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

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Vaughan Grylls
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
90%
Calendar last updated:
22 August, 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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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Ash, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • 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
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Comfortable country retreat for families. Sorry, but no renters under 21 years of age.

Reviews

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Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
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5

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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5

Excellent place for family to get together

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely time with the family. Lovely house and pool. Would definitely recommend Thanks Vaughan

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Homely and welcoming perfect for families, friends and with added bonus of a fabulous swimming pool.

  • 5 of 5

We spent four totally wonderful days at Hop Farm. I had booked it a year and a half ago and we had stayed over the New year and for my sons 30th birthday. 10 adults 2 children and two babies in cots plus our dog. We enjoyed a fabulous holiday and were excited at repeating the experience.

One of my sons lives abroad and had returned to England for a month and we wanted to go away altogether to enjoy some precious moments with one another.

Our second stay at Hop Farm was as wonderful as our first!

Our welcome by Jenny the housekeeper was warm and friendly and she proved to be very helpful and added the personal touch to our stay there.

The house itself is just right for a family, particularly one with the a dog! It's clean and tidy without being "precious " and the pool is fantastic!

We had planned days out but we enjoyed our time so much in the house and in the pool that we didn't venture too far afield. One short trip to the seaside for a dip and some fish and chips and of course "The Walk" through the orchards to the pub!

We took advantage of the barbecue and the Gardens and loved every minute of it.

There is no question that we all had a fantastic few days and hope, very much, to return!!

Thank you so much to Vaughn and Polly and Jenny also.

Both the homemade jam and the lemoncello very much appreciated!

All in all it was a huge success which has left us with truly amazing memories.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place for a multi-generation family holiday

  • 4 of 5

The facilities are very good, particularly the large indoor heated pool which provided much fun for all the family. The grass tennis court was also a great asset.

The furnishings seemed a little tired and the bed linen and towels were not luxurious, but in general we would highly recommend this property for a family holiday as everyone in our party (ages 3 to 71) really enjoyed themselves. We would certainly like to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spacious farmhouse with an indoor pool, perfect for a large family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyable break. Large well-equipped kitchen with plenty of seating indoors and outdoors for our party - 7 adults and 2 children. The pool was perfect and well used. Plenty of parking. A nice character building.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of ten (age range 6 - 70+) enjoyed an idyllic weekend in this wonderful property. Polly and Vaughan have created a stylish, comfortable, spacious and interesting home, set in a tranquil location. We appreciated their hospitality and also offer particular thanks to Jenny - a special lady whose warm welcome and cheerful helpfulness added greatly to the success of our stay. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Rising Sun Inn, Stourmouth
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Channel Tunnel
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sandwich
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Canterbury Hi-speed to London St Pancras
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Thanet Way/M2
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Sandwich
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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