Lovingly refurbished, 1887 Gate Keepers Lodge with 3 beds that sleeps 5
Mr. Robert Mitchell
About Mr. Robert Mitchell
Owner runs Architectural and Building Management Company, which is reflected in the interior design and attention to detail of the Lodge. Historic preservation is the owners speciality which too was used when refurbishing the Lodge.
Mr. Robert Mitchell purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Mr. Robert Mitchell chose Westerham
Built 1885 - 1887 as Gate keepers house to Valence Mansion for Norman Watney owner of Brewery, Brasted Lodge was fully refurbished in 1995 to incorporate all up to date mains services (gas, water power) whilst retaining and preserving all character of original Victorian charm. The surrounding grounds around the Lodge are known as Valence. This features 18th-century landscaped lakes, ponds and gardens designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. Watneys mansion at Valance is now a school for disabled children who attend by minibus. Isolation of the Lodge makes the house very private and tranquil and yet easy road access makes this an ideal location. Brief history of site The estate of Valence is listed in the first draft of the Domesday Book (1086). The site was first developed in the mid-18th century, with later landscaping by Lancelot Capability Brown in the late-18th century. Further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-19th century and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late-19th century.
What makes this Cottage unique
Lodge located in picturesque country abutting Golf Course and is sandwiched between Westerham and Brasted Villages (both just a minutes drive away). Nearby Superstores such as Biggin Hill Waitrose, Sevenoaks Tescos, Otford Sainsburys and Oxted Morrison all offer everything for day to day living. Small groceries can be obtained at Westerham Co-Operative and many other nearby shops all of which are reached within a few minutes drive
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Non-smoking Premise - £150 fixed charge.
Children must be supervised at all times
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
1) Full refunds up to 60 days written notice prior to arrival 2) 50% refunds 30 days written notice prior to arrival 3) Less 30 days - no refund given
Deposit 50% payable on booking - balance to be paid 60 days prior to arrival. Booking confirmation upon receipt of deposit & confirmed in writing
Before arrival we required a copy of your Passport, full address/contact details, ages of children, Utility Bill (proof of identity), etc
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely property well looked after
Lovely property well looked after Rob was helpful and welcoming
Nice guy, John left the place immaculate. Would recommend him to other managers or owners
WE WOULD STAY AGAIN!
'We would stay again is our 5-Star rating. The property has many great features. The kitchen is very well equipped. The 2 full bathrooms are spacious and beautifully appointed. The living room has two comfy sofas and a complete audio-visual set up. The dining room sits 6. When the English weather allows, there is a delightful outdoor sitting area. Beds are comfortable and there are plenty of drawers and hanging space and even enough hangers (so often not the case!). Parking is easy. All rooms are medium size (good for England!) and the layout provides opportunities to hangout together and alone time. The internet was very good, not always the case even this close to London.
The property is about 3/4 mile from the pretty village of Westerham and has easy motorway access. It backs onto country property so one can walk out the door and take a nice stroll. It fronts on to the A25, a busy main road during the day. Even though the property is well insulated from the noise of passing traffic, this could be a drawback for folk who are noise sensitive. We thought it might bother us, but it did not. Parents with children with a tendency to wander would need to be especially vigilant.
Another thing we appreciated was the owner's attention to security. Everything has double locks. We joked that we were staying in Fort Knox, but liked feeling safe.
Communication with the owner was excellent.
While definitely out in the country, a 30-minute drive gets you to Bromley South station with regular 20-minute rail service to Victoria Station in the heart of London. The only challenge at Bromley South is parking. It's available but you don't want to be driving around looking for it. so check it out ahead of time.
Winston Churchill's home - Chartwell - is ten minutes away and the delightful Hever Castle about 20 minutes. Kent's 'Garden of England' is easily explored.
In summary, this is is a very comfortable and well appointed property, where one could happily spend a week or more. We stayed for 5 nights.
Love the property and Robert! Both made it a trip of a lifetime
What a lovely simple and nice comment - THANK YOU
It was a pleasure to meet but let's try not to make our initial meeting over the garden gate next time.
We hope to one day to see you again. Take care.
Great property, great location and great holiday experience.
The property provided everything we required and is situated ideally for interesting places to visit including some within walking distance. Overall a lovely relaxing week.
Thank you. Your positive feed back is very helpful to future guests.
A vacation destination from New Jersey, USA
We loved the Brasted Lodge and our 10 day stay here. The home was very comfortable and felt like home. It was nicely updated, very clean and well taken care of. The outdoor area has beautiful landscaping and lovely fish pond. After a trip to Tescoes to buy some groceries (breakfasts and snacks for the week), we did day trips every day, including London via train, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Roman Baths, Dover Castle, Hever Castle, Down House, and Chartwell. Each day we returned to the Brasted Lodge felt like coming home! Thank you Robert for the wonderful stay in your lodge! We loved it and look forward to future stays!
You’re most welcome and I must add respecting and appreciating the Lodge is so gratefully received. Your stay was so easy to manage and simple when preparing for the next guest. Can I say a massive thank you. If your ever considering returning please don’t hesitate to make contact.
There were four of us - two couples - travelling from Canada to attend a wedding in Kent. Robert's place made the trip for us. The bedrooms were perfect and located in different areas of the house. The bathrooms (3) were large and high-end. Even though it was record-breaking heat during our stay in the UK the house stayed cool which was very important to us. The patio with lovely furniture, gardens and pond was an oasis and we enjoyed breakfast, cocktails and dinners throughout our stay. We just can't say enough about the pace. It's apparent Robert has spent time and $$ combined with his expertise to attend to all the needs of busy travellers and what we need to make a stay top-notch. Highly recommend.
Westerham; located below the North Downs, 6 miles west of Sevenoaks, 5 miles South of Bromley, 4 miles East of Oxted, bordered by Kent & Surrey located south of the A25 between junctions 5 and 6 of the M25.
Central London is 15 minutes by train via Bromley South (once on the train), 29 mins from London Gatwick and 50 miles from Heathrow Airports (providing no hold ups on route) making the Lodge ideal for both Central London and numerous local English Heritage and National Trust Tourist Attractions. The location commuter used by those working daily in London making the Lodge accessible to both Central & South London. Further more the London orbital M25 motorway assists fast access to attractions, (nearest junction being just five minutes away). London bound trains to Charing Cross Trafalgar Square, Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo, Blackfriars can be taken from either Bromley South or Sevenoaks stations which are easily reached within 15/25 minutes by car. Never try to drive to London as drivers must pay "The Congestion Charge" tax. Always purchase a Oyster Card from the local shops before boarding Red Route Buses as money is not accepted. The first Red Route bus is a 246 from Westerham Green into London but this service is half hourly in rush hour and hourly off peak. I therefore drive to Sevenoaks Station car park & cross the road to board London bound trains or alternatively get a 320 bus from Biggin Hill to Bromley South where again you simply cross the road to the Station - every 15 mins.
Westerham (1 mile) boasts a large range of restaurants, bars, cafes, whilst Brasted offers numerous antique shops, historic half timbered houses. The immediate area is the home of Sir Winston Churchill, General Wolfe, nearby Charles Darwin. Hever Castle & Roman encampment ruins are all nearby.
Points of interest:
• London Trafalgar Square by road 29 miles (49 minutes) and Sevenoaks rail (27 minutes). There are so many tourist attractions these are far too extensive to list but to help these may be of interest:
• Sir Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell Manor (2 miles)
• Hever Castle, home to Anne Boleyn, Herny VIII; Anne of Cleves (8 miles)
• Charles Darwin home, full of his possessions, where he wrote ‘Origin of Species’ (4 miles - Downe Village)
• 14th century Ightham Moat manor house, with Great Hall; chapels, extensive garden (9 miles)
• Hampton Court the finest palace in England & home to Henry VIII (34 miles)
• Battle of Britain, Biggin Hill x Royal Air Force (4 miles) home of 2nd WW Spitfire and Hurricane Squadrons which yearly hosts historic Air shows normally including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight & Red Arrows
• Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger (War Birds)
• Eurostar day trip to France from Ashford
• Lullingston Roman Villa
• Squerryes Court with Gardens
• Emmetts Gardens
• Knolls Park and country Mansion
• Chiddingstone timber framed Village
• Igtham Moat
• Quebec House (General Wolfe)
• Bodium Castle
• Leeds Castle
• Sheffield Park and Bluebell Railway (Stream Engines and fully operational line)
• Lingfield Horse Race Course
• Wisley RHS Gardens
• Bodium Castle
• Hastings fishing Village
• Brighton Pavillion & old town
• Rye (cobbled & timber framed buildings)
• Rochester (Charles Dickens)
• Chiddingstone Village & Castle
• Bough Beach Resevoiur
• Penshurst Place
Other Activities: Numerous local Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes, Shops (including numerous antique), Historical sights and London (with everything this offers meaning this property offers both City & Tourist breaks but you will need a car).
GOLF: If you fancy a day of golf, then choose from over 15 golf courses all with 15 minutes of the Lodge.
Our immediate neighbour is Westerham Golf Club created from the 1987 storm that altered the landscapes. This was opened in May 1997 consisting of 18 holes set in mature woodland, with tree-lined fairways, water features and stunning views over the North Downs. The 6,272 yards, par 72 course has been built to a very high standard, with USGA specification greens and irrigation installed on the greens, tees and approaches.
The course is complimented by a superb clubhouse, which holds first class facilities including a large spike bar, sun terrace, comfortable changing rooms, Pro shop and air-conditioned function suite. In addition the facilities include a 10-acre driving range, putting green, indoor teaching area and a brand new 8 acre short game area, so if you fancy a short walk, go and enjoy a drink in the club house.
Main shopping in Bromley, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Oxted, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater & of course Central London
Westerham has everything one needs including Co-Op store but within a few minutes drive, many Superstores can be reached such as Sainsbury @ Bat and Ball Sevenoaks, Waitrose Biggin Hill, Morrisons Oxted, Tescos Riverhead Sevenoaks.
Literature offering further advise on places of interest is placed within the Lounge for guests use. Guests come yearly as there is too much