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Darling Buds Farm - The Cart Lodge

Bethersden, Kent
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Pets 1
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This property is part of our English Country Cottages collection

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Opposite the Larkins’ farmhouse of Darling Buds of May fame, this property is tranquilly set beside a stream.

Step back in time and enjoy a stay at The Cart Lodge, which is set on Darling Buds Farm, home of Pop Larkin (David Jason), Ma Larkin (Pam Ferris), Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Charley (Philip Franks) in the TV series The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993). At the time, the TV show - whose title come from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 - was the most popular show on British TV. Its simple lifestyle, set in the 1950s, showcased the beautiful Kent countryside, and the location became internationally famous as a result.
Set within a courtyard of buildings, The Cart Lodge itself lies opposite Pop Larkin’s farmhouse on Darling Buds Farm between the villages of Pluckley and Bethersden. Comprising 35 acres of land with footpaths to enjoy from the doorstep, guests also have access to paddocks and grassland to play a game of cricket or rounders or can visit the animals on the farm. A stream winds its way between nine large ponds through the farmland, and the farm also hosts a classic car show each year in the summer.
Visit the reindeer centre next door, or Tenterden, ‘The Jewel of the Weald’. Vineyards (including Biddenden Vineyards), the South of England Rare Breeds Centre, the Kent and East Sussex Railway, gardens (including Sissinghurst) and a plethora of National Trust homes and castles also await exploration. Visit the beaches at Camber Sands or sample oysters and hire bikes at Whitstable.

Stylishly converted, this single-storeyed lodge is opposite the Larkins’ farmhouse and has a grassy sitting-out area with picnic table beside a stream. Open-plan beamed living/dining room with kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft zip & link bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Full electric central heating included
  • 40" Freeview TV
  • CD
  • Shared external laundry room
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Lawned area with picnic table
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • NB: Unfenced pond and stream in garden

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Shared 35-acre natural grounds
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Ponds, waterfall and drainage ditches in grounds, 10 yards

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Featured on TV
    Featured on TV
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

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