Kent Downs bed and breakfast farmstay
Bed and breakfast accommodation in our family home, a late 14th century farmhouse, located within the Kent Downs, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the Garden of England's finest countryside. We are situated on a family run farm comprising of 400 breeding ewes, which lamb during February, guests are able to see new born lambs, grassland and arable crops including Wheat, Barley and Oilseed Rape.
This is a peaceful and quiet location, ideal for walking and less than 10 miles from Ashford, Canterbury and Hythe. We have ample private parking and we are able to store bikes in a locked shed.
We are surrounded by wildlife, badgers, foxes, hares, deer, owls, woodpeckers, wild ducks and a good selection of garden birds.
Special things to do and see here
Walking: You can step out the door and walk into the countryside. We are just off the North Downs pathway and there are plenty of local footpaths where it is possible to take circular walks. We provide Ordanance Survey Maps for guests use and The Kent Wildlife Trust have several woodland sites which have many species of orchids, wildflowers and ancient woodlands to explore.
Wye National Nature Reserve is just a few miles away.
Kent has an abundance of castles including Dover, Leeds, Scotney to name but a few, a long and varied coastline from sand to shingle with the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Steam railways, gardens the list is endless.
You can hire bicycles from Canterbury, and there are opportunities for horse riding, golf. beauty and relaxation treatments or learn an art andcraft
Rooms, food and facilities
Our late 14th century family farmhouse has two en-suite bedrooms.
The Oak room a large double with king-size bed, modern en-suite with shower, flat screen television, dvd, fridge, sofa, tea and coffee making facilities We can add a fold up single bed making the room ideal for a family.
The Elm room, a cosy oak beamed room, has twin beds which can be zipped and linked to make a super king bed, modern en-suite with shower, flat screen television, dvd, fridge, hospitality tray.
A full English breakfast is served in the oak beamed dining room with fresh eggs from our own free range hens, and locally sourced produce as and when available.
Family friendly: Families are welcome. We can provide cot and high chair. Trampoline available under parental supervision. Opportunity to see new born lambs in the spring.
How to find us
By air: Nearest Airport Gatwick and Stansted.
By rail: Nearest train station is Wye 4.5 miles
By car:We are 7 miles from Junction 11 of the M20 and within 10 miles of Canterbury, Ashford & Folkestone.
How this holiday makes a difference
We prefer to buy local produce, especially from neighbouring farmers e.g. tomatoes, honey, potatoes, meat, fruit juice. We do not employ anyone - we are a family business - but we do use local tradespersons when necessary. Guests are provided with Ordnance Survey maps of the local area and there is information in the rooms including maps, walks, places to visit, local pubs, restaurants, tea rooms, farmers markets and local producers. We have our own free range hens and ducks; the eggs of which we serve at breakfast. We grow our own vegetables when possible, and we serve local produce as and when available. Locally made or homemade jams are served.
In all the accommodation we use energy efficient light bulbs where possible, household waste is recycled and garden waste is composted or fed to our pet rabbit. Rain water is collected for watering the garden and hanging baskets, the B&B only has a shower (not a power shower) and we note in rooms that towels will only be changed as and when requested.
On the farm: The farm is part of Defra’s Entry Level Scheme. We have introduced 6 metre grass buffer strips around the edge of fields for ground nesting birds and breeding areas for mice/voles to support the local owl and kestrel population. The whole farm supports a large population of badgers, rabbits and hares. We now do rotational hedge trimming, leaving hedgerows full of fruit bearing branches for birds during the winter season.
A few years ago we restored a small pond which now supports breeding pairs of ducks, wagtails, swifts, swallows and dragonflies. We have a population of bats in farm buildings and St James’ Church which is opposite the farm.
We collect rain water from the farm building roof and recycle it for farm use. General farm waste in all forms is either composted or taken to a recycling centre for processing.
Elmsted is a very small community but we actively encourage our guests to support our many local pubs, The Timber Batts at Bodsham, The Rose and Crown at Stelling Minnis, The Tiger at Stowting and a number of hosteleries in Wye offering excellent meals using local produce for their evening meals and to use the village shops at Stelling Minnis and Wye for their provisions. The Wooden Spoon at Wye makes delicious preserves and chutneys which can be purchased at their shop. By using local produce for breakfast, guests are aware of produce and items available in the locality.
As a member of Kents Elham Valley Visitor Group we are able to recommend to guests where the can locally learn arts and crafts such as bushcraft, pottery, spinning, wood turning or enjoy beauty and relaxation treatments.
We pass on guests we are unable to accommodate to other accommodation providers within the locality
Elmsted lies deep in the North Downs of East Kent, surrounded by beautiful countryside. We do not have a village centre, but within Elmsted are the hamlets of Bodsham, hosting the Timber Batts pub and a village school, Northleigh and Evington, there are also various streets, Maxted, Misling, Whatsole and Hill Street.
Opposite Elmsted Court Farm is the parish church dedicated to St James the Great, standing about 160 metres above sea level. The church evolved from modest beginnings and is mentioned in the Domesday Monachorum c . 1100, no evidence above ground remains. There is evidence of a simple Norman Church presumably erected on the site with additions, rebuilding and alterations added in the succeeding centuries. The church has an unusual wooden belfry built in the 14th century. In the large churchyard there are some ancient yews, perhaps dating back to the time of the Norman building.
A five minute walk from Elmsted Court takes you to Spong Wood, 18 hectares of ancient woodland managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust, in the spring you are welcomed by a carpet of bluebells and wood anenomes.
Within a five mile radius we have an abundance of rural countryside to explore, so if you like the fresh air, beautiful views, this is definitely the place to visit.
Yorkletts Bank, ancient woodland and one of the best sites for the lady orchid, colonies of twayblade, common spotted, early purple, fly and other orchids, many species of spring flowers are also prolific.
Stelling Minnis is an ancient common close to the old Roman Road of Stone Street. Explore the common, see the Highland cattle grazing, have a picnic, visit the windmill, open at weekends , and refresh yourself at the village pub or shop.
Park Gate Down is ancient chalk grassland and is a key site for cowslips, common spotted, fragrant, monkey, man, lady, bee, greater butterfly, late spider and musk orchids.
The beautiful Elham Valley which connects Hythe to Canterbury, a 22.5 mile (40 km) walk is a chalk valley carved by the river Nailbourne and named after the ancient settlement of Elham. The village of Elham once a small market town is both historic and picturesque and worth a visit, it has a Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. There is also the Elham Valley vineyard, or you can learn bushcraft skills, throw a pot, learn how to spin and weave, play golf, or simply walk and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Wye National Nature Reserve has a beautiful and varied landscape of chalk downland, woodland and scrub on the steep slopes of the North Downs with spectacular views. See rare species of butterfly and orchids, the White Park cattle grazing, fly a kite, have a picnic, or simply relax and take in the view.
The Wye Crown a famous hill figure cut into the North Downs by Students of Wye College in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.
For the more energetic there is a scenic walk from Wye to Chilham a historic village located in the valley of the Great River Stour and used as a location for films and television dramas, return by train from Chilham Station to Wye.