As a former Rainbow, Brownie and Guide and the proud owner of a silver DofE, I’ve done my fair share of camping over the years. However, as a sophisticated (or so I like to believe) adult, I thought now was the time to embrace a little glamping into my life. So we packed our things and headed for Blue Caps Farm in Kent, which promised an enormous bell tent, llamas and horses along with the usual camping amusements of a BBQ and plenty of local pubs to explore.
As the song goes, ‘hot town, summer in the city’, and we all couldn’t wait to get out of the city and experience some fresh air, hopefully a cool breeze and the freedom of Blue Caps Farm! As soon as we turned down the winding country roads we knew we were in for a treat – nestled into the Kent countryside, Blue Caps is exactly as you’d imagine it would be – a beautiful farm with horses, llamas, a stunning farmhouse and carefully spaced out in a secluded field an array of bell tents adorned with solar powered fairy lights.
There is parking available on site, and the owners were completely happy for us to drive up to the tents, drop off our stuff and then return our cars to a the parking area. The tents are absolutely vast, with gorgeous vintage inspired decor and a little burner stove complete with chimney for warming a cool night and heating up water for a morning cuppa. The double bed, chest of draws, cutlery, side table, additional spare beds and array of linens and cushions meant we could make ourselves at home almost immediately.
We spent most of our evening gently barbecuing a variety of things we had bought in the local co-op (about a twenty to thirty minute walk or a five minute drive away). With plenty of space between the tents, and our own personal BBQ and picnic bench we didn’t feel in the way of anyone or like we were disturbing the other guests. When the daylight dimmed outside we lit the tealight chandelier and enjoyed the cosy interior of the tent – being sure to blow out the candles before all drifting off to sleep in the comfy beds!
Blue Caps Farm has a toilet and shower block (no chemical loos here!) and a shared kitchen area with a small stove and plenty of utensils for each camping group! The resident horses and llamas that occupy the surrounding fields make wonderful companions and a walk down country lanes brings you out to some wonderful pubs where it would be rude not to have a pint of Sussex Best. The perfect spot for a weekend break or even a longer trip to really make the most of being cut off from society, Blue Caps Farm was a wonderful way to spend some summer evenings!