Give your Mum a Mothers’ Day Treat with the Kent & East Sussex Railway



Enjoy a special Mothers’ Day treat with a visit to Tenterden’s Steam Railway on Sunday 6 March 2016.
The railway offers the perfect day out for all the family when everyone can enjoy the service and style from a more gentle time. A time when opulent surroundings and attentive staff made our railways the envy of the world!

Mums can choose from two tasty options, either a traditional Ploughman's Lunch or a delicious cream tea.  Both options are served with tea and coffee. These delicious treats are available on the 1.15 or 3.35 departures from Tenterden. The inclusive cost is £27.80 for Mum and others in the party will pay normal train fares £17.00 for adults and £11.50 for children age 3 to 15 and can choose to add £6.20 for a cream tea or £7.30 for a Ploughman’s.

This special Mothers’ Day treat includes a two-hour return journey on one of the Railway's restored steam trains, a reserved table for your family and a surprise gift for every Mum to take home to remember her special day. Relax on board and enjoy some quality time with Mum, as you take in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding countryside, interrupted only by the gentle chug of the steam engine.
For anybody not wishing to take a train ride, ‘Afternoon Teas’ will also be available on Mothers’ Day in the Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Station. These can be pre-booked from £15 per person for either 2 or 4 o’clock.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway stretches over 10 ½ miles between Tenterden and Bodiam stations and visitors of all ages will love the excitement of travelling on one of the country's finest rural light railways.
Due to the event's popularity, pre booking is essential – please telephone 01580 765155.

Families can extend their day and explore the many wonderful delights on offer in the towns & villages surrounding each station. At Tenterden, discover the impressive play park and intriguing shops, or relax and unwind in one of the many cafes and pubs along the idyllic High Street.

At Bodiam station, the magnificent medieval castle is only a short walk and visitors can step back in history as they explore the impressive battlements and towers, which offer breath taking views across the countryside. Visitors presenting a valid Kent & East Sussex Railway ticket will be treated to discounted castle admission.

Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings and both stations have spacious car parks which are free. Please note that there is no parking at Bodiam Station so passengers are advised to park and ride from Tenterden or Northiam.

To arrange a press visit contact Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647 or email caroline@penningtonpr.com

Editors Notes:
Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings and both stations have spacious car parks, which are free all day for visitors. Those wishing to start their journey from Bodiam can park at the Castle for just £3 per day.

The Railway's facilities have been carefully designed with disabled, elderly and less mobile visitors in mind. There are parking spaces for Blue Badge holders next to the platform at Tenterden Town and Northiam stations, and accessible toilets at Tenterden, Northiam and Bodiam stations.

The Railway is proud to boast a specially designed coach for wheelchair users called 'Petros' which is fitted with ramped access, wide aisles, an accessible toilet and moveable seating.

There is full wheelchair access to the shop and restaurant at Tenterden Town, and the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum has level access with 42"aisles.

The Tenterden ticket office is fitted with an induction loop.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is operated by the Kent & East Sussex Railway Co Ltd, a charitable company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. Registered charity No. 262481.

Plan a treat for Mother’s Day with a short break in Kent or Sussex



Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages offer flexible stays in their delightful cottages across Kent and Sussex – here are a selection of six picture perfect cottages just perfect for a weekend break which includes Mother’s Day.

Cricket Cottage in Robertsbridge is a glorious, beamed period house set right in the heart of picturesque Robertsbridge - a village with a rich history.  The Grade II listed cottage sleeps 7 and has recently been updated to a high standard offering the perfect place to enjoy a family holiday with lovely rural walks right from your doorstep. It is also only a short walk to the village with its artisan bakery, cafe and fantastic pubs. A short drive takes you to historic Battle or there are great road links to the coast at Hastings, plus there are direct trains to London from the village station.   Price for 3 nights from Fri 4th March – Mon 7th March (3 nights) £431 + booking fee £30 = £461

Dairy Cottage in Lamberhurst was the original dairy of Court Lodge, a lovely Georgian Manor which has been in the Morland family since 1733. The Dairy sleeps 6 and is both spacious and well equipped with magnificent views across the 18th hole of Lamberhurst Golf Club. The golf course was designed by the owners' great, great grandfather and is one of the oldest courses in Kent. The historical gardens, which you are free to wander through, are approximately six acres in area, including a rose garden, a walled garden and hidden away, is an atmospheric sunken garden. The fantastic central location means the property is only a short stroll from Lamberhurst and also close to historic houses and gardens including the nearby Scotney Castle.  Walking and cycling trails can also be enjoyed at nearby Bewl Water and Bedgebury. .  Price for 3 nights from Fri 4th March – Mon 7th March (3 nights) £386 + booking fee £30 = £416
 
Tile Lodge Barn in Charing Heath sleeps 10 and is an exceptional detached barn at the foot of the North Downs, offering great walks and nature trails.  Tile Lodge Barn has been immaculately finished with plenty of room for all the family to get-together. It has underfloor heating throughout the ground floor with a stunning kitchen with French doors to the wrap round garden. Explore the local area taking in Leeds Castle or Faversham with the famous Shepherd Neame brewery, quirky individual shops and creek. A trip to London or Paris from Ashford International is also an option and Canterbury with its' glorious cathedral is also within easy driving distance.  .  Price for 3 nights from Fri 4th March – Mon 7th March (3 nights) £1050 + booking fee £30 = £1080

Apple Barn near Canterbury sleeps 5 and is the sister barn to Hazel – together both barns can sleep 9.   Apple is an eco-friendly barn conversion full of energy saving technology.  It is furnished and finished to a very high standard in an area of Outstanding Natural beauty on the Kent Downs, surrounded by walks, wildlife and birds. The coast is only 10 miles away and Canterbury 8 miles away.  Everyone will also love a visit to Port Lympne or Howletts - Aspinall's wild animal park. France can be reached from the Eurotunnel at Folkestone or why not take the ferry from Dover. The owners, who live on the farm, are renowned for their award winning farm breakfasts and are only too happy to cook one up for you, using their own fresh eggs and seasonal produce (costs apply). With views as far as the eye can see.  Price for 3 nights from Fri 4th March – Mon 7th March (3 nights) £394 + booking fee £30 = £424

The Lighthouse Cottage in Deal sleeps 6. Full of character and charm, this lovely Grade II listed property is in the main conservation area of Deal.  The flexible and spacious accommodation is arranged over three floors and has a fully enclosed paved garden. Just yards from the sea, it has the benefit of a pretty conservatory and secluded back garden. The inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove gives added warmth and focus for those cosy winter nights and it is only a short stroll across the square to the pub! Deal has an excellent range of shops, two weekly markets, two castles, a pier and two small museums all within walking distance.  Not suitable for children under five due to steep stairs. Price for 3 nights from Fri 4th March – Mon 7th March (3 nights) £390 + booking fee £30 = £420

Beaconsfield Road in central Deal.  This spacious and stylish town house near Deal sleeps 5 and has plenty on offer nearby including a wide range of eateries, attractions and amenities. Bathing, boating and fishing are available on the seafront and cycling, walking and horse riding are popular pursuits which are also available in the area. There is a mainline railway station providing services to London too.  The property is just yards from the seafront and has a courtyard garden with outdoor furniture.  Price for 3 nights from Fri 4th March – Mon 7th March (3 nights) £335 + booking fee £30 = £365

To find out more or to book visit the new website www.kentandsussexcottages.co.uk
For press information and images contact Caroline Edmunds on 01892 616647 or email caroline@penningtonpr.com

Notes to Editors:

Main Office
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-12.30pm
Tel: 01580 720770
Sandwich Office
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-12.30pm
Tel: 01304 619444
Booking Hotline
Mon-Sat: 8am-8pm
Sun: 11am-3pm
Tel: 01580 720770

Take an Amazing Bluebell Walk at Hole Park Gardens



The beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent will open to visitors every day from Saturday 26 March 2016.  One of the Seven Wonders of the Weald, these beautiful gardens are also one of the best places in Kent to enjoy a bluebell walk.

Hole Park’s circular walk through 10 acres of woodland takes visitors through a sea of bluebells and past some magnificent rhododendrons.  Visitors can also see an intriguing solar powered renovated ice house, before continuing into the impressive Garlic Valley with its shimmering haze of silvery white flowers.  Seats along the way are perfectly placed to pause and take in the beauty and incredible scent of the bluebells and wild garlic.

During spring Hole Park’s website has up to date information on the best time to visit and experience the bluebell spectacular.

As well as Hole Park’s stunning bluebell wood, the 16 acre gardens will delight visitors all year round.  In May, thanks to an ambitious bulb planting programme last year, visitors can enjoy swathes of dark purple tulips ‘Queen of the Night’ in the rose garden and long borders.   The pretty vineyard garden is worth a visit at the same time as it has the most unusual standard wisterias.  A walk through the sundial garden leads to a striking new allium walk.  Impressive rhododendrons and azaleas flower throughout the gardens in May when the wild orchids will start to flower in the meadows.

The delightful spires and star-shaped flowers of ‘camassia’ will provide summer colour in the policy area and the wide herbaceous borders come to life with asters, chrysanthemums and geums.  The sundial garden provides plenty of interest with fuchsia and clematis.  The late flowering agapanthus and exotic border take centre stage in late summer before the reds, yellows and golds of autumn bring interest during October.

A new border near the house will feature the rose ‘Blue Moon’ planted with a double row of sun loving and fragrant Lavender varieties Gros Bleu and Sussex.  The camellia walk has also been extended with winter and spring plants including epimediums, pulmonaria and brunnera.

A circular network of hard paths enable visitors of all ages, including those with disabilities, to explore the gardens.  Wheelchairs may be reserved free of charge and there are full disability WC facilities.

Light lunches and delicious homemade cakes are available in the coach house where apple juice, local beer and homemade jam and honey produced from the Hole Park Estate can be purchased. There is also a small plant stall next to the coach house.

There is a dedicated tea room for groups, free parking for cars and coaches and conducted tours can also be arranged for groups by prior arrangement.

Admission: £7.00 for adults and £1 for children.  The gardens are open 11am to 6pm.

Hole Park is situated 4 miles west of Tenterden on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Benenden.

Spring Saturday 26 March to Saturday 11 June – Open daily
Summer - 15 June  to 31 October - Wednesdays & Thursdays
Autumn Sundays - 2, 9, 16 and 23 and 30 October 2016
All other times by appointment
For more information please visit www.holepark.com or telephone
01580 241344 / 241386.  Group bookings should be made in advance.

Press enquiries to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647 or e-mail:  caroline@penningtonpr.com

Notes to Editors
Hole Park is a family owned estate which has been in the Barham family for the past four generations. Formalised gardens combine with natural woodland. These extensive gardens were developed, laid out and planted by Colonel Barham, the great-grandfather of the present owner, in the years between the two World Wars.

The garden has been planted for colour throughout the seasons and in summer visitors can look forward to the scented roses and colourful herbaceous borders.  In late summer see the unique late flowering Hole Park Blue agapanthus and the exotic border with its vivid colours and exotic blooms.  

A Special Mothering Sunday Treat at Chiddingstone Castle




Reserve your table for a Mothering Sunday Cream Tea at Chiddingstone Castle on Sunday 6 March 2016 at either 1pm or 4pm.

This traditional treat will be served in the elegant White Rose Drawing Room with its beautiful countryside views and historic paintings and the grand, oak panelled, galleried Great Hall.  Each person will be served freshly made scones, with Cornish clotted cream and jam and a selection of delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes – the price per person is £18.00 (and £9.00 per child aged 6 and under).

Pre-booking is essential as this is always a popular event at the Castle.  Please call on 01892 872746 or email on events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk.  If the weather is favourable visitors can enjoy a walk in the gorgeous grounds and enjoy the annual remarkable display of daffodils on the East Meadow and the cherry blossom on the Japanese Earthquake memorial trees.  Some of the Castle’s exhibition rooms will be available for a brief visit on the day.

The Castle and its museum will be fully open from 25 March 2016 when visitors can see the amazing artefacts collected by the gifted antiquary Denys Eyre Bower who left his collections for the nation to enjoy after his death in 1977.

Discover Japanese Samurai swords, armour and lacquer ware, together with fascinating antiquities from Ancient Egypt.  There are also paintings of the Stuart monarchs, Jacobite manuscripts and treasures and a unique Buddhist collection to explore.  A number of themed rooms, including Denys’ study, complete with personal letters detailing his complicated private life which featured a notorious scandal and imprisonment, are open for visitors to walk round.

Admission to Castle:  Adults £9, children under 5 free, children 5 to 13 £4, families (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3 children £23.50.  Season tickets and group discounts available.

Open: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays from 25 March 2016.  11am to 5pm.

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road  Chiddingstone  Edenbridge  Kent TN8 7AD

For further information or images please contact Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647 or email caroline@penningtonpr.com

Chiddingstone Castle is located on the outskirts of Chiddingstone, and is best approached via the B2027 road from Tonbridge to Penshurst, turn into Mill Lane when you reach Bough Beech and keep straight for one mile. www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk


New Literary Festival for Kent at Chiddingstone Castle (1 – 3 May 2016)




Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is a NEW festival for story-lovers of all ages; set to take place in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle during and after the Bank Holiday weekend 1 – 3 May 2016.  The programme offers author events for adults and teenagers on Sunday 1st, events for families and children on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May and a whole day of events dedicated to schools on Tuesday 3rd May.

In addition to author talks, there will be drama, story-telling, children’s theatre, music, illustrations and performance poetry; not to mention sparkling wit and wisdom, a dazzling array of delicious food, tea and cakes, and cocktails.

On Sunday visitors can enjoy listening to Juliet Nicholson and Imogen Lycett Green (discussing seven generations of women in the Sackville-West family).  Later in the day performances will include Janet Ellis with Erin Kelly (the former Blue Peter presenter will talk about her debut novel); Andrew Lownie and Adam Sisman (with their new biographies of Guy Burgess and John le Carre) sponsored by Berry & Lambert Solicitors; David Lough and Francis Beckett (will compare their books on Churchill's money and Blair's finances); and veteran broadcaster Sandy Gall, Major Richard Streatfeild and (ex-Radio 4 Today editor) Peter Hanington (will debate the war in Afghanistan).  The evening will feature a platform performance of Song of Lunch with Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey and Cold Feet) and a talk by acclaimed historian Antony Beevor (about the Battle of the Ardennes) sponsored by Clutton’s.

On Bank Holiday Monday there will be a performance of The Tailor of Gloucester by the Pericles Theatre Company (a musical production for families with children aged 3+); and Lady Antonia Fraser and Tom Hodgkinson will discuss her memoir: My History.  There will be an opportunity to meet Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell (Ask the Children's Laureate - interactive Q&A) sponsored by Lovereading4kids and to hear poet Brian Moses (performance poetry with percussion).  Performers will also include Christopher Lloyd (Giant Wallbook of the History of Great Britain) and Ed Caesar and Mihir Bose will hold a discussion about extreme sports.
Tuesday is particularly aimed at schools who would like to bring children aged 6 to13, featuring children’s authors Philip Womack (The Broken King trilogy) and Sally Gardner (Tinder and I, Coriander) looking at myths and fairy tales in their own writing, Caroline Lawrence talking about How to Write a Great Story and her own Roman Mysteries and PK Pinkerton Mysteries series.  Sally Gardner will also entertain young readers with stories from her Operation Bunny.  Finally, Nicky Singer (Blue Peter award-winning author of Feather Boy) will discuss her new novel Island.  The day is being sponsored by the IPRS Group with support from Audi of Tunbridge Wells.

During the build up to the event, children will be invited to enter a Short Story Competition for Schools (two categories: age 7-9 and 10-13).  The winning entries will be read out on the Bank Holiday Monday by Geoffrey Streatfeild (Royal Shakespeare Company) and winners will receive signed copies of Chris Riddell’s latest book.

Tickets for each event on the Sunday and Monday will be £12 adults and £5 children including entry into the Castle and Collections.  Online ticket booking will be available via the Castle website from February 15th.   Tickets for the school events on the Tuesday will be priced at £4 per students and will be available for purchase directly from the Castle from 1st February 2016.

Chiddingstone Castle is an impressive Historic House in an idyllic country setting, which houses the unique and remarkable collections of the late antiquarian, Denys Eyre Bower.  Today it is a fascinating museum, a visitor attraction and an award-winning wedding venue.

Press enquiries to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647
For further information about the Festival please contact Victoria Henderson at literaryfestival@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival

Notes to Editors:
Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival committee members: Victoria Henderson – Literary Festivals Co-ordinator for Lovereading Ltd and previously PR roles in publishing; Ali Ditzel – Director of Chiddingstone Castle and Mark Streatfeild – formerly International Sales Director at Orion Publishing Group.

Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD
Registered Charity No 291203
T: 01892 870347   E: events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk       www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Winter Afternoon Teas at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent

Enjoy a Sunday Winter Afternoon Tea at Chiddingstone Castle!  

Where better to have a delicious, old fashioned afternoon tea than in the Castle’s beautiful White Rose Drawing Room or the grand, oak panelled Great Hall?  Tea will be served at approx. 3pm on Sunday 6 and Sunday 13 December 2015.  

A delicious selection of homemade sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with homemade preserves and clotted cream will be served on delightful vintage china.  £18 per person; £9 per child (aged 6 and under).  Prosecco is available to purchase separately either by the bottle or glass.  

Visitors who book afternoon tea can also enjoy some of the Castle’s unique exhibition rooms including the Egyptian Collection, Housekeeper’s Room, Buddhist Collection, Denys Eyre Bower’s Study and the Victorian Kitchen and Scullery.

December Afternoon Teas were hugely popular last year so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Full payment is being taken upon booking, with a cancellation/refund policy that will be advised.  
Please call 01892 872746 to book.  For enquiries, email events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD.  Tel: 01892 870347.

About Chiddingstone Castle
Born in 1905, in Crich in Derbyshire, Denys Bower was a passionate if eccentric collector who led an extraordinary life. He disabled his hand in a motorcycle accident when he was a youth, which meant he did not serve in the Second World War.  In 1955 he bought Chiddingstone Castle for £6,000 and opened it to the public to display his collections. 

In September 1957, his life took a curious turn as he fell in love with a woman 30 years his junior and who claimed to be the Comptesse de Estainville, though she was really the daughter of a Peckham Bus Driver. After more than a year she broke off the engagement, and Denys, who was distraught, took a revolver from his collections and visited her in an attempt to change her mind. The young woman let Denys in and, as she turned to adjust a budgie cage he drew the revolver, accidentally pulling the trigger, and shot her. Thinking he had killed her, he turned the gun on himself and fired.

With a policeman standing over him, Denys awoke in the Miller Hospital in Greenwich, muttering that Anna’s father, the Count Grimaldi must be told. Naturally the police, knowing who the young woman really was, assumed that Bower was not quite right in the head. Luckily the "Countess" had only minor injuries and was released after a few days. Bower was not so fortunate and on his release from hospital after a fortnight, was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder and attempted suicide.

The case received sensationalist press coverage and many believe it was this that led to his conviction, but thanks to the efforts of two sisters, Denys was released from Wormwood Scrubs in 1961. The Eldridge sisters took pity on the ex-convict and helped him restore Chiddingstone Castle. 

Much more of Denys’ remarkable story is told in the book, “Beyond Belief”, which is on sale in the shop at Chiddingstone Castle.

Halloween 'Forest of Fear' at Groombridge Place


'Forest of Fear' – Spooky Halloween fun for all the family at Groombridge Place


On Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18, and from Saturday October 24 to Sunday 1 November, there will be ghoulish entertainment and activities on offer for all ages at Groombridge Place as Halloween looms.   Daily prize for the best halloween costume!

Between 10am and 5pm, families can witness the spooky adventures of Hansel and Gretel, as they escape the clutches of the Evil Witch only to stumble into another monstrous nightmare – the Monster Mash Halloween Party! Other activities include creepy crafts, gruesome games, fearsome face painting, devilish dancing and much more.

As night falls, feel the fear build... Are you brave enough to venture into the Enchanted Forest after dark?

From 5pm to 8pm, events take a darker turn and the fear factor rises, as your guide invites you to step into the Enchanted Forest for a haunting tour you'll never forget...  includes fire shows with brave fire eaters and an exclusive evening theatre performance involving a witch hunt for an evil witch raising spirits from the forest.  This part of the day is recommended for ages 12 and above, and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

For those wise souls who would prefer to stay away from the woods after dark, fun craft activities will be on offer in another part of the grounds.

All that terror is sure to make visitors hungry, so delicious food and drink will be on offer in the Halloween-themed restaurant and coffee bar throughout the day – just look out for the spiders...

Visitors can watch the majestic Peacocks that roam the grounds and see thrilling birds of prey flying displays which take place twice a day (Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays).  A canal boat runs between the gardens and Crusoe’s World in the Enchanted Forest. (The canal boat is £1 for children and £1.50 for adults).  Face painting will be available at £3 per child.

The walled gardens are a place to relax and watch the children as they run round the gardens or play on the giant chess set.

The attraction is less than 4 miles from Tunbridge Wells and accessible by road or via the Spa Valley Railway (please check their timetable before travelling by train).

Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG.
The estate is open 7 days a week from 10am. Car Parking Free.

For more information email office@groombridgeplace.com or call 01892 861444.

The event is free with admission: Adults £10.95, Senior Citizens £9.45, Children (3-12 years) £9.45, Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) £35.95.  10% discount for advance tickets booked online.  Group rate for 10+  Peak:  Adults £9.25, Senior Citizens £7.50, Child/Pupil £7.50

10% discount when you book in advance on line at www.groombridgeplace.com


Perfect Holiday Cottages in Kent & Sussex where dogs can come along too!

One of the great pleasures of life is planning a family holiday, especially when you can bring your pet along too!

Kent & Sussex Holiday Cottages has many delightful properties to rent in Kent and Sussex where dogs are very welcome including seaside cottages and character barns deep in the countryside.

Some of our popular pet friendly properties include:-

Barley Byre in Rolvenden which sleeps 4 is a stylishly converted cow byre which retains all of its original character including vaulted and beamed ceilings.  Set in the grounds of the owner’s house with its own private fenced garden and well-stocked fishing lake which guests can use, the property allows two dogs and the owner leaves blankets and biscuits for visiting dogs.

Strawberry Hole Barn is a stunning and spacious thatched barn in Rolvenden which sleeps 4 and is within walking distance of Christopher Lloyd’s famous garden – Great Dixter.  Set in the owner’s grounds where they have a traditional Oast house the property accepts one dog and has acres of gardens and woodland to walk in.

Located right on the beach front in Hythe, Watsons is a wonderful family home that sleeps 8 and allows 3 dogs.  This wonderful family home enjoys not only uninterrupted sea views but peace and quiet with the pedestrianised parade the only thing between you and the beach.  The property benefits from private parking behind the house.

Buttermilk Cottage which sleeps 4 is a cosy comfortable cottage in the heart of the conservation area of Sandwich. It retains many original features and has a courtyard garden where you and your dog can enjoy some great walks beside the river or seaside.  It has a small outhouse for drying off or cleaning your dog after muddy walks.

Anchor Barn in the historic village of Eastry was built circa 1750 and sleeps 5. Only 2.5 miles from the medieval town of Sandwich this charming barn conversion has wonderful original features including a spiral staircase.  There is a large enclosed garden and lovely countryside walks on the doorstep, or you can head to Sandwich Bay beach just 10 mins away by car.  (Not suitable for young children or those with mobility problems).

The White House in Deal sleeps 8.  This lovely family house right on the seafront has a beautiful verandah and small garden looking out to sea.  Great for beach-combing and soaking up the sea views!  There are fabulous sea views from all the rooms - and wall to wall patio doors to the veranda to let the outside in, which creates a wonderful open plan living experience.   A short walk along the seafront takes you to the heart of Deal - with a myriad of pubs, restaurants and shops - not to mention the two castles, museums and the quarter mile long pier.

Micawber Cottage in the centre of Broadstairs sleeps 5 and includes some lovely features - such as its roll top bath and wood-burning stove.   Broadstairs is the perfect location for soaking up the Dickensian atmosphere and taking your dog for walks along the sandy beach named Viking Bay which is only a stone’s throw from the cottage which also has a sunny courtyard garden.  Broadstairs is also famous for its Blue Flag beaches, cliff top walks to Ramsgate and Margate, beachside cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants, quaint squares of fishermen's cottages and Bleak House (once the summer home of Charles Dickens). 

Cavalry Farm Cottage, Stowting Common near Canterbury sleeps 4.  Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the North Downs this is glorious countryside offering endless beautiful walks and country pubs, yet only 12 minutes to the city of Canterbury.  A delightful converted stable providing a perfect country escape and sits in the grounds of the owners’ ancient farmhouse with a working stable yard adjacent.   Round every corner are breath-taking views across the North Downs and Lyminge Forest where you can enjoy cycling, walking and horse riding nearby.

Randview, Beltinge, near Herne Bay sleeps 6 and allows 2 dogs.  The property is situated in a wonderful location at the end of a private road right on top of  gently sloping cliffs, directly on the Viking Coastal Trail. This fabulous property offers breath-taking views of the sea, across to the old Herne Bay pier and the remains of the Roman fort Reculver Towers.  The house offers every convenience and comfort and is a wonderful place to bring the whole family together. With a delightful garden that wraps around the property, large patio area with gas barbecue, a gorgeous conservatory with comfy sofas and a dual aspect wood-burning stove - this is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the views and seaside atmosphere.

Please be aware of the restrictions in the summer season for walking dogs on the beach.

To find the perfect holiday cottage visit www.kentandsussexcottages.co.uk  or call our Cranbrook offices 01580 720770 or Sandwich office 01394 619444.

Press enquiries and image requests to Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR 01892 616647.



Notes to Editors

Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages specialises in cottage holidays in the beautiful counties of Kent and Sussex. With a selection of over 300 Visit England inspected properties spanning the picturesque region, the team can help you find and create your perfect break including short breaks of two to five nights.


Hush Heath Estate sparkling wine wins Gold!



Decanter World Wine Awards

Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée has won a gold medal at the recent Decanter Awards.

Available through Majestic, this award winning wine is one of a new range of 1503 sparkling wines produced on the Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst, Kent.

Wine Producer Richard Balfour-Lynn said: “We only launched the Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée in November 2014 and we are delighted that it has already won gold. 1503 is the year in which the Hush Heath Manor was built.”

Decanter describe the wine, which blends Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier as Broad, powerful, toasty and ripe autolytic fruit with notes of baked apples and light camomile hints. There's a marshmallow lightness to the palate, with gentle pastry notes, excellent, elegant balance and serious length.

Hush Heath’s wines have already been enjoyed by first class passengers with British Airways and also by travellers on the Belmond British Pullman and by Britannia Club members on board Saga Cruise liners.

Visitors to The Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst, Kent can enjoy free tastings and self-guided walks and, thanks to its recent acquisition and refurbishment of the nearby Goudhurst Inn, visits to the vineyard can be combined with a stay at the pub, restaurant and boutique hotel which is just 5 miles from the estate. Hush Heath is open seven days a week from 11am to 5pm, including bank holidays.

Alternatively, groups can choose to book a guided tour with tutored tasting led by Hush Heath’s winery experts. This experience is a great day out in the beautiful Kent country with time spent exploring the 400 acre estate comprising vineyards, apple orchards and ancient oak woodlands, before discovering the secrets of creating wines of a world beating quality in the state-of-the-art winery. To conclude there is a tutored tasting of the estate’s delicious sparkling and still wines and exciting range of ciders made by the estate’s winemakers. Tours are for a minimum of 6 people and the cost is £15 per person with the option to order a ‘picnic box’ for two at £25 full of tasty local produce.

To book e-mail info@hushheath.com or call 01622 832 794.

To find out more about Hush Heath including how to purchase wines and gift boxes visit www.hushheath.com Hush Heath Winery, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0HT


The Goudhurst Inn, Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1DX
www.thegoudhurstinn.com
info@thegoudhurstinn.com
Telephone: 01580 212605


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Notes to Editors

Hush Heath Estate is a 400 acre family owned property near Staplehurst, Kent. It has been producing award winning wines and ciders from exclusively estate grown fruit since 2004 and has built a strong reputation for quality, innovation, and provenance within the wine industry. Today, Hush Heath produces a range of still and sparkling wines and ciders and enjoys strong commercial partnerships with Belmond trains (ex Orient Express), Waitrose, Majestic, M&S, and numerous restaurants in London and the South East. The estate works closely with the local community in Kent and places community and family high among its values.


Hush Heath London venues: The Bull & The Hide, Liverpool Street, London, www.thebullandthehide.com and St. Bart’s Brewery, Farringdon, London, www.stbartsbrewery.com


Hush Heath Kent venues: The Goudhurst Inn www.thegoudhurstinn.com



The Decanter World Wine Awards

The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the world. Before releasing the results for the 2015 competition a rigorous week of judging took place where 240 of the most respected wine experts in the world, tasted 15,929 wines from 48 countries.


“The sole purpose of the Decanter World Wine Awards is to recognise and award quality” says Steven Spurrier, DWWA Chairman. “Our standards are high, and so are our expectations. We only award medals to wines in which consumers can have the utmost confidence.”



Summer Vintage Fair at Chiddingstone Castle

Visit Chiddingstone Castle in Kent on Sunday 2 August 2015 and enjoy all the fun of their first Summer Vintage Fair. 

The fair, which is perfect for a family day out, will take place on Sunday 2 August 2015 between 11am and 4.30pm in the beautiful grounds of Chiddingstone Castle.

Browse, shop and delight in a huge array of vintage stalls.  Listen to music and enjoy lunch and traditional teas in the grounds and tea room.  Visit the photobooth and hair and beauty parlour.  Watch the entertaining and ever popular Punch and Judy shows.

Watch dancing by the Lindy Hoppers and win spot prizes for the best dressed vintage outfit.

Entry to the fair is £3 per adult, £1 per child (5-13) and under 5s free. 

The Castle museum will also be open for visitors to explore the exquisite Japanese and Egyptian Collections of the late owner Denys Eyre Bower together with Buddhist and Stuart treasures.  Explore the recreated Victorian rooms inside the Castle and enjoy reading about the colourful and eventful life of Denys Eyre Bower in his study.

For more information about Chiddingstone Castle visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD tel: 01892 870347

For all press enquiries contact Caroline Edmunds on 01892 616647 or email us.



Notes to Editors

Chiddingstone Castle is open Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 April to the end of October.

Normal Castle admission: Adults £9, Children under 5 FREE, Children 5 to 13 £4, Families (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £23.50, Adult Season Ticket £17, Family Season Ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £46. Please note there is an honesty box in the car park with a suggested donation of £2.

As well as the Japanese collection, visitors can browse the fascinating ancient Egyptian collection and see a display of Buddhist artefacts.  The Stuart collection features paintings of the Stuart monarchs and items and memorabilia of the Jacobite cause, and there are many artefacts that also link to the life and times of James I. 

Other rooms inside the Castle which are open to the public include the Victorian Kitchen and Scullery, Housekeeper’s Room, Servants’ Hall, Servant’s Bedroom and Denys Eyre Bower’s study.  New this year is The Streatfeild Room which will give visitors a fascinating insight into the history of the village and life at the Castle under the Streatfeild family who lived there for 300 years. 

The peaceful grounds surrounding the Castle are home to a peaceful lake, woodland, rose garden and award winning Grade II* Orangery.


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