A selection of entries from our visitors book, giving the views of some of the people who have stayed at our barn during 2007 to 2016. There is also praise from a British tourism inspector...
July 2016: This is such a lovely spot, a real haven away from the busy world. Thank you for your welcome and helpfulness – Lee, New Zealand
June 2016: Road trip on bikes, Land's End ..., Puttenham to Lowestoft (hopefully)!! Thank you so much for our very warm welcome, amazing showers, teas and coffee - you're so kind! Best wishes and many thanks – Hannah and James
June 2016: North Downs Way... what a great spot to stop. Needed a long good sleep. Got it! Thank you all volunteers and especially John for a warm welcome – Arendo and Pauline, The Netherlands
July 19th 2015: What a find! My Dad and I loved our overnight stay here in the Barn. Eddie and Mary gave us such a warm welcome and are the best of hosts - thank you very much! – Michelle and Julia
April 5th 2015: Thank you to all over the last 10 years who made our stay possible. A lovely cosy sleeping platform despite the frost outside. Beautiful setting and nice to talk to warden Andy about cycling and bike routes. – Mark, Zoe and Marius (Oxford).
September 23rd 2014: Nice first night out of London for an American cyclist. This place was a godsend for me at the end of a long day in the saddle. Thank you for welcoming me and I do hope to return in the future. – Zeb (USA).
August 18th 2014: 5th Farnham (Bourne) Woodland Beaver Sleepover. We had a wonderful walk across Puttenham Common and picked blackberries and made bramble jelly with the beavers. This morning (Tuesday) we are off for culture at Watts Gallery and it's a lovely day for a walk along the North Downs Way. Thank you Keith! – Liz.
July 4th 2014: What a fabulous place! Warm welcome sitting and chatting over a pot of ginger tea. Great facilities in a gorgeous village with a very friendly vegan accommodating pub! Horay! Will come again and hopefully volunteer at a work party at some point. – Lauren.
September 18th 2013: A beautiful Ecobarn with exceptional volunteers who use their time to give an amazing stay, especially to myself as an individual. The Barn was a great escape from the concrete jungle - I will surely "spead the word". Thank you for all the hard work. – Loz (Redditch)
July 10th 2013: What a wonderful place - all the wood...The undulating tiled roof, the eco-ness... and such a comfortable sleep too. A great combination of carefully thought-out design and characterfulness. And such a welcoming "pit-stop" for a rather novice cyclist. Hope we can perhaps contribute to the place in the future. – Lorna & Robert (Sussex)
October 27th 2012: Cycling from USA through Canada, Iceland, Faroes, Scotland and now in England. France next then continue, probably heading south. Been on the road for four and a half months and last night was the first time I`ve slept in a camping barn. Quite a good experience - hot shower was terrific and slept like a log. Next time I will try to arrive before dark! – John Wickland (Virginia, USA).
May 19th 2012: Fantastic place, beautifully designed and fitted out. I have been blown away by how friendly and welcoming the wardens were... The most homely hosted such place I`ve ever stayed in - a hidden treasure that more people should be aware of! – Liz (London E9).
September 17th 2011: The barn was a perfect end to our day full of ideas, well organised and a very warm welcome. Will definitely be back! – Chris, Jon, Andy
May 20th 2011: I am a Dutch pilgrim who did start walking nine days ago from Canterbury through Rochester to Puttenham. I did like it very much to stay here. – Walter, Holland.
April 5th 2010: Ralf and Rian on our pilgrimage to Canterbury. Lovely friendly welcome from Janet. Nice hot shower and good cooking equipment. Next stop Tanners Hatch...
Le 21 Août 2009: Une formule originale et très intéressante. Un accueil très chaleureux. A renouveler. – J Pierre
June 19th 2008: Congratulations on an amazing project completed with a tremendous amount of thought, hard work, enthusiasm and goodwill. I am most impressed. With all good wishes – Mark Mathews (Guildford)
Good Friday 2007: First night of our walk along the North Downs Way. Janet and team were incredibly hospitable. We were welcomed with coffee and hot cross buns! The barn facilities are better than we had imagined and it`s great to see that real efforts have been made to minimise the environmental impacts of the building. All in all a great place to stay. Hope there is more like this along the route. Keep up the good work. – Steve and Sara (Tonbridge, Kent).
...and official words of praise... In March 2013 the barn was inspected by a national tourism inspector, who wrote:
The Camping Barn is equipped and presented to a high standard and the self-catering kitchen facilities are particularly noteworthy. The property is very well maintained and wardened by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who are to be commended on their commitment and vigilance.