Places to stay
The George Inn does have some hard standing and grass spaces for Motorhome Owners to park and to stay overnight, although this is limited to those eating in the pub. Find our details on Search For Sites.
Great Field Farm is just up the road, a very short walk from The George Inn. It is an excellent base for walkers and cyclists, being close to many signed walking and cycling routes. Hosts, Macolm and Lewana Castle, can offer a free local pick-up and drop-off service for those without transport. The farm comprises forty five acres (15 hectares) consisting of arable farmland, paddocks and pretty south facing gardens. The arable field has a nature strip around the perimeter where guests are welcome to stroll, and where you are quite likely to see wildlife such as deer, hares, pheasants, badgers, foxes, many types of birds and butterflies. The Farm aims to minimise the environmental impact of activities. They have installed a 50kW ground mounted solar array which feeds Sunset Lodge, Apple and Hazel Barns, The Cottage and the main Farmhouse and are “zero energy”. Ground Source Heat Pumps provide all the heating and hot water for Sunset Lodge and Apple and Hazel Barns.
Elmfield Farm is just down the road from The George Inn. The farm is used mainly for sheep and hay making. There are donkeys, alpacas, a few sheep, some pigs, ducks and chickens for guests to meet. Visiting children (and adults!) are always welcome to help feed the animals. There is a play area in the farmyard and plenty of space to explore across the fields and in the woods. On the edge of the farmyard, there are 4 cottages - each cottage has its own patio and lawned garden area. Clay and Straw cottages are end of terrace cottages built from Straw Bales each sleeping 6. Dilly and Gilt cottages are traditional detached brick bungalows which sleep 4. Hosts Andrew and Harriet Wishart.pride themselves on providing a warm welcome, and bake fresh cakes for your arrival.
Heathwood Lodge is set in a very rural area known as Wheelbarrow Town in the village of Stelling Minnis, nearby to The George. The lodge itself is set within lovely grounds amounting to six acres. Wildlife is in its element. You may well see foxes, pheasants, rabbits and badgers. On clear nights the stars are amazing due to low light pollution. Owls and seasonal nightingale are often heard in the adjacent woodland. Hosts Joss and Robert Hubble offer bed and breakfast at Heathwood which is a first class base for walking and hiking. It is perfect for cyclists as a touring base with secure bike storage. It is a secluded area for tent campers with outside loo and hot water washing facility. It is an excellent base for touring golf breaks. Uniquely, the lodge offers:horse holidays with two or three stables available and the chance for the owner rider to experience at their own pace, riding in great rural countryside including woodland. The many routes that come under the Forestry Commission are immediately adjacent, and are available in woodland:areas such as West Wood, Elham Park Wood and Park Wood. Other woodland areas are Covert Wood, Atchester Wood, Covet Wood, Madams Wood and numerous others. There are also the actual roads and tracks around the Minnis Common land in Stelling Minnis which offer gentle and interesting walking, hiking, cycling and horseriding.
The Lodge Treehouse is just down the road from The George, at Lymbridge Green. Jo and David wanted a change of lifestyle and career so, in 2012, they started their campsite and home dog boarding to supplement income from sheep and hay. They are passionate about nature and have planted hedges and trees and continue to do so. Their Treehouse is designed to reflect the uniqueness of Kent and to offer views on the special nature of its landscape. The oast-shaped roof covers an interior of simple rich wood and sleek white, with big double doors that frame the countryside. Sheep's wool is used as insulation. There’s a waterfall shower en suite, but the standout feature of the treehouse is the jacuzzi bathtub. Outdoors, under the long awning, you can lie back and reflect on life letting the hot water foam around you. Out on the deck is seating which is perfect for enjoying views of peaceful fields or the sunset. The treehouse has been designed with all modern conveniemces for those who just need to relax and feel the weight of the world drop away. You can often see birds of prey and at certain times of the year, nightingales have been heard which is quite rare. However, if you want a little more activity, you can always drop in to David and Jo’s house that you’ll see behind the treehouse and help out with the sheep and chickens on the smallholding.
Clavertye Shepherd's Huts are situated on a family run arable farm on the outskirts of the historic village of Elham, not far from Stone Street and Stelling Minnis..The huts are set in stunning locations. One is set in a ten acre private woodland and the other on the valley hillside with beautiful views. The huts are aimed at people who want a wild, tranquil escape. They are half a kilometer away from the nearest road and dwelling. The woodland shepherd's hut is set in a sunny glade with mature oak trees. During the spring, anemones, orchids, primroses, bluebells carpet the woodland floor. The woodland hut sleeps two adults and two young children. The valley shepherd's hut is set in calcareous grassland which hosts wild flowers such as egg and bacon, orchids, bluebells and cowslips. Also during May the wild broom flowers a beautiful yellow. The valley hut sleeps only a couple and baby or toddler in a travel cot. The two shepherd's huts have hand built bespoke kitchenettes, composting toilets and good size showers. Hot water and the hob and oven are run by gas. LED lights and fridge are run by solar power. There is a cosy wood burner with all wood supplied. You can relax, take in the views and listen to the skylarks and buzzards above. Dogs are welcome and will enjoy the fabulous walks here.