Obriss Farm

Near Westerham, Kent

Overview

Obriss Farm looks south over the Weald and is surrounded by history. Stunning countryside and a wealth of places to visit are close by whilst those who stay here can also enjoy the warm welcome that can be found in this unique Landmark. It is a very convenient distance from London but with its gardens and farmland feels unexpectedly peaceful.

 

  • CotCot
  • Fire or StoveFire or Stove
  • Open SpaceOpen Space
  • Logs availableLogs available
  • Parking AvailableParking Available
  • BathBath
  • MicrowaveMicrowave
  • RemoteRemote
  • ShowerShower
  • Explorer PacksExplorer Packs

Beds 1 Single, 1 Twin, 1 Double

Sleeps
5
4 nights from
£418 equivalent to £20.90 per person, per night

Dating back to 1550

Obriss Farm, a collection of buildings situated in its own 160 acre portion of countryside, blends into the landscape with a mix of timber, brick and tile. The earliest building on the site, the bakehouse behind the farmhouse, dates from 1550 and 1660 and the timber framed house would have served as the living quarters for whoever lived here. Clues discovered from archaeological examinations of the site hint that it was about twice the size of its current form suggesting that it acted as a bakehouse and brewhouse as well. What can be certain from further examination is that pieces were added and taken away from the farm over the years, suggesting that it had many different roles and housed many different family's with their own respective trades.

A cosy farmhouse of timber beam and welcoming fires

Those who stay here can enjoy the more immediate collection of buildings that are found at Obriss farm. Outside its ground and away from the Landmark, one is surrounded by ancient woodland. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on your doorstep. There is a rich selection of historical of interest nearby, ready to transport you back to a bygone era.

You don't have to stray far to experience historical authenticity, as all the traditional buildings are still here: byres, stables, sheds as well as the great threshing barn can be found dotted around the farmhouse.

‘Difficult to believe we are so close to London when the view from the windows convinces us we are alone in Eden.’

‘We didn’t need to count the sheep to fall asleep.’

From the logbook

Floor Plan

Map & local info

Obriss Farm sits in a peaceful, rural setting on the lower slopes of  Toy's Hill, surrounded by ancient woodland and looking south over the Weald. The charming market town of  Westerham provides an impressive choice of cafes, restaurants and shops as well as a regular  Farmers' Market, stocked with local produce.

Nearby Chartwell offers a fascinating visit, as it remains much the same as when it was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill, and you can also experience life in the 1730s in Quebec House. Take a stroll around the beautiful grounds at  Squerryes Court and  Charts Edge Gardens, both conveniently situated within easy reach of these historic houses.  

Hever Castle is well known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Today, you can visit the gardens and castle, and dine in their award winning restaurant. The Festival Theatre at Hever is a wonderful way to enjoy your suroundings, with outdoor shows for all ages running throughout the summer months. 

For more ideas and information on things to see and do during your stay at Obriss Farm, take a look at our Pinterest page.

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Obriss Farm
Near Westerham, Kent
Clear directions
FAQs

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    No.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a long track.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Edenbridge – 4 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    Yes there are three spaces adjacent to the Landmark.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There is gas central heating and an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Logs may be purchased and delivered under a private arrangement. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also an electric cooker, a microwave and a dishwasher.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There are two bathrooms, both with baths.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    Yes, the stairs are relatively steep.
  • Does this Landmark have low headroom?

    Yes, there are low ceilings and doorways throughout the property.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is a garden which backs onto open farmland. There are public footpaths which run close to the property.

    Booking and Payment

  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I create an account?

    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

    Click ‘Next Step’ at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring you to the ‘Your details’ page.

    Please complete all the fields (name, address, contact details and create an account). Click on the green ‘Create Account’ button once you have finished.

    At the top of the page headed ‘Your details’ there will be a grey box saying ‘Signed in’ and underneath this it will say ‘you are currently signed in as ….

    Here you will also have the option to ‘Sign out’. Please do so and that is your registration completed.

    Please return to the Landmark home page.

    To check your registration or update your account details at any time please ‘Sign in’ using the icon in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

    If you experience any problems in registering or setting up your on-line account please contact webmaster@landmarktrust.org.uk.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • What time can I arrive and what time do I have to depart from the Landmark?

    Arrival is from 4pm and departure is by 10am.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s). If you are visiting one of our European properties we have standard European electricity sockets. If you are visting from the UK, you will need to bring your own adapter plug (s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there toilet rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.
History

A precious reminder

Obriss Farm was given to the Landmark Trust in 1990 by the executors of Mrs Helena Cooper. Mrs Cooper had inherited the farm from her father, who bought it in the 1920s. While neither actually farmed Obriss themselves, both took a close interest in it, and in the way it was run by their tenants. As pressure mounted on farmers in recent decades to rely more and more on chemicals and to industrialise their production, so Obriss, run along traditional lines, became a precious reminder of different values. Its fields remained unsprayed and wildlife thrived.

Mrs Cooper was keen that this aspect of Obriss should be preserved, but also wished for the buildings to be repaired, cared for, and enjoyed. It was for this reason that her executors opted for the Landmark Trust as its new guardian. While the farm buildings at Obriss remain in agricultural use, the farmhouse is now let throughout the year for short stays to parties of up to five people, to enjoy the unspoilt surroundings and the life of a small working farm through the seasons.

Managing a farm is not a typical task for Landmark, so the fields are let for pasture to a farmer whose family have farmed in the area for many years. Another solution was needed for the woods, which make up nearly a third of the farm. Landmark has entered into a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme for the management of the farm, including the woodland and it will reinstate and replant various areas.

The buildings of Obriss Farm

Obriss is typical of the small mixed farms which were formed in this area in the Tudor and Elizabethan era by yeomen, some freeholders, some tenants of larger landowners. Such farms were often the result of enclosing the large open fields of the medieval period, and this seems to have been the case at Obriss. A field to the north-east of the house has the clear `ridge and furrow' pattern left by medieval ploughs. The farm straddles the parish border of Brasted and Westerham. Its own boundaries, and those of its fields, have probably changed little in the last two or three hundred years.

The earliest building dates from between 1550 and 1600. This is the timber-framed bakehouse which stands behind the farmhouse. Examination by the archaeologist David Martin has revealed that this is in origin a detached kitchen, a rare survival of a once common building type. It was once about twice the size it is now, and probably served a combined use not only as a kitchen but as a bakehouse and brewhouse as well, with storage rooms and possibly some accommodation for servants. In the 19th century, when its brick chimney was added, it was used as a bakehouse and washhouse, and possibly a smokehouse, smoking bacon from this and neighbouring farms.

The front part of the farmhouse itself, which is timber-framed, is also thought to date from before 1600, although it has been added to and altered since. The character of the house as it is now, with its parlour and large kitchen, belongs more to the early 19th century.

Restoration

The threshing barn was close to collapse

The most urgent task in 1992 was the repair of the great threshing barn, which was near to collapse. This, and some work carried out on the other farm buildings, exhausted the funds available at that time. It was therefore not until 1995 that Landmark was able to start work on the house itself, and to complete the repair of the buildings round the yard and the bakehouse behind.

The house needed some structural work, where the sole plate had rotted at the east end and along the front. The roof was railed on new battens and insulation, and the tilehanging on the back and sides of the house renewed, using a mixture of old and new handmade tiles. The walls were repointed using a lime and sand mortar to match some areas of old mortar that survived. Windows added in the 1920s were replaced with ones of a more sympathetic design.

Inside, restoration was kept to a minimum. Some replastering was needed, and the creation of two new bathrooms and a new kitchen. A second stair, inserted at a time when the house was divided into two cottages, was removed and the floor made up with new oak boards. The sitting room and bedroom above were painted in colours of which traces were found on the walls, using traditional distempers.

The work was carried out under the supervision of the architect Peregrine Bryant by Head and Southon of Lingfield, and Clive Whitby, roof tiler. The house was furnished in January 1996. A grant for the work was received from the Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust. Support for work on the farm has also been given by the Countryside Commission under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. Two ponds were cleaned and new hedges are to be planted. It's hoped the orchard will be replanted in due course.

Availability & booking

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What's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?Explain MoreQuestion

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.