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Very Local Links

You can look at our online Google map showing the local sights, places to eat and some local walks.

We try to support local businesses and suppliers by buying our B&B food and drink in local villages and towns.

We use our local pubs as often as time permits (regrettably not as often as we would like!). Our closest pub is The Bull in Benenden - just 3 minutes in the car or an easy 15 minutes walk. Our other pub, The Woodcock is a rather longer walk (45 mins) but is a great destination, hidden in the woods, with its huge fire and local atmosphere. (You will need to book in advance if you want to be sure of eating at either of the pubs).

The location of The Holt provides an excellent base for visiting the Kentish countryside ..... and beyond. Benenden has its own village web site and from there you can leap off to other web sites in the village and those of other local villages.

To catch a flavour of local custom you may want to see the local Morris Dancers, Weald of Kent Morris.

Cards-by-hand is our local supplier of greetings cards and other small stationery needs .... so local in fact that we are Cards by hand!

The local golf club is Hemsted Forest - a very short drive away

A short drive away ...

A few local attractions that are worth considering for a visit if time permits (and all a short drive from The Holt) are:-

Sissinghurst Castle - famous for the wonderful Vita Sackville-West gardens (National Trust property)

Hole Park - a little known gem with lovely and relaxing extensive gardens - just 10 minutes drive from the Holt

Great Dixter - home and gardens of Christopher Lloyd - our favourite gardens to visit

Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway - a wonderful way to while away an afternoon and see some of Kent in old time style

Bodiam Castle - a 'real' 14th century castle where you can relax on the vast rolling lawns of if a little more energetic climb the battlements (National Trust property)

Scotney Castle - a lovely country house, gardens and 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate (National Trust property)

Smallhythe Place- Victorian actress Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens (National Trust property)

Biddenden vineyard - nearly 50 years experience with 23 acres of south facing slopes with 11 different grape varieties - warm welcome, lovely shop, and free Saturday tours.

Chapel Down winery - makes lovely wines (it is rumoured with a royal connection) and has a very enjoyable walking tour around the vineyard and tasting (advanced booking essential)

Cranbrook - Our local small town where you can spend a few peaceful hours in the numerous individual shops, tea rooms and local hostelries. On the first Saturday in the month the auction can provide some great buys. There is a farmers market on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9am to midday.

Rolvenden Farmers Market is held on a Thursday morning, 10am to midday - a great chance to sample some real local produce - held in the church and church hall.

Tenterden is a shopping centre as it was 50 years ago with great shops, pubs and restaurants

Staplehurst Station - not itself of great merit but if you travel outside rush-hour or at weekends you can get to the centre of London (and back) by train in under an hour each way for less than £20 per person (plus about £5 parking)

A little further away (30 minutes by car)

The wonderful town of Rye—for quaint streets, glorious fish and chips and lots of independent small shops

Batemans - the home of Rudyard Kipling (National Trust property)

Tunbridge Wells - Plenty to see and do in this thriving country town

Ashford - Stopping point for the Eurostar and off to Paris for the day or else stay in town and shop in the McArthur Glen Outlet Centre (not quite as stylish as Paris but good value!)

And if you need more ...

A great site to find out what is to be seen and to do around this area is The High Weald Project. This site includes some glorious illustrations from local Benenden artist Charlotte Molesworth as well as some great local photos and excellent information.

Still looking for more??

If we can't tempt you to stay at The Holt our try the website produced by our friend Sarah Wickham (of the beautiful Hallwood Farm B&B) - Hand picked Houses near Sissinghurst

And our favourite (bigger!) travel site is Tripadvisor - www.tripadvisor.com - it gives the real picture of what to expect.