The Local Area

Our local historic town of town Tenterden offers a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and shops to browse. There is a Waitrose and a Tesco if you need supplies.

Chappel Down Vineyard is a mile from Tenterden, along with the enchanting Smallhythe Place, home of the Edwardian actress Ellen Terry and a lovely National Trust place to visit’

The beautiful walled town of Rye is close by and a fabulous place to spend the day mooching around the antique shops and having tea in one of the many quirky tea shops.

Wander down Mermaid Street and have a drink in The Giant’s Fireplace Bar in the ancient Mermaid Hotel, home of smugglers and now visited by the stars.

Very close to Rye are the famous dunes of Camber Sands and miles of beaches. Though in high season we go to Winchelsea beach as it is quieter.

Whitstable on the North Kent Coast is 40 minutes drive, as is the pretty town of Faversham, also great for junk shops and Brocant.

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, home of Vita Sackville West is 15 minutes from us, and Great Dixter House and Garden is close by too. Both are a must for garden lovers, and walkers. They really show off our beautiful landscape here in Kent and East Sussex.

If you fancy a day trip, Hastings is a 40 minute drive away and a visit to the very quirky shops in The Old Town is a great day out with a wander along the prom to the pier.

Our favourite pub to eat at is The Ferry Inn at Stone in Oxney, great sunsets and good pub food.

Dungeness and it’s other worldly houses and landscape has the best fish and chips at The Pilot.

Kayaking or paddle boarding on the river at The Bodiam Boating Station is great fun, their cafe serves great food, and has a lovely vibe, and you can chug down the river to Bodiam Castle on one of their boat trips.

Tenterden Steam Railway is another way to get to Bodiam Castle, take a picnic and have a pint at the pub there too. behind the railway is the quirky Old Dairy Brewery, where you can sit and have a pint with the sun setting on the fields and a great Italian BBQ.

Biddenden village has a great quirky cafe at Bloomsburys, and an incredible Michelin * restaurant

The West House, and a sweet tea shop called The Bakehouse.

It is also worth a trip to Biddenden Vineyard, famous for it’s wines and ciders, all of which you can taste after a lovely walk from the yurt.