Welcome to Henden Manor Estate. We are located on a beautiful, historic estate near Sevenoaks in West Kent, England.
Over the period 1997 to early 2019, we were dedicated to producing the highest quality British milk ensuring at the same time the best possible safety and welfare of our staff, livestock and the environment. Sadly, while we operated to the highest level of integrity and transparency, worked within every regulation and rule thrown at us and had an outstanding closed herd of holstein friesans, we could not make the economics work. Over 20 years we invested well £5.3 million net on infrastructure and covered £660,000 of operating losses. In 2018 we were milking some 240 cows three times a day. In the event the level of the milk price did not justify continued investment. So, in April 2019 we started the sale of our herd. The auctioneers and the farmers present at the sale said that there had not been such a good quality herd on the market for many a year (the auctioneers said since 2008). We left the industry with pride even if the wallett was dented.
Today, we have split the business into four units. First, we let our grazing land out to other farmers, mostly sheep but in the dryer months also some cattle. Secondly, we continue to have our arable operations, but because we now do not need the crops for our livestock we are selling them to market or to other farmers. Thirdly, we have two houses available for rent through Airbnb: Puncheur Place and the Oast House. The Covid restrictions have not helped, but all of the ratings we have received so far from guests have been stellar and we are seeing guests return. Finally, we are looking for a high quality commercial tenant to use some or all of our unused facilities, ideally working with them to build a fit for purpose office and work (manufacturing or storage) facilities.
In addition to the above we continue to work what we refer to as our amenity land and our woods to ensure the continued deeevelopment and diversoty of wildlife, something we enjoy a good deal.
We enter 2021 with hope and enthusiasm. We are proud of and enjoy our Estate. If you visit it through Airbnb or simply by passing through on the footpaths or bridelways we hope you will enjoy it, too.
Thank you for stopping by this website. We hope you will find it informative and enjoyable. If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to write to email@example.com. Thank you
Martin and Roni Lovegrove
Harvested from sustainable woodland management...
At Henden we have public footpaths and bridleways crossing our land. They are well marked...
With some fantastic British scenery and iconic wildlife Henden Manor is full of photo opportunities...