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Sunninglye Farm

Kent, Tunbridge Wells

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Rated with 9.6

(338 Reviews)

Escape to a simpler life with Gill and Jo

Sunninglye is tucked away amongst the rolling hills of the High Weald, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the border of Kent and Sussex. It is here that the Miles family have farmed for over 50 years, caring for varied farm animals that you will get to know during your stay. Their five canvas hideaways that make us this incredible farm stay holiday location in Kent are sheltered within a shady hilltop copse, each one enjoying an extensive view across surrounding fields and woodland. Chickens will peck happily around your new home while the flock of sheep graze the adjoining fields, where wild fallow deer are frequently seen. There are also dogs, cats, pigs, goats, a horse, and a donkey who live at Sunninglye and will become part of your stay. They were all a big hit with Sainsbury's, the supermarket Giant who gave Sunninglye a glowing review in their magazine in 2021 as the ideal spot for a family holiday in Kent.

Kent at its most active

Sunninglye is a wonderful base for a family holiday in Kent should you choose to leave the farm, with the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, only a few miles away. There are also historic houses and gardens like Penshurst and Sissinghurst or popular National Trust properties such as Scotney or Bodium Castle, as well as Hever or Leeds Castle all within a short drive away. For the most active adventurers, there is Go Ape at Bedgebury Pinetum just ten miles away, as well as Bewl Water aqua park for water-based activities. Sandy beaches at Camber or the more traditional seaside town Hastings are only forty minutes drive away.

What to do at Sunninglye Farm

Sunninglye is a perfect place for a family walk for both the young and old to discover. Enjoy a walk through the woods, build a camp and collect campfire wood, or spend a few hours playing on the pond in a boat, kayak, or coracle. There is also a raft building activity and brunch adventure, or pony pampering. Each tented cottage has a well-equipped kitchen and wood burning stove, as well as its own individual campfire site with an outdoor cooker, come BBQ where you can cook and relax after a day in the fresh air enjoying the farm's fields and woodland. You also won't go hungry here as the farm has a well-stocked honesty shop with both necessities and local produce. How does s'mores over the campfire sound before you retire to your cosy Feather Down bed?


What can you expect?

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    Dog-friendly

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    Honesty shop

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    Pizza oven

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    Outdoor playground

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    Farm tour

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    Close to water

What animals will you find on this farm?

Sheep

Goats

Donkeys

Lambs

Pigs

Horses

Dogs

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What our guests like

  • ✓ 5 canvas hideaways
  • ✓ No electricity
  • ✓ Surrounded by forest
  • ✓ Raft building
  • ✓ Meet and groom horses
  • ✓ Animal menagerie

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    Including wood for the wood-burning stove (1 pack per day)

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    Including welcome package with bed-linen, towels, candles, matches, washing-up liquid and other basic items

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    Private showers

What do our guests think?

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9.6

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Mr HORRIGAN

06/10/2023

Amazing! We had the best weekend just adventuring around the farm, feeding the animals, fishing for Crayfish, making pizza's and soaking up the sun.

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Mrs Dennis

15/09/2023

Not being someone who particularly likes, tents, camping or generally 'roughing it' in any way at all - i really didn't know what to expect before we turned up, but from the moment that we arrived it was clear that we were going to have a lovely stay. Having been welcomed by Gill in the car park and helped down to our canvas hideaway, we all felt immediately at home and relaxed in the idyllic space.The tent was basic but clean and very well appointed and I can only say that the lack of electricity, oil lamps and candles added significantly to the overall charm of the experience. The adventure began immediately as we set about building our fire for our 'farmers stew'! We invested in a number of the food packs before arriving, which were lovingly customised for us as we are all vegetarians - I can't recommend this enough. Quality and quantity of all were great and added to the fun of the stay. We ate our dinner on the first night as the sun was setting, surrounded by the blissful tranquillity that the farm offers.On the second day our tasty breakfast pack arrived, allowing us to enjoy a veggie full-English before embarking to feed the animals. We were collected at around 10, and invited to meet Cyril and Margot (a pair of delightfully ugly, but charming pigs), Norman the donkey, a beautiful horse, some goats, several very happy ex-battery hens and some bottle fed lambs. For my 4-year-old son - bottle feeding a lamb was an immense highlight. This was followed by a trip to the pond where we did some fishing and went out on the water in a rowboat. The afternoon was filled with other adventures like races through the field, playing in the park and generally climbing on things and collecting all kinds of woodland paraphernalia!Saturday night the pizza oven was lit, and we prepared our pizza for tea using the carefully selected items available in the honesty shop. This was enjoyed with some delicious local ice-cream!Board games by oil lamps and red wine by the fire characterised the evening, which was as relaxed and as cosy as could be in our beautiful tent. We left feeling totally refreshed, and my son felt very sad to be leaving without saying good bye to Frank the resident sheepdog - with whom he made fast friends.I could go on about all the other stuff we did in our two short days - but suffice to say it was lovely, exceeded expectations and I’m sure we'll be back.

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Mrs O'Grady

15/09/2023

Wholesome family fun

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miss simpson

01/09/2023

Another great stay at Sunninglyle

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Mrs Devine

07/08/2023

Great Family Fun

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Mrs Wise

04/08/2023

We had a really relaxed, fun time, staying at Sunninglyle Farm. The kids said it was one of their best holidays ever, and didn’t want to go home.

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Mr Hubbard

31/07/2023

Our family, 2 adults and 2 boys (7 and 5) glamped on Sunningle Farm, the farm is a working farm so lots of animals which we loved and the boys who especially liked to feed them. Despite it being a working farm, it was very tranquil with spectacular views.Our tent was large with cosy beds for all and a flushing toilet, we opted for a shower block nearby which always had hot water.We didn’t have any electricity so lighting in the evening was candles or paraffin lamps which we liked, plus cooking on the stove, which was also very good at keeping the tent warm.Lovely walks are available through the farm and we were hosted by Gill who was awesome at showing us what’s what and making sure we had everything we needed. She introduced us to the animals and allowed our boys to feed them. She made a big fuss of our boys and even made a bow for one of them as a present! Gill was a star.There was an honestly shop on site which stocked basics and ability to charge devices if needed. There is also a BBQ kit which is worth renting and Gill runs a pizza oven night on a Wednesday which was great fun.The farm is well located for days out to the surrounding area.

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Mrs Higson

24/07/2023

We had a fabulous stay at Sunninglye Farm and Gill was a fantastic host who made our stay absolutely perfect.

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Mrs Kandiah

21/07/2023

A relaxing break, a total escape from our normal routine and a chance to focus on family time.

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Mrs Terry

03/07/2023

A wonderful few days with plenty of off grid activity

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Mrs. Margaroli

26/06/2023

Our 13th visit to Sunninglye and as good as ever. Jo and Gill are the most wonderful hosts!

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Miss Moore

16/06/2023

We went to Sunninglyle for my mum's 60th and it was fantastic. The farm is idyllic, with lots of very friendly animals to meet, and the accommodation was very comfortable and cosy. We had an amazing time raft building on the pond and brunch in wooded area. All of the food was delicious, the host was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed, she even let us bottle feed the lambs! We had a really fabulous weekend

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Mrs Hides

09/06/2023

Enjoyable as ever! Our third visit to Sunninglye and another great experience. The children love feeding the lambs, collecting eggs, using the boats on the pond and generally roaming free. Gill is a great host.

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Miss Hipperson

29/05/2023

Amazing hosts, so friendly and helpful. Waking up to the stunning views each morning was absolutely magical. The children loved the lamb feeding, meeting the horses, pigs, chickens and the donkey. The boating pond and brunch is such a wonderful experience. Back to nature holidays are the way forward, we will be back next year!

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Ms Marsh

19/05/2023

Great experience getting back to nature with beautiful surroundings.

8.8

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Mevrouw Blom

19/05/2023

We hebben enorm genoten! De tent was compleet , een fijne douche in een apart gebouwtje verderop, de rondlopende kippen bij de tent, lammetjes de fles mogen geven en zelfs even de kids (2,5 en 4 jaar) op de tractor mogen zitten van boerin Gill:-). Ze vonden het geweldig, het weer werkte gelukkig ook goed mee. Vermoedelijk gaan we nog wel een keer een boerenbed boeken!

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Mrs Cook

08/05/2023

From start, to finish, it was the perfect relaxing holiday that we had hoped for; Gillian and Jo could not have done more to ensure a fun, comfortable, relaxing stay at Sunninglye Farm. We had great fun gathering wood for the camp fire and the pizza oven and enjoyed the experience of cooking on these, as well as the wood burning stove in the tent, the latter was greatly assisted by the provision of wonderful dry wood to burn so it was never any bother to get the fire going and up to cooking temperature in a short space of time. And, on the days it was wet and windy, the fire kept us warm and cosy for a 'snuggle-in' reading day. We greatly enjoyed exploring the fields, woods and pond - the fish were so intriguing to watch! we took a boat out on the pond which was enormous fun; we collected our eggs for breakfast - delicious! had chats with Denise, Margo and Cyril (pigs) and the donkey and pony too. There was so much to keep us entertained and relaxing at Sunninglye, we didn't leave the farm once we'd arrived, taking full advantage of their fresh bread deliveries (utterly scrumptious!) and the delicious meat from a local butcher, also delivered to us. The 'honesty shop' took me back to being a child, literally like a child in a sweet shop - it has sooooo many treats and goodies and thoughtful items to enable you to cook a complete meal if needed i.e. pizza bases, pesto, ice cream - even boxes of matches. This holiday was to celebrate a 70th birthday and a retirement (so we're no 'spring chickens' )and it was absolutely wonderful and I would wholeheartedly recommend it, if you're looking for a complete break and a 'step off the treadmill'! Thank you Gillian and Jo for all your hard work, that you make look so easy, in providing a really memorable holiday.........we shall definitely be back!!!

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heer Senden

01/05/2023

Geweldige week gehad op Sunninglye Farm. Gill is erg vriendelijk en zorgzaam, er was veel te doen voor de kinderen, en de tent ligt heel vrij met een prachtig uitzicht over de heuvels. De "farmhouse" douches bevielen prima.

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Mr Lerner

28/04/2023

A blissful stay on a beautiful farm a short distance from London. Wonderful host farmer and loads to do on the farm.

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Miss Kopach

21/04/2023

Gill is the best host you could ever wish for!

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Mrs Brinkley

11/04/2023

An incredible woodland adventure in the best of Kent’s beautiful landscapes. Gill is one of the most enthusiastic and accommodating hosts you could hope for, we were really privileged to spend time on her farm.

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Mrs Powell

07/04/2023

A breath of fresh air from the busy day to day normality

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Mrs Bryant

03/04/2023

We had the best 4 days, quality family screen fee time!

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Mr Robinson

03/04/2023

We're a family of 4 with a mad cocker spaniel. The whole experience was fab and we were hosted brilliantly. Jill rang prior to our stay and made helpful suggestions with our itinerary and gave us tips on what to pack. The kids had a brilliant time, bottle-feeding the baby lambs and meeting the other animals. Jill also took our vehicle-mad 4-year-old on the tractor when we weren't able to get to Diggerland. She showed us where we could let our dog off the lead and explore away from the vulnerable ewes and lambs, and also kept a fenced-off field available for us to exercise him near the tent. We had a day out at Camber Sands and also went to Bedgebury Pinetum, which although expensive to park (£14 for a car!) was a fab day out with loads of activities for the kids. The tent itself was well equipped and comfy, we needed hot water bottles at night and learned to light the fire early on to stay cosy in the evening, but we had a great time. We definitely needed our camping stove, and we made good use of the pizza oven one night which the kids really enjoyed. Overall a really great stay in a beautiful part of the UK.

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Mrs Paternoster

24/10/2022

It was brilliant. Gill was so lovely and kind to our children and went out of her way to make it our stay lovely.

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Mr Taylor

14/10/2022

We had a wonderful weekend at the farm so much so that we and our 2 young daughters didn’t want to leave. Gill and Jo were incredibly kind and thoughtful hosts especially when it comes to little ones and what they might like to see and do. We can’t wait to visit again.

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Mrs Clements

23/09/2022

Sunninglye farm was an idyllic getaway wonderfully which caters really well for families. Our children loved the animals and beautiful surroundings which gave them freedom to explore whilst always in our eye sight. We didn’t need to leave the site at all. Gill was a fantastic host and very patient with our children's questions and excitement. The farm tour was perfect and we all learnt something! We spent a lot of time on the boats and catching crayfish which was a first :) The Pizza oven on the Saturday night worked brilliantly too. We had a really great weekend spending time with family and making memories, we can’t wait to return.

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Miss Goldsmith

12/09/2022

Amazing Place, beautiful, peaceful, relaxing!

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Ms Wild

09/09/2022

Brilliant! The kids had the most wonderful time running around and exploring for two days and loved building a camp fire.

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Mr Burr

02/09/2022

Authentic and fun connection with nature

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Mrs Woods

02/09/2022

Another amazing stay in the most serene, picturesque location, with excellent host.

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Mrs Briley

02/09/2022

Fantastic

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Mrs Birch

02/09/2022

Tranquil whilst being in the beautiful English country air

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Mr Michael

26/08/2022

Lovely farm stay perfect for kids !!

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Mrs Merrall

22/08/2022

A wonderful site and Gill the host was so helpful and informative which made our stay so special.

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Mrs Gwyther

19/08/2022

Peaceful, relaxing and most of all fun. The kids were very happy so we were too!

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Ms Hunka

15/08/2022

We had a wonderful stay at Sunninglye farm. The setting was beautiful and we loved waking up each morning to a view of rolling hills, sheep and deer from our veranda. My 3 year old, 5 year old and 8 year old loved collecting chicken eggs, feeding the horse and donkey and meeting the pigs and chickens as they pecked and snuffled around our tent. The little play area kept the little ones happy and my oldest loved trying out all of the boats on the pond each day, so everyone was entertained without having to leave the farm and spend extra money. Our dog enjoyed being allowed to come with us everywhere on the farm, swimming in the pond and her off lead walks beyond the campsite, just a short walk away. We loved our tent, it had everything we needed and was very comfortable and private from the other campers. Our host, Gill, was great, she was available and responsive to our needs, and we felt welcomed and looked after. A true escape and break from our normal city life. We all loved it.

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Mrs. Wallis

08/08/2022

A fantastic relaxing stay in beautiful surroundings.

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Familie Fuhler

05/08/2022

relaxed!

8.8

Meet your hosts

Jo, Gill and Rob

We are the Miles family and we share this peaceful spot with sheep, pigs, cats and dogs, including Margo and Cyril, our pet kunekune pigs and Norman the donkey. Jo and Gill will look after you during your stay.

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Looking forward to having you try all of our challenges and having a wonderful time at our farm.
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Pizza Night

The farmer will usually fire up the pizza oven during your stay. Everyone gathers round to tell their stories of the day’s adventures and invent pizza toppings you’ll never find on the high street

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Ask the farmer

The farm tour is a must if it’s on offer during your stay, but you don’t have to wait until then. The farmer will be delighted to tell you more about farm life at any time.

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The farm shop

It’s great for the basics and usually even better for local produce and low food miles. And every Feather Down farm shop operates on an honesty basis.

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Options during your stay

Farmers Soup
Farmers Soup
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Receive ingredients, firewood, the recipe, and cooking utensils to prepare a delicious farmer's soup at your tent, enough for 4 - 6 people.

Farmers Stew
Farmers Stew
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You will receive the recipe, ingredients and cooking utensils to prepare a delicious Farmers Stew at your tent, enough for 4-6 people.

English Breakfast Hamper
English Breakfast Hamper
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Comes with free-range eggs, bacon, sausages/chipolatas, bread, butter, jam /honey/marmalade, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, fruit juice. Exact content may differ slightly per farm.

 
BBQ Box
BBQ Box
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A selection of locally produced meats such as sausages, burgers, ribs, minute steaks. Enough for 6 people and the contents of the box differ slightly per farm.

Pets
Pets
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Bring your dog along. A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs per canvas hideaway. The price is per dog, per stay.

Please note: You are required to keep your dog on a leash while on the campsite.

Campfire Pack
Campfire Pack
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Includes all the essentials for a memorable night around the campfire! Pack can include firewood, matches, lighters, marshmallows, outdoor sparklers, popcorn, and hot chocolate ingredients. These packages vary per location. 

Build your own Raft
Build your own Raft
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2 hours of fun near the pond for the family. 

Barrels, rope, straps, poles, life jackets and paddles all included for you to build your own raft! (Children must be able to swim.)

Brunch Adventure
Brunch Adventure
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Cook your own brunch in a shady, scenic spot by the side of our pond - Tea, coffee, milk, hot chocolate, orange juice, large loaf of bread, butter, jam, Sunninglye sausages, bacon, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and cereal. 2 hours, price per family. 

Pony Pampering
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Spend 45 minutes learning basic pony care and grooming with a friendly gypsy cob and cheeky donkey! For ages 7+.

Brunch and Raft Building
Brunch and Raft Building
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Guests have enjoyed combining the brunch adventure with the raft building for a 3-hour activity down at the pond. Food, drinks and raft building materials provided. Price per family.

Nearby the farm

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Penshurst Place

Sissinghurst

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