Nut Plat Retreat

Tonbridge, Kent

Ransoms is the loving preservation of a piece of industrial heritage. Originally designed to be towed behind a steam roller during roadworks, it has been transformed into something a little more comfortable. Now featuring a full-sized double bed and a stained-glass window from Rye Cinque Port in Sussex, the living wagon has rumbled up from where it was discovered in Oxford to settle at The Nut Plat. With it's traditional green and yellow livery intact, it fits in perfectly at it's new rural home alongside the purpose built kitchen hut and the compost loo. 

If you told someone you'd picked something up at the Cambridge Vintage Machinery sale, they probably wouldn't be picturing anything even close to Bomford. The cool cream interiors, floral linen and stained glass in the windows tell you how far the living van has come from its functional roadwork days.

The big double bed has been installed along with a clever folding breakfast table and the wagon a few yards away has the gas hobs and the gas-powered shower. Soft LED lighting and the wood-burner keep you cosy and warm but on clearer nights you can sit out by, or even cook on, the open fire in your private camp.

The Nut Plat Retreat is a holiday home from home for those who relish the idea of sleeping in the Great British Countryside in 'Ransoms' or Bomford',  two bijou and boutique Living Vans.

Each Living Van is set in its own private space  in the beautiful Kent Countryside. The two lovingly restored historic living vans are kitted out to satisfy all your needs for a comfortable weekend (or longer!) break less than an hour from the centre of London.

They supply you with everything they think you'll need for a peaceful rural retreat. The only neighbours you'll have here are pet lambs.

There is a full size double bed in each van, a fold down table and chairs and games and a pack of cards to keep you entertained in the evening.

Kent is known as the Garden of England for good reason and The Nut Plat in Roughway is a historic ‘orchard’ of ancient cob nut trees. Running alongside the River Bourne in the Garden of England, the Nut Plat is on the edge of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We think the hamlet of Roughway is unique – less than an hour from the centre of London and yet you can hardly hear a car let alone a train and you rarely ever hear an aeroplane (unless it’s using the open sky for acrobatics).

Their own orphan lambs help keep the grass down by grazing the plat and we keep chickens here too. They also have horses and cattle on the land on the other side of Roughway Lane which visitors are welcome to say hello to.