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.
IN A NUTSHELL
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
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.
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)
WEDDINGS & PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.