Willow Farm

Location and atmosphere

Willow Farm is an organic smallholding of mixed farming of twelve acres, located in a rural part of Kent. The renovated and extended farmhouse dates from 1870 and is owned by Renée and Joe Hopper. Since the Hoppers started here in 1985 they have planted hundreds of trees. They protect different parts of the grounds around their holding creating conservation areas such as two new pools. All sorts of flora flourish and thrive well at Willow Farm, just like small mammals and insects. Being as sustainable as possible is an important issue for Renée and Joe.


The ground floor of the house has two rooms for guests: a double twin-bedded bedroom and a family room with own bathroom. Children get a discount. On the first floor there are another two bedrooms, one single and a double bedroom with shared bath. The kitchen, living room and dining room have been combined into a large open space with a 19th Century farmhouse atmosphere. There is a plant-filled conservatory and a large garden with several sunny or shady spots for guests to sit. Continental breakfast is included. Additional surcharge for full English cooked breakfast.

Surroundings and activities

The landscape is slightly hilly, in contrast with and opening to the south to Romney marsh, which is very flat with wetlands and great growth of plants and lots of marsh birds and birds of prey. The small villages have beautiful names like St. Mary-in-the-Marsh, lovely 12th- and 13th-century churches and characteristic village pubs. Nature reserve Orlestone Forest, a part of the dense oak wood once covering the whole Weald, is a habitat to many rare butterflies. From Willow Farm you have access to various hiking paths, like the Saxon Shoreway, the Greensands Way and the Royal Military Canal Footpath. Dungeness has an enormous pebble beach, housing types of plants and insects that are unique for Europe. Nearby sites of interest are Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, the Rare Breeds Centre (10 km) and steam railways. Wind surfing is possible. Renée will be happy to give you information (maps) about the surroundings.

General information

Opening times accommodation03-01 t/m 22-12ReservationNecessary during whole year

Languages spoken

French, English


Number of persons10Number of rooms4Price single room per night35Price double room per night£ 50 per roomPrice includes breakfast




Facilities for playing outside

Facilities and activities in the surroundings (< 15 km)

Marked trails


Indoor swimming pool




Special target groups

(Partially) wheelchair accessible (ramp, doorsteps, stairlift, elevator, etc.)

Pets allowed if agreed upon

Landscape characteristics

Height above sea level (in meters)20

Farm production

A part-time farm

Organic or biodynamic farm

Pastural agriculture, Stock breeding, Poultry

Route description

Nearest cityAshfordNearest villageBilsington