Gorgeous oast houses in Kent and Sussex

Accommodation, Family, Large cottages

Posted by Elianne Reed on 3rd July 2020

When we go on holiday, one of the things we really love is new experiences that we wouldn't get the opportunity to try at home. Staying at an inspiring property is one of those things and if it is a house that is particular to an area, it adds authenticity to your holiday and makes you feel that you have really found something special. The oast houses of Kent and Sussex, which were originally used for drying hops from the nearby fields, are the perfect example of such properties. Now mostly redundant and converted into houses, they hold a unique appeal to those who are lucky enough to stay in one.

Easily recognisable by their roundels with white tops, you will find some houses have just one single kiln and some have multiple kilns. The first oasts were introduced to this country in the early 16th century, firstly rectangular in shape, progressing to square and then early in the 19th century, round oasts appeared which are the ones we tend to think of when we hear the term 'oast house'. 

They are the perfect place to stay when visiting the glorious counties of Kent and Sussex so read on to see which is the perfect one for you.

The Hop Pickers Oast – Appledore, Kent

Sleeps 16

This beautifully refurbished Grade II listed oast house has been decorated to provide a boutique hotel feel while retaining the sense of a country house. Situated in the charming Kent village of Appledore, it is within easy reach of many beautiful villages, historic towns and coastal walks. 

Set in its own grounds with a boating lake, huge terrace and gardens, it is the perfect place for a family holiday or a get-together with a large group of friends. A large entrance hall awaits your arrival and invites you to explore the rest of the house without delay. Choose from the large kitchen with its huge table for 17, the gorgeous sitting room with cosy open fire or one of the seven bedrooms on the first and second floors.

The highlight of this beautiful house, however, has to be the amazing outside area. The huge terrace overlooking the pond is not only furnished with a banquet-style table and chairs for 17 but it also has the sweetest little patio area with an original pizza oven in the shape of twin oast houses. 

A games room annexe with mezzanine snug is great for teenagers and a wooden adventure playground under a huge weeping willow tree is perfect for little ones. The jewel in the crown has to be the fully fenced lake with its own boat - messing about on the water and feeding the resident fish can only add to the charm of staying in this wonderful property.

Why we love it:

  • Large living spaces for an unforgettable get-together
  • Huge terrace with pizza oven, perfect for parties
  • Games room and playground will be a big hit with young kids (and big kids!)
  • Lake with a boat - a unique touch at this stunning property

The Oast House – Sedlescombe, Sussex

Sleeps 10

One of our grander oast houses, and perfect for larger families and groups who wish to celebrate a special occasion in style, this spacious and elegant property is set on a large estate just out of the beautiful village of Sedlescombe. Start the perfect weekend escape by driving through the pretty village which boasts a great pub and traditional village shop. 

Feel the worries of the week melt away as you slow down to let the resident ducks cross over to the village green where they head home for dinner, and then wind your way down more country lanes until you reach the long driveway of the estate. The house offers two bedrooms on the ground floor which is perfect for those who cannot manage stairs and it also has a kitchen, sitting room with wood burner and elegant small dining room in the downstairs part of the roundel, making for a quirky dining experience.

The Oast House 2

On the first floor there are more bedrooms, another circular kitchen in the upper part of the roundel and a large open-plan lounge/diner with open fire which offers spectacular views across the Brede Valley. The house also has two working fireplaces for chillier evenings which makes it the perfect place to come back to after a day out at one of the gorgeous castles or historic towns nearby. 

Don’t forget the charming gardens which have spectacular views across private woodland – guests are allowed use of this area as well as having access to the owners' 450 acres of woodland and orchards. There is a large outside table and chairs seating ten for al fresco dining and you have access to the owners' tennis courts - just be sure to remember your racquets and tennis shoes!

Why we love it:

  • Grand accommodation in a verdant village
  • Open fire and wood burner, great for chilly evenings
  • Delightful gardens with a large table, perfect for al fresco dining
  • Access to tennis courts and 450 acres of woodland
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Bourne Farm Oast, Sandhurst, Kent

Sleeps 4

Nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside in the tiny village of Sandhurst, this stylish oast house offers a breathtaking blend of old and new, all set in an idyllic countryside location. Surrounded by farmland and open fields, with two friendly resident donkeys awaiting you in an adjoining field, this 16th-century oast has a spacious farmhouse feel yet is modern enough for you to feel a sense of luxury, especially in the master bedroom which has a magnificent four-poster bed and chandelier. 

Set in one of the oast’s roundels, it really is an extra special place to spend the night. An elegant roll-top bath adds to the sumptuous feel and if you want a more modern experience, the second roundel has a wet room with an overhead shower.

Bourne Farm

The second bedroom is in the second roundel, so nobody should feel left out of the wonderful sleeping experience that an oast house offers! Only a few miles away from the breathtaking Bodiam Castle and the various beautiful gardens and vineyards of the area, you couldn’t pick a more perfect spot for a countryside holiday.

Why we love it:

  • Elegant accommodation with luxurious, modern-day touches
  • Surrounded by countryside with donkeys as your neighbours
  • Livery available, so bring your horse along for a holiday
  • Close to Bodiam Castle and vineyards

West Hoy Oast

West Hoy Oast - Smarden, Kent

Sleeps 10

Set in the stunning Kentish countryside, this beautifully restored oast house boasts country-style accommodation with sophisticated, modern features. A muted colour scheme creates a sense of calm and tranquillity, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing countryside break with loved ones. 

Situated in the picture-perfect village of Smarden, the property is within easy reach of local pubs and restaurants, while also being only 8 miles from the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However, you may find it hard to drag yourself away from the property.

West Hoy Oast

Inside, you'll discover ample living accommodation with a high-end feel. Grown-ups can relax in the lounge in front of the wood burner while the kids entertain themselves in the games room, with table football, table tennis and a games console. 

A real feature of the house is the unique circular en-suite shower, housed in the oast tower. The outside space is also a delight, with a large garden and a gas BBQ setting the scene for summer parties. However, the real finishing touch to this spectacular property is the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, which will delight all members of the group.

Why we love it:

  • Relaxing yet luxurious interiors
  • Games room so kids can have their own space
  • Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
  • Close to local pubs and beautiful countryside

A stay in an oast house is a great way to explore the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside, while also connecting with the two counties' histories and culture. 

Close to many significant sites and some of the UK's most spectacular natural environments, Kent and Sussex are great choices for a memorable and traditional holiday. Find a wide selection of cottages, lodges and boltholes through our range of accommodation in Kent and Sussex. 

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