Lovingly refurbished, 1887 Gate Keepers Lodge with 3 beds that sleeps 5
Mr. Robert Mitchell
About Mr. Robert Mitchell
Owner runs Architectural and Building Management Company, which is reflected in the interior design and attention to detail of the Lodge. Historic preservation is the owners speciality which too was used when refurbishing the Lodge.
Mr. Robert Mitchell purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Mr. Robert Mitchell chose Westerham
Built 1885 - 1887 as Gate keepers house to Valence Mansion for Norman Watney owner of Brewery, Brasted Lodge was fully refurbished in 1995 to incorporate all up to date mains services (gas, water power) whilst retaining and preserving all character of original Victorian charm. The surrounding grounds around the Lodge are known as Valence. This features 18th-century landscaped lakes, ponds and gardens designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. Watneys mansion at Valance is now a school for disabled children who attend by minibus. Isolation of the Lodge makes the house very private and tranquil and yet easy road access makes this an ideal location. Brief history of site The estate of Valence is listed in the first draft of the Domesday Book (1086). The site was first developed in the mid-18th century, with later landscaping by Lancelot Capability Brown in the late-18th century. Further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-19th century and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late-19th century.
What makes this Cottage unique
Lodge located in picturesque country abutting Golf Course and is sandwiched between Westerham and Brasted Villages (both just a minutes drive away). Nearby Superstores such as Biggin Hill Waitrose, Sevenoaks Tescos, Otford Sainsburys and Oxted Morrison all offer everything for day to day living. Small groceries can be obtained at Westerham Co-Operative and many other nearby shops all of which are reached within a few minutes drive
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful, spacious cottage.
Beautiful home away from home. Very friendly owner. Large bathrooms, great beds. Close to the mainroad, but that didn’t bother us at all. Bit more cockery and cutlery would be nice. We had a wonderful time.
Perfect base for exploring the area
Brasted Lodge is a pretty building in a beautiful area packed with interesting places to visit (Chartwell, Hever Castle, Ightham Mote and more). The layout worked perfectly for us and we enjoyed the use of the outside courtyards, especially watching the fish in the pond. There were also plenty of pubs and restaurants in the lovely nearby villages of Westerham and Brasted. All in all perfect for our week's getaway.
Friendly, comfy and clean
Rob was a great host: he was very friendly on our arrival and ensured we knew where everything was (both in the house and around the local area) before he left us to it. The beds were extremely comfortable, all rooms were very clean, and the reception rooms were all great to spend time in for both work and relaxation.
Our pleasure was meeting you and we are so pleased you both enjoyed and had a comfortable time at BRASTED LODGE. You were accommodating and helpful considering the boiler went faulty during your stay. May I thank you for all your help and understanding even though fixed within hours as I am sure this proved annoying.
I do hope when in the area next, you will visits again. Take care. Rob M
Perfect Central Sightseeing location!
We loved our recent week at Brasted Lodge. We came from America and didn’t know what to expect and we were not disappointed in the least!
The location was so perfect for our daily sightseeing trips. 1 hour to Brighton Beach, Hever Castle was just a short trip, Windsor was a little over an hour away and the train we took into London left from Oxted just right down the road. We were able to get a family pass for £30 for the four of us that included our train ride and all subway and bus rides in London as well. Our furthest drive was to Stonehenge and Avebury which took about 2 hours.
The lodge had everything we could have needed and was well stocked with towels and linens. The bathrooms and kitchen were updated and very nice. The house stayed so warm when the temperature dropped at night. Our two boys loved the WiFi access and the tv and movie selections.
We would love to return again and would definitely spend our time here at this wonderful gem.
Thank you so much!
You are very welcome any time as we loved having you stay. As for the children, we would never had guessed these too stayed as you left the house immaculate. A big thank you from us.
Please come again as there is so much to do just minutes from the Lodge like Hever Castle, Chartwell, Knole House/Park, Igtham Mote, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Quebec House, just to name a few.
For the record I’ve never used Oxted as I go via Sevenoaks to London Bridge (fast & 1st stop), Waterloo, Charing Cross (which is Trafalgar Square). Alternatively Bromley South, fast takes approx 18 mins to Victoria (Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral & Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye, etc). Trains are approx. every 15 mins but make sure it’s a fast. I go via bus 320 to Bromley South but get the bus from Biggin Hill as more frequency (every 10 mins or so) than the 246 Bus which you can get from Westerham car park but I do not recommend this as not frequent after rush hour. I park in Jail Lane, cross the road and bus to Bromley (but don’t drive as there is limited parking). Same stop, buses go to Orpington or Hayes, LONDON Brdge bound Station’s
We’ve even had guests who have gone to Paris for the day on the EuroExpress from Ashford but I’ve not done this.
This is what make BRASTED a fantastic location as we have great road motorway access and good LONDON train services, all be it a ten/15 minute car drive away. You can easily park in a Sevenoaks beside the station.
Take care and a big THANK YOU from us
From the US to England for a perfect stay !!
We stayed at Brasted Lodge from October 10-16 and absolutely enjoyed every moment. Four adults had everything needed to make it feel like home. Robert was very helpful in suggestions for touring the area and was available for questions whenever needed. Would highly recommend anyone considering the area to definitely look at this property for a great stay/vacation.
John - Wisconsin, USA
You are most welcome and it was a joy to meet you all. Maybe some day you may wish to return and if so you will be delighted to have you stay.
THANK YOU for your kind words.
Comfortable stay in just the right place
Attractive and quirky cottage ideally situated for visiting sites in Kent and London. Comfortable beds. "Smart", well-furnished and equipped. Agreeable outside courtyard spaces for lounging, and plenty of off-road parking.
Only downside is that although two of the three bedrooms had en-suites there was no bathroom for use by the occupant of 3rd bedroom, although there is a cloakroom. The cottage is floodlit at night. We really enjoyed our stay.
We thank you for your comment but are slightly disappointed not to receive five stars given your reasons for down grading. In response we comment:
The single bedroom offers duel use as many guests may not require five beds but prefer a third reception. This is why we also offer a mobile clothes hanging rail (within the four poster bedroom, so if required this can be placed in the single bedroom/3rd reception). We appreciate hotels offer bathrooms adjacent to bedrooms but this is after all a home & the two cannot compare. You will find many HomeAway properties are similar.
Bedroom & bathroom location is documented within the website & known before booking and to criticise when already mentioned seams harsh when you knew before arrival what to expect.
The Lodge is flood lit for security reasons, to aid night access as there is no street lighting. Without access would require a torch. The front is however switchable, so could be simply switched off (switch beside washing machine). The rear operates via a light sensor and cannot be switched off. This is deliberate as both aid security deterring opportunist thieves. Lighting is no different to street lighting when curtains and blinds are closed and bearing in mind this is my home causes not issues to us. Again this seams harsh as most live daily with street lighting especially in built up areas and we simply offer lighting to aid guests comfort.
We noted you covered lights during your stay, which is far from a good thing as this may overheat lamps and may cause further issues.
Lights offer safe guidance to entrance/vehicles, etc & we believe this out ways not having lights at all.
It appears we are criticised if we don't or if we do, as what suits some may not suit others.
We trust offers explanation & this did not affect your comfort and we look forward to your return someday.
Westerham; located below the North Downs, 6 miles west of Sevenoaks, 5 miles South of Bromley, 4 miles East of Oxted, bordered by Kent & Surrey located south of the A25 between junctions 5 and 6 of the M25.
Central London is 15 minutes by train via Bromley South (once on the train), 29 mins from London Gatwick and 50 miles from Heathrow Airports (providing no hold ups on route) making the Lodge ideal for both Central London and numerous local English Heritage and National Trust Tourist Attractions. The location commuter used by those working daily in London making the Lodge accessible to both Central & South London. Further more the London orbital M25 motorway assists fast access to attractions, (nearest junction being just five minutes away). London bound trains to Charing Cross Trafalgar Square, Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo, Blackfriars can be taken from either Bromley South or Sevenoaks stations which are easily reached within 15/25 minutes by car. Never try to drive to London as drivers must pay "The Congestion Charge" tax. Always purchase a Oyster Card from the local shops before boarding Red Route Buses as money is not accepted. The first Red Route bus is a 246 from Westerham Green into London but this service is half hourly in rush hour and hourly off peak. I therefore drive to Sevenoaks Station car park & cross the road to board London bound trains or alternatively get a 320 bus from Biggin Hill to Bromley South where again you simply cross the road to the Station - every 15 mins.
Westerham (1 mile) boasts a large range of restaurants, bars, cafes, whilst Brasted offers numerous antique shops, historic half timbered houses. The immediate area is the home of Sir Winston Churchill, General Wolfe, nearby Charles Darwin. Hever Castle & Roman encampment ruins are all nearby.
Points of interest:
• London Trafalgar Square by road 29 miles (49 minutes) and Sevenoaks rail (27 minutes). There are so many tourist attractions these are far too extensive to list but to help these may be of interest:
• Sir Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell Manor (2 miles)
• Hever Castle, home to Anne Boleyn, Herny VIII; Anne of Cleves (8 miles)
• Charles Darwin home, full of his possessions, where he wrote ‘Origin of Species’ (4 miles - Downe Village)
• 14th century Ightham Moat manor house, with Great Hall; chapels, extensive garden (9 miles)
• Hampton Court the finest palace in England & home to Henry VIII (34 miles)
• Battle of Britain, Biggin Hill x Royal Air Force (4 miles) home of 2nd WW Spitfire and Hurricane Squadrons which yearly hosts historic Air shows normally including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight & Red Arrows
• Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger (War Birds)
• Eurostar day trip to France from Ashford
• Lullingston Roman Villa
• Squerryes Court with Gardens
• Emmetts Gardens
• Knolls Park and country Mansion
• Chiddingstone timber framed Village
• Igtham Moat
• Quebec House (General Wolfe)
• Bodium Castle
• Leeds Castle
• Sheffield Park and Bluebell Railway (Stream Engines and fully operational line)
• Lingfield Horse Race Course
• Wisley RHS Gardens
• Bodium Castle
• Hastings fishing Village
• Brighton Pavillion & old town
• Rye (cobbled & timber framed buildings)
• Rochester (Charles Dickens)
• Chiddingstone Village & Castle
• Bough Beach Resevoiur
• Penshurst Place
Other Activities: Numerous local Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes, Shops (including numerous antique), Historical sights and London (with everything this offers meaning this property offers both City & Tourist breaks but you will need a car).
GOLF: If you fancy a day of golf, then choose from over 15 golf courses all with 15 minutes of the Lodge.
Our immediate neighbour is Westerham Golf Club created from the 1987 storm that altered the landscapes. This was opened in May 1997 consisting of 18 holes set in mature woodland, with tree-lined fairways, water features and stunning views over the North Downs. The 6,272 yards, par 72 course has been built to a very high standard, with USGA specification greens and irrigation installed on the greens, tees and approaches.
The course is complimented by a superb clubhouse, which holds first class facilities including a large spike bar, sun terrace, comfortable changing rooms, Pro shop and air-conditioned function suite. In addition the facilities include a 10-acre driving range, putting green, indoor teaching area and a brand new 8 acre short game area, so if you fancy a short walk, go and enjoy a drink in the club house.
Main shopping in Bromley, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Oxted, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater & of course Central London
Westerham has everything one needs including Co-Op store but within a few minutes drive, many Superstores can be reached such as Sainsbury @ Bat and Ball Sevenoaks, Waitrose Biggin Hill, Morrisons Oxted, Tescos Riverhead Sevenoaks.
Literature offering further advise on places of interest is placed within the Lounge for guests use. Guests come yearly as there is too much