Holiday Cottage in Newenden, Kent
from £533 pwSleeps 8
The Oast is a typical traditional Kentish oast house that was originally built to dry hops for the making of beer. It has now been restored and converted into a comfortable home and is situated in the centre of the historic village of Newenden, opposite the village green, where cricket has been played since 1300, close to the church with its 12th century font and within very easy walking distance of the 16th century pub, The White Hart Inn, which offers local beers and wines as well as excellent home cooked food.
Whilst The Oast is in the centre of this historic village, it is situated in a very relaxing location with far reaching westerly views down the Rother Valley. There is plenty of outdoor space at The Oast, a sheltered, but sunny terrace, with patio furniture and gas bar-be-que, a large garden and a one acre paddock which is ideal for children to run around in total safety. The Oast, which is a listed building, was converted in 1995 to a very high standard and retains many of its original period features, including the hop press which is situated at the top of the stairs, but the house benefits from modern insulation as well as an excellent central heating system. There is also a wireless broadband system for those who like to keep in touch. The mobile phone reception also is very good in this rural location, as there is a mast about a mile away.
The Oast is well designed for a superb family holiday. The roundel drawing room with two three seater sofas, TV, DVD and hifi, is an excellent peaceful space, with far reaching views down The Rother Valley. The adjoining sitting room with a log burning stove, also has a TV and is a very cosy area, especially during winter evenings. The traditional kitchen with range cooker is a great space and the adjacent dining room with its beamed ceiling mixes contemporary design with this historic building. Upstairs, passing the old hop press on the stairs, there are three bedroom and two bathrooms. The round master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. All the bedrooms have LCD TVs with Freeview, the master suite has a king size French antique bed, the second bedroom a standard double bed and the third bedroom can be configured to offer twin beds or a double bed. There is also a family bathroom with a large shower.
Newenden is right on the Kent Sussex boarder and situated seven miles to the west of Tenterden, seven miles north of Rye and twelve miles east of Battle. The Channel Tunnel is only forty five minutes by road and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells is also a short drive away taking about forty minutes. The seaside towns of Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton are also easy journeys and are excellent day trips.
The village of Northiam, about two miles to the south, has some excellent shops, including a general village shop, baker as well as an excellent fish and chip shop, there are also more pubs and eateries. There are many places to eat in the area, restaurants of most nationalities, as well as many excellent pubs. The White Hart Pub, a short walk from The Oast, offers local wines and beers as well as excellent home cooked food at realistic prices. If you prefer to cook yourself a trip to one of the many fish shops in Rye is a must. The fresh fish landed at Rye is legendary and worth getting up early for.
There is much to explore locally, within 500 meters there are many places to visit. The Bodiam Boating Station where you can hire boats on The River Rother, or take the "Dannie Lee" to Bodiam Castle. The Kent and Sussex Railway also goes to Bodiam Castle but also runs down the valley to Tenterden. There is also The Mill Toy Museum, which has The UK largest collection of pedal cars, but if you just want to relax, a walk along the river bank, or watch cricket on the village green can be a great way to unwind, with perhaps, a drink in The White Hart, to complete your relaxation.
If you want a short drive then try some of the many attractions in the area. Garden-lovers should head to Great Dixter or Sissinghurst Castle, two fabulous examples of the horticulturist's art. The fairytale medieval castle at Bodiam and of course, the town of Battle, famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Another popular tourist attraction is Rye, in Sussex, only seven miles from The Oast. There is so much to do and see in this ancient Cinque Port with its old cobbled streets and inland port. A day just exploring is a day you won't forget in a hurry.
Then down to the coast for beaches with golden sands. Try Camber Sands one of the country's best locations for beach-combing, or visit Hastings a typical seaside town with a difference. Namely - Britain's steepest funicular Victorian Railway, authentic Smugglers Caves, one of the last great Victorian seaside piers and the remains of William the Conqueror's first English castle - all sitting happily along side more modern day amenities including a Sealife aquatic centre and several astounding lighting installations including the mysterious marine monolith 'Stream' and the iconic 'Sticks of Rock' along the seafront. Also home to Europe's largest beach fishing fleet so why not take home a dressed crab to enjoy with a glass of local bubbly. Alternatively, explore the winding 'twittens' of the Old Town - complete with art galleries and interesting shops to provide that all important souvenir of your holiday!
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The Oast: sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, dining room, 1 bathroom and 1 en-suite. parking and terrace.
Kitchen with dining table seating 10 guests, large range stove, fridge freezer, microwave oven, washing machine, dishwasher.
Sitting room with inglenook fireplace and seating, LCD TV, door leading to terrace.
Roundel drawing room with sofas, TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi. Adjoining sitting room has a log burning stove.
Cloakroom with WC and wash basin.
Twin bedroom - sleeps 2 (if not required a discount applies), 2 single beds, chest of drawers, coat hangers, LCD TV with Freeview.
Roundel Master bedroom (sleeps 2) king size bed, LCD TV with Freeview, chest of drawers, large fitted wardrobe, dressing table.En suite bathroom with bath and shower.
Double bedroom (sleeps 2), double bed, LCD TV with Freeview, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Twin bedroom (sleeps 2) which can be configured to a double bed (on request), LCD TV / Freeview, wardrobe with draws under.
Family bathroom with shower.
Terrace with table and chairs seating 10
Take a stream train on the Kent and Sussex Railway along the Rother Valley to Tenterden, which is well worth a visit, or go the other way to Bodiam Castle. There are lots of events throughout the year.
Exploring the delights of the area near Newenden is endless with many local vineyards, historic houses and beautiful gardens and picturesque villages all within a short drive. The Kent and Sussex steam train can be seen at times chugging along the valley on its way to the fairy tale Bodiam Castle or take the ferry boat, The Dannie Lee, from Newenden and cruise along the River Rother to the to Bodiam Castle or if you feel like a longer journey, a sunset cruise to Scott's Float near Rye. You can also hire rowing boats and canoes. There is also a tea garden which serves excellent tea and coffee.
The White Hart Pub has excellent local beer and great food at reasonable prices.
Less than 20 minutes away is the historic town of Rye. Rye is quite enchanting with cobbled streets and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times. Rye is one of the Cinque Ports and was once surrounded by sea on three sides. Henry lll built a castle in 1247 to defend the town and this remains perched on top of the hill as a museum.The town is a delightful place to explore with a uniquely unhurried atmosphere and easily explored by foot. Perched on a hill and overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh this ancient town is the sort of place that you thought existed only in your imagination.The town still has a busy fishing fleet and fresh fish can be bought direct from the fishermen at Strand Quay. For those wishing to eat out Rye is filled with a variety of pubs, inns and restaurants and many of these are in historic buildings. What could be more perfect than enjoying afternoon tea in front of a roaring log fire in one of the many charming locations? Rye is renowned for its annual Rye Festival but also has many other interesting events throughout the year such as Rye Bonfire Night and Rye Scallop Festival in February.
With historic sites such as Bodiam Castle (10 minutes) and Battle (25 minutes), history lovers and garden enthusiasts have an abundance of places to visit. Many an hour can be spent discovering these and enjoying homemade tea and cakes in their tea rooms. Gardens include Hole Park in Rolvenden, Great Dixter in Northiam and the famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens designed by Vita Sackville-West, English author, poet and gardener.
There is much to do in the surrounding area, for sporting activities there are several local golf clubs, a water sports centre, kite surfing, fishing and tennis all with an easy drive. Of course the sandy beaches of Camber (25 minutes) and beaches at Winchelsea (25 minutes) will keep children busy for hours and during the winter these are lovely places to walk and enjoy the fresh sea air.
A short 15 minute drive away is the Chapel Down Vineyard - home to England's premium wine producer and well worth a visit. With tours and wine tasting available as well as the stunning 'Richard Phillips' restaurant it is a lovely destination for a full day out.
Further afield the lovely Georgian spa town of Tunbridge Wells (35 minutes) is well worth a visit and the shopping is extensive full of boutiques and individual shops! Or why not take a day trip to France, the Euro star Train from Ashford or the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone will transport you to a French location in record time - just don't forget to pack your passport!
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