The Oak Barn
Our stunning threshing barn has been used purely for agriculture until this year. All the oak timbers show signs of use in previous buildings before they were recycled about 300 years ago and assembled here at Frame Farm. Since then, various alterations have met the needs of changing farming practice and the resulting structure is full of character.
The next era will see the barn lovingly restored to create a unique venue suitable for a wide range of events and will be able to seat over 100 guests:
- Weddings ceremonies & receptions
- Conferences, corporate events & team building
- Communal dining for group holiday lets
- Exhibitions & presentations
- Anniversaries & private parties
- Memorials & wakes
- Charity events
- Workshops, courses & retreats
The floor to ceiling barn doors and latest LED lighting technology will ensure both you and the barn are beautifully lit day and night. The underfloor heating and wood burning stove will keep you warm and cosy whatever the weather.
The courtyard between The Oak Barn and Weaver's Cottages will provide the perfect area for drinks and, if additional space is required, a marquee can be erected on the south side of the barn.
The sheep have been evicted from this open fronted shelter which has breath taking views down the valley. It will have floor to ceiling glass doors that can open onto the terrace on warmer days providing a versatile space for smaller events, meetings or wedding ceremonies:
- Civil ceremonies and partnerships
- Corporate meetings & presentations
- Intimate receptions & parties
It's poor condition means we will need to rebuild the shelter but the bricks and oak beams will be reclaimed and minimal alterations to the barn's shape will retain its charming qualities. The Byre's secluded lily pond and pasture suggests your only disturbance might be the grazing sheep and abundant wildlife.
The extensive refurbishment of this exceptional building was completed in August 2016 and the cottages now provide luxurious accommodation sleeping up to 18 guests. In keeping with our eco plan, all energy for light, heating and hot water is provided by photovoltaic solar or biomass fuel giving the building a carbon neutral status.
A carved tie beam dates construction of Weaver's Cottages to 1607 during the heyday of the Kent wool trade. Later, it was used as a granary and many of the original features are on show, including the massive oak beams that run the full width of the building. It now comprises of 4 cottages each with two double bedrooms.
In the 19th Century two oast kilns were added for drying hops, the ground floor of which is now an elegant one double bedroom cottage. There is permission to convert the top floor into another one bedroom cottage but this will be done at a later stage.
Weaver's Cottages will provide perfect accommodation during an event or for group holiday rental:
- Group holiday lets with 9 double bedrooms in 5 cottages
- Wedding parties & wedding guests
- Reception guests
- Corporate & team building guests
- Yoga & well-being retreats
The Garden & Grounds
The Oak Barn and Weaver's Cottages are Grade II listed and clearly marked on historic maps of 1777 and 1800. They also show the farm track and gardens surrounding the farmstead have changed little during this time.
Accordingly, the new landscaping will subtley enhance the practicality of the farmyard for our guests, in particular, to allow wheelchair access. In the past the gardens have been beautifully tended and many well established specimen plants will form the essence of the new planting. The gardens will remain informal with our outside terraces softened with waving grasses and year round colour.
Beyond the gardens you will have the freedom of over 20 acres with excellent opportunities for team building exercises, other corporate activities or merely a private walk away from your wedding guests for photographs beside the lily pond.
You will only share the pasture and woodland with sheep and abundant birdlife. Kestrels and buzzards are frequent visitors and woodpeckers are heard daily. We recently planted 160 native broadleaved trees south of The Oak Barn and called it ‘Woodpecker Wood’.