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Spacious five-bedroom home in idyllic surroundings – perfect base for exploring Kent! Barnfield House is a light-filled, warm and well equipped family home on the edge of Hawkhurst village, with stunning countryside views from most rooms. Accommodation is spread over three floors, with the ground floor devoted to common living areas, five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the 1st floor, and a fourth bathroom and landing library on the 2nd floor. The generous living areas – large drawing room, sitting/TV room, study, and dining hall – are full of Asian antiques and artefacts, handsome furniture and comfy sofas. The kitchen is equipped for people who love to cook, and has a large farmhouse table for family meals overlooking the apple orchard. From the dining hall (with table for 10), bi-fold d...Spacious five-bedroom home in idyllic surroundings – perfect base for exploring Kent! Barnfield House is a light-filled, warm and well equipped family home on the edge of Hawkhurst village, with stunning countryside views from most rooms. Accommodation is spread over three floors, with the ground floor devoted to common living areas, five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the 1st floor, and a fourth bathroom and landing library on the 2nd floor. The generous living areas – large drawing room, sitting/TV room, study, and dining hall – are full of Asian antiques and artefacts, handsome furniture and comfy sofas. The kitchen is equipped for people who love to cook, and has a large farmhouse table for family meals overlooking the apple orchard. From the dining hall (with table for 10), bi-fold doors open onto a large deck with wisteria-covered pergola and teak table with eight chairs and a bench. The views from here are magnificent, with lawns sloping towards farmland beyond the large unfenced pond. (A second, smaller alfresco dining area is accessed by the utility room behind the kitchen.)
Barnfield House is ideal for families and friends who wish to spend time together in gracious, comfortable, relaxing surroundings. We've hosted multi-generation family gatherings, guests celebrating significant birthdays, and friends' reunions. Our youngest guest was a few months old, our oldest close to 90.
Not for nothing is Hawkhurst called the 'crossroads for the Weald'; It's the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of Kent and Sussex that keep families of all ages well entertained. Countryside drives reveal picturesque villages and pubs, including the Oak & Ivy Inn, famous gathering place for the infamous 18th century Hawkhurst smugglers. In addition to the famous National Trust and English Heritage historic castles, houses and gardens that attract many visitors to the area (Sissinghurst Gardens and the gardens of Great Dixter shouldn't be missed), there are many other experiences to consider, such as the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Bodium Castle and Hever Castle (home to Henry VIII's Ann Boleyn), and myriad museums covering everything from musical instruments to vintage cars, 1066 battlefields to 18th century smugglers. After all this activity, guests love returning to the comfort of Barnfield House. Our 1938 home – made of Canadian cedar from its floorboards to roof shingles – has its own history: the large pond in the garden is thought to be the remains of an iron ore site from the middle ages!More
The number of people occupying the property (including day visitors) must not exceed 10.
The use of accommodation, grounds and facilities is entirely at the guests’ risk.
The guest is responsible for the property and is expected to take all reasonable care of it, leaving the property and its contents thoroughly clean and tidy, in the same condition as on arrival.
Please note this is a NON SMOKING, NO PET, NO STAG/HEN GROUP house.
Gorgeous house in a fantastic location! We were fortunate to have glorious weather which meant we could take full advantage of the beautiful gardens and spectacular views.
There were 10 of us on our annual walking weekend and this house suited us perfectly. The house...More
Date of stay: May 2018
Thank Genieve F
Management response:Responded 27 May 2018
Thanks for choosing Barnfield House and we hope to welcome you and your group back soon.
We booked this lovely, spacious house for our extended family to get together over Christmas. It is within walking distance of Hawkhurst village with supermarkets, pubs, shops, playground, cafes etc.
The accommodation is roomy, comfortable and furnished to a high standard. We enjoyed log fires...More
Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Mark P
Management response:Responded 23 January 2018
Thank you for this lovely review of your recent stay, Mark. We were delighted that you and your family were able to celebrate Christmas at Barnfield House – there's something so magical about a log fire and lights sparkling on the Christmas tree! Happy to...More
This is our fifth stay at Barnfield which speaks for itself. The house is lovely, big and spacious yet cosy with beautiful views over the Kent countryside. We are a group of six ladies who don’t usually venture far as we enjoy all the facilities...More
Date of stay: December 2017
Management response:Responded 23 January 2018
Thank you so much Sue. It really means a lot that you choose to return to Barnfield House for your annual reunion every year....and we look forward to welcoming you to your Hawkhurst home-from-home for your 6th trip later this year!
There were 10 of us staying at Barnfield House with ages ranging from 1 to 81 and we had a fabulous week of family fun! We had a Tesco delivery to the house on our arrival day but there is a Tesco store just up...More
Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Karen C
Management response:Responded 7 November 2017
We're delighted you enjoyed your Kent vacation this summer, Karen.Thank you for your thoughtful comments about Barnfield House too – it is indeed a great space for multi-generation families! We look forward to welcoming you back at a time when you can enjoy the garden...More
Hawkhurst village on the Kent/Sussex border is the perfect setting for exploring the Weald of Kent. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with public footpaths through farms, orchards and woodland. There's a wealth of attractions in the area for wonderful family outings, including Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, Leeds Castle, Batemans, Go Ape at Bedgebury. Garden enthusiasts are well placed for Sissinghurst Gardens, Pashley Manor and Great Dixter. The historic towns of Cranbrook, Battle and Tunbridge Wells are a short drive away, as are the coastal towns of Rye and Hastings and the beach at Camber Sands. Outdoor activities include sailing and windsurfing at Bewl Reservoir, wakeboarding and kite surfing at Camber Sands, mountain biking and horseriding in Bedgebury, and golf ( a gol...
How to get there
From London, take the train from London Charing Cross, Waterloo or London Bridge to either Staplehurst (57 minutes) or Etchingham (75 minutes), and then a taxi. If you're driving, make your way to the M25 then exit onto the A21 to Hastings. After approx 30 minutes, at the Flimwell traffic lights, turn left onto the A268. If coming from abroad, you can fly to Heathrow (70km) or Gatwick airports (55km), take the ferry from Calais to Dover (70k) or Eurostar to Ashford International (35k).