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Winner of a TRIPLE GOLD AWARD & SUPREME CHAMPION
IN THE GREAT TASTE AWARDS 2010
(Guild of Fine Food)
Joanna Lumley loves Kentish Cobnuts !
COBNUT OIL BODY CARE PRODUCTS FROM AEDOS
Visiting Hurstwood Farm
Hurstwood Farm
Hurstwood Farm Cobnuts, Cobnut Oil and Walnuts
Health Benefits
Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios
Joanna Lumley loves Kentish Cobnuts !

Joanna Lumley visited Battle Abbey School for Speech Day this year, and was delighted to receive a bottle of Roasted Cobnut Oil from Catherine.  Joanna says that as a vegetarian, she particularly loves Kentish Cobnuts, and was keen to try both our cobnut oil and the walnut oil. 


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COBNUT OIL BODY CARE PRODUCTS FROM AEDOS

We are delighted to offer a limited edition of Christmas gift packs from our new skincare range, which has been developed with Aedos.  All our skincare products are handmade in small batches in Westerham, Kent, using cobnut oil produced here at Hurstwood Farm.  We have included organic Carshalton lavender oil, together with other carefully selected natural ingredients, many of which are organic.  These lovely gift packs are sure to delight the senses and make a perfect present for someone you love.

BATH OIL AND SOAP GIFT PACK       15 + P&P

Lavender & Vetiver Bath Oil
Vetiver, known as the oil of tranquility, is blended with organic Carshalton lavender oil and nourishing cobnut oil from Hurstwood Farm in Kent.  This luxurious bath oil gently disperses into the water to moisturise your body, while the essential oils relax the mind ready for a great nights sleep.  Use approximately 15mls (a tablespoon) per bath.  This 100ml bottle contains enough bath oil for at least six baths.

Cobnut Oil Soap with Kent Honey
A moisturising soap made with luxurious cobnut oil, organic shea butter and Kent honey.  Weight 45g

BODY BUTTER, SUGAR SCRUB & SOAP GIFT PACK      19 + P&P

Body Butter with Organic Lavender and Kent Honey
A blend of nourishing cobnut oil from Hurstwood Farm, organic shea butter and organic jojoba oil with organic Carshalton lavender oil and Kent honey.  This rich body butter is massaged into the skin to leave it feeling silky and soft.  Use sparingly as you only need a little!  Weight 45g

Sugar Scrub with Organic Lavender
This luxurious body scrub will leave your skin feeling vibrant and silky smooth.  It is packed with cobnut oil from Hurstwood Farm, organic Carshalton Lavender, organic shea butter, nourishing cocoa butter and British sugar.  Weight 100g

Cobnut Oil Soap with Kent Honey
A moisturising soap made with luxurious cobnut oil, organic shea butter and Kent honey.  Weight 45g


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Visiting Hurstwood Farm


Visiting the Farm

Many of you have expressed an interest in visiting Hurstwood Farm.   Unfortunately we do not have a farm shop, and as a working farm, we are not generally open to the public.  However,  during the Spring and Summer months we hold classical piano concerts in our concert hall (which doubles as the nut-packing shed during harvest time).  

Piano Concerts and Dinner ..... or a picnic in the orchard ?

Between the concerts, our guests can either reserve dinner in our restaurant (a two course hot buffet with dessert) at 22.50 per head, or may prefer to bring a picnic which can be enjoyed outside in the nut orchards.  On these days, our concert guests are invited to explore the farm and orchards, and also visit our piano showroom, where we sell hand-crafted pianos of the highest calibre available. 

This year's concerts are now over, and our 2012 season is not finalised, but watch this space, or contact us, for further details early in the New Year.

Concert days are joyous occasions and if the sun is shining, a picnic in the orchards is delightful.  If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please send your details.   We will then register you as a member of the Hurstwood Farm Music Club and you can apply for concert tickets.   Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance.   If you wish to reserve dinner, it is imperative that this is also done in advance as numbers are limited.


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Hurstwood Farm

Located in the beautiful Kentish countryside, Hurstwood Farm nut orchards are an oasis of calm and quiet beauty. Perfect lines of cobnut and walnut trees stretching to the horizon man and nature working together in peaceful harmony.

Cobnut trees were introduced to Hurstwood Farm in 1985. The cobnut is not a specific nut, but a generic term covering several different species. Mr Dain, at Hurstwood Farm, has experimented with several different varieties, in order to find the ones best suited to that specific location. He now concentrates on 'Butler', 'Gunslebert' and 'Spanish Longue'. All are cobnuts but each has individual qualities, with differing growth patterns and visual features.

Walnut trees were first planted on the farm ten years ago. The walnut plantation extends to 14 acres and contains 780 trees. Lara and Broadview are the principal varieties, and are planted in alternate rows.

Hurstwood Farm is kept as a nature reserve and the trees are given time to grow to their full maturity before the nuts are harvested. The normally quiet orchards become busy with activity as a team of nut-pickers work through those long, late days of summer, gathering in the golden harvest.

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Hurstwood Farm Cobnuts, Cobnut Oil and Walnuts

Cobnuts are a valuable source of nutrients, making a healthy snack. Both cobnuts and walnuts can be sold as green (fresh) nuts, but if they are to last more than a few days they need to be dried. All of our nuts are de-husked and dried on site, ready for the traditional Christmas market, then sold in-shell and enjoyed across the UK as a seasonal delight.

As well as supplying Kentish Cobnuts in shells, we also offer the nuts shelled and roasted in 100gm packs. These are delicious, making an interesting and unusual alternative to the normal range of commercially available nuts. Having developed a unique machine for shelling the cobnuts, Mr Dain has made it possible to roast the cobnuts, and also to press them for oil.

This labour-intensive exercise requires over a kilo of nuts - all of which have to be hand-picked and processed - to produce each bottle of Hurstwood Farm Cold-pressed Virgin Kentish Cobnut Oil.

Hurstwood Farm are the first, and only, commercial producer of Cobnut Oil in the UK.

Similar to hazelnut or walnut oil, but with a more intensely delicious nutty flavour, cobnut oil gives added flavour and depth to many dishes, both hot and cold. See the 'Recipe' section for ideas on how to use this exciting new culinary product.

Kentish Cobnut Oil is a premium product, on a par with many of the finest oils available on the market today. The oil we sell is a cold-pressed virgin oil. It is a labour-intensive product, as each nut is hand picked before going through the process of drying, shelling and then pressing. It takes over a kilo of picked nuts to produce each 250ml bottle of oil.

The high standard of our product reflects the care taken at every stage: from growing, to picking, drying, shelling, pressing and bottling.

Cobnut oil can be used in the same way as olive oil: it is lighter in texture and has a delightful nutty flavour. The oil can be used in many recipes and is a cholesterol-free source of Vitamins B and E. As well as being used in salads and cooking, cobnut oil can be used as an essential oil and is known for its benefits in treating skin conditions.

Cobnut oil is wonderful accompaniment to any meal, perfectly complementing your fare whether utilised in snacks, starters, main courses or desserts.

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Health Benefits

Studies have shown that frequently eating nuts is associated with improved cholesterol levels and as a result, a reduced risk of heart disease. Nuts are a good source of monounsaturates and also contain other beneficial ingredients such as soluble fibre and Vitamin E, which is considered to be essential for good health. Vitamin E can help protect against diseases, including cancer. Vitamin E also helps maintain healthy blood cells. Cobnut oil is cholesterol-free and so is an excellent alternative to regular oils for people who are concerned about reducing their cholesterol levels.

Cobnuts and cobnut oil also contain linoleic acid, vital for healthy growth and development. They are also a source of Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.

Cobnut oil is believed to be generally good for the skin and is used in massage oils, soap and skin products. It is a light oil with a fine texture, and easily absorbed. It is believed to have anti-ageing properties in addition to other benefits. Research is currently being carried out to assess the beneficial effects of nut oil on skin conditions such as psoriasis.

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Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios

In addition to being a working nut farm, Hurstwood Farm is also renowned as a supplier of exclusive hand-made pianos and is at the forefront of new technology in piano design.

The Phoenix Piano System was developed at Hurstwood Farm. This system incorporates the use of an innovative bridge agraffe, which is built into the piano. Uniquely, it transfers string energy into the soundboard more efficiently than has ever previously been achieved, resulting in a greater dynamic range and a longer-sounding note. This gives a small grand piano the tone and power of a concert grand and has been awarded a prize for 'Innovation in the Arts' in Germany. The Phoenix system is now incorporated into the manufacturing process of Steingraeber & Sohne, who create craftsman-built pianos in Bayreuth.

Hurstwood Farm stock an extensive range of these exclusive instruments, as well as pianos incorporating both the Phoenix System and carbon-fibre soundboards another first from Hurstwood Farm.
See www.hurstwoodfarmpianos.com for more information.

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