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The Local Area

Local history

IFFIN – “The youthful dwellers”. Ithynge 1336; Yffyng 1465. OE meaning youth, young people, junior warriors. Very Little is Known about Iffin farm except that in the early days it was known as “Aethynges”. The name underwent several changes for in 1336 it was “Ithynge” and in 1465 it was “Yffyng”. It is said that Vitalis, a Norman Knight depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, and who is mentioned in the Domesday Survey as residing at Canterbury, had a daughter, Matilda, who married a William Caevel and they possessed the land later. This William Caeval is probably the man who was Portreeve of Canterbury about 1100 and founded Saint Sepulchres Nunnery in the Old Dover Road. A survey of Iffin Woods done in 1983 when the woods were threatened with destruction revealed the site of the medieval manor which was apparently deserted in the 15th century. No manoral site in Kent has ever been fully excavated and it is hoped that this site will be protected. In May 1945 a Bronze Age burial mound was discovered at Iffin Wood. When excavated it was found to contain several inverted burial urns with a few human cremated remains. They date from 1700 to 1100 B.C.

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What’s on in Canterbury

Where to go and what to see

In Canterbury, Whitstable (http://wp and Herne Bay (http://www NULL.visitcanterbury Visit Dover (http://wp  Castle and the White Cliffs In Kent (http://www NULL.visitkent Kent’s Creative Coast (http://www NULL.kentscreativecoast

Park & Ride (http://https://www NULL.canterbury

There is the option of a Park and Ride facility which is roughly a 3 minute drive by car from Iffin Farmhouse. It operates from Monday through to Saturday from 7am to 7.30pm and and takes you right into the City Centre and back for just £3.00, with buses every 8 minutes. Also why not check out Sustrans (http://www NULL.sustrans to help you find walking and cycling routes, information on public transport, as well as local shops, sports facilities and other destinations. Museums in the Area Museums Website (http://www NULL.canterbury NULL.aspx) for more infomation

Doddington Place Gardens

Surrounded by wooded countryside in an area of natural beauty on the North Downs.  The Garden has featured in nemerous magazine and newpaper articles and twice on TV in Country Ways. Open 2pm – 5pm every Sunday until the end of June

Belmont House (http://www NULL.belmont-house

The beautiful Georgian House of Belmont and parkland with stunning views of rolling Kent countryside.  The house is completely unspoilt and a distinctive example of the work of  the architect Samuel Wyatt. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until the end of September.  Last admission 4.30pm.

Local Farmers Markets

Chartham – Every Thursday 2.30pm – 5pm at the Market Challock – 1st & 3rd Friday of each month 1pm – 4pm at Challock Memorial Hall, Blind Lane Wye – 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month 9am – noon on The Green

Meopham Valley Vineyard

Vineyard tours – follow the link for more information Meopham Valley Vineyard (http://www NULL.meophamvalleyvineyard

The Kent Downs

The Kent Downs (http://www NULL.kentdowns a great deal to offer whether you are visiting for a day or staying longer, discover the landscape and enjoy the wildlife by visiting the many countryside sites, woodlands and nature reserves.


If you enjoy the drama and music of the Theatre when you are on holiday then why not have a look at the list of wonderful performances on offer at The Marlowe Theatre (http://www NULL.marlowetheatre Canterbury. We think our local theatre is such good value and show fantastic productions that we are members. The Marlowe Theatre has a long history. Its story began … (http://www NULL.marlowetheatre So who was Christopher Marlowe? He was a Canterbury lad born in 1564 and you can find out more here (http://www NULL.marlowetheatre

Lounge On The Farm (http://www NULL.loungeonthefarm

Merton Farm Canterbury: Lounge on the Farm has attracted thousands of festival goers from far and wide, but will continue to be a hotspot for Kent locals as well as their local businesses and produce. Lounge On The Farm works hard to put together a line-up that champions local talent, celebrates the stars of previous Lounges and brings a swathe of new and established artists to the rolling fields of Kent. You will not be disappointed!

Canterbury Food & Drink Festival (http://www NULL.canterbury NULL.aspx)

Dane John Gardens Canterbury: A wide array of stalls featuring produce from across the region and beyond along with entertainment, food demonstrations and offers to entice you into some of Canterbury’s finest restaurants.

Canterbury Festival (http://www NULL.canterburyfestival

Canterbury Festival is Kent’s International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East. Every year festival fortnight includes a wide range of events, including Music, Theatre & Dance, Comedy, Exhibitions, Walks and Talks.

Our guests’ favourite places

Eating Out

The Granville (http://www NULL.thegranvillecanterbury – 20 minute walk across the fields (wellies required if raining) or 2 minutes by car. Well behaved dogs allowed. No meals Sunday or Monday evenings. Howfield Manor (http://www NULL.howfieldcanterbury – 10 minute drive without going through Canterbury. The 1181 Restaurant. The Old Coach & Horses (http://www NULL.theoldcoachandhorses , Harbledown- 10 minute drive, log burning fire, good local foodPinnochio’s (http://www NULL.pinocchioscanterbury – Good value, authentic cuisine, family friendly The Goods Shed (http://thegoodsshed – Great for wholesome good value lunch downstairs based at Canterbury West Station (not open on Mondays). Ferns Tea Room, Canterbury (http://maps,+Canterbury&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=Ferns+Tea+Room,&hnear=Canterbury&cid=14619775296343247965) – Wonderful scones and cream teas. Situated in the centre of Canterbury Deesons (http://www NULL.deesonsrestaurant – Fantastic quality food using locally sourced produce and only a stones throw from Canterbury Cathedral Lanna Thai Restaurant (http://www NULL.lannathai-canterbury – Authentic Thai cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere The Ancient Raj (http://www NULL.ancient-raj – Enjoy the finest Indian cuisine and Indian hospitality in a relaxing and spacious historic setting The Tiger Inn (http://www NULL.tigerinn – A wonderfully cosy pub that serves delicious home cooked food in a fantastic atmosphere. Highly recommended.


Red Lion, Snargate, Romney Marsh TN29 9UK – Great for real ale Rose & Crown, Stelling Minnis Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6AS – Good basic food The Compasses Inn (http://www NULL.thecompassesinn – 15 minutes drive into the Kent Downs (great for a pub lunch after a local walk) The Five Bells Inn (http://www NULL.fivebellsinnbrabourne The Street, East Brabourne, Ashford, Kent TN25 5LP – 25 minutes drive into the Kent Downs. On the Pilgrims Way. Very busy – would have to book to eat.


Candle Shop, Palace Street, Canterbury The Fudge Kitchen (http://www NULL.fudgekitchen, Sun Street, Canterbury The Bottle Shop (http://www NULL.bottle-shop – At The Goods Shed next to Canterbury West Station

Local businesses we work with as part of our environmental policy

Local Apple Juice (http://www NULL.moororganicjuice breakfast Local Farm Shop (http://www NULL.lowerhardresfarmshop (25 mins walk across the fields)

Our friends

Kevin (http://www NULL.longleysprivatehire Local Taxi man (07887 668940) – Quote Iffin Farmhouse on booking. Rye Art (http://www NULL.ryeart Capital Sport (http://www NULL.the-carter-company Gentle cycling, walking, river and gourmet tours.Downland Cycles (http://www NULL.downlandcycles Bicycles/tandems for hireDays out in the South, (http://www NULL.visitsoutheastengland Moors Organic Juice, (http://www NULL.moororganicjuice Lower Hardres Farm Shop, (http://www NULL.lowerhardresfarmshop Stubbings Photography  (http://timstubbingsphotography – our photographer Yamaha Music School, (http://www NULL.ymscanterbury Kent Wildlife Trust (http://www NULL.kentwildlifetrust

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