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Malthouse Barn

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Elmsted, near Canterbury, Kent
Grade 3 Star rating
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Only 15 minutes from the Channel Tunnel so bring your passport and take a trip to France, or simply enjoy the local area.

Nestling in 26 acres of woodland and pasture, this delightful detached barn is situated in a quiet retreat in rural Kent, and offers complete tranquillity with space to think and be creative. The cottage is well equipped and has a wood burner for which the owners thoughtfully supply a basket of logs during the winter months. A glass of wine can be enjoyed on the decked terrace whilst watching the lambs at play, or trying to spot a deer. Malthouse Barn is 20 minutes from Canterbury, and the Channel Tunnel is 15 minutes away for the Eurostar to Paris. Take the fast train from Ashford and be at St Pancras, London, in just over half an hour. For a car free holiday, the owners are happy to collect and deliver guests to and from the station, and for sightseeing trips, you can take the train into historic Canterbury. Enjoy views from the decking down the valley which is occasionally visited by herds of wild deer. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an orchid conservation area, and makes a lovely place to visit in any season. For flower lovers, there are great gardens to visit nearby including the famous gardens at Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Bateman’s, Scotney Castle and Charleston. The town of Wye is 4 miles away and has a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, with a farmers’ market every other Saturday. There are also two local pubs within walking distance. This is excellent walking terrain, and for the more daring, try hot air ballooning locally. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Step to entrance. Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor and French door to decked terrace. Fitted kitchen area has breakfast area and butler sink. Utility. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Spiral open tread staircase to first floor: Study area/double bedroom with sloping ceiling overlooking living area.

Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included thereafter available locally. Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included. TV. DVD (small library). Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer (in utility). W-Fi. Decked terrace, furniture. 26 acres of woodland (shared with owner). Parking (2 cars). No smoking .

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    Lovely place with sheeps nearby

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 26/03/2018
    We absolutely loved the location and the cottage was clean and well-equipped. But the lack of ensuite bathroom upstairs - when there was room to fit one - felt like a huge missed opportunity. Getting up in the night meant using the spiral staircase to the downstairs bathroom, which involved fully waking up to avoid falling off it!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2018
    A fabulous cottage, comfortably furnished. A very quiet location with plenty of walks from the doorstep of the cottage. Unfortunately the local pub didn’t allow dogs but the kings head in wye was lovely too, great food, very welcoming.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    Exceedingly good taste in the décor with real oil paintings on the walls. The location was outstanding.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 18/09/2017
    My disabled husband struggled with the stairs, We also could not get wifi. The cost of the cottage should have had good connections , It was very clean with lovely view on to field and a wooded hillside ,

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Brilliant place to stay, and loads to explore, even if you don't have a car. The owners were absolutely lovely, offering privacy and company at the same time, and to the right degree. Beautiful setting, secluded and private. The property has a sun-soaked private deck, ideal for breakfasting and bbqs, or just to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sheep, or listen out for the owls. The property inside is beautifully and artistically decorated, very clean and tidy, with useful amenities such as a washing machine and freezer. It's a property one never wants to leave! There is a lovely spiral staircase, that our cat particularly enjoyed as a vantage point, leading up to a very well-stocked library, and probably the most comfortable bad we've ever slept in. The whole cottage is flooded with light in the morning, and bird song....it's a rural idyll; I only wish we could have stayed forever! The owners' taste and artistic talents are reflected in the fabulous art deco figurine that tops the wood burner, and the many pieces of old French advertising that add to the charm of this cottage. The surrounding garden, and the owners' own landscaping are beautifully maintained. All in all, a home from home. Cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. Ideal for couples, pet owners, writers, artists, musicians, and those who simply want to step off and away from their own frenetic lives.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 31/07/2017
    A very nice short break

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    Fascinating and quirky barn conversion filled with items purchased from french flea markets as far as we could tell, with loads of space for two. Wonderful views and surrounding countryside and walks from the doorstep. Very comfortable, very light with lots of windows and skylights (we did not put the blinds down at night it was so lovely to see the sky), well-stocked bookcases with something for everyone - I read 6 books while I was there! Metal spiral staircase to bedroom so not for those with poor mobility. Lovely balcony terrace for eating outside overlooking the sheep. Could have done with a few more mugs and glasses as we had to keep washing them up but otherwise well equipped Wye is the closest village with a shop - a good Co-op and excellent pup for eating - The New Flying Horse. The Timberbatts at Bodsham within walking distance is a bizarre establishment filled with curiosities and a huge number of stuffed animals and skulls and has a fish and chip night, a burger night and a pig and pizza night and a bird of prey tethered in the garden along with a smithy workshop and much else besides - it is worth a visit just out of curiosity.

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 02/07/2017
    Needs a lot of updating the bathroom is very uninviting .every room needs painting .the stairs is a novelty at first but soon became a bind .and the bed has no mattress only a very thin bed topper so it was so uncomfortable .im sorry but this cottage is not what it seems the impression is that there either very tight or lost interest I'm sorry but it also could do with a very good clean

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that Malthouse Barn did not meet your expectations, however we are disappointed to have received such a low score as this is the first complaint we have had, as the majority of our reviews are positive and over the years we usually average quite highly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    A lovely cottage in a very peaceful and rural location. If peace and quiet and lovely walks are your thing, this is the place to stay.

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8.6 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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