Local Area

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Cloth Hall Oast is the perfect location for a relaxing break in the Weald of Kent, an area with wide selection of local gardens, castles and visitor attractions.

The High Weald is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and protected for the unique character of its scattered farmhouse, sunken lanes, abundant woodland, irregular fields and rolling hills. There are several outstanding National Trust properties within half an hours drive as well as English Heritage and Private Castles and Gardens.

Cranbrook is known as the Capital of the Weald and is the smallest town in Kent. It offers a good selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as a small theatre Queens Hall Theatre and the Union Mill windmill. Cranbrook is convenient for Tenterden, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, the County Town and Sevenoaks. Both the Kent and Sussex coasts are within an hour’s drive as is The Channel Tunnel and Dover. London can be reached by train from Staplehurst Station (6.5 miles) in about an hour. Gatwick Airport is about an hour away with Heathrow and Stansted not much further.

Facilities for a wealth of recreation can be found nearby from golf, cycling, sailing to walking – see links.

Birdwatching is good with local sightings of rarities. More common and garden birds are abundant. Local hotspots include Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum – see links and the nearest RSPB reserve is Tudeley Woods

Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum (the National Conifer Collection) are within 15 minutes drive.

Hemsted Forest Country Park is very popular with cyclists and riders as well as walkers and dog owners.

Walking and Cycling

The High Weald Landscape Trail from Horsham to Rye passes the close by and Route 18 of the National Cycle Network runs from Canterbury to Royal Tunbridge Wells is also near.

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