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COMFORTABLE FAMILY RETREAT IN KENT, WITH ALL-WEATHER POOL AND NEAR THE SEASIDE

Vaughan Grylls

Advertiser since: 2013
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People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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COMFORTABLE FAMILY RETREAT IN KENT, WITH ALL-WEATHER POOL AND NEAR THE SEASIDE

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Ash - Hop Farm

6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms farmhouse with fantastic indoor heated pool

Hop Farm is a charming farmhouse with all modern amenities, dated 1715 with its own full-size heated indoor/outdoor pool, 5 bedrooms 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, Wi-Fi, barbecue and table tennis. It is surrounded by fields and lovely Kent orchards which are ideal for country walks (including a great 30 minute walk to a child and dog-friendly pub with good food!), cycle rides down quiet country lanes. Places to visit nearby include historic Sandwich (with several golf courses including the world-famous Royal St Georges Golf Club) and Canterbury with its world-renowned Cathedral, city walls and designer shopping, Dover and Walmer Castles and the nearby vineyards for Kent wine. Also you can go swimming on Deal or Ramsgate beach, both of which are only 20 minutes away by car.

Hop Farm offers accommodation for normally 10 persons. Extra guests up to a maximum of 14 are charged at a nominal rate of £35 per person per night for which they are provided with sleepover beds. Babies in arms are free of course.

Although we usually require a three night minimum stay, for those wishing to stay less nights, we have a 5pm to 5pm rate of £1000 for 10 persons with additional persons charged at £35 per person per night.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Vaughan Grylls (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks English

About Vaughan Grylls

Vaughan is an artist 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 'children' - Hattie, 22 (recently graduated from Edinburgh University, and now working at her first 'proper' job in London) and George 20 (at Oxford University). One rescue cat, Jasper, who murders small animals.

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 Ash

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

Hi,



I just wanted to say we had a fabulous time at Hop Farm this weekend! Claire thoroughly enjoyed her 30th as did everyone else. I hope everything was in order when we left and that we weren't too noisy in all our excitement! I would not hesitate to recommend your accommodation to others, it is a lovely place and the pool was brilliant!



Thanks again for all your help.
Oct 2014
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Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 34 holidaymaker reviews

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Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 38 reviews
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Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1194207
+44 -07770 558584
Ash Kent
5

Lovely spacious house with lots of character

  • 5 out of 5
Celebrated my 30th birthday here with a group of friends. Made use of the field for rounders, the pool, living room, numerous bedrooms, kitchen, tandem bike etc all great facilities. Ate in the local pub - the directions here are very cute!
We didn't have beach towels so you may want to bring your own.
Would return given the opportunity - a great find :-)
  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just to say that apart from Hop Farm's exclusive swimming pool, the beach is only 20 mins away ( Ramsgate or Deal) so thank you for reminding guests to bring their own beach towels. And as you are now Hop Farmers return with a 10% discount !
business
Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1194207
+44 -07770 558584
Ash Kent
5

We returned to Hop Farm and just loved our stay!!

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at hop farm last year with friends and we were very impressed so returned to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary with friends and family. We just love the relaxing setting, fabulous accommodation and the swimming pool. This is a real bonus and even more special as my youngest daughter learnt to swim!!

We feel very relaxed and happy as all our guests took full advantage of the facilities. I even had a short ride on the tandem bike!

I highly recommend this as a place to stay to get away from all the daily stress and routine and have fun.

Vaughan and Jenny the housekeeper are a pleasure to deal with and nothing is too much trouble.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you all back Zoe!
business
Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1194207
+44 -07770 558584
Ash Kent
5

Great holiday

  • 5 out of 5
We had a very happy family week at the Hop Farm. Loads of space for the children and their swimming has improved thanks to the lovely pool.
I just wish I could turn the clock back and do it all again.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1194207
+44 -07770 558584
Ash Kent
5

A wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating retreat

  • 5 out of 5
We were so impressed with this accommodation. Immaculately kept, with a number of extra 'little' touches that gave it a warm feeling (e.g. a bottle of complementary alcohol, a good selection of books and DVDs, poolside equipment, a couple of bicycles and more). The pool is a really good size, and being a family of six staying there through some temperamental weather, the children never got bored of the pool!

Above all, Vaughan and Polly were so obliging and kind. They even went away and brought back extra bedding for the baby's cot.

Thank you Vaughan and Polly for making our stay so pleasant. We would definitely recommend Hop Farm to others seeking a relaxing retreat.
  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. You were really great guests!
business
Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1194207
+44 -07770 558584
Ash Kent
2

Overall Experience Disappointing....

  • 2 out of 5
As a family we booked Hop Farm to celebrate Mum's 60th with family from across the UK and Asia. The location is stunning and the house spacious.
Whilst the overall experience of being able to spend precious family time together, the property itself was a bit of a disappointment for the following reasons;
(1) The general cleanliness was of a poor standard with numerous unclean surfaces and and "cobwebs" in every room which there had been no attempt to remove prior to our arrival.
(2) The general state of repair within the property whilst serviceable is in need of upgrade
(3) Facilities provided, e.g. sports equipment, bikes, Wi-Fi etc.......are again either in a poor state of repair or indeed deficient

As a family we spend a considerable amount of time enjoying trips away of which this is the first time I have felt compelled to leave a review due to the disappointment on finding the above on arrival and during the weekend.

The rental cost for this property, especially in high season is considerable. The financial outlay did NOT reflect the standard of accommodation or facilities presented.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh dear. Our first critical review and hopefully our last! Although we were upset, we were even more upset to read that you did not consider Hop Farm value for money.
We have checked all the fun sports equipment and it is all in working order - even the elderly tandem bicycle which our guests always seem to enjoy.
It is true that the WiFi can be a little erratic. Because of Hop Farm's remote location, coverage has not always been first rate. But we are installing a replacement system ( tomorrow as a matter of fact) which the engineers insist will be an improvement.
As for spiders and cobwebs, well, all we can say is sorry. But in the deep English countryside, in summer, cobwebs can reappear within an hour or so of cleaning. However we will ensure our housekeeper expunges every one, just before our next guests' arrival!
We were delighted to help your wife find her misplaced wedding ring.
We do hope you will return at some time and perhaps reconsider your initial evaluation.
Thank you for your comments.
business
Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1194207
+44 -07770 558584
Ash Kent
4

An excellent venue for a family gathering.

  • 4 out of 5
The property is situated in rural countryside within easy reach of Canterbury, Ash, Sandwich and the coast. The roads are narrow but traffic sparse, excellent for walkers and cyclists,(the tandem bicycle was great fun). The property is well proportioned and the layout good. The sitting room is comfortable and spacious, the kitchen and dining areas are ample for large gatherings and well equipped. The six bedrooms provide good sleeping arrangements for adults, with children on put-you up mattresses, (we were eleven adults with five children). The entrance hall is a feature and the swimming pool is a jewel. There is ample room in the garden for a variety sports and the barbecue area allows for al-fresco dining. We throughly enjoyed our stay, Vaughan was most genial and the housekeeper most helpful. We would happily recommend Hop farm to family and friends
  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Location

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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday farmhouse in Ash, Kent

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Standard season
1 Sep 2014 - 18 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
£1,209
for 3 nights
From
£403
£2,821
 
 
Christmas/NY
19 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,245
for 3 nights
From
£415
£2,905
 
 
Standard
3 Jan 2015 - 19 Jul 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,275
for 3 nights
From
£425
£2,975
 
 
High Season
20 Jul 2015 - 30 Aug 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,380
for 3 nights
From
£460
£3,220
 
 
Standard
31 Aug 2015 - 20 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,275
for 3 nights
From
£425
£2,975
 
 
Christmas/NY
21 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,380
for 3 nights
From
£460
£3,220
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £0
Notes Normal minimum rental - three nights. Special offer: Two nights at £1000 for 12 persons.

Hop Farm caters normally for a maximum of 12. However , for a supplement of £35 per person per night, 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

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ash in Kent

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Baby Gate
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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.
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