Octavia Hill Bunkhouse (NT)
Piper's Green Road
0344 335 1296
We are a 14 bed bunkhouse nestled in a quiet valley in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The bunkhouse is a Grade II listed building; it was originally used as a cattle shed and dairy as part of the larger Outridge farm complex. We are in close reach of London and the M25 but rural enough to feel like you’re a million miles away from all that. The bunkhouse currently has two separate dormitories sleeping 8 in one and 6 in the other. We also have two separate washrooms with lovely hot powerful showers and a drying room for any soggy bits of kit after a day walking the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail.
We have a large living/dining area which can seat up to 20 people around the long solid oak table and this area can also be used for small business/networking meetings. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a large AGA rangemaster cooker plus two freezers for all your food. We also have a lovely courtyard garden with barbecue, fire pit and undercover seating area so even if the weather isn’t kind, you can sit out.
There is a good selection of books, board games and playing cards to keep guests amused in the evenings, plus we also have a selection of outdoor games for the garden including giant playing cards, giant connect4, quoits and badminton.
For those who love their history, we are close to Chartwell (former home of Winston Churchill), Emmetts Garden, Knole House (home of the Sackville-West family), HeverCastle (Anne Boleyn’s childhood home) and Ightham Mote. Likewise the area is heavily associated with Octavia Hill who was one of the founders of the National Trust, and there is the Octavia Hill trail nearby which explains about her links with the area.
For nature lovers we are very close to the National Trust’s ancient woodland at Toys Hill, a site of Special Scientific Interest due to its varied and abundant flora and fauna. The bunkhouse itself is surrounded by farmland and the Highland cattle are always a talking point. There are some lovely views across to the pretty hamlet of French Street and theNorth Downs.