The High Weald of Sussex and Kent has to be one of the best kept secrets of Southern England.Whereas everyone has heard of the beauty of the Cotswolds and the West Country comparatively few know of this gem only just over an hour by train from the capital.
The countryside is a rolling landscape of densely wooded valleys and streams, sunken lanes and bluebell woods. The villages, some of the prettiest in England, are comparatively close together and frequently have excellent pubs, many with a reputation for excellent food.
The area has many famous gardens and historic houses including Rudyard Kipling’s home Batemans, Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst, Hever, Great Dixter, Pashley Manor, Sheffield Park, Chartwell the home of Sir Winston Churchill, Groombridge Place, Knole, Charleston, Monk’s House and Penshurst. Other fascinating places to visit include the Cinque port of Rye and the old town of Hastings with its fishing fleet and artists’ quarter featured in the television series Foyle’s War. Railway enthusiasts will enjoy the Bluebell Line and the Spa valley railway.
The cottage in the garden sits on a hill with 180 degree views all the way to the South Downs but despite the remoteness of its setting it is within a 25 minute drive of Glyndebourne Opera House and in easy reach of the Three Regency Towns; Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its attractive Pantiles area, spa and shopping, the City of Brighton with its famous Pavilion, the Lanes, museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants and the sea and the lovely county town of Lewes, famous for its antique shops, castle and museum. See our useful links page for more information.