Freshly-laid eggs from Penn Court's own chickens and home-made shortbread made a lovely welcoming touch. With a writing project to complete, I found the tucked away location of The Barn offered just the kind of undisturbed peace I was after. It offers 180-degree views of the meadows beyond its own charming and entirely private south-facing garden, with a glimpse of the village church on the far side of a rippling stream visible from the Victorian cast iron and brass bed (to reassure back pain sufferers, the mattress was very firm indeed).
On the opposite side of The Barn from its own little garden is Penn Court's orchard - luckily for me, in glorious and effervescent full bloom during my stay - and beyond that, the chicken run, so, although I could see "Twitchers" and Penn Court itself, at no time did I feel the presence of my neighbours - indeed, I barely saw them at all.
Speaking of which, Pauline was a perfectly discreet hostess - having once made my acquaintence, and offered useful advice on local facilities, she left me happy in my seclusion, dropping any updates by email.
The furniture was very comfortable and everything was clean, good quality (very efficient fan oven!) and in full working order. Parking was - literally - right on the doorstep, spacious and, being a dead end, not passed by any other vehicles. The underfloor heating meant that never once in the whole week did I ever feel either too hot, or that I ought to reach for a sweater. The rooms were spacious, the bedding crisp and clean; the towels were exceptionally fluffy, and the hot waster instant and plentiful. Wifi and mobile signal worked well. What more could one reasonably ask?
The location was a perfect balance between total seclusion and not being too remote in case of emergency, and only five minutes drive from the M20 junction, so getting about wasn't an issue either. If/when I return to Kent, where to stay will be a no-brainer.