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Local Towns

Cranbrook –  Closest town 5 minutes away

Tenterden (10 miles away) is also known as the Jewel in the Weald. This pretty market town with its good selection of shops and weekly farmers’ market

Rye – Ancient town with cobbled, narrow, winding streets, antique shops, various festivals and excellent restaurants

Tunbridge Wells – Spa town, 30 minutes away

Hastings – an interesting town full of maritime history

Whitstable – an hour away, a charming place to visit with its famous restaurants.

Canterbury – also an hour away, full of heritage and history

Battle – See where the Battle of Hastings is reputed to have taken place

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Breakfast

Great Places for Breakfast
Cranbrook – The George
Cranbrook – Hartley Coffee Shop
Hawkhurst – Queen’s Inn
Sissinghurst – The Milk House
Staplehurst – Frankie’s Farmshop

For delicious, fresh croissants and bread and locally supplied vegetables and meat, Cranbrook Farm Shop at Charity Farm, is just around the corner.

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Where to Eat

There are a number of excellent places to eat nearby and we are happy to give individual recommendations. Here are a few ideas:

Benenden – The Bull
Biddenden – Three Chimneys
Bodiam – The Curlew
Cranbrook – The George, Arthurs
Goudhurst – Green Cross Inn, Goudhurst Inn, Hamerton & Jones,  The Vine
Hawkhurst – Great House, Queen’s Inn
Iden Green – The Woodcock
Kilndown – The Small Holding
Rolvenden – The Bull
Sissinghurst – The Milk House
Staplehurst – Frankie’s Farmshop

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Vineyards

Vineyards and Local Wines
Biddenden Vineyard – Guided Vineyard tours and tastings
Chapel Down – Vineyard and Restaurant
Gusbourne Estate
Hush Heath

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Where to Visit

Historic Houses and Places of Interest

Battle of Britain Memorial – Dover
Big Cat Sanctuary, Wildlife Heritage Foundation – Smarden
Bodiam Castle – 14th Century moated castle
Chatham Dockyard
Canterbury – Ancient Historic City & Cathedral
Dover Castle – Historic Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels
Hever Castle – Castle and extensive gardens
Kent & East Sussex Railway (runs from Tenterden to Bodiam)
Leeds Castle – Castle, Garden and other attractions
Port Lympne Animal Park – Wild Animal Experience
Rare Breeds Centre – Woodchurch
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Smallhythe Place – National Trust – Ellen Terry’s early 16th-century house and cottage gardens

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Gardens

Some of the main attractions in the area are the number of gardens to visit:

Godinton House and Gardens – Jacobean Manor with formal gardens
Great Dixter House & Gardens – Family home of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd
Hole Park Gardens – Rolvenden
Pashley Manor Gardens – Ticehurst
Penshurst Place – Penshurst
Scotney Castle – National Trust, Lamberhurst
Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens – National Trust, Sissinghurst

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Sports

Bedgebury Pinetum – Cycling, Forest Walks with Children’s Play areas, “Go Ape” Tree Adventures
Bewl Water – Watersports, outdoor activities and fishing
Golf – Chart Hills and Tenterden Golf Club
Riding – Bedgebury Park

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Seaside

There are a number of excellent sandy beaches in this part of Kent as well as numerous water sports available near to Camber Sands, a few miles from Rye.

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Transport

Staplehurst Station – 15 minutes away has a regular service to London and Ashford International
Channel Tunnel/Dover is 45 minutes away