|Minimum Stay||5 - 12 nights|
This dainty 1887 Lodge is situated in private grounds (with off road parking) sandwiched between the historic English villages of Westerham and Brasted, home to Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) and King Henry VIII (1491-1547 Hever Castle). The Lodge backs onto Westerham Golf Club (see photos) and enjoys picturesque Park Land and country views. Public transport offers Motorway first class road access to airports with numerous fast rail services to London, which are used daily by commuters.
Completely renovated in 1995 to a very high specification, Brasted Lodge retains period features including an original fire place, high ceilings and moulded cornices. Modernisation offers up to date services whilst keeping the homely traditional feel.
The Lodge is situated beside the A25 with beautiful views over looking hills, farm and park land, known as The Garden of England.
The Lodge has two double bedrooms and a third room which can either be used as a single bedroom or 2nd reception as this is fitted with a double sofa bed and single bed. Modern kitchen, including all appliances (integrated fridge/freezer, gas oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine and BT Broadband high speed WiFi with two Smart TVs offering internet and cetch up TV. Both Lounge and single bedroom have DVD players. Blue Pearl Granite Worktops with a breakfast bar for three. Both reception rooms have real flame fires (one wood or coal burning and the other gas operated). Natural beech wood floors are fitted to the hall and kitchen with fitted carpets to all bedrooms and reception rooms. Travertine is fitted to the en-suite bathroom with ceramic tiles to the Cloakroom and rear entrance lobby.
WESTERHAM is on the boarder cross roads of KENT, SURREY, LONDON and is a lively, charming, historic village attracting Londoners who wish to get away from their LONDON business to an idealic location that offers everything needed to make your stay memorable.
The area has excellent road and rail transport links offering easy access to Central London and all the surrounding areas, numerous English Heritage and National Trust Historic tourist attractions, numerous restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, English, Malaysian, Pizza to suggest just a few) and many bars/ pubs who also offer great food. The town also has a range of local leisure facilities and most are within minutes from the Lodge.
BRASTED LODGE location makes it great for both visiting stately homes/gardens and LONDON with non stop fast train services, examples being:
LONDON BRIDGE from SEVENOAKS - 27 minutes (every 18 minutes, approx)
LONDON VICTORIA from BROMLEY SOUTH - 17 minutes (every 8 minutes approx)
Ease to transport makes the Lodge a great place to stay when travelling to LONDON (all time tables to be checked by guests).
Car to Bromley South takes about 25 minutes, Sevenoaks 15 minutes and LONDON about 50 minutes (not advisable as the Capital has congestion zone travel charges plus high parking fees).
Westerham GOLF COURSE immediately neighbours the Lodge and guests are welcome to attend their bar or restaurant even if it's just to take in the outstanding views and stay for coffee. The area is fantastic for walkers who love the countryside. Rabbits, badgers and deer frequently visit the surrounding parkland and gardens, making the views even more delightful.
ACCESS from WEST using M25, approximately 15 minutes to Lodge
Leave M25 Junction 6 and under motorway turn left (you go under motorway). Travel south on A22 for one mile to roundabout at junction with A25. Turn left onto A25 and proceed through Oxted to Westerham. Continue on the A25 through Westerham village and the Lodge/Golf course entrance is on the right approximately half a mile out of Westerham going east in the direction of Brasted (Sevenoaks). Enter the grounds via the Valence School/Golf Course access road located on the right side of the A25. At the crossroads (located just before gates which lead to the Golf Course) turn left back toward the A25.
ACCESS from EAST using M25, approximately 10 minutes to Lodge
Leave M25 at junction 5 onto A21 and exit onto second slip road (A25) signposted to Westerham. The entrance to the Lodge and Golf course is about half a mile out of the village of Brasted, on the left, about half a mile before you get to Westerham Village. Enter the grounds via the Valence School/Golf Course access road located on the left side of the A25. At the crossroads (located just before gates which lead to the Golf Course) turn left back toward the A25.
HISTORY reference to Capability Lancelot Brown landscaped gardens, can be found at http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/3355/summary
The land surrounding Brasted Lodge is parkland, water and woodland garden, first developed in the mid 1700 and later landscaped by Lancelot Brown in the late C18; further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-C19 and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late C19, surrounding a late Victorian Mansion (Valence School for disabled children - please note we never see any children as all are transported).
The earliest references to the estate itself may be found in the Westerham church records of 1583.
The Lodge was owned originally by Norman Watney (owner of Watney Ale, very well known in the war years). Watney appointed Architect Frederick J. Robinson to rebuild a new Mansion (Valence School) and four Lodge houses, one of which is Brasted Lodge. This was done as Watney saw better opportunities as the old Mansion was not ideally located (on the inner crossroads to Brasted Lodge, Westerham Golf Club and Fountains Cottages - now demolished). This offered Watney magnificent views of the North Downs. Although demolition of the original Mansion resulted, the Stable block with the Avenue of Lime trees (leading from the A25 to the original mansion) and Ice House still remained to this day. Unfortunately fire destroyed the disused stable block so in 2011 this was redeveloped into Fountains Park. The Stable Block (known as Fountains Cottages and used by the Valence School Staff for living accommodation), was demolished after fire destroyed the L shaped building. This mainly came about as KCC vacated some eight or nine years previously, allowing the building to fall into diss-repair which gave opportunity for development in 2013 of Fountains Park, five detached dwellings on the original Mansions Stable footprint. This also allowed the Developer opportunity to plant low level laurels boundering the site.
Valence School is a red-brick Tudor Elizabethan Revival style mansion, with two towers, stone and tile dressing, half timbered gables and a Cumberland slate roof. This and Brasted Lodge was built between 1885-87 by local Brasted builders, R. Durtnell & Sons Ltd. Valence School stands on a spur of high ground at c125 metres surrounded by areas of steeply-sloping parkland and woodland.
By 1890, Dunsdale and Valence estates became the property of Watney brewery director, Norman Watney. Dunsdale mansion became tenanted and during the First World War it was used by the Red Cross as a hospital to nurse the war-wounded.
In 1987, Valence Wood was severely depleted by the ravaging October storm. The opportunity was taken to fashion a golf course covering the area of Valence Wood, and the adjacent parkland to the north and north-east. This opened as a privately-owned golf club in 1997.
ARRIVAL Please ensure we have your full details including mobile telephone number as this helps guide you to the Lodge and assist with arrival times, should your flight be delayed.
Please allow time for us to travel to the Lodge as this assists when meeting
Owner runs Architectural and Building Management Company, which is reflected in the interior design and attention to detail of the Lodge
Mr. Robert Mitchell purchased this cottage in 1993
Built 1885 - 1887 as Gate keepers house to Valence Mansion for Norman Watney owner of Brewery, Brasted Lodge was fully refurbished in 1995 to incorporate all up to date mains services (gas, water power) whilst retaining and preserving all character of original Victorian charm.
The surrounding grounds around the Lodge are known as Valence. This features 18th-century landscaped lakes, ponds and gardens designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. The site is now a school for disabled children who attend by minibus.
Brief history of site
The estate of Valence is listed in the first draft of the Domesday Book (1086). The site was first developed in the mid-18th century, with later landscaping by Lancelot Capability Brown in the late-18th century. Further developments were undertaken by Edward Milner in the mid-19th century and by Henry Ernest Milner in the late-19th century.
Lodge located in picturesque country abutting Golf Course and is sandwiched between Westerham and Brasted Villages (both just a minutes drive away). Nearby Superstores such as Biggin Hill Waitrose, Sevenoaks Tescos, Otford Sainsburys and Oxted Morrison all offer everything for day to day living. Small groceries can be obtained at Westerham Co-Operative and many other nearby shops all of which are reached within a few minutes drive
We enjoyed our stay at the Brasted Lodge. The accommodations had everything we needed and were very comfortable. We have family in the area and would stay here again.
Brasted Lodge, is a spacious cottage that accommodated our family of five including 3 teenagers with comfort. Even though the weather was cool, the lodge was lovely and warm. The lodge was clean, well maintained and equipped with all you need to cook, launder clothes, watch tv and surf the internet with the supplied Wi-Fi. Off street parking is supplied, and a local grocery store, and restaurants are a short drive away in the charming village of Brasted.
The property owner was polite and friendly and a pleasure to do business with. For our holiday in the UK, Brasted Lodge was the ideal place to rest our weary heads after day trips out to the countryside and into London.
This was our family's fourth stay at Brasted Lodge. It is a lovely old lodge house with lots of space, big bedrooms and very well equipped kitchen. The sitting and dining room are nicely furnished and face the garden where, weather permitting, one can enjoy a cup of tea! It is a wonderful location just a short drive to Sevenoaks where main line trains will have you in London in 35 minutes. You are in the lovely countryside yet city life and the seaside are easy to reach. All round a great place to stay and Rob is extremely friendly and helpful.
This was our 8th stay at Brasted Lodge. It is our home away from home. We would not consider another location as a base in England.
Excellent Lodged to either sit and relax at the Koi Fish Pond or use as a base to see the Kent countryside.
The owner , Robert , was an excellent host .
We hope to be back .
Had a nice 5 day stay (April 2016) in the Lodge touring the local sights and visiting London. Handy location in a lovely part of England. The owner was very helpful and keen to make sure we enjoyed our stay.
The McGinness clan
Westerham; located below the North Downs, 6 miles west of Sevenoaks, 5 miles South of Bromley, 4 miles West of Oxted.
Westerham is situated in Kent (a mile from the London Borough of Bromley and Surrey border) south of the A25 between junctions 5 and 6 of the M25.
Central London is 15 minutes by train via Bromley South, 29 mins from London Gatwick and 50 miles from Heathrow Airports making the Lodge ideal for both Central London and numerous Local English Heritage and National Trust Tourist Attractions. The location is commuter used by those working in London making the Lodge easily accessible to both Central London and the London orbital M25 motorway with fast access to almost all attractions, (just five minutes to nearest junction). Trains to Central London (Charing Cross Trafalgar Square, Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo, Blackfriars) via Bromley South or Sevenoaks are easily reached within 15/20 minutes by car.
Westerham (1 mile) boasts a large range of restaurants, bars, cafes, whilst Brasted offers numerous antique shops, historic half timbered houses. The immediate area is the home of Winston Churchill and Charles Darwin plus ruined remains of Medieval watchtower and Roman encampment are all nearby.
Points of interest:
• London Trafalgar Square by road 29 miles (49 minutes) and Sevenoaks rail (27 minutes). There are so many tourist attractions these are far too extensive to list but to help these may be of interest:
• Sir Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell Manor (2 miles)
• Hever Castle, home to Anne Boleyn, Herny VIII; Anne of Cleves (8 miles)
• Charles Darwin home, full of his possessions, where he wrote ‘Origin of Species’ (4 miles - Downe Village)
• 14th century Ightham Moat manor house, with Great Hall; chapels, extensive garden (9 miles)
• Hampton Court the finest palace in England & home to Henry VIII (34 miles)
• Battle of Britain, Biggin Hill x Royal Air Force (4 miles) home of 2nd WW Spitfire and Hurricane Squadrons plus in June this hosts famous Red Arrows and historic Air show with Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
• Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger
• Eurostar day trip to France from Ashford
• Lullingston Roman Villa
• Squerryes Court with Gardens
• Emmetts Gardens
• Knolls Park and country Mansion
• Chiddingstone timber framed Village
• Igtham Moat
• Quebec House (General Wolfe)
• Bodium Castle
• Leeds Castle
• Sheffield Park and Bluebell Railway (Stream Engines and fully operational line)
• Lingfield Horse Race Course
• Wisley RHS Gardens
• Bodium Castle
• Hastings fishing Village
• Brighton Pavillion & old town
• Rye (cobbled & timber framed buildings)
• Rochester (Charles Dickens)
• Chiddingstone Village & Castle
• Bough Beach Resevoiur
• Penshurst Place
Other Activities: Numerous local Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes, Shops (including numerous antique), Historical sights and London (with everything this offers meaning this property you get the best of both worlds and yet only an hours drive to central London or South East Coast, or relax and go by 15 minute (approx.) train journey from Bromley South
GOLF: If you fancy a day of golf, then you can choose from over 15 golf courses all with 15 minutes of the Lodge.
Westerham Golf Club is immediately alongside the Lodge and was born out of the great storm of 1987, which created an ideal site for a golf course and was opened in May 1997. The course consists of 18 holes set in mature woodland, with tree-lined fairways, water features and stunning views over the North Downs. The 6,272 yards, par 72 course has been built to a very high standard, with USGA specification greens and irrigation installed on the greens, tees and approaches.
The course is complimented by a superb clubhouse, which holds first class facilities including a large spike bar, sun terrace, comfortable changing rooms, Pro shop and air-conditioned function suite. In addition the facilities include a 10-acre driving range, putting green, indoor teaching area and a brand new 8 acre short game area.
Main shopping in Bromley, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Oxted, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater with Central London just 50 minutes away
NEAR BY SHOPS Westerham has everything one needs including Co-op store but within a few minutes drive, many Superstores can be reached such as Sainsbury Bat and Ball Sevenoaks, Waitrose Biggin Hill, Morrisons Oxted, Tescos Riverhead Sevenoaks.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
SHORT & LONG TERM LETS available.
Sleeps 5 - two double & one single bed - ideal for 5 adults (sharing) &/or 4 adults + 1 child (3 Bedrooms).
One off additional charge of £85 for bookings exceeding 5 persons for laundry, bed linen and towels. Standard rate assumes two double & one single bed is used. Use of double sofa bed possible but not ideal.
SHORT & LONG TERM LETS available.