Freshwater Barn

Benenden, Kent
  • 2+2
  • 1
  • Pet Friendly

Pretty as a picture cottage tucked away at the end of a garden in stunning Benenden.

  • Ideal romantic retreat
  • Close to Sissinghurst Castle
  • Great pub nearby

About Freshwater Barn

This charming cottage is on the outskirts of the lovely village of Benenden set in the heart of the Kent countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Kent. With two pubs a village shop and a butchers, you may not ever need to leave! 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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"Really comfortable and quiet spot with everything to ensure a relaxed stay."

September 2017 - Vic and Linda

"Thank you for a lovely welcome and stay in your beautiful barn.Until next time"

September 2017 - Bob,Marlon and Joep

"Thank you for letting us stay, we wished we had spent more time relaxing. The cake was beautiful and the bed so comfortable."

September 2017 - James and Amanda

"We had a wonderful time in this cottage, everything was good. The barn was very well equipped and your garden beautiful. A lovely 2 weeks."

August 2017 - Saskia, Klas and Jopi

"We really appreciated your lovely barn, cake,flowers, garden and animals. Beans and beetroot will remind us of a wonderful holiday!"

August 2017 - Hella

"Wonderful stay at Freshwater Barn. Sophie makes very nice cakes, loved the dogs and the chickens."

July 2017 - Pam, John and Rosie the dog

"Lovely stay in your cosy comfortable barn. Terrific host and tasty cake. All the best"

July 2017 - Ros and Steve

"We had a wonderful week in this lovely cosy cottage. Thank you for the warm welcome,fresh flowers and tasty cake."

July 2017 - Leo, Elizabeth and Lisa

"We had a brilliant week at the barn. Your hosting together with all the animals, good weather made a really relaxing week. Best wishes."

July 2017 - Linda and Roy

"We had a great time in your barn, lucky with the weather so we could eat all our meals outside.All the best."

June 2017

"Thanks Sophie! we had a wonderful time."

June 2017 - Mary, Craig and Will

"Ideally situated cottage. Thank you for such a lovely stay."

May 2017 - Penny and Katie

"Lovely welcome and spotless accommodation."

April 2015 - Miss E. Moir

"A lovely little detached cottage/barn with really well maintained and presented rooms. The kitchen has all the utensils and pans etc you could need for a short stay and the bed is comfy and snug with a great en suite shower room. The owners are friendly and approachable and as the barn is located near to their house they are on hand should you have any issues. We had a great stay and would definitely recommend it."

March 2015 - C. Sherlock - Scougall

"We spent quite some time researching the perfect location for our holiday get-a-way and we think we certainly found it here at Freshwater Barn Cranbrook. We will certainly be recommending this cosy, warm, welcoming retreat to our friends and family and hope to return again soon.Thanks for a perfect time."

November 2014 - Kari and Lucy

"Thank you Sophie for welcoming us so warmly. Lovely accommodation. We had a great stay coming to see our granddaughter. Hope we will come back again soon."

November 2014- Diane and Roger

"We had a lovely relaxing stay at the Ban. Thank you for the warm welcome. We enjoyed long walks and the fireworks display in Benenden was outstanding. We would love to come and stay again in the future.Thanks again"

November 2014 - Claire and Ray

"We had a fantastic holiday in your cosy barn! Hope we can come again. Thank you"

October 2014 - Katharina and Bjorn

"A very enjoyable and relaxing week in Kent. Plenty to see and do, and a comfortable bolt hole to return to. Thank you very much for helping us have a great week away."

October 2014 - Ben, Lorraine and Lily

"We came to relax and re-charge - and what a perfect place. It is a beautiful cosy Barn. Thank you Sophie for having us in this wonderful hideaway! Plenty of local knowledge and best places to eat etc.Thanks again"

October 2014 - Tony and Mandy Jarvis

"The barn was spotless and very well equipped. We were very well placed to visit numerous National Trust properties. If we are back in this area we will be sure to come again."

October 2014 - Tony, Rebecca and Sophie

"Lovely owners, lovely property."

Ocotber 2014

"Freshwater Barn is a 'home away from home' complete with the wonderful fresh aroma of the caraway cake delicious!"

September 2014 - Linda and Terry (Felixstowe)

"From the moment we pulled up at the gates and were welcomed, we loved it! A real home from home. Very charming with the homemade cake and fresh flowers, and the lovely homemade jam. We can highly recommend the Barn."

September 2014 - .Andrea Steven and Pandora the dog (Sevenoaks)

"The rural and quiet atmosphere around the house and the warm welcome with flowers and delicious cake have made our stay unforgettable. Many thanks again."

September 2014 - Foke en Jan (Belgium)

"Such a beautiful Barn in a lovely garden and nice surroundings! We loved the family atmosphere and really good advice given to us here! We'll come back"

September 2014 - Katharina, Hedwig and Wilfried (Germany)

"This has been a very comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful area. Thank you for the delicious cake and fresh flowers. Thanks for the hospitality."

September 2014 - John and Beryl (Australia)

"We have written our testimonial all in French - Merci pour ce beau week-end Ednnige (8yrs)"

August 2014 - The Belgians

"Many thanks for a lovely stay, we are all refreshed! We didn't realise how beautiful Kent is!Would recommend The Kitty Fisher and Chapel Down"

August 2014 - Christine, Richard and Lucy

"We enjoyed our stay. the cake was perfect. There are plenty of things to see in the neighbourhood."

August 2014 - Bert en Sjoukje (Netherlands)

"We have had a lovely holiday in the Barn. Thank you for a lovely place to stay."

August 2014 - Rowena, Matt and Arthur (UK)

"The weather was great, the surroundings beautiful and the cottage had everything to make our holiday relaxing. All the best."

August 2014 - Maurice and family (Eindhoven)

"We enjoyed a wonderful week here at Freshwater Barn. We had fantastic sunny weather and quite enjoyed exploring Kent. The best part, though, is always returning to the cottage to relax in the evenings. Your cottage and gardens are so peaceful and beautiful! Thank you for the lovely holiday and letting our kids help with your animals"

July 2014 - The Americans ( Germany)

"Enjoyed our week, thank you for everything. Beautiful gardens and comfortable cottage."

July 2014 - Sylvia and Vic (Northumberland)

"Thank you for the lovely stay. Lots of lovely gardens, our favourite was Sissinghurst. Great meal at the Swan Chapel Down"

July 2014 - Jenny and Robert (Dorset)

"Freshwater Barn is such a lovely comfortable place to stay. A warm welcome and a delicious cake on arrival.We loved our stay. What more can we say A perfect relaxing stay."

July 2014 - Jane, Margaret and Liz

"We had a lovely warm welcome from Sophie. The barn was spotlessly clean and a delicious cake was waiting for us after a long journey.Thank you for your hospitality and local knowledge."

June 2014 - Sandy and Mile (Devon)

"Thank you for a great two and half weeks. Although not a holiday, it was a great place for revision for GCSE's. Charming and peaceful, we loved the chickens as well as the cats and dog. Thank you for everything!"

June 2014 - Julie and Jemima (Guernsey)

"Lovely week in a lovely place! Very comfortable cottage and beautiful garden and nice pets (and owners)! A dream and the steam railway was fantastic."

May 2014 - Barbara (Switzerland)

"Beautiful countryside, wonderful walks and marvellous food! What more can one ask. Thanks so much Sophie and family for the lovely stay. The barn is homely, warm and comfortable."

May 2014

"The barn felt like home and we have enjoyed a wonderful week. The cake was much appreciated with a cup of tea at the end of the day. Thank you"

May 2014 - Joy and Barrie ( Batemans Bay, Aus)

"Excellent place highly recommended."

May 2014 - Mr Mulcahey

"We have had a lovely week at Freshwater Barn, The weather and the cottage has been perfect. A beautiful village with lovely pubs and friendly locals. Will come again! Thank you for the lovely cake"

Rhonda, Nick, Haydn and Alexandra - April 2014

"Thank you so much. Our mission was to visit old haunts - Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and a new on Hole Park for the Bluebells."

Vanessa and Bernard - April 2014

"We had a lovely break in your wonderful cottage. We had a lovely time! Would want to stay longer if we could. Thank you again"

Kevin and Anne and Josh (the dog) Curenborg Holland - April 2014

"Such a warm welcome in you lovely Barn! Treated twice, first a delicious cake and then biscuits made by Juliette. We had a splendid two weeks with no rain and plenty of sunshine. We were so lucky! We loved the long walks with our dog Chips in the nearby forest. Freshwater Barn was a lovely place to stay, after two weeks we still wished we could stay a little longer. We hope to see you again soon"

Barbet and Dennis (Alphen a/d Rijn Holland) - March 2014

"Such a warm welcome in you lovely Barn! Treated twice, first a delicious cake and then biscuits made by Juliette. We had a splendid two weeks with no rain and plenty of sunshine. We were so lucky! We loved the long walks with our dog Chips in the nearby f"

Barbet and Dennis (Alphen a/d Rijn Holland) - March 2014

"Thank you for the warn welcome, hospitality and the seriously good cake. We enjoyed our stay and if we were ever to return to this area, this is our choice of stay. Many thanks for creating this wonderful space."

David and Noela 19.02.14 - 23.02.2014 (NSW)

"Thank you, we have had a fantastic weekend. Accommodation was excellent. Once again thanks."

Martin and Christine (Chatham, Kent) - January 2014

"Never seen so much water on Holiday, Luckily we enjoyed the comforts and countryside of Freshwater Barn. We had a great time and loved the chickens. Have a Happy 2014."

Patrik and Tine (B&B Divino, Belgium) - January 2014

"Very cosy, clean and in a quiet location."

January 2014

What makes this area
So special...

Great location for exploring the stunning Weald of Kent and yet with two popular pubs and a quintessential English cricket green, you may not choose to leave Benenden village at all! Sissinghurst Castle and Scotney Castle are both close by and for some wonderful shopping head to Tunbridge Wells where there is a great range of independent shops and the charming Pantiles to explore. There are several vineyards and cider farms nearby where you can take a tour or just have a tasting.

Property details

Freshwater Barn: sleeps 4 in double bedroom with double bed (sleeps 2) with en-suite shower room, kitchen, open plan living area with sofa bed (sleeps 2), hall, cloakroom with WC.

Ground Floor

Double bedroom with modern en-suite shower room

The front door leads into a spacious hall ideal for storing coats and boots.

Open-plan living space with a two seater sofa-bed, the dining area seats four, there is a flatscreen TV, DVD (with selection of DVD's) and Freeview

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


Outside there is a private terrace area with table, parasol, bench which is screened from the owners main house.

Parking on drive



What you need to know

Cot and highchair are available upon request.

Welcome pack provided.

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.

Sleeps 2+2

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