The Milk House

Cranbrook, Kent
+44 (0)1580 720200

Sofas in front of the fire, English wines and local ales, ambrosial food and chic rooms, all a short stroll from Sissinghurst Castle


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle were designed by Vita Sackville-West and are of the loveliest in the land; if you stay at this charming village pub, you can stroll over after breakfast, through apple orchards and bluebell woods. As for the Milk House, it’s a great base from which to explore – stylish, welcoming, nicely priced. The Sunday lunch is fabulous with seasonal produce mostly sourced within 20 miles. In summer, you decant onto a big terrace with an outside bar and a wood-fired pizza oven, not a bad spot for a crispy margherita and a glass of Pimm’s. There’s a duck pond, a lawned garden, views over open country, even a four-day festival in August (local bands, theatre, face painting, lots of food). Interiors have an easy style: woven willow lampshades, a sofa in front of the fire, a timber-framed dining room for fabulous food, perhaps twice-baked Stilton soufflé, grilled mackerel with roasted fennel, After Eight crème brûlée with brandy butter brioche. Beautiful bedrooms are crisply uncluttered. Expect chic fabrics, super beds, excellent bathrooms, a sofa if there’s room.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • 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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Sunday lunch from £15.


Nightly price
from £120
Extra bed/sofabed available £10 per person per night.
3 Doubles
From £120
1 Twin
From £120



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sarah Phillips

  • Sissinghurst is the perfect place for a family day out with the historic castle and gardens just half a mile's walk from The Milk House. Those interested in gardening can take part in one of the regular events organised by the National Trust.
  • From nearby Staplehurst, you can reach London by train in less than an hour. You’ll also find Frankie’s Farm Shop at Staplehurst Nurseries, selling plants, gifts and groceries and serving delicious lunches.
  • Kent is renowned for it’s vineyards. Sample the best of English wine with the award-winning Chapel Down Winery and Biddenden Vineyards on your doorstep both offering a variety of private tastings and tours.
  • Nearby town Tenterden is great for shopping with lots of interesting boutiques and cafes to explore. Tenterden is also the home of the Kent and East Sussex Railway, one of the country’s finest examples of a rural light railway.
  • You’re a 10-minute drive from Bedgebury Forest, ideal for cycling, riding, walks and picnics. Visit the National Pinetum, the world’s finest conifer collection or Go Ape in the treetops.
  • For rainy days there’s the Kino digital cinema in Hawkhurst, which shows a fine selection of art house films. There’s also the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells with an exciting schedule of theatre, music and comedy.