Set in the heart of Kent AKA “The Garden of England”, just 16 miles from the coast, this luxurious farmhouse with outdoor pool and glorious grounds make the perfect rural retreat for up to 16 friends and family.
Sixty miles and a world away from Central London, Lower Standen Farm is a haven of peace and beauty to take time out from the hustles and hassles of daily life and just kick back in the good company of family and friends.
Cool white decor and furnishings creates an overriding sense of calm and shows off impressive original features to maximum effect, including a big inglenook fireplace, beamed ceilings and wow-factor timber framed rooms - especially in the sitting room and master bedroom.
Flagstone and oak floors are in keeping with the traditional character but the emphasis is on cosy comfort too, with colourful rugs and carpeted bedrooms being softer for little feet. With a lovely living room to wind down and watch TV or a film together, and a snug where children can watch CBeebies , DVDs, read from the well stocked bookshelves of children and adult books or play games. Guests will find a modern, well equipped kitchens for family self catering, and gleaming white bathrooms with baths and showers in each.
The garden is definitely a highlight at Lower Standen Farm, letting youngster and adults alike enjoy a slice of carefree country living. Paved patios with teak furniture beckon for leisurely meals al fresco and parents can keep their eyes on children playing on the lush lawn, with trees and shrubs for hide and seek, tree swings, a toddlers’ climbing frame, a croquet set and table tennis. The fenced swimming pool (25ft x 15ft) is 50 yards from the house and heated from May to September, with loungers for grown-ups to catch some sun and gaze across the sweeping views of the Garden of England.
Lower Standen Farm is a cottage for property for up to 16 people plus two babies in cots provided and comprises of 3 double bedrooms (2 are ensuite), 4 twin rooms, and 1 bunk room.
Lower Standen Farmhouse is a magnificent Kentish country house, which provides spacious and flexible accommodation over three floors. On arriving, guests have a fab first impression thanks to the large entrance hall, with flagstone floors and long refectory table for big group feasts of up to 16. Another dining table in the kitchen which opens directly onto the patio and has slate tiled floors, marble worktops and state of the art appliances including an electric double oven, induction hob with extractor hood, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge and Nespresso. A freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, coat hooks and boot rack is in the adjacent utility room. In the large, light ‘garden’ sitting room, with timber framed walls, oak flooring and French doors to the patio, guests can relax on a Duresta sofa, recline on an Ercol chaise longue or curl up in an elegant armchair, in front of the huge inglenook fireplace to read a book or watch the flatscreen TV with Blue Ray and DVD player. Children have a separate snug they can call their own with sofa, TV, DVD player, books and games.
On the first floor, the master bedroom has real wow factor, thanks to the exposed timber frames and panoramic Velux windows to admire the lovely views whilst lazing in the super-king bed. The master bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom with a Victorian-style bath, mosaic tiled shower, washbasin, WC, heated towel rail and even a laundry chute to the utility room.
Also on the first floor is bedroom 2, with truckle beds that can be made into a king size if required; and the large bedroom 3, with an ornate, white queen-sized bedstead and ensuite with a huge bath, washbasin and WC.
Two twin bedrooms on the second floor, snuggled beneath the eaves. A family bathroom is on the first floor, with a bath, separate shower, washbasin and WC, plus there is a cloakroom with a WC on the ground floor. Further three bedrooms are on the first floor, comprising one with a king size bed, one with bunk beds and one which has a single bed with a pull out truckle bed underneath. The bathroom has a bath with a power shower overhead, a washbasin and WC.
The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Kent is a lush and leafy rural idyll, just 60 miles from central London and Lower Standen Farm looks out across this quintessentially English countryside. The nearest pub, The Woodcock Inn, is less than a mile away and there are many more to discover while exploring ‘The Garden of England’, serving Kentish real ales, award-winning English wines and menus focussing on local produce.
The nearest shop is in the village of Benenden a couple of miles away and the pretty little town of Tenterden, a little further afield, is known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’ thanks to its thriving high street of shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs.
Not to be outdone, Cranbrook’s claim to fame is as ‘The Capital of the Weald’, with the tallest surviving ‘Smock Windmill’ in the British Isles but also a wider choice of shops and amenities including a Co-op and a Michelin starred restaurant. Just over half an hour’s drive, Royal Tunbridge Wells was put on the map by Queen Victoria and families today can have fun at the boating lake and play areas, in arts and crafty cafes, or taking a trip on the Spa Valley Steam Railway.
For pretty pushchair strolls and picnics, there are countless stately homes, historic castles and gardens to visit, with romantic Sissinghurst one of the nearest and most famous. The coast is also less than 20 miles away, including the 1066 and all that town of Hastings, pretty hilltop Rye and the dune backed beaches of Camber Sands. Even nearer to hand there is kayaking on the Rother River, mountain biking through Bedgebury Forest or trying out horse riding in Benenden.
Among the other family attractions within easy reach, the Rare Breeds Centre near Ashford has lots of friendly animals for children to pet as well as play parks, a tube maze, indoor play centre, restaurant and farm shop. For a wilder animal experience, Port Lympne Reserve near Hythe offers jeep safaris through free ranging zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and other African animals, as well as up close encounters with the ‘Big 5’ black rhino, big cats and cheeky monkeys.
Nearest medical services: North Ridge Medical Practice, Hawkhurst (GP); Conquest Hospital, St Leonards on Sea (A&E)