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Coldharbour Cottage wins another award!

 

We have some good news!

About a month ago I received an email suggesting that Coldharbour Cottage was shortlisted for an award. The shortlist was for the ‘best of the best’ self catering cottages, bed & breakfast and small family run hotels.  Then just last week I was invited to the Olympia Exhibition Hall in London to receive  the Visit England ROSE Award for 2018. This award is given only once and is in recognition of Service Excellence.

“Awarded to businesses that ‘go the extra mile’ in order to provide excellent customer service”

So Coldharbour Cottage won! A certificate was presented and we took off to a champagne reception with the top people who run Visit England. Very posh!

 

There was a photo taken of me receiving the award, which we are waiting for  (it is still in the post apparently :-0) – but I can tell you the champagne went down well 🙂 

Thanks to all of you who have stayed in the cottage over the last 12 years who really have made this all possible. Well done!

Andrew

 

 

 

Guests’ Photos of a super summer at Coldharbour Farm

It’s always great to see some of the guests’ photos of Coldharbour Farm and Cottage. We have enjoyed a long, hot summer on the farm and guests have visited from all over the world. Here we have a selection of some great photos of the season. 

We think they are very good and professional!  Well done!! 🙂

Welcome to Coldharbour!

The boys have a good view too! Harry and Sam looking out across the valley.

Sunset on the farm after another long, hot, sunny day.

Sunrise – one of our guests got up at 3:30am one morning for this photo! He was on holiday!! 

 

Harry the donkey striking a pose for the camera!

Hay baling on the farm – hot and dusty days.

Although the automatic baler makes life a little easier!

The last ones to be loaded onto the trailer. 

Early in the morning, the fog rises above the valley as the sun comes up. This one was taken by our German guests  and captioned as being like a painting called “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” (after the German painter Caspar David Friedrich).

And finally some heavy rain – so needed on the farm.

 

Good night!

 

Thank you – we are always pleased to receive guests’ photos. Why not add to your collection and book a week or two and stay at the Cottage this year. A lot is going on on the farm too – come and join us!

There are a few weeks left to book this autumn…

Week commencing  23rd September, 29th September and 27th October (4 nights)  are all currently available.

Contact Andrew  here today or message through Facebook.   fb for pricing and further information.

Credits to our fabulous photographers: Nils, Anke, Achim, Rik and his drone, Sonja & Raymond. Thank you!!

 

Summer Holidays at Coldharbour Cottage

Summer is here and the sun is shining! Coldharbour Cottage, the little farmhouse on the top of the hill, as seen through the trees in the top field. This is one of my favourite places to stop and admire the view. And for the children summer is fabulous on the farm! It’s all here on our Kids Page!!

Looking the other way, we get a stunning panoramic view of the Rother Valley right down to Camber Sands and the English Channel.

This view can be seen from the Garden Room in the Cottage or even better on our bench seat just outside the back door.

Booked your holidays yet? Or just want a relaxing break ? There are a few weeks left to book this summer! Interested?

Week commencing 14th July, 11th August, 18th August and 25th August. All currently available.

Contact Andrew  here today or message through Facebook.   fb for pricing and further information.

Be the one opening the door to Coldharbour Cottage this summer and enjoy the local area – there is so much to see!

 

Thank you – have a great holiday season!

 

PS. We have updated our Privacy Policy and terms and conditions in line with the latest GDPR regulations. Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on stay@coldharbourcottage.co.uk

 

 

Snowy Days at Coldharbour

We thought we would share some photos of Coldharbour Farm during the recent snowfalls.  We hope you like them!

 

The snow has all melted now and spring is in the air. We have a few dates available left this month, or a week in May (12th) and a few weeks in June for holiday cottage bookings.

Let me know if you are interested – we look forward to seeing you again soon at Coldharbour!

Andrew

 

Sunny days are on the way!

As we leave behind the first month of the year and enter into February, the sun offers a glimmer of hope that tells us spring is on its way.

Not only do we get the cottage ready for a new holiday season we are busy on the Farm too. This time of year we repair fences, check all water troughs, clear up fallen trees from the recent storms, prepare for the lambing season and start planning the year.

The cottage gets a makeover as well – a spring clean, a lick of paint and a polish to add that extra sparkle for our wonderful guests who come to stay with us during the year.

Needless to say the weeks are booking up fast, particularly the summer holiday season. Please do get in touch if you have any specific dates and we can reserve them for you. Don’t miss out – it’s going to be an exciting summer this year at Coldharbour!

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

Happy Christmas from Coldharbour Cottage

It’s December again and time to send our good wishes and greetings to all our friends who know and have stayed at Coldharbour Cottage.

It’s been a very busy year too, with folks coming to stay from all over the world.

On the farm we have done the first year of lambing our own stock and hope to build on this again next year. Project 4 starts next year all being well so keep posted and up to date with all that’s happening on the Farm.

A few pictures to remind you of your special place in Kent…

 

 

Have a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year!

See you all  next year (we hope), bookings being taken for summer holidays already.

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Spectacular Sunsets

More than ever during the last few weeks we have seen some spectacular sunsets up here on the Farm. Guests staying in the cottage take the photos and we can’t help but take some too. With such a large open sky with no artificial street lights what you see is like a glorious painting which is simply stunning.

Sun going down

The end of another day on the Farm

Capturing the moment, tripod and lens already for the best photos!

And finally the sun sets behind the trees. Time to say goodnight.

 

Coldharbour Cottage is open all year and we are now taking bookings for 2018. Some guests have already booked! If you want specific dates in 2018 please let us know as soon as possible so you can secure dates.

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Thank you.

 

View from the window

Yes, this is the view from the window in the Garden Room.  You can see the two counties (Kent and Sussex) and the English channel – even the ships on the sea.

On a clear day you can see for miles and miles and, looking the other way, as far as Folkestone and the Canterbury Hills. The weather has been fabulous this month; clear skies, sunny days, light winds and crisp fresh mornings. The autumn is a great time to visit. If you can pull yourself away from the views at Coldharbour Cottage, the local towns of Rye and Tenterden are a great day out and a lot less busy than in the summer.

We have two weeks on special this autumn – on a first come first serve basis.

                         14th October 7 nights, 28th October 7 nights for just £495 p/week

We are taking bookings for next year so its time to plan your holidays for 2018 🙂

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Spring Clean – pots & pans

This is the time of year when all the copper items in the cottage are cleaned up. It’s hard (phew) and dirty work but when completed they look super cool.

In the years past copper pots and pans would have been used for cooking over the open fire in the living room and it was generally thought that a clean set of copper pots meant a well organised household. So I had no choice but to clean hard to make them super shiny!

We also have some information boards in each room detailing how they used to look when the farm cottage was inhabited about 200 years ago by the old farmer and his wife. These boards are very interesting; a lot of the information was gathered from the local Museum of Kent Life in Maidstone. For example: what was a Parlour used for? Where was the old bakery oven?  What are the big hooks used for in the kitchen and so on. Come, stay and learn about the history of Coldharbour Cottage. It’s fun for the children too. 🙂

Well, after a couple of hours and a few drinks later it was complete – I even cleaned up the brass pipes in the cottage. It all helps us to achieve the 4 star Visit Britain Rating which sets the highest standards for Holiday Let Accommodation throughout the country.

Thank you for all those who have booked to stay at the cottage this year. There are still some weeks available, please look at the calendar on the homepage or contact here today or message through Facebook.   fb

Happy New Year!

Early morning photograph of the fog hanging in the valley beside the cottage. All is quiet, guests having a lie in and not a whisper from the animals!

The guests had to leave a few hours later to return home after their holiday. However, they left a lovely letter in the cottage…

“We had a wonderful time at Coldharbour Cottage. Thank you for the presents and the little chocolate treats which we found in our rooms. We will definitely return in the very near future – we only live just across the Channel!”

Thank you and best wishes to you all for 2017