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Traditional 17th Century Kentish Barn, Set In The Heart Of The Garden Of England

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Holiday Home in Charing, Nr. Canterbury, Kent, England - Countryside Location, Perfectly Positioned For Relaxing, Visiting Local Attractions and Walking

Swan Street Barn is set within the grounds of 15thc hall house, in idyllic Kent countryside. The Barn is a traditional 17thc Kentish barn, lovingly converted to provide the most modern comforts, complementing the historic timber frame. The barn offers very spacious, luxury accommodation, perfect for families. It is situated on a small holding guests are welcome to walk round and enjoy the animals. The historic villages of Charing and Lenham are only minutes away with restaurants and local shops. The Red Lion pub with good food is only a 5 min walk. Easy access to London from Ashford Intl , only 37 mins by train. Near to Leeds Castle and the cathedral city of Canterbury. A short drive into the heart of the Weald with its charming villages and historic attractions. Both Kent coasts can be reached within 20 minutes, including the fishing town of Whitstable famed for its oysters, to the north, and Dover with its historic castle and white cliffs to the south. Golfers have numerous courses to choose from.Other outdoor pursuits include miles of beautiful walks such as the Pilgrims Way on the North downs, and not forgetting the cycling and horse riding.

More Details

Owner
Joanna Stokes
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Joanna Stokes

I am a keen gardener and love being outside. I have a small number of animals on my smallholding which I love to spend time with.

Why Joanna Stokes chose Kent

We loved the history and character of this beautiful building, from the moment we saw it there was a lovely feel about it.

What makes this barn unique

The Beautiful, peaceful countryside combined with the easy access to London and the Weald.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really had a great time in Kent, and certainly did enjoy our stay at Swan Street Barn.

Highly recommendable!

M.Lauwers Belgium



" We had a lovely short break,enjoyed the farm animals very much, delicious eggs, a beautiful peaceful location"- Mr Joyce.



We would like to thank you for such a lovely holiday at Swan Street Barn June 6 to 18 June. We feel so rested and relaxed after our stay everything was to such a high standard and beautiful surroundings. My husband had a doctors appointment on our return and for the first time in 3 years his blood pressure was spot on.(Our doctor asked for the web site). I am going on the web site to book for November to set us up for Christmas. Thank you once again, highly recommended. Ralph and Sylvia Aberdeen.



What a brilliant relaxing weekend in a beautiful setting, hoping to return very soon. Global Honeys:buddies (US, UK China)!



We had a brilliant weekend, the weather was beautiful, the barn was lovely, and we loved the animals. Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable, the eggs and sausages were very good! Morgan, Blisses and Penny's.
Jul 2009
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Amenities

Charing Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • An additional 2 babies under 2 years old can be accomodated
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • 2 luxury en-suite bathrooms. 1 bathroom 1 Ground floor cloakroom/WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 with Kingsize bed. Bedroom 3 with Kingsize bed. Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds, a 2nd floor balcony room accessed via 1st floor bedroom. Family Room with Kingsize sofabed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Seasonal welcome pack on arrival. 5 Star Rating for accommodation. Please note that whilst the Barn is a great venue for a celebration or get together it is not designed as a party venue, we welcome all groups to enjoy their stay but advise that to respect our neighbours and the peaceful location loud music or over exuberance and drunkeness will not be permitted. Maximum occupancy at any time including visitors is 10. The accommodation is suitable for 6 to 8 adults and 2 to 4 children to a maximum of 10 plus 2 under 5's in travel cots provided. Outside: Swan Street Barn is within the grounds of 15th century hall house, in idyllic Kentish countryside. There are 2 outside seating areas and BBQ. The barn is situated in 15 acres of gardens and farm land with farm animals to visit and enjoy. Utility Room: microwave and washer/dryer highchair Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided.Changed weekly. Other: Vaulted galleried reception.

Reviews

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Traditional 17th Century Kentish Barn, Set In The Heart Of The Garden Of England
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A wonderful week in a truly special house

  • 4 of 5

We were a group comprised of two families with children of varying ages between 7 and 15. We had a fabulous week at Swan Street Barn, the living space is great, large enough for everyone in the group to do their own thing whilst still being together. Clean and well maintained it did feel as though it was a real treat to stay, especially with the picture window looking over manicured gardens. Only gave 4 stars as lacked a nicer private space outside (only a small patio area is immediately outside the property) although use of the grassed area at the close by small holding is possible and for parties of 8 or more you would really have to consider the bedroom space as it might not work for everyone, the attic bedroom is really only suitable for smaller children and the sofa bed is in a curtained off part of the kitchen/dining area so lacks privacy and/or doesn't allow for a relaxing start to the day with smaller children in the group!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Wonderful spacious family home

  • 5 of 5

Spent a fantastic week at this huge impressive barn conversion. It was an annual family get together for six adults and four boys. The house comfortably catered for all our needs.

Boys kept busy with surrounding countryside and nearby coastal towns.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Idyllic Kent countryside. Very comfortable modern home. Facilitated my family of 7 very well.

  • 4 of 5

Thanks Joanna... the only thing was the shower in the master- once we got the heat down after my wife took a shower there was water on the floor next to the stairs so we didn't use it at all after that, so it was a little inconvenient to have to go down the hall to wash. Looking at the beams you can see various areas you have had leakage in other areas as well. Other than that we loved everything and would absolutely stay there again if the opportunity arises!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lawrence, Thank you very much for your review and lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and would love to stay with us again. We are very sorry you had an issue with the shower temperature, it had been forced past the safety button so once we had re set this back it was then OK to use as you say. We were not aware you had a further problem with a leak on the shower otherwise we could have also resolved this problem for you as it was just the silicone seal round the shower tray. This leak does very occasionally occur as the barn is 300 hundred years old and constructed of large beams that move slightly during the year due to temperature fluctuations, especially after a dry/ hot period. To fix the problem we just need to reseal with the silicone and that does the job. Again our sincere apologies that you had issues with the shower and thank you for reporting it in the book as we have now fixed the problems.
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5

Exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this as a surprise birthday celebration for my husband. There were 9 family members with age range from 5 to 75. We had a good old fashioned birthday party and the spacious barn allowed us plenty of room.

The bedrooms were amazing and the whole barn finished to a very high standard. There was a large range cooker which allowed us to cook full English breakfasts for both vegetarians and non alike (there was a thoughtfully provided basket of provisions provided by Joanna which included delicious pork sausages, a dozen home laid eggs, local apple juice and jam). After breakfast we explored the small holding and saw the chickens, pigs, sheep and Shetland ponies. There are also some beautiful, but very noisy peacocks! All in all a wonderful barn in a lovely location. I hope we have reason to hire again and would definitely recommend to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Very good accomodation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice holliday. Everything you need is available at the barn. We will certainly come back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

The garden of Eden, Kent

  • 5 of 5

We took three French couples for their first ever trip to England. This property and its position in Kent was a "Zut alors!" From start to finish. Lovely fixtures and fittings, fab kitchen, a warm welcome and great location just about sums up this gorgeous house. The amorous peacock on the roof and a couple of low beams got everyone's attention, as did the local pubs, villages, country lanes, views, gardens, Whitstable, Tenterden and its railway, Faversham, Chilham etc etc. Merci beaucoup for a great experience.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Red Lion pub
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Dover
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Ashford
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Asford
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
M20
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Charing
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Dymchurch
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Both Kent coasts can be reached within 20 minutes, including the fishing town of Whitstable famed for its oysters, which is 20 minutes to the north, and Dover with its historic castle and white cliffs to the south, around 30 minutes drive or easily reachable by train from Charing.

Travel:

By train - 37 mins from London on the High Speed train

By car/ train - 20 mins drive from Le Shuttle crossing to Europe

Distances:

Leeds Castle is just 6 miles away, surely the most romantic castle in the world, the county town of Maidstone is 12 miles and very accessible by either car or train. The Old market town of Ashford, now the gateway to Europe aboard Eurostar is a 15 minute drive, you can also take the Javelin into St Pancras from here in just 37 minutes.

Further Details:

The historic villages of Charing and Lenham are only minutes away with numerous restaurants and local shops. A short drive into the heart of the weald with its charming villages and historic attractions.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $322.37

Booking Notes:
We require a 25% deposit to secure your booking with the remaining balance and £250.00 refundable breakages deposit due 6 weeks before your stay with us. Check in time is after 4 p.m. on the day of arrival and Check out time is before 10.00.am. on the day of departure. Late check outs are available on request.

Maximum occupancy at any one time 10 people, including visitors.

The barn is not suitable for 10 adults - it provides accommodation for a combination of 6 to 8 adults and 2 to 4 children not exceeding maximum group size of 10 persons. 2 babies in travel cots can be accommodated in addition to the 10 person maximum.

Please note that additional persons that exceed the maximum persons on arrival may be asked to leave.



Please note that whilst the Barn is a great venue for a celebration or get together it is not designed as a party venue, we welcome all groups to enjoy their stay but advise that to respect our neighbours and the peaceful location loud music or over exuberance and drunkenness will not be permitted
Change Over Day:
Flexible

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are available from 2 nights, with a discounted price for a 3rd night. For an exact quote for your chosen dates please feel free to ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.