Explore the Vintage Village

Meet the people who helped the garden of England grow. Acquaint yourselves with the homes and lifestyles of Kent's rural past as our Vintage Village is brought to life. Petts farmhouse was originally located 4 miles from Kent Life, and has now been restored to its Victorian splendour – just be warned to keep an eye out for the ghosts that roam here.

WWII cottages from nearby Lenham display the typical home of a wartime house wife. As furniture and fittings were in short supply and rationed, the average wartime house was decorated in a 1930s style. 

Our WWII home is even complete with sticky tape on the windows to reduce shatter, and an Anderson shelter in the back garden.

A historical survey dates Sandling Farmhouse to the 16th century. Today, vintage chic is displayed in the 1950s homestead. An exhibition in the attic details the history of the house and its various owners and a snapshot of life in the 1950s.

There is so much more to explore in our collection of original buildings, from the Village Hall relocated from Ulcombe, the Granary, the Oast House, traditional Hoppers’ Huts, through to the working Blacksmith's forge. A nostalgic trip down memory lane, for both the old and young alike.



Interact with the animals