Holiday Cottage in Chiddingstone, Kent
from £322 pwSleeps 4
Straw Barn is tucked away in a secluded spot in the lovely unspoiled countryside of the Weald of Kent, close to the National Trust village of Chiddingstone. It has been tastefully converted into a charming, contemporary cottage, decorated in calm, neutral colours. The airy living accommodation with high-beamed ceilings gives a wonderful sense of space, and it is comfortably furnished with a mixture of new and traditional pieces to give a pleasing country effect. The added luxury of under- floor heating makes this property suitable for all year-round holidays.
The accommodation has a 4 Star Rating under the VisitBritain Quality in Tourism scheme. Being on ground floor only, has wide doors, some wall-rails and no internal steps, Straw Barn qualifies also under its Accessibility scheme as suitable for older & less mobile guests.
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Straw Barn: sleeps 4 people in 2 double bedrooms and 1 bathroom, patio area and parking outside.
Accommodation all on one floor
Living room with dining table, wood-burning stove.
Kitchen area with induction hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge/icebox, washer dryer. Also a microwave with grill.
TV with DVD player and Sky Freeview. Music centre.
2 x double Bedrooms: each with a twin zip-link bed, making 3ft twins or a 6ft king size bed.
Bathroom with bath and hand shower.
Front garden area, with lawn & trees, is shared with Hay Barn.
Ample private parking space by the front door.
The surrounding farm has sheep, with lambs in the spring, chickens and sometimes also pigs & cows.
Straw Barn, one of two single-storey cottages, is ideally situated for exploring and discovering the many facets of the beautiful county of Kent. Golfers, cyclists, horse riders, gardeners, heritage lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will all find somewhere to pursue their interests close by and for those wishing not to go far, many fine walks lead direct from the doorsteps.
This area of West Kent is famous for its Tudor homes & properties, and there are many charming villages and attractions for visitors. Both the famous Tudor street at Chiddingstone and Penshurst Place are within 1.5 miles, while Hever and The National Trust properties of Knole, Ightham Mote and Churchill's home at Chartwell, Westerham, are all within 20 minutes drive.
Nearby golf courses include Hever Castle, Villa Golf, Sweetwoods, Nizels, Knole Park, The Nevill & Tunbridge Wells. For anglers, the nearby gothic Chiddingstone Castle offers good fishing in the three-acre lily clad lake (permit required).
It is also a popular area for walking. Watstock is on the Eden Valley Walk. Ashdown Forest is some 7 miles away.
You will have a wide choice of nearby restaurants and pubs, many supplying real ale from the local Larkins Brewery.
Chiddingstone village is 1.5 miles away by road or footpath and boasts the famous Tudor village street of shop, houses and pub, with oak-framed and white panelled buildings and the beautiful Church & churchyard. It has been used several times as a filmset. A short walk across a lake will take you to the gothic Chiddingtone Castle which houses a museum with Japanese and Stuart collections.
Penshurst Place and its Gardens are 10 minutes away, an exciting day out for you. With plenty of activities such as crafts, mazes, garden trails and an adventure playground the whole family will enjoy this visit. The village also has a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month.
Also within 10 minutes drive, Hever Castle was the family home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, and is another charming day out for you to discover. It has an audio tour for you to experience during your visit. Children will love exploring the adventure playgrounds, the parkland and the yew maze. As a real treat in the summer months (weather permitting), this castle boasts an exciting water maze for all the family's entertainment. Furthermore, you can hire a little boat on the large lake during certain summer months! And the castle hosts regular events including jousting & triathlons.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is the main local town, a lovely Georgian spa town, only 25 minutes drive away and is well worth a visit. The shopping is extensive, with the covered Royal Victoria Place precinct and many boutiques and individual shops. The Pantiles is world-famous and offers excellent tea-rooms, restaurants and seasonal market.
Sevenoaks, 20 minutes drive to the north-east, is a most attractive small and busy town close to the M25 (Junction 5). On its outskirts you will find Knole Park, a country house dating from the 1300s, surrounded by a medieval deer park and ideal for a day out for all the family. Let the kids enjoy the deer roaming free and explore the exhibitions it has to offer. At the end of our visit, enjoy a traditional English cream tea in the Brewhouse tea-room.
Also a 20 minute drive away is thriving Tonbridge. Set in landscaped gardens with picturesque grounds overlooking the River Medway, Tonbridge Castle with its wonderful Gatehouse is reputedly England's finest example of a Norman motte and bailey castle taking you back almost 740 years. Tours are available from the Tourist Information Centre. There is a great bookshop located in this part of Tonbridge, Mr Books, in a beautiful medieval building. Tonbridge even has its own theatre, The Oast Theatre inside the 19th Century Kentish oast house, with 10 productions every year!
Under10 minutes is Hever Castle, another charming day out for you to discover. Once the home of Anne Boleyn, has an audio tour for you to experience during your visit. Take the children to explore the adventure playgrounds and let them roam around the beautiful outdoors. As a real treat in the summer months (weather permitting), this castle boasts an exciting water maze for all the family's entertainment. Furthermore, one can hire a little boat during certain times of year!
The nearby Penshurst Station (actually in Chiddingstone Causeway) has regular rail services to London, journey time 60 minutes, plus a train link to Gatwick. The airport is 35 minutes away by car while Heathrow Airport is a one-hour drive. Other rail services to London and the coast are from Sevenoaks, Hildenborough and Tonbridge, timetabled to London in about 30, 40 and 45 minutes respectively.
Bedgebury Forest and National Park is only 40 minutes' drive away, which is a stunning area of natural beauty miles of walks and cycling paths, including 'Go Ape,' a hugely fun activity where you can swing through the trees. Nearby Bewl Water is the largest area of inland water in the South-East. If you are a water sports enthusiast, this is the place to visit.
Bowles Outdoor Centre, is situated just 25 minutes away where you can learn to rock climb, build rafts and even ski on the 2 dry ski slopes.
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