I stumbled across Stone Green Farm on TripAdvisor as I searched for a nice country B&B to take my mum to for her 50th birthday - and I seriously hit the jackpot with Stone Green Farm! From the moment I emailed Caroline & Geoffrey, they were wonderfully helpful and friendly and no request was too much for them.
When we arrived, mid-afternoon on a rainy Saturday in September, Caroline had 2 delicious slices of her Victoria sponge waiting for us, even though her and Geoffrey had only got home moments before we'd arrived. She served us a wonderful afternoon tea in the guests' lounge, and we snuggled by the fire as the rain lashed down outside - the only shame was that we couldn't sit on their lovely-looking patio outside!
Geoffrey showed us to our room, the Bosworth Room which is in the highest, and oldest part of the house (I wouldn't fancy the stairs after a few glasses of wine, is all I'll say!) We had 2 twin beds in a gorgeous room under the beams at the top of the house (but the ceilings are still a perfectly normal height!) Our bathroom was just outside our room, but it was just for us and that was no problem, as it meant we got to sneak out in our wonderfully fluffy white robes!
The beds were incredibly comfortable, but it was the small, finishing touches that really made a difference, like their own branded Stone Green Farm soap, and the provision of toiletries like cotton pads and deodorant in the room in case you'd forgotten yours. There were even local fudge pieces on our bed, and a cereal bar in the tea/coffee making area, which was ideal for our adventures the following day.
Mum and I went out for dinner at the local (ie. 2 minutes' drive!) Farriers Arms pub, which was quite smart and served delicious food. The set menu is quite a bargain for the quality of food. We ended up back at the B&B after watching a film around half 11 and, after an embarrassing incident with the key in our door, we had a brilliant night's sleep.
I woke up very excited for my breakfast, as I could smell it cooking whilst we got ready. Caroline and Geoffrey didn't disappoint, and the spread was quite something. I am a self-confessed breakfast addict, so I was very excited by the pancakes I'd chosen, which were absolutely delicious and kept me full for hours. But I also couldn't resist the chunky muesli and Caroline's fruit compote. Mum very much enjoyed her full English - although she would have perhaps liked seeded bread for her toast (a very minor remark!) I've never been to a B&B which serves breakfast at a communal table, and I must say that I really enjoyed the experience, as we got to meet a lovely American couple and another mother/daughter who had stayed for a friend's hen party in the same pub where we'd had dinner. It was a very civilised breakfast - and I could barely move afterwards, I was so full!
All in all, Caroline and Geoffrey made for a very welcoming stay and a special weekend for my mum, for which I'm very grateful. I'm sorry I wrote so much, but my only regret is not being able to stay another night - I would quite happy have devoured more of Caroline's cake and another breakfast!
- 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