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Small Converted Granary In The Weald Of Kent

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Granary in Biddenden, Nr. Tenterden, Kent - On The Outskirts Of The Historic Village Of Biddenden Beside Chart Hills Golf Course

Refurbished to a very high standard and set in a quiet and private location within the grounds of a 16th Century farmhouse, Standen Granary offers a convenient base for exploring Kent and the South East. It has a modern studio style living and kitchen area downstairs (the beamed ceiling is low - 6'2' so unsuitable for very tall guests!). Upstairs the double bedroom is beautifully furnished and features a vaulted, beamed ceiling giving a cosy, romantic atmosphere. A glazed door leads to a private balcony where you can enjoy the sun. Off the bedroom lies the superbly fitted shower room. Ample secure parking.

We never badger our guests for reviews so the reviews listed are from those who have chosen to leave comments themselves. We do have a guest book in the Granary full of lovely comments, we have even had a proposal on the balcony!

Please contact me for prices. High season £495 pw Low season £350 pw. Weekly bookings ONLY until within 4 weeks of the arrival date then charged at £95 per night. Owners Direct pricing is incorrect.

We look forward to having you to stay!

More Details

Property Manager
Cecilia Buchanan
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Cecilia Buchanan

I am a Mum, sculptor and TV and Film extra and my husband, Angus is an engineer and Company Director. He has been building a full sized aeroplane in the barn for many years so our regulars have witnessed its progress with great interest. This year it has reached the painting stage so he is beside himself with excitement!

Cecilia Buchanan purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Cecilia Buchanan chose Smarden

We love Kent. I was born and grew up here before moving to Glasgow where I met Angus. We moved back south when he got a job in London and found this beautiful house. The Granary was an office when we arrived. In 2007 we stripped it out and converted it into a holiday let and have been with Owners Direct since then.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Excellent place to stay for exploring Kent. Facilities first class, shame the pub's not closer! Would recommend to others (Mr and Mrs. S, October 2012)

My fifth time here and I'm still finding new places to visit.....this cottage sets the standard by which I judge all others (Mrs. A, June 2012)

Thank you, we had a really restful short break in the Granary. This is an extremely well equipped and cosy cottage with everything you could need - we wanted to kidnap the duvet it was so deliciously cosy ( Mr and Mrs B. June 2012)

Great place for exploring Kent and Sussex. Comfortable and cosy high standard accommodation. Thanks! (Mr and Mrs T, Cumbria)

Fantastic conversion, lovely area, great for Nat. Trust and Eng. Heritage devotees, even good weather. Thanks. (Mr and Mrs B, Derbyshire)

What a lovely little retreat, just perfect for two. Had a lovely time, pity it was just a short break. (Mr and Mrs V, Herts)
Mar 2007
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Nearest Airport
56.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Red Lion Pub, Biddenden
Nearest Ferry
29.2 Miles
Folkestone Harbour
Nearest Golf
Chart Hills, right next door!
Nearest Train
3.6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12.2 Miles
M20 Ashford
Nearest Beach
20.2 Miles
Camber Sands


Camber Sands, a long stretch of unspoilt coast-line near Rye is under an hour's drive away.


The nearest airport is Gatwick which is under an hour's drive away. Heathrow approx 1 hour 15 mins, Stansted approx 1 hour 30 mins. Dover, Folkestone and the Eurotunnel connection to the Continent are approximately 30 mins drive. Ashford International Station is 25 mins away. Trains from Headcorn Station, 7 mins drive away, run regularly to London Charing Cross with a journey time of one hour 15 mins.


Biddenden village 1 min, Headcorn 7 mins, Cranbrook 10 mins, Tenterden 15 mins, Ashford 25 mins, Maidstone 25 mins.

Further Details:

Biddenden has a general store, several restaurants, post office and hairdresser. Headcorn has good shopping including a Sainsbury’s Local open 'til 10pm, cash point, chemist (pharmacy) and mainline station. Kent is called the Garden of England. There are so many historic places of interest including Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle that it is impossible to list them all! Beautiful scenery, excellent walks, gardens, steam trains and plenty more will keep you busy throughout your stay.


Smarden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed and access to large balcony with table and chairs. Hairdryer and shaving adaptor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: No smoking please. Pets by arrangement only. Outside: Own private balcony with table and two chairs but guests are welcome to walk through the gardens. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Full linen and towels included. Fresh linen provided weekly.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Small Converted Granary In The Weald Of Kent
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

Lovely cottage near lovely villages and great hosts

  • 4 of 5

Finding th granary can be a little hard initially, so would suggest getting directions from Cecilia.

Hosts were very helpful and friendly and the granary was very cute, clean and well appointed

The little villages in the local vicinity are very pretty and have some good places to eat

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place to explore Kent.

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the thoughtful gifts you left us. We really enjoyed the wine and the apple juice. The honey was perfect on our toast for breakfast. We found the cottage very well equipped right down to the smallest detail. You had put a lot of thought into it and we really appreciated it.

We really enjoyed staying here and found it a perfect place to explore Kent and to make use of our National trust Membership.

It was nice to be able to have a glass of wine on the verandah in the evening. After exploring several castles such as , Bodiam , Scotney it was great to sleep in such a comfortable bed.

We really enjoyed our weekend here.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review, thank you so much! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay, it makes me very happy to know that you left feeling content and that we helped you enjoy your break. I do hope you come and visit again and thank you for leaving the Granary so spotless! CB
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  • 5 of 5

Had a great holiday, accommodation very good, lovely surroundings, and grounds where amazing, would go again nothing else to say but excellent.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm very happy you enjoyed your stay and I'm sorry I wasn't there to say goodbye. I hope we see you again. CB
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South Lanarkshire

Great holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

Standen Granary was an ideal spot for our sightseeing holiday in Kent.

We really appreciated the lovely gifts of homemade apple juice and biscuits on arrival, they were delicious.

The accommodation is very well equipped the only suggestion I have Cecilia is maybe get a new sofa (not very comfy for relaxing nights in)

However I would definitely book again if I returned to Kent for a holiday

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and I take on board your comments about the sofa! I hope we see you again. CB
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Bijou residence

  • 5 of 5

A very well-appointed small conversion in the Heart of Kent, ideal for visiting all those historic properties, gorgeous gardens and beautiful beach at Camber Sands. The owners have gone to great lengths to fit a lot into a little and the quality is excellent.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. You were excellent guests too, thank you for leaving the Granary so beautifully clean and tidy. we hope to see you again.
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  • 5 of 5

Outstanding property in a lovely location with a lot of nice little touches which made our stay special and central to many of Kent's attractions.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased you had a happy stay and thank you for being such lovely guests too.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $26.63

Changeover Day:
Friday to Friday bookings. Departure at 10am and arrivals at 3pm. Please be kind enough to let us know if you will be arriving later than 3pm.
Part week bookings only taken within 4 weeks of the arrival date between April and October

Notes on prices:
PLEASE NOTE - For bookings of less that one week, the per night charge is £85, NOT one seventh of the weekly rate - that is something the website has calculated.
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Pets £20 supplement per week per pet
Single night bookings taken within 4 weeks of arrival date only (min stay 2 nights) or infill between bookings. The current charge is £85 per night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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