You’re set back from a country road in this 1876 oast house which couldn’t be lovelier. The fresh, sunny bedroom has views over a colourful cottage garden that teems with birdlife. It’s a gentle stroll from one of the prettiest villages in Kent, with white-clapboard cottages, a fine church and a traditional local pub, The Bell.
Jack the Jack Russell will greet you, swiftly followed by friendly Suzy who’ll bring you tea and cake in the garden. A generous breakfast served in the original roundel includes Pluckley sausages, fresh-laid eggs and homemade jams.
A network of marked footpaths from the garden take you on country walks; visit in spring to see drifts of bluebells in the woods and apple orchards full of blossom. Use the car for cultured jaunts: Sissinghurst Castle is just ten minutes away, Leeds Castle, Scotney, Great Dixter are all close.