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The Oast House, Darling Buds Farm

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
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Take a step back in time and come and stay at Darling Buds Farm, the scene of the internationally famous 90s TV series (based on the books by H E Bates) which introduced the world to the Larkins, the family that everyone wished they could be part of. Millions of us booked a date on Sunday nights in front of the television to share the adventures and lovable rogueish exploits of Pop and Ma Larkin and their family, played out in some the most idyllic Kentish countryside. Our hearts were captured by the beauty and simplistic living of the 1950s where family came first, good living a close second (plenty of food and drink for all), and the outside world was kept at arms length (Pop's money making schemes were legendary, as well as his efforts to avoid the taxman). Pop Larkin would have loved ...Take a step back in time and come and stay at Darling Buds Farm, the scene of the internationally famous 90s TV series (based on the books by H E Bates) which introduced the world to the Larkins, the family that everyone wished they could be part of. Millions of us booked a date on Sunday nights in front of the television to share the adventures and lovable rogueish exploits of Pop and Ma Larkin and their family, played out in some the most idyllic Kentish countryside. Our hearts were captured by the beauty and simplistic living of the 1950s where family came first, good living a close second (plenty of food and drink for all), and the outside world was kept at arms length (Pop's money making schemes were legendary, as well as his efforts to avoid the taxman). Pop Larkin would have loved you to drop by for a chat and a cup of tea, whilst Ma Larkin rustled up a proper spread of homecooked treats so now you have the opportunity to experience the good life for a few relaxing 'perfick' days in the heart of the Darling Buds countryside. There are 35 acres on the Farm estate to wander around and explore The Larkins never got around to tidying up the Oast so we had plenty to do to get it up to standard. It is simply stunning now, sleeping up to 8 people. There are three ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor ( either twins or doubles) with small TVs in each. Move up the gorgeous wooden stairs (with the original winch still in place) and you enter the main lounge and dining area with its beautiful beamed vaulted ceiling, There's plenty of comfy seating and a 32 Freeview TV, free wifi, and phone docking station. The kitchen is beautiful and well equipped with integrated electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, plus all the usual neccesities and plenty of crockery, cutlery and glassware. And, up a small flight of wooden stairs is the ensuite bedroom in the Oast tower itself. It's the room that everyone will want so be prepared to put your foot down. Gather round the family dining table and take time to catch up over dinner. There will be plenty to reflect on as there is so much to do and see in the local area. 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 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 opportunites, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar. Altogether 'Perfick!”, as the Larkins would say! Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.More
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About the Owner
Simon C
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:70%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:March 2014
Interaction with guests
On arrival the code for the front gate is 2930. If we are not onsite to greet you, we will leave your keys to the property in the red telephone box in the courtyard. You will find a black information folder in your property which has all the additional information you will need including our telephone number should you need us. We hope you enjoy your stay.
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We had a great weekend here....lovely location, very homely and friendly accommodation, and I would recommend it to anyone. It compares really well to some of the decent Premier Cottages sites I have stayed at in the past. Some positives: A) very adequately furnished B)...More

Date of stay: December 2017
1  Thank CharlieB196
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

What an amazing place! The staff were amazing 24/7, we felt so welcome! Everywhere has been beautifully restored to a very high standard. Highly recommend the Reverend Candy room it was everything and more than what we had hoped for. We will be visiting again...More

Date of stay: February 2017
Thank emilytoms66
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Reviewed 4 January 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...More

Date of stay: December 2015
1  Thank mixip
Management response:Responded 9 January 2016

Hi Mixip Glad to hear you had a 'Perfick' time staying with us and thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Really like the idea if the mattress toppers - I will look into it, so thanks for the feedback. I...More

Reviewed 15 September 2015

We have just stayed at Buss Farm. I know this is a cliché but it really is Perfik! The original location of the Darling Buds of May - what a treat - it has been renovated to a very high standard. We stayed for 2...More

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank KDavis211
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 September 2015

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Date of stay: August 2015
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Refrigerator
Towels Provided
Dishwasher
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Iron
TV
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Toaster
Patio
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About the neighbourhood
Situated in the heart of Kent, in the stunning location of The Darling Buds of May, this relaxing and peaceful rural hideaway is the perfick base to explore the many and varied sightseeing opportunities that Kent has on offer. From shopping destinations (like Canterbury, The Ashford Designer Outlet or even Bluewater), historic places (like Dover Castle, Chatham Dockyard, Leeds Castle), beautiful towns ( Tenterden, Tunbridge Wells), Kent has it all. You can go for long walks on the Downs, visit the seaside, tour round a whole host of Country Houses and Gardens, have rides on steam trains. You could even bring your passports and take a train to Paris for lunch or a day trip across on the ferry.
How to get there
Sat Nav Postcode - TN26 3EQ • From Junction 9 M20, Leave the Motorway at Junction 9 and take the exit signposted (Ashford) • At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A28 signposted Tenterden/Great Chart. • At the next roundabout also take the 3rd exit onto the A28 • At the next roundabout (Matalan Roundabout) take the 2nd exit A28 signposted Tenterden/Great Chart. • At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit A28 signposted Tenterden. • Continue along this road for about 1.8 miles, take the third turning on the right sign posted Old Surrenden Manor Road/Pluckley 6 miles • Take the 4th turning on your left (about 3.5 miles along this bendy road, just after Stone Green Nurseries. Tuesnoad Lane. We are 500 yards on the right.
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