The town of Cranbrook lies in the heart of Kent, in Southeast England. It is known for its tangle of medieval streets and lanes, where fine architecture and independent businesses can be found. Once a centre for the region’s cloth weaving industry, the town’s most recognisable landmark, Union Mill, still dominates the skyline. Nearby, St Dunstan’s church is another local landmark to look out for on self-catering holidays in Cranbrook. Known as the cathedral of the Weald, this impressive building overlooks the surrounding countryside. To delve into the history of Cranbrook, visit the museum, housed in a wooden-structured cottage, with a wealth of fascinating exhibits. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Cranbrook, you will discover an incredible variety of shops, selling antiques, books, clothing and plenty more. The town hosts an annual apple carnival and a literary festival, and events are regularly held at the Queens Hall Theatre. Cranbrook is located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where scenic walks can be enjoyed through unspoiled woods and fields, and to the area’s many medieval manors. Towns and villages on the Kent coast, such as Hastings, Dungeness and Folkestone, are a short drive southward from Folkestone.

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Hensill Farmhouse is a gorgeous rural cottage set among woodland on the edge of Hawkhurst in Kent. The 19th-century cottage offers true seclusion with a wrap-around garden and views, plus interior boasting tiled floors, French doors, natural light, open-plan design, elegant décor and a log fire.

Recommended Places to Visit When Holidaying in Cranbrook

Hole ParkDon’t miss these beautiful 16-acre gardens, with bluebell woods and a tearoom.

Bewl WaterEnjoy sailing and other water sports at this popular adventure centre, based on the banks of a vast lake.

Kent and East Sussex RailwayTake a ride through idyllic countryside on a vintage steam or diesel train.

Kent LifeThis heritage farm park has tractors, play areas and plenty of activities.

Smugglers AdventuresIn the seaside town of Hastings, these underground tunnels retrace the steps of smugglers.