Pretty cottage filled with light and warmth and with breathtaking views over a lake and unspoiled countryside to the distant sea. On a quiet road, the recently renovated house provides a tranquil home that abounds with personal touches and modern comforts. The cottage sits atop a ridge and by day gives sweeping views of the countryside to the sea at Rye and at night the dark skies are wonderful for star-gazing. This is 'Darling Bugs of May' country and you can walk through fields and along the river to the famous Ferry Inn or amble along quiet lanes to pretty Stone Church and the Military Canal. Placed on the border between Kent and East Sussex it is easy to explore the numerous places of interest in both counties: within a 30 minute drive Sussex offers medieval Rye, historic Hastings, beautiful Battle, Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter while Kent's offer includes Smallhythe Place, Hole Park, Sissinghurst Castle, the Rare Breeds Centre and pretty Tenterden with its stylish shops, restaurants and steam railway that runs to Bodiam. There's plenty for kids to do in the area including kayaking, windsurfing, paintballing, riding or just building sandcastles at Camber Sands. With Ashford International railway station just 20 minutes drive you can lunch in France or surprise the kids with a Eurostar trip to Disneyland Paris (2hrs15mins from Ashford IS)
Cottage 5 miles Rye, set amid rolling countryside.
- Calendar last updated:
- 22 Feb 2019
About Chris Lee
I fell in love with Faraway Cottage and its wonderful view the moment I saw it in 2014. Since then I have completely refurbished and extended it and it is now as near to Heaven as I am likely to get! I adore living here and during the summer, when I am away being a 'granny' I enjoy making guests welcome and doing everything I can to make their holiday at Faraway perfect.
Why Chris Lee chose Tenterden
Right on the border between Kent and Sussex the cottage is perfectly placed for enjoying the unspoiled countryside of the Garden of England and the historic towns of the Cinque Ports. The cottage is, in fact, just in Kent but the view from the window is Sussex - all the way to Rye and Hastings and even, on a really clear day, Eastbourne. There is a network of footpaths that criss-cross the countryside and take you to pretty villages, excellent pubs, river and canal. Yet within 15 minutes easy drive you can be in Rye (medieval cobbled streets, banks, supermarkets, shops, wonderful Kino cinema, pubs, restaurants, railway station) or Tenterden (Waitrose, good independent shops plus Laura Ashley, Monsoon etc, restaurants and of course the Steam Railway.)
What makes this Cottage unique
A little piece of paradise: peace, quiet, big skies, birdsong. Surrounded by footpaths and unmarked tracks to explore and with the nearby lake (you can get a day licence to fish there!) that attracts ducks, herons and kingfishers, this is a real away-from-it-all spot. Yet just a fifteen minute drive will get you to medieval Rye and its nearby sandy beach at Camber or pretty Tenterden town with its steam railway and independent shops. Historic castles & stately homes and gardens abound within 30 minutes drive and Ashford International Station is 20 minutes away so you could have lunch in France one day or combine Faraway with Disneyland Paris, just 2hrs 15mins from Ashford IS!
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Perfect holiday cottage
We had a wonderful holiday in this property set in a beautiful location. The area is lovely with plenty of things to do and places to visit, Tenterden, Rye, Camber Sands, steam trains and castles. The cottage is well equipped being the owners home for most of the year and has been thoughtfully extended with an outer cloackroom and the conservatory serving as a dinning room. Beds were exceedingly comfortable with plenty of space to store clothes and kitchen essentials are there ready for use. The garden is very pretty with fantastic views, and we even saw bee hawk moths on the verbena bonaris. When we got home our granddaughter was asking if she could on holiday to the cottage again.
I'm delighted you had a lovely holiday and that you enjoyed the cottage. The 'thank you' picture your grandchildren did for me is now on my gallery wall in the kitchen! Nothing makes me happier than knowing my guests really enjoyed their stay - thank you for taking the time to give me a review.
An excellent cottage
We would fully recommend this cottage. It is charming, with excellent facilities, very clean and with a great range of cooking equipment. The location is lovely too and very convenient for Rye, Hastings, Camber and the Kent Weald.
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay, Steve. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review - it always helps to get feedback.
A beautiful home
We are an older couple and we stayed for a week in August. We found plenty to do in the area.
The property is the owner's home for most of the year, and she has renovated and extended the cottage beautifully. The views over the surrounding countryside extend to the sea. The weather was mixed but it was a pleasant place to stay indoors when it rained. Being the owner's home, the cottage was well-equipped. We appreciated being able to use little bits and pieces from the cupboards, such as herbs and spices and the odd spoonful of flour and sugar, rather than having to buy or bring these ourselves.
The setting is rural, so it's very dark at night unless there's a moon. Instructions to reach the property were good; it might have been hard to find without.
The cottage is semi-detached, so there was only "deep silence" when the neighbour was out or asleep.
Thank you for taking the time to review the cottage, Christopher, and I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay. I understand my elderly neighbour's radio was, at the time, playing on maximum volume on the other side of the party wall. I am pleased to report it has been moved and the volume considerably reduced so peace restored!
A happy rest in a spacious and relaxing setting
Excellent from the moment we opened the front door. The outer cloakroom enabled us to put away our wet clothing; the conservatory was bright and pleasant to relax in whatever the weather, conveniently linked to the kitchen.
The kitchen was very well equipped including matching and attractive crockery.
It was easy to feel at home in the large square lounge, with comfortable sofas, books galore to read and splendid decoration. We sensed this was a home - not just a house to let.. I have osteo-arthritis and struggled with the stairs, but my 95 year old mother-in-law skipped up them with ease. We much appreciated the two en-suites - and all used the hip bath. The view from the back bedroom was superb- right to the sea and hills of the south coast. The space was used to the full and there was plenty of room to store clothes etc.
Immaculate fitted carpetting right through the 'inner' house. The garden was beautiful to sit in. The village shop was well stocked. Rye is full of character and eating places. Many National Trust places - well worth being a member.
Good local walks not so easy to find, but maps and leaflets in the house.
The weather was very wet, but the house was very pleasant to stay in and ignore the rain. Would recommend it 100% and gladly consider returning
Ideal location and base to stay near south coast
Lovely cosy cottage ideally based for Kent and East Sussex attractions. Plenty to see and do with lot of National Trust and English Heritage attractions. Close to Rye and the coast with lots of great places to visit and see. Cottage is very well equipped, nice garden and views for summer evenings. Nice quiet location for a peaceful break. Would consider returning again.
Beautiful cosy cottage, excellent views
We loved this beautiful cottage. Very cosy, nicely decorated with a lot of personal touches, it feels more like a home than a holiday cottage. Lovely bedrooms each with its own very efficiënt bathroom. The conservatory serves as dining room and is a very clever addition on this hilltop site, especially on the more windy days. The garden is very lovely and has excellent views toward Rye and Hastings. You can just see the sea. The location is excellent, 20 mins. To the beach, 15 mins. To Rye. A lot of beautiful gardens nearby and an hour to Dover port. More than enough to do within half an hours drive. The owner was very helpful and friendly. We would certainly recommend this cottage to friends
I'm delighted these lovely guests from the Netherlands enjoyed the cottage and the beautiful 'Garden of England' that surrounds it. I hope to see them again sometime in the future.
There are so many things to do and see within a short drive it's difficult to list them but here are a few:
Fishing on Nightingales Lake (you can see it from the bedroom window!)
Kids, kite fyers and wind-surfers will love the golden stretch of Camber Sands (8 miles) where there are sand dunes to play in, miles of sand for castles and rock-pooling and here are cafes and the usual shops and kiosks selling buckets and spades. Walkers, twitchers, sun-worshippers might prefer the quieter stretch of shingle beach and Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour (6 miles.) A metalled track runs along the shore (once a railway track for dredged shingle) which is ideal for runners and pushchairs. Rye, about 15 min drive, offers some excellent wine bars, pubs and restaurants, some with live entertainment, and there's also the Kino cinema. Further afield Hastings Old Town is a must and St Leonards also offers some quirky shops, restaurants and cinema/live performances and Teatre Kino. Whatever your interests - it's not far from here! Feel free to ask for more information when you book.
Rye railway station is 5 miles and connects to London and Ashford International Station (16 miles). Dover port approximately 40 miles. Gatwick Airport is 60 miles. Use of car highly recommended although life is sustainable without one (ie you can walk across the fields to a pub, Waitrose, Tescos and newspapers deliver, bikes can be hired and we can meet guests at Rye station by prior arrangement.
Village shops and pubs in Wittersham (1.5 miles) and Appledore (2). Historic Rye and stylish Tenterden, Smallhythe Place, Hole Park, Great Dixter, Rare Breeds Centre, RH&D steam railway all within 15-20 minute. Castles at Sissinghurst, Bodiam, Hastings, and Battle Abbey (all 30 mins.) Watersports (surfboards for hire, lessons available etc) at Rye Bay and Iden lock, Archery in Tenterden. In summer lots of extra activities of every type so please ask. All distances and times are approximate.
There's nothing much on the doorstep except wonderful walks, fields of green, the river, woodland, birds, stars at night BUT everything else is within easy reach, mostly along the kind of quiet country lanes you thought the South East of England no longer had! There are dozens of picturesque villages each boasting a welcoming pub and, mostly, good food. Theres a Waitrose and Tescos in Tenterden and Jempsons, a quirky independent supermarket, in Peasmarsh (5 miles.) Numerous good farm shops and fisheries are the place for the freshest local produce.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: £100 damages deposit on booking with full payment due eight weeks prior to date of holiday. Payment by bank transfer or via Paypal. Please note bookings are not confirmed until full payment has been received. Changeover Day: Saturday change over. Arrival after 3pm, departure by 10.30am please. Notes on prices: £100 damages deposit returnable 10 days after conclusion of holiday subject to damages, breakages and/or exceptional cleaning. Full Terms and conditions available.