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The Little Hayloft

Umbungazi oveleleNorth Elham, i-United Kingdom
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Newly renovated cosy 1st floor self-contained Hayloft studio, part of a converted stable c1700, in the beautiful Elham Valley. En suite shower, coffee/kettle/microwave/fridge/Gas BBQ, private balcony and garden with year-round hot tub, off-street parking. Part of a family home. Contactless self check-in (keybox) from 3pm. Enhanced cleaning and 24 hour break between guests.

Part of a beautiful farm conversion family home, with sweeping views across rolling farmland and grazing cattle. Enter via private entrance the newly renovated Little Hayloft via a wooden staircase to find a fabulously stylish and fresh hideaway; the friendly owners will leave you tea on arrival and a very light breakfast for the morning. In the open-plan studio room, beneath cosy oak beams, are sympathetic furnishings including a king-size bed, a flat-screen TV, and a table and chairs for use indoors or out. 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 fenced garden surrounded by hedging and masses of green space. Soak away your cares in the year-round hot tub exclusively for your use. You have a gas BBQ for eating in (our neighbour at Gatehouse Farm does farm gate sales of burgers, sausages, steaks etc). Follow a path down the lane through a small gate and you are on the footpath of the Elham Valley Way. Excellent pubs and a tea room 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 or a romantic getaway! Warning - has been known to induce marriage proposals!

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Access is via a keybox - feel free to arrive when it suits you any time after 3.00pm on the day of arrival with a strict 10.00am check out on the day of departure. Parking is available for one car 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 pride ourselves on our cleanliness but during the current time will be following even stricter hygiene regimes including contactless check in and out, 24-hour vacant periods between guests and enhanced cleaning. We have hand sanitiser stations for our guests' increased personal hygiene and safety. Whilst many restaurants remain closed we offer a gas BBQ and seasonal salad from our garden (pot luck!). Neighbouring Gatehouse Farm has farm gate sales of fresh meat for the BBQ.

We have listened to the feedback concerning being hard to find (it is quite rural!) and we encourage you to download the app 'what3words'!

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 smooth 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 90s) 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 - we also have a locally sourced food box supplier called Foodari. 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.

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 (paper and card in the black box, food in the small green bin, glass and plastic in the purple lidded bin). 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 not to put anything down the lavatory which won't dissolve happily in a septic tank! We are extremely grateful for your co-operation.

Please do take great care on the outdoor staircase - particularly in wet weather.

We operate a STRICTLY no-smoking policy in the house, grounds, balcony and particularly in the Hot Tub.
Newly renovated cosy 1st floor self-contained Hayloft studio, part of a converted stable c1700, in the beautiful Elham Valley. En suite shower, coffee/kettle/microwave/fridge/Gas BBQ, private balcony and garden with year-round hot tub, off-street parking. Part of a family home. Contactless self check-in (keybox) from 3pm. Enhanced cleaning and 24 hour break between guests.

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North Elham, i-United Kingdom

The Elham Valley with its immediate surrounding countryside is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty over which there is a wealth of walks, rides and cycle routes. You may have seen the Elham Valley Way and the North Downs Way mentioned in the Sunday Times supplements - they are a regular feature! Elham Park is the site of very rare orchids which flower in May. The village itself offers a number of facilities including a General Store, Tea Room (but also good for breakfast and lunch), two Pubs (the King’s Arms offering a Post Office facility on certain weekday mornings - yes, really!), a hotel restaurant, Cricket Club (weekend matches in summer) and floodlit Tennis Courts. A little further there is a Dairy at Ottinge open on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning for milk, cream, yoghurt and cheese - all produced on site. If you prefer your milk straight from the cow they offer a 24hr Milk Mate coin-operated dispenser of raw milk! Further still towards Folkestone, is the village of Lyminge with Pharmacy, Coffee Shop, Library, Grocery and Indian Take-away and Chinese restaurant (also take-way). There is also an Holistic Wellness centre there. Please ask us for local walking maps if that's your interest!

A flavour of WHAT'S ON in 2020:
Summer Sundays - Music at The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone
Outdoor cinema and live music - Folkestone Harbour Arm
Please note that all events are subject to change due to Coronavirus - please check online in advance.

5-6 Sept - Drop Redoubt open weekend, Dover
25-27 Sept - Hythe Harvest Food Festival
17-31 Oct - Canterbury Festival
Nov - Christmas Market at Leeds Castle
Nov - Christmas at the Castle, Whitstable Castle and Gardens
Dec - Enchanted Walmer Castle Gardens
Dec - Elham Christmas Food and Craft Festival, Elham
23-24 Dec - Carol Service, Canterbury Cathedral
24 Dec - Carol Singing, Whitefriars, Canterbury

Please note that if you would like dine at either The Pig at Bridge or Rocksalt in Folkestone it is essential to book ahead!

Our Top 10 Recommendations for 2020:
1. NEW The Curious Brewery in Ashford for tours, tastings and dining! And now the Hop Fuzz Brewery in West Hythe - we are spoilt for choice!
2. Micro breweries are a firm favourite particularly the hidden gem that is the Wrong Turn at Barfrestone.
3. The Stag in the Marlowe Arcade in Canterbury is new, hip and cool with an amazing array of wall art depicting Kent beaches.
4. Is bouldering your thing? Try Chimera Climbing in Canterbury.
5. Macknade Food Hall in Faversham is a fabulous wholefoods market with a rustic cafe or try the Good's Shed in Canterbury next to Canterbury West Railway Station serving 'best of the day' meals from ingredients sourced from the market.
6. Check out the listings for The Quarterhouse in Folkestone and you'll be a few steps away from not one, but two, Banksy favourites! Funky artwork is spread all over Folkestone from the Triennial; look out for the brightly coloured houses or the swinging bell!
7. A beautiful walk or cycle ride will take you along the Crab and Winkle way from Canterbury (starting at the Good's Shed - see above) to Whitstable. Quiet paths, country churches and limitless bluebells make this a stunning Spring adventure!
8. If Parkrun is your thing you can start the alphabet in Ashford but Canterbury, Folkestone and Whitstable will also oblige!
9. The most photographed building in Canterbury after the Cathedral is the Crooked House (Catching Lives charity bookshop) - a delightfully skewed 17th century half-timbered house in Palace Street opposite the famous Kings School. Duck to enter!
10. A trip out to the Lighthouse at Dungeness (you can see it from miles away on a clear day!) incorporates England's only official desert. It has a spooky feel .... Excellent seafood is available from the Pilot Inn (check online for opening times).

Archived from 2019:
1. Dover, Walmer and Deal Castles are all close by (sometimes it's worth joining English Heritage for best value deals) - this year Walmer (home of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports most famously the Queen Mother and the Duke of Wellington) has re-opened it's Walmer Glen gardens - check their website for details
2. The Independent Pedaler at Bridge is a cyclist-friendly watering hole with a delicious menu and scrummy home-made cakes (especially the Hummingbird cake). 'Host a Roast' is available on Sundays. They also sell the famous locally made 'Rope and Oak' products.
3. Breakfast with a view - try the kitchen at Sene Valley Golf Course, Hythe! Delicious food, reasonably priced with a glorious view of the sea! Call ahead to make sure they are serving!
4. The new Tulip Tearooms in Bridge offer old-fashioned hospitality and irresistible cakes in the midst of a busy florists shop!
5. Cuddle up on a cosy sofa for two with your favourite alcoholic beverage at the Curzon Cinema in Canterbury - feel free to stroll out to the bar for a top-up mid-movie!
6. Cathedral services are free and the music is always amazing! The Archbishop is in residence at Easter and Christmas; an hilarious 'last night of the proms-esque' carol singing fiesta takes place in the city centre on Christmas Eve - come for a programme waving, knee-dipping sing-song! Early pre-theatre dinner menus are available at Cafe des Amis and Dems. Or after a spectacularly spooky ghost tour with Canterbury's resident 'Ghost Hunter' (book online and meet in St Margaret's Street) calm your nerves with a calorific dessert and/or hot chocolate in Creams.
8. Jazz at The George, Stone Street every Thursday at 8.15pm - real ale and good food!
9. Fancy tripping the light fantastic? Swing Jive (for beginners upwards) at the Southcliff Hotel in Folkestone on Monday evenings from 7.00pm or fortnightly ballroom and latin tea dances at The Burstin Hotel, Folkestone - are you dancin'?
10. Feeling energetic? Try a swim and a roast on Sundays at the Hythe Imperial Hotel, Hythe

We haven't tried it yet but our guests tell us the Dover Sea Safari is amazing! Other, more sedate, boat trips are available!

Archived from 2018:
1. In beautiful weather you can't beat a sea swim at Kingsdown near Deal where the Zetland Arms is right on the beach! If you're not a sea-bather/channel swimmer but the sun's shining and you fancy a dip try the outdoor (heated) pool at Faversham (seasonal).
2. Sondes Tea House at Sellindge - delicious food and vegan options to eat and all sorts of funky bits and bobs to buy!
3. More of the Harbour Arm in Folkestone has been renovated through the winter including the old Folkestone Harbour railway station - it's better than ever! Beautiful on a sunny evening!
4. Current favourite breakfast spot is Cafe Solo in Canterbury (Wincheap, A28) - so good and excellent value.
5. On a sunny day you can't beat brunch on the beach at Griggs of Hythe. Need to burn some calories? Hire a rowing boat on the Hythe Royal Military Canal.
6. Panoramic views of Dover Harbour and Castle from the Hythe Bay fish restaurant in Dover - we love the balcony bar and the fish is fantastic!
7. Fancy a sneaky safari? Take the footpath alongside the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway station and eventually you will pass through Port Lympe wild animal park - don't be surprised to spot a giraffe through the trees!
8. Fab fish and chips at Hythe from the Park Road Fish Bar! Maybe on the way home from the safari ...
9. Either an ice-cream (closest is a McFlurry from the bottom of the hill) or an alcoholic beverage and salty snack (from Sainsburys next door to MacDonalds) taken to the top of the cliff at Capel - fabulous views of the channel and amazing star-gazing when it's clear!
10. Take a walk along the iconic White Cliffs Way at Dover - stop to examine the Fan Bay Deep Shelter and then tea at the South Foreland Lighthouse before retracing your steps. On a clear day you can see forever! But don't go too close to the edge ...

Archived from 2017:
Coming in ahead of first place (it was that good!) our new favourite for 2017 is Reculver; visit the Roman Fort and then slip across to see Elwyn the genial host of the Reculver Cafe (not quite Roman but built in 1902 - open til 3ish at weekends; earlier on week days) and enjoy a taste of bygone days. All day breakfasts, egg and chips, toast and marmite; excellent value and great service - a big mug of tea is £1. If you want to walk it off you are a stone's throw from the Saxon Shore Way. There is a public car park (pay and display) or if you are lucky you can squeeze in to the lane next door.
1. Fish and Chips on the beaches at Hythe, Whitstable or Herne Bay; or our current favourite is The Deep Blue, Wincheap, Canterbury (enormous portions for sharing and great value!)
2. Afternoon tea at Tiny Tim's, Canterbury (the 'Hairy Bikers' loved it!) before or after Evensong in the Cathedral (check website for times - weekends are different). Get there early if you want to try a 'Plump Pilgrim'! Kent teas and coffees from Pluckley - our favourite is the smoky Russian Caravan!
3. Coffee and fresh doughnuts after a windy walk at Whitstable - you know you are near by the lovely smell! If seafood is more your thing - they still cook the famous Whelks at Wests on the harbour side. Whitstable is equally famous for its oysters - kick back and relax at the Oyster Fishery or Wheelers in the High Street.
4. Watch the sun set at Farthing Common 'the top of the world!' - or from your private balcony outside the Little Hayloft.
5. Walk or cycle the Great Stour Way - Chartham to Canterbury; or the Saxon Shore Way - Reculver to Margate if you're feeling energetic - ask us for maps!
6. Walk into Elham village and have supper at one of the pubs or the Abbots Fireside (borrow a torch for the walk home!) The pubs normally stop serving at 8pm - earlier at the weekend.
7. Hire mountain bikes and book a guide at Fowlmead Country Park - a disused open cast mine with great views over Royal St George's golf course at Sandwich.
8. We love a good breakfast! Now available at Macfarlane's Garden Centre (now renamed Folkestone Garden Cente but still as good)!
9. Take a tasting tour at Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham (Britain's oldest brewer - since 1689) - check the dates for the annual autumn Hop Festival weekend.
10. Sip a glass of Champagne at the end of the Harbour Arm in Folkestone (seasonal) - you might also spot Dave the Dolphin (who's actually a porpoise - and a girl - but the name stuck)! The famous Rock Salt restaurant is also nearby - you do need to book (or try the Smokehouse next door for a more relaxed Fish and Chip supper)
11. If you're brave enough check out the Ossuary at St Leonard's Church, Hythe ...
12. Visit the Elham Valley Vineyard and sample their delicious menus - wait a minute? Number 12? We could go on ... okay we will ....
13. Hire a canoe at The George and Dragon pub at Fordwich (Britain's smallest town) and paddle the Stour to the Grove Ferry Inn. The Grove Ferry is also the starting point for a lovely circular walk through the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. Boat trips available in summer.
14. Drive a 36-ton train on a private track through the Kent countryside. Start the day with a filling cooked breakfast then learn to drive an ex-military train. Don't forget your camera!

We are always looking out for new tea rooms, walks, things to see and do (the research is soooooo hard) but come and see for yourselves; you'll never be bored in East Kent!

Short of time? Potter along the old railway line which is now the Elham Valley Way.

Do check listings for the Marlowe and Gulbenkian Theatres in Canterbury or the cinema in Faversham is only a fiver! George's Turkish restaurant in Preston Street is great too ...and we're off again!
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We are a family of mum, dad and two grown-up children and their partners; a long-suffering cat and a very naughty puppy. Mostly these days it's just my husband and I! We 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.
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