Ashby Farms’ properties allow you to escape to the Kent countryside, whether you’re after…
Visit us in Appledore, Kent to explore our vineyards, meet the people behind Gusbourne and enjoy some of our award-winning English Sparkling Wines. Book one of our hosted tours to learn just what it takes to make world-class English Sparkling Wine, or if you’d rather explore at your own pace, you might prefer a self-guided walking tour. Whichever option you choose, once you’re done, head back to the Nest to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards. You are also welcome to drop in for a drink any time overlooking our stunning vineyards.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: On site parking, toilets on ground floor, golf buggy available to take guests from car to main building and to take guests on tour of the estate.
- Open all year
- Opening Times: 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week, including bank holidays.
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About the area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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