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Darling Buds Farm, Oast House



Updated: 07-Oct-2016
Oast Barn Conversion Cottage in Bethersden, Nr. Ashford, Kent, England - Darling Buds Of May (TV Site Location)

Take a step back in time and come and stay at Darling Buds Farm, the scene of the internationally famous 90s TV series (based on the books by H E Bates) which introduced the world to the Larkins, the family that everyone wished they could be part of. Millions of us booked a date on Sunday nights in front of the television to share the adventures and lovable rogueish exploits of Pop and Ma Larkin and their family, played out in some the most idyllic Kentish countryside. Our hearts were captured by the beauty and simplistic living of the 1950s where family came first, good living a close second (plenty of food and drink for all), and the outside world was kept at arms length (Pop's money making schemes were legendary, as well as his efforts to avoid the taxman).

Pop Larkin would have loved you to drop by for a chat and a cup of tea, whilst Ma Larkin rustled up a proper spread of homecooked treats so now you have the opportunity to experience the good life for a few relaxing 'perfick' days in the heart of the Darling Buds countryside. There are 35 acres on the Farm estate to wander around and explore

The Larkins never got around to tidying up the Oast so we had plenty to do to get it up to standard. It is simply stunning now, sleeping up to 8 people. There are three ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor ( either twins or doubles) with small TVs in each. Move up the gorgeous wooden stairs (with the original winch still in place) and you enter the main lounge and dining area with its beautiful beamed vaulted ceiling, There's plenty of comfy seating and a 32 Freeview TV, free wifi, and phone docking station.

The kitchen is beautiful and well equipped with integrated electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, plus all the usual neccesities and plenty of crockery, cutlery and glassware. And, up a small flight of wooden stairs is the ensuite bedroom in the Oast tower itself. It's the room that everyone will want so be prepared to put your foot down.

Gather round the family dining table and take time to catch up over dinner. There will be plenty to reflect on as there is so much to do and see in the local area. Kent has so much to offer including the reindeer centre that is right next door to the Farm. The delightful old town, Tenterden, ‘The Jewel of the Weald’ is 6 miles away with its boutique shopping and the famous Kent and East Sussex steam railway to keep you busy, plus and there are the vineyards (including Biddenden Vineyards and Chapel Down) to consider. The South of England Rare Breeds Centre, gardens (including Sissinghurst) and a plethora of National Trust homes and castles await exploration. Visit the beaches at Camber Sands or sample oysters and hire bikes at Whitstable. The high speed train to London takes 38 minutes for further sightseeing opportunites, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar. Altogether "Perfick!”, as the Larkins would say! Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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2 holidaymaker reviews


Fabulous accommodation and setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Oast house at this wonderful place. The accommodation is really stunning and so clean. It was wonderful waking up in the morning to birds tweeting and looking out over the lovely Kent countryside. No words can really explain how lovely this place is, I would recommend this place over and over again, it really is 5 stars countryside living.

Real care was taken to make sure we had a wonderful stay. The whole team were so friendly and welcoming.

Not only is this place in a beautiful spot but everything you need is a stones throw away. There are lovely country pubs and a great curry restaurant close by.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I had a short midweek break at this property with my family and really enjoyed my stay. The Oast has been renovated to a very high standard and the surrounding area is so quiet and peaceful. Everything was indeed 'Perfick' and I would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Come and walk round the farm where the filming took place for the 'Darling Buds of May' TV series.


Bethersden Village is approx 5 mins drive away

Ashford is approx 15 mins drive away

Further Details:

To download a Darling Buds Guide please go to: http://www.darlingbudsfarm.co.uk/DarlingBudsFarm.pdf


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn HT
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Mid
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New year 2016
29 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% of booking costs must be paid at time of booking to secure the dates. We cannot hold dates without a deposit. Remainder is due 6 weeks before arrival. Booking can be completed online via our website www.darlingbudsfarm.co.uk

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Friday or Monday - others may be possible please contact us.

50% deposit paid on booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 07-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • All bedrooms have ensuites with WC, basin and shower.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 rooms that can be configured as either doubles or twins, all ensuite.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: www.darlingbudsfarm.co.uk Outside: The property has its own good sized private garden and is surrounded by 35 acres of Darling Buds Farm own land. There are a network of footpaths connected directly to the farm. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Linen and towels are changed weekly.

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