Little Halden Farm is a fantastic Glamping site which is situated in the Garden of England Kent. The farm is run and managed by the Hilder family, it is rich in heritage surrounded by wonderful country side and is the perfect place to come and stay if you’re planning a glamping or camping holiday in Kent.
‘Many of our guests will ask us about the farm and its history so we’ve taken the opportunity to tell you more about it right here.This small story will tell you more about Little Halden Farm and how it has become such a special place for our family. We want to thank everyone that continues to support the farm and we can’t wait to welcome you back to enjoy your next Glamping Experience in Kent.’
Little Halden Farm, a 5th Generation family run farm in Kent The Garden of England.
Before our family even arrived at Little Halden farm it was the birth place of Edgar Wilsher, the year was 1828 and little did anyone know that he would become a famous cricketer. He was instrumental in introducing over arm bowling into cricket. He played for Kent and was very successful taking over 1,300 first class wickets in his career.
Fast forward 22 years and Great Great Grandfather Robert Hilder moved to Little Halden Farm. Robert moved from a place called Etchingham in Sussex and became a full-time tenant of the farm. Robert had a son called George. George Grew up on Little Halden Farm and in 1900 ended up buying the farm outright.
Little Halden Farm was now owned by the Hilder Family
1914 saw the Great War and all three of George’s sons were involved in the war. In the second world war at Little Halden Farm a “V1” flying bomb, commonly known as a Doodlebug, fell into one of the fields on the farm. Luckily no one was hurt and the only damage was a large hole and the loss of all the tiles on the Kent Barn! There are still photos today that show the remains of the shell fragments and impact crater.
In the 1950’s Little Halden Farm Takes filght! OK well not quite, but actually this was the first aerial photograph that was ever taken of the farm. This was also the year that electric fans were installed into the Oast Houses to aid the drying process of the hops. The fans would help to move the warm air up through the Oast House.
In the 60’s technology continued to develop and improve and the farm acquired a ‘rotobank hop picking machine’. This bought an end to the hand picking of Hops.
1987 and Jonathan now joins the farm full time working alongside his father in the position ‘Driers Mate’. As the decade moved into the 90’s Jonathan really starts to take a handle of the business, he continues to manage the Hop Harverst and drying and the farm starts growing ornamental plants and selling them to independent garden centers.
In 2004 Little Halden Farm Grew and Dried its last ever Hop Harvest. This would bring to an end a tradition that had been ongoing for 154 years. The farm was now going in new directions. Planning was now underway to design something new that the farm had never seen before.
2012 Little Halden Farm Glamping was ready and open to the public.
Since opening the Glamping site has seen the addition of the 14ft Yurt, the Hopper Huts have been refurbished and many guest have come to Little Halden Farm to have their own Glamping Experience.
Little Halden Farm has evolved and developed through 5 generations and will continue to do so. We hope you have enjoyed this short story which outlines the development of Little Halden Farm.
Thank you for such a lovely Hopper Hut it is just perfect. We all had a fantastic time! This will be our regular camping place to stay every year with all our friends!
Cathy & Rob. July 2019.
Wonderful stay in the Hopper Huts. Fantastic enviroment to come to as a family and friends group. Thank you.
Louise, Sean, Finnton & Orla. May 2019.
We had a lovely stay in Hopper Hut Early Bird for May Bank Holiday. The Hopper Hut was perfect and peaceful. Somewhere cosy for the cool evenings and a nice sunny spot to sit in during the day. Easy 20 minute walk to The Bull Inn for a good Sunday Roast. Lovely place for a couple like us or a family to relax.
Sophie & Andy. May 2019.
Gorgeous stay, great facilities and all you need for a comfortable stay. Kids enjoyed seeing the cows and playing in the woods. Would definitely come again. Thank you.
The Pidgeons. June 2019
Thank you for having us at your beautiful site! The Hopper Hut was warm and cosy and had everything we needed. We look forward to coming here again! Thank you.
The Noonan Family. August 2019.
Lovely staying here with friends. We hired two Hopper Huts. The kids had great fun playing in the field and the woods. Hopper Huts are lovely and comfortable. Great time had by all.
The Hulls. July 2019.
Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful stay. The Safari Tent was the best equipped place we’ve ever stayed in and the campsite is lovely and quiet. Hopefully be back soon!
The Pearce's. August 2019.
We had a wonderful time! The kids have spent days hunting for grasshoppers and we’ve seen newts, frogs, bats and butterflies. We only left to go to a couple of great pubs and the Cranbrook Windmill. Relaxtion “plus”! Thanks for a lovely time.
Tracy, Dave, Freddy & Vivi. August 2019.
Thanks for another amazing stay at Little Halden Farm. Our third year here and we can never have enough of the beautiful surroundings. We love the peace and quiet, listening to the birds, sheep and cows. The Safari Tent as always is spotless and we cant wait to come back next year. Thanks again.
Julia & Tony. May 2019.
We decided to visit at the last minute, but despite the spontaneous booking we have been made to feel extremely welcome from the moment we made our enquiry. The kids absolutely adored the 14ft Yurt and loved seeing the cows in the morning. When we arrived the weather was a bit drizzly but it made the log fires feel that much warmer! The second day was gorgeous so we spent most of it at Camber Sands which is beautiful. Thank you for an amazing stay.
Hannah, Issac & Delilah. August 2019
Thank you for a lovely stay in the 14ft Yurt. We had a brilliant time, our boy was in his element hunting for bugs and was over the moon that he found a newt!
Kellie, Debbie, Zack & Layla. August 2019.
We had a great time at Little Halden Farm. Wonderful views and great fun staying in the 14ft Yurt. The kids had a fantastic time playing games and sitting round the campfire with their friends. We would definitely recommend Little Halden Farm to others.
Simon, Hayley, Will & Holly. August 2019.
Stayed with large family in almost all the accommodation, kids all had a fantastic time playing together. My first Glamping experience but it wont be my last!
Rahina & Family. July 2019.
An ideal rural retreat which really gets you back to nature (in a luxurious way). We found all the facilities spot on and once we got the knack of fire building we were really snug and cosy. Beautiful views down the fields and we love the sounds of nature in the morning.
Laura & Nick. April 2019.
Lovely getaway with the kids during the Easter hols, we all had great fun here. Had everything we needed and we have made lasting memories, thanks for everything.
Felise, Richard, Kian, Harrison & Katelyn. April 2019.