Questions about Coronavirus

You can read our most recent information on our 2020 updates here.  

A stay about Elmley is about disconnecting and relaxing.  You can therefore book without any worries under our flexible booking terms which you can find details of here

We want to ensure your Elmley experience is relaxed and an escape from the everyday in nature, and with so much space inside and out we are lucky that social distancing isn't hard. The safety of you and our team is is always our priority.  We are taking our responsibility very seriously and remain responsive to Government guidance.  You can read our coronavirus protocols here.  

What are the check-in and check-out times?

Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is at 11am* on the morning of your departure. With advance notice we will always try to accommodate you if you require flexibility, so please do contact us to ask. Outside of these times you are very welcome to enjoy the Reserve within opening hours and we will happily look after your bags for you. 

* Covid-19 update-Please note from 4th July 2020 check in will be from 4pm and check out 10am. At this time we are not able to offer early check in or late check out.

Is there a minimum stay?

There is a two night minimum stay on weekends, and in School Summer holidays, and a minimum of three nights at Bank holidays, Christmas and New Year.

I won't be able to arrive until the evening, would this be ok?

Yes, you are welcome to arrive at anytime. We do try to meet everyone and show them in. However, for later arrivals we will provide you with clear self check-in instructions and we will be contactable by phone.  

I have friends staying with you for a special occasion can I organise something for them?

Yes, we would be delighted to arrange a treat such as a massage or a bottle of bubbly, please contact us to organise this.

Do you do gift vouchers?

Yes, we do and can offer an email voucher for instant delivery or lovely printed Gift Card sent by post. For every voucher purchased we donate 10% of the value to local charities.  Visit here.

Do you accept card?

Yes you can book online or over the phone using any card including American Express. On departure you can settle up for any extras by cash or card.

I'd like to come in Winter, will it be warm enough in the huts?

Yes, definitely.  All the huts are very well insulated (with eco-wool which is made from recycled plastic bottles). Vanellus, The Ferryman's, The Damson and The Saltbox have electric oil filled radiators, Little Owl and Samphire have wood burning stoves. To keep you even more cosy all huts have Romney Marsh wool blankets and hot water bottles. Do bring warm, outdoors clothes for winter walks on the marsh. And winter is the best time for bird watching with tens of thousands winter wildfowl and wading birds visiting the marsh, along with many birds of prey.

I'd like to come on my own, and am comcerned about staying in a remote hut

We often have guests staying on their own, as Elmley is such a wonderful place to recharge in peace.  Even though the huts look out onto wilderness views, they aren't completely on their own.  You will be staying within Kingshill Farm, and there is always a member of staff onsite.  The entry to the Nature Reserve has a locked gate, so the location is very secure.

Are you family friendly?

Yes!  Due to the set up of the accommodation we can only welcome children in the large huts, Summer bell tents, and in the whole houses.  Elmley is wonderful for children with so much space and wildlife to explore. High chairs, baby baths and travel cots and a selection of games and books are all available on request.  Please be aware that the set-up is not specifically designed for children so it does suit families who are looking for a place to rewild and relax, rather than lots of facilities and activities. Also children must be supervised at all times for their safety (it is a working farm) and to avoid disturbance to wildlife and other guests.  We're afraid that we cannot accommodate any children of babies in Samphire or Little Owl.  And children between 2 and 12 cannot be accommodated in the individual rooms in Kingshill Farmhouse (but can if it is booked as a whole house).

Is real coffee provided?

Yes, we supply freshly ground coffee. All huts have a cafetiere and please ask for fresh milk on arrival.  

Is there a hairdryer in the hut?

No, as we are an off-grid site we don’t provide hairdryers to save electricity.

Are towels and bedding provided?

Yes. Vanellus, The Saltbox, The Damson and The Ferryman’s along with the Farmhouse Rooms have very snuggly bathrobes.  

Are all huts ensuite?

Yes, all huts have a bathroom with shower, basin and a flushing loo. The Ferryman’s and The Saltbox also have an outside shower, and Damson has an outside bath!

What can I expect to see?

The change of seasons are so important here and at all times there will be plenty of wildlife to see including hares, barn owls and lapwings. Please visit the Reserve information pages to find out what is about during your stay.

What is there to do?

Walk, watch the wildlife, read, paint, draw, play scrabble, talk, relax. Elmley is a huge slice of wilderness in South East England and stays here are all about getting back to nature and recharging.  

You can have a massage with our holistic therapist Roz, prices start from £45. Or organise a wildlife tour with Gareth or Abbie.

What is there is wet weather?

The huts and houses are designed as perfect spaces to cosy up with tea and books and watch the weather from the windows. The beautiful Victorian barn and Linhay are incredible space to be in.

Do the duvets contain feathers?

None of our duvets or pillows contain feathers.  Please be aware some cushions in the houses do have feathers so please do make us aware if you have an allergy and we will remove them.

Is there WiFi?

The huts do not have WiFi, as you really should be switching off! However, you can pick up 4G on most networks and if needed you may pick up WiFi in the Kingshill Barn,.

There is WiFi in Elmley Cottage and Kingshill Farmhouse.

Is breakfast included?

Tea, coffee and home made muesli are provided in the hut. Please ask if you would like fresh milk on arrival. You can order breakfast sandwiches to be delivered hot to your hut with a pot of tea and coffee. We also offer lunch and supper.  For guests staying in the Rooms in the Farmhouse a 'Kentinental Breakfast' is included in the room rate.

What are my options for food and drink?

The Barn is open all day for local snacks, drinks and lunches.  We can spoil you and deliver cooked breakfast sandwiches, packed lunches and hot supper hampers to your hut
From October 2020 The Linhay will be open serving wholesome and local breakfasts, lunches, snacks and drinks in the day.  Come the evening Suppers will be served in this rustically romantic space.  See Food & Drink for more information. Alternatively you can self-cater in the hut and camping kitchen.  And we have some fantastic pubs a drive away.  

How far are you from the nearest train station? 

The closest train station is Swale, on the Sheerness line. Trains from London Victoria, St Pancras and Stratford Intl go directly to Sittingbourne. From Sittingbourne you can pick up a taxi (around 15 mins drive) or change to get a train to Swale (3 miles from Elmley).

What are your recommendations of where to go, what to see? 

Please see here or get in touch with us and we can make recommendations based on your interests– we’re spoilt in Kent for culture, beaches, walks and food!  

When is the best time to visit to see wildlife

Here at Elmley we are really aware of the changing seasons, and each bring their own wildlife spectacles. Please do get in touch to let us know any particular interests and we can advise. Tours are also available with Gareth. There is more information on our Wildlife here.

Can I bring my bike?

Yes, and you can leave it outside the hut or you can lock it inside the barn. Please be aware that during the important months for our birds (April-May & November-January) we don’t encourage cycling to avoid disturbance.  

Are dogs allowed?

As we are a National Nature Reserve, unfortunately we cannot have dogs onsite, except registered assistance dogs.

How accessible are the huts?

All of our shepherd’s huts have three steps to access them. For guests with reduced mobility The Saltbox and The Ferryman’s are recommended as you can drive closer and there is more room. Elmley Cottage has a downstairs bedroom with wetroom next door. Please see the accessibility guides for more information.

Can I park outside the hut?

We have plenty of onsite parking but as the huts are set within the Nature Reserve you are unable to park directly outside. We are happy to help with bags and you can drop off closer to the hut.

Is there someone available 24 hours a day?

There will normally be someone available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm  We will always be very happy to help and ensure you have everything you need. However, please  be aware that Elmley is a busy working farm and National Nature Reserve and we offer a relaxing, get away from it all escape, rather than the reception services of a hotel!

Once you arrive and check in we do have an emergency out of hours contact for any questions or problems during your stay.

Where abouts are the huts located?

There is a map of Kingshill Farm here which shows the location of everything on site.

Where can I walk?

Here is a map of the Reserve with the nature trails shown.