lovely lodge with all the facilities you could want02/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIain S.Confirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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  • Liked: 

    Great facilities - everything you could want in terms of cooking and cleaning plus even solar power for some lights and charging phones etc.
    Comfortable beds/ sofas - proper mattresses and bedding
    Lovely hosts - very friendly and helpful
    Perfect for families and small groups

    Disliked: 

    Bit of noise from the nearby road - nothing to worry about as it is a quiet road but does slightly detract from the setting when you hear the odd boy racer screaming down there

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However the owners Liz and Ali were very hospitable27/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The view from the lodge was nice and the stars at night

    Disliked: 

    Very disappointed, portaloo, no lighting, couldn't even make a slice of toast as no electricity, busy road☹️

From the manager...

Very disappointed with your review and feel your scores are much lower than warranted.

This is glamping accommodation and part of the charm is it’s totally off-grid. There is lighting in the accommodation which is run by solar panels and one of your party was shown how to use this. Torches are also available and supplied.

The toilet is an event toilet which is serviced at least once a week and is kept clean and tidy.

Given 4 people stayed for a total of £125 per night, we also feel you’re being pretty unfair by saying it isn’t value for money either.

Still. Clearly glamping wasn’t for your party.

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Beautiful and well equipped21/08/2019

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

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very good hosts, lovely scenery and plenty to do in neighbouring towns and villages. Private and plenty of space. Had a lively time

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    All good

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Everything09/08/2019

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

  • 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Everything

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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

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

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

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Themes

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Pop-up campsite

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • 2 Harlakenden Cottages, Woodchurch, Kent, England, TN26 3PS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1062°N 0.7937°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Park Street — 4.7 miles
Tesco Crooksfoot — 5.7 miles
Tesco Crooksfoot — 5.7 miles
Train stations
Ham Street Rail Station — 3.7 miles
Pluckley Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Ashford International Rail Station — 4.4 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 14.1 miles
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 22.7 miles
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 23.3 miles
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 12.1 miles
Kent International Airport — 29.6 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

Potter into Woodchurch, a mile or so away, for a wander around the Woodchurch Village Life Museum on Susan's Hill, then a clamber up to Woodchurch windmill for handsome views over the Walland marshes to the Channel. (Most happily too, the mill – when open in summer – is accessible via the footpath between the local pubs…)

About a mile out of town is the South of England Rare Breeds Centre, where there are farm animals to see, a petting barn where your small sorts can snuggle smaller critters, and wildlife gardens, a butterfly tunnel and an aviary to roam around. Or stay close to home to see species like deer, squirrels, woodpeckers, herons and kestrels in the countryside around the site and along the peaceful cycle lanes nearby.

More birdwatching and nature spotting is easily sorted at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (35 minutes' drive), voted Britain's favourite reserve in 2016 and home to all sorts of species around its coastal marsh, reedbeds, shingle and saltmarsh. The reserve has miles of paths to tramp, five hides to birdwatch from and events and guided walks all year round.

Other top local options include a puff on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (15 minutes), a grownup look at Chapel Down winery (20 minutes), or taking your camera along to Bodiam Castle, set spectacularly in its own moat near Robertsbridge.

Must see

  • Ashford Designer Outlet (5.0 miles)
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway (5.4 miles)
  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (9.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Smallhythe Place (6.3 miles)
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden (9.5 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

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Woodchurch Safari Lodge cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.

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. Woodchurch Safari 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.

Hired accommodation: £50.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does Woodchurch Safari Lodge have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Woodchurch Safari Lodge dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Woodchurch Safari Lodge? Potter into Woodchurch, a mile or so away, for a wander around the Woodchurch Village Life Museum on Susan's Hill, then a clamber up to Woodchurch windmill for handsome views over the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Woodchurch Safari Lodge?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site only allows dogs up to 35kg.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £50.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £50.00 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 10 p.m..

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