Larkin Oast

Bethersden, Kent
8 Guests
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    Larkin Oast, sleeping 8, is stylishly converted and arranged over three floors
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    Larkin Oast is stylishly converted and arranged over three floors
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    First floor: Sitting area in the beamed open plan living space
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    First floor: Dining and sitting areas in the beamed open plan living space
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    First floor: Beamed open plan living space with vaulted ceiling
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    First floor: Dining and kitchen areas in the beamed open plan living space
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    Ground floor: Double/twin bedroom with en suite shower room
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    Ground floor: Double/twin bedroom with en suite shower room
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    Ground floor: Double/twin bedroom with en suite shower room
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    Ground floor: Double/twin bedroom with en suite shower room
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    Ground floor: Double/twin bedroom with en suite shower room
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    Second floor: Double/twin bedroom in the roundel with en suite shower room
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    Outside Larkin Oast has a private garden, with decked terrace, barbecue and countryside views
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    The well appointed farm has been awarded the AA’s ultimate commendation, 5 Gold Stars/’Highly Commended’
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    A licensed wedding venue, ‘Primrose’, the actual 1926 yellow vintage Rolls Royce used in the TV series can be on hand to transport the bride to be
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    Step back in time and enjoy a stay at Larkin Oast on Darling Buds Farm, the home of Ma and Pop Larkin in The Darling Buds of May ITV series
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    Guests can roam the farm’s 35 acres of land with a stream and nine large ponds
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    The Reindeer Centre is right next door to the Farm
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    The Reindeer Centre is right next door to the Farm
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Step back in time and enjoy a stay at Larkin Oast. Aptly named, this Oast House is set within a courtyard of buildings on Darling Buds Farm, which featured as the home of Ma and Pop Larkin (Pam Ferris and David Jason) in The Darling Buds of May ITV series* (1991–1993). Its simple lifestyle, set in the 1950s, showcased the beautiful Kent countryside, and the location became internationally famous as a result.

This well appointed farm has been awarded the AA’s ultimate commendation, 5 Gold Stars/’Highly Commended’ and is surrounded by beautiful open Kent countryside. The beauty spot is located near the villages of Bethersden and Pluckley, about six miles from Ashford.

Larkin Oast is stylishly converted and arranged over three floors. Move up the gorgeous wooden stairs (with the original winch still in place) to the first floor with beautiful beamed vaulted ceiling. This floor comprises a sociable open plan living space with sitting, dining and kitchen areas and stunning country views across the fields and farmyard.

There are four double/twin bedrooms, all of which are en suite. Three of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor and one in the roundel on the second floor up a small flight of wooden stairs. It’s the room that everyone will want so be prepared to put your foot down!

Outside Larkin Oast has a private garden, with decked terrace, barbecue and countryside views, perfect for alfresco dining.

Guests are welcome to explore the 35 acres of Darling Buds Farm land, with its nine large ponds populated with ducks and geese, a stream which winds its way between the ponds and through the land, and a network of footpaths connected directly to the farm. Guests also have access to paddocks and grassland to play a game of cricket or rounders or can visit the animals on the farm. The farm also hosts a classic car show each year in the summer.

Fans of The Darling Buds of May can follow in the footsteps of the loveable Larkin family, and possibly recreate Charley and Mariette’s idyllic country wedding as the farm is also a licensed wedding venue. A truly unique location for a memorable day, what could be more ‘Perfick’ than getting married on the ACTUAL farm used as the Larkins ‘Home Farm’, just like Catherine Zeta Jones did in the show. Marquees of varying sizes can be sited within the grounds, the farm buildings used as fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs and even ‘Primrose’, the actual 1926 yellow vintage Rolls Royce used in the television series is on hand to transport the bride to be.

There is much to do and see in the area. Locally, there is a shop, pub and restaurant one and a half miles distant. Superfans of the show can head to nearby Pluckley and visit The Black Horse pub, which served as the setting for the fictional Hare and Hounds pub, or St Nicholas Church, another filming location.

Kent has so much to offer including The Reindeer Centre that is right next door to the Farm. The delightful old town, Tenterden, ‘The Jewel of the Weald’ is 6 miles away with its boutique shopping and the famous Kent and East Sussex steam railway to keep you busy, plus and there are the vineyards, including Biddenden Vineyards and Chapel Down, to consider.

The South of England Rare Breeds Centre, gardens, including Sissinghurst, and a plethora of National Trust homes and castles also await exploration. Visit the beaches at Camber Sands or sample oysters and hire bikes at Whitstable.

The high speed train to London takes 38 minutes for further sightseeing opportunities, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar.

Altogether ‘Perfick!”, as the Larkins would say!

 

Overview

  • 8 Guests
  • Four double/twin bedrooms, all with en suite shower rooms
  • Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor
  • Suitable for children and babies (travel cot and highchair available)
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, outdoor furniture and barbecue
  • Licensed wedding venue
  • Bed linen, duvets, pillows, sheets and towels
  • Ample parking

Features

  • One of several detached properties in an informal grouping and relaxed atmosphere on Darling Buds Farm, in a superb setting near Bethersden village.
  • A comfortable home-from-home, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and perfectly restored with all the 1950s charm of the ITV series.
  • The private garden, with decked terrace, barbecue and countryside views, is perfect for alfresco dining.
  • A haven of peace and tranquility, guests can roam the farm’s 35 acres of land with a stream and nine large ponds. Feed the farm animals, enjoy the network of footpaths from the doorstep, and play games in the paddocks and grassland.
  • An ideal base for families, groups of friends to explore the delights of Kent at any time of the year.
  • Flexible accommodation – all five bedroom have zip and link beds which can be configured as twins/doubles on request.
  • The other properties at Darling Buds Farm, Larkin Farmhouse & Studio (sleeps 12)/Larkin Farmhouse (sleeps 10) and Larkin Cart (sleeps 4), can be booked with Larkin Oast for family get-togethers or groups of friends of up to 24 people. Cottages may be taken individually or in any combination.
  • Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights for bookings which include a Friday or Saturday.
  • Darling Buds Farm can provide a truly unique location for your wedding. A licensed wedding venue, get married in their historic barn a la Catherine Zeta Jones in ITV’s The Darling Buds of May – what could be more ‘Perfick’?.
  • The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. The accommodation is warm and cosy with central heating and comfortable beds.
  • Great attractions include The Reindeer Centre next door, picturesque towns and villages and a wonderful collection of historic houses, gardens and vineyards.
  • Within easy reach of many historic village pubs, including The Dering Arms (1.7 miles), The Bull Inn at Bethersden (2 miles) and The Black Horse at Pluckley (Pop Larkin’s local), 3 miles.
  • Conveniently located for Ashford (station 8 miles) – the high speed train to London takes 38 minutes for further sightseeing opportunities, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar.

Property layout

  • Ground floor:
    Three double bedrooms, with 5′ zip & link beds which can convert to twin beds on request. Each bedroom has a TV and en-suite shower room.
    Gorgeous wooden stairs, with the original winch still in place, to the first floor.
  • First floor:
    Open-plan living/dining room with three comfortable sofas and a beautiful beamed vaulted ceiling.
    Beautiful kitchen area and oak floors.
    Small flight of wooden stairs to second floor.
  • Second floor (roundel):
    Double bedroom with 5′ zip & link bed which can convert to twin beds on request. TV and en-suite shower room.

Equipment

  • Electric central heating
  • Integrated electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Shared onsite laundry room
  • 32″ Freeview TV and DVD player in the living room, TV in each bedroom, phone docking station
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Darling Buds of May DVDs
  • Outdoor furniture and barbecue
  • Travel cot and highchair available (cot linen not provided)
  • Cycle store
  • Ample parking

Weddings & Private Functions

  • Darling Buds Farm is a licensed wedding venue – what could be more ‘Perfick’ than getting married in their historic barn?
  • A truly unique location for a memorable day, get married on the ACTUAL farm used as the Larkins ‘Home Farm’ for ITV’s The Darling Buds of May, just like Catherine Zeta Jones did in the show.
  • Marquees of varying sizes can be sited within the grounds and the farm buildings make fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs.
  • To complete your wedding, ‘Primrose’, the actual 1926 yellow vintage Rolls Royce used in the television series can be on hand to transport the bride to be.
  • With 12 bedrooms on site, 10 of them en suite, the farm makes the perfect location for your guests to enjoy too.

Get in Touch

Please give us a call on 01275 217575 or email info@staycationholidays.co.uk if you require more information.

 

”Had a wonderful holiday in the oast house. The accommodation was clean, well set out and the enclosed garden was a bonus. The children loved it with the animals on the farm. Nici was lovely and gave us very good advice about attractions in the area. Would definitely recommend.”
wardmojo, Kettering (Trip Advisor) – August 2016
”Really lovingly rebuilt darling buds farm, just like stepping back to the 1950’s, beautiful area with plenty of places to visit. Would definately recommend the steam railway in tenterden. Nici was lovely as well always happy to help with anything.”
Andy B, Cambridge (Trip Advisor) – August 2016
”A few weeks ago, I saw a “suggested advert” on facebook about the farm. I was sold on the pictures and description and was greatly helped by Nikki, who suggested the most suitable accommodation for our needs (sisters with two small children.) We had the best time! Our children loved seeing the fish, ducks, donkeys and roaming in the nearby fields. I often books short breaks away and am a bit disappointed by expectation vs reality. Darling Buds Farm was just amazing. We will definitely be back!

As well as the enjoyment you can have on the farm (and the neighbouring reindeer centre) there’s also a fab steam engine line a 30 minute drive away. Our little ones had so much fun!

Thank you to all, a brilliant holiday, we’ll definitely be back.”

Sarah, Dunstable (Trip Advisor) – August 2016
”This was booked for my 50th birthday, all my family love to spend time together and this was ideal. Lovely location and the house was well kept and very clean, very well equipped. We had a lovely relaxing weekend, will definitely go back again.”
Ellen, Wickford (Trip Advisor) – August 2016
”Brilliant place, on site staff were helpful at all times, child and dog friendly, clean and tidy, very relaxed atmosphere, I have rebooked for next year, no complaints what so ever!! …… “Perfick Holiday”.”
445Katie, Ipswich (Trip Advisor) – August 2016
”We all enjoyed staying in the oast house which was well equipped with everything you needed for your stay, wish we could have stayed longer my grandchildren didn’t want to leave, they loved watching the animals in the fields.”
Jae98, Lancaster (Trip Advisor) – July 2016
”We were greeted like family and then left able to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the farm. That was only broken by the intended visit of the vintage and classical car show…well worth seeing.
The rooms were clean and quite well appointed, but remember to take your food and drink essentials as the farm is ‘in the sticks’ and not within reasonable walking distance of other villages.
Comfortable, homely and great with a book and a glass of vino or beer!
Well recommended; thanks to all the team.”
Derek G, Feltwell (Trip Advisor) – July 2016
”Spent 3 nights in the Oast House with friends over new year – the property has been beautifully and tastefully decorated with all conveniences and we had a wonderful time; unfortunately the weather wasn’t with us so we didn’t get much opportunity to walk around the farm but I imagine it’s a great walk in the sun. What we really appreciated was having ensuite in each of the four rooms – often properties like this don’t have that. Its honestly a struggle to come up with anything we didn’t like or thought could be improved so I’ll reach and suggest that when the rooms are made into doubles then it would be a nice extra to add a double mattress topper to the single beds when they are pushed together – otherwise honestly can’t think of much more that could make this property better.
Other highlights; great wifi and lovely Christmas decorations for the festive period :-) If you’re looking for a great place for up to 8 people which is less than 45 minutes from the beaches of Whitstable, Camber Sands with home comforts then you can’t do better than here.”
mixip, London (Trip Advisor) – December 2015

 
LOCAL INFORMATION

The Darling Buds of May

Take a step back in time and come and stay at Darling Buds Farm, the scene of the internationally famous 90s TV series. Adapted from a novel by H.E. Bates, the British comedy-drama series The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993), showed life in 1950s Kent through the eyes of the endearing Larkin family. Larkin Farmhouse featured in the TV series as home to Pop Larkin (David Jason), Ma Larkin (Pam Ferris), Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Charley (Philip Franks). At the time, the TV Show was the most popular show on British TV and its simple lifestyle showcased the beautiful Kent countryside. The title of the show comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

If you would like to find out more, The Kent County Council Film Office, with support from Visit Kent, Produced in Kent, Explore Kent, and Kent Life have created The Darling Buds of May – Garden of England Trail which will transport you back to the 1950’s as you walk in the footsteps of the Larkins and visit some of the modern award winning local food and drinks producers, rural attractions and rolling countryside that keep Kent crowned The Garden of England.

Public Transport

Pluckley railway station (1.7 miles) is just one stop to Ashford International with fast trains to London St Pancras (within 40 minutes) as well as Canterbury, the coast, Paris and beyond.

Food & Drink

The famous Dering Arms pub is just along the road, for award winning seafood (1.7 miles).
The famous haunted The Black Horse in Pluckley (3 miles) served as the setting for the fictional Hare and Hounds pub in The Darling Buds of May, serving good food and ale.
Many other historic village pubs are within easy reach.

ATTRACTIONS

Darling Buds Farm is surrounded by some great family attractions including a wonderful collection of historic houses, gardens and vineyards.

For those who love animals a visit with the family to The Reindeer Centre that is right next door to the Farm is a must. The Rare Breeds Centre (7.5 miles) also makes a fantastic family day out where you can not only admire the cutest of creatures, but you have the opportunity to hold them too! This day out very reasonable, and the younger ones will also adore the soft play centre. For more animal antics, Port Lympne Wildlife Zoo Park (14.5 miles) is also well worth a visit during your stay.

The surrounding countryside has plenty to offer too with several quality golf courses, well stocked coarse and game fisheries, riding stables and wonderful walks and cycle trails nearby. You may like to experience Chart Hills Golf Club, 15 minutes’ drive away, which is the British architectural debut of six times Major winner, Nick Faldo.

The wonderful sandy beaches of this part of Kent are within an easy drive and there are numerous water sports available for more adventurous types. A half hour’s drive south of the farm takes you to the historic town of Rye, and the haunting and magical Romney Marsh.

VINEYARDS

Wine lovers will find themselves surrounded by Kent’s famous vineyards! Biddenden Vineyards (8 miles), Chapel Down Winery (10 miles), Gusbourne Estate (9 miles), Hush Heath Winery (13 miles) and Tenterden’s Old Dairy Brewery (8 miles) are just a few to mention. With tours and wine tasting available, it is a lovely destination for a full day out.

CASTLES, HOUSES & GARDENS

For green-fingered enthusiasts, Kent and East Sussex have many wonderful gardens to visit. Spend some quality time at the nearby Kent gardens and then head to their nearby tea rooms for some home-made cakes. Godinton House and Gardens (6 miles), the famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (10 miles), Smallhythe Place (10 miles), Hole Park in Rolvenden (12 miles), Great Dixter House and Gardens (15 miles) are just some of the well-known houses and gardens to visit and all within easy reach.

As Kent has more castles than any other county there are lots to visit during your stay – particularly the beautiful moated Leeds Castle (13 miles) and Dover Castle (30 miles) with its wonderful historic battlements and the secret World War II chambers dug into the white cliffs. Leeds Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Britain. With a moated castle, spacious grounds, beautiful gardens and even a maze, there is plenty to keep everyone amused for a whole day out. For those who like excitement Leeds Castle also has a Go Ape attraction which is a high wire climbing adventure through the treetops.

TOWNS

The picturesque market town of Tenterden is less than 8 miles away and here you will find a parade of vintage shops, a bustling lively town atmosphere and a wonderful mix of high street favourites along with independent boutiques and restaurants. The town is also home to the Kent and East Sussex railway, where you can step back in time and take a gentle journey through the wonderful countryside setting. Described as the “Jewel of Kent” with 10 miles of beautiful views, the last stop ends at Bodiam Castle.

The renowned smugglers’ town of Rye is half an hour’s drive away, with its winding narrow streets, antique shops and restaurants. Why not climb the hill in Rye town centre and visit the church which crowns the town? From the top of its tower you will have panoramic views of the red-roofed town with its secret gardens, its three converging rivers, the sheep-dotted Romney Marsh and the sea in the distance.

Rye still has a busy fishing fleet and fresh fish can be bought direct from the fishermen at Fishmarket Quay. For those wishing to eat out, Rye has a wide variety of pubs, inns and excellent restaurants, many of these in historic buildings. What could be more perfect in cool weather than enjoying a lunch or afternoon tea in front of a roaring log fire in one of the many charming locations – the famous Mermaid Inn for example.

Rye is renowned for its annual Rye Arts Festival – judged one of the best in the country – but also has many other interesting events throughout the year such as Rye Bonfire Night in November and a Scallop Festival in February, also highly-rated nationally.

Ashford, with all its facilities, is less than 20 minutes’ drive. These include the McArthurGlen Ashford Designer Outlet, with 80 brands to choose from, as well as fast train access to Central London (direct to St Pancras Station in 34 minutes). Ashford is now a major terminus for the Channel Tunnel trains and has been rapidly expanding as a result, so why not take a day trip to France during your stay?

Originally Ashford was a market town based on farms on the Romney Marsh and is still a market town. Old buildings remain, such as the 15th century church, old grammar school, and the Templar Barracks which houses the museum of Intelligence Corps. There are an excellent selection of shops and restaurants too.

The historic cathedral city of Canterbury is 24 miles away, with its quaint shops, cobbled streets, theatres, restaurants, museums and river trips. Visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest in England, the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church which form Canterbury’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is well worth a visit whilst you are in the Kent area.

EVENTS in 2017

JANUARY

Pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (24 miles).
Christmas at Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Winter Trail at Leeds Castle (13 miles).

FEBRUARY

Rye Bay Scallop Week, Rye Bay (16.5 miles).

APRIL

Easter at Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Easter antics on the farm, Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch (7.5 miles)
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (17.5 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust) near Cranbrook (10 miles).
Easter at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles). 10am-3pm.
Hanami Festival at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).

MAY

6-7 Motors by the Moat, Leeds Castle (13 miles).
9-14 WhitLit, Whitstable Literary Festival, Whitstable (24 miles).
13-14 Faversham Transport Weekend, Faversham (16.5 miles).
The Grand Medieval Joust, Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Half term trail, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (17.5 miles).

JUNE

Half term trail, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (17.5 miles).
Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (24 miles).
11 Strawberry Fair at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Half term Beastie Days at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).

JULY

2 Darling Buds Classic Car Show, on site at Darling Buds Farm, 10am – 4pm.
16 Cherry Fair at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
22-28 Whitstable Oyster Festival, Whitstable (24 miles).
Classic Car Show, Beech Court Gardens, Challock (10 miles).

AUGUST

Whitstable Week, Whitstable (24 miles).
Whitstable Regatta, Whitstable (24 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (18 miles).
13 Plum Day, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Classic Car Day, Doddington Place Gardens (15 miles).
Open air theatre, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (13 miles).
Whitstable Harbour Day, Whitstable (24 miles).
Classic Car and Motor Show, Whitstable (24 miles).
Beastie Days at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
26-27 Artisan Cider Festival, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Jazz in the Garden, Doddington Place Gardens (15 miles).

SEPTEMBER

2-3 Faversham Hop Festival, Faversham (16.5 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (18 miles).
8-10 Leeds Castle Food Festival, Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Belmont WoodFest & Country Fair, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (13 miles).
16-30 Rye Arts Festival, Rye (16.5 miles).
17 Pear Day, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Leeds Castle Flower Festival, Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Canterbury Food And Drink Festival, Dane John Gardens, Canterbury (24 miles).

OCTOBER

Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden (8 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (18 miles).
14-15 Brogdale National Apple Festival, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Canterbury Festival, Canterbury (24 miles). Kent’s International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
Halloween at Belmont, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (13 miles).
Gala Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (18 miles).
Faversham Carnival, Faversham (16.5 miles).

NOVEMBER

Canterbury Festival, Canterbury (24 miles). Kent’s International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
Christmas at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular, Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Rye Bonfire Night, Rye (16.5 miles).
Tenterden Christmas Market
Pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (24 miles).
Christmas in Whitefriars, Canterbury, Whitefriars Square, Canterbury (24 miles).
Artisan Christmas Gift Fair at the Canterbury Tales attraction (24 miles).
Christmas Market, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (13 miles).
Faversham Christmas Market, Faversham (16.5 miles).

DECEMBER

Pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (24 miles).
Christmas in Whitefriars, Canterbury, Whitefriars Square, Canterbury (24 miles).
Saint Nicholas Parade, Canterbury (24 miles).
Christmas at Leeds Castle (13 miles).
The Christmas Market, Leeds Castle (13 miles).
Santa Specials, Kent & East Sussex Railway (8 miles).
A Truly Magical Christmas at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch
Christmas at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (15.5 miles).
Faversham Christmas Market, Faversham (16.5 miles).
Winter Trail at Leeds Castle (13 miles).

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about Larkin Oast if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • There are ditches and a large unfenced pond within the garden and deeper unfenced ponds in the grounds – parents should be mindful of children all times
  • Sorry, this property does not allow dogs (Dogs are allowed at Larkin Farmhouse)
  • Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Waitrose all deliver to the Farm if you wish to book an online delivery from one of the local Ashford stores
  • Minimum stay 4 nights, 3 nights if your stay includes Friday or Saturday.

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to Guests free of charge. Should Guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.

*Please note that Darling Buds Farm is not connected to, nor are its activities endorsed by ITV