D'Arcy Spice shows its roots in its name, originating from a spicy old fashioned English apple. Part of a Kent fruit farm that used to grow both apples and pears, D'Arcy Spice sits on the edge of Sutton Valence amongst glorious rolling countryside in the 'Garden of England' and sleeps four guests in two bedrooms (or six with the use of a sofa bed).
Today the farm grows soft fruit and is home to two welcoming holiday retreats. The owners live on the farm where they have lovely South American Paso Fino horses which they are more than happy to show you. Both properties provide comfy retreats and a great base for exploring the many attractions of Kent. For larger groups of up to eleven, both D'Arcy Spice and Innishfree (see separate advert) can be rented together making them ideal for not only couples and small families, but also larger groups of friends who want to get away together to catch up and explore.
Sitting right at the very heart of the beautiful county of Kent, guests have an abundance of attractions to visit, as well as a choice of three pubs for a meal out within walking distance up the hill in the nearby village. Hop on a train and visit London for the day or France (both are within an hour's train ride!). For those who enjoy shopping, Ashford's Designer Outlet is a must, as is Bluewater Shopping Centre, one of the largest of its kind in the country. Kent's county town of Maidstone is only fifteen minutes away or drive a little further and visit the City of Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral. The City of Rochester is also within easy reach and home to the country's second oldest cathedral. Tenterden is a pretty and quaint small town to visit with many small shops, eateries and antique shops as well as a popular steam railway. Royal Tunbridge Wells is another popular choice with both independents and high street names.
Kent is the county of castles and country houses and you have a great choice of National Trust properties to visit (including Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle) within easy reach. Leeds castle is magnificent both in terms of its castle and its grounds and is only a few minutes away (seven minutes by car). It hosts a variety of activities throughout the year. Ightham Mote and Sissinghurst are also within easy reach.
For those who like to keep active, the surrounding area has a myriad of footpaths and byways to explore by bike or foot as well as golf and fishing. For lazy days head to the coast and enjoy some traditional seaside fun. Sandwiched between Whitstable in one direction and Rye in the other there are lots of lovely beaches to choose from, whether your preference is shingle or sand.
Alan and Liz Lucas joined Independent Cottages in April 2017
D'Arcy Spice sleeps six guests with the use of a sofa bed in the large spacious open-plan living area.
Accommodation is all on the ground floor and comprises:
Outside: There is a south-facing verandah that gets the sun all day where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine as your supper is cooking (Gas BBQ also available). An additional seating area a short walk from the property provides a nice place to sit and soak up the countryside views.
Additional information: The owners have friendly dogs and are happy for guests to bring a sociable dog along (please enquire if you wish to bring more than one). Saturday changeover is preferred but the owners try to be flexible where possible. The cottage has a veranda where small children can play. As there is some vehicular traffic they should be supervised in the farmyard. Prices include heating, bed linen, electricity and towels. Short breaks available - please enquire. A welcome tray with milk, tea and coffee are provided upon arrival. Cot and high chair available.
Groups bookings: When both cottages are booked together, an interconnecting door can be unlocked to provide easy access between both properties. Each property sleeps four to six guests accommodating parties of up to eleven in comfort. Dining capacity for twelve guests when both cottages are booked together.
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