White House Farm - B&B & Self Catering. Grading : 4
Children Allowed : welcome
Pets Allowed : enquire
Smoking Policy : NOT permitted inside residence
Alcohol License : sorry, no sales
Parking Available : present
Wheelchair Access : sorry, no wheelchair access
White House Farm - B&B & Self Catering. Maidstone -
Sue and Phil welcome you to stay at our bed and breakfast White House Farm near Maidstone Kent, a beautiful 15th century farmhouse or stay in the recently converted barn as self catering accommodation, all nestling in the heart of the Kent countryside. You can enjoy the hospitality of a nights B & B with a hearty farmhouse breakfast using local produce and home made food whenever possible or book a relaxing break in our self catering cottage. The farmhouse bed and breakfast sleeps six and the selfcatering cottage accommodates up to six plus the use of a sofa bed.
This small family farm is still surrounded by traditional hedgerows and english oaks and the fields are home to a variety of wildlife, including herons, kingfishers, ducks and woodpeckers, which can be discovered on a leisurely walk along the stream, which flows through the farm.
If you prefer to rest, the gardens are available to read or watch the antics of the many birds that share this idyllic location. Or if discovery or adventure is more suited to your character you will not be disappointed by the range and diversity of places to visit or sporting activities that are available in the area, including course fishing in beautiful lakes just 1 mile away. If walks are your passion the Greensand Way, one of the many beautiful trails giving access to the countryside, is located nearby. There is also a labyrinth of footpaths that allow guests to walk through the fields to the local pub where they can sample fine traditional ales or have a delightful meal.
White House Farm is only 15 minutes from junction 8 off the M20 motorway and the famous Leeds Castle and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. An hour in any direction will take you to many more gardens including Emmetts Garden, Pashley Manor Gardens, Marle Place Gardens and National Trust Properties including Scotney Castle, Chartwell, Ightham Mote, Bodium Castle, the coast, channel ports, Le Shuttle or into the heart of London by train from Staplehurst Station.
The Bed and Breakfast Accommodation is comprised of the following:
1 Double and 1 twin bedded room that share family bathroom
1 double room ensuite
All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, colour televisions and clock radio alarms
There is a comfortable guest lounge with colour television if you prefer to relax downstairs
A varied selection of tourist attraction leaflets and information is always available.
Please let us know if you intend arriving before 4.00pm
With a population of more than 800, this village enjoys an outstanding view across the Kentish Weald. Tenterden Church is clearly seen to the south east and the Surrey hills to the west. St Michael's Church has a 14th century tower and a west door dating back to 1616. The naive was rebuilt in 1780-82 following a fire.
With Sutton Valence and East Sutton, Chart Sutton is one of the Three Suttons, triplet parishes, occupying an east-west strip of countryside that tumbles down a steep hillside into The Weald.
It is a modest enough little village of some two hundred and fifty homes, with nothing very much to boast about except superb views and one or two interesting former inhabitants.
Sydney Wooderson - the miler who ran in the Munich Olympics in 1938, Sir Edward Hayle - who took part in the Royalist rising in Kent in 1648, acquired Norton Court at Chart Sutton in 1960, Stephen Norton - 14th century bell-founder, who built Norman Court.
If it lacks a school (which the proprietor of Underhill independent school will surely deny that it does) and a resident vicar of its own, at least it still has a shop and post office, which is more than many villages can say now. It has a couple of pubs, and a village hall and quite a lot of village organisations, for its size, as well as those, like the Three Suttons Society, it shares with its sibling Suttons.
There used to be a village school. It was opened for the first time in October 1865 with four boys and two girls - although the schoolmistress at the time, Miss Martin, did record in the new school log-book that it was very wet. By the spring of 1866, there were 55 pupils at the school.
St Michael's Church was burned to ashes in April 1779, yet by November 1782 it had been rebuilt and was again being used for services, which says something for the resourcefulness of a small community, and not a little about the resources of some of the wealthier members of that community.
Sutton Valence is built on two levels on the side of a steep hill. In the churchyard is a memorial to John Wilkes, died 1852, who first introduced round arm bowling to cricket.
To the east of the main road are the remains of the castle, a small square Norman keep, with ragstone walls eight feet thick. At the northern part of the village is Sutton Valence School, founded in 1578 by William Lambe , a London clothworker who was born in the village.
A stroll along Church Walk is the best way for a visitor to savour the charms of this ancient Wealden village. This quiet footpath with medieval cottages and neatly-kept flower beds was once the main road out of Headcorn with all its dusty traffic.
There is a handsome 14th Century church built of Bethersden marble. Beyond the church is a magnificent Wealden 'hall house' little changed in 600 years. On the way back, pass the Parsonage Meadow where, as of old, a travelling fair or circus occasionally visits.
In the High Street on the south side there are several more medieval houses, among them Shakespeare House and The Chequers, fine examples of Elizabethan timbered buildings. But Headcorn is also a modern village and shopping centre for several villages in the Kentish Weald with a sizeable free car park.
On the outskirts of Headcorn at Lashenden is the Headcorn Airfield, where there is a thriving Parachute Club and The Tiger Club.
Staplehurst, is a large village built on the site of the old Roman road from Rochester to Hastings, now the A229. The Parish Church of All Saints is in Early English, Decorated and later styles, with a perpendicular tower.
The parish register dates from 1538, one of the earliest in the country, and is unusual in being on paper rather than parchment.
The Martyrs Memorial, standing at Cuckold's corner commemorates the death of those burned during the Marian persecution.
Charles Dickens was involved in a serious railway accident to the east of the village in 1865, where the line crosses the River Beult and he alludes to this in a postscript to 'Our Mutual Friend'.
White House Farm - B&B & Self Catering. - Maidstone - Kent