Kent Downs budget group accommodation, near Faversham
The bunkbarn is our group self catering building. It is a converted early Georgian stable built in 1620 to take carriage horses and is Grade II Listed. There are also several other buildings on the farm which are Listed, including the farmhouse, tithe barn, thatched granary and garden walls. It is simply converted retaining all the original features.
It is for those with a sense of adventure and is rather like the old fashioned youth hostels. Whilst we have large storage heaters throughout the building, please do not expect it to be overly heated - you will need to bring jumpers in the winter.
We have regular walking and cycling groups using the barn, as it is easy to get out onto footpaths and Faversham is well served with specialist, self-guided walking routes. Cyclists soon get out onto the Kent Downs with great views, pubs and interesting villages, both on and off road. Nearby is the world renowned North Kent Marshes around Faversham. These are the sites of indigenous and migrating birds. Visit Oare and see who the current visitors are and look at the abundant wildlife of this special area.
We have visitors who bring their friends and just want to escape from the city for a simple weekend. Other visitors include hen parties and some stag parties - if they are well behaved! College courses in creative writing and art; historic re-enactment societies; family gatherings; cricket teams; theatre companies; horse riders, who bring their horses with them to ride around our lovely area or take clinics with Brenley Farm Livery.
Rooms, food and facilities
The barn is simply laid out inside with two bedrooms sleeping 16 and 8 in bunks and single beds. There are two shower rooms each with 2 showers, basins and WC's. Downstairs is a large living/kitchen/dining room with 2 cookers, 3 fridges, freezer, dishwasher and microwave and all the equipment needed for 24 people. Outside is a very basic BBQ which needs you to provide the charcoal; this is an area which has outdoor lighting for our lovely summer evenings.
The basic bed comes with a bottom sheet, pillows/pillowcase and a blanket; you can also hire linen of duvet & cover, bath & hand towels. We have a DVD player but no regular TV and if you need internet access then you need to walk down to the farmhouse and sit outside on the terrace for Wi-Fi.
If you are unable to shop for self-catering (you can always have a supermarket delivery) I can provide the foods for breakfast, either cooked English or Continental; or I can come and cook for you in the barn. Evening meals can also be provided, but I do need to know in advance of the visit.
There is a large climbing frame complex for the children and plenty of space to run around and for team games. We accept well behaved dogs, but insist that people and dogs stay out of the farmyard as this is a working area with horses, machinery and other ancillary businesses.
How to find us
Faversham Station 3 miles, taxis available. Selling Station 2 miles.
We are 5 minutes from J7/M2. At that roundabout, take the exit Brenley Lane, which is between the A2 from Canterbury and the M2 to London. At the end of the road is a T junction, turn left and then first right. The farm drive is 300yds on the right and the bunkbarn is the first building on the farm.
Responsible tourism: Kent Downs budget group accommodation, near Faversham
You will find in the barn details of lots of local walks. Faversham has a very good selection of self-guided walks on various themes. Each booklet has a detailed map telling you what you will see on your walk and with suggestions for places to stop either for refreshment or to visit something special on the way.
If you go a bit further into the Downs we also have a good range of specific walks such Hops & Downs; Red White & Brut (the wine growing areas) Sheep Ahoy: Cherry Ripe and many more. Beautifully crafted brochures you will want to take away and keep.
I'm always happy to take people for a tour of the farm and explain what we are growing and what we are doing in the way of conserving the landscape. Hop growing in particular is such a specialised crop and is very interesting to see especially in September at harvest time. I believe that we are the only farm in the country still to have Londoners who come to pick the hops as they have done for decades.