Farningham Coach House is a stunning former coach house, retaining many of its original features including hay racks, mangers, exposed beams and brickwork and an original Georgian staircase. The property has won awards including the 2014 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South East Regional award and been praised for its ingenious, contemporary design which has remained sensitive to the historic nature of the buildings. The property offers a double bedroom and a single room, reached by a glazed walkway which overlooks on to a courtyard garden. There is a second outside seating area with gravel garden and pizza oven. The spacious open plan kitchen/sitting area occupies the first floor, providing a perfect space to cook dinner and relax in the evenings.
In the centre of the village sits Farningham Mill, a fine Georgian water mill recently converted to small apartments which overlook the trout stream and retain many of the original working parts of the corn mill. Several pubs are in walking distance of the property including The Pied Bull, an excellent village pub just across the road. Farningham lies on the edge of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is perfect for walking and the Darent Valley Path (which begins on the banks of the River Thames) passes through and on to Lullingstone, where the country park surrounds Lullingstone Castle and the World Garden. Adding to the beautiful rural scenery are the chalky slopes of the Darent Valley which are home to thriving vineyards and acres of lavender fields.
This holiday at a glance
Sleeps three guests (maximum two adults).
One double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
One single bedroom suitable for an accompanying child or as a second bedroom for couples.
Enclosed courtyard patio with seating area.
Gravel garden with seating area and pizza oven.
Small baby in own moses basket welcome.
Children over five years welcome.
One well behaved dog welcome (small additional charge).
Off street parking for one car.
Minimum two night stay.
Original features retained from stable conversion including mangers, hay racks and bridle pegs.
Glass floor above hay shoot.
Original brick floors and Georgian staircase.
Exposed beams and brick work.
Attractions and nearby amenities
Explore Lullingstone Roman Villa. Among the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain, Lullingstone provides a unique all-weather family day out. Set in the attractive surroundings of the Darent Valley in Kent, the villa was begun in about AD 100, and developed to suit the tastes and beliefs of successive wealthy owners, reaching its peak of luxury in the mid-4th century.
Steeped in history, explore the ruins of Eynsford Castle which date back to the late 11th century.
Find out all about Kentish lavender and its myriad of uses at The Hop Shop at Castle Farm.
English wines are a thriving business in Kent. Why not experience a vineyard tour and tasting at The Mount Vineyard.
Take a trip to the Butterfly Hall Place & Gardens, and enjoy the beautiful butterfly gardens.
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum is an ideal place to visit or take a trip to the town of Sevenoaks where you will discover a wealth of shops, pubs and restaurants. Bluewater Shopping Centre is also nearby.
Enjoy a show at The Orchard Theatre in Dartford.
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