Rural Holiday Home in Collier Street, nr Maidstone, TN12 - Many Tourist Attractions Nearby
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About Liz Simmonds
The Simmonds family have lived at Den Farm Oast (next to the Barn) for 15 years now. We thoroughly enjoy meeting and greeting people from all over the world and helping guests make the most of their time in Kent. We are very relaxed about sharing our grounds and facilities with visitors and have many repeat visitors including regular ones from Australia and Germany. There is usually somebody at home to answer any questions guests might have. We have tried to make the Barn as comfortable as possible and take pride in its appearance. Having experienced a few dodgy self-catering holidays we know what we would like (or not like) to find in a holiday home inc. a comfortable bed(!), plenty of crockery so you're not always washing up, good cooking facilities and a decent shower and bath to name a few!
Liz Simmonds purchased this Barn in 2002
Why Liz Simmonds chose Collier Street
We fell in love with the property as we came up the drive. It is peaceful but not too remote, close enough to all the facilities but with plenty of space and virtually no traffic except the very occasional car or tractor. Den Farm Oast consists of part of a barn, 1 round roundel and one square roundel. The kitchen is round as is the master bedroom! The property is surrounded by orchards (beautiful in the spring) and hop fields. It is rural but so easy to get to towns either by car, bus or train. London is only about 50 mins away by train. The neighbours are all friendly, it is safe for children and great for walking and cycling. What more could we ask for! Den Farm Oast Barn is close by but detached. You have the choice of relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet or hopping in your car and visiting one of the many famous sites around here including the Hop Farm at Beltring, Sissinghurst Gardens, Leeds Castle, Scotney Castle to name a few. A day trip to France is also easy to organise!
What makes this Barn unique
We have received many compliments over the years but the majority have been about the peace and comfort of the Barn, the warm welcome visitors receive from the Simmonds, the pick and eat invitation as well as its close proximity to so many wonderful sights. The number of repeat visitors is a testimony to how hard we try to make this a memorable visit for everybody! There are many lanes here for cycling and footpaths for exploring on foot so plenty to do literally on your doorstep. This location is wonderful - in the middle of the countryside but very close to lots of famous sites and main line stations if you fancy a trip up to London.
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Summer holidays in Kent
We had a lovely time and were made to feel very welcome. Being able to pick fruit and wander in the woods was a bonus and made our little girl happy.
The cottage was a perfect base for visiting various parts of Kent including Canterbury and Leeds Castle.
Even the rain didn't ruin our stay.
A little gem.
A little gem in the middle of Kent. Once inside, nothing shows that it is a converted barn. And that's a good thing! The cottage is very well build using high quality materials. Situated in a quiet rural area. The owners made us feel very welcome during our 2 week stay in August 2019. We can certainly recommend this property.
A relaxing stay
We enjoyed three very relaxing weeks at Den Farm Oast barn.
Our hosts did everything possible to make us feel welcome happily sharing the garden and woods with ourselves ,our daughter and grandchildren visiting from Italy.
A little gem in a beautiful location
We are 3 generations of the same family aged from 27 to 93. This cottage suited us perfectly. It is situated in rural Kent within easy reach of the M25 and other major routes. There is a downstairs double bedroom and toilet/shower. Upstairs there is a twin room a double room and a family bathroom. The property is superbly maintained and has everything you could possibly need. The lovely owners live in the adjacent house and are on hand for anything you may require. They are genuinely concerned that everything runs smoothly for your holiday and they both made us feel very welcome. Around the barn there are woods and grassy areas and also lots of home grown produce which you are invited to use if you wish. All in all a wonderful well run welcoming rural retreat suitable for all the family.
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests!
Clean,tidy, spacious had everything we needed, Hosts very welcoming & friendly
It was perfect position for our requirements, it was nice & clean & had everything we needed, Liz & Paul made us very welcome & nothing was to much bother for them, we also had the run of the land they had, the kids loved fruit picking, walking in the woods & the open grass space area to play, In all we could not fault anything, living accommodation was lovely & 3 nice big bedrooms rooms,
Great cottage in ideal position
Had a great holiday despite some health problems and the extreme heat towards the end of the heatwave!
The cottage was ideal - well appointed, comfortable and with everything you could need. Loved the fact that you could use produce from the owners garden and greenhouse. Highly recommended.
You were lovely guests and I’m so glad your mother got to visit old haunts. It WAS the hottest week of the year (so far) - I’m amazed you achieved as much as you did. Come back and enjoy the cooler weather another time!
Our nearest major airports are London Gatwick (45 mins) and Heathrow (1hr 15) around the M25. Dover port is 1 hour away. Whilst this is a good area for cycling we recommend you have your own car in order to be able to visit the sites in the surrounding areas. There is only a limited local bus service and the nearest train station is 3.5 miles away.
We are on the edge of Collier Street, a small village with a church and a primary school. The pub is an easy 15-20 minute walk (or short cycle) and Yalding, 2 miles away,has a good general store. Marden is 3.5 miles away with more shops, a library and a Mainline Station. Paddock Wood town is 6 miles with shops and a MLS. We are 20 mins drive from Maidstone, 25 for Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and within easy reach of many places of interest - historic, horticultural, sporty, music festivals
Yalding (2 miles) has a minimarket, library, post office, pubs, an Indian restaurant, cafe and a lovely walk along the river. Marden (3 1/2 miles)boasts most of the above plus a "Chippy", a Curry House and farm shop. Both have medical centres. There are some lovely walks throughout the area and we do provide some walking guides. Paddock Wood (6 miles) is a small town with a lovely old-fashioned department store, a Waitrose, many other shops and a small leisure centre. There are too many places of interest to list them all but we are blessed with many gardens including Sissinghurst and Penshurst Place, a lot of historical buildings eg Leeds and Hever Castles (both of which deserve at least one full day), Scotney Castle is close by. There are entertainment venues including the Hop Farm and Kent County Showground at Detling Hill. Also Maidstone, the county town, Cranbrook and Tonbridge all boast large leisure centres with swimming pools. The long sandy beaches of Camber Sands are about a 45 minute drive away and there are some lovely, more pebbly, little bays on the north coast such as Botany Bay. There are plenty of fishing lakes, golf courses, shopping centres (including Bluewater - 45 mins drive) and if you don't feel like driving far then there is a local train station at Yalding and main line at Marden and Paddock Wood.