Places to Visit
Frith Farm House is conveniently situated for visits to the Kent coast (you can see the sea from our grounds), the many castles, historic houses and gardens of Kent or even day trips to London, Bruges and France.
Canterbury is just half an hour away and is designated a World Heritage Site. A visit to the wonderful Cathedral is a must and for those who enjoy shopping and eating out the City provides both quality and variety. The Marlowe Theatre attracts many plays, musicals and operas from around the world - including many pre or post their West End run.
Faversham is a small Historic Medieval Market Town with over 150 listed buildings and is only 6 miles away (15 mins in the car). Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewery company, is based in Faversham and tours of the brewery can be arranged (booking a cab home is strongly advised!). Brogdale Farm (which houses the National Fruit Collection) is 10 minutes away with guided tours and specialist courses for the enthusiast. It has a great many themed days throughout the year and several small shops selling quality organic food and local produce.
Leeds Castle, the prettiest castle in England, is only 15 minutes away and is a great place to spend the day. You can enjoy the wonderful moated castle and grounds, take a Segway tour, play a round of golf and even swing through the trees at 'Go Ape' if you are feeling brave! If here in November, the firework display at Leeds is a must. Child friendly with its maze, outdoor adventures play area and aviaries, there are may special events laid on with children in mind, especially during the school holidays.
National Trust Properties in Kent include Chartwell, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, South Foreland Lighthouse at Dover and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens.
Doddington Place house and gardens or Belmont House and grounds are just a 5 to10 minute drive away. Spend the afternoon taking tea in the delightful gardens and watch the frequent falconary displays as Doddington while you do.
Other local attractions include the Historic Naval Dockyard at Chatham. For children, there are plenty of wild life parks and farms to visit (including the Aspinal Foundation sites at Port Lympne (nr Ashford) and Howletts (nr Canterbury). Wildwood (nr Canterbury) is especially popular with younger children.
Dover Castle (English Heritage) is about 30 - 35 minutes drive away. Allow plenty of time - it is a fabulous day out with great views of France from the White Cliffs upon which it is perched. Be transported back in time to WW2 and further still in the splendid Medieval Castle.
Chapel Down winery near Tenterden provides the opportunity to tour the vineyard and wine making facilities as well as to taste their award winning wines (chosen by Kate and Wills for the Royal Wedding in 2011).
The coast nearby is well worth visiting with Whitstable (30 minutes away) famed for its oysters, many small and quirky shops and plenty of eateries - many offering freshly caught seafood. For sandy beaches we recommend Broadstairs and adjacent coastline (Josh Bay has a lovely sandy beach and is good for surfers). Margate also offers acres of sandy beach and is undergoing something of a renaissance - with the Turner Contemporary proving a popular draw. Sandwich and Deal are also under an hour away.
Local countryside and villages offer wonderful scenery, quiet roads that are great for cyclists, riders and walkers alike and plenty of excellent and dog friendly local pubs. Some of the most ancient woodland in the country is a short walk from Frith - especially beautiful in the spring when the local woods are carpeted with bluebells.
A day trip to France or Bruges is easily achievable - lunch by the sea in Le Touquet perhaps? Dover or the Eurotunnel are just 35 minutes away and the Eurostar service to Paris and Brussels can be caught from Ebbsfleet or Ashford International - less than half an hour away. Ashford to London (St Pancras International) takes just 37 minutes on the High Speed Service.