Swale Tourism
21st March 2022

From calving at the farm, new life in the Isle of Harty fields, a refurb underway & the new season's produce from the Kitchen Garden, spring is an exciting time at The Ferry House. Here's a look at what's coming up...

Spring On The Isle Harty

Spring is quite simply a magical season in the landscape around The Ferry House. With blooming rapeseed flowers, sprightly lambs & new foals in the surrounding fields, make a day (or a stay!) of your trip over to us with a country walk, cycle or a beach front stroll.

New Season Dining - Dine Ferry House Style - Award-Winning Country Restaurant in Kent

Look out for our new season Kitchen Garden produce on the menu. Cropped fresh daily, our menu changes often to reflect what's coming out of the earth!

Serving up the best of culinary Kent, our home-grown produce, family farmed beef and game and farm-grown spirits take ‘pride of plate’ on The Ferry House menu. In our beautiful hideaway beside the Swale estuary, our family-owned 16th-century country restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence and two ‘Taste of Kent’ awards.

Settle in for relaxed dining in our barn restaurant, characterful bar or alfresco overlooking the water, not forgetting to take a stroll through our large kitchen garden…

Please check for late availability and book ahead to ensure your place at our table.

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t's a busy time on the family farm with calving well underway. This beautiful Hereford calf is just one day old! Mothers & calves thrive here before being released together onto 3000 acres of natural pasture at the neighbouring Emley Nature Reserve in April.

On the farm - due to be released into natural pasture at neighbouring Elmley Nature Reserve in April.


Winter has been all about putting nutrients back into the soil & nurturing our seedlings - now spring is all about reaping what we sow! Forced rhubarb & our polytunnel greens are among the earliest produce cropped from the garden. And soon... Asparagus season!


REFURB SNEAK PEEK Sssh.... Work has been underway, and soon all will be revealed. Here's a sneak peek at this new look dining area of The Ferry House.


Take a pre-staycation peek at some of our individually-styled, 4* ensuite rooms, with relaxed rustic charm & luxurious touches. Look out for the river estuary views from our ‘Waterside’ rooms, as well as the stylish furnishings that pay homage to our food ethos & wetland location.

Aerial views of our country & coastal panoramas let you appreciate Harty’s unique natural beauty, with a glimpse also of The Ferry House restaurant, kitchen garden & Treatment Rooms.

Home is where Harty is - a hideaway place to stay

Welcome to our beautiful and secluded corner of Kent. If you’re looking for places to stay, the hideaway hamlet of Harty might just be Kent’s best kept secret. You can join us to dine at our AA Rosette country restaurant, unwind awhile in one of our luxurious bed and breakfast guest rooms, or stay in one our self-catering holiday cottages. Surrounded by rolling farmland, wild meadows, protected wetlands and Blue Flag coastline, you can’t help but leave a little piece of your heart at Harty, with its abundant wildlife and lovely, low-key leisure opportunities.


Harty’s scenery is fabulous year round and changes constantly with the seasons: crisp winter mornings where the fields and fleets are blanketed with a shallow rolling sea mist; spring fields of yellow rapeseed flowers and bouncing lambs; blue summer skies and swaying wheat fields, ripening into autumn golds, with hedgerows bursting with the berries that we harvest for The Ferry House’s menus