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Harbourne Oast

St Michaels, Kent (Ref. 974051)



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Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great weekend at Harbourne Oast."

    The property was lovely, clean and well-equipped. The location was wonderful, on a working farm with lots of countryside walks on the doorstep. We were able to walk to local towns/villages for a pub lunch! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MelanieDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, warm , clean and fully equipped."

    We had a wonderful time with our family and friends celebrating my sons and husband’s birthday. Perfect place if you want to unwind or simply have more space to celebrate a birthday. Annex is a bonus as my older daughter and her friend had some time for themselves without younger kids. Would highly recommend and we will be back. Thank you Zoe !

    Reviewed by AnnaDec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at the Oast."

    A very characterful property with space for all and a quirky annexe too. Rooms were of a very good size with comfy beds and tv’s in most. The kitchen had everything you would need along with a well stocked welcome basket of treats along with local eggs and milk in the fridge. The lounge felt very homely and the views onto the pond were lovely. The hosts have gone above and beyond with little touches such as fragranced hand wash/shampoo/ and conditioner in the bathrooms to dishwasher tablets/kitchen roll and a selection of tea/coffee and coffee pods for the Nespresso machine. Would highly recommend this property and we look forward to returning soon. Thank you so much for allowing us to use the Oast for our annual weekend away.

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2021

  • "We had a fantastic weekend at Harbourne Oast for our friends' reunion."

    It was the perfect base for exploring the nearby countryside (and pubs :) ). The house itself is a work of art - loads of character and also incredibly comfortable. The kitchen and lounge (with really nice fireplace) are both brilliant social spaces. The house was very well-equipped with all sorts of things for making the stay comfortable and easy. Also, the hosts were extremely hospitable and there were loads of really nice, little extra and welcoming touches all around the house and garden. Perfect Kent holiday!

    Reviewed by AlexOct 2021

  • "Our family of 12 stayed together at Harbourne Oast for a weekend."

    The accommodation is very comfortable and very well equipped. The outside area is also beautiful and well equipped with tables and seating. Even on a day of torrential rain we were entertained by the ducks and the heron! The annexe is a dream - fully equipped with a large bedroom and very comfortable lounge. Obviously, because the main house is some 150 years old there are steep stairs. It was great for our family to all meet up in the most relaxing of properties.

    Reviewed by MaureenOct 2021

  • "An excellent venue, sensitively managed."

    Extra signage outside farmhouse would prevent disturbance to farmer by guests

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "Great farm /barn stay experience without milking Cows and sheep."

    Reviewed by YogeshJul 2021

  • "Zoe and Matthew were very friendly and welcoming hosts."

    Nothing too much trouble. The setting is superb, and within easy reach of lots of attractions, as well as cycle, walking routes and lovely places to eat.

    Reviewed by HowardJun 2021

  • "It was a brilliant stay Zoe and Matthew were very accommodating Will definitely visit again"

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "Harbourne Oast is an absolute gem nestled in the Kent countryside, with beautiful views in every direction and a gorgeous pond with 4 delightful ducks and a school of fish."

    It is conveniently located near to Tenterden, which is a charming market town and there are plenty of places to visit nearby, including Camber Sands, which is only a 1/2 hr drive. From the moment we arrived our hosts made every effort to ensure we had what we needed to enjoy our stay. Everything about the facilities has been well thought through. As a family of 10 - 4 kids (ages 1-8) 4 parents and 2 grandparents - we wanted somewhere that could support differing needs. The Annexe or “Grannexe”, was a particularly excellent feature. Allowing grandparents a haven from the noise of the kids, while being a destination of choice most mornings tor the little ones to acquire a second breakfast! Great memories have been made and will be cherished for many years to come. A few of words of caution, this is an historic house, so comes with many of the features one might expect, such as some very creaky floorboards and doors. Also, if you are taller than 5.11, watch your head on some of the low door frames! For any older guests and/or those with mobility issues, the annexe is perfect. Beautifully presented and perfectly apportioned. The main house proved a little difficult for my mother to access at first, however, Matthew swiftly constructed a wooden step to allow her to be able to join us for family meals in the fantastic kitchen and dining areas! This was hugely appreciated and indicative of the lengths to which our hosts went to ensure we were comfortable. One final note, the 9am checkout (due to COVID) is a little challenging, so would recommend packing the night before! The pictures online really don’t do it justice, has it to be seen. All in all would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by StefanoMay 2021

  • "Harbourne Oast is a beautiful house and annexe."

    The facilities are first class. It is in a wonderful location. The pond with its fish and birds just make it a perfect place to relax. Everything is well furnished and maintained. Zoe and Mathew are great hosts. I will have no hesitation in going back to their wonderful house.

    Reviewed by StanleyOct 2020

  • "Last minute booking for 4 families to get together."

    Everyone was happy with the property and surroundings. Property is clean and with extra cleaning due to pandemic. The communication to the owner was nice and easy! Plenty of places to visit in the surrounding area, and its big enough for you to stay in and chill out. We managed to do sky watching during our stay, we saw shooting stars and the Milky-way! This was really an additional to our holiday! My hubby and I get to stay at the Annex, it is not linked to the main barn, but not far away! Its good to have our own little space with quiet and peace. Most of beds are really comfortable. One thing I need to mention is that we were not left enough coffee capsules, only 10. Yes, there are some instant coffee sachets, could be nice to supply more capsules, at least one per person per day. Nor enough dish washer tablets, or washing machine detergent supplied. They are minor, but would be perfect if we would not have to buy our own.

    Reviewed by HeAug 2020

  • "The house was amazing had a fantastic time with all the family made extra ..."

    The house was amazing had a fantastic time with all the family made extra special as we had been in lockdown for 3 months

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2020

  • "Harbourne Oast is an amazing house to stay in, it has a large kitchen, and a separate dining room, both with large tables to seat a house full comfortably."

    The dining room has floor to ceiling windows on both sides, the view of the pond to one side and the view of the Kent countryside through the other window a really lovely place to sit, eat and chat. The living room also large enough for a house full to sit comfortably with the fire going and board games to play it was perfect. The other amazing thing is the location, about a mile to the nearest shop, but feels very remote, all we could hear was farm animals and very little light pollution too. I stayed at the Oast with a group of friends to celebrate my 50th birthday, I would do it all again if I could and stay at Harbourne Oast again. My friends also all enjoyed their stay.

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2019

  • "The house was beautiful - lovely décor and provided everything we needed."

    The location was great - a good base. The atmosphere was amazing. The pond was a good feature. The welcome food basket and the information folder was extremely well thought out and planned.

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2019

  • "My family and I really enjoyed our stay at Harbourne Oast."

    It's an amazingly picturesque and relaxing location, bustling with wildlife. The cottage itself was well maintained and well equipped for a party of nine, and the hosts were helpful and responsive. All in all we had a lovely time and would definitely consider returning.

    Reviewed by BenJul 2019

  • "Beautiful property with great facilities"

    Reviewed by AnnaJun 2019

  • "It was a lovely house and the owner was very helpful we would go back when all ..."

    It was a lovely house and the owner was very helpful we would go back when all the family need to get together and would tell anyone about it

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2019

  • "Wonderful house in a lovely secluded location."

    No traffic noise which was much appreciated. Loved the house, facilities, grounds..... The owners were very friendly which is a huge bonus. We'll be back!!

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "The place is amazing and the check in and check out went extremely smoothly."

    the place is well kept and its location is perfect for easy walks and being surrounded by nature. The only issue was the insulation of noise of the property where you could hear noises from the next rooms, but to be honest, this would not be off putting for us to come back. Our friends and us had an amazing time and would really like to go back to the place, we liked it so much!

    Reviewed by MicheleJan 2019

  • "Beautiful place."

    Owners were welcoming and helpful. We all loved it. Had a great time seeing the New Year in.

    Reviewed by AdrianDec 2018

  • "We booked Harbourne Oast for a hen party and had a fabulous time!"

    The cottage looks just like the pictures, and there was a welcome pack of bread, milk, tea, cereal etc waiting for us on arrival. Zoe also unpacked our online food order for us when it arrived early! And they also kindly popped over late one evening to look at the heating controls for us. Overall a great weekend in a wonderful location! Thank you!

    Reviewed by AllyNov 2018

  • "The Oast house was absolutely stunning and immaculate throughout."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend away and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by DebbieNov 2018

  • "We were a party of nine."

    Everybody thought it was a great place to stay, in a lovely situation. It was evident that the family running the business had put their heart and soul into making it a really homely and comfortable property for visitors. We plenty to do, notably Great Dixter

    Reviewed by MOct 2018

  • "Really beautiful house, very well equiped."

    Lovely and very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by MartaMay 2018

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Little Harbourne Farm

Two quirky, rustic barn conversions resting on the owner's working farm amid the wonderful countryside of Kent, just outside of the High Weald AONB. Both converted to a warming standard yet sympathetically retaining their original wooden beams, both of these wooden clad holiday homes offer ideal accommodation for families, couples and friends to come together and enjoy the wonders of the South East. The Grannex provides light and welcoming open-plan living for two people to enjoy, a peaceful hideaway away from the bustling Harbourne Oast cottage which accommodates up to 10 people in heart-warming fashion. The area surrounding both properties offers a number of lovely seating areas, you can take a quiet moment to yourself or spend some quality time enjoying the sun with the accompaniment of your loved ones and the duck pond abounding in wildlife to sit and watch. Little Harbourne Farm is on cycle route 18 for the more energentic and does sit close to the welcoming village of St Michael's, it offers a couple of pubs and shops as well as a selection of takeaways. Nearby is the characterful town of Tenterden, its main street is laced with stunning half-timbered buildings which play host to a wide range of places to shop, eat and drink as well as a fascinating museum and a golf club. Avid ramblers and cyclists can make the most of the nearby High Weald AONB and the Kent Downs AONB slightly further afield, both are glorious landscapes in such a scenic part of England. The south coast is also within reach and promises a memorable trip to the seaside.

The property

Combining two delectable dwellings of a barn conversion and an accompanying annexe, Harbourne Oast is a welcoming base for groups of friends and families wishing to holiday together in this scenic area of Kent.

Resting on the outskirts of St Michael, these properties are ideal for those seeking a tranquil base, while never being far from the excitement.

Sitting amongst the owner’s working farm, step inside the main house of Harbourne Oast to find a spacious spot with brimming with exposed beams along with many other characterful features, making it a true delight of a dwelling.

Spend some time in the sitting room, relaxing amidst the woodburning stove in one of the many plush seating arrangements around the room with a good book in hand for a quiet evening indoors, or spend time all together around the dining table with a board game.

The dining table offers delightful views over your own pond through the floor-to-ceiling windows, making a wondrous backdrop to any celebratory occasion, with a hearty meal placed at the centre of the table with all the essentials of the kitchen assisting you on your self-catered stay.

Two of the bedrooms within the main property are uniquely round in shape, while the master king-size bedroom is accessed up its own staircase and has its own superb en-suite facilities; with two further king-size bedrooms, one being on the ground floor, alongside a double and a twin, you can ensure everyone has a snug spot to rest at the end of an action-packed day.

‘The Grannex’ also hosts an array of wonder, perfect for a couple to escape for some quiet quality time together.

The annexe boasts a glorious open-plan living space which is home to a kitchen area holding a modest selection of useful utensils to concoct a romantic meal for two to be enjoyed at the dining area at the centre of the room.

Snuggle down into the sofa at the end of your day with a classic film on the television, before retreating to the king-size bed to catch up on your rest ahead of your next fun-filled day back with all of the family.

Enjoy time together in the garden, with a pond at its centre encompassed by a large lawn, it’s a great spot to dine alfresco in the summer months.

The surrounding area of the property is idyllic and ideal for leisurely strolls to make the most of the natural settings of St Michaels, however slightly further afield you can find Ashford, a town full of excitement with a wide range of shops and eateries to explore, a museum explaining the enticing history of the area, a golf club, a play area and much more to entertain all ages.

Be sure to venture into the High Weald AONB to uncover spectacular scenery, with a plethora of pretty picnic spots to make the most of when you’re not dining in one of the delicious eateries near the cottage.

Harbourne Oast and its annexe are perfect for your family escape to this scenic area of Kent.


  • Harbourne Oast: Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double, 1 x ground-floor king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast table
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove. The Grannex: All-ground-floor
  • One king-size double bedroom with single sofa bed and TV
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with a kitchen, dining area, breakfast bar and sitting area
  • Harbourne Oast: Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Surrounding garden with lawns and patio with furniture and unfenced pond
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 1 mile
  • Note: Children to be supervised when outside due to unfenced pond
  • Note: En-suite bathroom accessed up wooden steps, care must be taken
  • This property charges a £500 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • Please note: extra charges will apply should you charge your electric car at the property
  • The Grannex: Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawn, patio and decking with furniture, barbecue and unfenced pond
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 1 mile
  • Note: Unfenced pond in garden, children must be supervised
  • Please note: this property has a late check in time of 4pm

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Tenterden 1 mile; Ashford 11 mile; Maidstone 17.5 miles

St Michaels sits as a suburb of Tenterden in Kent, resting on the northeast edge of the High Weald AONB. This welcoming village provides a couple of pubs and shops along with a couple of takeaways. It provides access to the wonder of countryside and coastline that abounds the local area. Just one mile away is the stunning town of Tenterden, its High Street is lined with charming half-timber buildings hosting a range of different shops, pubs and restaurants, it is also home to a golf club. Nearby is the glorious High Weald AONB, a landscape of breath-taking countryside with a number of manors dotted around. Two popular nearby towns include Maidstone and Ashford, providing a wide variety of amenities along with some fine architecture and many attractions to keep you occupied. The south coast is also reachable by car, the stunning port town of Folkstone is the closest place of note with its well-known Harbour Arm and sandy beach.

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