As a little treat before the baby arrives, Grant and I decided to join the family on a trip to Kent for the Bank Holiday weekend. We were after a quiet, relaxing break and that’s exactly what we got at Mocketts Farm.
After an hour and 45 minutes in the car, we approached a long winding country road on the Isle Of Sheppey and knew we must be close. We arrived at a cluster of farm cottages in the middle of nowhere and it was stunning!
We got there at tea time on Friday and noticed some lovely fresh bread, cake and wine laid out in the gorgeous kitchen. The bread and cake were complimentary, but worth mentioning the wine needs to be replaced if used.
After we’d had a look around, our first thought was the nearest supermarket. We needed to stock up the fridge for the weekend and pick up some supper for our first evening. Two of us were nominated to head back out, so naturally we asked Google where to go. It told us the nearest Tesco was 25 minutes away, but since we’d already driven a long way we opted for the local Costcutter 5 miles away to get essentials for that evening. BIG mistake! We were hoping for a mini supermarket but what we actually got was a tiny newsagents – no Costcutter in sight. When we couldn’t find it, we thought we’d taken a wrong turn so ended up driving around in circles for quite a while searching for a non-existent Costcutter – bad Google!!
We did manage to find some essentials in the newsagents, but not exactly what we were after. We grabbed some bread, biscuits, cheese, crisps, milk etc but our big food shop had to wait. For supper that evening we had nothing and the corner shop definitely wasn’t going to cut it, so fish and chips it was! £60 later we had a takeaway for 8 people. Off we went back to Mocketts Farm to tell our tale to the rest of the family.
The first night was exhausting what with the long drive, unpacking and our shopping nightmare so we all ate our cod and chips on the huge dining table, watched a bit of tv and relaxed before bed.
The first thing we all said when we came down for breakfast in the morning was “OOHHHHHH THE BEDS!!!!” They were the most comfortable things any of us have ever slept on and we all confessed to looking at the label to see where the mattresses were from! (Dunelm Mill if you’re wondering).
Being a big fat pregnant person, I usually have at least 3 toilet breaks during the night. As well as that, my hips have been terrible as I have a pregnancy related condition called SPD/PGP. This makes it impossible to sleep soundly as I toss and turn constantly, which also wakes up my husband in the process. For the first time in months I managed to sleep for a full 7 hours without even waking up for the toilet – miracle! I woke at 6am feeling like a new person – and with an undisturbed, very happy husband! I staggered to the toilet half asleep and came back to bed for what turned out to be a very long lie in. We rolled out of bed around 10am to be greeted by a gorgeous view from the bedroom window. Needless to say we might well be purchasing that miracle working mattress and bedding in the near future…
We went downstairs for a bacon sandwich and a little pyjama cuddle with our nephew Charlie. The rest of the day was spent playing card games, beating each other at table tennis and pool in the games room and eating lots of rubbish food which was kindly purchased by some of the family that went to Tesco that morning. As for me, I didn’t actually get dressed all day. Perfect!
In the evening we watched the football – something about Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid. Real Madrid won, then lots of men on TV cried and before we knew it, it was time to head up to bed again. Yes!!
Sunday morning brought another lazy lie in – no surprises there! Once we were up, we put Charlie in the buggy and went for a walk around the cottages, pond and local land. It is such a peaceful place!
The weather was lovely, so we decided to put some picnic food together and bring it out to the benches by the pond, just outside the cottage. I was a tad envious of my family also enjoying a glass of wine with lunch in the sun, I must admit! After lunch we retired to the sofas to watch the Formula 1 in Monaco and had yet another snooze. Lovely stuff.
Later in the afternoon, my husband and I popped down the road to the local pub The Ferry House Inn for a drink in the sun. When we got there it was incredibly windy which made it freezing but like true Brits we still sat outside and enjoyed the views. We couldn’t help but wonder if it would be the last time out alone together before the baby arrives, which was a very exciting thought!
We only had a quick drink but really wish we had booked for food, it looked AMAZING! Roast dinners were being eaten all around us and if we hadn’t just had lunch, we definitely would have ordered one! The sea air made us sleepy and what with us not having had a snooze for at least an hour, we finished our drinks and headed off back to the cottage.
Our very relaxing weekend ended with another night in front of tv and a late supper made up of what our family like to call ‘bits and bobs’. This is basically a scaled down buffet formed of whatever is lying around. We ate up everything we had left that we didn’t want to drag back home – quiche, sausages, pittas, salad, ham and crisps.
We were due to leave by 10am the next day, but after a lovely lazy weekend we all fancied staying a bit longer. My mum mentioned she had read that it’s possible to pay £25 for late checkout if available, meaning we could stay there all day and pack slowly rather than being rushed in the morning. I phoned the number for the manager but it was no surprise to hear that people were arriving the next day, so late checkout wasn’t possible. We were asking at very late notice so we expected it to be unavailable especially with it being half term too. Worth a shot though! We all headed upstairs for one last night in the comfiest beds in the world before getting up bright and early to pack the car before heading back home.
We had an absolutely lovely stay at Mocketts Farm and would highly recommend it.
If you like the look of it and fancy staying there, click on the link for the website or phone Victoria on 01795 510214 and dial option 4.
If I’m being picky, the only thing I’d point out is that the wifi connection in our cottage was very poor. We couldn’t connect to it all weekend – only occasionally but it would then disconnect again shortly after. This was only a problem as I had brought a bit of work with me to do on my laptop, so was unable to do that. Some of the family had also brought their iPads/tablets which need a wifi connection to work, so it was a bit of a shame that we couldn’t make use of our computers. We all had good phone signal though, so mobile internet was fine for social media and web browsing, just a little slow! Overall it was a little annoying not having proper wifi, but was hardly enough to ruin our stay – we will definitely be coming back!!!
Mocketts Farm is a fantastic place to bring children and all the family. A peaceful patch of land in the middle of nowhere and the cottages are luxurious and lovely to be in. We could have easily stayed a fortnight!
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