At home in Harty
We call the humble hamlet of Harty our home, or as some call it, the ‘Isle of Harty’. We think we might just be one of the most unique spots in Kent! An isle within an island - we’re separated from the Isle of Sheppey by a road causeway, and from the rest of Kent by a road crossing. We like to think of our happy spot as accessible rural bliss – well located to explore some of Kent’s most captivating towns and cities and just 60 minutes from London, but utterly surrounded by rolling farmland, countryside and the waters of the Swale Estuary.
Yes, we’ve got it all. The greatest of great outdoors includes beaches, beautiful country walks, cycling and an abundance of wildlife. Bird watchers ‘flock’ to us, thanks to our sweet spot idling by one of the largest wetland bird reserves in Europe, which extends on to Harty.
Perfect for a back-to-nature family escape, a heritage holiday or an active break, come and explore for yourself and you’re sure to leave a little piece of your heart in Harty.
Image credit: Philip Haynes
They call Kent the ‘Garden of England’ and that’s particularly true of Harty! Surrounded by farmland, some of Kent’s finest produce comes from our near vicinity.
You’ll find it championed in all its glory at our nearby country restaurant, the Ferry House. Just a short walk from the Mocketts Farm Cottages, we’re prodigiously proud of our AA Rosette and our large kitchen garden, where we grow much of our own produce.
Although your cottage kitchen has everything you need to whip up your self-catering culinary creations, you really must give the Ferry House a try!
Clay Pigeon Shooting available For more information visit www.theferryhouseinn.co.uk
Things to Do...
Below are several fantastic tourism guides produced by Hidden Britain with some great ideas for a great time on the Isle Of Sheppey.
Fancy finding out about local Heritage or visiting the fabulously quirky local mini-cinema?
Mother Nature has been kind to Harty that’s for sure, and we feel very lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing array of wildlife in our idyllic little corner of Kent.
Daily owl sightings are usual - mostly Barn owls, but we also have Little Owls and Short Eared owls, amongst others. Game birds aplenty can be spotted wandering the estate and there are several driven game shoots in the area. Mocketts Pond has an annual collection of ducklings, and if you keep your eyes peeled you can normally spot a weasel ‘weasling’ around. Of the furry variety we have more than our fair share of hares, rabbits and other critters.
Driving the country road down to Mocketts Farm Cottages you’ll easily spot cows (with their calves at the right time of year), along with horses, ponies and sheep and lambs from a neighbouring farm.
Swans, geese and herons meanwhile are just the beginning of bird bingo. The Isle of Sheppey has one of largest wetland bird reserves in Europe, which extends on to Harty and attracts a huge array of birds - and birdwatchers of course!
Please ensure you and your guests act responsibly during your stay and do not impact on the wildlife; keep dogs on leads, collect rubbish and do not disturb nesting animals. ‘Harty’ thanks to you!
Image credit: Philip Haynes
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