It’s almost impossible to believe that central London is
only 32 miles away from these fantastically family friendly cottages, nestled in
rolling Kent countryside, which provide the ultimate antidote to the stressy,
frantic pace of modern family life. The owners of Hamptons Farmhouse set out to
create a ‘happy place for everyone, full of love and laughter’ and they’ve done
a great job, from the lovely, fresh cottages themselves, where mums and dads
can enjoy some quality time together, to endless fun and adventures in the
9-acres of garden, field and woodland.
Both Willow and Stable Cottages are brilliantly kitted out
with baby and toddler gear so parents have no need to panic about bringing all
the bulky caboodle. From baby bath, baby monitor and Bumbo seat to cots, cot
bedding and toileting tackle the owners have thought of everything because they
have little ones of their own and then there’s the toys, books, games and DVD’s
to keep all ages amused.
The one big problem for mums and dads will be getting the
kids indoors at all, because the garden is full of fab things to discover and
do – loads of swings, a ‘fort’ climbing frame, zip wire, secret dens, seven
dwarfs playhouse and even a gypsy caravan; a giant trampoline, giant Jenga,
table tennis, swing ball, sand pit, ride-in cars, rowing boat for the safely
fenced pond – the list goes on and on. There’s
also quite a few animals to befriend, including rabbits to pet, horses to
stroke, sheep and chickens to feed, ducks waddling around and fish in the pond,
so definitely never a dull moment when staying down on this farm! Parents can
keep a watchful eye on the kids while enjoying afternoon tea on the lawn or
maybe just being big kids and joining in all the fun.
Willow Cottage (sleeps 3/4 plus a baby in cot), is a smart conversion
of a clapboard Kentish barn, with all the accommodation on the ground floor. The
open plan living/dining room is wonderfully light and airy, with a sofa that
converts into a double bed, a dining table which seats four and the well
equipped modern kitchen, finished with granite worktops, at the far end of the
room. The master bedroom features a beautiful brass double bed and the bathroom
includes a tiled bath with an overhead shower. Immediately outside Willow
Cottage, there’s a bistro table set out in the crunchy gravel courtyard to
enjoy breakfasts accompanied by birdsong or maybe a glass of fine English wine
with little ones tucked up inside.
Easy to reach from London and the M25, Hamptons Farmhouse is
located in an amazingly quiet and rural corner of Kent, between the villages of
Plaxtol and West Peckham. There are shops supermarkets and restaurants in Tunbridge
Wells and Sevenoaks (15 minutes drive), plus lots of lovely walks from the
doorstep and country pubs to discover, serving quirky named Kentish ales
(nearest pub, The Kentish Rifleman, 0.9 mile). The small town of Tonbridge is
also 5 miles away.
In addition to all the play things at Hamptons Farmhouse,
there’s a wide variety of fun family attractions close by. Hop Farm Family Park
(7 miles) has giant ‘jumping pillows’, a magic castle, funfair rides, animal
village, indoor soft play, outdoor adventure playground and ‘4D’ cinema. Kent
Life (13 miles) is a 28 acre, premier heritage farm attraction with a family of
friendly animals ranging from donkeys, horses, lambs and goats to piglets and
ferrets. Larkfield leisure centre (9 miles) features a 25m swimming pool but
also wave machines, water slides, water cannons and whirlpool.
To swap the countryside for a day on the coast, there are
several beaches within an hour or so from Hamptons Farmhouse, including the
dunes of Camber Sands, historic Hastings and the seaside town of Eastbourne.
Local Medical Services :
Princess Royal University Hospital with an A&E department is 30 mins drive away.