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From £14pppn. Stylish Oast House conversion on the farm which featured in the 'Darling Buds of May'

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn


About the property

Min 3 nights. Oast conversion set in beautiful Kent countryside near Bethersden

Step back in time and enjoy a stay at Larkin Oast. Aptly named, this Oast House is set within a courtyard of buildings on Darling Buds Farm, which featured as the home of Ma and Pop Larkin (Pam Ferris and David Jason) in The Darling Buds of May ITV series* (1991–1993). Its simple lifestyle, set in the 1950s, showcased the beautiful Kent countryside, and the location became internationally famous as a result.

This well appointed farm has been awarded the AA’s ultimate commendation, 5 Gold Stars/’Highly Commended’ and is surrounded by beautiful open Kent countryside. The beauty spot is located near the villages of Bethersden and Pluckley, about six miles from Ashford.

Larkin Oast is stylishly converted and arranged over three floors. Move up the gorgeous wooden stairs (with the original winch still in place) to the first floor with beautiful beamed vaulted ceiling. This floor comprises a sociable open plan living space with sitting, dining and kitchen areas and stunning country views across the fields and farmyard.

There are four double/twin bedrooms, all of which are en suite. Three of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor and one in the roundel on the second floor up a small flight of wooden stairs. It’s the room that everyone will want so be prepared to put your foot down!

Outside Larkin Oast has a private garden, with decked terrace, barbecue and countryside views, perfect for alfresco dining.

Guests are welcome to explore the 35 acres of Darling Buds Farm land, with its nine large ponds populated with ducks and geese, a stream which winds its way between the ponds and through the land, and a network of footpaths connected directly to the farm. Guests also have access to paddocks and grassland to play a game of cricket or rounders or can visit the animals on the farm. The farm also hosts a classic car show each year in the summer.


Eight Guests

Four double/twin bedrooms, all with en suite shower rooms

Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor

Suitable for children and babies (travel cot and highchair available)

Sorry, no pets

Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, outdoor furniture and barbecue

Licensed wedding venue

Bed linen, duvets, pillows, sheets and towels

Ample parking


Ground floor:

Three double bedrooms, with 5′ zip & link beds which can convert to twin beds on request. Each bedroom has a TV and en-suite shower room.

Gorgeous wooden stairs, with the original winch still in place, to the first floor.

First floor:

Open-plan living/dining room with three comfortable sofas and a beautiful beamed vaulted ceiling.

Beautiful kitchen area and oak floors.

Small flight of wooden stairs to second floor.

Second floor (roundel):

Double bedroom with 5′ zip & link bed which can convert to twin beds on request. TV and en-suite shower room.


Electric central heating

Integrated electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher

Shared onsite laundry room

32″ Freeview TV and DVD player in the living room, TV in each bedroom, phone docking station

WiFi internet access*

Darling Buds of May DVDs

Travel cot and highchair available (cot linen not provided)

Cycle store


Darling Buds Farm is a licensed wedding venue – what could be more ‘Perfick’ than getting married in their historic barn?

A truly unique location for a memorable day, get married on the ACTUAL farm used as the Larkins ‘Home Farm’ for ITV’s The Darling Buds of May, just like Catherine Zeta Jones did in the show.

Marquees of varying sizes can be sited within the grounds and the farm buildings make fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs.

To complete your wedding, ‘Primrose’, the actual 1926 yellow vintage Rolls Royce used in the television series can be on hand to transport the bride to be.

With 12 bedrooms on site, 10 of them en suite, the farm makes the perfect location for your guests to enjoy too.

Please give us a call on 01275 217575 or email if you require more information.


One of several detached properties in an informal grouping and relaxed atmosphere on Darling Buds Farm, in a superb setting near Bethersden village.

A comfortable home-from-home, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and perfectly restored with all the 1950s charm of the ITV series.

The private garden, with decked terrace, barbecue and countryside views, is perfect for alfresco dining.

A haven of peace and tranquility, guests can roam the farm’s 35 acres of land with a stream and nine large ponds. Feed the farm animals, enjoy the network of footpaths from the doorstep, and play games in the paddocks and grassland.

An ideal base for families, groups of friends to explore the delights of Kent at any time of the year.

Flexible accommodation – all five bedroom have zip and link beds which can be configured as twins/doubles on request.

Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights for bookings which include a Friday or Saturday.

Darling Buds Farm can provide a truly unique location for your wedding. A licensed wedding venue, get married in their historic barn a la Catherine Zeta Jones in ITV’s The Darling Buds of May – what could be more ‘Perfick’?.

The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. The accommodation is warm and cosy with central heating and comfortable beds.

Great attractions include The Reindeer Centre next door, picturesque towns and villages and a wonderful collection of historic houses, gardens and vineyards.

Within easy reach of many historic village pubs, including The Dering Arms (1.7 miles), The Bull Inn at Bethersden (2 miles) and The Black Horse at Pluckley (Pop Larkin’s local), 3 miles.

Conveniently located for Ashford (station 8 miles) – the high speed train to London takes 38 minutes for further sightseeing opportunities, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar.

More Details

About Us

Charles Millward
15 Walton Crescent, Winford
BS40 8DD Bristol
Staycation Holidays Limited 15 Walton Crescent Winford Bristol BS40 8DD UK
VAT Reg No213091843

Property Manager
Charles Millward
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Bethersden in Bethersden

Property Type:
  • barn
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Holiday Complex
  • Luxury
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor: En suite shower room to double/twin bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ground floor: En suite shower room to double/twin bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ground floor: En suite shower room to double/twin bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Second floor: En suite shower room to double/twin bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: En suite shower rooms three double/twin bedrooms. Second floor: En suite shower room to double/twin bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ground floor double/twin bedroom with 5′ zip and link beds - 1 Large Double Bed , With TV and en suite shower room
    Ground floor double/twin bedroom with 5′ zip and link beds - 1 Large Double Bed , With TV and en suite shower room
    Ground floor double/twin bedroom with 5′ zip and link beds - 1 Large Double Bed , With TV and en suite shower room
    Second floor double/twin bedroom with 5′ zip and link beds - 1 Large Double Bed , With TV and en suite shower room
  • Ground floor: Three en suite double bedrooms, with 5′ zip & link beds which can convert to twin beds on request. Second floor: En suite double bedroom with 5′ zip & link bed which can convert to twin beds on request.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf
  • Barbecue
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
There are ditches and a large unfenced pond within the garden and deeper unfenced ponds in the grounds – parents should be mindful of children all times Sorry, this property does not allow dogs (Dogs are allowed at Larkin Farmhouse & Larkin Cart) Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Waitrose all deliver to the Farm if you wish to book an online delivery from one of the local Ashford stores Minimum stay 4 nights, 3 nights if your stay includes Friday or Saturday. Travel cot - please provide your own cot linen *Please note that Darling Buds Farm is not connected to, nor are its activities endorsed by ITV No smoking Check-in is after 3.30PM Enjoy your stay, thank you!


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From £14pppn. Stylish Oast House conversion on the farm which featured in the 'Darling Buds of May'
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews


  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy that you had a relaxing stay and that you had everything you needed in the Oast House - we aim to please so we are thrilled that you want to return. Best wishes. Charles staycation Holidays co uk
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Lovely property stylishly furnished and well equipped in great location and well kept grounds

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay - we were a group of 7 friends and the property was perfect for our weekend break. Ensuite in all rooms was a real bonus. The surrounding country side was idyllic. The property is very tasteful and met all our needs. Some minor feedback though which we hope is helpful to achieve 100% satisfaction is that the cooker could do with a deep clean and one of our party who arrived early had to clean the fridge- other than that it was perfick

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfick way to celebrate my 60th with family

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay, highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable stay and were so happy. I do hope that you will come back or look up our other properties a staycation holidays. With very best Charles
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Surprise 60th weekend

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely delightful stay nothing was to much trouble everything needed was there if not you only had to ask. Nicola and family were absolutely charming. Views were lovely the weekend was amazing. Will be returning for a visit next year.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Leigh Thank you so much for your review. What's even more important is to know you all had such a fabulous time. We all look forward to welcoming you back, please do get in contact so that I can look at some proposed dates for you. Thank you once again Charles Staycation Holidays co uk
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Nearest Barpub
5 Minutes
The Dering Arms
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Minutes
Chart Hills Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Ashford International Rail Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Minutes
The Dering Arms


The Darling Buds of May

Take a step back in time and come and stay at Darling Buds Farm, the scene of the internationally famous 90s TV series. Adapted from a novel by H.E. Bates, the British comedy-drama series The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993), showed life in 1950s Kent through the eyes of the endearing Larkin family. Larkin Farmhouse featured in the TV series as home to Pop Larkin (David Jason), Ma Larkin (Pam Ferris), Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Charley (Philip Franks). At the time, the TV Show was the most popular show on British TV and its simple lifestyle showcased the beautiful Kent countryside. The title of the show comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

If you would like to find out more, The Kent County Council Film Office, with support from Visit Kent, Produced in Kent, Explore Kent, and Kent Life have created The Darling Buds of May – Garden of England Trail which will transport you back to the 1950’s as you walk in the footsteps of the Larkins and visit some of the modern award winning local food and drinks producers, rural attractions and rolling countryside that keep Kent crowned The Garden of England.

Public Transport

Pluckley railway station (1.7 miles) is just one stop to Ashford International with fast trains to London St Pancras (within 40 minutes) as well as Canterbury, the coast, Paris and beyond.

Food & Drink

Locally, there is a shop, pub and restaurant one and a half miles distant.

The famous Dering Arms pub is just along the road, for award winning seafood (1.7 miles).

The famous haunted The Black Horse in Pluckley (3 miles) served as the setting for the fictional Hare and Hounds pub in The Darling Buds of May, serving good food and ale.

Many other historic village pubs are within easy reach.


Darling Buds Farm is surrounded by some great family attractions including a wonderful collection of historic houses, gardens and vineyards.

For those who love animals a visit with the family to The Reindeer Centre that is right next door to the Farm is a must. The Rare Breeds Centre (7.5 miles) also makes a fantastic family day out where you can not only admire the cutest of creatures, but you have the opportunity to hold them too! This day out very reasonable, and the younger ones will also adore the soft play centre. For more animal antics, Port Lympne Wildlife Zoo Park (14.5 miles) is also well worth a visit during your stay.

The surrounding countryside has plenty to offer too with several quality golf courses, well stocked coarse and game fisheries, riding stables and wonderful walks and cycle trails nearby. You may like to experience Chart Hills Golf Club, 15 minutes’ drive away, which is the British architectural debut of six times Major winner, Nick Faldo.

The wonderful sandy beaches of this part of Kent are within an easy drive and there are numerous water sports available for more adventurous types. A half hour’s drive south of the farm takes you to the historic town of Rye, and the haunting and magical Romney Marsh.


Wine lovers will find themselves surrounded by Kent’s famous vineyards! Biddenden Vineyards (8 miles), Chapel Down Winery (10 miles), Gusbourne Estate (9 miles), Hush Heath Winery (13 miles) and Tenterden’s Old Dairy Brewery (8 miles) are just a few to mention. With tours and wine tasting available, it is a lovely destination for a full day out.


For green-fingered enthusiasts, Kent and East Sussex have many wonderful gardens to visit. Spend some quality time at the nearby Kent gardens and then head to their nearby tea rooms for some home-made cakes. Godinton House and Gardens (6 miles), the famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (10 miles), Smallhythe Place (10 miles), Hole Park in Rolvenden (12 miles), Great Dixter House and Gardens (15 miles) are just some of the well-known houses and gardens to visit and all within easy reach.

As Kent has more castles than any other county there are lots to visit during your stay – particularly the beautiful moated Leeds Castle (13 miles) and Dover Castle (30 miles) with its wonderful historic battlements and the secret World War II chambers dug into the white cliffs. Leeds Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Britain. With a moated castle, spacious grounds, beautiful gardens and even a maze, there is plenty to keep everyone amused for a whole day out. For those who like excitement Leeds Castle also has a Go Ape attraction which is a high wire climbing adventure through the treetops.


The picturesque market town of Tenterden is less than 8 miles away and here you will find a parade of vintage shops, a bustling lively town atmosphere and a wonderful mix of high street favourites along with independent boutiques and restaurants. The town is also home to the Kent and East Sussex railway, where you can step back in time and take a gentle journey through the wonderful countryside setting. Described as the “Jewel of Kent” with 10 miles of beautiful views, the last stop ends at Bodiam Castle.

The renowned smugglers’ town of Rye is half an hour’s drive away, with its winding narrow streets, antique shops and restaurants. Why not climb the hill in Rye town centre and visit the church which crowns the town? From the top of its tower you will have panoramic views of the red-roofed town with its secret gardens, its three converging rivers, the sheep-dotted Romney Marsh and the sea in the distance.

Rye still has a busy fishing fleet and fresh fish can be bought direct from the fishermen at Fishmarket Quay. For those wishing to eat out, Rye has a wide variety of pubs, inns and excellent restaurants, many of these in historic buildings. What could be more perfect in cool weather than enjoying a lunch or afternoon tea in front of a roaring log fire in one of the many charming locations – the famous Mermaid Inn for example.

Rye is renowned for its annual Rye Arts Festival – judged one of the best in the country – but also has many other interesting events throughout the year such as Rye Bonfire Night in November and a Scallop Festival in February, also highly-rated nationally.

Ashford, with all its facilities, is less than 20 minutes’ drive. These include the McArthurGlen Ashford Designer Outlet, with 80 brands to choose from, as well as fast train access to Central London (direct to St Pancras Station in 34 minutes). Ashford is now a major terminus for the Channel Tunnel trains and has been rapidly expanding as a result, so why not take a day trip to France during your stay?

Originally Ashford was a market town based on farms on the Romney Marsh and is still a market town. Old buildings remain, such as the 15th century church, old grammar school, and the Templar Barracks which houses the museum of Intelligence Corps. There are an excellent selection of shops and restaurants too.

The historic cathedral city of Canterbury is 24 miles away, with its quaint shops, cobbled streets, theatres, restaurants, museums and river trips. Visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest in England, the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church which form Canterbury’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is well worth a visit whilst you are in the Kent area.

Altogether ‘Perfick!”, as the Larkins would say!


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  • Contractual booking deposit: 50.00% rent
  • Damage deposit: £250.00

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