The Potting Shed

Cranbrook, Kent

Enchanting bolthole for country garden lovers - walk to the idyllic village pub, rusticate out by the summerhouse, sleep beneath rafters


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


There’s something about a potting shed and this one is exceptional. In the prettiest part of Kent and part of a 300-year-old barn, it stands in the former kitchen garden of Benenden Grange where plantsman Collingwood Ingram once lived. And it’s been characterfully converted. Largely open plan, on three floors, you’ve a sitting room with sofa and chairs on a rugged limed-pine floor and you can be comfortably double or twin-bedded up on the mezzanine, under beams and down duvets. The bathroom and kitchen are small and cleverly thought through so the shower’s a decent size and the towels are thick; there’s a dishwasher, a microwave, and a jug of pretty flowers on the gingham tablecloth. Your friendly, inspiring hosts in Gardner’s Cottage next door have created all this, and the gorgeous rambling garden; the welcome trug reflects their style. Ask them for a tour of the topiary garden, stroll to the idyllic village pub. Visit sweet villages like Smarden and Biddenden, and gardens like Sissinghurst and Great Dixter… or rusticate out by the summer house. Lovely!


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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

Booking restrictions
Check availability on owner’s website. Minimum 4 nights. Sorry no dogs.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £48
Weekly price
from £338
1 Cottage for 2
From £481 bedroom


I stayed at the Potting Shed for 6 nights with my Mum. The Potting Shed is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. Its so peaceful and the gardens are beautiful. The shed is well equipped and tastefully furnished. The minute you walk in it has a homely feel and the welcome basket is a great added touch. There is plenty of eating places nearby but you may decide to cook your own dinner and eat out on the patio area provided. I have booked already for next year, so I think that sums up how I rate the Potting shed!!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Charlotte Molesworth

  • Tranquility, birdsong, a compactly converted, old Kent barn situated a few hundred yards to the W of St George's Church, Benenden, off the Village Green, tucked away yet central to the village. The barn is imaginatively and comfortably furnished.
  • A Village Community Store, Cafe and Post Office, manicurist/pedicurist and an excellent butcher's shop, and 2 public houses serving food, one within easy walking distance, the other a delightful walk away through the woods.
  • Outdoor seating and eating areas, a table for 2 outside the door, a larger stone table and seating in the sheltered front garden close to The Potting Shed and another area with a little summer house. Access to the owners' topiary garden.
  • Well equipped and the beds almost always get a mention for their comfort. A welcome box greets you, filled with local and own produced delights. Freshly picked and organically grown salad available in season.
  • Eight miles from Great Dixter and four miles from Sissinghurst Gardens, as well as other gardens open and National Trust properties in the region.
  • Two attractive and well provided towns within a short drive or bus ride away. A good network of footpaths in the parish, a footpath map is provided. Use of easel and drawing board by arrangement. Contact with two dear donkeys if desired.