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Idyllic rural retreat with tennis court, near Canterbury

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Superb barn with tennis court. Close to Canterbury & Channel Tunnel. A wonderful year-round retreat. Massage and reflexology on site

Podlinge Barn self-catering accommodation has been awarded a four-star rating by Visit England, the national tourist board. We have also received a Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service. Our unmatched guest reviews speak for themselves. Our location is perfect for those who love being out in the country. Nature lovers, walkers and all those who enjoy rural tranquility will be in their element. Our nearest neighbours (both farms) are half a mile in one direction and a mile in the other... so the only noise we hear is birdsong! Podlinge is a haven for wildlife and we are the highest point for miles and frequently enjoy dramatic sunrises and sunsets. As well as superb accommodation, you'll have: use of a tennis court; opportunities for holistic therapies (massage & reflexology); and easy access to some of the most beautiful walks in Kent. You'll also be able explore some of Kent's prettiest villages and visit historic buildings, traditional seaside towns and many other local tourist attractions. High speed fibre broadband was installed in Sept '17.

Nessa Neame
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Nessa Neame

Nessa and John both grew up in rural Kent, not far from Podlinge. Nessa is a farmer's daughter, whose parents still farm a few miles away. When expecting their 3rd child in 1995, they moved to Podlinge, where they went on to have 2 more children ... an idyllic place to bring up a family! Having commuted for many years, John runs his own events business from home. In addition to welcoming guests, Nessa is also a holistic therapist, offering massage and reflexology from her treatment room at home. Although all 4 children have now flown the nest, they are regular visitors, especially since the arrival of their gorgeous golden doodle, Dulcie.

Nessa Neame purchased this barn in 1995

Why Nessa Neame chose Canterbury

Nessa & John discovered Podlinge in 1994 whilst walking the footpath which passes through the garden. Six weeks later, we saw 'our dream house' up for sale, and a year later we bought it! It was the secluded and tranquil location which we loved most. Hidden away down a very small track, off such a narrow country lane, Podlinge was only ever seen by footpath walkers and our own family and friends.

After years of keeping this wonderful place a secret, we now enjoy sharing this idyllic spot with our guests, who seem to love it here as much as we do.

What makes this barn unique

Nessa and John's Grade II listed farmhouse, Podlinge Farm, together with their 2 holiday lets, Podlinge Barn and Podlinge Cottage, are set in the most wonderfully peaceful location, surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt countryside.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Wow! What an amazing retreat you have here! We have had such a wonderful weekend in your beautiful barn. You have been the perfect hosts, warm and welcoming, and we have loved every minute! Thank you" (Oct '13)

"You have created your own piece of heaven in the centre of Kent as it is so quiet & tranquil here. We appreciated the home made cake, bread and of course the wine! You have been wonderful hosts as nothing was too much trouble" (Aug '13)

"The solitude of the location makes it the perfect place to get away from the stress of life, and we enjoyed the abundant wildlife" (Aug '13)

"The barn was absolutely perfect and the views so peaceful and calming" (Jun '13)

"Podlinge Barn, what better place could we have wished for a short break in our favourite Kent? The tranquillity of this spot, its marvellous settings in nature, combined with the warmth, kindness and treatments of Nessa. It all adds up to create the perfect spot for that peaceful easy feeling we all long for" (M
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Canterbury in Waltham

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Upstairs
  • Ground floor shower room - contemporary white tiles, toilet, basin, shower cubicle, storage cabinet. First floor bathroom, toilet, basin, curve-fronted bath with hand-held shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , downstairs with en-suite shower room, stable door to garden
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , with en-suite bathroom, beautiful views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , with beautiful views
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large double bedroom, with en-suite shower room - contemporary white tiles, toilet, basin, shower cubicle ~Twin bedroom - dual aspect with lovely views, built-in wardrobe ~ Double bedroom – dual aspect, built-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Outside: There is an extensive garden/play area next to the Barn, together with a tennis court which guests are welcome to use. The Barn also has it's own patio area, complete with table and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Other: Spacious lobby - plenty of space for coats and boots.


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(7 traveller reviews)

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Idyllic rural retreat with tennis court, near Canterbury
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Podlinge Barn is easily the best holiday cottage we have been to! It's idyllic situation makes for a totally relaxing experience and the lovely countryside makes it an ideal base for walking and touring. The barn itself is beautifully decorated and very well equipped, with lots of homely touches, and Nessa & John (not forgetting Dulcie the dog!) proved the perfect hosts. Their warm and friendly greetings were accompanied by a very generous welcome-pack which was much appreciated, and they were always on hand but never intrusive. We made full use of the extra facilities including tennis and table-tennis, and the unexpectedly warm weather was a real bonus! All in all a perfect break and one we would not hesitate to recommend. Can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quality accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Peace, bumpy roads and a nice dog! Attention to detail. Lovely hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodation in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week on a family holiday and found Podlinge Barn to be the perfect retreat. The owners were so friendly and welcoming, and the barn had all the facilities we could have hoped for. Our five year old son had all the space he could dream of to run around, explore and play. So glad that we chose this place to stay, we really could not have asked for more.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful barn conversion with wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a long weekend in February with friends and family and cannot recommend this little gem highly enough. The location is tranquil and very peaceful but a short walk across the field offers a very charming pub with great character and food. The accommodation is beautifully appointed and the welcome pack offers a lovely touch. The only trump to this beautiful barn conversation is the amazing hospitality from the owners Nessa and John. I can honestly say I cannot remember a warmer welcome and more accommodating couple in all of my travels.

Thank you so much Nessa and John and very much look forward to seeing you again.

Brian and Lou

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful barn in a beautiful setting owned by beautiful people. We couldn't have asked for more during our relaxing stay.

A good location to experience the English countryside and for some escapism.

We are looking forward to visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dream house

  • 5 of 5

Podlinge Barn is the ideal place to spend your holidays! Located in an area with wonderful landscapes and hardly no neighbours (except the owners of Podlinge Barn), it is exactly the right place to relax and enjoy yourself. Nessa helped us in all situations, for example she wrote us way-descriptions, so we always had the great feeling of being welcome. The house is the most beautiful holiday residence we’ve ever booked, as there is enough space for everybody and the owners have thought of everything. Our family was allowed to play with the cute family-puppy and we had so much fun using the large tennis-court… If I had to rate the house on a scale from 0-10 I would give Podlinge Barn 10 points as the house is wonderful and the owners even more.

Our family never went twice to a holiday residence, but now we are already thinking about coming back…

Hope to see you soon, dear Nessa and John

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Timberbatts, Bodsham
Nearest Ferry
33 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Etchinghill, Lyminge
Nearest Train
7.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Wife of Bath, Wye
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary


7.5km to Wye

15km to Canterbury

15km to Ashford

105 km to Gatwick airport

Further Details:

The County of Kent is known as the ‘Garden of England’. Beautiful countryside, hop gardens, coast houses, apple orchards, picture-postcard villages, historic castles and ancient churches are just some of the many and varied attractions

It is steeped in history and heritage from pre- Roman times right through to exciting contemporary developments such as the recently opened Turner Contemporary Art Gallery. Evidence of the Roman, Viking and Norman invasions, through to the Battle of Britain in World War II, have all left their mark on this fascinating part of England.

A beautiful coastline and countryside reflecting a wide range of terrain, from downs to river valleys, from the white chalk cliffs of Dover to gentle farmland meadows and orchards. The county’s literary heritage is second to none, with Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad and Ian Fleming.

Kent has everything for the discerning traveller, whether it be relaxing over a drink in a medieval oak-beamed pub; eating freshly caught Whitstable oysters; or letting the breeze refresh you as you walk amongst quintessentially English countryside. Nostalgic steam railways, windmills, vineyards, beautiful gardens and historic National Trust properties offer unforgettable experiences to all those who visit.

Canterbury has a whole host of history and heritage for you to come and discover. Strolling the narrow, cobbled traffic-free streets of one of England's oldest cities is an experience that will never be forgotten. Whilst shops and restaurants flourish in lively cosmopolitan counterpoint to Canterbury’s absorbing heritage.

Podlinge Barn is situated amidst the dramatic chalk hills dotted with ancient beech woodlands, carpeted with grassland rich in wild flowers and native orchids, with medieval farmhouses and charming villages of the Kentish Weald. Walkers can follow well established trails to appreciate the views of this unique beautiful landscape.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please note that we do not charge a booking fee.

We ask for a refundable security deposit of £200 on arrival.

Rates include: electricity, logs, linen & towels, household items, wi-fi, welcome pack... & tennis!

Sorry, but no pets or smoking.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day for Podlinge Barn is generally Saturday, but this is flexible. Arrival 3pm onwards, departure 10am.

Notes on prices:
Short Breaks:
[Not available during Holiday & Half-Term periods]
2-3 nights = 65% of weekly rent
4 nights = 75% of weekly rent
5 nights = 90% of weekly rent

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.