Peaceful first floor self contained studio forming part of a converted stable built around 1700. Beautiful setting in the rural Elham Valley ideal for nature lovers, walkers, cyclists. En suite shower, kitchenette with microwave, private balcony and parking. Part of a family home. Simply stunning! Ideal for a stopover to or from the Channel tunnel or ferries. Self check-in. Come and explore this beautiful part of east Kent!
Part of a beautiful farm conversion family home, with sweeping views across rolling farmland and grazing sheep. Enter the Little Hayloft via a wooden staircase to find a fabulously stylish and fresh hideaway; the friendly owners will leave you afternoon tea on arrival. In the open-plan studio room, beneath cosy oak beams, are sympathetic furnishings including a full size sofa-bed, a flat-screen TV, cosy wicker armchairs and a table and chairs. Bedroom and bathroom are spotless and spoiling with soft feathers and white cotton. There’s Wi-Fi for keeping in touch with the world…. or not. There's a second sitting space on the balcony outside for peaceful chats as the sun sets … and the sunsets are a glory. Outside: a neat garden surrounded by hedging and masses of green space. Follow a path down the lane through a small gate and you are on the footpath of the Elham Valley Way (Welly loan available on request). Excellent pubs and tea rooms are a short walk, or you can hop on a bus to historic Canterbury or venture further afield by high-speed rail link to London or Paris for lunch or dinner. Ideal as a stop-over en route to Europe.
Access is via a keybox - feel free to arrive when it suits you any time after 3.00pm on the day of arrival and check-out by 10.00am on the day of departure. Parking is available on the shared driveway at the rear of the property. Please note that there is absolutely no parking in the farm track in front of the property.
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We absolutely respect your privacy but please feel free to come and say hello or ask for help! We have lots of recommendations for eating, drinking, walking, sight-seeing!
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We've listened to our guest feedback and have now installed a full size sofabed.
Originally the stable block for Parsonage Farm (Parsonage Farmhouse is listed in the Domesday Book and is noted by historians for it's Norman undercroft) the oldest part of The Loft dates from the mid 1700s. Remains of the original stalls can still be seen together with one of the saddle racks. In places the mineral filled bricks have been licked by over-wintering calves. The upper part of the building contained the Hay Loft where straw and hay was stored through the winter to feed the animals below and to provide valuable insulation for young livestock. During the last century the outer wings were added to create more storage space - notably for the horse-drawn milk float which delivered fresh milk daily to the village and beyond. Right up until the late 1980s when the last Stableman, Wally Palmer, retired (well into his 80s) the building remained in use as part of the farm only then being sympathetically converted into a dwelling by his Great Niece. The present owners have been continuing the restoration since 1995.
You may find it handy to know that all the major supermarkets deliver in this area! So if you'd like your shopping delivered here you can order direct with them on line in advance.
There's no need to pack tea towels, dish cloths or washing up liquid as these are provided.
Breakfast baskets and light suppers from COOK are available (bookable in advance).
Living in the beautiful surroundings of this conservation area we are committed to reducing our environmental impact where possible. We ask our guests to embrace the same principles during your stay. We ask for your understanding with the following: please carefully sort rubbish and recycling. Despite the plentiful electricity supply coming from our solar panels we ask that this isn’t wasted by turning off appliances (especially heaters) when going out and, lastly, being careful to not put anything down the lavatory which won’t dissolve happily in a septic tank! We are extremely grateful for your co-operation.
We are a family of mum, dad and two older teenagers; my husband and I love living in the countryside, we enjoy walking and cycling and in the evening enjoy seeing badgers and listening to the owls. We live in a small friendly community of a dozen houses. Our neighbours are all very friendly and welcoming too and will always stop to chat. We respect our guests' privacy but are always on hand to lend advice when required.