Bells Forstal, Nr Faversham
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Good location and comfortable 4/5
Oast Barn Cottage is well located for visiting Kent's attractions and comfortably warm, although one of us found the bed too soft. A particular benefit is the use of a season ticket for the excellent Belmont House and Gardens which is only 5 minutes away by car. The kitchen is small and therefore there is limited crockery-two mugs for example- which we think could be increased with better use of the kitchen storage there is. This means if anything like a mug handle is found to be cracked then whoever is staying needs a replacement promptly to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.
Guest | 01 October 2023
Picture perfect cottage in picture perfect hamlet 4.3/5
Bells Forstal, if you want a break 'away from it all' is pretty much perfect, about 6 houses and 3 cars an hour, many places to walk your dog straight from the door. A large garden which is fenced all round and a beautiful cottage. The only downside for us was the bed, which was very uncomfortable, possibly because the bedroom floor slopes in several directions. The bath and shower were great and the bathroom is wonderful, a bath with a view!
Helen Penfold | 15 July 2023
Excellent stay 5/5
Thank you so much to the owners and Bloom Stays for a great week at Oast Barn. The place was amazing, very peaceful, comfortable and a great location for exploring Kent. Cottage had everything we needed, and nice touches including water bowl and treats for our dog. Very comfy bed, lovely garden. We really enjoyed our stay
James Kirkbride | 21 June 2023
Week away in the countryside 4.3/5
Excellent location, cottage was quiet and the garden views were lovely feeling priviate. Wood burner worked very well and the heating was good, we loved the rustic feel to the cottage. Kitchen had adequate facilities, the electri hob was good for cooking and the oven worked well, the hot and cold water ran no problems although did have a lot of limescale build up but to be expected out in the countryside! My only complaints regarding the kitchen were the kitchen knife being dull, I wouldve brought my own next time. One of the bowls looks like it may be on its way out as it had been repeared several times! The bedroom is cute and has a lovely warm feel to it and waking upin the morning to birds chirping was lovely, the bathroom has excellent facilities too. The living room is well stocked with dvds and games to play. An excellent place to get away and relax.
Richard Heys | 27 April 2023
A lovely comfortable and charming private cottage in beautiful countryside with lots to do and see 4.8/5
What a gorgeous cottage, well appointed and so comfortable. Best sleep I have had in years. The number of birds chirping away was gorgeous. I even saw a barn owl one night. Helen the owner is really lovely and truly cares about ensuring your stay is the best it can be.
Sara Hurley | 21 July 2022
A perfect country cottage 4.8/5
We enjoyed a lovely stay at Oast Barn cottage over the long Jubilee weekend, and couldn't have have a better time. The cottage is picture perfect, with a beautiful garden, lovely sun loungers, a table and chairs, and even a small barbecue. The garden gets the sun almost the whole day, which is wonderful. The cottage itself is incredibly cosy with a lovely log burner (not used by us), a really comfy bed and a great shower, the latter two being something which is important to us. The cottage is equipped with most things that you would expect and has a lovely, homely feel. Two very small criticisms would be that the wifi was poor for a lot of our stay, and because we were both having to work over the weekend, it did hinder our progress with getting things done and despite the booster boxes, it probably needs improving. The sofa was probably just a little bit small to get really comfy on and could probably do with being a touch bigger. Separately, the owner did not know that our pets were cats, despite us informing Bloom and asking them to check if cats were allowed, as we have found in other cottages that when pets are stipulated as being accepted, it usually just means dogs . The owner was very gracious and accepted the situation but I would have preferred she had been completely in the know. All that said, it would absolutely not prevent us from returning to Oast Barn cottage as we have come back to London with fabulous memories of a great weekend.
Louise Virr | 07 June 2022
Lovely cottage 5/5
Peaceful getaway with a lovely garden. Beautiful cottage, comfortable and well stocked. Great location to explore the Kent coastline.
Alice Findley | 22 May 2022
A cottage with lots of character 4.3/5
A lovely cottage, full of character. Comfortable bed. Great shower & bath. Warm when log burner lit otherwise bit chilly and draughty. Thankyou for thoughtful provisions on arrival. A very peaceful location with dog walks from the door. A good base from which to explore the coast and Canterbury. Bit expensive for self catering accommodation but would definitely stay here again.
Liz Jones | 01 February 2022
A short break in Kent 4.7/5
We had a lovely three nights in Oast Barn Cottage. The owners had kindly left some provisions and dog treats which were much appreciated. The cottage is very well located for exploring Kent and an easy journey to Faversham, Whitstable and Margate. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and very peaceful.
Guest | 18 January 2022
Just as described 5/5
The cottage was lovely, just as the description and pictures on the website. The owners were just next door so easy to get any help if needed. Plenty of cutlery and crockery. Lovely few essentials (milk, butter, coffee, tea, sugar, bread and some dog treats too). Very comfortable bed. Quiet environment, just the birds. Would recommend the cottage. Just needs a little sign on the gate as it was a little obscure.
Emma Hayden-west | 20 June 2021
Idyllic stay perhaps a little pricey for what it is. 4.2/5
This was a great little spot to have a break from the city. Everything you need to have a break - sit back and listen to the birds in a quiet spot, with an open fire in the evenings. Location wise, if you have a car - this is a lovely spot. Close to lots of walks and gardens and a short enough drive from the coast, namely whitstable which was a lovely place to visit. We were left to enjoy it with zero interruption which was perfect for our needs. We would say that value for money wise, we think slightly overpriced for the accommodation size/facilities.
Anna Stennett | 29 May 2021
What a fabulous cottage, beautifully presented throughout. So so looking forward to returning in December.
Abi & Wayne | 30 December 2020
A great few days break after the hectic festivities. We really enjoyed staying in this lovely cottage. So snug and comfy, the fire was great on a cold winters evening. The Red Lion at Badlesmere was lovely, all food gluten free but you would never know! Wonderful walks on Oare Marshes and Blean woods. Thank you so much for the warm welcome, the hamper and for letting us stay in this beautiful spot.
Jayne, Ching & Barney | 30 December 2020
Thank you for a really lovely few days in this beautiful cottage, and for all your help when needed. Wonderful walks from the cottage door in perfect Autumn weather.
David & Louise | 02 November 2020
Beautifully furnished cottage in peaceful surroundings. We enjoyed some relaxing days, and a great host. Whilst we were here we visited Canterbury which was very charming, Joss Bay and Broadstairs which were very pretty. We ate at The Plough and The Red Lion, both serving good quality good food. A thoroughly enjoyable stay, would very much recommend to others. Thank you.
Clare & Simon | 31 October 2020
Amazingly exquisite and rather elegant. Loved this break from the hullabaloo of the City. Really lovely relaxing time in the cottage, hopefully will spend longer the next time we come. Thank you to the hosts.
Joy & Jimmy | 25 October 2020
Lovely cosy cottage, close to all walks to take in the scenery.
Jim & Denise | 07 October 2020
We have enjoyed our stay in your comfortable and peaceful cottage. It is well equipped and stylishly furnished and proved perfect for a few days away exploring the Kentish countryside and coast. We spent a happy day walking the North Downs Way with lunch outside The Plough. Also revisited Faversham and Whitstable (relieving memories!) Thank you for the welcome pack too, and we will bring our two labradors next time!
Jill & Mike | 01 October 2020
We arrived on a sunny day, we have had 8 days of sun...we enjoyed our week in the beautiful cottage and it was more than a pleasure to stay here. Thank you!
Christina & Michael | 20 September 2020
We had originally booked this cute cottage for our wedding night, however due to Covid our wedding was postponed. We decided to keep the cottage for a weekend away and what a great decision this was. So much character in a quiet, peaceful location, just the break we needed. We made use of the log burner which added to the cosiness of the atmosphere, and would like to thank you for a fantastic break away.
Dominique & Lewis | 06 September 2020
A very relaxing stay, the cottage is beautiful withi a rustic charm but modern facilities. Visited lots of places in Kent. Lots to do and will return again. Thank you.
Chris & Lorraine | 31 August 2020
Lovely cottage in a lovely location, lovely weather to enjoy our week back in Kent after being here in March, and then Covid hitting and causing our week to be cut short. It has been nice to explore the places we didn't get to visit then. Thanks for letting us stay, and for the hamper. We will be returning again. PS Jasmine (our dog) loved the garden!
Denise, Trevor & Jasmine | 03 August 2020
The cottage was booked about a year ago to coincide with the Golf Open at Royal Sandwich. Then Covid hit, the golf was put back a year and we wer left wondering whether to cancel. We decided to come and have enjoyed our first post-lockdown holiday. Good to get away from crowded urban streets. Enjoyed the quiet Downs countryside, Belmont Gardens are spectacular. Faversham itself is both quaint and vibrant. Can't wait to get back to Kent next year!
Stephen & Kay | 19 July 2020
First break out of London for 4 months and much needed, some great local strolls and some serious walks in Chilham and Faversham. The Aussie in the family appreciated the BBQ!!
Tim & Suzanne | 11 July 2020
We had a lovely cosy weekend at the cottage, shelter from storm Dennis! We loved exploring the local area - evenin the pouring rain! Thank you for a delightful stay.
Pippa & Fred | 17 February 2020
We've enjoyed our week in this cosy cottage. Enjoyed exploring the local area and some lovely dog friendly pubs. Whitstable great walk from Tankerton and the other way to Herne Bay. Canterbury great too (top tip, get the Park and Ride!).
Beverley, Adrian & Ralph | 23 November 2019
We have had a very relaxing week staying in this comfortable cottage. We have done lots of walks with the dog, and visited some lovely places including Sutton Valence and Chilham. The cottage is really well equipped and the welcome hamper was a really nice touch. We will definitely recommend to family and friends.
Joanne, Graeme & Bryn | 16 November 2019
Lovely cosy cottage, so peaceful. All the extra touches so appreciated, especially the thoughtful welcome hamper. Lovely meal sat by the fire in teh Sun Inn, Faversham. Beach and coastal walks at Whitstable, definitely recommend the Oare Marshes for scenic walks and wildlife. FABULOUS bathroom, a relaxing soak every night!
Steve & Helen | 02 November 2019
Very attractivce well equipped cottage. We have had a very relaxing stay. Peaceful surroundings but not far from some lovely places to visit.
Ashley & Jackie | 25 October 2019
What a great cottage, jealous of the shower!... The Bowl Inn and The Plough very welcoming.Hurrah for the safe garden for our dogs, we've had a great time.
Carole & Andy | 19 October 2019
Thank you for your hospitality, we had a lovely stay with our two Jack Russells, Eddie and Mollie. We visited Canterbury and Whitstable (had 2 meals at the Lobster Shack) who allow dogs. Went on the train from Hythe to Dungeness and generally had a good look around Kent and its countryside. Thank you for the hamper and flowers, personal touches that add that something extra!
Sue & Dave | 12 October 2019
We have had a lovely weekend here exploring Rochester and Faversham. We particularly enjoyed the antiques and vintage market on Sunday. This pretty cottage is very comfortable and we have been made to feel most welcome. Thank you, we hope to return again to this cottage and the area. The Plough pub and restaurant are definitely to be recommended!
Geoff & Sue | 07 October 2019
Another lovely week spent at this excellent cottage. The dogs love this area and always enjoy visiting the coast here. Thanks for the flowers and welcome pack. Hope to see you again next year.
Beverely, Alan, Sox & Happy | 05 October 2019
Our first trip away with our new puppy - what a lovely break we have had! Cottage is lovely - we are so often disappointed when we get to places but this has been the total opposite! So much to do ane see nearby, and we and Tipsy have had the best time - we hae also caught up on some much needed sleep in the most comfy bed ever! Can't wait to come back.
Vicky, Michael & Tipsy | 28 September 2019
WOW! What a great find! Trying to find a cottage last minute Helen was wonderful at getting the place ready for us that same evening. Thank you for everything and making us and the dogs feel so welcome. We will be back!
Dan, Ben, Tarquin & Maisie | 19 September 2019
What a gorgeous cottage, so pretty and charming and yet very practical with all amenities we coudl want. Completely lovely! Thank you for making us feel so welcome and being such thoughtful hosts.
Fiona, Mark & Otto | 15 September 2019
A lovely peaceful stay in a charming cottage..it was really nice to be able to visit Belmont for free - the gardens are beautiful. Thank you for such a welcoming stay in a gorgeous part of the world.
Georgina, Dan and Baby | 07 September 2019
One blissful break, was welcomed by a lovely card and hamper, everything is here that you would need. Very cosy cottage, visited Canterbury with all the shops you could need. Visited Botany Bay, was beautiful, we had a few BBQ'a which was lovely.
James, Clare and Trix | 19 August 2019
Fabulous cottage with everything you need for a great stay. The hamper on arrival was a lovely touch. Garden was great for our little hound! First visit to Kent, hopefully we will be back again soon. Thanks for a wonderful stay.
Jill, Keith & Henry | 17 August 2019
Lovely short break, very peaceful, lovely location.
Carol and Keith | 03 August 2019
We had a lovely stay in this beautiful cottage. Thank you for the hamper, the flowers, the welcome letter. The enclosed garden as perfect for our dog, and was the perfect place to relax!
Bart, Trude and Monty | 27 July 2019