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Vaughan Grylls

Member since: 2013
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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 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 us of a full-size heated indoor 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. 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 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.

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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
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 graduated from Edinburgh University last year and is now working in Sydney, Australia and George 21 , currently at Oxford University. One rescue cat, Jasper, who murders small animals. One often annoying but always charming Be the Beagle, who Jasper whacks, quite understandably when Be gets too annoying.

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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Reviews

4.7
based on 51 holidaymaker reviews

Comfortable Family Retreat In Kent, With All-Weather Pool And Near The Seaside
average rating of 4.72549 based on 56 reviews
5

Outstanding

  • 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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5

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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4

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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4

Lovely setting, unusual property, perfect for our requirements. (Mixed ages family celebration.)

  • 4 of 5

Despite hurricane Katie we really enjoyed our stay. The swimming pool was a great attraction. Kitchen well equipped; we successfully cooked a gourmet celebration meal. Great walk to Rising Sun for a fabulous Easter Sunday lunch.

Hope to return again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really great to have you. Hope you didn't get too blown away by Hurricane Katie on your walk across the fields to the Rising Sun! Your kids clearly loved Be the Beagle! See you again soon with your 10% 'Hop Farmer' discount.
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5

A home away from home (with a pool!)

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful house- we love staying here. This is our second time and it has everything you need. The rooms are simply decorated and comfortable, they set the rooms up however you require.

2 rooms are on-suite which is an added bonus. On bedroom and bathroom has been newly refurbished which was lovely.

Kitchen is fully equipped withy everything you need to cater for 12 people! They even put milk in the fridge!

The pool is wonderful and made our stay- our little ones loved getting up in the morning to a swim, an after lunch swim and a before bed swim! The pool is warm (kept warmer if you make sure you cover it every night).

A great stays we absolutely will be using again in the future (and buying it if we win the lottery!!)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kelly. It was great having you all at Hop Farm!
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5

Great weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We used the house for a birthday party weekend - it worked perfectly. We were four families with young children, there was plenty of bedrooms space, and the bathrooms just about worked. The pool was great for the kids, most importantly it is kept at a great temperature. Jenny the housekeeper could not be more helpful and also cooked for us on one of the nights. I would definitely recommend Hop Farm

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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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

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ash, 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
 
Standard
4 Jan 2016 - 17 Jul 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,410
for 3 nights
From
£470
£3,290
 
 
High Season
18 Jul 2016 - 4 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 3 nights
From
£550
£3,850
 
 
Standard
5 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,410
for 3 nights
From
£470
£3,290
 
 
Christmas/NY
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,734
for 3 nights
From
£578
£4,046
 
 
Standard
3 Jan 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,551
for 3 nights
From
£517
£3,619
 
 
High Season
14 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,815
for 3 nights
From
£605
£4,235
 

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Kent in South East England

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • 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 , 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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
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. Sorry, but no renters under 21 years of age.

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