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Beautiful Rural 9 Acre Child Friendly Retreat. Just 32 Miles From London. - ***** Little Apple Barn *****

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights



***** Little Apple Barn *****

Gorgeous converted barn with wonderful, sweeping views of uninterrupted undulating countryside with the village of Plaxtol in the distance. This one bedroom conversion has high vaulted ceilings and oak beams complimented by the underfloor heated slate floor and granite worktops. It is flooded with light from the huge windows with far reaching views. In the summer just open them up and breath in the fresh air, sitting comfortably on one of the sofas with a drink in your hand.

The large living, dining and kitchen area is all open plan with a feeling of space, light and freedom.

The double bedroom leads onto the shower and toilet - all with underfloor heating. Additional beds are in the form of luxury fold up beds which are provided as necessary for up to two other guests. In addition a cot can be provided for a baby/toddler.

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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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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 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

Chose to stay here as on the countryside but with easy access to London and the SouthEast. Cute , well apointed barn conversion.Lovely touch of a welcome basket.Plenty on site to keep children entertained too.
Dec 2016
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Sevenoaks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Underfloor heated
  • Like the rest of Little Apple Barn, there is underfloor heating in the 'bathroom'. There is a shower (but no bath), sink and loo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main Bedroom - 1 double
    Main Living area - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Two luxury (pocket sprung) fold up beds plus a cot
  • Comfortable pocket sprung double bed mattress under the sloping roof of the barn. The main living area has the option of two luxury (also pocket sprung) fold up beds to sleep another two. A cot can be made available for toddlers and babes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • 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 free superfast WiFi with speeds normally in the 20-200Mb/s range. We may be rural but we do have fibre optic broadband. We have a detailed Information Pack which includes information on activities, eating out, beaches, shopping, attractions, events and outings and more. This is all available via DropBox.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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***** Little Apple Barn *****
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great location, great accomodation great owners and great custoner service.

The local shops snd restaurants are all there to satisfy all your needs.

My wife and I would always recommend it as a place to stay and relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Very lovely

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday at Hamptons farmhouse was very lovely. It is easily one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. We stayed in Little Apple Barn for 1 week, and in Stable Cottage the week after that. Both cottages are very clean and beautifully furnished. Especially Little Apple Barn is spacious. The gardens, with lots of things to do for children of all ages are beautiful. We loved having animals right at our doorstep (and the occasional visit of a chicken inside the house), the mighty trees, lovely ponds and wonderful sunsets. The place is a perfect spot for day tips to the beach, castles, villages and London. Whitstable, Broadstairs, Dungeness, London, Leeds Castle are very nice. And there is much more to explore. Katie, Andy and their children are very friendly and make you feel really welcome. A true home away from home that we will visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Utterly relaxing, perfect for families with kids

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Little Apple Barn after a fantastic stay in Mar 2015. The cottage is lovely, a genuinely perfect set up. Our 4 year old loved all the animals and facilities, including the treehouse, trampoline and zip line. We all loved walks in the woods to the local pubs and having fresh laid eggs for breakfast.

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Thanks Andy, Katie and family for having us again!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Luxury Barn

  • 5 of 5

Superb views amazing surroundings ,hosts very friendly and helpful especially as I am a solo traveller.I am bringing my family down in the summer and there will be plenty for my zip wire,trampoline,tennis court, tree houses, boat (with adult supervision) .They also have animals.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Immaculate accomodation with breathtaking view

  • 5 of 5

My two daughters and I stayed in Little Apple Barn for a week during March. The decor is very stylish and the stunning skylights and high ceilings give the cottage a light airy feeling. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you need and the view from the lounge is breathtaking.

There are also lots of fun activites for the children such as zip lining, trampoline and jungle gyms. LIttle Apple Barn makes for the perfect holiday experience.

I would not hesitate in giving Little Apple Barn a five star rating. Andy and Kate Tanswell are friendly and helpful and have tastefully furnished the cottage.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Little Apple, Big Heart

  • 5 of 5

We are coming to the end of a long stay at Little Apple Barn, it has been a lovely, quiet experience amongst the beautiful countryside of Kent. Great walks, quaint pubs for lunch and an abundance of activities for children of all ages. Andrew and Kate are very welcoming and extremely helpful and thoroughly pleasant people. We would not hesitate in recommending this hideaway to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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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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