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Nestled in an idyllic location in the heart of the Kent countryside between Maidstone and Ashford.

Frasers at Coldharbour Farm

Nestled in an idyllic location in the heart of the Kent countryside between Maidstone and Ashford.

Frasers at Coldharbour Farm

Nestled in an idyllic location in the heart of the Kent countryside between Maidstone and Ashford.

Frasers at Coldharbour Farm

Frasers at Coldharbour Farm

Nestled in an idyllic location in the heart of the Kent countryside between Maidstone and Ashford, Frasers is a working farm and thriving hospitality business owned by Adam and Lisa Jane Fraser.

In just under a decade Frasers has become an award-winning restaurant with rooms and boutique wedding venue based on a mixed farm. In 2017 Frasers won the British Farming Award for ‘Large Diversification of the Year’ in recognition of its transformation from solely a working farm to a successful hospitality business.

The Fraser Family background is in retail, rather than farming, having founded the widely known chain of The House of Fraser. It was this heritage that formed the idea for the branding and family association for the restaurant and accommodation business. The familiar stag’s head is the Fraser family Crest as well as being associated with the retail business House of Fraser, which the family sold in 1988.

The farm was purchased by Adam's father John Fraser in 1960 and completely modernised, eventually boasting two large dairy herds - one Jersey and one Fresian.

Adam and Lisa married in 1990 and worked alongside Adam’s father to begin the process of converting redundant buildings on the farm into high quality bed and breakfast accommodation and holiday lets. Adam took on the farm in 1996 upon his father’s retirement.

In 2000 Lisa began taking advantage of the huge variety of local seasonal foods available in Kent and began cooking and selling her range of products at local farmers’ markets. The business flourished, largely by word of mouth and Lisa began catering for parties, weddings and other events.

Access to a wide range of local ingredients from meat, dairy, jams, chutneys and breads enabled Lisa to produce high quality food for her catering business. The benefits of this practice continue to be felt today in the wider rural economy by increasing turnover for local farmers on Frasers’ supplier list. This also significantly reduces Frasers’ ‘food miles’ compared with other catering businesses.  

Accommodation guests frequently asked to purchase Lisa’s local food produce and the intoxicating smells wafting out from the kitchen acted like a magnet, attracting our guests to the kitchen stable door.

Hence, the idea of Frasers was born, to custom build a commercial kitchen and an adjacent private function room on the Farm to offer a restaurant and unique venue for guests to meet with colleagues, celebrate a special occasion or get married. Frasers was awarded its Wedding Licence by Kent County Council in March 2009.

Today, guests can visit to relax and unwind dining in the 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, stay overnight in one of the luxury suites or even take part in a series of courses from cooking to floristry, candlemaking to photography.

Fraser Family History

Nestled in an idyllic location in the heart of the Kent countryside between Maidstone and Ashford, Frasers is a working farm and thriving hospitality business owned by Adam and Lisa Jane Fraser.

In just under a decade Frasers has become an award-winning restaurant with rooms and boutique wedding venue based on a mixed farm. In 2017 Frasers won the British Farming Award for ‘Large Diversification of the Year’ in recognition of its transformation from solely a working farm to a successful hospitality business.

Hugh Fraser (Adam's great great grandfather) was born in 1815. In 1849 he became a junior partner in James Arthur - then in 1850 Arthur and Fraser was founded. This business grew over the 1850s and 1860s.

By 1866 the partnership was dissolved and Fraser and McLaren was established. In 1873 Hugh Fraser died and in 1875 his eldest son James Arthur Fraser took the reins. At this point Fraser and Sons was born.

This was very much a family business run by three of the five sons. John Fraser became Chairman. At the beginning of the nineteenth century Hugh Fraser II took over control and when he died in 1927 his son Hugh Fraser III took control. He eventually became Hugh Fraser of Allander - having run the business from 1937 until 1966.

The business became the 'House of Fraser' in 1937. The Company was extremely successful and expanded rapidly taking over many household retailer names such as Harrods, Barkers, Army & Navy and Cheesemans.

Hugh IV was born in 1936 and died in 1988. In 1984 the Company went public. Further information from the House of Fraser archives can be viewed here.

Located in the heart of the Kent countryside

An award winning small private estate and eco venue

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