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Bolton Barn

Lenham Heath near Ashford, Kent (Ref. 27285)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine

Reviews & Ratings

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Sally & Craig provided everything that anyone might need , they are friendly & helpful ."

    Thoughtful touches , which included a cake on arrival , were much appreciated. It is obvious they have considered the care & comfort of their guests . When the boiler broke down they invited us to use their shower & were very generous in offering a partial refund . I highly recommend Bolton Barn for a clean & cosy break in the beautiful countryside .

    Thank you for your kind words about Bolton Barn and for being understanding about our boiler problem. Pleased to say fixed now. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SueJul 2022

  • "My partner and I with our little dog had a lovely stay at the barn."

    The barn was nice and clean and had every thing we needed for the week. Also the little extra supply's to get us started was a lovely gesture. The owners were very friendly and helpful, including allowing us use of a field to run the dog. The barn we found was situated central to all areas we plan to visit. Would stay again if we ever needed to go back to the area. Many Thanks Sadie, Steve and Ronnie

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SadieMay 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and location."

    The owners are very pleasant anfd helpful. Will go back.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a very quiet area, but nothing is far away!"

    Thank you so much for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2022

  • "Craig and Sally made us feel very welcome and the barn was really comfortable, one of the best holidays we have had."

    I would certainly recommend Bolton barn for a holiday in kent

    Reviewed by JoeJul 2021

  • "Wonderful hosts nothing to much trouble to help on places to visit very peaceful ..."

    Wonderful hosts nothing to much trouble to help on places to visit very peaceful and no internet which is great for a relaxing time great for walking the dog

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2021

  • "Everything was exactly as described, no complaints whatsoever."

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "Bolton Barn was ideal for our purpose."

    Comfortable and with every facility we needed. A delightful; patio area that we enjoyed when the weather was appropriate, Most of all a warm and friendly welcome from Sally and Craig who did all they could to help us enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2021

  • "Can't find a fault, clean, neat and tidy."

    A great shower and for once in all our cottage rent history, sharp kitchen knives and a hot towel rail that works. Great

    Reviewed by Christopher MarshApr 2021

  • "All lovely and people very nice."

    However the bed mattress has seen better days and not comfortable . Also there is a tiny window above the bed with a terrible condensation problem and very very cold draught on one’s head . This would not be noticed in the hot weather.I appreciate the barn is listed but some small secondary glazing would sort cheaply . The sofa and chair very comfortable and everything else excellent

    Reviewed by BerylOct 2020

  • "The cottage was just the right size for us with our 1 year old, nice & cozy."

    The barn was very clean & tidy, with all that we needed for our stay. Everything was clearly set out for Covid, with hand sanitizer by the door & gloves & antibacterial spray in the kitchen. My husband found the bed a little uncomfortable, but I was fine.

    Reviewed by AimeeSep 2020

  • "Very cosy and warm, just what was needed on a very chilly bank holiday weekend!"

    The owners were lovely people to deal with. The only slight downer was the mattress on the bed - we could feel the springs through it. (But my husband says I am just like the princess and the pea!!) All in all a lovely experience and we would stay there again.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2020

  • "Very nice and helpful owners."

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2020

  • "Friendly hosts."

    Quiet semi rural accommodation which was warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by DorothyMar 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage and perfect for two people."

    Dogs are welcome and there are dogs that sometimes roam around the grounds. There are also horse stables next to the barn. It is stated that there is no wifi but also there is no system network reception so we were not able to use personal hotspots which did cause us some issues with no communication network. Lovely little place though and lovely owners. Really enjoyed the stay

    Reviewed by PamMar 2020

  • "Bolton Barn was beautiful had everything that was needed for a truly relaxing week."

    The only thing I would suggest is that a foot stall or poufee to put your legs up of an evening would be nice but other than that I would highly recommend to friends and family and if the need arises would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by LauraJan 2020

  • "Cottage was excellent, warm, cosy, relaxing."

    Everything we needed was there, great welcome pack even included our dog. Sounds petty but having things like coffee, washing up stuff, hand wash, milk, salt & pepper provided a bonus how often you forget them or have to go & buy. Good selection of books dvds etc. Owners very friendly & helpful wish we could have seem them more (perhaps if had stayed longer). Polly loved Jake & Loki fellow Jack Russels. Having no WIFI made it more relaxing still had phones for emergencies. Really did not want to leave & wished we could have stayed longer. Well definitely come back. Would love to stay in the summer so could access the walks (obviously everywhere still waterlogged due to all the excessive rain recently)

    Reviewed by MichaelaJan 2020

  • "Bolton Barn was excellent."

    However, I booked through Booking.com and communication was not as good as it should have been. In response to an email from Booking.com, I advised my arrival time. This was acknowledged by an email. When I arrived at the specified time, no one was available to let me in. I went off to buy some provisions and when I returned an hour later, the owner was home. She told me that I should have been given the code to a key safe. I was not given this code by Booking.com or Sykes Cottages. It all worked out but it was an avoidable problem.

    Reviewed by MeredithDec 2019

  • "Good location for North Downs."

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2019

  • "Cottage was warm and comfortable, very small enclosed garden, not accessed directly from house."

    Cottage contained everything you needed for a week of rest and relaxation, owners polite and helpful.

    Reviewed by PennyNov 2019

  • "The peace and tranquillity."

    It was lovely to find tea,coffee and a wonderful fruit cake waiting our arrival. Must not forget the milk a the very fresh eggs. We used the barn as a base for visiting family and friends. Most welcomed and relaxed.

    Reviewed by KOct 2019

  • "Bolton Barn is lovely home from home."

    All those little extras i.e. cake, egg, milk and even snacks for your pet if you happen to take one. For the railway enthusiasts there is a railway line at the bottom of the paddock. You will be very close to Lenham which has a Co-Op and several pubs and Ashford is not too far away either. The owners Sally and Craig are always on hand if you have any questions and if you are lucky and interested I am sure Craig will give you a tour of his railway.

    Reviewed by GlendaSep 2019

  • "A lovely holiday let."

    Everything one could wish for on arrival. Milk, eggs, and tea bags supplied also a nice cake. Very nice extras. The Barn is spotlessly clean. So dog friendly too. Dog bowl , throw, and doggie biscuits along with a throw for the furniture all supplied The owners Sally and. Craig were very friendly and helpful Certainly worth a visit

    Reviewed by JennySep 2019

  • "The hospitality from Craig and Sally was excellent as was the "goodies" left for us and appreciated by our furry friend."

    We found the entire Barn experience was home from home, we were permitted to share Craig's Station Master's role as well as Sally's love of her equine friend. All of our needs were catered for in a warm and friendly environment. An ideal location for exploring the Kent countryside or sit on the patio and chill with a glass - or two. The supply of up to date information leaflets enabled us to visit off beat locations and events A fantastic 5 day break. Thank you

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2019

  • "Super hospitable owners nothing is too much for them to make your stay complete, super cottage definitely recommended."

    Reviewed by MarjoleinAug 2019

  • "Owners made us very welcome and were extremely helpful and provided numerous extra touches, not normally found in holiday rentals."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely the owners sally and craig went out of their way to help ..."

    The cottage was lovely the owners sally and craig went out of their way to help us find a nature reserve what we couldnt find the extras like milk and cake were a touch couldnt have a nicer cottage thankyou

    Reviewed by StevenMay 2019

  • "Very helpful owners."

    Reviewed by LizMay 2019

  • "This lovely cottage was well located within the farm."

    In fact next to a stable block which was wonderful. The owners were welcoming to both us and our dog. The property is a very carefully refurbished barn conversion spotless and with all amenities. Far reaching views to the North Downs/ Pilgrims Way were glorious. The surrounding countryside was Kent at its best full of exquisite villages, historic churches, magnificent buildings and estates and really good pubs. Canterbury and the North Kent coast (Whitstable) were easily accessible. Located in prime walking country, most notably the North Downs Way, there are an abundance of interesting, well signed rights of way at every turn. All in all a very enjoyable break in an underated and beautiful part of England.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2019

  • "Charming cottage."

    Very warm, clean and tidy. No additional costs for the dog or for heating. Recommended

    Reviewed by LynnetteMar 2019

  • "The barn and the surroundings were exceptional, we wanted somewhere to escape the busy life we lead and Bolton Barn gave us the break we needed to recharge our batteries."

    We were welcomed with a homemade ginger cake, fresh eggs and a lovely jar of homemade lemon marmalade, which was all lovely and shows that the owners care and want you to enjoy your stay. We will definitely be going back and will be recommending Bolton Barn to friends and family.

    Reviewed by IsobelMar 2019

  • "We felt very much at home as soon as we arrived at Bolton Barn: Storm Erik had accompanied us on our journey and the barn was warm and comfortable and the home-made fruit cake, tea, coffee, milk etc."

    very welcome. We were within easy reach of Rochester, Canterbury and Faversham and enjoyed visiting them all with our husky dog. A lovely holiday setting which we would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by HilaryFeb 2019

  • "Really loved it, cozy, had a tastey banana loaf waiting, countryside was just ..."

    Really loved it, cozy, had a tastey banana loaf waiting, countryside was just beautiful, the dog loved the walks around the grounds, perfect

    Reviewed by NicolaJan 2019

  • "It has been a pleasure to stay at bolton barn, very comfortable and a great location."

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2018

  • "I have to say this is the best we have stayed in."

    Beautiful accommodation no expense spared in the facilities with little added touches, such as fresh eggs, milk, tea, coffee, home made cake even a little fan to decorate the toilet roll. An ideal location for anyone who wants to explore what Kent has to offer. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2018

  • "Great Holiday again - Second stay."

    Already booked next year (2019). Great base to visit friends and family.

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2018

  • "Beautiful Cottage, perfect locaties for our two dogs."

    Very acommodating owners, so friendly.

    Reviewed by Ann-marieOct 2018

  • "Bolton Barn very comfortable and equipped with everything possible."

    It was "homely", which is very important. Mr and Mrs King were around; going about their normal lives and tremendously helpful. There was milk, eggs and homemade cake when we arrived - which was lovely. There was a fenced-in paddock for the dog (who has returned home shattered). Well-stocked shops in Lenham, plus fish and chip shop and several pubs. Picturesque villages, towns and castles. Especially if you have a dog and are interested in industrial archeology, go see the gunpowder mills at Oare (I am soooo sad I've now been twice). Natural scenery is lovely too - we had the benefit of beautiful weather at the end of September and the trees beginning to turn.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2018

  • "Craig and Sally are such wonderful people and have done a great job on converting this Barn."

    From the moment we entered the barn and was welcomed with Fresh farm eggs, milk and marmalade to sadly coming home, everything about this holiday was a real gem. The barn is extremely comfortable, very inviting and is our new bolt hole in the country and a great place for the dogs. We liked this place so much that we have already booked our return trip this November and hope to go back many more times after that. Thanks, Craig and Sally for a superb week

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2018

  • "I would recommend to anyone that Bolton barn is a lovely place to stay in a very nice setting very peaceful and Craig & Sally the owners are very helpful and lovely people."

    Bolton barn has everything you need will be going back there every chance I can .kind regards MR D alderton.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2018

  • "Bertie my 13year old Basset Hound and I arrived to find Eggs, Marmalade, Cake & Milk, - Plus Treats for Bertie waiting for us."

    The Barn was immaculately clean and well equipped. There were two horses and two well behaved dogs on site. The owners were very friendly and helpful. All in all we had a very relaxing holiday and would without dought visit again. Norman & Bertie Ward Market Deeping, Lincolnshire

    Reviewed by NormanJul 2018

  • "The cottage is clean and comfortable and the owners are very nice."

    It is so refreshing to find people who understand the concept of going on holiday with digs. Nothing was too much trouble and the field which the dogs loved was large and secure. We got on well with their own dogs which are both characters. The cottage is at the end of a lane but very accessible to all the major towns and cities

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2018

  • "We were so pleased to have found this cottage on your website when we were searching for a dog-friendly place to stay."

    The cottage was very well equiped, very clean and comfortable, in fact, we could quite happily live there! It's set in a beautiful, peaceful part of Kent and even though the railway line goes past the bottom of the paddock you soon don't notice it. It's also very easy to get to any of the well known beauty spots. We will certainly book it again for our next holiday in Kent.

    Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2018

  • "The cottage is in a quiet tranquil location in the Kent countryside surrounded by plenty of opportunities for scenic walks and the coast is less than an hours drive away."

    The cottage is well equipped, clean and comfortable and we found the owners to be warm, friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bolton Barn with plenty do and keep us occupied

    Reviewed by GlennFeb 2018

  • "Friendly and helpful owners."

    Gave us useful local information to help with the enjoyment of our stay. Much appreciated.

    Reviewed by PhiApr 2017

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Made to feel very welcome. Perfect for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by CraigDec 2016

  • "Would rather have a dishwasher than a washing machine"

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2016

  • "A fantastic property in a great location with loads of things to see and do,Bolton Barn is well appointed with all you need for your stay."

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2016

  • "Great location, quiet country spot but handy to all that Kent and most of Surrey have to offer."

    Lenham township had all the services a traveler would need. The cottage is spacious and well appointed. The only downside was the lack of wifi which makes it difficult for people from overseas.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2016

  • "This is my second visit to Bolton Barn and like the first everything was perfect."

    The hosts are friendly yet not intrusive. The setting is beautiful. What more is there to say except I hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2016

  • "I loved everything about the barn, from the setting, the immediate surroundings and the comforts provided by the owners."

    Reviewed by StephanieAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric stove.
  • Calor gas central heating with electric stove
  • Electric oven, Calor gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private patio garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Owner has dogs and horses
  • Stables and paddocks in field next to cottage
  • Note: Two steps up to front door
  • Note: Ground is raised in area around French doors.

The property

Lenham Heath 0.5 miles.

This charming, detached, stone-built barn conversion is less than three miles from the market town of Lenham.

Hidden away in the Kent countryside, this lovely rural cottage offers couples a quiet and tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of modern day living.

Very welcoming, this Lenham Heath cottage exudes warmth and character with exposed timbers, stripped floorboards, and a feature stone wall in the sitting room.

There is also a double bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen with dining area, and sitting room with a woodburner-style electric stove and French doors leading outside.

The patio area offers the perfect place for guests to relax and unwind with a cool drink after a day exploring the many historic towns and villages dotted across this part of Kent, or maybe to plan the day ahead over morning coffee.

The numerous bridleways and footpaths that crisscross the fields and meadows are right outside the door of this Lenham Heath cottage, making a walk into this quaint market town a must during your stay.

There is a wide selection of local shops including everything from grocers, bakeries and curiosity and antique shops, to a beauty spa, tea rooms, and pubs serving excellent food, not forgetting a weekly market with a wealth of local produce to peruse.

Lenham Heath has a lot to offer but if you fancy a day away from rural life, the beautiful city of Canterbury, with its cathedral, theatres and river trips is only a short drive away, or perhaps a day across the Continent appeals?

Venture from Ashford or Dover on the ferry and you can be ordering lunch at a bistro in France in just over an hour!

With so much to do and so many places to visit, this Lenham Heath cottage is a perfect choice at any time of year.

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About the location


Ashford 10 miles; Maidstone 11 miles; Canterbury 15 miles

Lenham Heath is a hamlet with a local pub, set in the heart of Kent in very close proximity to the historic villages of Lenham and Charing. Both villages offer a wide range of amenities with several quaint restaurants, pubs and tea rooms serving a good selection of continental and English cuisine, plus you will find an array of local shops selling everything from crafts and antiques to fresh local produce. Lenham Heath is situated at the foot of the North Downs, which is deemed An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Stour Valley Walk passed through Lenham Heath and the North Downs Way passes just over a mile away, so you can follow in the steps of pilgrims along well-signed paths, enjoying beautiful countryside and views on your way to local villages. This location provides excellent transport links via the A20/M20 road motorway network. Lenham and Charing are also well served by mainline rail services to London and the coast, and benefits from high-speed rail services at Ashford, which is ideal for those wishing to access central London in under 35 minutes or international services from, and to, Paris, Brussels, Lille and beyond. Within a short drive are the popular attractions of Leeds Castle, Tenterden Town and steam railway, Pluckley ghost walk, the Hop Farm and the Designer Outlet Village, where you can stock up on discounted designer brands. The larger towns of Maidstone, Canterbury and Rochester offer historic days out. Set in the heart of Kent, Lenham Heath is an ideal base.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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