Coldharbour Cottage

Tenterden, Kent
+44 (0)1233 758520
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An off-the-beaten-track retreat with an 18th-century history, for a family or 2 couples (plus an extra 2 on a sofa bed), in a super spot


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

At the end of a farm track between Tenterton and Rye is a pretty tile-hung cottage built in 1764. The owner’s barn stands behind, 400 sheep surround you, and the views are far-reaching and fabulous. Andrew has poured energy and determination into the restoration and has been rewarded with the discovery of Rye Shipyard timbers, an inglenook fireplace, and a wonderful red-brick floor. Outside: a brazier, a barbecue and a trampoline for kids. Inside: all is comfortable, simple and authentic, with nothing to distract from the history: leather armchairs, drop-leaf tables, a two-seater sofa, a bench coffee table, a TV hidden in a cupboard, plus a sofa bed in the separate parlour. The kitchen has a flagged floor and all mod cons, the garden room pulls in the view, and the Sussex trug overflows with goodies including the Jempsons’ soft fruits in season. Sissinghurst, Dixter and Bodiam Castle are close, Rye will charm you, but most surprising are Andrew’s history tours and bushcraft adventures (and you can help tend the sheep!). Back home to linked bedrooms sweet, simple and reached via their own stairs, one en suite, the other with a bath downstairs.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement. Sofa bed for 2 downstairs (to sleep 6 guests in total).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants, 3 miles away.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £550
Short Breaks from £85 per night.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms


Lovely cottage with thoughtful welcome basket and helpful owner. In a very quiet location, once in for the evening we were cozy and warm. Cooking on the AGA was a great experience; have always wanted to give that a try. Enjoyed the sun room overlooking the fields where we could spy on Harry Donkey and Sam the horse. Although we were the only ones staying here we want to come back with a few grandchildren. Appreciated the kind restoration, great place to stay!

Joy, Maryland

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Andrew Jempson

  • Coldharbour Cottage was built way back in the 1760's and many of the original features have been restored or replaced by local craftsmen. Lots of character yet with modern amenities including a fabulous AGA oven for the Master Chef
  • Not forgetting the fantastic views across the valley towards the sea. Sit in the Garden Room, read a book, have a drink and take it all in. Its breathtaking!
  • Fun for the kids too, you can feed the chickens and collect the eggs! Oh and 250 sheep too - come and help us on the Farm!
  • Join us on one of our Country Tours and see the beautiful landscape which surrounds the farm. Learn about trees, birdlife and some of the fascinating history of the site. Book today for bushcraft adventures!
  • Fun for the kids too, you can feed the chickens and collect the eggs. Oh and 250 sheep too - come and help us on the Farm!
  • Coldharbour Cottage won the National Silver Award for the best Self Catering Cottage in 2010. Just 5 miles from Rye, 8 miles from Tenterden and 15 minutes drive from Ashford.