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Jenny

Member since: 2012
Speaks English

Stunning 5-bedroom 4-bathroom home with 2-acre garden and fabulous country views

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Hawkhurst - Barnfield House

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and lots of indoor/outdoor living space for 10

Ideal for families and friends who wish to spend time together in gracious, comfortable, relaxing surroundings, Visit England four-star Barnfield House is a light-filled, warm and well equipped family home on the edge of Hawkhurst village, with stunning countryside views from most rooms, and plenty of space for up to ten guests. Our stylish home has hosted multi-generation family gatherings, family-of-the-bride/groom groups, guests celebrating significant birthdays and friends' reunions. The youngest guest was a few months old, our oldest close to 90!

Accommodation is spread over three floors, with the ground floor devoted to generous living areas, five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the 1st floor, and a fourth bathroom and landing library on the 2nd floor. The living areas – large drawing room, sitting/TV room, study, and dining hall – are full of Asian antiques and artefacts, handsome furniture and comfy sofas. The kitchen is equipped for people who love to cook, and has an eight-seater farmhouse table for family meals overlooking the apple orchard. From the dining hall, bi-fold doors open onto a large deck with wisteria-covered pergola and 10-seater teak table. The views from here are magnificent, with lawns sloping towards farmland beyond the boundary, and a large unfenced pond. By the kitchen is another patio for BBQs and alfresco dining.

Not for nothing is Hawkhurst called the 'crossroads for the Weald'; It's the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of Kent and Sussex that keep families of all ages well entertained. Countryside drives reveal picturesque villages and pubs, including the Oak & Ivy Inn, famous gathering place for the infamous 18th century Hawkhurst smugglers. In addition to the famous National Trust and English Heritage historic castles, houses and gardens that attract many visitors to the area (Sissinghurst Gardens and the gardens of Great Dixter shouldn't be missed), there are many other experiences to consider, such as the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Smugglers Adventure at Hastings, Hever Castle (home to Henry VIII's Ann Boleyn), and myriad museums covering everything from musical instruments to vintage cars, 1066 battlefields to 18th century smugglers. After all this activity, guests love returning to the comfort of Barnfield House. This 1938 home – made of Canadian cedar from its floorboards to roof shingles – has its own history: the large pond in the garden is thought to be the remains of an iron ore site from the middle ages.

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Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Jenny (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely, warm and comfortable space for all. We had a thoroughly enjoyable week. The kitchen and dining table has been a delight with the delightful round table a joy for evening games. Perfect for families.
Oct 2012
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Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)
Stunning 5-bedroom 4-bathroom home with 2-acre garden and fabulous country views
average rating of 4.571429 based on 23 reviews
5

Fantastic property with excellent facilities, a real home from home.

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic, lovely kitchen, breakfast dining and utility area with a fully equipped kitchen which made life so much easier for us on arrival. The main dining area had a fantastic view of the deck and the lovely grounds, as the weather was good we ate breakfast outside several times during our stay and the children loved the games and TV rooms which were very well stocked to keep everyone from 0 - 99 occupied including a great range of DVDs and music. The main lounge was wonderfully comfortable, as were all the bedrooms and the second floor area was a real find for the children in our party who used it as a den and private retreat for reading. We really couldn't have asked for more from the house and Flo the housekeeper and her husband were lovely when our food order arrived early, taking it in on our behalf before we arrived.

There was so much to do in the surrounding area, many NT and English Heritage places to visit, in addition to other historic homes and towns such as Hever Castle, Rye and Tonbridge Wells. With plenty of places to eat or get a takeaway we would have no hesitation in recommending the house to any and everyone, it was one of the loveliest places we've stayed in during our 18 years of holidaying in UK holiday homes/cottages. Thanks to Jenny and Philip for allowing us to use their beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

The perfect English Country holiday

  • 4 of 5

Living in the tropics, my holiday in Barnfield House was a wonderful experience of English spring in the country. The house was built in the 1930s and is a delightful, sprawling home loaded with character, comfy furniture and with gorgeous antiques in every corner. Every day we shopped in the village and cooked wonderful meals in the well equipped kitchen, which provided every gadget imaginable. We often ate outside on the big wooden deck under the wisteria vine. The garden views were vast and it was very quiet... Such a gift when coming from a busy town. The house was clean and well looked after, and is very well located for sight seeing, being within an easy drive of heritage sites, bluebell woods, famous gardens and historic towns. I had the best holiday for many years and plan to return next year with friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Disappointing

  • 1 of 5

Disappointing

To call this a 4 star property is frankly dishonest. 1 star would be more the mark. The house was very shabby and frankly worn out. Peeling paint abounds everywhere, the owners gave up on maintenance a long, long time ago, carpets are old, frayed and in the drawing room stained. The quality of cleaning was very poor; one would hardly dare eat in the kitchen. Far from the kitchen being a chef's paradise, like the rest of the house it is old, dilapidated and past its prime by 20 years. The cooker was old, not clean and so warn out that the markings around the controls have disappeared, it is thus useless.

The crockery and cutlery was a mishmash of old mismatched, stained and chipped items and clutter everywhere throughout the house. The house had a aroma of old cigars and much worse, old dogs. We tried to spend as much time outside the house as possible. The photos which are published appear to have been taken many, many years ago.

The house appears to have been furnished via a container of very inexpensive from the far-east, the soft furnishings are cheap and uncomfortable.

The owners help themselves to your rent and then dump their two old bangers on the driveway which you are paying rent for, making turning difficult.

Every expense has been spared by these owners – don’t book it !!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is difficult to know how to respond to such an inaccurate and unpleasant review, as this is the first time we have been in this position. Barnfield House is our much loved (and well maintained) family home, and has been available as a holiday let for the past four years. During this time we have welcomed just under 100 groups of guests – both multi-generation families and groups of friends – and this is the first and only time we have received anything other than extremely positive and appreciative reviews . Barnfield House is not an ultra-modern luxury hotel, nor do we pretend that it is. Is the house absolutely perfect? No it isn't. What it is, is a spacious, comfortably furnished and well equipped family home built in the 1930's with wonderful views and a large garden. As any existing home owner will know, there are always improvements that can be made to any property, and these we do on a regular and ongoing basis. To comment on some specific points that this reviewer made: 1/ The house is professionally cleaned at every changeover (including the cooker) 2/ The descriptions provided are accurate and up to date, as are the photographs 3/ We did have a much loved Airedale terrier but he passed away 5 years ago 4/ We do not allow smoking in the house 5/ Our two "old bangers" are currently parked at the edge of the (very large) driveway but as there is ample room for parking at least 8 cars, this is not usually a problem We regret that this Dubai-based reviewer did not enjoy his time at Barnfield House but he is the first and, to our knowledge, the only guest to feel this way. All our other guests have been delighted with the house and facilities, and later this year we have a group coming back for the third time. We treat all our guests with courtesy and respect and expect the same in return.
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5

Great home for New Year celebrations

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at Barnfield House over the New Year period. The kitchen was really well equipped and there was lots of space for a gathering of 9. The garden and views were fantastic and the kids loved the space.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Marvellous break

  • 5 of 5

Ten of us across 3 generations stayed at Barnfiekd House over the bank holiday weekend. We had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, filled with lovely things (art, Knicks knacks, curios etc like a proper home) and practical things (everything you might need in a kitchen, loads of books across a wide range of topics, board games and outdoor activities to keep children entertained). The grounds are lovely, ideal for lazing with a good book. I must mention that the house was very clean and all linen and towels were pristine.

The village is also pretty. Camber sands (17miles) is a lovely beach. We also had fun fishing at the farm nearby - although 10 of us had to settle for a solitary tiny fish as catch of the day.

Worth mentioning - there is a very useful folder with helpful info about everything : location of tesco, taxi number, restaurants, operating instructions for all appliances etc.

Will definitely visit again AND recommend to friends.

Thank you jenny and philip for your prompt responses to all my queries

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! what a house! This is a wonderful property! The minute we walked in the house felt like a home, cozy and warm. Nothing was missing, kitchen is fully stocked, pleasure for cooks (like me). The house is very spacious allowing enough personal space, but yet, it is just the right size you feel close to everybody. The garden and the surrounding are beautiful (you need to pray for good weather). Jenny & Philip are amazing owners, responsive and communicative. Lots of activities in the area. I will most definitely will try to come back to this wonderful house.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
London gatwick
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Royal Oak
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Dover
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
Hawkhurst Golf Course
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Etchingham
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
M20 junction 9
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Royal Oak
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Camber Sands
Car: necessary

Located on the edge of Hawkhurst village on the Kent/Sussex border, our five-bedroom family home offers the perfect setting for exploring the Weald of Kent and southeast England. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, as the far-reaching views from the house indicate, with public footpaths through farms, orchards and woodland. There's a wealth of attractions in the area for wonderful family outings, including National Trust and English Heritage properties, historic houses, heritage castles, and gardens – e.g. Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, Pashley Manor, Great Dixter, Batemans, Smallhythe Place. The historic towns of Cranbrook, Battle and Tunbridge Wells are a short drive away, as are the coastal towns of Rye and Hastings and the beach at Camber Sands. Outdoor activities including sailing and windsurfing at Bewl Reservoir, wakeboarding and kite surfing at Camber Sands, mountain biking and horseriding in Bedgebury, and golf (there's a golf course five minutes' walk from the house). You also have the pick of some wonderful local pubs and eateries, including Michelin-starred restaurants, and several award-winning vinyards.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hawkhurst, Kent

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
August Bank Holiday
26 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,209
for 3 nights
From
£403
 
 
Autumn 2016
30 Aug 2016 - 13 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,209
for 3 nights
From
£403
£1,610
 
 
Autumn break
14 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,314
for 3 nights
From
£438
£1,750
 
 
Winter 2015
1 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£990
for 3 nights
From
£330
£1,320
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

3 night weekends ( FSS) or 4 night weekdays (MTWT) are available (shown as weekends in the rates above), at 75% of the full rate.

We require a 50% deposit to secure the booking, with the balance to be paid 60 days prior to arrival together with a returnable security deposit of £250 to cover damages or any extra cleaning required. If you choose to pay via HomeAway (instead of by direct bank transfer), we will deduct their payment handling fees (approx 3%) from the security deposit to ensure the full rental is paid.

Arrival time is from 4pm and departure is by 10am

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hawkhurst in South East England

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , master bedroom ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower , Hand shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Hand shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Close to bathroom 3
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Guest washroom on ground level
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 2ft 6inch trundle can be set up as two singles or a double.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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