Straddling both sides of the picturesque Darenth Valley in North Kent, Austin Farm offers a rich diversity of crops, buildings, machinery and landscapes and is just a short drive from London.
Cereals hold the lion’s share of acreage at Austin Farm, including wheat, barley and peas. Alongside the core farming enterprise is a wonderful mix of unusual crops, namely lavendar, hops, apples and pumpkins. A herd of cattle also reside here.
Across the farm, there are 3 separate farmyards; the main large working yard with a mix of old and modern buildings; an “abandoned” yard with an industrial feel; and a pretty farmstead ensemble dominated by an original and imposing Kent barn.
- 1,000 acre farm with cereals including peas, barley and wheat
- Lavender fields spanning both sides of the valley, across 95 acres. In flower from 3rd week June -to the 1st week August
- Hop garden and apple orchard
- 200 beef cattle grazing water meadows and downland
- Large working farmyard with traditional granary and storage sheds, along with modern storage buildings, offices and a distillery
- A separate “Abandoned yard” with wide concrete areas and grey storage sheds
- A pretty farmstead, including a handsome traditional Kent barn with huge space, impressive craftmanship and timbers.
- A flowing wide river with ornate windmill and two bridges
- Bluebell woods
Getting to Austin Farm
By car: Just 1 hour’s drive from the city of London, and 5 minutes from the M25.
By train: 1.5 miles from both Eynsford and Shoreham stations, or just 4 miles from Orpington station where trains run fast and frequently, as do the taxis.
Facilities on the Farm
Plenty of farm buildings to use for shelter, and access to part of the farmhouse can be possible. Loos also available.
The farm welcomes many visitors to its shop and lavender fields, and parking is well catered for. The family have hosted several film and photo shoots in the past, and have a positive can-do attitude for making things happen.