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All our cottages are situated in the beautiful Kent countryside within the Rother Valley.

Please take a closer look at the Riverside and The Bothy by clicking on their pages above.

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The Bothy
The Bothy

Places of interest

Newenden (for the Bothy), lies in the west corner of the county of Kent and is the last village before Sussex. The two counties being separated by the river Rother and connected by Newenden Bridge.

Surrounded by mainly grazing land the village boasts a population of around 175 and the main claim to fame is its connection to the game of cricket.

Supposedly having the oldest cricket ground, the game or a form of it, has been played on the location since the middles ages. The village green hosts Newenden CC and when matches are played (mainly weekends), qualities associated with a typical English scene can be experienced, cream teas, a local pub and the summer serenity associated with childhood memories.

Today matches played on the green are enhanced by the fact that hitting a six from the pub end must land in the next County to qualify, completely clearing the River Rother. Sky television in recent years arranged matches at the club to celebrate its longevity.

The Village and surrounding areas are very rich in history. This can be gauged by the numerous castles and National Trust properties to be found within a relatively small radius of Newenden.

Castles such as Bodiam (left), Leeds, Hever, Penshurst, and Scotney are easily accessible and National Trust properties such as Chartwell, Smallhythe Place and Batemans are accessible in short time.

For the horticulturists, The world famous gardens at Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle and Great Dixter (left and below) can be reached within 25mins, the latter within 10 mins. Coupled with the variety of gardening centres in the region this can add up to a gardeners paradise.

For the train and steam enthusiasts the every popular Kent & East Sussex railway runs close by and can be seen chugging through the Rother Valley from the Bothy. The train and services can be accessed from Northiam station which is 5 minutes from the properties. To enquire and book go to www.kesr.org.uk.

The Danny Lee is moored throughout the spring and summer months at Newenden Bridge and trips can be taken to Bodiam Castle from this point of departure. The option is to come back via the train or travel back on the boat then enjoy a lunch at the White Hart. Either way, coupled with viewing the castle, this will add up to a memorable day.

The area is the hop capital of England . The oast houses and poled fields are evidence of this activity and are abundant in the area adding to the character of the place and resulting in some wonderful local brews. The White Hart pub which, like most drinking establishments these days is laid out as a restaurant, still manages to retain its pub atmosphere. Being a free house, it has a good selection of local beers and if your visit is during the winter months, you will be welcomed by an enormous log fire.

The food is excellent and reasonably priced and is a 5 minute walk from either the Barn or Bothy. If you wish to make a reservation, log on to www.thewhitehartnewenden.com. The friendly owners or staff will be happy to assist and a meal there on your first night, especially after your journey, is highly recommended.

The Bothy is located perfectly to access many of the delights and entertainments available in the area. From a day on the beach at Camber Sands (right) fish and chips in Hastings or places of interest such as Rudyard Kiplings house at Burwash, to the spa town of Tunbridge Wells and the quaint and ancient towns of Rye and Tenterden, there is plenty of variety for everyone, so come and join us for the perfect break.

Riverside - Nr Rye

Riverside at Iden Lock nr Rye, is located on the side of the River Rother at the junction of the Military Canal. The property has a river frontage of approx 100ft and enjoys both fishing and mooring rights (for fishing you must have a rod licence).

Riverside overlooks the Isle of Oxney famous for ship building in the middle ages and lies close to Romney Marsh which is used primarily for sheep grazing. The area running towards the sea has lots of bracing walks and beaches. The Cinque Port town of Rye (pictured right) is close by and the pretty villages of Appledore and Peasmarsh (home of Sir Paul McCartney) are just a few minutes away.

The Military Canal was built by the British army as part of the defences and strategies adopted for the Napoleonic wars.

The canal took 1500 soldiers using picks and shovels 2 years to finish. In fact, by the time it was completed, the emergencies were over. Nevertheless, this does not detract from the fact that it was a fantastic achievement and, as a result, the walks, wildlife sanctuaries and general ambience that resulted, have left us with a very worthwhile legacy.

Riverside is a great spot for the hikers and bike riders being close to both a hikers right of way and a bridle path. The perfect location to take in the local scenery and wildlife. The scattering of small marsh churches are also worth a visit and some, like the churches at Dymchurch (with its museum) Fairfield, Brookland, Lydd, and Hythe (with its Black Death crypt) and Stone with its Roman alter, are a must see. The town of Tenterden lies to the north and is blessed with quality restaurants and shops.

There are simply hundreds of places to visit, Rye, Camber Sands with its wonderful beaches and sand dunes, Hastings, Appledore, Folkestone to name but a few, plus lots of National Trust properties. All visits to the area should include the many bird and wildlife sanctuaries, in particular, the ornithology centre at Rye Harbour where many species of seabirds and water fowls can be identified from the purpose built hides.

The seal shown right was photographed at Riverside during the winter of 2008.

Another place worth a visit is Dungeness which has probably one of the strangest communal areas in the country, houses on the beach built from old railway carriages and gardens comprising of old anchors and flotsam and jetsam are an unforgettable experience, this can be enhanced by a fish and chip lunch at the Pilot pub which sits alongside Dungeness power station, which, on the face of it, seems an odd place to visit, but boasts tourists by the coach load. For further information www.thepilot.uk.com.

The towns of Hastings, Rye, Tenterden, Winchelsea and the villages of Brede and Appledore have restaurants and pubs that cater for all tastes (literature left at Riverside will help you decide).

Riverside is a luxurious place to stay and is the ideal location to wind down after your busy day sightseeing or beach combing. Bon appetit

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Riverside - sleeps 6
Weekly price range £475 - £700

The Bothy - sleeps 4
Weekly price range £350 - £525

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