Small house, big charm
Smallhythe Place, a timber framed house nestled in the Kent countryside near the charming village of Tenterden. If history and theatre is your thing then Smallhythe Place is a must. With regular outdoor perfermances in the beautiful gardens, attributed to Victorian era actress Ellen Terry, and free admission with a National Trust pass you can guarantee a fantastic visit.
The music and beer festival is always a big hit with families, young and old. Eventtimetables can be found on the national trust website. (http://www NULL.nationaltrust NULL.org NULL.uk/smallhythe-place/things-to-see-and-do/events/)
The charming little village of Chilham is located just 6 miles from Iffin Farmhouse and offers so much for every member of the family. Whether its mooching round traditional farm shops, strolling around the lakes and rivers or just snuggling up in a cosy pub or cafe with a beer or a cuppa- Chilham has it all!
Its top attractions include Badgers Hill Farm and Cidery, Chilham Castle Gardens (http://www NULL.chilham-castle NULL.co NULL.uk/), The Stour Valley Arts at Kings Wood (http://stourvalleyarts NULL.co NULL.uk/), River Stour and Chilham Lakes (http://www NULL.kentishstour NULL.org NULL.uk/) and Perry Wood (http://www NULL.faversham NULL.org/).
The Medievil village sqaure is picture perfect. Enjoy a drink at the Woolpack Inn (http://www NULL.woolpackinnchilham NULL.co NULL.uk/) or afternoon tea at Shelly’s Tea Room. (http://www NULL.shellystearooms NULL.com/)
There are also numerouse walking (http://www NULL.kentishstour NULL.org NULL.uk/), cycling and horse riding (http://www NULL.chilhampark NULL.co NULL.uk/)tracks to be found- available all year round.
Canterbury food and drink festival (http://wp NULL.me/P2W0Ja-1G)
When: Friday 26th- Sunday 28th September 2014
Where: Dane John gardens, Waltling Street, Canterbury Admission:
Free!! Fun for all the family can be had this September with the arrival of the food and drink festival here in Canterbury. Come and sample many localally produced goodies and indulge in something new. Three stages of entertainment and endless food and drink stalls will make this end of Septmeber one you’ll remember. For those who have visted Iffin Farmhouse or who will be visiting you will know that we are very passionate about good quality food. We beleive that where your food comes from tells its own story in the flavours that are produced. Local meats, fruits and beverages are all served here at Iffin Farmhouse and we are always looking for new products for our guests to try while visiting Kent.
Time teams archaeologists, geophysicists, hirtorians, graphics experts and digges made a visit to Canterbury in August 2000 and made some amazing discoveries…..
They looked at the Greyfriars which was the very first franciscan friary in Britain, founded in 1224 and rebuilt in a new location in the 1260′s. The orgiginal structure at the time was not known but after three days the Time Team found one of the most important monastic archaeological sites in Europe.
They also carried out a dig on Tyler Hill- about a mile outside of Canterbury’s city centre, which was thought to be one of medievil England’s busiest tile factories. A large Kiln was found at the site which was though to have made house bricks- which many town houses today will still have within their walls. The Time Team also built their own kiln, designed decorated and fired their own tiles lay a section of flooring to match that of the Corona Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral.
The biggest dig of all- known as ‘the big dig’ was the digging up of Canterbury’s Whitefriars- which revealed 2000 years of the city’s history. They found numerous artefacts to support their theories dating from roman times right through to medievil times. To read more visit the Canterbury Archaelogical site. http://www.whitefriars-canterbury.co.uk/about-whitefriars/?PageID=11
The OAre Gunpowder Works is managed with the help of local volunteers. Activities include conservation work on site, ranging from woodland to pond management, and running the visitor centre.
If you are inspired by the works and wish to find out more about volunteering opportunities please visit www.gunpowderworks.co.uk
The Shipwright’s Arms- loacated in Faversham, Kent is an ancient pub over 300 years old. However, the history of the Pub tells us it would have been fuctioning as an inn some time before the 18th century. Many pirates and smugglers used the inn as well as sailors and fishermen that would have visited the inn to refresh themselves while waiting to unload their cargo in the neartown of Faversham.
The pub still maintains a listening watch on vhf radio for mariners who may be in distress and the current landlord keeps tradition by acting as a volonteer coastguard to the testers boat yard, which is located adjacent to the pub.
The pubs remote loacation has, until recently forced them to be totally self-sufficient, to the extent that they would even generate their own electricity. They still draw water from their well and cook using propane gas.
The Shipwright’s Arms is a maratime of history and is bursting to share it with all those who enter through its doors. They serve a wide range of food between 12 and 2.30pm and 7pm and 9pm.
Looking up at its giant, magnificent structure it is no surprise that the Cathedral is one of Canterbury’s most famous tourist attractions. With hundreds of thouands of people walking through its doors each year, this historic marvallery has become something of a wonder. Right at the heart of Canterbury it stands tall and assertive- yet come night time this gigantic building becomes something of a soft mystery. Here at Iffin Farmhouse we are lucky enough to have a wonderful view of the cathedral from our gates which looks striking at any time of day or night. So if you find yourself here in Canterbury, do visit the Cathedral for not only a breathtaking experience, but for the history and culture.
Here at Iffin Farmhouse we pride ourselves on having fresh, quality ingrediants in our cooked breakfast- this means pork sausages and thick back bacon delivered fresh from our local Butchers, fresh free range eggs from the egg farm next door and all our vegetables are from the local farm shop.
As well as our cooked breakfast we also serve Locally produced milk and yoghurt from Hinxden Dairy farm and freshly pressed apple juice from ‘Moor Organics’ fresh juice company. As well as the Farmhouse fresh bread- also produced in kent, thats served up with your breakfast, you can also enjoy quality jams and marmalades from ‘The Wooden Spoon’ preserving company or some thick Kent produced Honey.
We think its important, not only for the fantastic quality of products we get, but for local producers and suppliers that our breakfast is as much Kent produced as we can make it.
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent. It faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. Its strategic position has always been evident throughout the history, archaelogical finds have revealed that the area has always been a focus for peoples entering and leaving Britain.
Dover figuered largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. it also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the french during the Napoleonice Wars; and against Germany during World War 2.
Commaninding the shortest sea crossing between England and the continent, Dover Castle Boasts a long and immensely eventful history. Its spectacular site above the famous white cliffs was originally an Iron Age fort, and still houses a Roman light-house, one of the best preserved in Europe. The Anglo-Saxon church beside it was once part of a Saxon fortified settlement.
Today you was tour the secret Wartime Tunnels and experience life as it was lived by the 700 personnel based here in the worst days of WW2. You can see the Command Centre where Sir Winston Churchill viewed the Battle of Britain, and relive the drama as a surgeon struggles to save the life of an injured pilot in the under-ground hospital.
The White Cliffs
Known throughout the world, the ionic White Cliffs are internationally recognised, so much so they were voted Britains most popular stretch of coastline. They have witnessed much action and invaions throughout the centuries- the historic Dunkirk evacuation was even planned from within them. Today they provide a welcome sight to the millions of visitors who visit White Cliffs Country.
They White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britains most instantly recognised natural land marks. Rising out of the English channel to over 300ft high in places, they are a dramatic and inspiring sight from the sea and provide superb views out across the Channel towards France. The cliffs stretch for 10 mils between Folkestone to West and Walmer to the East. David Ballamy describes chalk grasslands near the cliffs as ‘Britain’s equivalent of the tropical rainforest’, such is the diversity of the plants and animals.
A Kentsh Cobnut is a type of hazelnut, just as a Bramley is a type of apple. Unlike most other nuts, cobnuts are sold fresh not partially dried. They are in season typically from the end of August through to October. Stored nuts may be available from selected outlets through to Christmas.
At the begining of the season the husks are green and the kernels juicy. Nuts harvested later on are ripe, have brown shells and husks, and the full flavour has developed. Cobnuts are sold fresh and like other fresh foods they should be kept in the fridge, for example in the salad drawer. Husks should be removed if they are loose but it is not necessary to remove every one. the addition of a little salt helps preserve the nuts. Stored correctly, ripe nuts will keep until Christmas and beyond.
Cobnuts are delicious fresh, for example as a snack or in salads. They are also excellent roasted, which brings out their flavour. Roasted nuts can be eaten on their own, or used whole, chopped or ground to flavour pasta, meringues, cakes, etc.
To roast cobnuts, crack and shell them, then cook them on tin foil or on a baking tray in an oven heated to about 150 degrees for an hour or so; the cooking time depends on how ripe they are. First they become soft, but do not remove them until they have hardened. Be careful not to burn them.
Many cobnut orchards or ‘plats’ are a century old or more, but new plats are now being planted again. you can grow them in your garden but the grey squirrels may eat them before they are ripe. Old nut plats are important for nature conservation as they support many animals including the doormouse with is a protected by law.