Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This chocolate box cottage is located deep in the Kent countryside. It's a truly historic property with roots in the 15th Century, it was a Kentish Wealdon Hall house, but has all the comforts of modern living. Think log fires and rustic countryside.
The house is a large (2,000sqft), traditional timber beamed cottage, with eat-in kitchen, lounge with inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, dining room with wood burning stove, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom. There is a large garden and patio for al fresco dining. The property is situated just off a private road, adjacent to farmland, but within a short walk of the charming village of Charing which has a train station, pub, restaurant, tea room, two general stores, two butchers, post office, antique shops & church. It is a very picturesque village high street with friendly locals.
The house has recently been renovated and maintains the traditional feel but in addition modern features have been incorporated to make for a very comfortable stay. For example, complimentary wifi internet access, sky television, master bedroom with en-suite shower, a large main bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a fully equipped kitchen, which includes a range cooker, butler sink and granite worktop. There is also parking for several vehicles.
The area is a walkers' paradise! Brook Farmhouse is nestled at the bottom of the North Downs and the Greensands Way is just outside the garden gate offering easy access to bracing countryside walks. The village train station, less than a 10 minute walk, allows you to make the most of the fabulous olde worlde Kentish pubs (and Kentish ale) en route without the need to drive home!
We want you to enjoy your stay at Brook Farmhouse, so we'll provide you with an information pack highlighting the best walks, the best local places to eat from fine dining to rustic fare, and the best places to get good fresh local produce for you to enjoy. Plus you're welcome to help yourselves to the garden's own produce!
There are plenty of attractions in the area, our favourites being the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury; Whitstable, a typical fishing village, it was the home of writer Somerset Maugham and the set for scenes in Dickens' Bleak House; the vineyards and antique shops of Tenterden, the beach at Broadstairs, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, golf galore.....the list goes on and on, and that's before your day trip to La France! Paris is only 2 hours away by Eurostar.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 60 km, Nearest railway: Charing 700 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
Ashford's excellent road and rail connections, along with its international Eurostar station, make it an ideal base from which to explore the Garden of England.
Transport links are well supported with a main line railway station in the village of Charing, providing access to London Victoria and Ashford International station with its High Speed 37 minute service to London St Pancras. Junction 9 of the M20 motorway is some 5 miles distant and junction 8, some 8 miles distant, both providing direct access to London and the Kent coast. Ashford International is also only 2 hours from Paris on the Eurostar.
The Garden of England has much to offer the visitor. Dramatic coast lines and lovely beaches, beautiful and quintessentially English countryside, castles and historic houses, this was (probably unsurprisingly) a regular holiday destination for Henry VIII, and features heavily in the literary works of Dickens, Chaucer and Somerset Maugham!!!
But Kent also holds its own in the 21st Century with numerous galleries, modern theatre, fine dining and entertaining nightlife.
Be enchanted by country village pubs, have an ale whilst watching cricket on the village green, buy your fish straight from the fishing quay. Kent raises your spirits!
Situated between Maidstone and Ashford, Charing is an ideal base from which walkers can explore the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is crammed full of quintessentially English country villages such as Chilham, Wye, Pluckley, Lenham, Smarden, and Biddenden, each with their own particular charm.
Charing is a short walk from Pluckley village, home of the 'Darling Buds of May', and as you walk there from Brook Farm House through hop gardens and apple orchards, you'll see picture-postcard villages and Kentish oast houses. The oak beamed historic buildings give this part of Kent its own unique flavour. Other well-trodden walkers' routes that can be picked up outside the garden gate are the Greensands Way and the Pilgrim's way.
Charing is also a good base for cyclists too. It nestles in the foothills of the North Downs meaning there are some challenging hills, such as Hollingbourne Hill, in the vicinity, as well as plenty of cycle routes through country lanes.
For the golfer, there are a number of courses in the local area. In total there are over 100 in Kent to choose from!
Further afield, Canterbury, a World Heritage Site, is a short drive from Charing. A tour of the world famous Canterbury Cathedral is a must! Canterbury also has a good range of shops, restaurants, bars, and plenty of good coffee (an essential for Londoners!). The Canterbury Goods Shed is a lively and reputable farmers' market where one can pick up fresh local produce for dinner. Visit the 'Canterbury Tales', to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era in this fabulous recreation of medieval life; a unique introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection.
Visit any number of the coastal towns. With Margate's world-class Turner Contemporary gallery, Broadstairs' beaches, Folkestone's artistic enclave, Dover's famous White Cliffs and Whitstable's funky vibe and superb fish and oyster restaurants, a trip to the beach has never been more tempting!
Plenty of castles too! Dover Castle, Leeds Castle (one of the most picturesque in the UK), Hever Castle with its beautiful gardens and Bodiam Castle, which is located just over the county border in East Sussex are all within easy driving distance.
Eastwell Manor, a splendid country mansion, which offers fine dining, golf, spa and beauty treatments is around 5 miles from Brook Farm House, as is Godinton House, one of Kent's finest historic estates. Chapel Down Vineyard, which is near Tenterden (the Jewel in the Weald), is within easy reach where you will be able to sample award winning red, white & sparkling English wines.
The market town of Ashford is about 6 miles away with its many shops (including John Lewis, Waitrose and the Ashford Designer Outlet with around 100 stores offer designer brands at rock bottom prices), pubs, restaurants, 12 screen cinema and bowling alley.
One thing is for sure, Kent has something for everyone and Brook Farmhouse is the perfect base from which to explore the county!
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15 Aug 2014
"Stunning Farmhouse with many thoughtful touches for guests - highly recommend"
We stayed in Brook Farmhouse in August with our extended family in August 2014. What a gorgeous place! From the moment we arrived we were struck by the attention to detail to make our stay comfortable… More
30 Jul 2014
"A marvelleous holiday cottage in a great location"
Just spent a long weekend at Brook Farmhouse with family and it really did live up to our hopes and expectations. What a great period cottage of real character and quirky features, set in a fabulous … More
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