Roundoak

Heniker Lane, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3ED

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  • Adults
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Scenic views
  • Working farm

Why stay here ...

ROUNDOAK FARM is a working farm that focuses largely on breeding of rare breed sheep including Hebridean, North Ronaldsays and the very rare Boreray sheep, we also keep rare breed cows, including Vaynols, White Parks, Irish Moiled and Highland Cattle.  It is set in the heart of the Kentish countryside, south of the county town Maidstone, on the southerly slopes of the Greensand Ridge overlooking the beautiful weald of Kent. The mainly grassland farm now consists of approximately 180 acres including 5 acres of natural oak woodland at Sutton Valence and a further 50 acres at our sister farm, Kings Oak, which also has a commercial campsite, just a mile or so away in Ulcombe. The farm also conservation graze in excess of 1500 acres throughout central Kent.

Pitches:

  • The site is clean and consists of level mown grass and hard standing pitches.
  • Pitches are available with or without electric hook up as required.
  • All pitches are generous in size.
  • All pitches and are south facing.
  • WC and shower facilities are included in the price of the pitch.

Controlled dogs are very welcome.

Lovely five acres of wooded walk open to guests.

The site has secure coded access gates and security cameras, and the pitch area is gated and fenced.

Guests are welcome to look around the farm yard by arrangement, depending on the time of year, there are normally sheep, lambs, pigs, piglets, cows and calves on site as well as chickens, chicks, turkeys, and ducks that wander the farm freely.

Home produce is always available and includes eggs, meat including pork sausages, bacon, lamb and beef.

We have also produced our own bed throws and wool. These are available to purchase as well as branded Roundoak clothing by Musto including jackets, coats, fleeces and polo shirts all of top quality.

Further details of this unique and peaceful site can be seen on our own website.

Local Attractions:

  • Leeds Castle
  • Hever Castle
  • Penshurst Place and gardens
  • Sissinghurst Castle and gardens
  • Bedgebury Pineatum
  • Rye and Hastings
  • Ightham Moat
  • Kentish vineyards at Tenterden, Biddenden and Staplehurst
  • Tenterden town and steam trains
  • Chatham historic Dockyard
  • Whitstable (whitstable oysters)
  • Cathedral City of Canterbury
  • Dover and day trips to France
  • Hythe, Dymchurch to Dungeness miniture railway
  • Trips to london from Headcorn station (2 miles) trains to Charing Cross in central london. Journey time about 1 hour.
  • Tunbridge Wells

Nearest transport:

COACH STATIONS

  • Maidstone: Chequers Centre Bus Station — 6.1 miles
  • Gillingham (Kent): Hempstead Valley Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
  • Wigmore (Medway): Wigmore Road — 9.9 miles

TRAIN STATIONS

  • Headcorn Rail Station — 2.5 miles
  • Staplehurst Rail Station — 3.2 miles
  • Harrietsham Rail Station — 4.2 miles

FERRY TERMINAL/ EUROTUNNEL

  • Dover Ferry Terminal – 44.2 miles
  • Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 23.3 miles

AIRPORTS

  • Lydd London Ashford Airport — 22.2 miles
  • London Southend Airport — 25.8 miles
  • Biggin Hill Airport — 26.5 miles.

Norman and Ruth look forward to seeing you at Roundoak Farm in the heart of the Kentish countryside!

 

Please note this is an Adult Only Site. Minimum 3 night booking for Bank Holiday weekends.

Facilities on site ...

  • Dog walk from site
  • Information room
  • Shower (exclusive use)
  • TV reception: good
  • WC (exclusive use)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Working farm

Prices

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0.75 acres

Electric amperage: 16

Lawned site

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Postcode:
ME17 3ED
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Lat 51.203489 / Lon 0.603639
OS field ref:
TQ819481
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Buses go to: Maidstone and Headcorn
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest port: Dover (30 miles)
  • Nearest train station: Headcorn

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Roundoak
Be forewarned. There are a few key points that are misleading or omitted on this website. Take care on the access road to Roundoak as it is pothole-ridden. Our fridge door was broken before we even entered the gates. Before arrival, we were asked to pay for our stay in full, 4 nights in cash only. Once inside, the turn to the CL pitch was too sharp for us and we were then led to a grassy tent pitch area instead and given a long extension cord to plug into. This is not a 5 touring caravan pitch site! Along with the tent pitches there are 15 to 20 caravans parked up with seasonal workers living onsite. Given a quick tour, we were told they would be extremely busy over the holiday weekend because of an event being hosted at their adjacent farm, tickets could be purchased for an extra fee. To me there was a quick wave at the water points which are not very accessible next to the cow barn. Bathroom/Shower room is through a covered barn area which is used for events and weddings, etc. Not exclusive, this is in a shared area for events, men and women, dishwashing and has a door to an office adjacent. Upon setting up at dusk, my husband filled our Aquaroll from a free standing container of clear liquid with a hose and nozzle attached. Thinking this was the water point, it was actually a diesel additive which then made its way into our caravan's water system. My husband could not see the water point from here because it is not visible behind a shed. The container itself has no eye level warning labels and is not fenced off. Being close to dark it was nearly impossible to see. Afterward, the rest of the evening was spent flushing out the water system by the owner and a worker which we greatly appreciated. But by 10pm our van was wet, full of mud and generally turned upside down, so we decided to go home without our van and return the next morning. As we were preparing to leave, the wife/owner would not make eye contact with me. I thought it was odd and dismissed it. Then it happened again the following morning when we went to retrieve our van. I was already quite shaken about the night before, but to be made to feel unwelcome was extremely unkind. When asked if we were staying, I asked if we could move our original CL designated pitch, the one we paid for, he said his wife had probably already given it to someone else. We were never offered a refund. We then spent the rest of the holiday weekend flushing out the caravan at our storage site. I realise this is a working farm and accidents can happen, but public safety should always be a priority. As CL members, this site was not what we were expecting.

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Reviewed on 28/06/2022 13:19

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A lovely site but with some important reservations

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This is a lovely quiet, well-maintained site with plenty of space and access to a small oak wood next to the site. It was lovely to see the rare breeds. It is well-situated for a variety of places of interest and National Trust properties. The village of Headcorn is nearby with shops and a local Sainsburys and cashpoint (payment at this site is cash/cheque). We had a very warm and helpful welcome from the owners who evidently care about the site and its surroundings. There are security gates which restrict access. However, we do have major reservations about the site. Firstly, the site is not as described on this webpage. There is currently no wifi available (and this was important to us). The very helpful site guidance given to us upon arrival the site indicated that it was available at a cost of £2.50 a day. But it was not available at all. Secondly, the wc/showers are not exclusive use. They comprise two shower cubicles, 3 toilet cubicles and two sinks. There are also an electric kettle and microwave. But these facilities are shared with a neighbouring office (which has direct door access). Sometimes this door is left open so that one’s comings and goings are open to view within the office. In addition, the wc/shower room is accessed through a yard ‘bar’ i.e. a barn with a bar (not in everyday use). The wc/shower room is situated at the back of this barn and, if there is a social taking place there, you have to walk through it to access the room. This happened once, and it was not a comfortable experience. In addition, it was evident that this wc/shower room was used by people other than those in the office or staying on the CL site. I have read an earlier review where there was a party in the oak wood adjacent to the site. It is evident that it is used for this purpose from time to time so, if you are staying at this site, it would be well to enquire first whether any socials are planned in the wood or the yard bar. Given the above reservations, £25 a night is expensive. We continued our holiday another CL in Kent with much better wc/shower/wifi facilities at a much lower price. Overall, this is a good site, in a lovely situation, with helpful and friendly owners but it is best to be aware of the above. Note: the access road is very tight and of poor quality (very uneven) with few passing places. Wifi access is available at the nearby Weald of Kent Golf Course and Hotel (open to public and a lovely bar adjacent to a lake).

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Reviewed on 30/05/2022 13:58

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Absolutely stunning !!

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The title of our review says it all. Wonderful setting, peaceful and picturesque. Norman and Ruth are great hosts, generous to a fault. They are justly proud of this great site. Loved Steve the sheep, the Guinea fowl squadron and the Duck Squad. Lots of visiting wildlife, including Woody Woodpecker who was partial to a fat filled coconut shell. We would not hesitate to revisit this wonderful place. Oh, and the Beefburgers, heaven in a bun. Thank you Norman and Ruth, regards Brian and Vivien.

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Reviewed on 30/08/2021 12:25

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Adults only tranquil haven

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We spent a few peaceful days enjoying watching the farm animals from our camper and the birds (especially the little owl) in the woods. Friendly and helpful hosts who find time for you even though it is a working farm. Always a sociable atmosphere, everyone was invited into an outbuilding to watch the Euro matches on a large screen. Showers, kitchen and toilets all very clean.

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Just got back from a weekend at this amazing site,the owners are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Every where we walked we were saying that's a good idea or wow that's nice , the woods are wonderfully set out there's a hot tub and fire pits ,nicely placed benches to sit and watch the sun going down. The showers had a really good pressure on them and nice and hot. Yes the weather was cold but the warmth of the welcome soon warms you up. And WOW the sausages and burgers are really meaty and taste like a sausage should.

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Reviewed on 19/01/2020 16:53

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