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The Bryer is a very comfortable cottage - the living space and wet room are very generously proportioned, and the sofa and armchairs are genuinely comfy to curl up on. The kitchen was well equipped (dishwasher, toaster, oven & hob, microwave, washing machine) and had plenty of pots and pans. But the best thing about it is the beautiful view across the fields and down to the river. There are chairs just outside the back door and another bench just a short walk away, which was the most lovely place to sit quietly admiring the landscape. A really relaxing and quite place to be.
My husband and I wanted to explore the some of the local sights (Rye, Dungeness, the various National Trust properties in the region - Scotney Castle is a must!) and the location of the cottage worked really well for our forays.
The road to actually get to the vineyard is a long and narrow track so might be hard work if you have a car that sits very low to the ground, and we did struggle to find the correct track when we first arrived, and actually ended up at another vineyard along the same road! Don't follow the brown vineyard signs along the road!
We received a friendly welcome from Neil and met the lovely (soppy) dogs when we arrived but didn't see anyone else for pretty much the entire time we were there, which was great! Our visit was slight marred by a party at a nearby property on our final night which played seriously loud music until around midnight, but that was really the only negative and I would assume it not to be a regular occurrence.
Overall, very good.
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.