The Quadrangle, a large Victorian farmstead built in 1870, is now used as a place for exploring sustainable living and the arts, 40 mins from central London. The converted barns have access to a large garden, orchard, beehives and a river.
Shepherd's Barn has a large dormitory, which sleeps up to 17, one double bedroom, and a cosy living room/kitchen, which can fit between 8-10 people. The Main Barn is the biggest space, about 15m x 8.5m with very high ceilings, a timber floor and a gallery at one end. It’s great for games, workshops, talks, exhibitions, screenings and shows. It’s not heated or insulated so you need to be pretty active in the winter to keep warm! In the summer the Main Barn can be used as a giant dining room or extra living space. There's a table tennis table, skateboards, pogo stick, unicycle and other stuff for kids. There are extra tables and seating available for events.
The camping field has a cosy yurt with a wood burning stove, double bed and futons for kids and has been planted as a permaculture forest garden, with fruit trees, a pond and space for lots of tents. Outside the yurt there are steps down to the Darent River, which is great for wild swimming.
There are converted stables that open onto a shared courtyard (we only own half). These are used by local crafts people and as a general space for mending things. There's a vintage tractor, which seems to always need fixing and even an Airstream caravan, which we have been renovating for quite a while! (Should be ready by summer, fingers crossed).
Staying in Shepherd's Barn, or when camping, you have access to the Main Barn, the large flat lawn outside the double barn doors and the forest garden - all of which are shared with the family if we are there.
Part of the garden is family-only but otherwise you are free to roam around. We have close next-door neighbours so have noise restrictions in the Main Barn - so we generally only host eco and acoustic parties and weddings.
Interaction with guests
Our extended family stay in the Granary from time to time and you might bump into workshop tenants and our neighbours in the courtyard.
There are lots of courses, workshops and events throughout the summer. You can find more info on what's happening on the Quadrangle Trust website.
Other things to note
For Shepherd's barn it is £30 a night a head (minimum two people during the week) with a minimum charge for weekends of £300 during the winter (from the beginning of October until the end of April) and £550 in the summer. We also have charity rates; just get in touch.
The Quadrangle is large and spacious and there is plenty of outside space. One half of the space, and some of the fields, is owned by lovely neighbours so it is crucial that large groups respect their privacy and peace. Very sorry but that does mean no parties or weddings.
No smoking inside please. This is a relaxed, informal space, still a family home, which you will share bits of with our neighbours, visitors and family – bare that in mind when deciding to book!
I'm the projects director at the Quadrangle Trust- our family home that we've set up as a centre for sustainable living and creative arts.
I live between the Quadrangle and north London.