House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Barnfield House, awarded Visit England Four Star rating, is a light-filled, warm and well equipped family home on the edge of Hawkhurst village, with stunning countryside views from most rooms. Accommodation is spread over three floors, with the ground floor devoted to common living areas, five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the 1st floor, and a fourth bathroom and landing library on the 2nd floor. The generous living areas – large drawing room, sitting/TV room, study, and dining hall – are full of Asian antiques and artefacts, handsome furniture and comfy sofas. The kitchen is equipped for people who love to cook, and has an eight-seater farmhouse table for family meals overlooking the apple orchard. From the dining hall, bi-fold doors open onto a large deck with wisteria-covered pergola and teak table and eight chairs. The views from here are magnificent, with lawns sloping towards farmland beyond the large unfenced pond.
Barnfield House is ideal for families and friends who wish to spend time together in gracious, comfortable, relaxing surroundings. We've hosted multi-generation family gatherings, family-of-the-bride/groom groups, guests celebrating significant birthdays or bridal showers, and friends' reunions. Our youngest guest was a few months old, our oldest close to 90.
Not for nothing is Hawkhurst called the 'crossroads for the Weald'; It's the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of Kent and Sussex that keep families of all ages well entertained. Countryside drives reveal picturesque villages and pubs, including the Oak & Ivy Inn, famous gathering place for the infamous 18th century Hawkhurst smugglers. In addition to the famous National Trust and English Heritage historic castles, houses and gardens that attract many visitors to the area (Sissinghurst Gardens and the gardens of Great Dixter shouldn't be missed), there are many other experiences to consider, such as the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Smugglers Adventure at Hastings, Bodium Castle and Hever Castle (home to Henry VIII's Ann Boleyn), and myriad museums covering everything from musical instruments to vintage cars, 1066 battlefields to 18th century smugglers. After all this activity, guests love returning to the comfort of Barnfield House. Our 1938 home – made of Canadian cedar from its floorboards to roof shingles – has its own history: the large pond in the garden is thought to be the remains of an iron ore site from the middle ages!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Camber Sands 28 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Gatwick 55 km, Nearest railway: Etchingham 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
The Weald of Kent – called the Garden of England – offers visitors of all ages plenty to do and see: historic castles and heritage houses, world-famous gardens, caves, cathedrals and churches, farms and animal parks, maritime heritage, museums, observatories, steam trains, country walks and sandy beaches. London is an hour away and Paris not much further (join Eurostar with ease at Ashford International Station!)
Hawkhurst village on the Kent/Sussex border is the perfect setting for exploring the Weald of Kent. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with public footpaths through farms, orchards and woodland. There's a wealth of attractions in the area for wonderful family outings, including Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, Leeds Castle, Batemans, Go Ape at Bedgebury. Garden enthusiasts are well placed for Sissinghurst Gardens, Pashley Manor and Great Dixter. The historic towns of Cranbrook, Battle and Tunbridge Wells are a short drive away, as are the coastal towns of Rye and Hastings and the beach at Camber Sands. Outdoor activities include sailing and windsurfing at Bewl Reservoir, wakeboarding and kite surfing at Camber Sands, mountain biking and horseriding in Bedgebury, and golf (there's a golf course five minutes' walk from the house). You also have the pick of some wonderful local pubs and eateries, including Michelin-starred restaurants, and several award-winning vinyards.
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22 May 2014
"Excellent venue for a family reunion"
We stayed at this spacious and well appointed large house for a week for a family birthday get together. With 5 bedrooms there is plenty of room. The house is beautifully situated with a large garden … More
13 Jan 2014
"A wonderful house with everything you need"
Barnfield House is a large, beautiful, well-kept, family home. It doesn't feel like a holiday rental but rather a friend's house that you are using whilst they're away. It has everythin… More
17 Sep 2013
"All we needed for a fantastic long weekend"
Our group of ten adults and two under-twos stayed at Barnfield House on the August bank holiday and had exactly the long weekend we hoped for.Despite our arriving much later than arranged due to traff… More
19 Aug 2013
"Our home away from home"
We are an Australian family with small children that have stayed consecutive years at this home because we love it. Our kids can't wait to roam the extensive gardens and we find that the house … More
21 Jul 2013
"Barnfield House wraps its arms around you with its warmth, elegance & comfort"
We loved the perfect privacy of the house & gardens. The iconic English view across the rich green fields to the Norman church tower was a delight to behold from the expansive sundeck. We very much ap… More
21 May 2013
"Not like a rental house"
Barnfield House is superbly appointed with views over the Kent countryside and large grounds. The house is spacious and comfortable with the owners' beautiful oriental furniture and some interest… More
17 May 2013
"Great house in a stunning location"
I knew we were going to have a great weekend the first time I heard from Jenny. She was very quick to respond, answered all my questions and provided plenty of information about the area to ensure we could plan a great break.
I was met by the house-keeper who kindly showed me around the house and ensured I knew where everything was. There was also a lovely welcome pack!
There were 9 of us in the group and the house was perfect for that number. There was enough space for everyone to be in the same room together or to go our separate ways if we wanted a break. The deck was a great place to soak up some sun and enjoy the large backyard (which is also great for throwing a frisbee!)
The house had everything you could need for a stay. The kitchen was well equipped and there was a BBQ for the day we had sun!
It was my birthday during our stay and Jenny had provided a list of restaurants in the area. We ate at The Great House, which was a 30 minute walk from Barnfield and was a relaxed place to enjoy some very tasty food.
For people looking for a beautiful house for a large group I cannot recommend Barnfield enough. Jenny was great to deal with and I hope to be back soon!
14 Apr 2013
"A perfect location for a family get together"
We stayed at Barnfield House for 2 weeks in June 2012. It is spacious and accomodates 10 people comfortably, with plenty of room indoors for eating, socialising and general living - and plenty of roo… More
2 Apr 2013
"A wonderful, spacious home for a relaxing break"
Barnfield House is a lovely place, with plenty of rooms to allow everyone the space they need. Add this to the outside space, views across the Kent countryside and it is difficult ot know what more one would want from a place.
1 Apr 2013
"Barnfield House is generous, gracious, welcoming and hospitable"
I felt embraced by the energy of the house as soon as I entered: there is an almost Asian sense of hospitality and welcome to the house even though it is set in a quintessentially English part of the Kent countryside. Barnfield House is spacious and gracious enough for a large house party and cosy and comfortable enough for an intimate holiday away. Beautiful sweeping views over the Kent countryside, a country style kitchen, drawing room designed for long evenings of conversation and companionship by the fire, some well appointed bedrooms - i could not commend a stay in this House more highly. We will be back!
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