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Old Coachhouse With Log Burning Stove And Pretty Cottage Garden

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Biddenden, between Tenterden and Cranbrook, Kent, England - Stunning Rural Location With Far Reaching Views Across Farmland Unchanged For Centuries

A wonderful two bedroomed cottage, with log burning stove, full of character in the most sought after rural location imaginable. Each room is spacious, well maintained, with stunning rural views. A home perfect in any season. Once the garage and chauffeurs accommodation to a fine Grade II* listed period home. Attached to an Oast and farm buildings now renovated into the owners new home. Sit and watch the cowl turn in the gentle summers breeze from your own private garden, or walk around the 20 acres enjoying the forna and flora. Visit many fascinating old National Trust properties surrounding Biddenden or walk for miles across fields and within forests and pinetums. Visit one or more of our local pubs and restaurants. Biddenden boasts a Michelin Star and also Best Dining Pub awarded place to eat. Take a steam train ride from Tenterden to Bodiam Castle for a great day out. So much to do,so little time,you'll just want to return to your home from home soon.

Caryn Marriner
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
8 August, 2017

About Caryn Marriner

Martin & Caryn, that's us, moved to Birchley House Farm in October 2011. Whilst living in the Coachhouse we obtained planning permission to convert the attached dilapidated Oast and farm buildings. We are now enjoying the fruits of our labour and The Coachhouse once our home, could be yours for as long as you wish. Located in a most idyllic position with the most spectacular views we enthuse in our homes history and have kept many of the original features. The buildings were once the Coachhouse and farm buildings, serving a fine Grade II* listed property still glorious today. Feel free to meander our 20 acres enjoying views little changed over the centuries. There is a peace to this place we just can't explain, so we don't, we just enjoy it.

Caryn Marriner purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Caryn Marriner chose Kent

Birchley House Farm is situated within the Weald of Kent, just outside the quaint village of Biddenden. Set down a country lane, up a long track, it is set far away from the hussle and bussle of everyday life, enjoy the peaceful location and the far reaching views, over farmland across to Hempsted Forest. It is surrounded with medieval villages such as Cranbrook, Tenterden, Sissinghurst, Rye to name but a few. We are surrounded by National Trust Properties such as Sissinghurst Castle, Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, Smallhythe Place. Bedgebury Pinetum and Hempsted Forest are short distances away.Go back in time on steam train ride from Tenterden Walk from your door, across fields to Biddenden Vineyards. Enjoy the many fine pubs & restaurants (Michelin Star and Best Dining Pub)amongst them.

What makes this cottage unique

The Coachouse is a wonderful property full of character. Enter the charming kitchen from the very small hall area. From the kitchen you enter the cosy living room with wood burning stove. From the kitchen you may also access a wash room which avoids you having to run up and down the stairs. The stairs leads to the hall from which you access a very spacious bathroom with lovely long bath in which to relax. A powerful shower is available to invigorate you for your days exploring. The hall continues to two bedrooms, the largest of which has a king size bed, the second can be made up as two singles, or a super kingsize double. Outside are far reaching views, with a large patio area leading up steps to a lawn area. Relax and watch the cowl of the Oast turn in the gentle summer breeze.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many thanks for letting us stay at your lovely Coach House. We have had a wonderful time starting from the warm welcome you gave us when we first arrived. The setting and location is perfect and the Coach House itself is cosy and inviting and obviously been decorated and furnished to a high standard. I'm going home to decorate! We would love to stay again and will definitely be recommending the Coach House to family and friends. Best wishes for the future.

Paul, Karen, Chris and Horace, Rainham. August 2014.

Thank you so much for your warm welcome ! The Coach House is a delightful place to stay, and Biddenden was the perfect place for exploring lots of family friendly attractions. We enjoyed Leeds Castle, Bodiam Castle, the steam train from Tenterden, Camber Sands, Kent life and Richborough Roman Fort, and ran out of time for lots of other things !. Thank you for your patience with the boys' obsession with your dogs ! We hope to be back some time as we loved the Coach House.

The Warren Family, London. August 2014.

The reception we got when we arrived made us feel right at home. We really have enjoyed this cottage, the back garden and the fields around. Both Lottie and Bertie have a special place in our hearts. Your location is perfect, we made a lot of day trips. Thank you both very much and hope to come back in the future. The Baars Family, The Netherlands July 2014.

Thanks for the lovely stay at your wonderful place. We really enjoyed the house, garden, dogs and little chats !! During our stay we visited "Batemans" "The Royal Pavilion Bighton, London and the surroundings. We hope to come back some time (when the Highland Cows are grazing). Thank you we really felt very welcome!! The Nieuwenhuiren Family, The Netherlands. July 2014

Material happiness is the English Country Cottage, our stay here could not be more perfect even if a princess' palace. Would stay again any time. Mark, Elaine and Dixie, Kuala Lumpar. July 2014
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Biddenden, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM / Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Downstairs - Small wash room with wc and hand basin. Upstairs - Large bathroom with 1800 mm bath and separate shower, wc, and hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Largest room with kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 - Can be made as two singles or super kingsize double.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Children over five welcome. Suitable for elderly able to climb stairs, hand rails in site. Steps leading up to lawn area from the patio. Whilst we are huge dog lovers we regret we are unable to accept pets. No Smoking allowed. WiFi. Outside: Table and chairs on large patio area. Lawn area up steps. 20 acres of fields to meander round (subject to cows having calves - they are a bit protective then and we may restrict access). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided. Towels and linen changed, and cottage cleaned weekly.


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Old Coachhouse With Log Burning Stove And Pretty Cottage Garden
average rating of 4.736842 based on 20 reviews

Tranquil and cozy

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was beautiful throughout and thoughtfully equipped. Our hosts were attentive and friendly. A true getaway-from-it-all country location. Lots of walks - thanks for lending the wellies! Enjoyed the local Bidddenden Vineyard, Three Chimneys Pub and The Bakehouse cafe in Biddenden.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage in a quiet area

  • 4 of 5

We spent a very nice time in the coach house. The house is lovingly decorated, great renovated and well equipped. With 4 people you have plenty of space. We especially enjoyed the beautiful outdoor place with the view in the garden. As well as the lovely dogs and cows.

The owners greeted us warmly and took care of all our concerns. We have found it hard to say goodbye again. Thanks to Caryn and Martin.

We can only recommend this house!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully maintained and well appointed accommodation - a lovely setting in stunnng countryside with so much to do in the surrounding area. A visit to The Three Chimneys for a meal is a must! Caryn and Martin are extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful in every way. We would certainly return and have already recommended the cottage to our friends! John & Lynda Nottingham

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent cottage, Location and Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying in cottages all over England for the past 20 years and this is the best one we have ever stayed in. Caryn and Martin are so lovely, helpful and welcoming. The welcome hamper was a really nice touch but then to look in the fridge and find some groceries to get us started was very unexpected and kind. The cottage has everything you could need or want, all in excellent condition too. The location is quiet but not far to drive out to many places of interest. I would not hesitate to recommend this cottage to anyone and I have never done that before. I hope one day we may meet Caryn and Martin again as they are the perfect hosts and the cottage they have created really is a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Quirky, comfortable cottage in quiet rural setting

  • 5 of 5

Tucked up a quiet lane not far out of Biddenden, this modernised converted coachhouse on a small rural property was just lovely. We received good directions form the owners, so no trouble finding it. We were made very welcome and any/all requests for information or help during our week there were responded to with the utmost friendliness and speed. Great hosts who left us alone unless we asked for help. Cottage is well modernised and equipped but reveals its functional history as a coach house and is tucked beside the owners' oast house and barn residence. Walks in the farmland were delightful in bluebell season, and we used the cottage as a base for touring from as far east as Canterbury and as far west as the Seven Sisters in Sussex. We think the Coach House exceeded the expectations in the photos and write-up and would happily stay there again if in that part of England.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah thanks Barb were glad you loved it, and a fab review thank you very much. With best wishes Caryn
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Old Coachouse Biddenden

  • 5 of 5

Description was certainly accurate. A delightful property extremely comfortable and well equipped, the owners had thought of everything. They provided a welcome hamper and an excellent bottle of local wine chilled and awaiting our arrival! It sits in a quiet location and in a perfect position for visiting N T properties and many picturesque towns of Kent. We would certainly recommend it to anyone wishing to visit this county. A and P Shropshire.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Just a 2 minute drive from Hempsted Forest a must for bird lovers, the Cross bill a regular visitor. 10 minutes from Sissinghurst Castle with many many other wonderful NT properties to visit on your doorstop. Also ideal for cyclists and walkers.


The lovely sandy beach at Camber Sands is just 21 miles way and close by is the beautiful Medieval hill town of Rye with its abundance of antique shops. At Eastbourne (50 minutes drive) you can enjoy the beautiful Georgian seafront and pier and breath taking views across the channel at Beach Head. History and coast come together at old Hastings with the fisherman huts, great fish and chips and the vernacular up to the cliff top.


Nearest airport is London Gatwick, unless you have your own in which case it's Headcorn !!


Cranbrook 10 minutes by car. Tenterden 10 minutes by car.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
30% non-refundable deposit on booking. Balance 8 weeks prior to arrival. Payment must be by cheque or bank transfer. A minimum rental of £350.00 applies. Thank you.

When paying by bank transfer from overseas, please liaise with your bank to ensure that the full value due in GBP is paid into our UK bank. All transfer charges must be met by the payor.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made

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