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 it has evolved over the years and in 2022 we introduced our new amazing Pods and we look to welcome new and returning guests to Little Halden Farm for a unique 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.
We had a lovely stay in the Wren pod. It has everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Very picturesque surroundings and so lovely to spend a few days here. The hot tub is perfect for 2 people. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for this kind of holiday. Jonathan was extremely helpful in the build up with local recommendations and clear instructions for arriving / checking in, very quick to reply which is great.
Scott, November 22
We had a lovely stay here. It was the perfect relaxing weekend escape from busy London we needed. Super tranquil, the hot tub overlooking that beautiful view was amazing. The pod was super cosy and clean, very modern with all the essentials you need. The kitchen was full of all the bits you need, so we ended up making most of our meals there rather than going out. Highly recommend!
Adam, November 22
Our stay in Swallow Pod was perfect and allowed us to completely switch off from the outside world and relax. The pod was situated in a beautiful and virtually silent location, very tastefully executed and with everything you could possibly need. The pod and outside area was spotlessly clean and excellently cared for. Jonathan was a very professional, yet warm, host and communication / information sharing was excellent. A 6 minute drive into Tenterden town for lovely restaurants, cafes and shops. We would love to return!
Abbie, October 22
We had an amazing stay! The accommodation was so clean and well organised. Jonathan was so helpful with any questions we had. We will definitely be recommending this place to our friends and family and look forward to going back at some point soon.
Lili, October 22
Swallow pod is a great getaway from the city! Even though we don’t have a car to get around, it is still accessible by walking and taking the public transport. Jonathan is very helpful to us in navigating our way around the area. The hot tub is the highlight of our trip as we relaxed ourselves after our stroll to the nearby village of Rolvenden and Tenterden. All in all, it is such a nice experience that I would definitely recommend to everyone to try.
Edward, October 22
Everything was absolutely amazing. This is our second time here and will definitely be returning. Love how nice, quiet and secluded it feels. Love the cows in the morning as they seem very friendly! The hot tub is exactly what was needed for a nice relaxing stay. Clear and easy directions to get there. Nice little staycation. Thanks to Jonathan for being a nice host.
Aneta, October 22
This pod was a great stay. The pod was so clean and the hot tub was a great addition. The location was great, a 20 minute walk to the local pub. Jonathan replied instantly, I would definitely return.
Max, October 22
We had an absolutely incredible stay. The pod was immaculate, well-appointed, cozy, comfortable and had all the luxuries we needed like a dishwasher, electric BBQ, outdoor fire pit and the amazing hot tub. Jonathan was friendly and responsive. We will definitely be staying again. Thanks for an amazing time!
Julia, October 22
Had a lovely stay this weekend. Great location near to tenterden town and lovely little cabin. Jonathan was very helpful and quick to answer questions. Would recommend for a cute weekend away.
Sophie, October 2022
The perfect stay! Stayed here with my friend and we had the best time, woke up to cows! The stars at night were unreal, the hot tub was amazing, everything was lovely and clean, Jonathan was so polite! Really recommend staying here!
Dee, September 2022
Amazing stay in Wren pod! Communication from Jonathan was great including accurate and easy to follow directions. Lots of extra little touches that weren’t expected but very much appreciated. Lovely location, very peaceful and a perfect place to relax and unwind. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends.
Sarah, September 2022
This place is fabulous for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle. The place was spotless and the hot tub is just the perfect addition to this quaint pod stay. The cows and sheep are just a stones throw away and you can watch the stars at night in the tub with the campfire burning. The pod has everything you need and Jonathan was a perfect host. We would definitely like to return.
Chevorne, September 2022
Excellent stay, beautiful scenery. The pod is private, very peaceful and relaxing, and has everything you need for you to enjoy. I definitely recommend.
Nikita, September 2022
Would highly recommend it to anyone as a great place to stay! Lovely peaceful location with everything you could need for your stay thought of including fire wood, milk and apple juice. Easy check-in process and Jonathan was easy to contact and quick to reply.
Amy, September 2022
Had an excellent time at the pod so peaceful and relaxing Jonathan was a great host very friendly every thing was clean, jacuzzi was a great add on to the stay will definitely be going back the pod has everything u need and in a great location.
Daniel, September 2022
This place is amazing! Would recommend to anyone and everyone!
Amy, August 2022
Everything was perfect from beginning to end . Tremendous host , will definitely come again . The apple juice and milk was warmly appreciated . Will definitely visit again .
Stu, August 2022
Tel: 07854 523966
Email: [email protected]
Address: Little Halden Farm
Rolvenden | Cranbrook | Kent