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Peaceful, Picturesque And Stylish Property In A Traditional Converted Barn

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

Sophie Verschuur
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

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 Kent

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.

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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Benenden Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , En-suite
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Light en-suite shower room,with fluffy white towels, bath mat and rug
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Peaceful, Picturesque And Stylish Property In A Traditional Converted Barn
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Very cozy in a great loction. Everrything we needed and very nice family.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was exactly what we needed and had hoped for. In a quiet rural location but near to the village. Very comfortable for three of us and the family who own and let the cottage are very friendly and helpful. It made an excellent base for exploring the historic sights and wonderful gardens in Kent and East Sussex. We stayed for a week and made day trips each day to a different location within an hours drive of the cottage. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage. Great location in nice town. Sophie was a great host. Delicious cake served on arrival.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage for two in beautiful, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Lovely warm welcome and a delicious lemon cake which was very much appreciated! Beautiful cottage, everything you could need, immaculate and well decorated throughout with lovely touches such as freshly picked flowers on arrival. Well screened and planted patio outside with seating, unfortunately a little chilly for us to take advantage of on this occasion. Excellent, quiet rural location, good access to National Trust properties, towns and villages of Sussex and Kent, not too far to the coast too. Sophie very welcoming and helpful. Would recommend to anyone thinking of a holiday in Beautiful Sussex - a real home from home! Thank you.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most perfect holiday house

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in a clean spacious house with flowers and a delicious freshly baked Victoria Sponge Cake. Sophie was very welcoming and friendly - giving advise on places to visit in Hastings.

Everything in Freshwater Barn was working perfectly - high standart compared to other places we have visited in South England.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden
National Trust - Scotney Castle
Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Lovely local country pub
Nearest Ferry
34 Miles
Dover Port
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Hempstead Golf Club or Rye
Nearest Train
6.9 Miles
Staplehurst or Euro Tunnel Folkestone ( 25 miles)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Plenty of Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs nearby
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Winchelsea Beach,Camber Sands & Hastings Pier
Car: necessary


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

Gatwick 1hr

Folkestone Euro Tunnel 50mins

Dover Ferry

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

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


Rates & Availability

Benenden Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 9
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Rate 12
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 30 2017 - Dec 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Rate 15
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $32.34

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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