‘The country habit has me by the heart, For he has bewitched for ever who has seen, Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring’*
* Vita (Victoria Mary) Sackville-West 1892-1962, ‘Winter’ from The Land. An extract from her best known poem,
The Land, celebrates the Kentish countryside and was awarded the Hawthorne Prize in 1927.
Whether you fancy walking, cycling, country pursuits or sport - we’re perfectly located to suit all. Both the North Downs Way & Elham Valley Way pass by our local pub The Mermaid Inn. Our bed & breakfast sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), so there’s plenty of beautiful vistas across rolling Kent countryside. There’s walking maps in your room & we can safely store bicycles. After a hard day of activity, come home to a hot bath to soothe sore feet, relax, have something to eat & enjoy an evening in the pub supping local ale. Perfect.
We're less than 5 miles from the historic City of Canterbury with its breathtaking cathedral, restaurants, bars, shops & everything else that a City has to offer. Explore the pretty market town of Faversham & visit the Shepherd Neame Brewery, or enjoy some sea air at Whitstable. Maybe even visit Dungeness with its bleak landscape & where you can see the totally original seaside garden of Derek Jarman. You could even enjoy a day out either to France or Belgium if you drive onto Eurostar from the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone. Wine and cheese awaits!
There’s no need to rush around. You’re more than welcome to spend time here & relax, read books or sit. Of course, weather permitting, you can enjoy the garden & sit under the parasol & read a book - maybe take a gentle stroll to The Tadpole Tea Rooms for a bite to eat or pick up some lovely treats at Gally's Farm Shop. There’s nothing here to disturb you apart from the distant sound of sheep, birds & the occasional horse trotting past at the end of the garden... oh, and not forgetting the neighbours chickens & Rudi!