The Holland Family Stay in the Long Barn at Oxney Organic Estate
We love it when other people discover the joy of visiting vineyards and enjoy it as much as we do. Here’s a guest post from Zoë of Juggling on Roller Skates who we arranged to stay with her family at Oxney Organic Estate near Rye. Over to Zoë…
Odiam Barns are a set of three beautifully renovated holiday cottages located on a working farm in the rural village of Stone Cum Ebony near Tenterden in Kent. The barns are part of Oxney Organic Estate which includes an award winning vineyard complete with a pair of pretty shepherd huts also available as holiday accommodation.
The setting of the farm is idyllic, tucked away down winding country lanes where life seems to slow down. Views stretch for miles over rolling farmland with a dose of birdsong and sheep bleats thrown in for good measure. Located just south of Ashford and within a 20 minute drive of the coast the cottages are both easily accessible from the M20 and the perfect base for exploring the Sussex Coast.
Oxney Organic Estate is managed by owners Kristin and Paul who share a passion for creating a sustainable and natural approach to running their business. The estate creates heat from coppiced wood chip, adopts a natural approach to disease control in the vineyard, uses locally sourced food produce…and even sheep power mows the lawn! Every effort is made to run on sustainable and natural resources where possible.
We stayed in Long Barn, a pretty Grade II listed farm building which sleeps up to four people. Inside the barn felt cosy yet modern. Decor has a Scandinavian hygge feel with cushions, log burner and clean white and grey colour scheme. We were greeted by Brownies and apple juice, both homemade and delicious making our arrival all the more welcoming.
The living space is open plan comprising of a kitchen, dining area and lounge. The kitchen is well equipped with all the utensils you might require for a short stay. Essentials such as coffee, tea and cleaning products are also helpfully provided…as well as jar of corn kernels for making popcorn! Cooking was made all the more pleasurable by being able to take in views of the farm whilst concocting the evening meal.
The living area offers the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring. The log burner is stocked with fire lighters and sufficient wood to keep the whole barn toasty warm. The ideal spot to snuggle up with a book or enjoy a movie on the flat screen TV.
There are two bedrooms in Long Barn. The main bedroom is bright and airy with a kingsize bed. Light pours in through the floor to ceiling windows and expose the surrounding views and landscape. Again the decor is clean and modern with rustic touches such as the handmade wooden headboard behind the bed. There is also a smart en suite bathroom with walk in shower.
Equally as stylish the twin bedroom offers a great space for children to sleep and play. A family bathroom is adjacent to the second bedroom with a large bath to soak in after a long day exploring.
A visit to Oxney Organic Vineyard is a must whilst staying on the farm. Just a 15 minute drive from the barns, the estate is proud to be one of only a handful of vineyards in the UK to produce their wine organically.
My daughter and I really enjoyed meeting Ben, the wine maker who walked us through the vineyard explaining parts of the organic processes they use to cultivate the soil. Tours of vineyard are available to book at a cost of £15 / head including a guided tasting of the wines. It’s clear from talking to Ben that the wine produced here is a result of a lot of hard work, passion and dedication. Of course..it would be rude not to have a little taster of the wine after hearing how much effort has gone into creating each and every bottle…and rest assured it did not disappoint!
This article was originally published on Zoë’s website, Juggling on Roller Skates. She and her family love adventure and the outdoors. They are trying to explore all the places to see that are right on their doorstep in Sussex….and far beyond…and share their tales. We’re delighted that she has caught the bug for visiting vineyards and we’re looking forward to another report from her soon.
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