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Beautiful Rural 9 Acre Child Friendly Retreat. Just 32 Miles From London. - Stable Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 559 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Stable Cottage

This luxury 2 bed converted stable overlooks the gardens, open fields and the old three-bay-barn (used in former times for the hop harvest). The cottage has been refurbished to very high standards. The main bedroom has a wrought iron double bed with sumptuous pocket-sprung mattress. The single bed room has the additional hay-loft with a further two mattresses for those who don't mind climbing up. The granite topped kitchen has everything you need and the TV has an integral DVD. We have free super-fast WiFi.

Step outside to your own patio area under the huge willow tree and eat al-fresco overlooking the rolling Kent countryside.

The grounds have everything for a fun, romantic or relaxing break. Play tennis, boat on the pond, take the zip wire from the climbing frame; explore the bridal paths and walkways through orchards and strawberry fields to the fabulous local pubs.

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About the property

***** Hamptons Farmhouse *****

Hamptons Farmhouse is located in the beautifully rural area between the villages of Plaxtol and West Peckham, close to Sevenoaks and Tonbridge in Kent, the Garden of England. Amazingly quiet and peaceful, set in 9 acres of land, all that can be seen is rolling countryside, yet we are just 32 miles from the centre of London with all its theatres, tourist attractions, shopping and cultural activities.

The four holiday lets include 'Stable Cottage', 'Willow Cottage' 'Dairy Cottage' and 'Little Apple Barn' all of which are beautiful conversions, finished to a very high standard and all benefit from the outstanding location and facilities of Hamptons Farmhouse.

On our 9 Acre site there is so much to do: past the cottages unfolds the beautiful gardens with duck pond on which you can paddle around on the row boat. Or play open air table tennis under the shelter of the barn; take afternoon tea on the lawns or if you feel more energetic play croquet or even tennis in the all weather courts.

The Hamptons Farmhouse site is very child-friendly, it is safe and secure (including the water areas) but is filled with adventure and excitement. The ‘Fort’ is a camouflaged climbing frame with swings, monkey bars, climbing wall and 40m zip wire. By the giant redwood tree, on which swings and trapeze hang, is the massive 17’ x 12’ super bouncy Jump King trampoline. The genuine gypsy caravan is a cosy place to chill out for children and adults alike. Secret dens, seven dwarf's woodland playhouse, climbing trees, treehouse in the woods, sandpits, toddler areas and playground and farmhouse animals add to the overall blissful experience.

For adults, there are so many areas of the gardens and land where you can sit and read; listen to birdsong or simply wander around. Local walks abound, one passes by the edge of our land and leads you through orchards to wonderful local pubs such as the Kentish Rifleman or 20 mins rural walk in the other direction to the Swan on the Green pub restaurant with its own microbrewery for those who like to try local ales. WiFi is super fast as we have a fibre line into the property. You should get speeds of 20-200Mbs.

The four holiday homes, Stable Cottage, Willow Cottage, Dairy Cottage and the Little Apple Barn at Hamptons Farmhouse are the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives but an easy journey to London just over an hour away and only 35 mins from Sevenoaks to Charring Cross. From there the London Eye, Theatre land, Covent Garden, Leicester Sq and West End and other tourist attractions are in easy striking distance for an evening or day out.

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Katie & Andy Tanswell
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About Katie & Andy Tanswell

We have our hands full with five children including twins!

(The photo is when we were a bit younger!)

Katie & Andy Tanswell purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Katie & Andy Tanswell chose Kent

We know what kids and parents like. The beautiful grounds are filled with activities and things to do and explore, or places to rest and relax. With 9 acres of land we can spread out. Tree house in the woods. Gypsy caravan with a camp fire. Trampoline and zip-wire. Sand pit, slides and swings (we have 13 at the last count). Animals to pet. Croquet lawn. BBQ. Table tennis. Ponds with boats. To answer the question: why this property: the answer is because it has everything you need to enjoy being here. WiFi is superfast Fibre with 20-200MBps

What makes this cottage unique

Stable Cottage, Little Apple Barn, Dairy Cottage and Willow Cottage at Hamptons Farmhouse are the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life but it is an easy journey to London and only 35 mins from Sevenoaks to Charring Cross by train. From there the London Eye, Theatre land, Covent Garden, Leicester Sq and West End and other tourist attractions are in easy striking distance.

You really don’t have to leave our site but Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks are 15 mins drive away, with Tonbridge closer still, and each have shopping, swimming pools and an abundance of restaurants.

Larkfield swimming leisure centre has wave machines water cannons water slides, whirlpool with plug plunge and a 25m pool for swimmers as well as animal themed toddler pools is 9 miles away.

Hop Farm Family Park, with Giant Jumping Pillows, Magic Castle, Funfair rides, Animal Village, Indoor Soft Play, Outdoor adventure play area and ‘4D’ cinema is just 7 miles away.

Kent Life is a 28 acre, premier heritage farm attraction that encompasses a wonderful farmyard with a family of friendly animals ranging from donkeys, horses and ferrets to piglets, goats and lambs, many of whom are reared on site. 13 miles.

Bewl Water is a fabulous outdoor centre and lake with aqua orb hydro balls, kids fishing , model boats, mini golf, cycling, sailing, regattas, dragon boat races, food and craft festivals and much more throughout the year.17 miles

Kent has 42 beaches of its own but the closest ones to Hamptons Farmhouse are in East Sussex at Hastings, Pevensey, Camber Sands, Bexhill and Eastbourne which are about an hour or so away depending on where you end up.36 miles

For those who like shopping there is Bluewater, one of the largest shopping arenas in Europe with over 330 stores and restaurants plus three leisure villages

Golfers have a huge local choice with 6 courses within 3 to 9 miles including Knowl Park and Kings Hill

We are just 1 hour away from the Channel Tunnel

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is really a fantastic place to visit with young children. The sheer amount of play equipment is overwhelming, and the atmosphere on the English countryside is stunning. Andy and Katie are wonderful hosts, and the cottage is nicely furnished and richly equipped. Highly recommended!
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Kent Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 559 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double , Beautiful views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Plus two extra beds in the 'hay barn' accessed by ladder.
  • Stable Cottage is a converted stable and access to the Master bedroom is through Bedroom 2 the single bedroom (which also has two further single mattresses in the hay loft. Its fine for families but be aware to get to the Master bedroom you need to walk through the single bedroom. The hay loft beds are great fun and ideal for older kids and teenagers. The hay loft is a good 2m high and accessed by a ladder. There is a small protective barrier but if you want to be super safe, its not for young kids. We don't position Stable Cottage as a 5 bed property but it could easily take 5 adults.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have a detailed Information Pack which includes information on activities, eating out, shopping, attractions, events and outings and more. This is all available via DropBox. We have free super-fast WiFi.


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Stable Cottage
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 61 reviews

A Paradise for Children!

  • 5 of 5

This is really a fantastic place to visit with young children. The sheer amount of play equipment is overwhelming, and the atmosphere on the English countryside is stunning. Andy and Katie are wonderful hosts, and the cottage is nicely furnished and richly equipped. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gemütliches Ferienhäuschen auf wunderschönem Hof

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben mit unseren Kindern (9, 12 und 14 Jahren) eine sehr schöne Herbstwoche im Stable Cottage verbracht. Das Cottage ist klein, aber sehr gemütlich und qualitativ hochwertig eingerichtet. Das Grundstück ist für Kinder aber auch für Eltern ein Traum. Wir wurden sehr herzlich begrüßt, es gab ein üppiges Willkommenspaket und eine sehr hilfreiche Infomappe. Highlight der Kinder waren die Ponys und die Seilbahn, die Eltern haben sich besonders an dem allmorgendlichen Besuch der Hühner und der Laufentenparade erfreut. Alles in allem ein sehr schöner Aufenthalt, die Kinder fragen schon, wann wir das nächste Mal fahren.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind response. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Außergewöhnlich gutes, romantisches Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Die Besitzer haben sich sehr viel Mühe mit der Renovierung des ehem. Stalles gegeben. Alles ist mit Auge fürs Detail eingerichtet, hochwertig und sauber. Für Kinder (insbes. jüngere) ist es ein Paradies, die Außenanlage ist großartig! Meinem Mann und mir hat u. a. die Möglichkeit, Tennis zu spielen, sehr gefallen.

Die Nähe zu London und diverse Reiseziele in der Nähe machen dieses Cottage zudem sehr attraktiv. Da die "Gastfamilie" selbst fünf Kinder hat, ist es auch nicht ausgeschlossen, dass sich der ein oder andere "Smalltalk" ergibt, ganz nach Belieben...

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you again for another year. You are always welcome.
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Home away from home!

  • 4 of 5

We, a Dutch family with two kids (10 & 7) spend a wonderful week in Willow Cottage. We received a very nice welcome on arrival, including a welcome package with diffent foods and fruit. Andy and Katie are good hosts.

The pictures give a good idea of what you can expect.

The cottage was very clean and cosy. We choose this cottage but next time we'll pick one of the other cottages with real beds instead of the sofabed.

The surroundings are really pretty. There are several hiking paths directly from the property. We enjoyed the views! Our kids especially liked all the play areas Andy and Katie made for kids to play.

We have made several trips to London, during our stay. We took the train from Borough Green station (ca 15 min drive) and within 45 min we were in the middle of London at Victoria Station. With the travelcard which we bought on the station we were able to use the busses as well as the underground. Worked really well. Our kids travelled for £1 each by train, the subs were free for them.

We would definately stay here again and recommend it to you!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We do hope to see you again.
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Wonderful country stay

  • 5 of 5

We had already stayed at one of Andy and Katie's French properties which we very much enjoyed. We were not disappointed when we stayed at the Kent property. The cottages are within a fully modernised stable building which retains the charm of the country setting but is modern and very comfortable. Andy and Katie are awesome hosts providing all you need for your stay including great information packs with information on things to do around the area. Our children (who vary in age from 7 to 17) enjoyed exploring the property and watching Andy try and catch moles! Thanks for a wonderful stay we will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you stay here at Hamptons Farmhouse and we do hope to see you again. Update on the mole: mole caught!
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Well equipped and very clean.Decor lovely

  • 5 of 5

Warm comfortable cottage.Ample room for a family ,with small loft area for a couple of children within one of the bedrooms. Always nice to have a welcome pack especially if you are late arriving. The owners are helpful and friendly and welcome children .They have 5 of their own and understand the needs of small children and that is why they have plenty of outdoor activities for them

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Nearest Airport
32.5 Miles
Gatwick - 43 mins
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Kentish Rifleman
Nearest Ferry
46.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Pout Wood
Nearest Train
5.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5.2 Miles
M26 Junction 2a
Nearest Restaurant
1.9 Miles
Swan on the Green -
Nearest Beach
36.7 Miles
Hastings - to Camber
Car: necessary

We have a detailed Information Pack on local attractions, activities, outings etc which we can make available through DropBox. We are very happy to send this to you in advance of you booking.