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The historical village of Goudhurst is 2 miles away with a choice of country pubs and a traditional baker. The first records of St. Mary's church are dated to the reign of Henry I. It is high on a hill with stunning views all around the Weald; it is claimed that Canary Wharf Tower can be seen on a clear day. 

Close by is Finchcocks with its world famous collection of historical keyboard instruments dating back to the 17th. Century. Regular recitals add to the experience of the house and gardens. Bedgebury Pinetum has a wonderful collection of conifers from 1925. Bicycles may be hired to to explore the forest or enjoy the many walks through the extensive collection. 

Finchcocks Musical Museum

Bedgebury National Pinetum

Sissinghurst Gardens and Castle

There are so many fabulous National Trust properties in this area. Scotney, Bodium and Sissinghurst castles and gardens are all a short drive away. 

Catch the Sussex steam railway for a 10 mile magical trip from Bodium to the Cinque Port town of Tenterden.

A longer drive through the Kent countryside may be enjoyed with a visit to other famous Homes and Gardens.

Churchill's home at Chartwell

The Union mill in Cranbrook

 

Cranbrook is the historic capital of the Weald, with its early history of weaving and iron works. The local museum, in the old rectory by St Dunstan's Church, has some fascinating collections. The High Street with its local shops looks much as it did 100 years ago. 

The Union Mill, built in 1814 is the highest smock mill in the British Isles. You can see traditional bread making and grind your own flour.

The town of  Tunbridge Wells is 20 minutes away with  a selection of shops and places to eat.

The High Weald offers walks in 560 square miles of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trail goes from Horsham in West Sussex through Cranbrook to Rye.

It is only a 40 minute country drive to Rye town, a strategic port in the 16th century and favourite of Henry VIII. It has cobbled streets, wonderful restaurants and shops. The sand dunes and beaches at Camber sands are few miles further east.

Bodiam Castle

Great Dixter House and Gardens

Leeds castle

Rye harbour is a site of special scientific interest, supporting endangered plants and animals. Walk around the nature reserve with its variety of nesting sea birds or along the coast to Winchelsea beach.

It is less than 20 miles to Battle and the best known date of our history - the 1066 battlefield of Hastings

In Hastings, visit the vast smugglers caves, ride to  the cliff top on the funicular railway, enjoy fresh fish at the restaurants or freshly caught from the beach.

There is a lively selection of films at the Kino digital cinema in Hawkhurst. 

Fun for younger children is the Rare Breeds Centre about 20 minutes away near Tenterden.

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