Ransoms

UK England South East England Kent Sevenoaks The Nut Plat Retreat

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
Antique wagon on the banks of Kent's River Bourne, with a charming orchard setting and a pub down the lane.
  • Full sized double bed with feather duvet and plump pillows
  • Separate shower room featuring a gas powered shower and fresh towels

  • Private camp kitchen with a two-ring gas stove, or you can cook over the coals of your own fire pit

The Owner Says

Set in it's own private space in our historic 'nut plat' Ransoms is perfect for a short break under the stars. Situated on the bank of the River Bourne, Ransoms enjoys views across the Kent countryside, peace and quiet and is a great place to hear the dawn chorus.

Just 45 minutes from London you can escape to your own private space with a vintage living van offering a full sized double bed - with feather and down duvet and plump pillows and cotton bed linen. There's also a  wood burning stove, and a table and chairs to sit in the warm - or escape from the sun for playing scrabble or reading a book.

Ransoms comes with its own camp kitchen, with all basic pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and teas, coffees, oils, sugar lumps, salt, pepper, and marshmallows! There's a two ring gas stove or a Webber BBQ or you can cook over the coals of your private fire pit.

The separate shower room has a gas powered shower, basin and plenty of room to get changed. Fresh towels and a shower mat are supplied.

The wooden, wood fired hot tub is a perfect relaxing way to star gaze, available to hire, just select on the extras list on booking flow.

Off grid living means you have your own compost loo here, but we've also spoilt you with battery powered lighting and a USB port to charge your mobile phones - but why not leave everything off and just use the tea lights provided.

Locally, the walks and cycle routes are a real draw. Circular walking routes take in some of our quintessential country pubs. The National Trust's Ightham Mote is a 40 minute walk away across the fields, or more locally, English Heritage look after Old Soar Manor a solar temple.

For those with a car, the Kent coast or Sussex coast are both an hour or so away - trendy up and coming Margate to the East, bucket and spade Camber Sands to the South and the oysters of Whitstable to the North.

Features & Facilities

The living vans are off grid but both have their own gas-heated showers (towels provided), composting toilets and a well-equipped camp kitchen (a two ring gas stove, a Weber BBQ, all the pots, pans, crockery and utensils you need, plus teas, coffees, oils, sugar lumps, salt, pepper and marshmallows). There's also a fridge freezer and phone charging point in the nearby barn if needed. There's a wood-fired hot tub with unlimited logs (£25 per night; Ransoms Hut only) and outdoor firepits, too. Inside, each van has a double bed (all bedding and linen provided), a wood-burning stove and a table and chairs, plus a good stash of card and board games.

Activities

Locally, the walks and cycle routes are a real draw. Circular walking routes take in some of our quintessential country pubs. The National Trust's Ightham Mote is a 40 minute walk away across the fields – the medieval moated manor house that John Newman described as "the most complete small medieval manor house in the county" – while, closer still, English Heritage look after 13th century Old Soar Manor (0370 333 1181; a 20-minute walk away). 400-year-old Knole House and Park makes for a lovely stroll and, while there, it's worth visiting Sevenoaks too for the good variety of independent shops. Tonbridge (4 miles) has a castle (01732 770929) and more good shopping, while those happy to go for a drive will find the Kent coast or Sussex coast are both an hour or so away – trendy up and coming Margate to the east, bucket and spade Camber Sands to the south and the oysters of Whitstable to the north.

Food & Drink

Pre ordered breakfast baskets are available: Either free-range bacon with chipolatas or berries, muesli and yoghurt. Both options come with bread, butter, honey, free-range eggs, milk and either locally pressed apple or pear juice (£20 for 2 people).
It's an easy 200m stroll to The Kentish Rifleman (01732 810727), a typical English village pub serving good food. The Papermakers Arms (01732 810407) is a mile away, while The Swan on the Green (01622 812271) is particularly nice to walk to – a scenic 45-minute route across the fields, the pub is set on a quintessential village green with great food and its own micro-brewery. For local produce, try Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, held in St Giles Church every Wednesday (9am–11am).
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Getting There

The Nut Plat Retreat is in Roughway Lane near Dunks Green. Outside of Tonbridge, and coming from the Tonbridge direction on the A227, turn left opposite the Chaser pub. Follow your nose for a mile until a crossroads with Dunks Green Road on the left hand side. Then turn right at the Kentish Rifleman Pub and on the first left hand bend you’ll see the sign and gateway on the right.

The nearest train stations are Tonbridge (4½ miles) or Borough Green (3¾ miles). Pick ups can be arranged free of charge when convenient. Please give plenty of notice if you need collecting. Guests arriving on foot or by push bike are given a breakfast basket free of charge!