Hi, my name is Laurain
I was born in London, but am a country girl at heart. I love to horse ride, especially up on the North Downs; I find it’s impossible to get bored of the beautiful changing scenery of the North Downs that you can see from Stable Oak Cottages.
Stable Oak Cottages is not only a beautiful retreat in the heart of the Kent countryside, but also home to a number of friendly animals. We keep many animals here at Stable Oak cottages: five alpacas, a few cheeky chickens, geese, a horse, a pig, some sheep and a turkey.
It’s such a pleasure seeing families who book our cottages enjoying meeting our animals, and the beautiful views of the heart of Kent. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Our specially made “Hampers” at Stable Oak Cottages
Where we source our food, our products and how it all comes together to create our hampers
G.M&M Johns Family Butchers of Charing was established in 1989, opening their first shop in Walmer Kent. They are an entirely family run business, with three generations of butchers. In 1992, they were awarded a royal warrant, supplying HRH Queen Mother during her time at Walmer Castle. In 2010, they opened their second shop in the historic village of Charing, which luckily for us is only 5 minutes down the road! We use these guys for all our breakfast favourites!
We are so very lucky to have this amazing trout farm and fishery located down our lane. Alison and Paul are the proud (and lovely) owners of the farm, which is the only one of its kind in Kent. They produce delicious, freshly prepared trout and smoked foods, including oak smoked bacon, smoked trout and trout pate. Truly a small family business, started by Paul’s parents over 40 years ago! Their farm shop is open Friday to Sunday each week.
Not only does the lane produce food but the soap products in your cottage are also local, so local that in fact they are our neighbours! My Cottage Cosmetics use naturally sourced springwater for their skincare formulations to cleanse and moisturise your skin. The springwater is from a chalk stream called the Selesdene, which runs off the North Downs just behind us here. They use 100% natural ingredients, 100% botanical based for scent and colours and so are all vegan friendly!
If you like any particular product, then do let us know as we can always order some for you to take home!
And now time for us to show off a little bit….
Eggs – All happily laid by our chickens here which I am sure you will see roaming freely around our land.
Baking is what I enjoy doing and I always try to do as much as I can when I get the chance! Lovingly baked items include –
Fruit and savoury scones