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Peaceful, Picturesque And Stylish Property In A Traditional Converted Barn

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Pretty Barn Benenden, 1 bedroom with ensuite, open plan reception with outside terrace within walking distance of village shop and pub.

Peaceful, picturesque and stylish self-catering holiday accommodation in a traditional converted barn. Located on the outskirts of the pretty village of Benenden, famed for its historic girls school and connections with the Domesday Book and excellent country pubs. Conveniently located close the the Wealden towns of Cranbrook, Tenterten and Tunbridge Wells. With endless walks, gardens, National Trust and English Heritage properties, Sissinghurst, Scotney, Bodiam and Great Dixter ideally situated on your doorstep. Alternatively London is 55mins by train or pop over the Channel to France for the day. The barn has been recently modernised and has a fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare locally grown produce from the many award winning farm shops and wineries in the Weald of Kent.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We moved from London 5 years ago to this beautiful and well placed area in Kent. Over time we have collected an array of pets: dogs,cats, rabbits and chickens who can regularly be seen roaming the garden. We are relaxed and easy going and are always happy to help our guests in anyway whether it is information or recommendations. We run our holiday let for pleasure and so far everyone has been fantastic.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely cottage with beautiful interior. We enjoyed the tasty cake and waking up to chickens. Many thanks dear Sophie. We'll come back

Nicole and Stefan - Cologne
May 2016
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9 Reviews

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Canadians Enjoy a Cottage in Kent

  • 5 of 5

We are home in Canada having spent a wonderful week in Freshwater Barn. Sophie was excellent in communicating with us from a distance, and her warm welcome, including a freshly baked loaf and flowers from her garden, made us feel at home. The cottage, including a gourmet stove, is well equipped and very comfortable for two people. The local village has a friendly pub, small grocery store with local products, and a meat shop.

Freshwater Barn is well located for touring. We visited Bodiam, Sissinghurst and Scotney, all lovely in the September sunshine. We also walked for miles on the public footpaths while geocaching on the beautiful Kent Weald. Our holiday at Freshwater Barn will always be memorable. Thank you Sophie.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant, well-equipped cottage for 2

  • 5 of 5

Freshwater Barn fully met our needs for a comfortable, quiet, short stay for two during our first visit to Kent. Within easy reach of a variety of activities, it's set in a very pleasant village.

Sophie's home-made cake went down a treat and the cut flowers in the accommodation were a nice touch. We'd certainly consider booking again when we're next in Kent.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very welcome Cottage, tidy and clean, wonderful location for walks and nature

  • 5 of 5

Ein sehr nettes, geräumiges Häuschen an einem gepflegten Garten, der weitläufige Park nebenan mit großzügigen Aussichten lädt nicht nur zu einem Abendspaziergang ein. Sophie gibt das Gefühl, zu Hause anzukommen, die Ausstattung ist sauber, gepflegt und geschmackvoll hergerichtet.

It´s like coming home! (no recommend to our friends or relatives, we´d like to get ourselve a lot of time to spend here)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice quiet property, clean and well maintained. Well situated for National Trust gardens.

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean, well maintained and as listed. It provided us a quiet and restful break. The owner was very friendly and helpful and welcomed us with a very nice cake. The property was well situated for visits to the gardens of Sissinghurst , Batemans, Scotney Castle and Great Dixter. The nature reserves of Dungeness and Romney Marsh were less than one hour away. The Bull in Benenden was friendly and convenient for acceptable evening meals.

The well behaved dogs, cat and chickens were not a problem and provided added interest. We would not hesitate to return and would recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

Freshwater Barn ought to be one of the best kept secrets in Britain. So it is something like a contradiction to write about Sophie’s fabulous propert – on the internet…! But she and her family, as well as the dogs and the chickens – all well educated – absolutely deserve these lines. We have been there twice in 2015 and will return for sure. The former barn has been converted to a high standard and makes you feel welcome the moment you approach it through the garden and all the more when you enter the property through the front door. It is furnished and fitted out with great love and care – stylish indeed. And be sure Sophie will decorate according to the season. Oh yes, Sophie’s welcome-cakes are a treat! All the places of interest are within easy reach and the village of Benenden should have been a location in Midsomer Murders.

Jochen & Brigitte from Germany

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for nearly a week. Clean, comfortable and high spec. with most everything you will need. Very helpful and friendly. Highly recommend this lovely cottage.

And what could be better than a cake on arrival!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Sissinghurst Castle Garden
National Trust - Scotney Castle

From the Owner

It is excellently placed for everything you could wish for: walks on your doorstep with beautiful countryside, small villages, large towns, trains and good commutability.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gatwick at 33 Miles Nearest Barpub : Lovely local country pub at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Dover Port at 34 Miles Nearest Golf : Hempstead Golf Club or Rye at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Staplehurst or Euro Tunnel Folkestone ( 25 miles) at 6.9 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Plenty of Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs nearby at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Winchelsea Beach,Camber Sands & Hastings Pier at 35 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The property is approximately 40mins from Hastings, Rye, Camber Sands and Winchelsea Beach. Folkestone/Dover (for Ferries and The Tunnel) are approximately an hour with Deal and Sandwich a little further

Travel:

All times are approximate and subject to traffic

Heathrow 1hr 30mins

Gatwick 1hr

Folkestone Euro Tunnel 50mins

Dover Ferry

Staplehurst Station 15mins mainline to London 55mins,

Royal Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone 40mins

Distances:

15min walk and 2min drive to Village across fields and pavement, Cranbrook 7mins and Tenterten 10mins. There are a number of easily accessible National Trust Properties, Gardens and Wineries within 30mins as well as beautiful picturesque villages and market towns

Further Details:

Vineyards of Chapeldown, Sandhurst and Biddenden

Pubs The Bulls at Benenden & Rolvenden, The Woodcock at Iden Green, The Milk House Siisinghurst and The Goudhurst Inn.

Walks right on your doorstep as well as Bedgebury Pinetum, The Hop Farm and Bewl Water.

Local gardens - Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Scotney Caste to name but a few

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
A 30% non refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking. The remainder of the monies must be cleared four weeks before arrival to ensure continuation of booking. Before making your reservation please check our Terms and Conditions

Check-in time is after 3 pm, check-out no later than 10am.

Pets are an additional £20 each per week

A travel cot and highchair are available upon request


Changeover Day:
Saturdays in High Season
Other change over days maybe available depending on season and availability.
Check-in time is after 3 pm, check-out no later than 10am.
Keys by prior arrangement

Notes on prices:
Prices Start from £310 per week Low Season - £495 High Season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • barn

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Light en-suite shower room,with fluffy white towels, bath mat and rug

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom + Sofa-Bed) Notes on bedrooms: Comfortable pretty double bedroom with feather and down pillows and duvet, bedspread and cushion, two side tables with lamps and a clock radio, hair dryer, wardrobe with shelves and drawers, wicker chair.

Outside

  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: We like to welcome our guests personally to Freshwater Barn providing a clean, comfortable and relaxing place to stay, Picked flowers in the bedroom and bathroom and a home made cake with tea and coffee are provided. The property is strictly non smoking Tea,coffee and milk are provided on arrival as well as a freshly baked cake, hopefully using our own eggs. Outside: Private parking Path leading to Barn Pretty Private Patio Table with benches and parasol Surrounded by seasonal flowers Views over the rest of the garden Free roaming chickens, cats and dog Utility Room: Separate loo and wash hand basin Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are included for two people. Should extra sets be required prior notice must be given. Tea towels and oven gloves as well as cleaning products are included. Other: Long open hallway with large church pew, ideal for storage and casting off boots and coats after long walks.

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