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Listed 17th Century Cottage in Pretty Kentish Village Near Tenterden

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

The Old School House is a Grade II listed cottage located in Woodchurch, a delightful village near Tenterden. Recently renovated, the cottage, which once was the village school house, is spacious, well-appointed and peaceful. So pretty, you almost expect Miss Marple to be there!

Built in the 17th century, the beautiful, beamed house (no low beams) has two double bedrooms, both with king sized beds, plus a large attic room with two single beds - ideal for children and adults alike. All the beds have high quality, new mattresses for a great sleep. A cot and z bed are also available.

There is a bathroom, with drencher shower and traditional bath, on the first floor. A shower room with fixed and hand-held shower, plus loo, is on the ground floor.

The bright, fully equipped kitchen has a gas and electric range cooker, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine & large fridge/freezer.

The dining room, overlooking the front garden and with an inglenook fireplace, can seat up to eight.

The lounge is spacious with two sofas and an armchair, wood-burning stove (firewood supplied), wide-screen TV with Netflix and Freeview, CD player, hi-fi (with Bluetooth). A range of traditional games are also available.

The house has fibre optic broadband.

One of the delights of this house is the large and pretty cottage garden, where outside dining on its large table is recommended. There are lounge chairs and two steamer chairs for those lazy summer afternoons listening to the birdsong and the church bells.

If you ever want to leave the house and garden, there are plentiful local and nearby amenities. Next door to the house is a farm shop selling locally produced meat, milk and vegetables. Two village pubs, The Six Bells and the Bonny Cravat, are a couple of minutes walk away, both offering entertainment and serving food (The Bonny Cravat's Sunday roasts come highly recommended). The house is opposite the village green, which has a children's playground and also is where you can often watch cricket on summer weekends.

Woodchurch also houses the Rare Breeds Centre where rare British breeds of farm animals can be seen up close - great for an all-day children's activity.

A post office, newsagents, model shop, heritage Windmill and the Woodchurch museum are all local to the property.

In the car, you are 10 minutes from historic Tenterden with its great shops, restaurants, bars and terrific heritage railway. Take the steam train to Bodium castle and picnic in the grounds, or book the very popular lunch or dinner Pullman services.

Visit the Chapel Down vineyard in Tenterden. Tours offer a delicious tasting!

Only 20 minutes away by car is Rye with wonderful antique shops, architecture and restaurants. Or Camber Sands offers miles of golden sandy beeches.

There is private parking for up to four cars.

Pets are considered. If you wish to bring a pet please give full details of this in your initial reservation enquiry or request. We will do our very best to accommodate them.

More Details

Chris Lambert
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
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Chris Lambert

I am a stage manager for UK West End and touring productions, with a passion for property, music and the arts. Whilst I already successfully rent out two London properties, I wanted to create a place that would be perfect for country holidays in Kent, the "Garden of England", yet be accessible to the coast.

I live in Chislehurst in south east London with my partner Phil (an actor's agent) and our gorgeous ginger tom, Noel.

Chris Lambert purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Chris Lambert chose Woodchurch

When we first walked through the door of Old School House the positive energy of this 400 year old house struck us straightaway. Although it was in need of full refurbishment inside, the gardens were still beautiful, having been planted for year-round interest. The same gardener still maintains the grounds today.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Woodchurch in Ashford District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Dogs are not permitted on furniture or in the bedrooms. Please bring any blankets or bowls etc that you may need for your dog. Thank you.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Listed 17th Century Cottage in Pretty Kentish Village Near Tenterden
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful garden in a beautiful village in a beautiful county: perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Chris's beautiful cottage is even better than the excellent photographs suggest. Its setting is heavenly, alongside other beautiful homes and gardens, close to a spectacular, large village green. Carley's butchers shop, at the bottom of the garden, sells first-rate bacon and sausages, but also many other food and convenience items. Chris could not have been more friendly, helpful and efficient; he has thought of everything to make one's stay enjoyable, and done so with style and good taste. The result is the perfect combination of old-world charm and modern comforts. Woodchurch is an ideal base - full of interest itself, but not too full of traffic. We found the neighbours very friendly and we were welcomed with open arms at the church when we pushed attendance at evensong into double figures. I would recommend the short walk to the village museum and the twenty-minute walk to the Rare Breeds Centre. Thanks to the tip in Chris's helpful information folder, we enjoyed chips from the mobile van on Wednesday evening; my favourite moment was eating them in the garden, listening to the bellringers practicing - a sort of distillation of everything English! The village is particularly well located for the many A-list places in the surrounding area. We particularly enjoyed Dover, Scotney and Sissinghurst castles, Great Dixter and Dungeness - and don't miss beautiful, peaceful, Winchelsea and Spike Milligan's grave there. Tenterden is an exceptionally attractive town. It was fun to visit Rye and watch Chris's Mapp & Lucia DVD afterwards! We had a fabulous week - thank you, Chris.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Simon for your lovely and informative review. I think future guests will find it very useful too (as did I!).
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A delightful house

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and the delightful garden. The location is perfect situated in a charming village and close to a couple of pubs. There is lots to do in the area and we will be back for another visit. Thankyou Chris for sharing your lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A quiet country gem

  • 5 of 5

We loved the gardens and the serenity most of all. However, the good quality showers and bath, beds and pillows also made an impact. Lovely and cosy, we had everything we needed. Being so close to two great pubs was a bonus. Great location, well appointed home and friendly village. You couldn't ask for better. Host was super helpful. Having some local goodies on arrival like milk and cake and a great bottle of Chapel Down sparkling, a HUGE bonus. We went ot the winery and bought more, it was so good -exceptional service! I am sure we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review Monika. I'm glad you tried the Chapel Down winery. I've done their tour which is fascinating (good English wine is a relatively new concept), and the wine tasting at the end makes it all a lovely afternoon blur - you will need a designated driver!
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  • 5 of 5

We've just completed a week's stay in Woodchurch and had a fantastic time. The cottage itself is stunning with a great garden and is very well equiped. Located near the village green, which the kids loved, and two village pubs. Great as a base to explore Kent and East Sussex we made the most of visiting local attractions from Scotney Castle and Lympne Wildlife Park, to Rye and Tenterden. Thank you to Chris for accommodation my request regarding non-allergenic bedding and for the welcome gifts which were very much appreciated.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review Kevin. You’re very kind. I’m really pleased the week went well for you and your family and that you enjoyed the village. I will try Scotney Castle myself this summer!
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Stylish, comfy, spotless and idyllic.

  • 5 of 5

Cannot fault the house or the host, a truly lovely spot with so much care and attention having been put into this feeling like a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay. The cottage is clean, chic, comfortable and individual. The beds are ultra-comfy. The kitchen is well equipped. The gardens are exquisite. There's two pubs over the road. It's a great base from which to explore this part of Kent.

We had a great holiday thank you and couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick. You are very kind. It made me smile when I read your review. I’m glad you enjoyed the comfy beds too. See you again soon, I hope!
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Car: recommended

Woodchurch village is where the local astronomical society hold meetings. We are a dark village - ideal for stargazing (binoculars supplied).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Woodchurch, South East England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
6 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2019
3 Jan 2019 - 1 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £75
Cleaning fee £50
Pet Fee £20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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