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Vaughan Grylls

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

54 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Kent - 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 use of a full-size heated indoor pool, 6 bedrooms, four bathrooms 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 for your exclusive use, Wi-Fi, barbecue and table tennis.

There are also up to six old bikes on request ( including a bicycle made for two!). Please bring your own cycle helmets.

Next to Hop Farm is our beautiful, private grass tennis court which we can share with you. Just ask when booking should you wish to use it. You will need to bring your own racquets, tennis balls and tennis shoes. Being grass, the court is closed October to May.

Hop Farm is surrounded by fields and lovely Kent orchards which are ideal for country walks, including a half-hour one through lovely orchards and fields to our local pub, The Rising Sun.

Interesting places to visit nearby include historic Sandwich (with several golf courses including the world-famous Royal St George's Golf Club) and Canterbury with its world-renowned Cathedral, city walls and designer shopping and the nearby vineyards for Kent wine.

There are many children's attractions very near, including Wingham Wildlife Park, the famous Howletts Zoo, Roman Richborough Castle and Ramsgate, Margate and Deal beaches. Dover Castle, the second-biggest fully-intact castle after Windsor, is always a hit with children.

Hop Farm offers accommodation for normally 12 persons. Extra guests up to a maximum of 16 are charged at a nominal rate of £40 per person per night for which they are provided with sleepover beds. Babies in arms are free of course.

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

About Vaughan Grylls

Vaughan is an artist and writer 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, 23, who is now working in publishing in London and George 21 , currently at Oxford University. One rescue cat, Jasper, who murders small animals. One often annoying but always charming Be the Beagle.

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 Kent

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

We just wanted to say thank you so much for having us this weekend. Hop Farm is a wonderful property and we had a great time staying there.
Mar 2015
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based on 54 holidaymaker reviews

Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
average rating of 4.740741 based on 59 reviews

An amazing home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at hop farm not knowing what to expect. I am happy to say, every single one of us left feeling rejuvenated.

The pictures do the place no justice. It is truly beautiful. The home is large and spacious. Everyone had their own privacy and space to go back to at the end of the day.

The kitchen is large, comfortable and well equipped with even a dishwasher!

The dining area was great for us as there was plenty of space for us all to sit and enjoy dinner with spectacular views. Similarly, the living room is also comfy.

All the rooms are equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The views in the area are spectacular. Especially during sunsets. We even enjoyed a lovely barbecue in the garden.

The pool and tennis courts were a big bonus, as the kids (and even us adults) didnt want to leave. Both are large and really, just an extra bonus on a perfect and beautiful home.

Jenny is truly amazing. Shes always there to help you in a cheerful and polite manner. The little extra touches she did to the place didn't go unnoticed. We truly appreciated the extra towels and even the milk and coffee! We can't thank her enough.

We can truly say, our stay at hop farm was brilliant and beautiful. We will definitely be returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: We are absolutely delighted you all loved Hop Farm! Come back......with our 10% 'Hop Farmer' discount!
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Kent England

Spacious accommodation, well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Spent our 45th Wedding Anniversary there with our children and families, 6 adult 4 children so had spare bedroom

Very well equipped for large parties, two, kettles, two toasters etc.

Plenty of tables and chairs inside and out.

Very remote, which we liked.

Spacious grounds for children to play.

Tennis courts well cared for.

Jenny was very helpful with everything.

Walked to Rising Sun and had lunch which was great and owner even dropped me back to pick up car!

Only couple downers, pool room was so hot and we were not allowed to open doors.

Also bath towels could do with renewing.

Weather was great so overall we had a fantastic time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great you all enjoyed it so much and thank you for the tips which we always welcome to keep us on our toes!
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Lovely accommodation for our family weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend at Hop Farm. 11 of us including 4 young children , we all loved the pool and the children enjoyed the outdoor space

The adults enjoyed playing tennis, thank you

We appreciated being able to arrive at 4pm, thank you Jenny, an hour earlier than stated. 5pm would have been a little late for the children

We would be very happy to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice family, house and garden with great accomodations.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Well equipped child-friendly property

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a lovely spot in beautiful countryside and is not far from the coast. An ideal property for a large family group with children as there's plenty of room, books and DVDs and outdoor games to play. The pool and table tennis table are great. We were there for a family wedding so didn't really have time to enjoy everything but were very comfortable and Vaughan and Polly were very welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Watford Herts

A wonderful family retreat!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful family Easter break at hop farm! A beautiful house with plenty of space for large groups of people. The swimming pool was great for the kids. We visited a lovely pub for lunch not far called the rising sun which is worth a visit

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Rising Sun Inn, Stourmouth
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Channel Tunnel
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Canterbury Hi-speed to London St Pancras
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Thanet Way/M2
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ash, Kent

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
18 Jul 2016 - 4 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jan 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
14 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Minimum age for the renter is 21.

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 £40 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Kent in South East England

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Opposite the G Plan and nearest to Oast and Study bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , En suite to the Country Lane View bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to the Terrace bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Nearest to the Pool, Country Lane View and Terrace bedrooms
  • Four bathrooms, two of which ( the Country Lane View bedroom and the Terrace bedroom) are en suite.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - The G Plan bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - The Country Lane View bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - The Oast bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 4 - The Study bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 5 - The Terrace bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
    Bedroom 6 -The Pool bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Or one double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
Comfortable country retreat for families. Sorry, but no renters under 21 years of age.

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