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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 a large farmhouse table for family meals overlooking the apple orchard. From the dining hall (with table for 10), bi-fold doors open onto a large deck with wisteria-covered pergola and teak table with eight chairs and a bench. 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)|
|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|
About this location
The Kent 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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14 Jan 2015
"Fantastic house with amazing views"
We had a lovely stay at the house over New Year with friends; the owners were very welcoming and the house was everything we hoped for with plenty of living space and good size bedrooms and bathrooms.… More
13 Jan 2015
"Enchanting idyll with brilliant hosts!"
From the moment we arrived at Barnfield House, the serenity and warmth of this beautiful spot won us over. The house is spacious and comfortable, with everything needed to accommodate our large group … More
8 Jan 2015
This was our second stay in Barnfield House. Beautiful with every home comfort you need and more. Fabulous views. We shall certainly be returning.
14 Oct 2014
"Spacious, comfortable home in expansive garden"
Our extended family spent a week in this lovely, spacious and comfortable home. It was convenient to many attractions and within walking distance of a cute village with interesting shops. The actual p… More
9 Oct 2014
"Une maison inoubliable pour des vacances entre amis"
Barnfield House est une maison très agréable pour passer un séjour dans le Kent. Partis à deux familles pour une semaine en juillet dernier, nous avons pu apprécier la très belle décoration int… More
28 Sep 2014
"Beautiful grounds, lovely homely house, a lucky find."
A group of us stayed here for a wedding in Hawkhurst. SuchA beautiful view and garden, could have sat there all day (imagining I had another glamourous life) such a nice house with a definite "yo… More
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
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