The Shed stands in the garden of the listed Old Oak, once the smuggling pub of Bonnington. The Shed has its own garden space, table and chairs and BBQ. Built in 2012 to the highest specifications and in traditional style it offers an ideal base for exploration. There is one bedroom with a king size bed, and a kitchen living room which is equipped with a dishwasher, cooker and fridge, TV and WiFi and prettily and individually designed for total comfort. Built for our far flung family to stay in when in England - we would love to share it with you when they are not with us! We love this special corner of England, and built the Shed to reflect its rural surroundings, and offer a cosy welcoming retreat. Sadly the Shed is not suitable for those with mobility problems as the only access is by the outside stairs, but it has proved to be a great base for artists, writers and those with a creative spirit.
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Studio Loft - I bedroom, Totally Rural, The Sea 3 miles, 10 mins walk to Military Canal
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 15, 2018
About Tina Metcalfe
Jeremy and Tina Metcalfe have lived at the Old Oak for 40 years and look forward to sharing their love of Romney Marsh and the area with guests.
Tina Metcalfe purchased this Barn in 1974
Why Tina Metcalfe chose Bonnington
There is something for everyone - churches from Canterbury cathedral to the little gems on the marsh; castles galore like Leeds, Bodiam and Dover with its wartime history; enchanting villages and small towns like Rye, Whitstable, Tenterden and Hythe; extraordinary Chatham Docks; the seaside just 3 miles away and Folkestone with its world famous Triennial Art Exhibition. A day trip to London or France is quite feasible with a return to your own cosy peaceful place to stay. It is 25 minutes to the Ashford International with Eurostar and fast link to London (37mins to St Pancras) and 20mins to the Eurotunnel. Golf is available at Littlestone and Rye etc. And for shoppers there is the famous McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Centre 2mins from Ashford Station with bargains for all!
What makes this Barn unique
There are views over the pretty country garden across the sweeping fields of Romney Marsh. Our house was once The Royal Oak pub and dates back to the 1740s with lots of local history we can share with you. The battle of Britain was fought in the skies above and the wonderful memorial museum is now open near Folkestone. There are delightful country and village pubs we can tell you all about! The Marsh has always been the artist's dream with its huge skies and luminous light.
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Charming accommodation for 2 people. Lovely rural setting in peaceful surroundings.
The Shed was an ideal base from which to explore the nearby coastline and surrounding countryside. We concentrated on Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone but there are so many other attractions to see in the local area which we hope to return to on another occasion. The Shed was well equipped, warm and cosy and offered super views from all windows. Tina and Jeremy were very friendly and proved to be excellent hosts.
Thank you Paul. Im so glad you enjoyed your stay. We loved having you!
Much more than a shed!
We loved staying at the Shed. It’s actually much bigger and lovelier than the pictures suggest. The bed is really comfortable and there is everything you need. We especially enjoyed having a BBQ in the garden and watching the sun set. We were lucky with the weather but this would be a cosy stay anytime of the year. Tina and Jeremy we’re welcoming hosts and we hope to stay again soon.
A Lovely Relaxing Break
Booked this lodge as it was near friends we wanted to visit, we had a peaceful and relaxing few days on the Marsh. Our hosts Tina And Jeremy were really helpful in making our stay perfect.
Geoff & Elaine
I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay in the Shed. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Tina
It was our Christmas break and when we arrived Tina had provided a little Christmas tree and lots of tasteful festive decorations along with a card to welcome us, fruit, nuts and chocolates. Unbelievable, where else would book and get this treatment. The apartment was so comfortable and personal with pictures and nick naks but not in a cluttered way. There was everything we needed and more.
During our stay we visited several locations including a walk along the White Cliffs of Dover on Christmas morning, albeit very brisk.
I would most certainly recommend a stay in the Shed. I'm only sorry we never had more time to chat with Tina and Jeremy and to see their lovely dogs but they were away for Christmas too.
I’m so glad you had a happy Christmas in the Shed. It was a pleasure to have you both.
A little gem
A fine week in Kent with the shed handily located near the coast and a trip across to France. More local sites include Sissinghurst and Dover Castles plus retail outlets at Ashford. We also visited Chartwell on the way back home.
The shed is compact and well equipped and we had a warm welcome from Tina and Jeremy
We loved the property, it was perfect for two well equipped.
This was just suited to our requirements.
A peaceful base for exploring the South East.
Handy for a day trip to France.
The Owners are very friendly and helpful.
We have had a wonderful time and rebooked to continue exploring the area.
3 miles from Dymchurch, with large sandy beach and small funfair. 12 miles from famous Camber Sands
Airports Lydd 8 miles, Manston 30 miles, Gatwick 50 miles Heathrow 65 miles
Eurotunnel 5 miles. Dover 12 miles. Ashford International 8 miles
1 1/2 miles to Newchurch, 2 1/2 miles to Aldington, (famous point-to-point) 6 miles to Hythe with historic church, Famous gardens including Great Dixter and Sissinghurst 40 minutes drive.
Canterbury - the cathedral, Dover - the castle and in the museum the oldest sea going boat in the world!! Rye - historic town Leeds - beautiful castle
Great web sites for local up to date events
www.gulbenkian.co.uk Canterbury's venue in the university
www.quarterhouse.co.uk Folkestone's arts quarter, music comedy and theatre.
www.marlowetheatre.com Canterbury's exciting new theatre
Village shop and post office in Aldington 2 1/2 miles, great farm shop complex in Burmarsh 3 miles, Tesco Extra 3 miles in Dymchurch. Gourmet restaurant in Folkestone called Rocksalt, also Michelin Star The Curlew in Bodiam, Lovely pubs - The Walnut Tree in Aldington, The Red Lion in Snargate,(WW2 pub - no food) The Five Bells Brabourne, The Black Horse in Monks Horton, The Tiger in Stowting.
Directions to The Shed
Take the M20 towards Dover and leave on Exit 10.T ake second turning off the round-about signed A20 Mersham and Sellindge, and go past a Tesco on your right. Continue for about 2 miles till a large sign to right marked Aldington and Bonnington. Take this and keeping left you will come into Aldington village. At T junction with the village hall on your right – turn right and then immediately left by the Walnut Tree pub. Go down the hill till you come to a telephone box and bear left marked Dymchurch. Continue on this road through a wood – down a hill – over The Royal Military Canal. Drive on and you will come to a large white house on the left, and our house is immediately after it on
the right on a staggered cross roads (between Aldington Dymchurch Newchurch and Hythe). We are just 2 ¼ miles from the Walnut Tree Pub. You will recognise the Shed from the photographs - standing in the garden of The Old Oak which was a pub and stands right on the cross roads.