The Sheepcote guidebook

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The Sheepcote guidebook

Sightseeing

Created by writer Vita Sackville West & her diplomat husband Harold Nicholson in the 1930's this garden consists of many different "rooms" the most famous of which is the White Room
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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Created by writer Vita Sackville West & her diplomat husband Harold Nicholson in the 1930's this garden consists of many different "rooms" the most famous of which is the White Room
Hire bikes and cycle the 13 miles around this man made reservoir. You can walk it, stopping halfway for a well-deserved lunch at The Bull at Three Leg Cross
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Bewl Water
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Hire bikes and cycle the 13 miles around this man made reservoir. You can walk it, stopping halfway for a well-deserved lunch at The Bull at Three Leg Cross
The tallest smock mill in the UK, it has been restored to working condition and is often open to visitors in the summer months.
Cranbrook Union Windmill
The tallest smock mill in the UK, it has been restored to working condition and is often open to visitors in the summer months.
Bedgebury Pinetum has the most complete collection of conifers on one site in the world Also home to Go Ape treetop adventure and cycling, walking and running trails
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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
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Bedgebury Pinetum has the most complete collection of conifers on one site in the world Also home to Go Ape treetop adventure and cycling, walking and running trails
Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens
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National Trust - Scotney Castle
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Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens
Bodiam Castle is a 14th century moated castle built in 1385 to defend the area during the 100 years war
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Bodiam Castle
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Bodiam Castle is a 14th century moated castle built in 1385 to defend the area during the 100 years war
Explore Broadcloth and boot-making, rare birds and rope-making. See costumes, mangles, and hop picking. Visit the Cranbrook colony of Artists along with archive resources for family and local history. All housed on three floors of a 15th century building
Cranbrook Museum
Explore Broadcloth and boot-making, rare birds and rope-making. See costumes, mangles, and hop picking. Visit the Cranbrook colony of Artists along with archive resources for family and local history. All housed on three floors of a 15th century building

Food scene

Wine tasting and tours of the estate followed by a seasonal sharing platter made with delicious local produce
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Balfour Winery
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Wine tasting and tours of the estate followed by a seasonal sharing platter made with delicious local produce
An amazing farm shop with an in house butchery and bakery literally down the road from The Sheepcote. As well as coffee the Coffee House is open for breakfast & lunch 7 days a week. There is also a fishmonger & a florist on site and ther'e plenty of parking
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Hartley Coffee House and Farm Shop
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An amazing farm shop with an in house butchery and bakery literally down the road from The Sheepcote. As well as coffee the Coffee House is open for breakfast & lunch 7 days a week. There is also a fishmonger & a florist on site and ther'e plenty of parking
A traditional 14th century pub serving food at lunch and dinner close to The Sheepcote
The Peacock Inn
A traditional 14th century pub serving food at lunch and dinner close to The Sheepcote
Named as one of the best restaurants in Kent The Smallholding has been awarded a Michelin Green Star for sustainable gastronomy for a second year in a row! The Smallholding is less than 10 minutes drive from The Sheepcote
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The Small Holding
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Named as one of the best restaurants in Kent The Smallholding has been awarded a Michelin Green Star for sustainable gastronomy for a second year in a row! The Smallholding is less than 10 minutes drive from The Sheepcote
Housed in a 15th century weavers cottage in Biddenden The West House is a Michelin starred restaurant serving European food
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The West House
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Housed in a 15th century weavers cottage in Biddenden The West House is a Michelin starred restaurant serving European food
A characterful freehouse pub that frequently wins awards from the Good Pub Guide. It's our favourite local for its great food and selection of beers
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The Three Chimneys
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A characterful freehouse pub that frequently wins awards from the Good Pub Guide. It's our favourite local for its great food and selection of beers
Traditional country pub with orangery serving delicious ood
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The Great House
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Traditional country pub with orangery serving delicious ood
Gastropub close to The Sheepcote owned by The Hush Heath Estate. It has a stone pizza oven as well as a great menu and outside space
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Goudhurst Inn
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Gastropub close to The Sheepcote owned by The Hush Heath Estate. It has a stone pizza oven as well as a great menu and outside space
Have a garden influenced breakfast or lunch in Victorian glasshouses. The walled garden was once the kitchen garden to the "big house" (now St Ronan's school) whose owners acquired their wealth by inventing the stock cube!
Water Lane
Have a garden influenced breakfast or lunch in Victorian glasshouses. The walled garden was once the kitchen garden to the "big house" (now St Ronan's school) whose owners acquired their wealth by inventing the stock cube!
A 17th century coaching inn turned social eatery. Menu created with local produce in mind and served to share. Sister restaurant to The Smallholding
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The Curlew Restaurant
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A 17th century coaching inn turned social eatery. Menu created with local produce in mind and served to share. Sister restaurant to The Smallholding
The Milkhouse is a gastropub with a lively bar, large terrace & a wood-fired pizza oven
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The Milk House
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The Milkhouse is a gastropub with a lively bar, large terrace & a wood-fired pizza oven
Little country pub with lots of circular walks around it
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The Woodcock Inn
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Little country pub with lots of circular walks around it
Traditional pub on the village green serving food and a pint with inglenooks and beams in a 17th century building. Sunday carvery is a must!
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The Bull at Benenden
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Traditional pub on the village green serving food and a pint with inglenooks and beams in a 17th century building. Sunday carvery is a must!

Entertainment & Leisure

Local boutique cinema with HD projection & sound. You can even take a glass of your favourite tipple in with you when you watch the film. Also has a great cafe
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Kino Hawkhurst
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Local boutique cinema with HD projection & sound. You can even take a glass of your favourite tipple in with you when you watch the film. Also has a great cafe
One of the most beautiful fisheries in Kent Hawkhurst Fish farm is a place for carp fishing, with a choice of 7 lakes, a cafe and pottery there is something for everyone.
Hawkhurst Fish Farm
One of the most beautiful fisheries in Kent Hawkhurst Fish farm is a place for carp fishing, with a choice of 7 lakes, a cafe and pottery there is something for everyone.
Local leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, tennis courts & fitness classes
The Weald Sports Centre
Local leisure centre with swimming pool, gym, tennis courts & fitness classes
Pay & play 18 hole golf course, set in rolling countryside. The course has many elevations, lakes and ditches to catch out the unwary, but the wide fairways are quite forgiving.
Weald of Kent Golf Course & Hotel
Pay & play 18 hole golf course, set in rolling countryside. The course has many elevations, lakes and ditches to catch out the unwary, but the wide fairways are quite forgiving.
A family run business based on 250 acres overlooking Bewl Water in Flimwell with broad range of outdoor pursuits including helicopter rides, quad bikes, Honda Pilots, and country sports such as archery and clay pigeon shooting.
Arena Pursuits
A family run business based on 250 acres overlooking Bewl Water in Flimwell with broad range of outdoor pursuits including helicopter rides, quad bikes, Honda Pilots, and country sports such as archery and clay pigeon shooting.
Chapel Down is a vineyard near Tenterden with tours and a shop. The Swan does a great set menu as well as a la carte menu
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Chapel Down
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Chapel Down is a vineyard near Tenterden with tours and a shop. The Swan does a great set menu as well as a la carte menu
Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan
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Go Ape Bedgebury
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Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan

Food Shopping

Closest supermarket
Co-op Food - Cranbrook
Closest supermarket
Local supermarket with in-store bakery, fish and meat counter. Also has a post office
Waitrose & Partners Hawkhurst
Local supermarket with in-store bakery, fish and meat counter. Also has a post office
Local supermarket
Tesco Metro
Local supermarket

City/town information

Tenterden is a mix of Georgian, Victorian and little beamed cottages. Visit the town’s museum or take a nostalgic ride in a steam train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway, admiring the countryside as you steam along to Bodiam Castle. Then take a tour and tasting at nearby Chapek Down Vineyard and relax with a glass of wine.
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Tenterden
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Tenterden is a mix of Georgian, Victorian and little beamed cottages. Visit the town’s museum or take a nostalgic ride in a steam train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway, admiring the countryside as you steam along to Bodiam Castle. Then take a tour and tasting at nearby Chapek Down Vineyard and relax with a glass of wine.
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Canterbury
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Rye is a pretty town near the coast in East Sussex. In the centre, cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street are lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. The redbrick Lamb House was once owned by writer Henry James. Nearby, the tower of the Norman St. Mary’s Church overlooks the town. There are lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants in Rye as well as loads of shops selling beautiful vintage items
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Rye
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Rye is a pretty town near the coast in East Sussex. In the centre, cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street are lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. The redbrick Lamb House was once owned by writer Henry James. Nearby, the tower of the Norman St. Mary’s Church overlooks the town. There are lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants in Rye as well as loads of shops selling beautiful vintage items
Hastings Old Town blends an old-school seaside vibe with Tudor styling and a lively arts scene. Visit the Fishermen's Museum, the Bluereef Aquarium and the seafront funfair. The shingle beach features tall, wooden fishermen's huts. George Street is lined with quaint shops and lively pubs, while High Street is home to art galleries.
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Hastings
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Hastings Old Town blends an old-school seaside vibe with Tudor styling and a lively arts scene. Visit the Fishermen's Museum, the Bluereef Aquarium and the seafront funfair. The shingle beach features tall, wooden fishermen's huts. George Street is lined with quaint shops and lively pubs, while High Street is home to art galleries.
A magnet for the gentry and members of the Georgian Royal family, Tunbridge Wells became one of the most fashionable destinations of the 18th century. The elegance and atmosphere of this bygone era still remain in Royal Tunbridge Wells today. The health-giving waters of the spring still flow and the Pantiles, the famous colonnaded walkway, where the aristocracy once promenaded, is now home to a wonderful selection of high quality boutiques, specialist independent shops, bars and cafés.
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Royal Tunbridge Wells
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A magnet for the gentry and members of the Georgian Royal family, Tunbridge Wells became one of the most fashionable destinations of the 18th century. The elegance and atmosphere of this bygone era still remain in Royal Tunbridge Wells today. The health-giving waters of the spring still flow and the Pantiles, the famous colonnaded walkway, where the aristocracy once promenaded, is now home to a wonderful selection of high quality boutiques, specialist independent shops, bars and cafés.