If you’re looking for “unique” in accommodation and your destination is Kent, England, you’ll need to look no further than Oast House.
Located near the village of Smarden, known as “Kent’s Most Beautiful,” this early 19th century former hops drying house is about 90 minutes outside London and is a perfect base for exploring the historic Canterbury district.
Oast House is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath accommodation with a spectacular vaulted ceiling above and heated real oak floors below.
Step out the French doors to your private terrace and walled garden, or relax in the spacious kitchen and dining areas.
Expected 21st century conveniences are available including a washer/dryer, TV, microwave, dishwasher, and DVD player. For those wishing to keep a touch of the “old” with the “new,” a wood-burning stove with first-burn fuel provided, will give you a good chance to experience a bit of the past.
I really like the country “feel” of this property.
Like the country kitchen, living space and bedrooms are all bright and open with plenty of windows from which to enjoy the surrounding views.
Oast House has been carefully and thoughtfully restored and will certainly make a comforting base for your local travels. As for location and within easy walking distance, the village boasts pubs with great food, historic homes, and shops you’ll want to visit.
Further out but still close-by are Dover, Leeds, and Hever Castles. If you are a history buff or a lover of beautiful gardens, these destinations will keep you more than occupied. Sissinghurst, with its famous “White Garden” and Great Dixter Gardens are also just a short drive away.
If I only had a week or so to visit and I wanted a great location with access to some of the most traditional and beautiful experiences of England, Oast House might very well be at the top of my list.