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

Bedrooms 1
Space 452 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights



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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Katie & Andy Tanswell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 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 West Peckham

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

My family and I stayed in the Willow cottage for a week and what a week it was. We loved every minute of our stay there were hidden cubby houses for the kids, bikes, toys, DVD's, animals you name it they have it. The whole experience was great from the communication, check in, local info and check out. We would definitely recommend this place for a country get away.
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West Peckham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • 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
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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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Willow Cottage
average rating of 4.875 based on 48 reviews

Séjour excellent

  • 5 of 5

Cottage charmant, cosy, à la décoration soignée, très bien équipé. Il est situé au milieu d'un vaste domaine spécialement aménagé pour les enfants. Nos enfants ont particulièrement apprécié le trampoline et le terrain de tennis mais nous avons aussi beaucoup joué au tennis avec eux.

Nous avons profité de la semaine pour sillonner en marchant et en courant les sentiers de la région, les footpaths, dont un passe derrière le domaine. Pratique.

Excellent accueil.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful rural retreat

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed in Willow Barn on a number of occasion and as ever a delightful place to stay with all modern conveniences, hot water (lovely warm bathroom!) heating, comfortable bed with fresh bedding and towels every week, and perfectly equipped for a self catering holiday. It has been lovely staying more so in December when Andy and Katie went full on with Christmas lights, even providing real trees for each of the barns. We have enjoyed the barn in all seasons and can recommend as a wonderful place to stay whatever time of year. Our grandchildren love it and they are made to feel welcome and have free run of the beautiful gardens and surrounding fields. They also get to handle and feed rabbits and ponies and delight in the noisy antics of the ducks and chickens that wander freely around.

Andy and Katie are perfect hosts and have created a lovely place for others to visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
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ein absoluter Glücksgriff für unseren Urlaub

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben uns überaus wohlgefühlt auf diesem herrlichen Gelände und in dem stilvollen, gemütlichen, sauberen und gut eingerichteten Cottage. Alles übertraf unsere Erwartungen: was ganz praktische Dinge angeht, von Wäschewaschen über Einkaufen bis Einrichtung der Wohnung, aber auch die Schönheit des Ortes und die Möglichkeiten, tolle Urlaubszeit zu verbringen. Ich würde jedem empfehlen, hierher zu reisen. Für die ganze Familie war es super. Weltstadt London ist so leicht erreichbar, und doch ist man auf dem Land und kann sich erholen.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you, and hope that we can host you again.
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Perfect place to enjoy the best of the English cou

  • 5 of 5

Hamptons is located in the most beautiful part of Kent and has stunning views. Whilst there we enjoyed the peace and quiet and also the walks to the local pubs. We can recommend the Chaser and the Rifleman particularly.

Katie, Andy and their children are exceptional hosts, nothing is too much trouble. They are so friendly and genuinely want you to enjoy your stay with them.

We stayed in willow cottage which is equipped with everything you need, more so if you fancy staying in and cooking after a day at the lovely local attractions. Never and Leeds castle being favourites of ours.

There is plenty to do on site as Katie and Andy have tried to ensure that there are safe areas of play with a little wildness in the woods thrown in. My husband enjoyed having a go in the small rowing boat on the pond with the kids, getting soaked of course, as well as playing tennis, table tennis and trampolining. One of the children's main source of pleasure is the electric mobility scooter!

I can thoroughly recommend this beautiful holiday site so much so that I am returning for a long stay in September. It is also tempting me into visiting their French properties as well. If the standard is the same then we are in for a treat!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 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.


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