Perfick! Darling Buds of May house in Bethersden on the market for £1.35million
The Darling Buds of May
was set in Buss Farm, Bethersden
by Tricia Jamieson
The farmhouse seen by millions of TV viewers as the home of
the Larkin family in The Darling Buds of May is for sale.
Buss Farm, at Bethersden, has been lived in by the Holmes family
for 40 years.
Now the Grade II-listed property is on the market for
Roger Holmes, who has lived there first with his parents Raymond
and Gladys and on his own since their deaths, said he had many
wonderful memories of the hit TV show.
He struck up a friendship with one of the stars, David Jason, as
they had a common interest.
"I was restoring a classic car and he was restoring motorbikes,"
said 59-year-old Mr Holmes.
"The filming went on for three years and each time David came he
would see how I was progressing and say I had not done much, or I
was getting on well.
"The production crew wanted us to move out while they were
filming, but we said no way – we didn't want to miss all the
The Darling Buds of May
ran on TV for three years
The Darling Buds of May, which also starred Catherine Zeta-Jones
and Pam Ferris, was based on the novels by H.E. Bates and was shown
from 1990 to 1993.
It detailed the lives and loves of the boisterous Larkin family
in the 1950s.
Mr Holmes recalled the film crew from Yorkshire TV coming to see
"My mother was just going out when they turned up and asked if
they could take some pictures," he said.
"She said go ahead, then they came back and said they wanted to
bring the producer and started talking about locations.
"They talked about coming here for a few weeks and about David
Jason, so we got more interested.
"When they began shooting, we thought it was just for a little
series. We never dreamt it would be so big.
"There was a lot of disruption for us, with some all night
shoots until 5am, but it was a glorious time and very interesting
seeing the filming.
"We got to know the cast fairly well. Pam Ferris was lovely to
really launched Catherine Zeta-Jones' career. I spoke to her a few
times but she was always surrounded by men!"
The last filming was in 1992 and the series ended the following
Since then, Buss Farm has been a venue for coach parties and
hosts the annual Darling Buds of May Classic Car Show.
Mr Holmes, who is selling becasue his brothers and sister want
to, admitted leaving would be a wrench.
"Forty years is a long time," he said.
Mr Holmes is a director of a computer programme company based in
Maidstone and plans to move nearer there.
His family has an ironmongers shop in Ashford, Holmes Brothers,
which is run by one of his brothers.
Buss Farm, which has 20 acres of land, an oast and Tudor barn,
is being sold by estate agents Madeleine Rose.
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