Step back in time and enjoy a stay at the beautiful Larkin Farmhouse and Studio, together sleeping 12.
Aptly named, this Grade II listed property and adjoining double studio apartment featured as the home of Ma and Pop Larkin (Pam Ferris and David Jason) in The Darling Buds of May ITV series* (1991–1993). Its simple lifestyle, set in the 1950s, showcased the beautiful Kent countryside, and the location became internationally famous as a result.
This well appointed property has been awarded the AA’s ultimate commendation, 5 Gold Stars/’Highly Commended’ and is surrounded by beautiful open Kent countryside. The beauty spot is located near the villages of Bethersden and Pluckley, about six miles from Ashford.
Enter spacious Larkin Farmhouse through a hallway with traditional brick flooring and discover a gorgeous well-equipped farmhouse kitchen with views out to the garden and the pond where the ducks dabble. They know very well to wander across to the kitchen windows at breakfast time just in case there is any toast going spare!
The large lounge and dining area has a wealth of oak beams and an oak floor. Here you can relax around the huge brick inglenook fireplace with a wood burner to toast up the whole house on chillier days. There’s even a piano to gather round and have an old fashioned family sing song.
Sympathetically converted, Larkin Farmhouse can sleep ten people in five delightful twin/double bedrooms. All of the bedrooms can be made up as twins/doubles to suit your party; one of the bedrooms is on the ground floor and three of the first floor bedrooms are en suite. There is a further first floor family bathroom.
Reverend Candy Studio, sleeping two, adjoins Larkin Farmhouse via a beautiful old oak door. ‘Perfick’ if you wish to accommodate a party of up to 12. Named after the local vicar in the TV series, this delightful ground floor double studio apartment is self-contained and comprehensively equipped. It includes a king size bed, sitting area and a fully-fitted kitchenette for simple self catering. The cloakroom has a luxurious power-shower which can be shared with the ground floor bedroom in the farmhouse.
Outside, relax in the private garden, with pond, waterfall and even a hot tub for a small extra fee. The decked terrace with outdoor furniture and a barbecue provides the perfect opportunity to dine alfresco while taking in the lovely views across glorious Kentish countryside. Pop would have approved!
IN A NUTSHELL
Five double/twin bedrooms, one double bedroom
Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor
Three en suite shower rooms, one family bathroom, one ground floor shower room
Suitable for children and babies (travel cot and highchair available)
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome
Eight-seater hot tub available by prior arrangement (additional fee)
Enclosed lawned garden with decked terrace, outdoor furniture and barbecue
Licensed wedding venue
Bed linen, duvets, pillows, sheets and towels
Larkin Farmhouse Ground floor:
Entrance hall with traditional brick floor.
Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with small breakfasting table seating four. Beamed with a wooden floor, enjoy views out to the garden and the pond.
Spacious open plan sitting/dining room with Japanese oak floor, a wealth of oak beams and cast iron wood burning stove housed in a huge brick inglenook. The sociable sitting area has large sofas and an original 1950s drinks cabinet; the dining area seats 10 and there’s a piano for an old fashioned family sing song.
Double/twin bedroom with 5′ zip and link bed. This bedroom shares the family bathroom on the first floor.
Larkin Farmhouse First floor:
Three double/twin bedrooms with 5′ zip and link beds and en suite shower rooms
Double/twin bedroom with 5′ zip and link bed, shares the family bathroom.
Family bathroom with a shower attachment over the bath.
Reverend Candy Studio Ground Floor Accommodation:
A delightful self contained double studio to Larkin Farmhouse with comfortable 5′ bed.
En suite shower room with power shower.
Electric central heating
Larkin Farmhouse: Wood burning stove in the living area (wood and kindling included)
Larkin Farmhouse: Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
Reverend Candy Studio: Hot plate, microwave, fridge, crockery, cutlery and cookware, plus a sink and draining board, kettle and toaster
Larkin Farmhouse: 32″ Freeview TV and DVD player in the living room, TV in each bedrooms, CD player with docking station, music docking stations
Reverend Candy Studio: 32″ TV
WiFi internet access*
Darling Buds of May DVDs
Travel cot and highchair available (cot linen not provided)
WEDDINGS & PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
Darling Buds Farm is a licensed wedding venue – what could be more ‘Perfick’ than getting married in their historic barn?
A truly unique location for a memorable day, get married on the ACTUAL farm used as the Larkins ‘Home Farm’ for ITV’s The Darling Buds of May, just like Catherine Zeta Jones did in the show.
Marquees of varying sizes can be sited within the grounds and the farm buildings make fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs.
To complete your wedding, ‘Primrose’, the actual 1926 yellow vintage Rolls Royce used in the television series can be on hand to transport the bride to be.
With 12 bedrooms on site, 10 of them en suite, the farm makes the perfect location for your guests to enjoy too.
Please give us a call on 01275 217575 or email email@example.com if you require more information.
One of several detached properties in an informal grouping and relaxed atmosphere on Darling Buds Farm, in a superb setting near Bethersden village.
A comfortable home-from-home, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and perfectly restored with all the 1950s charm of the ITV series.
Character features include exposed timber beams, a huge brick inglenook and oak floors.
Beautifully landscaped garden with a pond and waterfall and optional heated outdoor hut tub. The private decked area with outdoor furniture and a barbecue is perfect for alfresco dining.
A haven of peace and tranquility, guests can roam the farm’s 35 acres of land with a stream and nine large ponds. Feed the farm animals, enjoy the network of footpaths from the doorstep, and play games in the paddocks and grassland.
An ideal base for families, groups of friends (and their pet pooches) to explore the delights of Kent at any time of the year.
Flexible accommodation – all five bedrooms in the Larkin Farmhouse have zip and link beds which can be convert to twin beds on request.
Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights for bookings which include a Friday or Saturday.
Darling Buds Farm can provide a truly unique location for your wedding. A licensed wedding venue, get married in their historic barn a la Catherine Zeta Jones in ITV’s The Darling Buds of May – what could be more ‘Perfick’?.
The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. The accommodation is warm and cosy with central heating, comfortable beds and a cosy wood burner.
Great attractions include The Reindeer Centre next door, picturesque towns and villages and a wonderful collection of historic houses, gardens and vineyards.
Within easy reach of many historic village pubs, including The Dering Arms (1.7 miles), The Bull Inn at Bethersden (2 miles) and The Black Horse at Pluckley (Pop Larkin’s local), 3 miles.
Conveniently located for Ashford (station 8 miles) – the high speed train to London takes 38 minutes for further sightseeing opportunities, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar.
*Internet access is offered at some properties for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.
The vast majority of holidays are a complete success but things can go wrong from time to time and it is essential to discuss any problems with us at the time of the occurrence. We are committed to ensuring the success of your holiday. Regrettably, we cannot accept any complaints, which have not been brought to our attention at the time of occurrence. Any complaints not resolved locally must be confirmed in writing to SH within 28 days of your return.