CAMPSITE REVIEW: The Sunny field, Kent

Nestled in the heart of the Kent downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Sunny field is surround by uninterrupted countryside views. The campsite is bloody beautiful, it ticks so many of our ultimate campsite wish list: great views, sunsets, campfires, walks from the campsite to good pubs, hot showers and beaches nearby. BUT its really expensive. We came here a few years ago and loved it but to be honest the price has put us off coming back in recent years, it really is the most expensive campsite we have ever been to (pretty much double what most places charge). However what you are paying for is space, the pitches are huge, cut out of a wild grass meadows and really private. This is not a traditional campsite, everything is beautifully executed, clean and well thought out, with a kind of luxe-festival feel. We really like it and do actually think its worth the money if you can splash out. Big plots are great for dogs and kids, there’s mixed plots so if like us, your friends are glamping or you’re in a group you, can camp in a huge secluded spot with them, which is a big bonus. 

Top Field

👍

  • sunsets
  • Beautiful walks from site
  • Fires 
  • Walk to great pub 
  • Spacious and private pitches 
  • Really good hot showers 

👎

  • The price (but we do get why, you get what you pay for in terms of space and distance from other campers)
Walk to pub

Surroundings

  • walks from campsite to 3 pubs
  • Hythe beach & town has a pretty river and nice shopping street – 15 min drive 
  • Folkestone beach – 16 minutes drive
  • Dungeness – 40 minutes drive

Fires

  • Fires yes; each pitch has a firepit, you can hire a grill. Logs for sale, please don’t collect wood for fires in surrounding areas. 
  • BBQs yes; but no disposables 
Timber Batts Ale house & forge

Food and Drink

  • Petrol station a few mins away (basics, camping has and logs) 
  • Ice cream van visits the site 
  • Coffee on site 
  • Pizzas on Saturday 
  • The Goods shed delivers luxury food and drink to the campsite
  • Dungeness snack shack for fish tacos and seafood 
  • The Timber Batts Ale house and forge in Bodsham, this welcoming pub has an amazing interior, currently only outside seating due to covid. The pub garden has great views and the award winning home made food is delicious. Very welcoming. Can walk to on footpaths from the site or a 5 minute drive 
  • You can walk to the Bowl Inn from the campsite, but avoid if you have dogs, they aren’t even allowed in the garden.
  • Another dog friendly pub you can walk to from the campsite is the Tiger inn we didn’t visit it, but it’s on our list for next time. 
Horsebox showers

Facilities

  • Compost toilets 
  • Hot showers
  • Hot washing up 
  • Recycling 
  • Free filtered water (to encourage people to not use plastic bottles) 
  • Shop (wood and hot coffees, local sustainably sources charcoal ) 
  • Tyre swing 
  • Glamping 
  • No electric or hard standing 
  • No Chemical Disposal point or waste-water disposal

Covid measures

  • hand sanitising around site
  • They’ve added more washing up areas and toilets 
  • Toilet and shower queues cut out of grass away from path
View down to Orchard field

Our top tips

  •  You can’t choose what pitch, but there really is no bad ones, we’ve camped in both fields and loved they are both great. Top field has 26 pitches and Orchard is smaller with just 10 pitches. For us pitches 1 and 20 in the Top field, next to the car park are maybe the least desirable, but they are closest to the showers and toilets!

The Sunny Field website 

Map of all campsites

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