My mother and I stayed at the Stone Green Farm for a few days this September. I am apologizing in advance for the length of the review, but hopefully, it is worth the read. We wanted to see some of the attractions that are located in Kent, like Canterbury and Dover castle. We were also planning on heading over to France for a quick jaunt (four days) and leaving from Ashford International on the Eurostar. Geoffrey and Caroline were the extra gracious hosts of Stone Green Farm. It was the perfect location for this type of sight-seeing that we wanted to do. It was very close to the cathedral, about 15-20 minutes away and Dover Castle was about 30 minutes by the M20.
The area that Caroline and Geoffrey live in and where the Stone Green Farm is located so charming. It contains small winding streets, green farm areas, lovely cottages, and a nice local pub just up the road within 20 minutes walking distance or quick 5 minutes driving. (More on that in another review.) The farm house is stunning (not like our farms here in the Midwest of the USA) and the owners have taken great care and are still putting their heart and soul into the refurbishment and preservation of all buildings and areas of the Stone Green Farm. They unfortunately were made to stay up extra long for our arrival as we had a spot of trouble when the M4 closed down for an accident- we were stuck on it as it were a car park. It was 11:30 pm by the time we arrived and Geoffrey made sure to guide us through the neighborhood by mobile and had a flash light to wave us in. We settled in quickly as it was very late and we were all tired. Geoffrey was the gentleman and carried our bags up to the room (poor man, I had shopped in London and was already carrying several books in the bag! I think that he might have gotten a hernia from my bag alone!!) and Caroline showed us up the stairs to our room and gave us some water and milk for our tea and coffee in the room. They asked us what time we would come down for breakfast and asked if we wanted anything particular. (I need to have English bacon any chance I get- I love it!) The room was well lit, the towels and sheets were so soft and smelled great. It was heaven getting into bed after sitting in the car for about 6 hours (including drive and parking time.) It was quiet and dark in the country. I am used to noise as I live by a major road, and this was nice.....Everything was clean and newly appointed in the bathroom, including a heated towel bar. Shower was a new massage type of head and the water was strong and hot. It is an older building from the 1400's so the bath floor is not even like our new homes. They did even it out as much as possible, it has new flooring but it is still slightly slanted. There is a step down into the bathroom as well. Neither bothered mom or I, but just wanted to mention it for guests who might have trouble walking or who get up in the middle of the night.
Well rested, (beds are comfy) we came down to breakfast, which had fresh eggs, excellent homemade marmalades by Caroline (go for them all, my favorite was lime.) Local juices, pear was terrific, toast, and yogurt. There was more to eat- cereal and the like, but I was so full just from the juices and toast (then the breakfast) that I am not sure what was there! Eggs are from 'the girls' in the back of the farm and they are very friendly as I found out-- I walked around back to take pictures and they all ran right toward me. They are cute and fluffy. Make sure that you say "Hello" to the Arizona Harris Hawk that Geoffrey has. She is a beautiful girl. It was raining (what-rain?) and she didn't get a formal introduction....too bad. Make sure that you walk around the property as it is beautiful and they definitely took much of their time and hard work to make it so lovely. Both of them were excellent hosts. They always checked with us to make sure we knew where we were going and had directions for us. Caroline made us reservations at the pub for dinner one night and had a fire going in the den for us when we returned. It smelled and felt great as it had been nippy and raining when we were sight-seeing, so it was warm and allowed our shoes to dry for the next morning.
My mom was impressed by the AGA they had in the kitchen. She had heard of them but never saw one before, (I, the non-cook, knew nothing) and Caroline was more than happy to show us and explain how she uses it to cook various dishes and baking. It was pretty amazing. The house is warm and cozy even though there are several rooms in the house. I think that maybe it is the lower ceilings than I am aware of at home that makes it seem so cozy. My mom and I decided that we certainly did not have enough time at the Farm or seeing surrounding Kent and we have to come back. The farm has such history and the property even has a Doodlebug! (You have to ask about that when you stay.) The house itself has many of the original beams and the kitchen fire place has the original hearth. I love that kind of stuff, so Caroline gave me a mini tour. (See pictures :) We loved the house, Caroline, Geoffrey, and their son, and we would definitely come and stay again. I thanked them profusely for all they did for us, and how lovely of a visit it was. I really recommend it to anyone that is thinking of staying in Ashford or the area around there, it is so charming and not far from anything you would like to do. Bravo to Stone Green Farm for a job well done. Thank you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stone Green Farm is a friendly but professional family run business in 15th century farmhouse. Grounds and garden available for guests. We pride ourselves on being part of our guests' visit to Kent whether holiday or business. Daily tour plans and suggestions available. Special dietary requirements catered for if notified when booking. A perfect introduction to a traditional Kent farmhouse and relaxed retreat. ... more less