Cottage near Tonbridge, Kent, England - Quiet hamlet location, overlooking farmland, with country lanes, public footpaths and real ale pub!
About Susan Mole
We spend most of our holidays in Kent but work takes us to different parts of the country and sometimes abroad.
Susan Mole purchased this Cottage in 1983
Why Susan Mole chose East Peckham
We fell in love with the house the moment we saw it. The area suits us as all my family live nearby and we love the village and local shops, where everyone Is friendly. Our children went to the local school and have happy memories of playing in the garden. Our daughter was married in the local church. All the family still love coming back 'home'.
What makes this Cottage unique
I enjoy the peace and quiet and waking up to birdsong. On a clear night you feel you can almost touch the stars!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A lovely house in the countryside. Everything we needed
visiting my grandchildren
The cottage and its situation was wonderful and so well equipped, my grandchildren stayed with me for a few days, however when my daughter came to pick them up she thought it was so relaxing that she would stay one night, when I telephoned the gardener and his wife to ask where bedding was in order to make up a bed for my daughter, I was met with aggression and have never before been spoken to in such a manner, my daughter did not stay, this alone ruined the stay, don't ask for help from the help you wont get it.
I was very saddened about your experience and sorry to hear that your pleasant holiday was so spoilt. In hindsight the request was made a little late in the day for very early risers who need very early nights. But as I mentioned, a sudden serious family illness can cause us to react in unexpected and out of character ways. My apologies to you and your daughter for this experience and my very good wishes to you for the future. Susan Mole
Pleasant weekend in nteresting period property
Couldn't really fault our stay here, everything we could possibly want was provided by the owners. One little issue with the dishwasher not working. Thankyou particularly for our anniversary cards, cake and wine.
We were sorry to hear the labels got mixed up and the dishwasher did not appear to switch on. We've swapped the labels and it works fine now. Thank you for your review and we are happy you enjoyed your anniversary. Regards, Susan Mole
Feels like home
There were 6 of us on a three-generation trip. We loved the house and area! We were welcomed by the lovely housekeepers, and settled in quickly. We enjoyed working in the kitchen, with AGA, ample pantry, and utility room. The two separate stairs to bedrooms was perfect (silent at night except for the amazing 4am birdsong, which we miss!) We ate outside a couple of times and the children loved playing soccer in the garden. Out the bathroom window, we spotted foxes and bunnies in the neighbouring field. We took long walks from the front door (one to the pub in West Peckham) and spent most evenings outside at the local pub (more soccer and frisbee!) We took day trips to local castles and homes (loved seeing the filming of Antiques Roadshow at Ightham Mote and listening to the youth orchestra at Hever Castle) and the gardens at Sissinghurst. We took an easy day trip to London by train from Paddock Wood. All in all, this was a perfect place for our first week in the UK (easy 45 min journey from Gatwick via great grocery store in King's Hill) and we hope to return!
Thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure having you and we look forward to welcoming you again.
Second stay - better than ever!
Another really enjoyable stay in Bush Farm Cottage with our 8yo twins. It is in a very peaceful location and has great views out across the fields behind the house. The cottage has lots of historic character (and is great for playing hide and seek!).
The wi-fi was a very useful addition this time. The cottage is very clean and well-maintained with every item you could possibly need - definitely a real home-from-home.
A hire car is recommended and there are good village shops around a mile away, including a number of good takeaway options if you don't fancy cooking.
Main train lines into London are available at Paddock Wood (10 mins drive) or Tonbridge (15-20 mins drive), so very convenient for day trips.
A wonderful place to stay - would definitely recommend!
Lovely traditional cottage in a wonderful setting.
Bush cottage was perfect to stay in before and after our son's wedding. An idyllic setting less than 45 minutes from South East London.
A wonderful warm welcome on arrival which made us feel at home straight away. We feel the photos on the website don't do the cottage and grounds justice. Very well equipped, spotlessly clean and cosy. We loved the large sunny patio with it's views of the countryside and beautifully kept garden. The layout suited us and gives privacy if two families stay.
The local pub had excellent food and a very hospitable landlady.
In all a delightful cottage which we would love to stay in again.
Many thanks for your kind comments.
A car is essential in this rural location but cycling and walking can be very enjoyable, making the most of the country lanes which generally tend to be fairly flat in this part of Kent. Gatwick, Heathrow and Stanstead airports are within 1 to two hours drive.
The cottage is only 5 minutes walk to the nearest pub and restaurant. Village shops for all basic provisions, are just over a mile away. Good shopping can be found at Bluewater Shopping Centre, at Maidstone and Royal Tunbridge Wells, which are all within a convenient drive. We are only 40 miles door-to-door to Folkestone Eurostar for continental trips!
Hops were grown in this part of Kent, you can still oast houses used for drying them from the kitchen window. Some hops are still grown along the lane but apples are the main crop. Local attractions include Ightham Moat, a 14th-Century moated manor house owned by the National Trust - well worth a visit. Children may enjoy The Hop Farm family park at Paddock Wood, and slightly further afield at Sandling near Maidstone, you can have a day out at Kent Life rural heritage experience.