Information for your stay
This page is primary for guests who are coming to stay to provide information that will help you plan your visit.
There is a folder in the barn with all the information and guidance that you need to have an enjoyable and stress-free stay. This page will be helpful before you stay.
Green Farm Barn is set within a small farm which we share with our neighbours, Emily and Jules. Guests are welcome to explore the farm and see the animals. We do ask you to respect the animals and keep to the public paths, but are very happy to accompany guests and their children who would like to get closer and even to join in with the feeding routines – just ask.
Hen and duck eggs are usually available for sale and we often have home reared, free range meat (frozen) and fresh meat occasionally too. To take a look at what's available go to "Meat for Sale".
Arrival time & Travel
The standard arrival time is 4pm, departure at 10am. We can sometimes let you arrive early (from 2pm) if we don't have other guests leaving that day - please ask.
There is a limited bus service which runs to Ashford and Tenterden throughout the day. The bus stops are on The Woodchurch Rd (situated just before the Kings Head) timetable go to: www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk
Arrow Taxis 01233 666666 good to and from Ashford at approx £13 for a one way journey, open all day everyday.
Acorn, a private taxi company based in Shadoxhurst, also provide a 8 seater (advance booking recommended) 07903 792054.
There are always taxis at the domestic station.
The train service to London (or Paris/Brussels!) is outstanding from Ashford International, with high speed trains to London St Pancras every 30 minutes, taking just 37 minutes. Trains from Ashford to Canterbury, Dover, Folkstone and other towns on the north Kent coast. Local trains run from Ham Street (3 miles away) to Rye, Hastings and Brighton.
What's in the Barn
We are in a rural location, mobile phone signals are not great but we have supplied a telephone for incoming calls (and emergency calls). We will let you know the number on our pre-arrival email and we suggest that you give it people who might want to be reaching you while you are in the Barn. You might want to consider diverting your mobile to this number during your stay.
Green Farm Barn has two TVs with freeview; one in the main barn living room, the other in the Garden Room in the Old Cow Shed. There is a BlueRay/DVD/CD player with iPod dock connected to the TV in the barn and a connection for laptops and/or games consoles in a floor box in the Garden Room.
There is free internet access (wireless & ethernet) in both the main barn and in the Old Cow Shed. Again, our rural location means that this is not lightening fast, but is sufficient for reasonable usage!
There is a large collection of DVDs (including children’s) and CDs along with plenty of children's toys and some house games. (children's toys are under the bench, by the dining table).
We make the beds up with the duvets that we feel are appropriate for the season. However, each bed has two duvet parts, summer and autumn; these can be combined by clipping together with poppers for winter. Please note all pillows & duvets are feather, if you have someone who has allergies to feathers, please let us know in advance so we can provide alternative bedding.
When leaving, please leave the beds; but if you want to be helpful, please strip them; this really helps with tight turnarounds.
There is a large 3-burner gas BBQ with hot coals and a hot plate on the patio.
The kitchen is equipped to a very high standard with a range cooker, American fridge/freezer, two dishwashers and a washing machine. The cooker has electric ovens and gas hobs. The fridge/freezer should be large enough to accommodate as much fresh/chilled/frozen food as required; it also has a chilled water dispenser & an ice-maker, which will be full on your arrival.
We are doing our best to preserve the planet; in fact we are the Green Green Farm! While we don't expect that our guests will necessarily be focused on sustainability during your stay, we have tried to make it easy for you to be environmentally friendly too.
Green Farm Barn is very well insulated with heating from a log-burning stove in the living area; there is a plentiful supply of logs from our own woods in the garage, free of charge. Water is heated by solar-thermal panels. For both of these, the back-up is electricity which is driven from the 9.2Kw PV system at Green Farm.
All the cold taps inside the property are directly mains fed and so provide fresh drinking water. The outside tap is from the rainwater harvesting system and should not be used for drinking. Please feel free to water plants during your stay.
We recycle as much as we can; feeding our pigs and providing compost as well as following Ashford's recycling policy. You will find bins at the barn, along with guidance on what can go in each.
You will see from the pictures that the property has solid oak floors throughout. If at all possible, we would be grateful if you could refrain from wearing outdoor shoes indoors, particularly not walking boots or wellies. We also ask that you use the side door with the tiled floor as your main entrance where possible. The walls are partly tiled and this makes it a good place to use when wet and muddy too.
Food & Shopping
Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose will all deliver to the Barn. Please ensure that they know to go to the second gate on the left on Duck Lane, rather than the first which is Green Farm itself!
If you are planning on shopping on your way, you will go very close to 3 supermarkets depending on your route:
Leaving the M20 at J9, Sainsburys is 400 metres off your track by taking the first left at the first roundabout after the motorway
Also leaving at J9, You will pass Waitrose on your route, on your right at the traffic lights shortly after the same roundabout
Leaving the M20 at J10, you will pass Tesco on your left as you come into Kingsnorth
When you arrive, you will find small quantities of the following staples to welcome you to the Barn and see you through your arrival:
Tea bags, fresh coffee, milk, sugar
Salt, pepper, olive oil and basic herbs
Dish cloths, bathroom cleaner, bleach, washing up liquid, 4 dish washer tabs
Soap and toilet paper in each bathroom, shampoo & conditioner
We are working with local chefs who can produce a variety of options, whether it's a special dinner party, or simply to prepare meals for you during your stay. Please contact us for more information and costs.
Dogs, Walks & Wellbeing
This is great walking country and dogs are very welcome but we do request that you follow some simple rules around the property, on the farm and in the woodland. The farm, and all the walks, is accessed straight out of the Barn garden with no need to go onto the road.
Please can you keep dogs to wooden floor areas only in the Barn. We also have a gate that closes the entrance hall in case you would like to allow your dogs to dry off.
There are many lovely walks in the area, starting straight outside the Green farm, others a short drive away on the North Downs or onto Romney Marsh. You will find maps and guides for some of our favourites in the barn, including a couple of walks from the barn to local pubs. Please be aware that many walks are over rough ground and muddy fields. Please bring appropriate footwear (wellies in the winter). Please ask as we do have a selection of spare wellies if you forget yours. Please visit the walks, rides & runs pages to find out more.
Please ask us about bicycle hire.
Of course, all the facilities of Green Farm Spa are available to you by making bookings through the Spa. Early booking, even two or three months ahead is advised to ensure that you are not disappointed. Please see our Spa pages for all the details.
Hot Tubs & Sauna
The hot tubs and sauna are part of the Spa facilities and must be booked through the Spa in advance or once you have arrived. For Barn guests, these are booked in 90 minute sessions, with private use during your session, for £15 each.
The property is accredited for M1 Accessibility under the National Accessible Scheme (NAS). This is “Typically suitable for a person with sufficient mobility to climb a flight of steps but who would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance”. However, much of the property is level and wheelchair accessible, including access from the parking area, the main living areas and the “cat slide” bedroom with en-suite shower.
To find out more, go to the Accessibility page.