Whether you want to explore the many walking routes on the doorstep, visit some of the local attractions or simply relax in the beautiful scenery, Darent Hulme Barn is the perfect base for visitors to the area.
Stroll out of your front door, down the drive and along the footpath into Shoreham. Cross the road into Mill Lane, where you will see some of the village’s many charming houses. From here, follow the scenic path along the banks of the River Darent which flows through the village.
As you discover more of Shoreham, you will soon come across the Medieval church of St Peter and Paul, no less than four popular pubs, an award-winning vineyard (with tasting room!), and an extremely well stocked village shop.
On weekends and bank holidays the aircraft museum, with its own tearoom and gardens, is a fascinating treat for the Battle of Britain enthusiast.
Just a short drive (or pleasant walk along part of the Darent Valley Path) out of Shoreham village, you will find Castle Farm– with its delightful Hop Shop and renowned annual Lavender Festival.
Keep going to nearby Lullingstone, where you can discover the Country Park with some wonderful walks and nature trails (and a zip wire!), the Castle and its much acclaimed World Garden of Plants, and even a Roman Villa.
In the next door village of Eynsford is the Eagle Heights Wildlife Park, one of the UK’s largest Bird of Prey Centres.
Travel south towards Sevenoaks and you will arrive at the charming village of Otford, with a great selection of antique and gift shops, restaurants and pubs, and the UK’s only listed heritage pond!
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The Mount Vineyard – sample some award-winning still and sparkling wines in their tasting room http://www.themountvineyard.co.uk/
Shoreham Aircraft Museum – commemorating the Battle of Britain and the air war over Britain during World War Two
Darenth Valley Golf Course – 18 hole par 72
The Hop Shop at Castle Farm – from local produce to unusual gifts, set amongst spectacular lavender fields
Lullingstone Country Park – great views, excellent visitor facilities and acres of woodland and grassland to discover. http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/countryside_and_coast/parks_and_open_spaces/country_parks/lullingstone_country_park.aspx
Lullingstone Castle – one of England’s oldest family estates and site of the renowned World Garden of Plants from around the globe
Lullingstone Roman Villa – discover spectacular mosaics and Roman artefacts
Lullingstone Park Golf Course -grab your clubs and play the 9 hole valley course or the 18 hole castle course in over 500 acres of Kent’s most stunning countryside http://www.lullingstonegolfcourse.co.uk/content/find-us/
Eagle Heights – birds of prey, plus an expanding wildlife park for many different animal species, including cheetahs, meerkats and snakes
Darent Valley Path – follow the River Darent from the banks of the Thames at Dartford, through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to the Greensand Hills above Sevenoaks
North Downs Way – follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrims from Farnham to Canterbury
Danewest Automotive – explore the local area in style by hiring one of their classic cars http://www.danewest-automotive.co.uk/car-hire
NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES NEARBY
Knole Park (6 miles) – one of the country’s largest country houses, surrounded by a 1,000 acre deer park http://nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/
Quebec House (7 miles) – Childhood home of General James Wolfe, victor of the Battle of Quebec http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebec-house/
Emmetts Garden (7 miles) – Edwardian hillside garden http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/
Chartwell (8 miles) – Churchill’s family home http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell/
Ightham Mote (8 miles) – 14th century moated manor house http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/
Red House (8 miles) – Iconic Arts and Crafts home of William Morris — writer, artist, craftsman and socialist http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house/