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Hallwood Farm Oast B & B
Ranked #5 of 15 Cranbrook B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A very good B&B”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

It is simply a very, very good B&B. We chose it because it is a working farm (our family runs a farm), and the B&B uses fresh produce from the farm for breakfast, their honey is lovely. And the breakfast choice is fantastic. There are lots of guides and books to help you in choosing visits. On the logistics - lovely comfortable large bed, nice spotless bathroom with good range of toiletries, the house is quiet (with only 2 rooms), and you can come and go as you like.

And on a rainy Saturday the owners kindly provided umbrellas to help us enjoy the outdoor Shakespeare at Sissinghurst. And there is so much to see in the area - over 4 days we did Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Bodiam, Scotney Castle, Knowle, Chartwell, Tenterden etc - so it is a great base. All in all, it has the value of a small hotel, but without the crowds.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Excellent by any standards and excellent value for money.
Great location for exploring Kent and the South-East coast.
Friendly hosts.
Best English breakfast with home made jams.
Lovely bedrooms. Clean as a whistle and beautifully decorated/furnished.
Best nights sleep had in ages!
Gtrat restaurants nearby.
Interesting fruit farm.
Could not ask for more.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manitoba Canada
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

A traditional oast house with attractive landscaping at the rear and a simple open and comfortable design in a quiet setting makes Hallwood Farm Oast House an excellent choice for a B&B stay in Kent. The lane running to the oast house is a little hard to find traveling from Cranbrook, resulting in us missing the turn off the first time, but coming back from Hawkhurst one can spot the small B&B sign. Upon arrival you will be glad that you have found your way. Sarah meet us with tea and cake and for the three nights of our stay was a personable hostess. She has an extensive collection of tourist information both in the rooms and in the upstairs walkway, all every well organized to assist you in finding your next attraction. Sarah gave us directions to find handy petrol stations that would make it easy for us to go and out. On this working farm there is loads of parking and no need to look out for the traffic unless it is the sheep coming in for the night. The breakfast area is bright and cheery and the breakfast itself is wonderful. Everything is home made from the apple juice, lemon poppy seed yogurt and stewed plums. In particular the porridge was excellent. Sarah made you feel welcome and at home at all times and we never felt rushed at breakfast and were able to converse with new friends and Sarah over a second pot of coffee.

For evening meals close to home there is no better choice than the Great House just a 5 minute drive down the road towards Hawkhurst. As we were staying on an holiday bank weekend we had made reservations for dinner from home and enjoyed our first "Aga" grilled meal. We ordered ale stew served in piping hot cast iron pots along with a copper pot of mixed vegetables. This was all made right in front of us which made the tasty meal all the more of an experience.

We used Hallwood as a base for day tours and evening pub diners.We enjoyed a day trip including the three B's. Kipling home "Batemans" the town of Battle and Bodium Castle. All are within easy distance without rushing and even took in a medieval festival in Battle together with the Battle of Hastings commentary and walk. If you take a day trip to the cinque city of Rye, besides visiting Mermaid street take in the 25 minute show of the history of Rye at the Rye Heritage shop. The commentary is spoken over a miniature model of the city as it appeared many years ago and is very entertaining, especially on a wet cool day. Take in Frankie G's for a good but inexpensive lunch.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Hallwood Farm Oast House is located down a farm track between Cranbrook and Hawkhurst. We stayed in Bramling, which is a lovely, light, spacious double room overlooking farm and fields with large ensuite bathroom (with shower over bath). The decor is beautiful and every detail has been thought of. There is a sitting area in front of the TV, there are books, magazines, maps and tourist information in the room, tea and coffee making facilities, with homemade fudge, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and plenty of well-positioned power points. The bed is large and extremely comfortable. The shower is hot, but a bit pathetic in flow, so washing hair took longer than it should do. However, on the plus side, we were left two pieces of yummy cake which you don't get in a corporate hotel.
The breakfasts were cooked to order, generous and delicious. There was fresh fruit, homemade yoghurt, cereals, fresh juice, and then the main event with tea or coffee. My husband had the full English which looked great and I had fluffy scrambled eggs on toast. There was also plenty more toast with homemade preserves and marmalade (all of which you can also buy). The breakfast takes place downstairs in an attractive farmhouse kitchen around a large table shared with the other guests (there are only two rooms at the B&B, so it's hardly crowded). If you are not socially minded, this might be a bit off-putting, but personally I think it's nice to chat to other couples and the other couple that were staying were really friendly.
The farm is so located that you can't really walk to a pub, which was a shame - the nearest one we found was in Gills Green (The Great House) about a mile and a half away, however the route includes a stretch along the main road with no paths and blind bends, so a walk here couldn't be recommended. That said, we had a lovely meal at The Great House, which is a spacious pub in an attractive 16th century building. It was quite busy when we went on a Saturday night, so it is probably best if you book online. On nicer evenings than the one we attended, the garden would be a lovely place to sit.
There looks to be lovely walks around the farm and beyond, but unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do so.
One point is that you have to pay in cash if you are paying the remainder before you leave (alternatively you could transfer the whole balance online before your visit if it's easier) however, there is a cashpoint in Hawkhurst village, just remember to take the money out before you check out.

If you are attending an event in Bedgebury Forest, the following information is for you: we travelled to Bedgebury via Hawkhurst and Flimwell and then up the A21 rather than travelling through Goudhurst located north of the forest. The reason being that we travelled to Hallwood Farm through Goudhurst and it being a small village with narrow roads, it was already chockablock with people travelling to the concert. The route via Flimwell was much easier and less congested and is about 4 miles from Hallwood. We were advised that you could walk to the concert from Hallwood through the forest, but it is quite a trek (probably 45 minutes) and we were not confident we'd find our way back in the dark. Make sure you take an ordnance survey map of the forest if you're attempting this walk (there is one provided in the room we stayed in) and a torch. Leaving the venue via car was not a problem at all, although we did start walking to the car a couple of songs before the end.

I recommend staying here if you want a peaceful stay in beautiful surroundings with personal touches.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Really, really good place to stay. We were here for just two nights in the middle of May and everything was excellent. Not an inexpensive B & B - however it beats many hotels in offering every amenity and the surrounding farm countryside, acres of apple trees in full blossom, were most picturesque, with a quiet garden to enjoy the views from. Absolutely recommend it to all potential visitors.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Upton upon Severn, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

We stayed at Hallwood Farm Oast House for 2 nights mid April and, like all the other reviews, cannot praise it highly enough. Both rooms are beautifully decorated (we had one and our friends the other) and we really appreciated the extra little touches such as homemade cake, elderflower cordial (delicious!) and fudge in the rooms. If you need it, there is also a TV and good free wi-fi connection. Sarah cooks an excellent breakfast which we all enjoyed. As well as the usual full English breakfast, there is a choice of menu which you complete the night before - including eggs benedict (perfect!); Arnold Bennett omelette etc. Breakfast also included fresh berries, delicious lemon yogurt with poppy seeds and home made marmalades, jams and apple juice. We were so impressed we bought some to take home! We felt the accommodation was well placed for visiting Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. There are also numerous fantastic eating options locally - we used the local taxi service which was prompt and competitively priced. You won't be disappointed if you book to stay at Hallwood Farm.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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New Romney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

I had read the other reviews so felt quite confident when booking to stay at Hallwood Farm and I was not disappointed. We stayed in the room named Fuggle and it was beautiful. It was really tastefully decorated and with lovely touches such as homemade cake and chocolate fudge which was delicious. There was fresh milk, elderflower juice and cold water in the fridge. The room was warm and cosy with amazing views that meant that we could just relax and unwind after a hectic week. It is the perfect getaway and after a delicious breakfast in the morning we went for a walk around Bedgebury Forest which is just down the farm track. We were very well looked after and Sarah made sure that we had everything that we needed without being intrusive. I would highly recommend Hallwood and try and stay as long as you can, one night wasn't enough!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hallwood Farm Oast B & B
Address: Hallwood Farm Oast Hawkhurst Road, Cranbrook TN17 2SP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Cranbrook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #5 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Cranbrook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hallwood Farm Oast bed and breakfast offers an unique opportunity to stay in a C17th oasthouse, originally used for hop drying. Now converted into a comfortable and spacious farmhouse, there are two en-suite guest rooms. A farm house breakfast is, of course, included in the price. The Oast offers the perfect rural base from which to explore both Kent and Sussex and is convenient for many National Trust Properties, including Sissinghurst Gardens. ... more   less 
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