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Bedrooms

Three bedrooms: two twins/triple, a double and two en-suite.

Showers

All rooms have en-suite or private shower rooms.

Breakfast

We serve a cooked breakfast but there is a Vegetarian option.

Services

Each room has tea and coffee making facillities, plus free Wi-fi.

About Company Biography

What's on Offer.

Fair View B&B is a small friendly home situated on a quiet country lane. There is plenty of off-road parking on the private drive and an area to catch the evening rays of sun, after a busy day.

Evening meals can be provided if necessary but there are several good pubs and restaurants nearby in the village of Marden. Charges are per person, per night with discounts for longer stays. The accommodation is particularly popular with customers who are working locally during the week.

Travel and Logistics

  • M2 and M20 motorways are only a short distance away.
  • The Channel crossing is accessible in under an hour.
  • Maidstone and Tonbridge are the nearest towns.
  • London approximately 50 minutes away by train from the mainline station in Marden.

Guests attending weddings and parties or just visiting family and friends at the weekends are welcome.

There are plenty of local attractions and things to do in the Weald of Kent. It's not by accident that Kent is known as the Garden of England...and we are in the heart of it.

Testimonials

  • Dear Kathy, What a fabulous B&B! Thank you for making us feel so welcome; beautiful bedrooms + bathrooms…..and to top it all a lovely breakfast. We will recommend you to our friends and family. Lastly, we wish you every success for the future. Kindest Regards. Marc, Susanna + Sheila.
  • GUYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL STAY, A PROPER HOME FROM HOME, YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL DOES YOU PROUD, THANK YOU. DUNCAN & THE LADS.
  • Wonderful home & B&B. Would look forward to come again.Thank you for being so nice and friendly. Peter & Josie
  • I would like to say thank you for welcoming us into your very comfortable home which I have enjoyed enormously. Barbara
  • Thanks so much for your kind hospitality. We’ve had a really wonderful time, Sue x

Facilities What We Do

Food

Breakfast is comprised of toast, cereal, and full English or a vegetarian option
Evening meals can be arranged if necessary.

  • Reduced rates for room only.
  • Vegetarian Breakfast.
  • Microwave for long-term guests.

Drinking

Tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms free of charge.

  • Tea.
  • Coffee.

Shower facilities

There are 2 en-suite showers and one private shower room.

  • Two en-suite showers.
  • One private shower room.

bedrooms

 All rooms have TV, WiFi and either en-suite or private shower rooms

  • One Double room.
  • One twin room.
  • One twin/triple room.

Prices are per person per night with no supplement for single occupancy.

Rooms Our Works

History Latest Posts

In the beginning

Fair View was originally built around 1920. We fell in love with the property and the area, but it was obviously in need of a great deal of modernisation.

This was due to mould caused by rising damp and water coming through the roof.

The tiny kitchen had rotten floorboards where a leak from under the sink had gone undetected for years and the downstairs bathroom was only a single skin, single storey construction with no insulation and drafts blowing in from everywhere.

There's no surprise then we had a lot to do to bring it up to speed.

It had to be sorted

The ceilings were all covered with polystyrene tiles, of the type you normally find in office spaces, in a futile attempt to keep the house warm.

These were all loose due to the dampness and leaks throughout. We would have removed them anyway, as they don't lend themselves to a homely feel.

The property and the whole building needed to be completely re-wired, which isn't such a bad thing as it means one less worry.

Still a building Site

The scaffolding was an eyesore, at the front of the house, and it still looked very much like a building site, for sometime to come.

It was, of course, hard work to erect it, but a necessary part of the renovations.

We both did as much of the labouring and donkeywork ourselves.

As a result, we became very fit but extremely tired; not as glamorous as going to the gym, but very rewarding, as you can imagine. The other benefit was we didn't have to put up with all that lycra!

An empty shell

The old plaster had to be stripped from every wall in every room as it was ‘live’ and began to crack.

We chipped it all away for the rewiring stage. In a way, a satisfying job as you can get the sockets and switches exactly where they are needed in a practical fashion.

Looking better

Fair View was beginning to look like a house again. We couldn’t wait to get back in. We spent every weekend and evening working hard towards our goal of completion.

The weather could now do what it wanted as it was mainly sealed from the top to the bottom.

We continued to capture our loving build like a visual diary. It's great now to see just how far we've come.

More Scaffolding

We put all this up. It took time but it helped us with all the roofing build and brick-laying on the second floor.

The great thing about scaffolding, apart from its practicalities, is it heralds the final part of a two storey build, a nice comfort in a long development like this.

Once the massive amounts of inter-connecting metal and wooden boards have been dismantled then you know you are on the home run.

A roof over our heads

The old tiles were taken off one by one, stacked up and passed down each level of scaffolding. This is where an army of helpers were pulled in to speed up the process.

The tiles, like other authentic features of the property, were recycled so the roof is in keeping with the house's age and styling.

In someways, it's like rebuilding the roof because we also renewed internal structures like the battens and we also added copious amounts of felt for insulation and soundproofing.

It's a breeze

At this stage, the rooms were beginning to take shape, but they felt small.

If you look at this photograph and compare it to the reality of Fair View now, it's difficult to imagine them as the illustration shows.

We are very pleased with the planning and design, which has created great aspects without compromising any of the major characteristics of the building.

Rubble

The garden looked like a building site, for a very long time. Each one of these bricks, shown here in the picture, had been removed and either passed down or thrown down from the scaffolding.

Like a giant jigsaw puzzle each brick needed to be cleaned and stacked and reused in other parts of the garden. We say "jigsaw" as brick patterns and colours are observed to create a balanced looking house.

Suffice to say, it's a painstaking job to get it looking as it now does.

Our second home

The mobile home arrived on the back of a lorry and was off loaded into the garden.

We were to live here for 8 months and although it was a bit cold in the winter months we really enjoyed the summer and ate all our meals outside most of the time.

There were always plenty of mouths to feed as we roped all our friends and family members in to help at different stages.

New Sign

It was time we had a nice sign outside for drivers to see where we were along the road.

Though it is the kind that swings in the wind. It won't keep you awake at night from any creaking sounds. Promise

We will continue to improve the front of the house area in the coming months.

New Frontage

Building on going to re-design our driveway.

We have had a double garage built so guests have more room on our drive to park.

Our vehicles will be put out of the way in them.

We began erecting the double garages in October 2017

There's still building works in June 2018, but they look great

Contact Get in Touch

  • Address: Fair View, Battle Lane, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 9DE
  • Phone: Call Kathy on 07887 546891 or 01622 831300
  • Email: stay@fairviewmarden.co.uk