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Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside

Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms farmhouse with fantastic indoor heated pool

Hop Farm is a charming farmhouse with all modern amenities, dated 1715 with use of a full-size heated indoor pool, 6 bedrooms, four bathrooms and parking for 10 cars.

Hop Farm is brilliantly situated in the back-of-beyond real farming country of East Kent, yet it is less than 2 hours from London by car, 1 hour by hi-speed train, within 30 minutes of the Channel Tunnel and Ferry ports, and 45 minutes from Ashford for Eurostar (Paris or Brussels 2 hours).

Hop Farm has a beautiful all-weather heated swimming pool for your exclusive use, Wi-Fi, barbecue and table tennis.

There are also up to six old bikes on request ( including a bicycle made for two!). Please bring your own cycle helmets.

Next to Hop Farm is our beautiful, private grass tennis court which we can share with you. Just ask when booking should you wish to use it. You will need to bring your own racquets, tennis balls and tennis shoes. Being grass, the court is closed October to May.

Hop Farm is surrounded by fields and lovely Kent orchards which are ideal for country walks, including a half-hour one through lovely orchards and fields to our local pub, The Rising Sun.

Interesting places to visit nearby include historic Sandwich (with several golf courses including the world-famous Royal St George's Golf Club) and Canterbury with its world-renowned Cathedral, city walls and designer shopping and the nearby vineyards for Kent wine.

There are many children's attractions very near, including Wingham Wildlife Park, the famous Howletts Zoo, Roman Richborough Castle and Ramsgate, Margate and Deal beaches. Dover Castle, the second-biggest fully-intact castle after Windsor, is always a hit with children.

Hop Farm offers accommodation for normally 12 persons. Extra guests up to a maximum of 16 are charged at a nominal rate of £40 per person per night for which they are provided with sleepover beds. Babies in arms are free of course.

More Details

Vaughan Grylls
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
28 June, 2017

About Vaughan Grylls

Vaughan is an artist and writer and retired head of the University for the Creative Arts where he serves as emeritus professor. Polly is the owner of a publishing company in London. Two grown-up offspring, one rescue cat, Jasper, who murders small animals. One often annoying but always charming Be the Beagle.

We divide our time between our house in London, our house in Kent, which is near Hop Farm and La Spinosa in Italy

( No: 429689) which we have rented out successfully as a holiday home - lots of reviews! - for several years.

Vaughan Grylls purchased this farmhouse in 2012

Why Vaughan Grylls chose Kent

A charming country house with its own, exclusive use swimming pool, near the sea, within striking distance of London and the continent yet completely away from it all and with plenty of room and great country walks for humans and dogs.

What makes this farmhouse unique

An astonishing, exclusive pool.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just wanted to say thank you so much for having us this weekend. Hop Farm is a wonderful property and we had a great time staying there.
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Ash, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Opposite the G Plan and nearest to Oast and Study bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , En suite to the Country Lane View bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , En suite to the Terrace bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Nearest to the Pool, Country Lane View and Terrace bedrooms
  • Four bathrooms, two of which ( the Country Lane View bedroom and the Terrace bedroom) are en suite.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - The G Plan bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - The Country Lane View bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - The Oast bedroom - 2 single bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 4 - The Study bedroom - 2 single bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 5 - The Terrace bedroom - 2 single bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 6 -The Pool bedroom - 2 single bed , Or one double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Comfortable country retreat for families. Sorry, but no renters under 21 years of age.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(74 traveller reviews)

Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
average rating of 4.689189 based on 79 reviews

A little bit of paradise in East Kent

  • 5 of 5

I had booked Hop Farm as a venue for a family gathering to celebrate my 70th birthday. The party consisted of myself and my wife, 4 children and their partners, and 3 grandchildren (aged 4, 4, and 1). We arrived at Hop Farm on Friday evening to be met by Jenny (the housekeeper) who gave us a brief but very informative introduction to the house. We had previously communicated by e-mail our requirements for the bed configuration but on learning that the two small children that were coming might wish to sleep with their parents rather than in a separate bedroom, Jenny quickly organised child mattresses on the floors of the appropriate rooms. It soon became apparent that we were very welcome, and that everything would be done to make our stay a good one. And this proved to be the case.

The remainder of our party arrived over the next few hours and soon made themselves at home. The pool was immediately acclaimed by all as excellent, and the two 4 year olds were particularly impressed.

The house was at all times warm and comforting - this on a particularly cold early May weekend with a strong North Easterly wind, which in this part of Kent is quite bitter. All the rooms are of a good size. The dining area was large enough to accommodate all members of the party for our evening meals, while the kitchen area could cater for all as they arrived in shifts for breakfast. With 4 bathrooms (2 of which are en-suite) morning and evening showers were not a problem.

The kitchen is spectacularly well stocked with china, glass, utensils, and cutlery, and with two large fridge/freezers, all the food we had brought with us (along with large amounts of wine and beer) could be easily stored.

On the Saturday we went to Wingham Wildlife Park, which was enjoyed by all generations of the party. Apart from this trip we did not venture out much because of the weather, but this did not detract at all from the occasion, as there was plenty to keep all occupied within the confines of the grounds of the property.

All in all, a thoroughly wonderful time was had by all, and we are already considering plans for a return visit next year to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you all enjoyed Hop Farm! We try to make it a special place, despite the unreliable English weather!
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Eggcellent Easter break 🐇🐣

  • 4 of 5

We celebrated Easter 2017 at Hop Farm, a family of 9 adults, 2 children and a dog. The main attraction for us was the heated indoor pool, just fabulous for all of us to enjoy. Sadly we all found the house to be slightly run down and tired, the kitchen in particular with broken cupboards and drawers. The dining area happily seated all 11 of us but many of the chairs round the dining table were wonky. The bedrooms were ok but there was a very large stain on the carpet in the hall bedroom, a child's scribble on the wall and a broken wardrobe in the corridor bedroom and a faulty bedside light in the pool bedroom. The living room was comfortable but again the white sofa was covered in stains and again needed a deep clean or replacement. We were looking forward to lighting the fire on the first night but when we went to light it, it was full to the brim with ash from the previous occupants, disappointing that this was not checked and prepared before we arrived.

On the plus side the outside space was perfect, great for games and our annual Easter egg hunt!, and the use of the bicycles was superb for our 6 mile bike ride.

All in all we did have a lovely stay at Hop Farm but in our opinion the house is in need of a bit of TLC.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely location, lovely property but slightly "tired".

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic opportunity to have everyone together for a family celebration. 6 bedrooms (2 en suite) plus 2 further toilet/shower rooms. Well equipped kitchen with separate area for dining. Nice lounge area with log burner. Super indoor pool area with good sized pool, deck chairs, 2 x table tennis etc. One or two things were a tad "tired" such as cupboards, drawers etc but nothing to detract from an overall great weekend. Would recommend it, especially if children are going.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terrific you all enjoyed Hop Farm. We'll check those drawers out for 'tiredness'!
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A beautiful property in the stunning Kent countryside - our family were very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property in a remote part of Kent but within reach of many local attractions. Spring had sprung and we were surrounded by blossoming trees, spring bulbs and proud ewes with their newly born lambs. It would be great to come back again as I'm sure the house really comes into its own in the summer months.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you all enjoyed Hop Farm, especially as some of you had come all the way from the USA to celebrate your mother's 90th. By the way, she didn't look anyway near her age! Do return with your 10% Hop Farmer discount. It will be a pleasure to see you all again.
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Perfect accommodation, perfect location, perfect celebration

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights to celebrate mum's 70th. There were 15 of us including children aged 2 to 11. It was the perfect venue: comfortable, spacious and clean with all the basics and more. The pool was the biggest hit: children and adults alike.

Thank you to Vaughan and Polly (and Jenny) for providing such a pleasant setting in which we were able to create many happy and special memories. I hesitate to recommend as I'm not sure I want to share such a gem. Will definitely look to return in the future.

Vicki et al

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gang, Delighted you all enjoyed yourselves and thank you for your kind note. Please return - with your 10% 'Hop Farmer' discount! Hope to see you all again! All the best, Polly, Vaughan and Jenny.
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Wonderful week in Kent Countryside

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked, everything ran smoothly, from questions being answered promptly, to paying, to even receiving emails from the housekeeper asking how we wanted the bedrooms set up (Singles, doubles, cot etc)

Check in was a breeze and the instructions given guided us straight to the property. Jenny the housekeeper showed us round, and gave us a few instructions on the house workings but then left us to our own devices.

On arrival we headed straight to the wonderful pool, which was lovely and warm, in fact the kids (And adults) were in the pool all week, morning and afternoon and many games of table tennis were also played in the pool room.

House was used a base to explore Sandwich, Deal and a trip to Wingham Wildlife Park as well as having enough to do on site to have days just chilling out within the house.

The garden is enclosed which was great for us as we had the 2 dogs with us.

There are lots of walks locally and we as a family (13 of us) did the "guided" walk to the pub. The guide being the owners photographs in an album. Very original but good fun.

All in all a fabulous week and we would have no hesitation in returning. Hopefully next year!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you all enjoyed it Dan! Come back!
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Rising Sun Inn, Stourmouth
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Channel Tunnel
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Canterbury Hi-speed to London St Pancras
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Thanet Way/M2
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Sandwich Bay
Car: necessary

Hop Farm sits in a remote country lane within half a mile of the hamlet of Westmarsh, 3 miles from the lovely village of Ash with church, pub, school, two mini-supermarkets and a chemist and six miles from the sea. The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury has a national reputation. The Whitstable Royal Oyster Restaurant is ideal for informal, yet special occasions. The medieval cinque port of Sandwich is a gem. If you are interested in contemporary art, Margate's new Turner Contemporary is well worth a look.

There are many attractions very suitable for children and nearby.

Here is a selection:

Wingham Wildlife Park, Howletts Open Air Zoo, Hythe-Dymchurch Historic Railway, Dover Castle, Richborough Roman Fort.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Ash, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
3 Jan 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
14 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
2 Sep 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
15 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
3 Jan 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
31 Aug 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$0

Minimum age for the renter is 21.

Normal minimum rental - three nights. Special offer: Two nights at £1000 for 12 persons throughout 2015 except during High Season and Christmas/New Year.

Hop Farm caters normally for a maximum of 12. However , for a supplement of £40 per person per night,( £40 from 31 August 2015) additional 'sleepover' beds can be supplied with bedding for guests to make up themselves up to a maximum of 4 extra persons.

Check in time 5pm
Check out time: 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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