As some of you will know we lost our dear son Geoff who used to write this blog with his lovely sense of humour and photos,with sudden cardiac arrest in June. We struggle to carry on & will be doing our best in 2019 .Our best wishes to you all, Liz & Pat

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Mrs P. Cooke
Great Prawls Farm
Stone-in-Oxney
Tenterden
Kent TN30 7HB

Telephone: 01797 270539
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Baby Black Rhino!

March 02, 2017

Rukuru - Baby Black Rhino at Port Lympne
Rukuru - Baby Black Rhino at Port Lympne
Rukuru - Baby Black Rhino at Port Lympne
Kent & East Sussex Steam Trains at Tenterden
View from St Mary's Church Tower, Rye

A trip to Kent this year won't disappoint you, we have so much to see and do close by, a fabulous coastline to explore, historic gardens, entertainment for the children and much more besides. It's no wonder Kent was voted Europe'stop family holiday destination in 2015 by Lonely Planet. Today I've decided to pick out three local attractions our guests have enjoyed in the past and are definitely worth a visit, but honestly, I could write for a week and not cover everything that's available.

Rukuru lives at Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve near Hythe, she's a three month old Eastern Black Rhino and as you can see, she's a bit of a handful - such a cutey! Port Lympne is a wildlife charity dedicated to protecting wildlife, only half an hour's drive from the farm, where there are over 600 acres of wildlife to explore, a free Safari Tour and their new attraction 'Dinosaur Forest'. Home to over 700 animals, including Western Lowland Gorillas, the only Giraffe in Kent, Tigers, Lions, Leopards and more - with regular animal births and new species coming in every year, there's always something different to see.

Tenterden, 'Jewel of the Weald' is only ten minutes from the farm and one of the highlights of a visit is the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway. Tucked away behind the main high street , it could be something you miss and we don't want you to do that! A heritage Steam Railway, the line wends a relaxing scenic route to Bodiam, where an exploration of the picturesque Castle is essential and perhaps a spot of lunch before your return journey - or indeed lunch on the train. They run a series of fantastic specials throughout the year that we absolutely love, whether it's a Mother's Day Afternoon Tea, 'Real Ale Trains', 'A day out with Thomas'. 1940's themed weekend, or for a very special treat - a 'Railway Experience Day'.

Last but not least, a really special way to see Rye. In the heart of the old town at the top of the hill lies the Parish Church of St.Mary's, where it has stood for over 900 years overlooking the ancient citadel. St.Mary's is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and out tip for the top is to climb the tower (weather permitting & for a small fee), a steep somewhat narrow climb past the clock and the bells in the tower but the reward is spectacular - a 360-degree panorama, a bird's eye view over the rooftops, the river, Romney Marsh and beyond. Don't forget your camera for this one!

We've been working hard on the cottages, getting everything ship shape for the season ahead and the farm is looking well. The lady from the Tourist Board came the other day and was very happy with us, confirming our four-star status. Lambing is just around the corner, official start date is the 25th of March (no guarantees!), so there is still time as I write to grab that week in Meadow Cottage. Our resident Barn Owl is regularly being spotted in and out of the hay barn, so hopefully more chicks later in the year and the same can be said of the Swans which have returned to the bottom ditch for the third year in a row to raise a family. That's it for now but no doubt we'll be back 'blogging' soon.