Guests travelling to eat at The Small Holding, a farm and kitchen in the village of Kilndown, Kent will now be able to stay at May Farm, a rural country retreat run and catered for by Will Devlin, chef-owner of The Small Holding.
In the heart of the High Weald of Kent and only a short walk or drive from The Small Holding, May Farm offers a beautifully appointed self-catered three-bedroom barn in the blissful solitude of 40 acres of farm and woodland.
Once an ancient farm building, May Farm is both private and spacious and has been converted into a homely and well-designed space sleeping up to six guests. Dogs and muddy boots are welcome too. Combining sumptuous country comforts with contemporary flair, May Farm retains the charm of the original threshing barn with wooden timbers and exposed brick walls.
May Farm caters for the comfort of modern living, from a welcoming log burner, Egyptian Cotton bed sheets, underfloor heating, gun and boot room and a large, high-spec kitchen and long oak dining table with a smeg fridge full of Kentish wines, beers and The Small Holding’s own charcuterie and local cheeses.
May Farm lends itself to couples or families with its top floor master bedroom and ensuite and two further rooms, one also upstairs and one downstairs, offering a king and twin beds with a walk-in shower room. Hunker down in winter with the cosy log burner, blankets, dvds and board games; while in the summer enjoy sitting out on the sunny garden terrace or in the hot tub, with a bottle of English sparkling wine, listening to the nightingales and gazing at the view.
Set on the edge of a working arable and livestock farm, May Farm is home to The Small Holding’s pigs and chickens and additional raised beds for brassicas and berry cages. Guests can be left alone as much as they wish or come help collect that morning’s eggs.
Explore the Weald of Kent
Discover pretty Kent villages, rolling countryside, fine dining and family fun within a stone’s throw of May Farm, all set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. National Trust properties Sissinghurst and Scotney Castle are nearby, while Bewl Water with its woodland trails for walking and biking, pedalo and boat hire is a few minutes away. For those looking for the sea, Hastings is just another 45 minutes from The Small Holding.
May Farm is available for whole-house hire for up to six guests, while also dining at The Small Holding. Breakfast and arrival hampers are available on request to be pre-ordered.
– Weekday rate £140 (Wednesday and Thursday)
– Two-night weekday rate £260
– Weekend rate £600 (Friday and Saturday)
– Saturday night £300