Manor Farmhouse

Milstead, Kent
18 Guests
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    Take a dip in the fabulously warm swimming pool surrounded by a paved patio
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    The focal property is the 15th century thatched timber framed Farmhouse, sleeping 7
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    The Barn (left) and Stable Cottage (right), viewed from The Farmhouse, each with their own character and style
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    The spacious accommodation is surrounded by two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, ideal for outdoor games – football, goalposts, swingball and a rounders set are provided
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    Rear exterior of the 15th century thatched timber framed Farmhouse, sleeping 7
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    The 15th century thatched timber framed Farmhouse has charming features throughout including exposed timber beams, solid oak floors and beautiful large inglenooks
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    The Farmhouse ground floor: Drawing room with solid oak flooring, exposed beams and two fireplaces with cast iron wood-burning stoves and large inglenook
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    The Farmhouse ground floor: Drawing room with solid oak flooring, exposed beams and two fireplaces with cast iron wood-burning stoves and large inglenook
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    The Farmhouse ground floor: Dining room with seating for 18 and cast iron wood-burning stove in a very large inglenook
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    The Farmhouse ground floor: Dining room with seating for 18 and cast iron wood-burning stove in a very large inglenook
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    The Farmhouse ground floor: Kitchen/breakfast room with an oil-fired cast iron range
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    The Farmhouse ground floor: Kitchen/breakfast room with small table seating 6
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    The Farmhouse first floor: Master bedroom with 5′ double bed and en suite bathroom with a corner bath
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    The Farmhouse first floor: Master bedroom with 5′ double bed and en suite bathroom with a corner bath
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    The Farmhouse first floor: Double bedroom with 5′ double bed and en suite bathroom
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    The Farmhouse first floor: Double bedroom with 5′ double bed
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    The Farmhouse: Step outside each of the cottages and you will find private decked areas and two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens
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    Stable Cottage has its own distinct character, providing ground floor accommodation for 6 Guests – ideal for less mobile members of your party
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Vaulted lounge area in the open plan living space
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Vaulted lounge area in the open plan living space
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Vaulted open plan kitchen/dining area seating six Guests
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Vaulted open plan kitchen/dining area seating six
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Master bedroom with 6′ zip and link bed, en suite wet room and French doors that open out on to the wrap round deck
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Master bedroom with 6′ zip and link bed with en suite wet room
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Double bedroom with a 5′ double bed and French doors that open out on to the wrap round deck
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    Stable Cottage ground floor: Double bedroom with 5′ double bed and French doors that open out on to the wrap round deck
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    Stable Cottage: The decked verandah is one of several private sitting areas, providing plenty of opportunities to relax
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    The appeal of The Barn, sleeping 5, is its leisure complex with a large first floor cinema room, a billiards room and warm sauna
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    View from The Barn of the beautifully landscaped gardens and water feature
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    The appeal of The Barn is its leisure complex, with its large cinema room accommodating all 18 Guests, a billiards room with snooker and pool balls and a lovely warm sauna
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    The Barn ground floor: Dining area seating six with lounge area and a set of doors leading to the main decked area with garden furniture
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    The Barn ground floor: The extensive library in the sitting room which leads to the billiards room
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    The Barn ground floor: The extensive library in the sitting room which leads to the billiards room
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    The Barn ground floor: Billiards room with snooker and pool balls
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    The Barn ground floor: Kitchen/breakfast room with utility area
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    The Barn ground floor: Double bedroom with 6′ zip and link bed and sauna
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    The Barn ground floor: Double bedroom with 6′ zip and link bed and sauna
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    The Barn first floor: Double bedroom with a 5′ bed
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    The Barn first floor: View from the gallery onto the dining and lounge area
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    The Barn first floor: Cinema room seating 18 Guests
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    The Barn: The decked verandah is one of several private sitting areas, providing plenty of opportunities to relax
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    The Barn: The decked verandah is one of several private sitting areas, providing plenty of opportunities to relax
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    The Barn: The decked verandah is one of several private sitting areas, providing plenty of opportunities to relax
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    The spacious accommodation is surrounded by two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with views to the village cricket pitch and adjacent orchards
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    The spacious accommodation is surrounded by two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with private sitting areas, providing plenty of opportunities to relax
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    The landscaped lawned gardens are ideal for outdoor games with football, goalposts, swingball and a rounders set provided
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    Whitstable beach, with its colourful beach huts, pebbles and groynes is an unspoilt shoreline which will make you reminisce
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    Herne Bay is the quintessential British seaside resort with a variety of events throughout the year
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    The West Bay beach in Margate is a very beautiful one that has a gorgeous sandy bay
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    Oare marshes are an unspoilt and tranquil haven for walkers, livestock and wildlife
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    Cromer’s Wood is an ancient woodland with spectacular displays of bluebells in Spring
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    The Big Blean Walk is a 25 mile circular walk through one of the largest and most distinctive areas of ancient woodland in England
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    Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park offers a unique blend of history and wildlife
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    Boats at Faversham Town Quay for the Faversham Nautical Festival
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    Explore over 80 acres at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham including a WWII warship, a Cold War submarine, Victorian ropery and vast historical collections
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    Dickens World is a 90 minute interactive guided tour experience that takes visitors back in time to Charles Dickens’ Victorian England
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    The great keep of Rochester Castle towers over the River Medway, dominating the skyline, together with the magnificent cathedral
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    Whitstable Harbour Village is a unique seaside community business trading from traditional fisherman’s huts in the beautiful working harbour
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    Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages
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    Award winning Canterbury Historic River Tours provides a truly entertaining guided tour
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    Visit Doddington Place Gardens to enjoy over ten acres of beautiful landscaped gardens – special events run through the year
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    The focus of Belmont is the magnificent neo-classical house, but it also has beautiful gardens and the finest private collection of clocks in Britain
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    Leeds Castle, known as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, has beautiful parkland, events and activities galore
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    Beech Court is a fine informal woodland garden set in 9 acres with delightful tea rooms
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    Sissinghurst garden is a prime example of the Arts with a sixteenth century tower and the most famous twentieth century garden in England
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    Bodiam Castle is a 14th century castle alongside the River Rother which could have come straight out of a fairytale complete with drawbridge and moat
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    Penshurst Place is a fortified manor house with 48 acres of grounds, including 11 acre formal Grade I listed gardens, an adventure playground, summer maze and events
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    The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway is a delightful 2 foot gauge line tucked away in the heart of the Kent countryside
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    The orchards at Brogdale are open 7 days a week, throughout the open season which usually runs from March to October 1st
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    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape!
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    Leeds Castle is home to a Go Ape course designed especially for children
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    The Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club features many trees and bunkers
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    Golfing at Leeds Castle is a special experience and the course is open nearly every day of the year
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Manor Farmhouse, in the lovely Kent village of Milstead, comprises three super houses, each with their own character and style, and together sleeping 18. Approached through electric gates and arranged around a large courtyard, the layout is ideal for a family gathering to celebrate a special milestone or a get together for a relaxing break. Perfect for those who want to chill and relax with a little time to themselves, each spacious property is self-contained enjoying its own facilities including a kitchen, dining and sitting area.

The focal property is the 15th century thatched timber framed Farmhouse, sleeping seven. Charming features throughout include exposed timber beams, solid oak floors, beautiful large inglenooks and an oil fired range in the kitchen. Its beamed dining room provides seating for all 18 guests and features a cast iron wood-burning stove and original bread oven, all housed in very large inglenook. The magnificent drawing room is perfect for after-dinner get togethers with large comfortable sofas and armchairs, a splendid large inglenook and two cosy cast iron wood burning stoves.

Stable Cottage has its own distinct character, providing ground floor accommodation for six – ideal for less mobile members of your party, with sloped access up to a wide raised decked area, a great the spot for a morning coffee.

The appeal of The Barn, sleeping five, is its leisure complex! The large first floor cinema room accommodates all 18 guests and is equipped with a large HD 47″ flat screen smart TV with HD Freeview which is WiFi enabled allowing sycnhronisation with ipad and mobile devices, great for sharing your holiday photographs. Enjoy movies together on the Sony Blu Ray player or play games on the PS3. The ground floor incorporates the pool’s changing rooms as well as a billiards room with snooker and pool balls. The ground floor bedroom has the benefit of a lovely warm sauna, ideal for muscle relaxation after a long day!

The spacious accommodation is surrounded by two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with private decked sitting areas, providing plenty of opportunities to relax. A large decked area, with outdoor seating for 18 and a gas barbecue, is perfect for everyone to dine al fresco.

Manor Farmhouse has a fabulously warm outdoor swimming pool (heated between 1st May and 30th September), surrounded by a paved patio. There are plenty of outdoor games provided, including football, goalposts, swingball and a rounders set. Guests can be forgiven for not wanting to venture out into the beautiful Kentish countryside!

Situated in the midst of the charming village of Milstead in the heart of Kent, Manor Farmhouse is nestled between the Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross, the Manor House and the village cricket green. Known as the Garden of England, this area of the North Downs, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is surrounded by lush green fields and there are some great local walks, especially along the country footpaths along the Swale and up into the North Kent Downs. The local village pub, The Red Lion, is only a 10 minute stroll away. The town of Sittingbourne is only 3 miles away, whilst the medieval market town of Faversham, home to Britain’s oldest brewery “Shepherd Neame”, is only a short drive. A 30 minute drive takes you to the popular coastal town of Whitstable and Herne Bay is also easily accessible. The historic cathedral city of Canterbury, with its quaint shops, cobbled streets, theatres, restaurants, museums and river trips is only half an hour’s drive. Leeds Castle, said to be one of the loveliest in the world, is also well worth a visit.

 

Overview

  • 18 Guests
  • Six double bedrooms, two double/twin bedrooms, two single bedrooms
  • Two of the double bedrooms, and the two double/twin bedrooms are on the ground floor
  • Five bathrooms, three shower rooms
  • Two spacious living rooms
  • Suitable for children and babies (3 cots, 3 highchairs and stair gates available)
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Heated outdoor pool (1 May to 30 September)
  • Games room with Billiards
  • Cinema room with 47″ flat screen smart TV
  • Sauna room
  • Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with patio area, garden furniture and gas barbecue
  • Outdoor games include a football, goalposts, swingball and rounders set
  • Secure gated entry
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Ample Parking for 10 cars

Features

  • The 15th Century Thatched Farmhouse and Barns have a rustic ambience with charming features and are elegantly furnished throughout.
  • A comfortable home-from-home, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind, beautifully done with great attention to detail.
  • Situated in an idyllic village in the heart of Kent with 2 acres of grounds.
  • An ideal base for family get-togethers for up to 18 guests at any time of the year with ample parking.
  • Its design spread over three self-contained buildings with spacious proportions is perfect for the family that want to holiday together but have their own space as well.
  • Available for mid week and short breaks.
  • The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. From country walks to Christmas markets, the outdoors can be enjoyed at the most unexpected times. The accommodation is warm and cosy with central heating, comfortable beds, 3 cosy wood burners and an oil-fired range cooker in the Farmhouse.
  • Character features include exposed timber beams, high pitched ceilings, huge fireplaces and oak floors.
  • Indoor activities include a billiards room, a library, sauna, cinema room, Sony Blu Ray player, PS3 and a selection of games.
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens with a sunken walled garden, water feature and views to the village cricket pitch and adjacent orchards.
  • Private decked areas and seating for 18 people on a large decked area with gas barbecue, perfect for alfresco dining.
  • Take a dip in the warm swimming pool (heated between 1 May and 30 September).
  • The nearest Pub, The Red Lion, is only a 10 minute stroll.
  • The perfect base for exploring the delights of Kent.
  • Within easy reach of the culture-rich towns of Faversham and Whitstable and the Cathedral city of Canterbury.
  • Conveniently located for access to and from Europe with the Eurostar and Channel Tunnel approximately 25 minutes drive.
  • London can be reached within an hour by train from Sittingbourne (3 miles away).

Property layout

  • The Farmhouse – Ground floor
    Entrance hall.
    Drawing room with solid oak flooring, exposed beams and two fireplaces with cast iron wood-burning stoves and large inglenook. The main staircase to the first floor leads from the drawing room.
    Dining room with seating for 18 guests, solid oak flooring, exposed beams and with cast iron wood-burning stove and former bread oven, all housed in a very large inglenook.
    The kitchen/breakfast room with small table seating six has an oil-fired cast iron range, and to the rear, a seating area and a door leads outside.
    Study and separate wc.
    A secondary staircase leads to the first floor.
  • The Farmhouse – First floor
    Landing.
    Master bedroom with 5′ double bed, with en suite bathroom with a corner bath.
    Double bedroom with 5′ double bed and en suite bathroom.
    Double bedroom with 5′ double bed.
    Single bedroom with 3’1” single bed with decorative fireplace.
    Bathroom with steps up to a sunken bath.
  • Stable Cottage – Ground Floor Accommodation
    Vaulted reception area and open plan kitchen/dining area seating six.
    Master bedroom with 6′ zip and link bed with en suite wet room.
    Double bedroom with 5′ double bed.
    Double bedroom with 5′ double bed.
    Bathroom.
    All bedrooms have French doors that open out on to the wrap round deck.
  • The Barn – Ground floor
    Dining area seating 6 Guests with a lounge area and a set of doors leading to the main decked area with garden furniture.
    Doors lead to the library which in turn leads to the billiards room with snooker and pool balls.
    Two shower/changing rooms.
    Kitchen/breakfast room with utility area.
    Double bedroom with 6′ zip and link bed with sauna.
    Study with door leading to the deck.
    Separate wc.
  • The Barn – First floor
    Double bedroom with 5′ bed.
    Single bedroom with 3’4” bed.
    Bathroom with jacuzzi bath.
    Cinema room seating 18 with a large HD 47″ flat screen smart TV with HD Freeview which is WiFi enabled allowing sycnhronisation with ipad and mobile devices, great for sharing photos etc. Also provided are Sony Blu Ray player, PS3 with selection of games, Stereo.

Equipment

  • The Farmhouse
  • Oil-fired central heating , 3 wood burning stoves in drawing room and dining room
  • Oil-fired range, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • 42″ flat screen TV in drawing room with Freeview and 18″ TV in kitchen
  • Stable Cottage
  • Gas-fired central heating
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Flatscreen TV
  • The Barn
  • Gas-fired central heating
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine & tumble dryer
  • 47″ Smart TV, 3d with HD Freeview and WiFi enabled. Sony Blu Ray player
  • Billiards table, PS3 and games
  • All 3 Properties
  • Broadband available at no extra cost in all 3 buildings via wired and WiFi connections*
  • 3 Cots, 3 highchairs and stair gates available
  • Football, goalposts, swingball and rounders set
  • Outside seating for 18 people on large decked area, gas barbecue
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool (heated between 1st May and 30th September)
  • Ample parking

 

”Philip, thank you so much for letting us “borrow” the farmhouse for the weekend.
It was perfect and the whole family had a wonderful time.
Your (not) on site staff were very helpful and attentive.
I believe we left it in the same lovely condition as we found it.
Once again many thanks.”
The Herbert Family from Essex, March 2015
”The Magic of Manor Farmhouse is in our hearts, thanks to the beauty of the place my wedding day was absolutely fabulous, fantastic and as I dreamt to spend it with both my french and english family. Reunited at Manor Farmhouse for a 3 nights staying we all enjoyed the spacious indoors perfect for those who want to chill and relax, play games, enjoy movies and of course for those who were already preparing the wedding dinner in the kitchens, nothing is missing…The Tuesday after a superb ceremony in Leatherhead, we all enjoyed the charm and beauty of the Kentish countryside on the way back to the Manor…the sun joined the party and we all had fun outdoors, perfect gardens for photographs, again magic! We will all remember this family holiday with a large smile on our face.
Merci beaucoup.
The happy newlyweds.”
Albane & Kevin from France & UK, August 2014
”Hello Philip. Belatedly, I just wanted to say that our family had the most wonderful time at your beautiful property for my parents 50 Wedding anniversary in July.
You were very kind answering questions etc before we went that was helpful for me J Thanks again.
Your property was wonderful.
Best (warmest definitely was a factor here – incredible how fabulous the warm water was for the 9 children – THANK YOU) outdoor pool we have EVER been in in the UK.
Well done – perfect.
Thanks SO much for having it heated it makes SUCH a difference.
Everything about the property was perfect. House keeper, Joyce was wonderful too.
Couldn’t have wished for a better spot to celebrate. We’ll long remember our nights there.
I am certain some others in our family will be booking it over time!
Each room was beautifully appointed … everything GREAT.
So … thanks Philip – hope you and your own family still get to use it a fair amount.
Lovely indeed.”
McMaster/Boden from UK & Brisbane, June 2014
”It was a wonderful weekend, we spent a very good time with all our families in the 3 super houses.”
de Colombe Family from France & UK, June 2014
”The Oxty Hammond and Vane Familes say a huge thank you for a great 70th birthday weekend we could not have stayed anywhere better. Perfect house and gardens. Thank you.”
Oxty, Hammond and Vane Families, London, June 2014
”Dear Philip. The party is over, we have drained the last glass, and now all we have are the memories of a brilliant weekend at Manor Farmhouse.
Everything more than lived up to our expectations, and the configuration of the three properties was a perfect fit for our 10 adults/8 g’children who thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. With the pool at 28 degrees who would not, and apart from the weather being a bit grey and breezy (which can’t be helped in UK) it was a superb way to celebrate my 70th.
By paying two pre visits and discussing everything with Joyce helped a lot, and it was so beautifully prepared for our arrival.
Would you please pass on a huge thank you to her (and her husband) for making it so perfect.
It’s a lovely house, in a really good location and we have some friends who are interested in it next year so we will give them your details.
So Philip, thank you again, and we wish you well in all your ventures.”
The Reed Family, Essex, June 2014
”What can one say,so perfect in many ways.
A lovely way to spend double 70th birthdays with all the family.
Managed to put most of the facilities to use.
The kids loved the pool and the snooker room”
Dupurey Family, UK, May 2014
”Lovely place perfect for a relaxing bank holiday.
A brilliant area with lovely walks
Great for the children.”
The Firths & Bell Families, London, April 2014
”I wanted to send this earlier, but have been thrown back into the reality of work, washing, shopping and everyday life.
However, I just wanted to let you know that we all had a lovely time last weekend at the farmhouse. I couldn’t have asked for more on such a special weekend; family, old friends and the most beautiful place to host my entry into Saga’ism.
I absolutely loved every minute and the thing that made it all possible was that we were staying in such a wonderful house and location.
I sincerely hope to have the pleasure of staying at your beautiful house again sometime in the near future.”
The Brazill Family, UK, November 2013

 
DAYS IN

Swimming (1 May — 30 September)
Snooker/Pool
Sauna
Gym
PS3 games console
Cinema room with Sony Blu Ray
Football
Swingball
Rounders
Local walks

BEACHES

Whitstable (18 miles). The beaches are pebbly and there are lots of activities including sailing, windsurfing and jet skiing, There’s even a pub on/in the beach!
Herne Bay Beach (22.6 miles).
Reculver Beach, Herne Bay (25.3 miles).
West Bay near Margate (31.3 miles) is not too tidal and sandy even at high tide.
Joss Bay, Broadstairs (36.3 miles) is a good sandy beach.
Viking Bay (37.3 miles) is the main beach in Broadstairs which has a quaint seaside feel.

NATURE RESERVES

Harty Ferry near Faversham (30 minutes) is a delightful spot on The Swale about 1 mile north east of Faversham, which will suit walkers, boaters and bird watchers alike. Harty Ferry is the home of the Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, part of the Swale Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reserve, managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust, consists of some 170 acres of grazing marsh, dissected by fresh and brackish water dykes and bounded by an earth seawall and some salt marsh.

Cromer’s Wood (1.2 miles), is a small reserve with a lovely pond and hide to watch the wildlife. Bluebells look fabulous in spring time. The wood has several trails and informal pathways.

The Blean, lying between Canterbury and the towns of Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay, is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in England – over 11 square miles. There are over 120 miles of public footpaths.

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park near Faversham (8.4 miles). Renovated remains of a gunpowder factory operating for 300 years until 1934. Industrial history and wildlife information boards throughout the site and in the Visitor Centre including models.

WALKS

There are some great local walks, especially along the country footpaths along the Swale and up into the North Kent Downs.

Kent Wildlife Trust – Cromers Wood. The walk to the woods is 1.2 miles, approximately 20 minutes.

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park near Faversham (8.4 miles).

There are numerous walks around Faversham which can be downloaded from the Faversham website, including:
Faversham – Two Creeks Walk, 5 miles long.
Faversham – Footsteps of the Royalty and Romans walk, 6.25 miles long.
Faversham – Earth, Wind and Water Walk, 10.3 miles long.
Oare Marshes Walk – Boatyards and Buntings, 5 miles long.
The Peasants’ Last Revolt walk, 5.25 miles long.
A Walk on the Wild Side, 7.5 miles long.
Syndale Valley Walk, 6.5/11 miles long.
First Fruit, 2/5.5 miles long.
A Land for all Seasons, 9.25 miles long.

TOWNS

SITTINGBOURNE (3 miles). Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit in Sittingbourne (4.7 miles) is one of the country’s premier outdoor floodlit karting circuits. Sittingbourne Greyhounds (5 miles) offers an exciting evening of live greyhound racing action every week.

FAVERSHAM Market Town (8.8 miles), home to Britain’s oldest brewery “Shepherd Neame”, is one of England’s most charming and historic market towns. Nestling between the rural beauty of the rolling Downs and the sweeping flatlands of the north Kent marshes, the town is both a lively, modern community and a heritage treasure. Attractions include Chart Gunpowder Mills, Faversham Brewery and Faversham Creekside.

CHATHAM (14.7 miles). The historic dockyard at Chatham includes the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection, a working Victorian Ropery and 3 historic ships – HMS Cavalier, the submarine HMS Ocelot and HMS Gannet.
Dickens World (16.4 miles) has an assortment of attractions to keep the whole family entertained; jump on board the Great Expectations Boat Ride for splashing good fun, take a trip back in time to a Victorian School complete with nasty schoolmaster or get spooked in The Haunted House of 1859. Visitors will get the chance to come face to face with some of Dickens’ literary characters in their magnificent rendition of a Victorian town courtyard!

ROCHESTER (17.4 miles), including the second oldest Cathedral and a Castle (English Heritage) with the tallest Norman keep in England, well worth a climb for excellent views over the Medway.

WHITSTABLE (17.8 miles) is like no other town by the sea. Its traditional charms, strong arts culture and rich maritime history complement Whitstable’s modern appeal. The town has lots of boutiques and independent shops and restaurants. The Greta Barge (Thames Barge) offers daily sailing trips from the harbour in the summer.

CANTERBURY (18 miles) has quaint shops, cobbled streets, theatres (Marlowe Theatre and Gulbenkian Theatre), 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 while other ancient ruins such as the Castle are reminders of the city’s history, heritage and culture.

CASTLES, HOUSES & GARDENS

Doddington Place Gardens (3.4 miles) is a beautiful Victorian Mansion with 10 acres of gardens. The Hawking Centre is a specialist offers exclusive Falconry Experience with a stunning range of Birds of Prey on half day, full day and five day courses.

Belmont House and Gardens near Throwley (7.6 miles) is a magnificent neo-classical house with beautiful gardens and the finest private collection of clocks in Britain.

Leeds Castle (10 miles). Rising majestically from the still waters of its moat, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful venues in Kent. Coined ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’, it is the perfect place for a great day out with the family. There is a Go Ape tree top adventure here – enjoy a 250m long zip wire with great views of the North Downs.

Beech Court Gardens, Challock (13 miles).

Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust) near Cranbrook (20 miles) is an intentionally renowned garden developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of the Elizabethan mansion.

Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (28 miles).

Knole (National Trust), a huge Tudor Mansion and Deer Park (29.3 miles) and the smaller Ightham Mote Manor House and Garden (National Trust) (26.5 miles) are near Sevenoaks.

Dover Castle (English Heritage), Castle Hill, Dover (34 miles). Step back in time to King Henry II’s medieval court, go underground in the secret wartime tunnels plus much more.

Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst (34.6 miles) is described as ‘the grandest and most perfectly preserved example of a fortified manor house in all England’, with 11 acres of Elizabethan walled gardens.

Chartwell (National Trust), Westerham (35.8 miles) was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Deal Castle (English Heritage), Deal (38.7 miles) is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England.

Walmer Castle and Gardens (English Heritage), Walmer, Deal (38.2 miles). Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Walmer Castle has a rich history and a charm all of its own.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles) is a delightful 2 foot gauge line near the village of Bredgar in a richly wooded area of the North Kent Downs. Why not spend a day enjoying the pleasures of this delightful railway on the public open days listed in the events section below.

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm, near Faversham (7.3 miles) is one of the largest fruit collections in the world.

Maison Dieu (English Heritage), Faversham (8.1 miles). Originating as a 13th-century wayside hospital, this flint and timber-framed building now displays Roman artefacts from nearby sites.

The BarnYard shop and restaurant, Gore Farm, Oak Lane, Upchurch (8.6 miles) includes a children’s pet/animal area, annual crop maize.

Wildwood (23.8 miles), Kent’s unique British wildlife park & conservation charity, features British wildlife past and present in 40 acres of beautiful ancient forest near Herne Bay.

South Of England Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch (24.5 miles) is a 100 acre visitor farm set in beautiful countryside, run by Canterbury Oast Trust.

Wingham Wildlife Park, near Canterbury (26 miles).

Bedgebury Forest (26.7 miles) offers excellent bike trails, Go Ape tree top adventure and the best children’s adventure play trail. And the beautiful National Pinetum is just a stone’s throw away, making Bedgebury a fantastic day out near Tunbridge Wells.

Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne (28 miles) is a 90 acre animal adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

SAILING TRIPS

The Edith May Thames Barge, Lower Halstow (8 miles).
The Greta Barge, Whitstable (17.8 miles)

GO KARTING

Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit, Sittingbourne (4.7 miles).
Buckmore Park near Chatham off the M2 (14.3 miles) specialise in Karting for all ages from 8 years upwards with four different circuit lengths.

GO APE!

Leeds Castle tree top adventure here – enjoy a 250m long zip wire with great views of the North Downs.
Bedgebury Forest tree top adventure and the best children’s adventure play trail (26.7 miles).

SHOOTING

Greenfields Shooting Grounds, Sturry Hill, Canterbury (20.6 miles).

RIDING

Deepdene Stables, Ashford Road, Badlesmere Lees, near Faversham (10 miles).
Whiteleaf Stables, Teynham, Lower Road, Teynham, Sittingbourne (6 miles).

GOLF

Sittingbourne Golf Centre, Church Road, Tonge (5 miles).
Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club, Wormdale Hill, Sittingbourne (7 miles).
Faversham Golf Club, Belmont Park, Faversham (8 miles).
Leeds Castle Golf Course, Maidstone (8 miles).
Upchurch River Valley Golf Course, Oak Lane, Upchurch (8 miles).
The Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich (36.5 miles, an hour’s drive).

EATING AND DRINKING

The Red Lion (0.6 miles, 10 minutes’ walk) in Milstead is a traditional family run country pub. It has a good selection of Cask Ales, fine wines, lagers & locally pressed juices. The blackboard menu has a modern european style, the cooking is clean and honest with emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The dining room is available for large parties with menus tailored to your requirements. It has a large garden with patio area.

The Sun Inn (2.1 miles, 5 minutes’ drive) is a beautiful 16th Century Country Pub Restaurant situated in the charming village of Bredgar.

The Dirty Habit (5.7 miles, 13 minutes’ drive) is a beautiful 11th Century pub situated in the picturesque Kentish village of Hollingbourne. Set on The Pilgrims Way in a designated Area of Natural Beauty, with many walks and bike rides from the pub, it has been used by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury for centuries. It is reputed that King James II stayed at the inn whilst on his way to France via Canterbury and Dover. Full of period charm and character.

EVENTS

JANUARY

Pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (18 miles).

MARCH

Easter at Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
Easter at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles). 10am-3pm.
Easter antics on the farm, Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch (24.5 miles)
Festival of Steam and Transport, Historic Dockyard, Chatham (15.4 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust) near Cranbrook (20 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (28 miles).
Egg Hunt & Family Fun, Doddington Place Gardens (3.4 miles).
Easter Egg Hunt, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (7.6 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).

APRIL

Easter at Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (28 miles).
Children’s cookery classes, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (7.6 miles).
Hanami at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).

MAY

Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
The Great Outdoors, Doddington Place Gardens (3.4 miles).
Spring Fair, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (7.6 miles).
Motors by the Moat, Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
WhitLit, Whitstable Literary Festival, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Faversham Transport Weekend, Faversham (8.8 miles).
The Grand Medieval Joust, Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
Half term trail, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (28 miles).
Jazz in the Garden, Doddington Place Gardens (3.4 miles).

JUNE

Half term trail, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (28 miles).
Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
Strawberry Fair at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Fun Day, Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable (17.8 miles).

JULY

Classic, Vintage & Veteran Vehicle Show, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
Cherry Fair at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Whitstable Oyster Festival, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Classic Car Show, Beech Court Gardens, Challock (13 miles).

AUGUST

Whitstable Oyster Festival, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Whitstable Week, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Whitstable Regatta, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
Plum Day, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Classic Car Day, Doddington Place Gardens (3.4 miles).
Whitstable Harbour Day, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Classic Car and Motor Show, Whitstable (17.8 miles).
Artisan Cider Festival, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Jazz in the Garden, Doddington Place Gardens (3.4 miles).
Herne Bay Festival, Herne Bay (22.6 miles).

SEPTEMBER

Faversham Hop Festival, Faversham (8.8 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
Leeds Castle Food Festival, Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
Belmont WoodFest & Country Fair, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (7.6 miles).
Pear Day, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Leeds Castle Flower Festival, Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
Canterbury Food And Drink Festival, Dane John Gardens, Canterbury (18 miles).
Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden (22.8 miles).

OCTOBER

Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden (22.8 miles).
Open Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
Brogdale National Apple Festival, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Canterbury Festival, Canterbury (18 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 (7.6 miles).
Gala Day, Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway (3.1 miles).
Faversham Carnival, Faversham (8.8 miles).

NOVEMBER

Canterbury Festival, Canterbury (18 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 (8.2 miles).
Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular, Leeds Castle (9.8 miles).
Christmas Market, Belmont House and Gardens, near Throwley (7.6 miles).
Kent Pavilions Crafts for Christmas Fair, Kent County Showground, Detling (10 miles).
Faversham Christmas Market, Faversham (8.8 miles).
Christmas in Whitefriars, Canterbury, Whitefriars Square, Canterbury (18 miles).
Father Christmas at The Hop Farm, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood (24.3 miles).
Rochester Christmas Market, Castle Gardens, Rochester (17.4 miles).

DECEMBER

Faversham Christmas Market, Faversham (8.8 miles).
Father Christmas at The Hop Farm, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood (24.3 miles).
Christmas in Whitefriars, Canterbury, Whitefriars Square, Canterbury (18 miles).
Rochester Christmas Market, Castle Gardens, Rochester (17.4 miles).
The Christmas Market, Leeds Castle (9.8 miles). Weekends.
Rochester Dickensian Christmas, Rochester (17.4 miles). 10am – 5pm.
Christmas at Brogdale, Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm (8.2 miles).
Choral Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral (18 miles). Show-stopping rousing carol services.

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

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

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Bookings from family groups can only be accepted at this property
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no fireworks due to the thatched Farmhouse
  • Please note that a damage deposit of £360.00 is payable to the owner of the property seven days in advance of your stay. Full details will be included with the directions to the property
  • A telephone is provided and we ask that you contribute to the honesty box
  • Minimum stay 2 nights

*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.