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“Something local to cottage”
Winter fun on the beach flying a kite, freezing but so much fun.......
There really is so much to do and something for everyone. Here are just some suggestions. Why not start with just relaxing with a glass of wine or your favourite beverage watching the wild life in the back garden. Our friendly Robin - Alf is always dropping for a visit. Or relax in the traditional local pub approx 450 yards up road. The Rose and crown serves food and has a fine selection of quality real ales.
The sandy beach at Camber Sands is only 15 minutes away, come rain, cold or often sunshine the beach is a source of simple fun. From sunbathing, the sea to flying a kit either on a summer or a cold winters day, so much fun. Tip buy a decent kite if you are going to fly it at Camber as the wind can be strong at times or be prepared to watch it fly off ;o)
The ancient town of Battle and Rye along with Tenterden are all within a very short trip; browse the shops, soak up the history, have a coffee and cake. Tenterden is great for a wander around the shops, the village is connected even by steam train to Northiam.
Children and adults will like the steam train, which can be taken from Northiam village to either Bodium Castle or Tenterden; Also canoes can be hired near the bridge at Newingden. If you are feeling energetic you can walk along the river bank to Bodium. There is so much to do.
For the more energetic, Horse riders can ride out with local stable/horse riding school. From beginners to experienced. From tutored to general hacking. Stables at Iden. Play Tennis at the local public court just up the road. Contact the land lady of the Rose and crown for details.
Two really good cinema's (Kino in Hawkhurst or Rye), seriously this is the way to go to the cinema, small, very relaxing, bar. Both are good. Kino offer a two for one deal on Tuesdays which makes very affordable. Teenagers love it when they stay out cottage. Drop them off at either, you get some free time then pick up or they bus back (check bus times as only run one per hour). In the evening you may even like to go or go as a family, enjoy Rye and then relax. Try it you will be surprised how enjoyable. You can book on line
Walkers For those who would like to get some exercise the local area has some varied walking. Located in the files at the cottage is some info on a range of walks to suit all tastes; from gentle short walks to and from pub to major 20+ mile walks. Choices is yours. For more info call us.
Take a look around the local antique shops in Tenterden. Why not stop for a coffee and a bite to eat in the village. Visit vineyard on road to Tenterden. The sparkling wine is recommended! Try it, it is very good. You would be amazed by the number of vineyards in this area. The climate is surprisingly good.
The local are is served by some fine restaurants for a full listing see the folder at the cottage and the local "Whats On" magazine hat can be picked up in local shops. Also see how amenities webpage. Alternatively, you could really indulge yourself and get your own chef into the house. If this wets your appetite as for details of possible local in house chef.
Dependent on time of year you can stop for cream teas and a boat ride up to Bodium Castle at the cottage near the hump back bridge at Newenden.
Take the Steam train to Bodium Castle or Teneterden or, the cheaper option (Free) but, almost as much fun as just going to the station and watching the trains arrive and leave. Thomas The Tank engine days in February, May, September.
Slap Dash - The Barn, Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hastings Rd - 01580 755674 offers ceramic painting, ideal for children on a day when weather not so good. OR, take the children fishing? ok I can hear the non anglers groan that sounds boring but, with the right age group it can be fund. It is not much money and great for Dad's with children and mum putting her feet up or, shopping or, go as a whole family experience from £5/ Child Rods & Bate available, call 01580 753813
Check the Wealden Advertiser as often discount vouchers printed in it Take the steam train together Bodium Castle or Tenderden for a spot of shopping and a cream team or lunch in a nice restaurant.
In August time the village on the bank holiday Monday
holds the village fete and some years soapbox derby. The village fete is
great old fashioned simple fun.
October brings autumn and the Northiam bonfire society. Check out timing of events and road closures here.
November time, try "chestnutting" up the end road on way to/from the Rose and Crown pub. Trees overhang A28
Take a local walk up to the post office in Northiam and visit the tree where Queen Elizabeth I rested on her way to Rye in 1573 and walk in the footsteps where Sir Winston Churchill met (Northiam Park) leaders to plan the Second Front (D Day) in the local park. Swings and rope slide for the children, take a look. Have a look in the DIY shop for a rummage on way back.
Camber Sands beach is excellent in the summer for a day out. Very safe for children, although watch the tide !!!. Tip, try and find a spot in the sand dunes as they act as a windbreak and you will not have to move when the tide comes in, and, it does come in very quickly. If it a hot day go in the evening. It will be more quite and sitting in the warm sun watching it set is lovely.
On the odd day it rains and you fancy swimming Tenterden leisure centre is very good. Not too far, the waters warm and the children can swim, use the water slide and wave machine, while you or the Grandparents do not fancy getting wet can watch from the terrace with a coffee.
Wander around Rye old town and high street or Winchelsea. Winchelsea was built by Edward 1 in 1283. A quiet rural town with just two pubs, four small shops and an old Parish church. Say hello to Spike. Winchelsea is the smallest town in the England to have its own Mayor and is a doorway to some nice walks.
Christmas in Rye - The Rye Christmas Festival in December is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. Santa, market stalls, fun for all the family.
How about a visit to Battle, aptly named after the batter of 1066. visit battle abbey, walk the high street, Market on a Saturday and maybe stop for a Cream tea! So much history. This is the seat of where Britain’s feudal history began.
Or just relax in the garden and have a bar-b-que and read a book
Fancy a film then Cinema - Kino @ Hawkhurst www.kinocinemas.co.uk Has a Childrens Saturday Club, Nice Cafe
The Old Fire Station Clinic @ Goudhurst offers a wide range of well being services from Actupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Osteopathy, etc. So if you feel like a tune up could be worth a call - 01580 211880
Golfers: You are spoilt for choice. Dale Hill offers a choice of two 18 holes coures. However, if you just fancy a relaxing 9 holes for <£10 Hawkhurst Golf club is an option, call first 01580 752396. Also Biddenden Par 3 18 hole short course - 01580 291215. Loan of clubs included in green fee cost <£8. Take the youngsters and introduce them to this frustrating game ..... Try the Rye Town website and www.visitrye.co.uk for further local info.
“Something little further afield”
A little further, a field is Eastbourne. Excellent seaside town for all the family i.e. shopping, pier, amusements, etc. Fun way to travel there is to catch a train from Hastings. Park in local car park or near by roads, get a cheap ticket and enjoy the ride a long the coast on the train.
For water sports lovers, you can hire windsurfers, boats, etc on a lake on the road to Camber Sands at Rye water sports. See brochure on shelf. Alternatively for sailing, canoeing, climbing, walking and much, much more stuff try Bewl water near Lamberhurst.
London - Tower Bridge London is not too far away by train (approx 1. 1/4 hrs) so all the sites in London are available to you. Train stations with connections to London are Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Hastings, Rye. If you have a car recommend driving to Etchingham station. The museums can be very interesting and entry is free. Off peak travel is from 09:30 onwards. Train timetable. If venturing out to London maybe you would like to mix some exercise with your visit. If so try the Original London Walks. These are guided, narrated walks around London sights. If interested visit The Original London Walks web site
Visit Burwash's Famous Resident, Rudyard Kipling's home Batemans from 1902 to his death in 1936. He wrote the works Pick of Pook Hill and If. His study remains just as it was when he was alive. Bateman's is reached down a narrow lane that turns south at western end of the village. Upstream from the house is a watermill, cased in white weatherboard, which has been restored to working order. Nearby is the water-driven turbine that Kipling had installed in 1902 to light his mansion with electricity. Lovely gardens and grounds.
Herstmonceux Science Centre- formerly the working greenwich observatory is a fantastic, interesting and enjoyable place to visit for children from about six upwards. If you combine with either a half day in Eastbourne (your will ned to drive) or, trip to the castle on same site can be a great day out. The attraction is very interactive for children and adults alike and an opportunity to see basic scientific principles in action. The centre has a tea room which is very resonably priced and offers a good selectio of sandwiches, Cakes, teas, coffee's etc. Entrace to the centre is reasonable @ around £20 for a family of four. Not sure who found it more interesting us or the kids, definitely worth the trip.
For those who like seeing animals Drusillas is a must. Drusillas has an eye on both a conservation and adventure. Nearest Train station Berwick but recommend to take car for ease of travel. The Lavender Line is another Steam train line for those who like to enjoy this marvellous mode of transport.
Visit Chartwell the home of Sir Winston Churchill. The home and grounds are maintained pretty much as they were when Sir Winston lived there. An interesting visit near to Chartwell is Penshurst place.
Take coast road and visit Hythe another of the ancient Cinque ports. Nice high street, antique shops. Coffee shop halfway along high street. Ride the Dimchurch Miniature Railway to the Old Light house. Then climb the lighthouse if you are fit enough? If you have never rode this train well worth doing especially if you have young children. Weekdays often quieter.
Visit the actual village (Hartwell) where AA Milne lived the author of Winnie the Pooh. Walk in his and his sons (base for Christopher Robin)'s foot steps through 100 Arce wood and play Pooh sticks on the actual bridge. A fun and free day out for the family. Young children will enjoy this if, they enjoy getting out and about. On the same Day visit the Enchanted forest
Hastings is often under rated but a day or afternoon in Hastings can be both fun and interesting. Hastings is an old Victorian holiday town that has for many years been neglected by successive governments but despite this, look a little deeper. At the surface Hastings can appear an old outdated seaside town, however, for those who bother to spend time to delve deeper Hastings offers a lot of interesting and fun things to do for families with young children or adults come to that. Just some ideas: Good for shopping (stop off for a coffee / bun in Jempsons bakery). Amusements - its amazing how much fun youngsters can have with £1 of 2 pence pieces in the penny arcades winning the toys, the boating pond, Dogems and the pier. Visit the fishing huts and the free museum. Maybe buy some fresh caught fish, very reasonable and often missed walk around the "old town of Hastings" (antique shops etc) see if you can find it. This is where parts of “Foyles War” were set. If you have watched the period series you will recognise it. Visit the smugglers caves on East Hill, and the let the children use the playground on the hill while you admire the view and take in the sea air. or, visit the sea life centre. Take the lift on west hill and go for a walk / buy an ice cream, fly a kite or just relax if a nice day. Visit Hastings antique and junk shops in the old town.
Another favourite of ours is why not drive to Hastings, park near the train station car park and take train to Eastbourne. Nice relaxing journey, Children will enjoy the ride. Travel off peak for a cheaper ticket and remember to ask for what the cheapest ticket options are for all your party. Time table. Sometimes the train operator have deals like 4 travel for price of two, etc, so remember to ask. If Car park full which is likely on week days then find another local car park nearby. Station car park less likely to be busy at weekends.
Drive or take the train to Brighton the capital of the south as they say. Visit National trust locations of Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst, Penshurst Place and there are many more.
Paradise Park and Great Dixter for those who like gardening. Paradise Park is a unique shopping experience providing a vast range of inspiring ideas for the garden and home. Check it out, the park is massive.
Finally “Something different”
Fly by light aircraft to Le Touquet for lunch or book a flight to fly the local area and dine. Great fun, low cost and certainly something different for that special treat. For those interested or flying Lydd Airports have live weather station data
Take the shuttle to France for the day or afternoon/evening for some retail therapy, surprisingly easy and low cost. Even take shuttle and spend a day in romantic Brugge, stopping off in Calais for some last minute shopping on way back. A trip to Brugge requires an early start and will be a full day but it can be done as we have done it !
Golfers can play locally at Dalehill championship designed golf course designed by Ian Woosnham. Restaurant of attached hotel serves surprisingly good food, suggest you book if you wish to dine in evening. Or take shuttle to La Touquet and play Les Pins or Les Dunes or Hardelot courses
If it is Fitness you want - how about a swim Try Battle Outdoor swimming pool. Don't worry i is heated. Call 01424 774772 for opening times. Or, Yoga Class - Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8pm @ the Flackley Ash Hotel - 01797 230651 Pilates Class Saturday mornings 11-12 open to non members Try a full range of relaxing treatments from Alternative Therapy Treatments, Hastings - 01424 854540 - "go on, you know your worth it"............
Or if reading all this all this has worn you out just Browse through the brochures on the bookshelf in the study and relax in our cottage garden.
There is a lot to do in Kent & Sussex. The tourist board websites provide a lot of excellent information on the area in many European languages; also, Rye Town website for events.
Whatever you would like to do we will be more than happy to assist you with information on any of the above plus any other inquiries you may have.
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