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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Description

Willow Cottage

This luxury 1 bed converted cottage with the bedroom overlooking wonderful rolling hills and countryside. has a lovely wrought iron double bed with sumptuous pocket-sprung mattress. The spacious open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen has been refurbished to a very high standard and is ideal for a romantic retreat. The bed is luxurious and if you come with children, we have cots and a sofa bed for extra sleeping.

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.

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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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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Owner
Katie & Andy Tanswell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

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

Hamptons Farmhouse est l'endroit parfait pour des vacances en famille. C'est un paradis pour les enfants où ils peuvent jouer dans le magnifique parc arboré, faire de la balançoire, du trampoline ou s'inventer des histoires dans les cabanes. Pour les parents c'est le lieu idéal pour se reposer et profiter de la campagne verdoyante du Kent.
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Amenities

Sevenoaks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 42 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The cottage has one bedroom but the main sitting room has a sofa bed. So maximum occupancy would be 3/4 plus a baby in a cot. We can provide a travel cot should you require this.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Willow Cottage
average rating of 4.9 based on 40 reviews
4

A wonderful and cosy place to stay w

  • 4 of 5

We, a Dutch family with two kids (7 and 10), spend a wonderful week in Willow Cottage. We received a very nice and warm welcome. Andy and Katie are great hosts and were really nice and helpfull. The cottage was very clean and very cosy. We even received a very surprising welcome package with nice foods and fruits.

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

The surroundings of Willow Cottage are really pretty. There are several hiking paths directly from the house. We enjoyed them. Our kids especially liked all the play areas Andy and Katie made for kids, there's so much to do.

We have made several trips to London, during our stay. We took the train from Borough Green station (ca. 10 min by car and plenty of car parking) and within 45 minutes we were in the middle of London at Victoria Station. With the travelcard (which we bought on the station in BG) we were able to use the busses as well as the subway. Our kids travelled for £1 each by train, the subs were free for them.

For those who plan to stay during Christmas and New Year's eve. We can really recommend the firework show in London! It was amazing!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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4

Lovely cottage - home away from home

  • 4 of 5

I, my husband and our 2 year old daughter stayed at Willow cottage for 4 weeks whilst building work was done to our house before Christmas. The cottage was lovely and Andy and Katie very helpful. There were a few niggles with the heating system which we had to get used to (hence the 4 stars not 5) but these should all have been sorted out for any future guests. The grounds are lovely and perfect for an energetic toddler. There are very good laundry facilities in a separate building and ample parking. Andy spent a lot of time putting up Christmas lights both inside and out which made the whole site look and feel very festive and our daughter got excited about the 'pretty lights' every time we got back to our ' holiday house'. I would highly recommend Willow Cottage and indeed the whole site which was clean, well-maintained and welcoming to anyone looking to holiday here or, like us, looking for a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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5

My relaxing break with family

  • 5 of 5

Spotlessly clean and well equipped cottage.There are so many activities for children to do within the grounds,zip wire, trampoline tree houses, andlittle dens.There is also a tennis court .The owners are relaxed and approachable,and are there to answer any queries.We have already booked for next year

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Idyllic and relaxing stay in the countryside!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to Willow Cottage - and we have enjoyed it just as much as last year! It's lovely here - Andy and Katie have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome once again and come rain or shine we have enjoyed exploring the gardens, treehouses, swings, slides, zip wire, trampolines....the list is endless! The children love it here ("at Andy's house!") as do we - so nice - we thoroughly recommend it - and will be booking again for next year :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our daughters love it here. We have had the privilege of experiencing this farm cottage in both the winter and the summer. Warm and cosy in the winter and airy and light in the summer. The setting and surrounds are fantastic, with great expanses, wonderful views and routes for walks, plenty of facilities for fun with a warm and inviting feel. We love it and would certainly be back in a flash. All amenities are available, quaint and clean inside and playful outside. We have no problem making recommendations for this beautiful retreat. Thank you Andy and Katy.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Beautiful cottage set in tranquil surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in Willow cottage for a week in May. We were delighted with the beautiful decor and breathtaking surroundings. The cottage is very well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave and all the luxuries you need. Our children also loved playing outside on the zip-line and in the wendy house. Our hosts Kate and Andy were also very welcoming, warm and helpful. We would not hesitate in recommending Willow cottage to guests.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
32.5 Miles
Gatwick - 43 mins
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Kentish Rifleman
Nearest Ferry
46.3 Miles
Folkestone
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Pout Wood
Nearest Train
5.1 Miles
Tonbridge
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.

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