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Quaint Detached Cottage with Secluded Garden in Beautiful Farmland Setting

East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Cottage near Tonbridge, Kent, England - Quiet hamlet location, overlooking farmland, with country lanes, public footpaths and real ale pub!

Situated 6 miles north east of Tonbridge, Kent on the outskirts of the village of East Peckham, this pretty 16th century detached cottage makes a tranquil retreat, whilst being only 25 miles from London, and within easy driving distance from major rail connections to London, the coast and continental Europe. The cottage sleeps up to 8 persons (if you include the bunk beds) in 4 bedrooms, accessed via two separate staircases, one of which is steep. There are many beams, some low. The cottage has 2 reception rooms, a kitchen and utility room downstairs, with spacious garden, south facing patio, ample parking and views of open countryside.


Susan Mole

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 07, 2018
About Susan Mole

We spend most of our holidays in Kent but work takes us to different parts of the country and sometimes abroad.

Susan Mole purchased this Cottage in 1983

Why Susan Mole chose East Peckham

We fell in love with the house the moment we saw it. The area suits us as all my family live nearby and we love the village and local shops, where the people are so friendly. Our children went to the local school and have happy memories of playing in the garden. Our daughter was married in the local church. All the family still love coming back 'home'.

What makes this Cottage unique

I enjoy the peace and quiet and waking up to birdsong. On a clear night you feel you can almost touch the stars!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 in 4 Bedrooms, (2 double + 2 single). Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, double bed, dressing table, wardrobe, ornamental fireplace, beamed ceiling Bedroom 2, single bed, bunk beds, wardrobe, ornamental fireplace Bedroom 3, double bed, wardrobe, dressing table, beams Bedroom 4, single bed, dressing table, hanging rail, beams


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Shower room 1
      • Toilet 1
      • Bedrooms 1 and 2 share a shower room and WC Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a bathroom with shower attachment which can be used over the bath, WC. Lovely views of open countryside.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Linens Provided
                • Fireplace
                • Heating
                • Internet
                  Unlimited broadband, but in this rural area the service can sometimes be slow and intermittent and superfast is not available. This property is not suitable for business rentals.
                • Iron & Board
                • Hair Dryer
                • Living Room
                  Lounge has radiators, a coal fired stove with brick fireplace, for extra warmth in winter. Sufficient coal for one fire will be left in the property for you. Comfortable sofas, arm chair, pine dresser and bookcase. Stairs to bedrooms 1 and 2.
                • Parking
                • Towels Provided
                • Tumble Dryer
                • Washing Machine


                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Freezer
                    • Kitchen
                      The kitchen has red quarry tiled floor, walk in larder with shelves, a central heating stove with brick surround, electric hob and oven, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, sink, fridge, plenty of cookware, kitchen utensils, kitchen table and chairs.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Child's Highchair
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 8 people


                            • Books
                            • DVD Player
                            • Games
                            • Television


                                • Deck / Patio
                                • Golf
                                  Wrotham Heath Golf Club and Poult Wood Golf Club are both about 6 miles distance from the property.
                                • Lawn / Garden

                                  Leisure Activities

                                    • walking


                                        • Notes on accommodation: This is a non-smoking property. Please note that the property was formerly two cottages dating from different periods and has a unique L-shaped arrangement. Bedrooms are accessible from 2 separate staircases, one leading from the dining room, the other from the living room - the two sides are not connected upstairs. The configuration gives complete privacy with one double room and one single room on each 'wing' but please take this into consideration if you have young children. Gardening takes place on week days, weather permitting, once or twice weekly, from February to November. We ask our guests to kindly permit access for grass cutting. Outside: A spacious, secluded garden with York stoned patio with table and chairs and an outside toilet. There is also a small Wendy house and guests may let their children use this at their own discretion. The garage and greenhouse are for the owner's use but our visitors are encouraged to enjoy the garden which borders farmland with some marked public footpaths. During the seasons, tractors may be seen and heard working in the fields, especially during planting and harvest, depending on weather conditions. Utility Room: The utility room has sink unit, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, iron and ironing board, window overlooking open fields. Door to walled vegetable garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean bed linen and towels can be found in the cottage on your arrival. Should you wish to extend your holiday beyond one week, then bed linen and towels are replaced weekly, with a light clean in between. Other: Dining room has beams, inglenook fireplace with brick surround, wood floor, extending dining room table and dresser. Stairs to bedrooms 3 and 4, with a child's stair gate. A bundle of firewood and basket of logs will be provided to light the inglenook.

                                          9 Reviews


                                          Latest reviews

                                          Pleasant weekend in nteresting period property

                                          Sian E.

                                          Couldn't really fault our stay here, everything we could possibly want was provided by the owners. One little issue with the dishwasher not working. Thankyou particularly for our anniversary cards, cake and wine.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          We were sorry to hear the labels got mixed up and the dishwasher did not appear to switch on. We've swapped the labels and it works fine now. Thank you for your review and we are happy you enjoyed your anniversary. Regards, Susan Mole

                                          Feels like home

                                          Jacquie M.Vancouver, British Columbia

                                          There were 6 of us on a three-generation trip. We loved the house and area! We were welcomed by the lovely housekeepers, and settled in quickly. We enjoyed working in the kitchen, with AGA, ample pantry, and utility room. The two separate stairs to bedrooms was perfect (silent at night except for the amazing 4am birdsong, which we miss!) We ate outside a couple of times and the children loved playing soccer in the garden. Out the bathroom window, we spotted foxes and bunnies in the neighbouring field. We took long walks from the front door (one to the pub in West Peckham) and spent most evenings outside at the local pub (more soccer and frisbee!) We took day trips to local castles and homes (loved seeing the filming of Antiques Roadshow at Ightham Mote and listening to the youth orchestra at Hever Castle) and the gardens at Sissinghurst. We took an easy day trip to London by train from Paddock Wood. All in all, this was a perfect place for our first week in the UK (easy 45 min journey from Gatwick via great grocery store in King's Hill) and we hope to return!

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure having you and we look forward to welcoming you again.

                                          Second stay - better than ever!


                                          Another really enjoyable stay in Bush Farm Cottage with our 8yo twins. It is in a very peaceful location and has great views out across the fields behind the house. The cottage has lots of historic character (and is great for playing hide and seek!).

                                          The wi-fi was a very useful addition this time. The cottage is very clean and well-maintained with every item you could possibly need - definitely a real home-from-home.

                                          A hire car is recommended and there are good village shops around a mile away, including a number of good takeaway options if you don't fancy cooking.

                                          Main train lines into London are available at Paddock Wood (10 mins drive) or Tonbridge (15-20 mins drive), so very convenient for day trips.

                                          A wonderful place to stay - would definitely recommend!

                                          Lovely traditional cottage in a wonderful setting.

                                          Lorraine H.

                                          Bush cottage was perfect to stay in before and after our son's wedding. An idyllic setting less than 45 minutes from South East London.

                                          A wonderful warm welcome on arrival which made us feel at home straight away. We feel the photos on the website don't do the cottage and grounds justice. Very well equipped, spotlessly clean and cosy. We loved the large sunny patio with it's views of the countryside and beautifully kept garden. The layout suited us and gives privacy if two families stay.

                                          The local pub had excellent food and a very hospitable landlady.

                                          In all a delightful cottage which we would love to stay in again.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Many thanks for your kind comments.

                                          Beautiful historic home the countryside!

                                          Bev F.

                                          Home away from home with the added pleasure of it being an absolutely beautiful spot and a gorgeous historic house. Gushing too much!? Well, I though it was probably not for real when I booked it, and spent the two weeks of our stay patting myself on the back because it was. Sweetly decorated, rural views, inglenook fireplaces and kitchen garden. Need I say more? Local pub in walking distance, and a local Coop. Loved it!

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Thank you, we were delighted you enjoyed your stay and agreed with our property description! Thank you for the beautiful watercolour you did, (such talent) now printed out, framed and hanging in the hall!

                                          summer holiday 2015

                                          sally D.

                                          we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and loved the look of the cottage, especially the beams and quirky style rooms . Everything was immaculately clean.

                                          I was very pleased that my daughter had a proper cot instead of the travel style, which meant she slept well and was very comfortable. The garden was beautiful and the amenities in the property were excellent.

                                          We managed to visit LEGOLAND and the harry potter exhibition in London during our stay ,There were plenty of restaurants and take aways nearby if we chose not to cook..

                                          we will definitely be returning next year and would recommend to friends and family.

                                          The only criticism I could make would be that the sprung mattress on bed was quite uncomfortable after a few days .As my partner has a bad back he did struggle a little. I realise this can be pricy to rectify, and overall our stay was wonderful .It would just be the icing on the cake.

                                          Thankyou for a wonderful stay.

                                          sally ,murray, kiera, elliott and enya

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Dear Sally,

                                          Thank you for reviewing my property. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and thrilled to hear you plan to come again! However I was sorry to hear that Murray was uncomfortable on the mattress. I'm not sure which of the 2 doubles you slept in, but presume since the cot was in bedroom 4 you must have slept next door in bedroom 3. Thank you for your comments about that mattress, which is a new one and I've been told is quite comfortable. (I guess some people like a softer mattress.) The mattress in bedroom 1, however, is much firmer, and I think it would be better for Murray should you decide to come again.

                                          Thank you again for your kind response and I wish you and your family every blessing for the future.

                                          Susan Mole


                                          East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, UK

                                          Travel: A car is essential in this rural location but cycling and walking can be very enjoyable, making the most of the country lanes which generally tend to be fairly flat in this part of Kent. Gatwick, Heathrow and Stanstead airports are within 1 to two hours drive. Distances: The cottage is only 5 minutes walk to the nearest pub and restaurant. Village shops for all basic provisions, are just over a mile away. Good shopping can be found at Bluewater Shopping Centre, at Maidstone and Royal Tunbridge Wells, which are all within a convenient drive. We are only 40 miles door-to-door to Folkestone Eurostar for continental trips! Further Details: Hops were grown in this part of Kent, you can still oast houses used for drying them from the kitchen window. Some hops are still grown along the lane but apples are the main crop. Local attractions include Ightham Moat, a 14th-Century moated manor house owned by the National Trust - well worth a visit. Children may enjoy The Hop Farm family park at Paddock Wood, and slightly further afield at Sandling near Maidstone, you can have a day out at Kent Life rural heritage experience.


                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                          Booking Notes: We welcome your enquiries, either by phone or email. A 10% deposit will secure the booking, with full payment 1 month prior to commencement of the booking. A damage deposit will also apply, usually returnable within 14 days. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Friday preferably, but this may be flexible. Arrival 4pm, departure 10am. Notes on prices: The property sleeps six comfortably, but we can accommodate an extra adult on a single portable bed. We also have a large cot and high chair for a baby, plus stair gates and fire guards which are all available should your party need them. Extra charges for setting-up in these circumstances will apply. Inglenook fireplaces are a joy to behold! If you wish to have more than one log fire, or extra coal for the lounge coal stove, logs and coal can be ordered for your visit at an extra cost.

                                          9 Reviews
                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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