Thanks to our location close to Maidstone, Rankins Farm is within easy reach of many of the county’s best attractions. Couples, families and groups of friends will find plenty to explore, from imposing castles and their gardens, which reveal a detailed insight into England’s history, to the museums and nature reserves that showcase the best of Kentish life and our beautiful countryside.
When it comes to food and drink, there’s a wide range of pubs and restaurants nearby for you to visit. Whether you want a relaxed atmosphere and a chance to sample local beers or ciders, or something a little more special to celebrate an occasion, there’s a dining experience to suit close to our farm. Click the links below to discover more about the attractions close to Rankins Farm.

LOCAL TOWNS

Marden – Closest village 10 minutes away
Cranbrook –  Historic Wealden town (10 miles away)
Tenterden(15 miles away) is also known as the Jewel in the Weald. This pretty market town has a good selection of shops and weekly farmers’ market
Rye – Ancient town with cobbled, narrow, winding streets, antique shops, various festivals and excellent restaurants
Tunbridge Wells – Spa town (15 miles away)
Hastings – an interesting town full of maritime history
Whitstable – an hour away, a charming place to visit with its famous restaurants.
Canterbury – also an hour away, full of heritage and history
Battle – See where the Battle of Hastings is reputed to have taken place

WHERE TO EXPLORE

Battle of Britain Memorial – Dover
Big Cat Sanctuary, Wildlife Heritage Foundation – Smarden
Bodiam Castle – 14th Century moated castle
Buttercups Goat Sanctuary – Boughton Monchelsea
Canterbury – Ancient Historic City & Cathedral
Dover Castle – Historic Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels
Hever Castle – Castle and extensive gardens
Kent & East Sussex Railway (runs from Tenterden to Bodiam)
Leeds Castle – Castle, Garden and other attractions
Port Lympne Animal Park – Wild Animal Experience
Rare Breeds Centre – Woodchurch
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Smallhythe Place – National Trust – Ellen Terry’s early 16th-century house and cottage gardens

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Benenden – The Bull
Biddenden – Three Chimneys, West House
Bodiam – The Curlew
Boughton Monchelsea – The Cock Inn
Cranbrook – The George, The Wendy House, Arthurs
East Farleigh – The Horseshoes
Frittenden – Bell & Jorrocks
Goudhurst – Goudhurst Inn, The Vine
Hawkhurst – Great House, Queen’s Inn
Iden Green – The Woodcock
Kilndown – The Small Holding
Langley – The Potting Shed
Linton – The Bull
Loddington – The Musket Brewery
Loose – The Chequers Inn
Maidstone – Maidstone Distillery
Marden – The Stilebridge
Rolvenden – The Bull
Sissinghurst – The Milk House
Staplehurst – Frankie’s Farmshop, The Lord Raglan
West Farleigh – The Tickled Trout

NATURE & OUTDOORS

Bedgebury Pinetum – Cycling, Forest Walks with Children’s Play areas, “Go Ape” Tree Adventures
Bewl Water – Watersports, outdoor activities and fishing
Buckmore Park
Digger Land
Golf – Chart Hills and Tenterden Golf Club
Kent Downs AONB
Monk Fishing Lakes – Marden
Mote Park
Riding – Bedgebury Park
The Hop Farm

TAKE AWAYS

Chinese:  The Fat Dragon, Park Wood

Fish & Chips: A&Z Fisheries, Loose and The Heath Fish, Coxheath

Indian:  Zarda Cottage, Yalding

Marden Tandoori, Taj of Kent Marden, Jumeira, Staplehurst

FARM SHOPS

SEASIDE

There are a number of excellent sandy beaches in this part of Kent as well as numerous water sports available near to Camber Sands, a few miles from Rye.

GARDENS TO VISIT

Godinton House and Gardens – Ashford
Great Dixter House & Gardens – Northiam
Hole Park Gardens – Rolvenden
Pashley Manor Gardens – Ticehurst
Penshurst Place – Penshurst
Scotney Castle – National Trust, Lamberhurst
Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens – National Trust, Sissinghurst