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Delightful 2 bedroom cottage with large garden near Tunbridge Wells . Sleeps 4.

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 en suite bedrooms, kitchen, dining/living room, bike storage, garden, patio

The Bothy is a newly-renovated, 19th century building with a 5 star Visit England award, in the grounds of a 17thC Grade II listed house. It has a private walled and fenced garden and patio area to eat outside or BBQ and is ideal for families with children who need space to run around. It is furnished to an exceptionally high standard inside. Close to Royal Tunbridge Wells it is perfectly situated for a range of fun activities in the Weald of Kent and Ashdown Forest such as walking, riding, cycling, sailing, golf and climbing. There are a wealth of historic properties and castles within half an hour's drive, some of the most magnificent gardens in England nearby and steam train railway just 2 km away. There is an incredible array of great pubs locally and excellent restaurants. Less than an hour on the train to central London, 35 mins to Gatwick or the Ebbsfleet Eurostar Terminal to Paris. The beaches of the South Coast can be reached in under an hour. Just too much to do in one trip!

Historic places: If it is history and culture you are after you have it all here! Properties nearby include Standen - Arts & Crafts Movement Victorian home, Chartwell - home of Sir Winston Churchill, Quebec House - C16th home of General Wolfe, Knole - stately home of the Sackville family, deer park, Ightham Mote - moated medieval manor house, Old Soar Manor - late C13th Knight's dwelling, Scotney Castle - romantic ruined castle/manor, moat and gardens, Bodiam Castle - well-preserved C14th castle and moat, Bateman's - home of famous writer Rudyard Kipling, Squerryes Court - C17th manor and gardens; location of BBC's 'Emma', Hever Castle - home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, Chiddingstone Castle and village - art collection and family activity days, Penshurst Place - historic stately home, gardens, adventure playground, Tonbridge Castle - Norman Motte-and-Bailey Gatehouse, Finchcocks - Georgian manor and keyboard instruments museum. Or be at the 1066 site of the Battle of Hastings in an hour.

Gardens and countryside: The Kent countryside is known as the Garden of England and you are in the heart of rolling hills, apple orchards and vineyards with wonderful local produce on offer. Why not visit Tenterden, Biddenden and Lamberhurst vineyards or visit the amazing selection of great award-winning pubs in the area? For the open countryside visit the Ashdown Forest heathland that is home to Winnie the Pooh. Tackle one of the 4 National walking trails in the area. Stroll around Bedgebury Pinetum or Go Ape on the tree top ropes zip wires and cycle paths. Stunning gardens nearby include Emmetts Garden (NT) - Edwardian estate and charming garden, Marle Place Gardens - 10 acres of private garden and an art gallery, Sprivers Garden (NT) - C18th formal garden, Sissinghurst (NT) - home of Vita Sackville-West, Pashley Manor - Grade I listed timber-framed house and gardens, Sheffield Park (NT) - C18th 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens, lakes, Groombridge Place - garden, excellent adventure playground, events.

Adventurous activities/outdoor/children's/other: Feeling energetic? There are wonderful footpaths on the doorstep to take you through the most beautiful English countryside, leaving your car behind. Or if you fancy riding there are several equestrian centres for a trek through the Ashdown Forest, the biggest open area in SE England. Try your hand at climbing at nearby Eridge Rocks and Harrison's Rocks or at an indoor centre, take a steam train on the Spa Valley or Bluebell Steam Railway. Cycle safely along an old railway course, try the dry ski slope at Bowles, build shelters at Wilderness Wood, try your hand at sailing, windsurfing, or mountain biking at Bewl Water - or just have a picnic by the water's edge. Land that big fish at Chiddingstone lake, golf at a number of local courses or try Arena Pursuits outdoor activities including quad biking. And if it's wet, there are two nearby leisure centres with indoor pools, Tunbridge Wells has a multiplex cinema, bowling centre and we have not even mentioned the shops in the Pantiles.

Children are very welcome here and there is enough to exhaust even the most energetic.

More Details

Robin and Jo Reames
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Robin and Jo Reames

We have lived on the Sussex/Kent border for 12 years but have lived around the world previously and grew up in different parts of the UK. But we feel very settled here and enjoy sharing the pleasure we take from this beautfiul countryside with visitors and friends.

Robin and Jo Reames purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Robin and Jo Reames chose Kent

We had lived in the area for a few years and were always intrigued by the house and what lay behind the walls. It was a perfect family home for us. We saw the potential to develop the neglected outbuildings into a holiday home that would be comfortable, private and a great place from which to visit all the attractions in the area

What makes this cottage unique

This is a newly renovated cottage that is finished to a high standard. it benefits from being designed as a holiday let so is light and airy even in winter, yet cosy and warm. In the summer, guests can enjoy the large garden and eat outside. it is especially perfect for families. We love the countryside and being able to retreat to privacy when you need to and relax away from the pressures of everyday life yet still have a town as lovely as Tunbridge Wells accessible. We enjoy exploring and walking the glorious countryside, visiting country houses and gardens and of course the quaint old pubs. The cottage is perfectly placed for so many things.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It would be very hard to find anything to improve on
Apr 2011
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Fordcombe Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , wet room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bedroom 1 en suite is a wet room, measures 2.06 m x 1.75 m and has a basin, heated towel rail, toilet and shower and a tiled floor. The shower is on an adjustable riser and has a glass screen. The shower controls are 109cm high and the lowest point of the shower rail is 138 cm. Bedroom 2 en suite is 2.88 m x 2 m and tiled. There is a basin, toilet, heated towel rail and a curved shower bath with a glass hinged screen near the wall and mounted shower above the bath on an adjustable rail. The lowest height is 146 cm and the controls are 103 cm high. The bath rim is 50cm high and the basin lip is 89 cm high.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Cot available
  • • The double bedroom is 3.86 m x 3.05 m, carpeted in a short pile oatmeal coloured carpet and is off the main living area accessed by a door 1.91 m high and 0.7 m wide opening into the room. There is a king size bed with non feather duvet and pillows. Sheets, duvets and pillow cases are poly-cotton. There is a TV aerial but no TV provided. Two lights above the bed can be switched on/off from the door or bed. It has a small built-in wardrobe, dressing table and bedside tables. There is a window and a low glass door 1.63 m high x 86 cm wide opening outwards onto a patio (3.7 m x 4.3 m), accessed by 2 steps. • Bedroom 2 is a twin bedded room, carpeted, 3.8 m x 2.85 m, beyond the kitchen with a 28 cm step up and a 73cm wide door opening inwards. The beds are oak framed with headboards, non feather duvet and pillows are provided. Sheets, duvets and pillow cases are poly-cotton. It has two casement windows, a TV aerial socket and 3 double sockets. There is a built in wardrobe and shelves.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The property is single storey, accessible by wheelchair via a remobable ramp but is not fully fitted for disabled people. There is one step up to the twin bedroom.The open plan sitting room/dining area is approx 5.6 m x 6.3 m with double French doors onto a patio with an outside table, chairs and sun umbrella. There is also a shed where bicycles can be safely secured. There is private off road parking space for 2 cars in the driveway of the holiday let. The lawn is approx 50 m x 21 m. Access is by pre-arrangement. Guests are asked to give a time of arrival, usually after 3 pm. The property has extensive information on local attractions, opening times and contact details and a map on the wall showing their location, books, games, CD, TV and DVD. The nearest bus stop is 50m from the house. The nearest railway stations are Ashurst (2.5 miles) or Tunbridge Wells (3.9 miles). It is only an hour to central London. There are taxis and buses at Tunbridge Wells but not at Ashurst Station.


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Delightful 2 bedroom cottage with large garden near Tunbridge Wells . Sleeps 4.
average rating of 4.95 based on 21 reviews

Very family friendly

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay, with everything you could need. Huge garden for running around, big living room, and great bathrooms. It was perfect for us with a toddler and baby in tow, and we will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Lovely time

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic Host, great Accommodation well looked after, loved the shower in the on-suit bathroom. We stayed in February 2016,

Like to come again.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful owner , Robin, welcomed us graciously. Nice home with good bedroom separation. Nice washer/dryer and all amenities. Private with nice garden close to lots of attractions like Hever Castle, Penshurst Place etc. Need a car. Nice part of Kent with train stations nearby.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Owner's Response: Your kind comments are greatly appreciated, thank you.
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at cottages for the past 15 years and have had some great experiences but The Bothy stands out for many reasons. It is well laid out and on one level. The furnishings and equipment are of good quality and well maintained and it is in a quiet location yet only a short drive to many attractions or Royal Tunbridge Wells. Of particular interest to us is the proximity to Gatwick Airport, it only took us 40 minutes to drive there.

It is an ideal location from which to tour Kent or Sussex or to just lounge in the large garden.

Robin, the owner, was very open and approachable and made some helpful suggestions as to where to visit.

We would definitely stay here again if our travels take us to this part of the world again and do not hesitate to recommend it.

Reg Wolfe

Toronto, Canada

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a great pleasure to have guests who make the most of their time to explore what is on offer and from their experiences we discover new places to visit and share with future guests.
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Lovely cottage and perfect hosts

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at The Bothy. The property is exactly as described and perfectly located for all sorts of free time activities. The owner and the housekeeper were very friendly and helpful. The Bothy is ideal for families with children. We stayed there with our six-year old son and he enjoyed his holiday just as much as we did. We recommend Penshurst Place and Hever Castle which are both close by. Chartwell is a bit further away but definitely worth a visit. The next train station is in Ashurst and you can reach London Bridge Station in less than an hour. Tunbridge Wells has two huge supermarkets (Sainsbury's and Morrisson) which makes self-catering very easy. We will come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We (couple with friend in our sixties) rented The Bothy from 16 Aug. to 13 Sept. A great place to stay! Everything we needed in the cottage, a large, beautiful garden and green, peaceful surroundings. We rented a car and went for trips to a lot of places and gardens in the neighbourhood (Penshurst, Groombridge, Scotney's, Chartwell, Hever, Bateman's, Sissinghurst etc.) as well as to a few more distant destinations. We took the train from Ashurst or Royal Tunbridge Wells to London and enjoyed the big city before returning to our beautiful place in the loveliest coutryside in Kent. Our hosts were very forthcoming and gave us good guidance if we needed advice. We would recommend The Bothy to anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Owner's Response: Sincere thanks for the comments. It is always a pleasure to know that our guests have enjoyed all the lovely things to do here. We hope you will return!
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
The Chafford Arms, Fordcombe village pub
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Sweetwoods Park
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Tunbridge Wells
Nearest Motorway
23 Kilometres
M25 jct 5
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
The Chafford Arms
Nearest Beach
49 Kilometres
Camber Sands
Car: necessary

A tranquil and charming newly-renovated cottage on the rural edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells, within the grounds of a Grade 2 listed house, awarded 5 stars by Visit Britain. Situated in a village in a Green Belt area in Kent and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is perfectly placed to visit major Kent attractions like Penshurst, Hever Castle, Chartwell and Knole. The cottage has a spacious, airy sitting room/dining area with TV, wood burner, fully fitted kitchen and 2 en suite bedrooms and is set in a large, enclosed private garden, ideal for families with children. It is perfect to enjoy a BBQ on the terrace and relax after a day visiting Royal Tunbridge Wells and the Weald of Kent. It is a short stroll to the village pub and a great selection of other local pubs and restaurants are nearby. The Ashdown Forest is perfect for hiking and riding, there is sailing, tennis, climbing, fishing, cycling locally and Royal Tunbridge Wells has great shops, leisure centre, cinema and theatre.

Other Activities: Climbing (indoor and outdoor), dry slope skiing

Golf: Tunbridge Wells Golf Club is 4 miles away and suits all standards. Visitors are welcome to play the 18 hole course.

Nevill Golf Club is 6 miles away on the Southern edge of Tunbridge Wells and has a magnificent views. The course is exceptionally enjoyable and challenging at the same time and, from its tips, can stretch to nearly 6,500-yards. Visitors are very welcome but are advised to book with the secretary well in advance to avoid clashing with club dates and various members' competitions

Hever Castle Golf Club is a 250 acre 27 hole course and traditional Tudor style clubhouse, nestling among the hills straddling the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 7002 yard, par 72 layout and has hosted The Kent Open and Kent PGA Championship.

Sweetwoods Park Golf Club (6.2 miles), on the A264 beyond Blackham at Cowden, has a new clubhouse, a fine 18 hole course with four different tee positions: with undulating fairways, elevated greens, water hazards and tricky bunkers it suits all levels.

Just beyond Sweetwoods is Holtye Golf Course, a 9 hole course.

Villa Golf (3.7 miles), a family-run 9 hole pay and play in Blackham and offers a variation on the back 9. Good for beginners and anly a few minutes drive away.

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club is situated close to one of the highest points in Sussex, this 18 hole course is nearly 800ft above sea-level. There is also a 9 hole course and all weather driving range at Boars Head in Crowborough


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $128.67

The persons occupying the holiday home undertake to keep the premises and all furniture, fixtures, fittings and effects in or on the premises in the same state of repair and condition as at the commencement of the holiday.They also undertake to leave the premises in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which it was found. All breakages and any damage must be reported to the owner/car

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.