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Small, 4-star Barn For Two In The Weald Of Kent



Updated: 11-Oct-2016
House in Benenden, Kent, England - Peaceful Location, Central To Benenden Village Yet Hidden Away

The Potting Shed is a small 18th c Kent barn converted in 2012 into a 1 bedroom self catering holiday let, now awarded 4 Star rating . It is in a peaceful tucked away spot a few hundred yards W of the old Parish Church, surrounded by the owners` garden, with topiary, trees and flower beds. It also has its` own secluded, private garden. It is close to the village which has a general stores, butcher, hairdresser and 2 extremely local village pubs selling food and another a 20 minute walk through the woods.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are both professional gardeners, with a keen interest in the countryside and wildlife. we have created our own topiary garden, Charlotte is a painter and Donald keeps bees.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We both thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight in the beautiful Potting Shed. Fantastic, magical surroundings. Ideally situated in the lovely Weald of Kent. Friendly, welcoming hosts who made us feel right at home. Sitting in the fabulous gardens, listening to the birds and the church bells are a real pleasure. Visits to Sissinghurst and Great Dixter are a must (like Donald & Charlotte's garden on steroids). Many thanks again". L and G - France

July 2012

"This is the most beautiful cottage we have stayed in of all the places we have been and the gardens are so lovely and peaceful, everything is so peaceful and relaxing. We've had such a wonderful holiday. This cottage is everything you could wish for, especially Charlotte and Donald who are the most thoughtful and kind couple. Thank you for everything".

T and W - Northern Ireland

September 2012
Mar 2013
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect holiday retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3weeks, our leaving words were we will be back.Flights booked and returning in 2016. The Potting Shed is well equipped,clean and beautifully maintained. Private garden and summer house.The main gardens are a joy to any gardener. Donald and Charlotte take care of your every need, the flowers and welcome basket are a delight. Plenty of places to visit locally if you do not want to drive to far.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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northern ireland

Great retreat.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my Mum for a week in June. The Potting shed is ideal for two and it is equipped to a high standard. It oozes charm and has the feeling of 'far from the maddening crowd'. It is well placed for visiting gardens, coastline etc and plenty of restaurants locally, two in the village and others within a 5 mile radius. Having said that we cooked 2 evenings (good butchers in village) as the setting is so peaceful. We will be returning this summer 2015 and looking forward to it!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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From the Owner

Beautiful surroundings, central for a lot of our work.

Activity and Interests


Rye - 14 miles, Winchelsea - 17 mile, Camber Sands - 18 miles and Hastings, 19 miles. All distances rounded to the nearest mile.


Gatwick Airport - 51 miles, Manston - 47 miles, Lydd Airports - 21 miles. Folkstone and the Channel Tunnel - 32 miles. All distances rounded to the nearest mile.

It is easier to see the many gardens and National Trust properties in the area with a car.

Intermittent bus service from the village to local towns/area.


The Potting Shed is a short walk from village shops and pubs selling food. The historic and picturesque towns of Tenterden 6 miles, Cranbrook 4 miles both amply supplied with shops, cafes and restaurants. Hawkhurst 5 miles has a digital cinema. Tunbridge Wells is 18 miles and Rye are 14 miles away. Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens 4 miles and Great Dixter House and Gardens 8 miles. All distances rounded to the nearest mile.

Further Details:

Places of Interest under 10 miles away :



Steam Railway

Sissinghurst Castle

Great Dixter

Hole Park

Scotney Castle

Bodiam Castle

Pashley Manor



Marle Place gardens and gallery

Smallhythe Place

Rolvenden Historic Vehicle Collection

Finchcocks Museum of Music

Biddenden and Chapel Down Vineyards

Bedgebury Pinetum

Hempsted Forest

Silcocks Organic Farm Shop

Hartley Dyke Farm Shop and fish shop

Nearby Farmers Markets take place in Rolvenden, Cranbrook and Sissinghurst

Other open gardens seasonally, copy of the Yellow Book available.

Under 25 miles away

Tunbridge Wells



Doddington Place

Leeds Castle

Godinton Park

Camber Sands



Hastings Old Town and Fire Hills

The recently refurbished 1930s De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill

Within 30/ 40 mins drive

Goodnestone Park Gardens

Canterbury Cathedral

The Romney Marsh Churches

The birdwatchers’ haven of Dungeness


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Payment and Deposit 
At the time of booking, a deposit equal to one third of the total cost of rental is required to secure the booking. 
Should the start of the rental period be less than 8 weeks from the date of the initial booking, the full balance must be paid.  
The balance to be paid one month prior to commencement of the rental period. Payment
by cheque payable to Mrs. C.R.P or Mr. D Molesworth, by Pay Pal or electronic transfer

Changeover Day:
Friday. Departure by 10 am, arrival after 4pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 11-Oct-2016
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From the Owner


Property Type

  • barn


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a dual flush wc, glass fronted, open walk-in shower, wash basin, shaving light, heated towel rail and 3/4 length mirror.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom is on a mezzanine floor, up space saver stairs overlooking the sitting area. The timber framed roof structure is tent like . The bed can either be made into a King size or as two singles. The floor has a fitted carpet with 2 Flokati rugs.


  • Garden

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The little barn, in its' peaceful, sheltered location, is detached from the owners' house. The windows face the garden overlooking a flower bed that changes with the seasons. There is a very active bird table outside the kitchen window. The original exposed beams gives the place interest and character. The property is well insulated, cosy and a quirky mixture of old and modern. Outside: Outside the entrance doors is a bricked area with table and 2 chairs, cushions available in the utility room. Nearby is a stone table with bench and chairs surrounded by richly planted flower beds. Occasionally, the owner needs access through this garden with groups of garden visitors; advanced notice of this is always given. A short walk away, under the sweet pea tunnel and through the cob nuts is a high hedged, lawn area exclusively for the clients' use. A table and 4 chairs are available there as well as a rug kept in the utility room. You are invited to walk around the owners' garden, by arrangement. Utility Room: The utility room is next door, in a separate area to the dwelling. There is shared use of a washing machine and deep freeze. There is a cupboard for the exclusive use of guests, a Belfast sink and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen & towels, are provided. Everything is washed and changed between clients and all rugs, duvets & mattress protectors are shaken after each let. For longer visits, the linen and towels are changed weekly.

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