With a twinkle in his eye and a smile warmer than the Aga, John can tell you all about his adventures in the Gobi Desert and his camel conservation. The workshop at the bottom of the orchard holds many treasures from his days in the field – he’s more than happy for show and tell.
The 1950’s stable block sits among a lovely orchard of fruit trees with over an acre of grass, creeping vines and a little flagstone terrace for sitting out with a book. Inside it’s cosy and warm, with rugs to curl your toes into, a squishy sofa, and there’s a screened-off alcove with a small single if you’ve got a little one in tow.
Keep your wellies by the back door for breezy walks over the Weald of Kent’s rolling hills or take a turn around the formal gardens at Sissinghurst (10 minutes away). England’s most famous vineyard, Chapel Down, is just 20 minutes’ drive and so you’ll find something interesting to take back.