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

Vaughan Grylls

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People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Vaughan Grylls

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Calendar last updated:
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Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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

6 bedrooms, 4 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, 6 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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Vaughan Grylls (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2015

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 George 20 , currently at Oxford University. One rescue cat, Jasper, who murders small animals. One Beagle puppy, Be, who Jasper whacks when she gets too annoying, and quite understandably..

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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Reviews

4.7
based on 39 holidaymaker reviews

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Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
average rating of 4.74359 based on 43 reviews
5

Fourteen have a birthday at Hop Farm

  • 5 of 5

Superb accommodation and a great layout for all 14 of us . Plenty of cooking facilities, plenty of games to play and a good internet connection. Vital for todays kids ! The pool was warm and enjoyed by everyone. Countryside walks were interesting despite a spot of rain.

Just one word of warning. Make sure you arrive in daylight. As Vaughan says Hop Farm is in the middle of nowhere and you can take a wrong turning so easily. BUT, once there you will have the best of times.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Just a great place to stay with a group of friends

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at Hop Farm with our friends and the kids. Polly and Vaughan always make you feel very welcome and the house is a great layout for a large group. There is loads to do in the area but the pool keeps the kids entertained for hours especially when it's cold and raining outside. I doubt this will be our last visit.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

comfortable stunning property

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Hop Farm with a group of friends. The house was very warm and welcoming with a beautiful Christmas tree in the entrance hall. All of the bedrooms were clean and comfortable. The large lounge had plenty of seating and enabled all 11 of us to spend time together. The kitchen is well equipped and the welcome pack of coffee, tea, milk and sugar was gratefully received. The swimming pool looked very inviting although on this visit we didn't have a chance to use it as we travelled to the coast for brisk walks! The house is ideally situated for visits to the coast Whitstable and Broadstairs were only about a 30 minute drive away as was Canterbury with all its history. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily return. Thank you for a wonderful weekend break in a truly stunning property

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
London, United Kingdom
5

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Family of 12, and we all had plenty of room and really enjoyed our stay, would really have liked to have booked for next Christmas but I think it is already taken, all bedrooms are very spacious and have adequate facilities, the swimming pool was definitely the best bit about the holiday, even managed to teach granddaughter to swim, the kitchen had everything you needed the only thing it could have done with is a couple more smaller tins for the small oven, as when cooking for 12 run out of tins, we followed the instructions for the walk to the pub, and this was certainly worth it as it was a lovely pub and dog friendly, Also think this would be a lovely place in the summer, but we were all warm and cosy all the time, and did not need to use the fire. We all thought this was the best (as a large crowd) we have stayed, and would defiantly like to go back. It is not posh and some things could do with updating, but we all felt very comfortable and really had a lovely time, Owners were very helpful from start to finish, and we organised a Tesco delivery which arrived as we did, so did not even have to think about shopping !, plenty of cupboard and fridge/freezer space (this is something some large places lack) we had enough room for 4 days for all food for 12 people. Also very dog friendly, could not fault this place at all, we all really enjoyed ourselves. many thanks

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Spacious, comfortable and individual!

  • 4 of 5

We booked the Hop Farm for a weekend away to celebrate three family birthdays. It was ideal, considering our party's ages ranged from 6 to 90! There was plenty of bedroom and living accommodation, and the kitchen provided us with everything we could want. We found the place clean, warm and comfortable,

and the pool certainly was a great bonus. Also a lovely warm welcome from Jenny. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Lovely spacious house with lots of character

  • 5 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: Sep 29, 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 !

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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Prices & Availability

From £425 Nightly

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ash, Kent

Rental Basis:
per property
Prices quoted in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
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 - 17 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 3 nights
From
£450
£3,150
 
 
Christmas/NY
18 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,575
for 3 nights
From
£525
£3,675
 
 
Standard
4 Jan 2016 - 16 Jul 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,410
for 3 nights
From
£470
£3,290
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Notes 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 £35 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

Cancellation Policy

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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:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , En suite
  • Four bathrooms, two of which are 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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