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“Wonderful Stay at 'The Old Kent Barn'.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Old Kent Barn
Ranked #1 of 1 Swingfield B&B and Inns
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27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Stay at 'The Old Kent Barn'.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2009

My husband and I have just returned from a 4 night stay at 'The Old Kent Barn'. The Barn is off the busy main road, so its lovely & quiet. Hilary & Roger are wonderful hosts & made us feel very welcome. We stayed in the spacious & very comfortable Ruby room, which is also the 'Bridal Suite', as couples can get married on the site, either in the Barn, on the gorgeous gallery over-looking the garden or in the garden itself under a lovely gazebo. The breakfast each morning was delicious, with a selection of fresh fruit, cereals and fruit juices available. We had the full cooked breakfast and didnt need to eat again until very late in the afternoon. There is a fish pond at the front of the barn & also a tennis court to use. We stayed at the Barn due to its location in Kent, it gave us the opportunity to visit Bodium, Hever, Dover, Walmer & Deal Castles (yes, we are history geeks!) and we also went to visit Canterbury, Whitstable, Herme Bay & Margate. We would fully recommend staying at The Old Kent Barn & we also hope to return there.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Anthony W, General Manager at The Old Kent Barn, responded to this review, 13 October 2015
Many thanks for your review and so sorry for not getting around to respond sooner.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. However we wanted to update you and say that whilst all of the wonderful things you mention are still available, now the facilities are only available to couples and their nearest and dearest after their wedding.

Kind regards
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2007

This is a very beautiful place to stay. People get married here, what better recommendation can you get? Crisp sheets, a white gazebo, a deep bath, a sleep like a coma then wake to the smell of home made bread. The hosts made us laugh, there were baby birds in the pond and the countryside is lovely. We had a three hour walk through rolling hills and never saw one Tesco, which in South East England is quite an achievement. You do need a car as it's a bit off the beaten track but in a nice way. It's easy to find, spotlessly clean, pretty garden, tennis court and... well, you get the idea. Honestly, you'd be stark raving bonkers NOT to stay here. Robert of Ramsgate.

  • Liked — Buddy the Dog
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  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Anthony W, General Manager at The Old Kent Barn, responded to this review, 13 October 2015
Hi Robert of Ramsgate we are sorry not to have responded sooner, but we are so glad you enjoyed your stay.

We wanted to update you, in that the B&B is now only available for Bride and Grooms and their nearest and dearest following their wedding. They can still enjoy all of the wonderful things such as crisp white sheets and our wedding ceremonies are either held outdoors in ou picturesque gazebo (which you mention during the Spring and Summer months) or in our new contemporary oak-framed barn all year round.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2006

The Old Kent Barn is a very beautiful 200 year old building with some of the beams 250 years old taken from a ship so as you can imagine not very straight, but what character they give! As you enter the barn you cant help but go wow. We stayed in a very tasteful, spotlessly clean, extremely well finished and good quality king sized bedroom. Lovely corner bath in bathroom. Greeted by Roger, with tray of tea on minstrels gallery overlooking large garden. Lots of info from Roger regarding eating out and things to do and see. Cookies and drinks available to help yourself to throughout day in the gallery, also hospitality tray in bedroom. Met Hilary later - lovely lady and she provides a really gorgeous breakfast, home made bread, a proper english breakfast with fruit, cereal, yogurts, and very good quality local produce - sausages and bacon, and not mean with the quantity! She will also serve smoked salmon if you wish. They have two soppy friendly dogs, which some german children who were staying there wanted to take back to germany. Suitable for romantic couples, but also families as the family room is large and separate from the double rooms. Sorry if I sound too enthusiastic, but cant praise this accommodation up too much, really sorry to leave after 3 nights stay in October.

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Anthony W, General Manager at The Old Kent Barn, responded to this review, 13 October 2015
We are sorry not to have responded sooner and so glad you enjoyed your stay.

We no longer operate as a Bed and Breakfast, but now if you get married at The Old Kent Barn, as the bride and groom plus nearest and dearest, still get to stay in the wonderful rooms and still receive an excellent five star service.
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Property: The Old Kent Barn
Address: The Old Kent Barn Smersole Farm | Swingfield, Swingfield CT15 7HF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Swingfield
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Swingfield
Hotel Class:5 star — The Old Kent Barn 5*
Number of rooms: 3
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