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, more 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 and planning was underway to design something 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.
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.
My lovely Mum & Dad surprised me with a great Glamping trip. I really enjoyed it, it was everything I wanted. Thank you so much, best Birthday ever!
The Tyrrells. November 2018
What a wonderful weekend! Back to nature, playing in the woods, chatting, eating and drinking around the campfire. Not a single electronic device in sight, bliss!
Caroline, Steve, Millie & Charlotte. September 2018
Amazing stay here! A big group of us hired all the Hopper Huts. Great fun for all the kids. We visited Camber Sands and Alexanda Park. We are going to come again, much thanks.
Emily & Dan. August 2018
Had a lovely two night break, lovely Hopper Hut with everything you need! Thanks for a warm welcome.
Lorna, Ed & Alice (age 2, tomorrow!) August 2018
We’ve had another great stay here, our 3rd year! Fantastic Safari Tent, superb countryside and a great time! We will be back again next year.
The Webbs. July 2018
Stunning views! The Safari Tent was clean, comfy and fully equipped. Having a hot shower in a field was pure luxury! Our friends are jealous and I think they’ll all be booking with you shortly. Thanks again, really, really sad to say goodbye.
Vicky, Adam, Hadley & Tamzin. July 2018
Thanks for a great weekend, such a super time in glorious weather and everything perfect. Many thanks indeed.
The Thomases. June 2018
We had a wonderful stay! All the accommodation was so clean and very well equipped. This was a great way to celebrate a special 40th Birthday with friends. We have made some great memories during our stay. Thank you very much.
Karen & Joe. June 2018
Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your 14ft Yurt, it was great. The weather was hot and the thunderstorm was something else. Trip to Bodiam Castle on the steam train was well worth doing.
Suzanne, Derek & Isabel. May 2018
Thank you very much we had a great time staying in Hopper Hut Fuggle! The kids loved the campfire, meeting new friends and the freedom.
The Yurchieva family. May 2018
Our 2nd time staying here and yet another fantastic couple of days. Think we were lucky with the weather as we are both slightly tanned now! Many thanks for another great few days and will definitely be back!
Julia & Tony. April 2018
We had a really lovely stay, especially enjoyed the sheepies! We loved watching the little lambs prance around and we loved sitting in the cosy Safari Tent every night. We are a bit sad to leave here and go back to London but we will always remember this place.
Nancy, Mila, Ellie & David. April 2018
We really enjoyed staying in the Yurt, we especially liked playing outside in the wood. The Yurt looked really pretty. The family who stays in here next is in for a real treat. Thank you ever so much.
Bella (Age 10) April 2018
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