We stayed with 2 couples from the 26. June to 29. June as a stop over to Dover and the continent. We arrived by car fairly late (18:30) which was OK with Carol.
Upon arrival our host Carol greeted us kindly and courteously.
The breakfast was top notch and we could basically get whatever we wanted but mostly stayed with the Full English or egg on toast.
The rooms were tidy and even good quality toiletries were available in the super clean bathrooms.
My parents stayed in the slightly larger "Oak Room" since my Dad needed the firmer mattress but there was hardly any difference in my opinion.
Since we had keys we could basically come and go whenever we wanted.
Also, since I like ti cycle before breakfast Andy, Carol's husband, allowed me to use their tool shed to safely lock the bike during the day.
In addition I could keep my car in the barn to avoid it being in the sun all day stuffed with lots of stuff I bought on our trip so far.
I think the only issue which might irk somebody is heat related:
our smaller "Elm Room" only had a single small window hence it was pretty warm.
but we improvised by opening the door and venting the heat through my parents' room.
Obviously this is not fault but simply because of the beautiful old farm house being 14th century.
Since the Jakeman family is a local farmer family they obiously had pretty good knowledge not only of touristy places like Canterbury but the county's beauty.
For instance I took a lovely bike ride through the country to Canterbury before the tourists, very recommend!
Also taking the nearby North Downs Trail into the unspoiled town of Wye is a real treat.
For those of you who want to discover the are independently there were plenty of maps, brochures etc. in a box unter the dressing table.
Also there were plenty of recommendations where to eat out, kept up to date by the guest, too!
Generally we felt at home and very well cared for and as Andy said "you can make yourself feel at home". Spot on!
We'll definitely be back on our next trip to the "Garden of England".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elmsted Court Farm is a working sheep and arable farm within the Kent Downs an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Friendly and informal we offer you a warm welcome to our late 14th century family farmhouse with it oak beams and comfortable en-suite bedrooms. An ideal place for a relaxing break or as a stopover before crossing the channel ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elmsted Court Farmhouse Ashford, Kent