Chiddingstone holiday cottages offer visitors the chance to experience life in a beautifully preserved Tudor village. Chiddingstone lies on the banks of the River Eden, in the Seven Oaks district of Kent. It is owned by the National Trust, which describes it as “the most perfect surviving example of a Tudor village in the country”. Exploring this ancient community from your holiday cottage in Chiddingstone, you will pass rows of half-timber homes with pretty gables and stone-hung red-tiled roofs. For a pint of local ale, head to the Castle Inn, a cosy 15th century pub with roaring fires and delicious food, prepared with the finest local ingredients. Next door, The Tulip Tree Tea Rooms are perfect for a slice of homemade cake and a pot of tea. There’s also a gift shop selling locally made ornaments. On the outskirts of the village, Larkins brews Kent-style beer, made from hops grown on its own farm.
Chiddingstone has a number of unique landmarks, including the graceful parish church of St Mary, and a large sandstone rock formation known as Chiding Stone. Gothic Chiddingstone Castle is home to an extraordinary collection of Jacobean, Egyptian and Japanese artefacts, and hosts a renowned annual literary festival. Nearby, Hever Castle and Gardens are well worth a visit. A short drive westward from Chiddingstone, Edenbridge is a charming town which is famous for its bonfire night celebrations, featuring a torchlit procession through the town’s ancient streets and the burning of enormous effigies. Self-catering holidays in Chiddingstone are popular among golfers, who have a choice of three clubs on their doorstep: Hever Castle Golf Club, a challenging 27-hole course overlooked by a romantic castle, Streetwoods Park Golf Club and Kent and Surrey Golf Club, featuring a stunning open parkland course. Royal Tunbridge Wells is a 20-minute drive southward and London is an hour northward.