Things to do

The North Downs Way – just behind the house The views are amazing, not to be missed and our resident labrador and labradoodle will always take you for a walk. It’s ideal to hike along the Downs to the Dirty Habit pub  for lunch and head back along the old Pilgrim’s Way which forms the boundary of our garden.

Leeds Castle (

Leeds Castle “The loveliest castle in the world” (Hot air ballooning, golf, classical concerts and craft fairs are just some of the extra attractions here)

Kent County Showground (

Various events are held here throughout the year, the major antique fairs, gardening, military and Kent County Shows are all well visited.

Coldblow Riding School (
Just a mile away and riding lessons/hacks can be arranged from here.

Thurnham  Keep is centrally located in Mid Kent, and with our excellent motorway links, is easy to travel to the many attractions in the county.

National Trust Properties

(click each bold link below to view their website)

Chartwell – Sir Winston Churchill’s home

Ightham Mote – medieval manor house dating from 1330

Knole – one of England’s greatest houses

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens – one of the world’s most celebrated gardens and home to Vita Sackville-West ad Sir Harold Nicolson

Scotney Castle Gardens  – an idyllic romantic house with so much to see

Smallhythe Place – home of the enchanting actress, Ellen Terry

Hever Castle and Gardens – childhood home of Anne Boleyn

Great Dixter – the late Christopher Lloyd’s wonderful house and gardens.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham – unique, working 19th Century ropery and 3 historic warships to explore on this huge site.

Biddenden Vineyard

Chapel Down Vineyard

Canterbury – a medieval city, famous for its cathedral where pilgrims have travelled from London to since 1170 is a 20 minute drive away.

Whitstable – head to the coast and visit this traditional English seaside town with a strong maritime history, a working harbour, fish market and a wealth of seafood restaurants.