You could be in a scene out of the Darling Buds of May; with its weatherboarded farm buildings, clucking hens and geese, ponies in the paddock, a veggie garden (lovingly tended by Derek) and a wildflower meadow, the Bothy is in a deliciously rural spot. The Easts are the very best of hosts, friendly, hugely knowledgeable about the area and super keen to share their little slice of life. Your one-storey, ivy-clad 200-year-old Bothy is set back from the owners’ home, its bright open-plan living/dining room made comfy with sofa, easy chairs and carpet underfoot. The cosy kitchen has everything you need to whip up breakfasts and suppers. Two bedrooms (one twin, one double) are clean and neat with 50s style country cottage furniture, and all windows frame long country views. You could stay put, catch the morning sun on the patio and read your book in the Shepherd’s Hut, but there is much to explore: Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Biddenden Vineyards, and you can hop on the steam train at Tenterden. With Angora goats to pet and seven acres of bluebell woods to roam and picnic in, this is a great spot for young, easy-going families.