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Widely regarded as the 'Jewel of the Weald'

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Great Dixter House and Gardens

The picturesque town of Tenterden in Kent is a fascinating mixture of historic buildings, shops and restaurants mixed with modern amenities and contemporary style. The broad high street has wide grassy tree lined verges, traditional shopping and quaint lanes full of bijou boutiques, and is dominated by the stately spire of St Mildred’s Church.

Dating from the 13th and 14th centuries the tower of St Mildred’s is reputed to have had a signal beacon warning of the approach of the Spanish Armada, and Lord Nelson’s daughter Horatia was once the wife of the vicar. Situated in the heart of the Weald of Kent the Cinque port of Tenterden was once the centre of the wool trade and the prestige and wealth that this brought to the area is still reflected in the fine architecture of the town.

“A pretty Kent town with lots of places to explore whether you’re interested in the great outdoors and history…”

Any visit to Tenterden must surely include a trip to the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway which is arguably the country’s finest example of a rural light railway. The steam train runs for 10 miles through the pretty Kent countryside through the Rother levels to the fairy tale castle of Bodiam and the village of Northiam. Throughout the year special events are held that will delight all the family – from a day out with Thomas the Tank, Santa Specials, cream teas and six course dinners. Garden lovers will be keen to pay a visit to Great Dixter House and Gardens near Northiam, the home of the inspiring gardener Christopher Lloyd who lived here for over 40 years. The lovely house designed by Edwin Lutyens, (most famous for designing many high-profile building in Delhi, India during the Raj) is also open to the public and well worth a visit. As you enter the front door you will be able to admire the characteristic display of tubs and pots either side, all overflowing with abundant planting. The Rare Breeds Centre at Woodchurch is four miles from Tenterden and all the family will find plenty to enjoy here. The centre is set in over 100 acres and children are encouraged to handle the farm animals in the Children’s Barn. There are birds of prey to admire, a butterfly tunnel, creepy crawlies, play areas, tractor rides, and woodland walks, not forgetting the Granary restaurant which serves great locally produced food.

Bluebell woods near Tenterden

Close by you will find the Chapel Down Vineyard which has gained a worthy reputation as a producer of excellent English wine, all produced from the 22 acres of vineyards set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Described as, “an enjoyable way to familiarise yourself with the best of British,” visitors are welcome to explore the grounds, vineyards and herb garden, sample the wines and browse in the shop which also stocks their range of Curious beers and cider, local cheeses and handmade chocolates. Take a guided tour to learn more about the process of wine production and reward yourself with a meal in the excellent restaurant overlooking the vineyards too. We have some lovely cottages in and around Tenterden. Why not visit our collection for more inspiration?

While you’re there

The Kent and Sussex Steam Railway

The 10-mile track is arguably the country’s finest example of a rural light railway.

Great Dixter House and Gardens

The house was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the gardens by Christopher Lloyd an incredible blend of talents.

St Mildred’s Church

This 13th and 14th century church has a potted history, worth learning about in passing

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