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Beautiful Rural 9 Acre Child Friendly Retreat. Just 32 Miles From London. - ***** Little Apple Barn *****

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



***** Little Apple Barn *****

Gorgeous converted barn with wonderful, sweeping views of uninterrupted undulating countryside with the village of Plaxtol in the distance. This one bedroom conversion has high vaulted ceilings and oak beams complimented by the underfloor heated slate floor and granite worktops. It is flooded with light from the huge windows with far reaching views. In the summer just open them up and breath in the fresh air, sitting comfortably on one of the sofas with a drink in your hand.

The large living, dining and kitchen area is all open plan with a feeling of space, light and freedom.

The double bedroom leads onto the shower and toilet - all with underfloor heating. Additional beds are in the form of luxury fold up beds which are provided as necessary for up to two other guests. In addition a cot can be provided for a baby/toddler.

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About the property

***** Hamptons Farmhouse *****

Hamptons Farmhouse is located in the beautifully rural area between the villages of Plaxtol and West Peckham, close to Sevenoaks and Tonbridge in Kent, the Garden of England. Amazingly quiet and peaceful, set in 9 acres of land, all that can be seen is rolling countryside, yet we are just 32 miles from the centre of London with all its theatres, tourist attractions, shopping and cultural activities.

The four holiday lets include 'Stable Cottage', 'Willow Cottage' 'Dairy Cottage' and 'Little Apple Barn' all of which are beautiful conversions, finished to a very high standard and all benefit from the outstanding location and facilities of Hamptons Farmhouse.

On our 9 Acre site there is so much to do: past the cottages unfolds the beautiful gardens with duck pond on which you can paddle around on the row boat. Or play open air table tennis under the shelter of the barn; take afternoon tea on the lawns or if you feel more energetic play croquet or even tennis in the all weather courts.

The Hamptons Farmhouse site is very child-friendly, it is safe and secure (including the water areas) but is filled with adventure and excitement. The ‘Fort’ is a camouflaged climbing frame with swings, monkey bars, climbing wall and 40m zip wire. By the giant redwood tree, on which swings and trapeze hang, is the massive 17’ x 12’ super bouncy Jump King trampoline. The genuine gypsy caravan is a cosy place to chill out for children and adults alike. Secret dens, seven dwarf's woodland playhouse, climbing trees, treehouse in the woods, sandpits, toddler areas and playground and farmhouse animals add to the overall blissful experience.

For adults, there are so many areas of the gardens and land where you can sit and read; listen to birdsong or simply wander around. Local walks abound, one passes by the edge of our land and leads you through orchards to wonderful local pubs such as the Kentish Rifleman or 20 mins rural walk in the other direction to the Swan on the Green pub restaurant with its own microbrewery for those who like to try local ales. WiFi is super fast as we have a fibre line into the property. You should get speeds of 20-200Mbs.

The four holiday homes, Stable Cottage, Willow Cottage, Dairy Cottage and the Little Apple Barn at Hamptons Farmhouse are the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives but an easy journey to London just over an hour away and only 35 mins from Sevenoaks to Charring Cross. From there the London Eye, Theatre land, Covent Garden, Leicester Sq and West End and other tourist attractions are in easy striking distance for an evening or day out.

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Katie & Andy Tanswell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Katie & Andy Tanswell

We have our hands full with five children including twins!

(The photo is when we were a bit younger!)

Katie & Andy Tanswell purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Katie & Andy Tanswell chose West Peckham

We know what kids and parents like. The beautiful grounds are filled with activities and things to do and explore, or places to rest and relax. With 9 acres of land we can spread out. Tree house in the woods. Gypsy caravan with a camp fire. Trampoline and zip-wire. Sand pit, slides and swings (we have 13 at the last count). Animals to pet. Croquet lawn. BBQ. Table tennis. Ponds with boats. To answer the question: why this property: the answer is because it has everything you need to enjoy being here. WiFi is superfast Fibre with 20-200MBps

What makes this cottage unique

Stable Cottage, Little Apple Barn, Dairy Cottage and Willow Cottage at Hamptons Farmhouse are the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life but it is an easy journey to London and only 35 mins from Sevenoaks to Charring Cross by train. From there the London Eye, Theatre land, Covent Garden, Leicester Sq and West End and other tourist attractions are in easy striking distance.

You really don’t have to leave our site but Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks are 15 mins drive away, with Tonbridge closer still, and each have shopping, swimming pools and an abundance of restaurants.

Larkfield swimming leisure centre has wave machines water cannons water slides, whirlpool with plug plunge and a 25m pool for swimmers as well as animal themed toddler pools is 9 miles away.

Hop Farm Family Park, with Giant Jumping Pillows, Magic Castle, Funfair rides, Animal Village, Indoor Soft Play, Outdoor adventure play area and ‘4D’ cinema is just 7 miles away.

Kent Life is a 28 acre, premier heritage farm attraction that encompasses a wonderful farmyard with a family of friendly animals ranging from donkeys, horses and ferrets to piglets, goats and lambs, many of whom are reared on site. 13 miles.

Bewl Water is a fabulous outdoor centre and lake with aqua orb hydro balls, kids fishing , model boats, mini golf, cycling, sailing, regattas, dragon boat races, food and craft festivals and much more throughout the year.17 miles

Kent has 42 beaches of its own but the closest ones to Hamptons Farmhouse are in East Sussex at Hastings, Pevensey, Camber Sands, Bexhill and Eastbourne which are about an hour or so away depending on where you end up.36 miles

For those who like shopping there is Bluewater, one of the largest shopping arenas in Europe with over 330 stores and restaurants plus three leisure villages

Golfers have a huge local choice with 6 courses within 3 to 9 miles including Knowl Park and Kings Hill

We are just 1 hour away from the Channel Tunnel

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Barn is beautifully furnished and so comfortable warm light and airy. The views from the outside decking are amazing. Andy and Katie are wonderful hosts and will try and accommodate your every need. The site is very much geared around children however is a delightful place to have adults only holiday too. Sit on the deck and watch the sun drop over the hills with a g&t in hand. It is England at its best! There are lots of places to visit in the area but if you don’t want to travel too far you could lock the door and stay in and enjoy this beautiful spot.
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Accommodation and facilities for ***** Little Apple Barn *****in West Peckham in Tonbridge and Malling District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Underfloor heated
  • Like the rest of Little Apple Barn, there is underfloor heating in the 'bathroom'. There is a shower (but no bath), sink and loo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Main Living area - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Two luxury (pocket sprung) fold up beds plus a cot
  • Comfortable pocket sprung double bed mattress under the sloping roof of the barn. The main living area has the option of two luxury (also pocket sprung) fold up beds to sleep another two. A cot can be made available for toddlers and babes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have free superfast WiFi with speeds normally in the 20-200Mb/s range. We may be rural but we do have fibre optic broadband. We have a detailed Information Pack which includes information on activities, eating out, beaches, shopping, attractions, events and outings and more. This is all available via DropBox.


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***** Little Apple Barn *****
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 37 reviews

Stunning setting for rural break

  • 5 of 5

Little Apple Barn is a beautifully decorated one bedroom barn. The decor is wonderful and is fully equipped if you want self catering. The kitchen is small but perfectly formed, however the kitchen table and surrounding area is very big and large enough for entertaining. The bedroom and shower is lovely, again lovely linen and white towels. The shower is nice and big and there is always hot water. However all of these things are wonderful but the crowning glory are the views. The doors open onto a lovely decking area and the views are stunning. Even in January it is beautiful. There are so many birds, as well as the chicken and ducks wandering around! It is a lovely place for a week away and perfect for children. It is also well located for Tonbridge castle, Leeds castle and never. There are some nice pubs within walking distance if you are ok walking through fields. Lovely holiday site any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful and kind review. We are delighted you enjoy Little Apple Barn. You are always welcome here.
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spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful scenery and wildlife

  • 5 of 5

An extremely comfortable stay, great value for money, with some very appreciated touches from the owners over the Christmas season - lovely fairy lights and a Christmas tree, as well as a welcome pack with treats and wine. The local rural area was a delight to drive through, with stops at some charming pubs, yet larger towns were easily accessible. Underfloor heating kept everything toasty. A well-placed reading lamp would have made the property perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I came down to Apple Barn for a short break,I was lucky as the Autumn weather was perfect. The barn was absolutely perfect,the views and peace was just right. From the patio outside the barn I could see the Indian Runner ducks and chickens roaming outside enjoying their freedom from their pen. The facilities for children in the nearby field are amazing,and whilst I was there watched some teenagers happily playing on the tennis court.The location is perfect for visiting National Trust ,and other places of interest.Apple Barn is beautifully furnished and comfortable all to a high spec. I will be going again .The owners are friendly and always there to help with any queries.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you had an enjoyable break and we look forward to your next visit.
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Apple Barn Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The vase of beautiful yellow roses which greeted us on entering Apple Barn Cottage was symbolic of our stay. With beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, the cottage itself pleases the eye and provided a very comfortable home for us for three weeks, To cap it off Katie and Andrew are considerate and obliging hosts. Next time we visit Kent we will return to Apple Barn Cottage

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to hosting you when you visit Kent again.
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Entertained children and a relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

A lovely setting with lots of entertainment for kids (2 and 5). Clean, well maintained and welcoming cottage with all the facilities you need. Hosts are friendly and always there to help with any questions.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to do a review and we are delighted that you want to book another holiday with us for next year.
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  • 5 of 5

Es war wieder wunderschön! Sehr tolles Cottage mir Liebe zum Detail und geniales Aussengelände!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed staying at Hamptons Farmhouse again this year. The grounds here really are awesome - it is a beautiful setting.
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Nearest Airport
32.5 Miles
Gatwick - 43 mins
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Kentish Rifleman
Nearest Ferry
46.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Pout Wood
Nearest Train
5.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5.2 Miles
M26 Junction 2a
Nearest Restaurant
1.9 Miles
Swan on the Green -
Nearest Beach
36.7 Miles
Hastings - to Camber
Car: necessary

We have a detailed Information Pack on local attractions, activities, outings etc which we can make available through DropBox. We are very happy to send this to you in advance of you booking.


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