Holiday Cottage in Benenden, Kent
from £310 pw
Sleeps 2+2 |
or speak to our friendly booking team +44 (0)1227 464958
Holiday Cottage in Benenden, Kent
from £310 pwSleeps 2+2 |
This charming cottage is in the lovely village of Beneden set in the heart of the Kent countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Kent. This holiday cottage is a converted barn style and is ideally situated to explore this beautiful area, near to Benenden School. Furnished to a very high standard this pretty holiday cottage is light and spacious offering a good standard of self catering holiday accommodation.
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This warm and welcoming barn style cottage is approached from a gravel driveway where towards the rear there is designated parking. The front door leads into a spacious hall ideal for storing coats and boots; there is a cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin. Two little steps take you to a delightful country style open open-plan living space with a two seater sofa-bed and pretty single chair, the dining area has a pine and cream table and four chairs, There is a flatscreen TV, DVD (with selection of DVD's), Freeview with storage in a lovely old English pine dresser. The modern newly fitted kitchen area is fully-equipped with washing machine, fridge, microwave, large range style gas cooker and extractor fan, the owner has even provided some cookery books to experiment some new recipes using some of Kent's finest produce.
The pretty bedroom has a double bed it is delightfully furnished with a white and pink 'tromp de oeil' style fabric and quality white bed linen, cream bedside tables and lamps, matching wardrobe. A door leads from the bedroom into the white, modern ensuite shower room which has a shower cubical, basin, radiator and wc.
Outside there is a private terrace area with table, parasol, bench which is screened from the owners main house.
This self catering Kent holiday cottage is situated in Benenden, a pretty rural village in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Weald of Kent. This quintinessintial English country village has two excellent pubs, and there are wonderful walks in all directions for guests to enjoy during their stay in Kent.
Benenden is a lovely Wealden village near Tenterden, with a long, broad village green where cricket is played in the summer. The parish is located in the Weald, six miles to the west of Tenterden. Benenden is most famous for its girls' boarding schools numbering Princess Anne among its former pupils.
The main part of the village is focused around the green where cricket is played in the summer months and is bounded by St George's Church (a 19th century church on the site of a medieval building destroyed by fire), the village school, the gloriously fronted memorial hall, and the Bull public house.
There are two excellent pubs, the Bull Inn and the King William lV, located near the large village green, which is lined with attractive half-timbered houses.
The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, by which time it had already aquired a parish church, one of only four villages in the Weald important enough to do so.
If you are looking for a lovely day out the famous Cinque Port of Rye is half an hour with the lovely dunes of Camber Sands another 5 minutes drive to the coast. The larger Wealden town of Tenterden is 10-15 minutes drive; which is very popular for its historic houses quirky little shops and pretty tea rooms. Royal Tunbridge Wells is approximately half an hour away and is surrounded by glorious Kent countryside. In Georgian times, this historic spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen. Today visitors to Tunbridge Wells in Kent can enjoy a relaxing day out, exploring the many gardens, castles and historic houses, shopping in Royal Tunbridge Wells, or by enjoying the wide selection of places to eat.
The attractive town of Battle is half an hour away; it gets its name from the Battle of Hastings, which was fought between Harold the Saxon king and William the Conqueror in 1066. The battle was so significant it changed the course of English history. The town grew up around the Abbey of St Martin which was built by William the Conqueror after the battle. It is said that William vowed that should he win the battle he would build such an abbey. The abbey was built between 1070 and 1094, and the high altar is believed to have been placed on the spot where Harold fell. Today the Abbey ruins and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and are well worth a visit. The imposing Abbey gatehouse built circa 1338 can be seen as you look down the length of the High Street.
Biddenden Vineyard is very close by, Kent's oldest commercial vineyard, produces Award Winning English Wines, traditional Strong Still Ciders and Farm Pressed Apple Juice. Chapel Down Winery near Tenterden is one of England's premier wine producers offering vineyard walks and guided tours.
There are a host of beautiful National Trust properties within easy reach of this self catering cottage including Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, one of the world's most celebrated gardens, the creation of Vita Sackville-West. Bodiam Castle in East Sussex was built in 1385, it is a perfect example of a late medieval moated castle and provides a fantastic day out for all the family. Great Dixter House and Garden, a Tudor house with a famous twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden. Scotney Castle, one of England's most romantic gardens designed in the Picturesque style around the ruins of a 14th-century moated castle, set in a beautiful wooded estate.
As Kent has more castles than any other county there are lots to visit during your stay at this self catering holiday cottage - particularly the beautiful moated Leeds Castle, and further afield Dover Castle with its wonderful historic battlements and the secret World War II chambers dug into the white cliffs.
The historic and beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury is 30 miles to the north of this holiday cottage which is well worth a visit whilst you are in the Kent area.
For more ideas of places to visit, please look at our 'Things to Do' section of the website.
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Thank you very much for a wonderful stay in Freshwater Barn. Lovely cosy cottage. Enjoyed local pub. Will definitely recommend!!!
January - 2013
Thank you for a lovely stay at Freshwater Barn. A great cottage-we had a wonderful weekend; catching up on tv and a great walk to the Bull pub.
January - 2013
Thank you very much for this lovely, very comfortable and very nicely decorated barn. We really appreciated the place. Excellent location for doing lots of different activities.
The French family - March 2013
Thank you for the lovely week, it was much needed. The barn had everything we needed and was excellently located for visiting Kent. Would highly recommend. Look forward to returning. Best wishes
April - 2013
We had a very nice stay at the barn, very relaxing! We enjoyed very much visiting Kent, Thank you very much.
Martin - May 2013
We had a lovely stay. It was very quiet and peaceful. Had a lovely time visiting the many historic houses in the area.
Sipsma - May 2013
A very positive experience, thank you.
December 2012 - New Year period
We had a brilliant Christmas in Freshwater Barn. The cottage was cosy and very comfortable and the festive touches and delicious home-made cake made it absolutely perfect.
Sophie made us really welcome and nothing was too much trouble.
We enjoyed our walks on the footpaths close to the cottage and would have loved to have explored Benenden and the surrounding villages and countryside if time had allowed.
We would highly recommend Freshwater Barn and look forward to our next visit.
We had a lovely holiday! We enjoyed your cake very much and we think the cottage and the garden is very beautiful. Because the weather was so nice, we could eat outside in the morning and breathe in the fresh air. The children loved being able to run around in the garden and being surrounded by animals. Guided by the flyers in your folder, we visited a lot of places. Thank You!
Niels- August 2012
A perfect week in a very comfortable cottage. I appreciated the nice touches, cake, water and flowers. The bedding and linen were perfect. A very beautiful, peaceful week.
Declan- August 2011
We have really enjoyed our stay here for the past week. The Cottage has been ideal, good location for visiting National Trust and English Heritage sites as well as its lovely beaches, walks and scenery! A big thanks for its warm reception and scrumptious lemon cake!!! We will try to find the time to come again in the near future.
Ken and Jackie - March 2012
Ideal place to stay for our short break. Cottage has been very well furnished and has a lovely, cosy feel as well as being bright, light and airy. Plenty of walks available for dogs and two good local pubs. Would recommend cottage and local area to friends and family.
Jacquie, Greg and Terry- March 2012
We spent our first two nights of our mini honeymoon there and it was absolutely marvelous. Delicious home made lemon sponge cake and a bottle of champagne awaited us. The cottage was short of nothing and clearly a lot of thought had gone into its design and decoration. Congratulations and Thank you.
Isabel Guerin-Trickey- October 2012
We spent our first two nights of our mini honeymoon there and it was absolutely marvelous. Delicious home made lemon sponge cake and a bottle of champagne awaited us. The cottage was short of nothing and clearly a lot of thought had gone into its design and decoration. Congratulations and thank you.
Isabel Guerin-Trickey - October 2012
We were only here for 3 days but had a lovely break.
The cottage had everything we needed and was very comfortable and clean. Sophie has thought of everything and is a great host. Extra touches such as the fresh flowers and freshly baked cake made us feel very welcome.
We would recommend the cottage to anyone wanting to explore Kent, and The Bull in Benenden for a good meal.
Thank you Sophie.
Had a glorious sunny weekend!
Thank you Sophie for your kind hospitality and the wonderful cake.
Spent Saturday on a cycle trail at The National Pinetum at Bedgebury. You can hire bikes there, or can walk and picnic.
Thank you Sophie for a lovely week!
The barn is beautiful and very comfortable. We have been made to feel very welcome.
Great hospitality and a delicious cake!
Hope to see you again soon!
The Conchies - September 2012
We loved; The cottage, the lemon cake, The Bull at Tenterden, Appledore, Rye, Camber Sands in the warm sunshine, Sissinghurst and Scotney castles, our day trip to France, sitting outside the cottage drinking tea and walking to Benenden across the fields. Thank you for your warm hospitality, all the little extras were appreciated. We will return as there is so much still to do...
Nicola and Anthony- August 2012
Thank you for the lovely welcome at this beautiful holiday cottage. We have had a lovely week in this area of Kent and the Weald and may well return in the future to explore some more and enjoy the countryside. Many Thanks again for your hospitality.
The Cooks- August 2012.
We spent a perfect week in this cosy and comfortable cottage. The children loved the hens (and their eggs) and the cat, who was waiting for us to come home. The grown ups loved the beautiful gardens in this area, especially Pashley Manor Garden. Thank You for the delicious cake and the lovely flowers!
Esther, Maria and Abel - August 2012
Many thanks for a beautiful week in your lovely cottage.
We had a great time with our early morning walks and sitting out in the sun.
The cake was a lovely touch and was gorgeous.
We will come back as soon as we can and maybe stay for a longer time.
A fantastic base for us to explore Kent and Sussex.
Thank you so much. An ideal week a great way to see the Olympics 2012.
The perfect cottage - just what we needed as a mini-escape.
Lots of lovely things to see and do in the local area.
Thank you very much for the yummy lemon cake and also the champagne for our celebrations of recently getting married.
Will send you the pictures of us all dolled-up in your beautiful garden.
A lovely cottage, bright and airy with all the right ingredients to make a great holiday stay. The added touches of the tasty cake and the coffee/tea, flowers, water etc. made it even more enjoyable.
We have visited Benenden before and we enjoyed visiting the area yet again with good walks around the local area and testing the beer in the local pubs. The food was also good, especially The Bull in Benenden, The woodcock, Iden Green and Three Chimneys near Sissinghurst.
Carol & Tim
We have been so very comfortable in this light, bright and beautifully kept cottage.
We've loved being in Kent's charming countryside.
Thanks for the very warm welcome, especially for the delicious sponge.
Wishing you all success in the future.
Pat & Sally
A lovely cottage, bright and airy with all the right ingredients to make a great holiday stay. The added touches of the tasty cake and the coffee/tea, flowers, water etc made it even more enjoyable. We have visited Benenden before and we enjoyed visiting the area yet again with good walks around the local area and testing the beer in the local pubs. The food was also good, especially The Bull, Benenden, The Woodcock, Iden Green and Three Chimneys near Sissinghurst.
Carol and Tim, Newcastle Tyne and Wear 13th July, 2012
We have been so very comfortable in the light, bright and beautifully kept cottage. We've loved being in Kent's cahrming countryside. Thanks for the very warm welcome, especially for the delicious sponge. Wishing you all success in the future.
Pat and Sally, Calgary, Canada. 6th July 2012
The host and hostess at Freshwater Barn couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Sophie even left us a freshly baked Victoria sponge cake, and bottles of Pellegrino water with tea for our arrival. The cottage was tucked away, would be perfect for someone seeking true quiet, privacy, and seclusion.
Excellent and helpful service from Mulberry Cottages.
I appreciated the co-ordination your office gave me, with your website, to help me find what I was looking for quickly. Your representative was wonderful, sorry I have forgotten her name.
We have had a delightful stay in Kent and thinking ourselves lucky to have found Freshwater Barn. Thank you for providing such clean and comfortable accommodation and for the delicious cake that we enjoyed tucking into during our stay. Will definitely recommend to our friends.
P.s Just for the record, the weather has been absolutely lovely!
Carol and Ron - June 2012
Even though we have lived in Kent for 50 years, we have had a wonderful month exploring this part of the county around Benenden. The hospitality of Sophie and Ron was a big part of our enjoyment, and the delightful little cottage became our home. The wettest summer in living memory was studded with flashes of brilliant sunshine in this corner of the garden where we ate out at the sheltered arbour with benches and table and entertained many of our Kentish friends here.
Mr and Mrs Stevens- June 2012
The barn was just right for two, nicely furnished and very clean and in a lovely setting. Thank you for the delicious lemon cake! We walked and cycled everywhere. In the evenings we walked across the fields to the pubs. We will definitely be back in the future!
Matt and Jen Thirsk- May 2012
Lovely location, great weather and very relaxing. The walking was excellent and Fido the whippet had a great time.
Lioba and Anthea- May 2012
A really nice cottage with a warm reception. Great place to be for visiting Gardens and Castles. Lots of good walking within a 10mile radius. Local pub grub is good as well. We really enjoyed our stay and will come back again.
John and Edna Plume - May 2012
Had a lovely stay, it was lovely and quiet. The cake was lovely and Sophie is very helpful and a wonderful host.
We would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Samantha and Ian
Samantha & Ian 07/05/2012
We've had a great stay. So peaceful, great local pubs, fab walks.
We'll be back. Richie and Emma.
Richie and Emma 04/05/2012
We spent great days here in Kent, it was a real pleasure to stay in Freshwater Barn, you have a great place!
Thank-you very much for your hospitality.
Barbara & Federico from Melbourne
Barbara & Federico 02/05/2012
Thank-you for a wonderful holiday in Fresh Water Barn. We've loved staying in this quiet relaxing and perfectly located cottage.
Highlights have been our trip to France, exploring the villages, trip to Canterbury and in particular the Bull pub (and getting lost in the fields!)
Karen and Emily.
P.S The cake was delicious!
Karen & Emily 21/04/2012
We enjoyed our days here so much. It began with a home made cake and showing the children the best places to play. We felt so welcome. Freshwater Barn is a comfortable place and great for days out, for example, at Bodiam Castle, Cranbrook or Tenterden. It was always a pleasure to come home to your well furnished and cosy holiday home with the best shower we've had in Britain.
A, S, R & Z - Oldenburg, Germany - October 2011
We enjoyed our stay in Freshwater Barn very much. Thank you for this beautiful holiday home which was perfectly located to discover this lovely area. It was a fantastic week in Kent.
S & B, Germany - October 2011
It was lovely! From the deliciously freshly baked welcome cake to the helpfulness and hospitality of our host, everything was better than we expected. It was only a very short stay, but we're already thinking about returning. The best way to describe the experience is by enjoying it yourself.
V, F & M - October 2011
We have had a most enjoyable holiday in beautiful accommodation and have been most fortunate with the weather, which has enabled us to visit many lovely houses and gardens as planned. The friendly welcome, fresh flowers and delicious cake were much appreciated.
R & K, Cannock Chase - October 2011
We have had a brilliant week. Thanks for the lovely welcome - especially the delicious cake! The cottage is beautiful and ideally situated for visiting all sorts of places - Dungeness, Hastings, Bodiam, Rye, Leeds Castle, Cranbrook - the list is endless. Not to mention the surrounding countryside - we've had some delightful walks. Thanks for your friendly hospitality.
M & S, Southsea - September 2011
We had a lovely time in the cottage and enjoyed very much our time in Kent. We visited lots of castles and gardens. Thanks for the wonderful cake!
R, I & L, Munich - September 2011
Freshwater Barn is lovely, very clean, appreciate the nice touches - flowers, cake and Molten Browns. We let the hens out for an hour or so each day, they are very clever and went to bed by themselves by 7.30!
P & K, Cumbria - August 2011
It was just gorgeous staying at the barn, exactly as I saw online, everything we needed & in Benenden a truly lovely part of Kent. Wish we could have stayed on and we will highly recommend to our travelling Aussie friends!
Mr & Mrs C, July 2011
We had a wonderful stay in the cottage! The cake was very good. We visited a lot of National Trust properties and did a lot of geocaching*. Thank you for the hospitality!
* Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use GPS receiver or mobile device to play hide and seek (worldwide) - a bit like a walking or driving treasure hunt. www.ukgeocachers.co.uk
Mr & Mrs E, June 2011
Thanks for a lovely time in a very cosy cottage. The delicious cake was very welcome. It was interesting to see your market garden flourish in the warm, sunny and sometimes wet (needed!) weather. A most enjoyable stay and one to remember and recommend to friends and family.
Mr & Mrs K, June 2011
Refundable security deposit of £100 payable. Cot and highchair are available upon request. Please be aware that the owner who lives very close to the barn does have dogs and cats and will accept one well behaved (cat friendly) dog only. Short breaks accepted. Saturday changeover day.
Mulberry Cottages for themselves and for holidaymakers in this property whose agents they are give notice that:
(i) the particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intended holidaymakers.
(ii) all descriptions (including photographs), dimensions, reference to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and believed to be correct, but any intending holidaymakers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact.
(iii) no person in the employment of Mulberry Cottages has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property.