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Romantic retreat in the hop fields of Kent, with great sightseeing

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

This stunning little house is the perfect get-away-from-it all retreat for two people. It is set in the grounds of the owners' 15th century house, with which it shares a drive, yet it is not overlooked.

The large, light filled, open plan living/kitchen/dining area has floor to ceiling bi-fold doors opening out onto its own garden . Sit outside - choose from the table and chairs or the big double sun lounger - and listen to the birdsong or go for a stroll in our large paddock.. By night you can enjoy a starry sky by the light of the fire pit, which also has a grill for BBQs - or marshmallow toasting!

The decor inside Little Bugglesden is 'country cool' - luxuriously comfortable and with nods to the area's heritage as 'The Garden of England', including vintage apple crates used as kitchen shelves and a photo of workers in a local hop field in the 1940s. In fact, the main house next door was, until recently, the farmhouse for the surrounding hop farm which still operates in the traditional way - one of the last remaining in Kent!

The cottage offers many of the luxuries of a good hotel, alongside the freedom and privacy of a holiday let.

There's a bedroom with king sized bed and garden views and a Moroccan style shower room. The bed linen is 600 thread count finest Egyptian cotton, the duvets and pillows goose down, there's underfloor heating and fluffy rugs, a woodburner for chilly nights, soft bathrobes and slippers, board games, books and DVDs, a digital radio and WiFi and all the kitchen equipment you could want - whether you want to cook up a feast or simply prepare snacks to sustain you in between visiting the many excellent restaurants in the area.

We provide a welcome hamper including milk, bread, butter, eggs, plus a bottle of wine to kick off your stay. You will find olive oil, salt, pepper, dried herbs, tea, coffee and sugar. There's washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, cloths and cleaning products and, in the bathroom, heavenly Aromatherapy Associates body wash, shampoo and conditioner. We also provide logs for the woodburner and for the firepit. End of stay cleaning is included.

John is a rehabilitation specialist and also teaches Nordic Walking and Pilates. So let us know when you are booking if you are interested in knowing more. We can offer private 'Learn to Nordic Walk' stays - a lovely safe way to exercise, to discover the local countryside and learn a skill that you can use when you return home - visit www.nordicwalkingkent.co.uk if you'd like to read about this increasingly popular activity. Likewise, if you have a niggling problem with your back, knee, shoulder...whatever!...speak to us about having private rehabilitation or remedial massage in the studio, which is right next to the holiday let. One-to-one or two-to-one Pilates can also be taught here.

Alternatively, book a whole weekend or week long 'overhaul', with several hours of mixed exercise and advice on diet and lifestyle. It's all possible...Let us know what you want and we can tailor something to fit.


There is lots to see and do in this part of Kent - gardens, castles, sprawling woods and forests and pretty villages and towns. We are a half hour drive from the huge sandy beaches and dunes at Camber Sands and an hour on the train into London.

Here is some further detail:

GARDENS - Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (10 min drive) are world renowned, planted by Vita Sackville-West in a series of 'rooms'. The walks through the woods and around the lakes elsewhere on the estate are also wonderful. Other gardens nearby include Great Dixter, plus there are lots of lesser known ones - Hole Park is awash with bluebells in late spring and has a lovely mix of formal and more natural planting.

VINEYARDS - Did you know that French Champagne house, Taittinger, has bought land in Kent in order to produce sparkling English wine? Kentish wine is winning some serious awards and we have some of the best producers within a cork's pop - Biddenden Vineyard (which also does great cider), Chapel Down in Tenterden, the Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Hush Heath in Staplehurst and many more. At most vineyards you can turn up and walk through the vines and try some samples - or book onto a guided tour and tasting.

VILLAGES & TOWNS - We are surrounded by ancient villages, like Biddenden, Smarden, Benenden and Sissinghurst. Our local small town is Tenterden, which has a tree lined High Street with interesting boutiques and antique shops, plus lots of good restaurants and cafes.

Rye (20 mins) is, we think, one of the prettiest towns in the UK, with cobbled streets and topsy turvy houses, plus a great little independent cinema and some good restaurants. It's also close to the beaches of Camber and Winchelsea.

Tunbridge Wells (30 mins) - is a smart town, with a characterful high street. The Pantiles, a Georgian colonnade, is particularly attractive and lined with specialist shops (including an amazing cook shop), art galleries and eateries.

Canterbury (50 mins) - Tourists flock to this historic city, which has parts of the original city walls and the magnificent cathedral where there is a shrine to Thomas Becket, who was killed here.

WALKING & SPORTS - Hemsted Forest (10 mins) is good for walking and horse riding - a local school does hacks here. There are also plenty of walks from the doorstep of Little Bugglesden - alongside hop fields, and down to Biddenden Vineyard or across the fields to Tenterden.

Bedgebury Forest is around a 20 minute drive and has walking and mountain biking trails (and Go Ape course) plus a pinetum.

At Bewl Water (30 mins) you can walk or cycle around the reservoir, go fishing or learn to sail (bewlwater.co.uk).

The lake at Lydd, near Camber Sands, offers wakeboarding, waterskiing, jet skiing, flyboarding and paddleboarding (actionwatersports.co.uk)


NATIONAL TRUST HOUSES - Smallhythe Place (10 mins) is home to Victorian Shakespearean actress, Ellen Terry. Bateman's (30 mins), was home to Rudyard Kipling and his family. Scotney Castle (30 mins) is not a castle, but an English country house, with beautiful gardens.

CASTLES - Bodiam Castle (20 mins) is picture perfect, surrounded by a moat. Explore the ruins and have a picnic in the grounds. Drive here, jump aboard the steam train from Tenterden or hire a rowing boat or Kayak from Bodiam Boating Station and get there via the sleepy River Rother!

Leeds Castle (30 mins) is another beauty - belonging to six medieval English queens and used as a palace by King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Hever Castle (1 hr, 15 mins), childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is a pocket-sized place, full of charm and with artefacts from Anne's life, including her prayer book.

GOLF - We have several courses nearby - including the championship course Chart Hills.

If all that doesn't whet your appetite, how about these events coming up....


9th-10th - Hop Festival, Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station - Hopping displays, Hop Garden and Hoppers Hut, live entertainment, vintage vehicles and free heritage bus shuttle to Bodiam Castle, Saturday evening Real Ale Train.

22nd-23rd French Hens Brocante, Silcocks Farm, St Michaels - brilliant Brocante Home & Garden Collectibles sale. Starts at 9am - get there early for the best bargains.


5th-8th - Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden High Street - song, music, dance and crafts bring the town to life for three days


4th-5th - Fireworks Spectacular, Leeds Castle - always an impressive display, with choreographed music and projections onto the facade of the 12th century castle


9th - Christmas Workshop at Godinton House and Gardens - make your own traditonal festive wreath

9th - Christmas Craft Fayre, Silcocks Farm, shop & cafe

More Details

Emma and John Dent
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

About Emma and John Dent

We moved to Kent from London when our children were very young, 12 years ago. We love it here - it's a beautiful part of the world with some stunning countryside and historic villages. We can still easily get into London - it's just an hour away by train - so we feel like we have the best of both worlds.

Why Emma and John Dent chose Tenterden

We live in the farmhouse next door. We moved here three years ago and fell in love with the location, with fields of hops all around and easy walks from the doorstep.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tenterden in Ashford District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Large walk-in power shower Sink with cupboard Wall shelving Heated towel rail
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - King sized bed
  • King size bed Digital radio Alarm clock Plenty of wardrobe space Views of garden
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Romantic retreat in the hop fields of Kent, with great sightseeing
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Rural cottage in tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our 4 days at this property. It was all we had hoped for in every way.

The furniture and decorations were tasteful and achieved a sense of quiet peacefulness with all the comforts you would hope for. Top quality.

In close proximity to Sissinghurst and rural walks with deep country quiet. Just hit the spot for us.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host you Eva. I hope you've got over your jet lag now and that you enjoy the rest of your travels around Europe. Emma
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Beautiful, Clean and Peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

Excellent few days away in a beautiful scenic cottage which allows for a relaxing stay, while providing the options for walks, shopping and a trip to the beach. Highly recommended with perfect hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Sharon - it was a pleasure to meet you.
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Anyone booking here, will have a Perfect stay X

  • 5 of 5

When arriving, there was a lovely welcome, fire lit and a wonderful clean, tidy Barn...

Which had everything that we needed for our stay. We was left alone but knew that we could contact the owner if needed. Staying here was peaceful and so relaxing...

Would recommend to all that I know....

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Pete and Lyn - so glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back again soon! Emma
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  • 5 of 5






  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

This property is spotlessly clean, well equipped and in a lovely peaceful location. A welcome pack was provided along with a very nice bottle of local wine, thank you. The sunny sheltered garden is a good size and made even better by the wonderful double sun lounger, a lovely spot to enjoy the birdsong. The town of Tenterden is a short drive away and has a Tesco and Waitrose food store. Sissinghurst Castle is a 10 minute drive away and Bodiam Castle is accessible via a steam train ride from Tenterden. I would recommend this property and would love to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Louise. It was a pleasure to host you and Mark - and you left the place completely spotless too! Please do come again any time.
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Well situated with pleasant surroundings the accomadation is of a high standard

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed stay even the weather was good , plenty to do near by

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lots in Tenterden
Nearest Ferry
34 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Chart Hills
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Raja of Kent
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Winchelsea or Camber
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning £30
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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