‘Magical’ Kent glamping site with cosy shepherd’s hut and woodland cabin named one of the best in England

Guests say they simply cannot wait to return after visiting

The gorgeous Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford which this year is celebrating 10 years and has now won yet another award
The gorgeous Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford which this year is celebrating 10 years and has now won yet another award (Image: Kits Coty Glamping)

A stunning small, family-run glamping site in Kent with bell tents, a shepherd’s hut and a woodland cabin to stay in has been named one of the best in England. If you fancy the sound of an African-inspired bell tent, or a little woodland hideaway or even a festival vibe, Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford is for you.

Set in breath-taking Kentish countryside, a patchwork of fields and hedges in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this five-star site, which is 10 years old this year and owned and run by Ami and Mark Culver, promises all the luxury of a hotel in a field. Its peaceful accommodation is the perfect escape from every day stresses and strains and it’s ideal for couples and families looking for a quiet getaway in beautiful surroundings.

There are mature hedges designed around each holiday hideaway, which have enticing names such as Gretel, Mamadou, Pamela, Festival and Marrakesh. And now this luxury glamping site has won silver in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2024 in the Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year category.

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The couple behind the site told KentLive they were “over the moon” to win the silver award. They told us: “It’s a huge achievement for a small family-run business and means the absolute world.”

When you holiday at Kits Coty Glamping, you may be out in the fresh air next to fields, but you certainly won’t be roughing it. There is a shower cabin with – wait for it – underfloor heating, free toiletries, wet rooms, a washing up area along with a fridge and freezer, a microwave, and hairdryers.

And the features guarantee you can leave thoughts of the office or the housework at home, as each pitch has a picnic table, fire pit with the first basket of wood free, and a barbecue. And how about The Snug?

A communal indoor chill-out area with leather sofas, books and indoor games, a dining table and chairs and another fire pit area for larger gatherings. There is even a children’s play area for little ones aged under 12, and a petanque court – a form of boules – installed last year.

The gorgeous Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford which this year is celebrating 10 years and has now won yet another award

What could be better than a few days at Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford? (Image: Kits Coty Glamping)

The self-catering accommodation is as follows:

  • Pamela – The Shepherd’s hut
  • Marrakesh – The Moroccan-themed bell tent
  • Mamadou – The African-themed bell tent
  • Festival Tent – The festival-themed bell tent
  • Gretel – The Woodland Retreat

The Kits Coty Glamping website says: “We are located in a safe and secure area away from main roads allowing children the freedom to explore safely. A short walk through the neighbouring fields and woodland reveals a vast array of animals including donkeys, goats, horses and pigs, a perfect way to wear the children out before marshmallows, hot chocolate and bed.”

The bedrooms have Egyptian cotton bed linen, fleeces and blankets, and even hot water bottles. There are heaters or radiators in all of the accommodation, and there’s free Wi-fi. There are loads of useful things provided from salt and pepper, to pots and pans, a cool box, small gas ring, tea and coffee, toilet roll, washing up liquid and lots more.

Kits Coty Glamping already holds Tourism South East’s Glamping Business of the Year Award for 2023/2024. And, if that wasn’t enough, it won gold for best glamping business in The Beautiful South Awards of Excellence in 2023/2024 for the fourth consecutive year.

Wonderful family holidays at Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford

Wonderful family holidays at Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford (Image: Kits Coty Glamping)

And there are plenty of places to explore, if you want to leave your rural idlyll. Ami and Mark say: “We are located between Maidstone and Chatham within 40 minutes of both London and the Kent coast. Numerous tourist attractions, such as Leeds Castle and Chatham Dockyard for example, are within easy reach providing plenty of fun activities to fill your days.

 

“Alternatively just chilling out enjoying your luxury accommodation and surroundings can be order of the day.” Previous visitors have truly sung the praises of this Kent gem, with countless Tripadvisor reviews sharing the highlights of their experiences.

 

One happy glamper said: “Had a fantastic time! We stayed in the Gretel with two little ones – they didn’t want to go home. Absolutely magical bunk beds; super cute welcome hamper, with essentials for roasting marshmallows in case you hadn’t thought of the opportunity. Kitchen, bathroom and toilets were all immaculately clean.

 

“Everything is so well-maintained, and Ami and Mark obviously have put a lot of love into it. 10/10. Highly recommend – we will definitely be back.” Another said it was a “great place to stay”, highlighting the “welcoming and friendly staff, clean facilities, [and] local walks nearby”.

 

They added: “Thank you for a lovely stay. We won’t leave it so long before coming back next time!” And another simply said: “Will definitely go back. A wonderful, beautiful place.”

The gorgeous Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford which this year is celebrating 10 years and has now won yet another award

How wonderful to stay here - the gorgeous Kits Coty Glamping in Aylesford which this year is celebrating 10 years and has now won yet another award (Image: Kits Coty Glamping)

To find out more about Kits Coty Glamping, including accessibility and how to book, visit here.

Address: 84 Collingwood Road, Kits Coty Estate, Aylesford, ME20 7ER.

 

Courtest of Kent Live