Place Farm House has existed as a care home for 26 years and has most recently been under new ownership by the Bown family since September 2016. The care home is at the heart of the local community with many of its residents having resided in the Patcham area for a number of years. The care home has strong links with various community and church groups and this adds to the connection which the home and its residents have with the local community.

Place Farm House is managed day-to-day by Andrew Bown who lives locally in Brighton. He takes a highly active role in the day-to-day running of Place Farm House and is personally on hand to provide support to the residents and the care staff.


Andrew qualified as a nurse in 2007 and has had experience in various hospital care settings including elderly care. Andrew has gained healthcare management experience in NHS primary care managing primary and secondary care contracts. More recently he has gained commercial experience in the pharmaceutical sales and business development and marketing for BMI Healthcare. This experience has been consolidated by completing a Business Management HND at Brighton Business School in 2015.

Place Farm House is closely connected to our sister home in Kent, Abbey Lodge, which Liz has owned and personally run day-to-day since September 1996. We lived at Abbey Lodge as a family in the early 2000’s and took a very active daily role in the life of the home. This has given us a unique perspective of elderly residential care and our family approach transcends Place Farm House and Abbey Lodge and provides a philosophy of how we want to lead and provide care in our homes.

We believe the environment and care of the home is defined by us and our philosophy as a family makes Place Farm House a homely and forward thinking care home. We pride ourselves on bespoke quality of care where residents can enjoy living their later years.

Situated in the beautifully tranquil surroundings of the market town of Hythe in south east Kent, Abbey Lodge is our 23 bed sister home which is our standard bearer for the quality and philosophy of care which we have continually enhanced since October 1996.

Abbey Lodge has stunning views overlooking the English Channel (and on some days) the French coastline and has lovely quiet gardens for the residents to enjoy.

Please click here to find out more about Abbey Lodge.

  • Family run home with unique character and homely surroundings.
  • An outstanding, professional team with identifiable values which strengthens our desire to provide the best for our residents.
  • Electronic care system which allows you to stay in touch with your loved one’s care.
  • En-suite bedrooms furnished to create a homely and cosy retreat for you.
  • Home cooked delicious food choices.
  • Comprehensive diary of daily activities and professional entertainers.
  • Services such as weekly Hairdressing, Chiropody and Newspapers all included within the fees.
  • Clear Residents Charter which puts our residents at the centre of everything we do.

The phrases “technology” and “care home” may seem counter-intuitive but we very much strive to run the home with technology and a “paperless” approach. It not only free’s up time for our staff to spend with the residents but enhances the morale and motivation of our staff who are key to high level of care and commitment needed in a demanding role. We use an online care system which gives our carers the flexibility to provide bespoke care to the residents at their bedside, rather than having to rely on paper care records which are bulky and sometimes poorly maintained.

To find out more about the technology which we use in our home please contact us

Place Farm House to regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who are the national inspectorate body in the United Kingdom. We are regularly inspected against their 5 key questions. You can view our current and past inspections (from September 2016 onwards) below.

September 2017 inspection

November 2016 inspection