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.
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- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Pretty Barn Benenden, 1 bedroom with ensuite, open plan reception with outside terrace within walking distance of village shop and pub.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 22, 2018
About Sophie Verschuur
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.
Sophie Verschuur purchased this Barn in 2010
Why Sophie Verschuur chose Cranbrook
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Lovely property in ideal location.
This is a lovely property in a quiet but not isolated location. Clean and well equipped - super en suite shower room & cosy bedroom and a very spacious kitchen, sitting, dining area.. A very pleasant private patio (where I enjoyed my breakfast in the sun on all but one morning) with view over the garden. For us this cottage is in an ideal location as there are numerous NT properties in striking distance.& the coast isn't far away either. . Added bonus; Sophie's delicious cake and the company of a lovely cat. Also, the Bull pub with friendly staff & great food is in walking distance.. A home from home where we hope to holiday again..
Lovely well-equipped cottage for two with charming and helpful host - highly recommended!
Although we visited just after the snows, we had a lovely time exploring East Sussex and Kent for which this is a great location. Sophie's cottage is lovely , warm and well-equipped, the bed gorgeously comfortable and the shower fantastic! The flowers and freshly made cake were very much enjoyed! The outside area will be lovely in the sun at a different time of year - fortunately we had planned on exploring..
As the owners of a well behaved but chicken-curious terrier, the only thing which would have made things a little more relaxed would have been partitioning off the outside area from the garden - perhaps by a waist-high picket fence or something, so that we could have let the mut out to nose around without him always having to be taken on a lead - but hey.. I need the exercise.. All in all a lovely stay and we would definitely come again, thanks Sophie!
Peaceful and relaxing
The cottage is small but fully loaded and the garden and is excellent,
Location wise the property is just outside the village of Benenden on a not to busy road.
The property also benefits from direct access to a public foot path at the rear ideal for dogs.
The owner is very friendly and helpful
Downside internet and mobile signal are weak
Super location to go for gardens and golfing
We had a wonderful quiet, relaxing holiday fortnight in Sophie´s cosy cottage and enjoyed homemade cakes, fresh beans and beetroot direct out of the garden, lovely walks right from our little home into the fields and to Benenden´s community store, the local pub and church- a perfect location to discover a number of wonderful gardens and golfcourses just within a 20minutes drive, also the beautiful coastline which is not far away. We loved the chickens, friendly dogs and cat in "our" garden near our private terrace. We will always love to come again! Hella and Ulli
Tranquil, beautiful cottage and setting
The cottage at Freshwater Barn is in such a beautiful location, peaceful and tranquil. The location gave us the opportunity to explore much of the Kent and East Sussex area, and the local pub including the food was second to none. The cottage is in such a lovely location, beautiful inside and well equipped. Our host, Sophie and her family, were so welcoming and available to answer any questions and be at hand if we needed anything. Will definitely be going back, and would highly recommend to anyone !!!
great to be here
Great location, lovely host, it has all you need to self cater, welcome cake was delicious. Although the bed was very comfy, the sofa could have been more so. That said I'd recommend anyone to stay here.
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
All times are approximate and subject to traffic
Heathrow 1hr 30mins
Folkestone Euro Tunnel 50mins
Staplehurst Station 15mins mainline to London 55mins,
Royal Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone 40mins
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
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
Additional information about rental rates
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