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Historic Lodge near to English Heritage attractions and only 50 mins from London

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 12 nights


About the property

Lovingly refurbished, 1887 Gate Keepers Lodge with 3 beds that sleeps 5

This dainty 1887 Lodge is situated in private grounds (with off road parking) sandwiched between the historic English villages of Westerham and Brasted, home to Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) and King Henry VIII (1491-1547 Hever Castle). The Lodge backs onto Westerham Golf Club (see photos) and enjoys picturesque Park Land and country views. Public transport offers Motorway first class road access to airports with numerous fast rail services to London, which are used daily by commuters.

Completely renovated in 1995 to a very high specification, Brasted Lodge retains period features including an original fire place, high ceilings and moulded cornices. Modernisation offers up to date services whilst keeping the homely traditional feel.

The Lodge is situated beside the A25 with beautiful views over looking hills, farm and park land, known as The Garden of England.

The Lodge has two double bedrooms and a third room which can either be used as a single bedroom or 2nd reception as this is fitted with a double sofa bed and single bed. Modern kitchen, including all appliances (integrated fridge/freezer, gas oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine and BT Broadband high speed WiFi with two Smart TVs offering internet and cetch up TV. Both Lounge and single bedroom have DVD players. Blue Pearl Granite Worktops with a breakfast bar for three. Both reception rooms have real flame fires (one wood or coal burning and the other gas operated). Natural beech wood floors are fitted to the hall and kitchen with fitted carpets to all bedrooms and reception rooms. Travertine is fitted to the en-suite bathroom with ceramic tiles to the Cloakroom and rear entrance lobby.

WESTERHAM is on the boarder cross roads of KENT, SURREY, LONDON and is a lively, charming, historic village attracting Londoners who wish to get away from their LONDON business to an idealic location that offers everything needed to make your stay memorable.

The area has excellent road and rail transport links offering easy access to Central London and all the surrounding areas, numerous English Heritage and National Trust Historic tourist attractions, numerous restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, English, Malaysian, Pizza to suggest just a few) and many bars/ pubs who also offer great food. The town also has a range of local leisure facilities and most are within minutes from the Lodge.

BRASTED LODGE location makes it great for both visiting stately homes/gardens and LONDON with non stop fast train services, examples being:

LONDON BRIDGE from SEVENOAKS - 27 minutes (every 18 minutes, approx)

LONDON VICTORIA from BROMLEY SOUTH - 17 minutes (every 8 minutes approx)

Ease to transport makes the Lodge a great place to stay when travelling to LONDON (all time tables to be checked by guests).

Car to Bromley South takes about 25 minutes, Sevenoaks 15 minutes and LONDON about 50 minutes (not advisable as the Capital has congestion zone travel charges plus high parking fees).

Westerham GOLF COURSE immediately neighbours the Lodge and guests are welcome to attend their bar or restaurant even if it's just to take in the outstanding views and stay for coffee. The area is fantastic for walkers who love the countryside. Rabbits, badgers and deer frequently visit the surrounding parkland and gardens, making the views even more delightful.

ACCESS from WEST using M25, approximately 15 minutes to Lodge

Leave M25 Junction 6 and under motorway turn left (you go under motorway). Travel south on A22 for one mile to roundabout at junction with A25. Turn left onto A25 and proceed through Oxted to Westerham. Continue on the A25 through Westerham village and the Lodge/Golf course entrance is on the right approximately half a mile out of Westerham going east in the direction of Brasted (Sevenoaks). Enter the grounds via the Valence School/Golf Course access road located on the right side of the A25. At the crossroads (located just before gates which lead to the Golf Course) turn left back toward the A25.

ACCESS from EAST using M25, approximately 10 minutes to Lodge

Leave M25 at junction 5 onto A21 and exit onto second slip road (A25) signposted to Westerham. The entrance to the Lodge and Golf course is about half a mile out of the village of Brasted, on the left, about half a mile before you get to Westerham Village. Enter the grounds via the Valence School/Golf Course access road located on the left side of the A25. At the crossroads (located just before gates which lead to the Golf Course) turn left back toward the A25.

HISTORY reference to Capability Lancelot Brown landscaped gardens, can be found at http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/3355/summary

The land surrounding Brasted Lodge is parkland, water and woodland garden, first developed in the mid 1700 and later landscaped by Lancelot Brown in the late C18; further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-C19 and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late C19, surrounding a late Victorian Mansion (Valence School for disabled children - please note we never see any children as all are transported).

The earliest references to the estate itself may be found in the Westerham church records of 1583.

The Lodge was owned originally by Norman Watney (owner of Watney Ale, very well known in the war years). Watney appointed Architect Frederick J. Robinson to rebuild a new Mansion (Valence School) and four Lodge houses, one of which is Brasted Lodge. This was done as Watney saw better opportunities as the old Mansion was not ideally located (on the inner crossroads to Brasted Lodge, Westerham Golf Club and Fountains Cottages - now demolished). This offered Watney magnificent views of the North Downs. Although demolition of the original Mansion resulted, the Stable block with the Avenue of Lime trees (leading from the A25 to the original mansion) and Ice House still remained to this day. Unfortunately fire destroyed the disused stable block so in 2011 this was redeveloped into Fountains Park. The Stable Block (known as Fountains Cottages and used by the Valence School Staff for living accommodation), was demolished after fire destroyed the L shaped building. This mainly came about as KCC vacated some eight or nine years previously, allowing the building to fall into diss-repair which gave opportunity for development in 2013 of Fountains Park, five detached dwellings on the original Mansions Stable footprint. This also allowed the Developer opportunity to plant low level laurels boundering the site.

Valence School is a red-brick Tudor Elizabethan Revival style mansion, with two towers, stone and tile dressing, half timbered gables and a Cumberland slate roof. This and Brasted Lodge was built between 1885-87 by local Brasted builders, R. Durtnell & Sons Ltd. Valence School stands on a spur of high ground at c125 metres surrounded by areas of steeply-sloping parkland and woodland.

By 1890, Dunsdale and Valence estates became the property of Watney brewery director, Norman Watney. Dunsdale mansion became tenanted and during the First World War it was used by the Red Cross as a hospital to nurse the war-wounded.

In 1987, Valence Wood was severely depleted by the ravaging October storm. The opportunity was taken to fashion a golf course covering the area of Valence Wood, and the adjacent parkland to the north and north-east. This opened as a privately-owned golf club in 1997.

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More Details

Mr. Robert Mitchell
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Mr. Robert Mitchell

Owner runs Architectural and Building Management Company, which is reflected in the interior design and attention to detail of the Lodge

Mr. Robert Mitchell purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Mr. Robert Mitchell chose Kent

Built 1885 - 1887 as Gate keepers house to Valence Mansion for Norman Watney owner of Brewery, Brasted Lodge was fully refurbished in 1995 to incorporate all up to date mains services (gas, water power) whilst retaining and preserving all character of original Victorian charm.

The surrounding grounds around the Lodge are known as Valence. This features 18th-century landscaped lakes, ponds and gardens designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. The site is now a school for disabled children who attend by minibus.

Brief history of site

The estate of Valence is listed in the first draft of the Domesday Book (1086). The site was first developed in the mid-18th century, with later landscaping by Lancelot Capability Brown in the late-18th century. Further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-19th century and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late-19th century.

What makes this cottage unique

Lodge located in picturesque country abutting Golf Course and is sandwiched between Westerham and Brasted Villages (both just a minutes drive away). Nearby Superstores such as Biggin Hill Waitrose, Sevenoaks Tescos, Otford Sainsburys and Oxted Morrison all offer everything for day to day living. Small groceries can be obtained at Westerham Co-Operative and many other nearby shops all of which are reached within a few minutes drive


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Westerham in South East England

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Cloakroom - Toilet , WC & small basin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite Wet Room with basin & low level WC
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Large bath & separate shower hand held spray
  • The Lodge has three WC & two En-suite Bath/Shower Rooms both accessed via the bedrooms Bathroom 1 has both a large double corner bath, separate walk in shower, large basin, & held shower spray for hair washing. Travertine honed and filled Classic natural stone floor and walls tiling. The bath includes a hand held hair wash in gold style brass Shower Room 2 is a Wet Room Shower with glass screen, low level close coupled soft close WC, Basin, mosaic tiling, wood effect ceramic floor tiling, porcelain wall tiling, chrome towel rail The Cloakroom is accessed via a lobby and has a small basin & close coupled WC with half height ceramic tiling
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , En-suite with large double (queen) bed, storage
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Four poster large double (queen) bed, storage
    Bedroom 3 or 2nd Reception - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Single bed, room also has double sofa bed, fireplace
  • Bedroom 1 - Barley twist four poster double bed, gold framed carved mirror, wardrobe, bedside cabinets, carpet. Bedroom 2 - Traditional oak framed double bed, wardrobe, bedside cabinet, carpets leading onto en-suite bathroom with large corner bath having hand held shower attachment plus separate walk in shower, Travertine tiled floor and walls with full height mirror and window. Please note the bathroom is an en suite to Bedroom 2. Bedroom 3 - Single bed ALSO with double sofa bed. Room alternatively can be used as a second reception room fitted with modern real flame gas fire, carpet, TV/DVD. Fuel EXTRA for open fires, if required or used. Please note the property could sleep seven but this is not at all recommended. Owners suggest maximum of five persons.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Owners second home, therefore furnished to higher standard than normal Open plan lounge/dinner with double fronted, natural wood burning fireplace and two x 2 seater leather sofas. Kitchen fully equipped with blue pearl granite work tops and 3 x bar stool seats under granite breakfast bar. Rear garden overlooks woods, golf course & parkland & has hardwood decking area abutting Koi fish pond with water falls & fountains. Within easy reach of London, the UK capital & set in the English countryside & surrounded by mature landscaped arboretum style park land, designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (Landscape Architect to the Royal Palaces throughout England), this makes the views beautiful offering the best of both worlds Westerham/Brasted attracts English & Worldwide tourism all the year round because of its charm, antique shops, bars, restaurants & numerous tea/coffee shops. No responsibility accepted for any loss of goods or injury. Care to be taken on decking as slippery when wet


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveller reviews)


Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My family was very pleased with the property. It was close to many sights to see. Very comfortable stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible house and great location for Kent and Surrey

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house! Beautifully decorated and updated. Very clean throughout and wonderful modern bathrooms. Great, modern and fully equipped kitchen. We were very comfortable throughout our stay with everything we needed; fast wifi with great TV and audio setup. Off street parking accessible from the drive past the golf course! Yes, the lodge is on the A25 but it didn't interfere with our enjoyment of the stay. Wonderful back garden, complete with fish in the pond! Robert was very responsive to any of our questions and easy to work with.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we hope someday to repeat our hospitality. Stay well & happy until we meet again which we hope we may repeat someday as the surrounding area has so much to enjoy - far too much to see in just a short stay.
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Magical place

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family loved this place. The lodge is very comfortable, clean and so beautiful.

The surround is fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A really lovely holiday home. Very convenient to surrounding areas (must have a car).

  • 4 of 5

My family (married couple and 2 daughters - 10 and 12) stayed in Brastead Lodge for a week. It was a perfect base for us as we look to find a more permanent home in the area (we are relocating from overseas).

The place is kept beautifully and credit to the owner, Rob, for wonderful design, layout and finishes, which are of a high quality. He was also prompt and attentive to any question we raised.

Thanks Rob - if we need a similar holiday home in the area, we would have no hesitation in staying here again; or recommending it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you would recommend us & would stay again but we are interested to know what would in your opinion, would make us a 5 star.
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Beautiful country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Brasted Lodge. The accommodations had everything we needed and were very comfortable. We have family in the area and would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great countryside cottage. Beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

Brasted Lodge, is a spacious cottage that accommodated our family of five including 3 teenagers with comfort. Even though the weather was cool, the lodge was lovely and warm. The lodge was clean, well maintained and equipped with all you need to cook, launder clothes, watch tv and surf the internet with the supplied Wi-Fi. Off street parking is supplied, and a local grocery store, and restaurants are a short drive away in the charming village of Brasted.

The property owner was polite and friendly and a pleasure to do business with. For our holiday in the UK, Brasted Lodge was the ideal place to rest our weary heads after day trips out to the countryside and into London.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
19 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Summer
23 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Winter
7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas & New Year 2015
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
12 night minimum stay
for 12 nights
Winter 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 17 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Sleeps 5 - two double & one single bed - ideal for 5 adults (sharing) &/or 4 adults + 1 child (3 Bedrooms).

One off additional charge of £110 for bookings exceeding 5 persons for laundry, bed linen and towels. Standard rate assumes two double & one single bed is used. Use of double sofa bed is not ideal or preferred.

All HomeAway charges and bank fees to be met by traveler.

The fully refundable damage deposit is returned providing the property is returned clean, undamaged and without spillages or breakages. Any repairs if necessary, will be deducted from the deposit fund & or if additional costs through damage are incurred this will be chargeable, otherwise the damage deposit is fully refunded. We shall check prior to arrival & after departure.

Please care & respect the Lodge returning as clean as when handed to you taking special care regarding spillage on carpets & damage.

When leaving on every occasion please ensure the Lounge bay curtains are drawn (and or all curtains), front door double locked (Yale & Chubb) & on final departure, keys replaced into the Porch Safe Deposit Box ensuring the code is scrambled to jumble up numbers. We will not be responsible for loss under any circumstances but offer this advise to ensure security. So far we have never had any loss since ownership in 1990 and we ask for your help, to ensure it remains this way. Failure to Double lock will mean you are fully responsible for any loss. Please note we accept no responsibility for loss of any goods whilst staying at the Lodge.

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