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Darling Buds Farm - The Cart Lodge

Bethersden, Kent
Grade 4 Star rating


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

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 elec CH inc
  • 40" Freeview TV
  • CD
  • Shared external laundry room
  • F/freezer
  • Lawned area with picnic table
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • NB: Unfenced pond and stream in garden

  • Elec, bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • DVD
  • M/wave
  • Wi-fi
  • BBQ
  • Shared 35-acre natural grounds
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Ponds, waterfall and drainage ditches in grounds, 10 yds

Take a step back in time and come and stay at Darling Buds Farm – which became internationally famous as the set for the TV series The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993). It was home to Pop Larkin (David Jason), Ma Larkin (Pam Ferris), Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Charley (Philip Franks). Three hundred girls were auditioned for the part of Mariette before Catherine Zeta Jones was found and the series launched her career. At the time the TV Show was the most popular show on British TV and its simple lifestyle set in the 1950s showcased the beautiful Kent countryside. The title of the show comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

The farm itself lies between the villages of Pluckley and Bethersden and consists of a courtyard of buildings, including Pop Larkin’s farmhouse (ref PTTV) sleeping 10, a typical Kentish oasthouse (ref PSSA) sleeping 8 and The Cart Lodge (ref PTTW) sleeping 4. There is plenty of parking and the holiday properties are set in 35 acres of land with footpaths on the doorstep. Guests also have access to paddocks and grassland to play a game of cricket or rounders or can enjoy visiting the animals. 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.

Kent has so much to offer including the reindeer centre next door. 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 await exploration. Visit the beaches at Camber Sands or sample oysters and hire bikes at Whitstable. The high speed train to London takes 38 minutes for further sightseeing opportunites, or sample lunch in Paris via the Eurostar. Altogether "Perfick!”, as the Larkins would say! Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

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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