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Windmill hosted by Clare

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bathroom
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You’ll have the windmill to yourself.
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This part of the Mill is only bookable with the main holiday let Old Smock Mill which has it's own website on Airbnb
The atmosphere inside is peaceful and relaxing designed to unwind you from the moment you walk in. Surrounded by the lovely Kent countryside where you can ramble and refresh yourselves by perhaps ending the day in one of the great pubs, a cosy fire in Winter or in Summer in an English garden. Guests have said how hard it is to tear themselves away, it truly is a treasure to find.

The space
This space can only be booked with the upper Old Smock Mill holiday let as an addition. This is because the two holiday let spaces are in connected.

The Old Smock Mill is a gorgeous four storey building it has carefully been restored to a very high level. With eighteen inch brick walls and white weather boarded tower it stands out on the landscape. This site is for the ground floor of the Mill and attached garden room which can only be booked with the upper holiday let (Old Smock Mill). This accommodates 4 adults in total perhaps with relatives or friends wishing to come together instead of just a couple.
As you come in through the large oak stable door you are immediately in the Mill. Huge beams span the high ceilings there's a calm atmosphere and great trouble has been taken to work with the building using beautiful fabrics and furniture. The bedroom is linked to the old mill through a contemporary glass link. This is filled with flowers and scented plants a garden within the building. The large folding doors can be folded back so the garden feels part of the space. On entering the bedroom there's a sense of light and calm. Original works of art and beautiful fabrics set the scene. The bathroom has a wet room shower and original hand painted mural of the Mill and surrounding countryside. You can access the garden from the glass link or through the french doors from the bedroom. Supper can be taken on the elm table under the orbs of fairy lights. From the kitchen you can access the upper mill floors using the oak stairs that winds up to the hatches. These are opened from above using the pulley systems. The two couples can use their own spaces for cooking and living or together they can sit out on the staging which runs around the Mill on the first floor. Upstairs massive beams span each floor carrying the original upright shaft giant spur wheel and sack hoist. It is a very unusual romantic and memorable place to stay. Each room has been carefully designed to be in keeping but comfort and modern facilities are well catered for.
A welcome basket including the owners chickens organic eggs will be given on arrival.

Bedroom for the ground floor let:
Beautiful iron king size bed with ivory linen bedding. There are a pair of beautiful old shutters that open with exterior doors into the exotic garden.

Bathroom leading from the bedroom:
Hand painted mural and high ceilings, pedestal basin and toilet. Walk in wet room shower with under floor heating. Embroidred towels and locally made hand wash are supplied as standard.

Glass Link
Runs from the bedroom into the kitchen. Terracotta pots are filled with flowers and plants echoing the garden outside.

Kitchen/Living room:
The kitchen is well laid out with an esse stove, fridge/freezer dishwasher toaster kettle and a good range of saucepans frying pans cutlery glass and china.

Living Room area:
Dining area with country table and chairs. High ceilings are reflected in a huge mirror.
Sitting area with comfortable chairs a music player and WiFi.
A gas wood-burning stove is great to sit by in the evenings although there is also underfloor heating throughout the Mill's ground floor.

There is a large table with benches and chairs for outside dining. The garden area hugs the mill around the base and is quiet and private. There is also an area for guests to use in the garden for barbecuing or just chilling out.

All towels and linen is included. Each week the linen and towels are changed and the mill is cleaned.

Barbecue, Parking, Views onto the owners garden.

Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Oven, (Tumble Dryer +Washing Machine are housed in an outside building next to the mill).
Underfloor Heating, Internet Access (TV is housed upstairs in the upper mill)

About the area

The Windmill ground floor is suitable for wheel chair access but not the upper floors.

The garden is accessed from the Mill and in front runs a wisteria covered walk way. There's a little gate that opens to the side of the garden and from there you can access the garden or the driveway.
The area around the mill at first floor has a oak staging balcony 2.5 metres wide which encircles the mill. There are quality tables and chairs provided with teak steamers and cushions for relaxing in. The owners garden although can be seen is private.

The local beach is Camber sands with its fantastic sand dunes and wide open sandy beaches. It lies close to the lovely Cinque Port town of Rye. Well worth a day trip! There is also the seaside town of Hastings approximately 30 min. away with its famous fishing huts and Jerwood Gallery. The old town is very charming and full of unusual shops but the beach is mainly pebbles.

The local area is rich in golf courses with a varying degree of difficulty. In Cranbrook there is a full 18 hole course which is less then five minutes away. In Biddenden there is a par 3 18 hole course called Chart Hills and Dale Hill at Flimwell.

How to get there
Gatwick is 36 miles away. Heathrow is 54 miles away. Ports of Dover 40 miles and Folkstone 36 miles (for euro tunnel) respectively. A car is essential for getting around as the bus services are intermittent. Taxis can be used but need to be booked in advance. Staplehurst station with a direct line to London in under an hour is 15 mins away.

Benenden is around 15 min. walk and is the closest village.
Tenterden and Cranbrook are around 10 min. by car, both are interesting places to visit. Cranbrook with it's working Windmill and Tenterden with the steam railway.
Bewl water which is great for renting bikes and catching a ferry round the reservoir is about 15mins by car.
The famous gardens of Sissinghurst Castle and Great Dixter are 10 min. by car.

Further Details
Benenden has a village shop and traditional butchers. For bigger shops Tenterden contains a Tesco & Waitrose. In Cranbrook there is a co-op supermarket and Cranbrook farm shop which also has a great vegetables and interesting local items. There's also an amazing fish shop nearby in the Farm shop fronting the main road (yes we have 2 farm shops in close proximity). There are ATM machine and Banks in both Cranbrook & Tenterden. Both Tenterden and Cranbrook have sports halls indoor swimming pools and public tennis courts. The West House at Biddenden is a Michelin starred restaurant. The Bull at Benenden has good award winning pub food and the Woodcock at Iden Green both reasonably priced. The Lime Wharf cafe has a great breakfast and tasty lunches down by the River Rother where you can also hire a boat or kayak. (10 mins away)
Other places of interest under 10 miles away :
Steam Railway
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
Great Dixter
Scotney Castle
Bodiam Castle
Pashley Manor
Marle Place gardens and gallery
Smallhythe Place
Rolvenden Historic Vehicle Collection
Finchcocks Museum of Music
Biddenden and Chapel Down Vineyards
Bedgebury Pinetum
Hempsted Forest
Hartley Dyke Farm Shop and fish shop
Cranbrook Farm shop
Nearby Farmers Markets take place in Tenterden, Cranbrook and Sissinghurst
Other open gardens seasonally, copy of the Yellow Book available.
Under 25 miles away
Tunbridge Wells
Doddington Place
Leeds Castle
Godinton Park
Camber Sands
Hastings Old Town and Fire Hills
The recently refurbished 1930s De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill
Within 30/ 40 min. drive
Goodnestone Park Gardens
Canterbury Cathedral
The Romney Marsh Churches
The birdwatchers’ haven of Dungeness

Location Type:
Rural taxis need to be booked in advance.
Guest access
Private parking

Guests access the Mill through the large oak front door.

Other things to note

The Mill is not a party venue and is strictly for the couple/couples (if booking the whole mill) who have booked only unless otherwise agreed with us in advance can you invite others in.
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Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
Dedicated workspace
Long-term stays allowed

5 nights in Benenden

1 Jun 2021 - 6 Jun 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews


Where you’ll be

Benenden, England, United Kingdom

There are many things to do in this area. Apart from world famous gardens to visit, there are boats at the Lime wharf cafe to hire and take down the river. You can also wild swim there if the weather is tempting. Camber sands is a drive away but what a beach, white sands stretch out from heritage dunes. A picnic is a must and an evening stroll at sunset is fun. We are lucky as well with the amount of good food places around here so eating out is easy. Bikes can be hired for mountain biking on specially designed tracks through Bedgebury forest.

Hosted by Clare

  1. Joined in June 2013
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Hello I enjoy painting in oils, gardening and seeing gardens, cooking and having great meals with the family. We love to holiday in the West country by the sea. With the Windmill I have worked to create an interesting space for people to share and enjoy. The Windmill is set in our garden and we are delighted to meet the guests who will be staying although you are left to be as private as you wish. We have Ash our golden labrador and Maisie the kitten who is very much the boss. Freshly laid eggs from our organic chickens are given as part of your welcome basket. We look forward to meeting you in our relaxing surroundings.
Hello I enjoy painting in oils, gardening and seeing gardens, cooking and having great meals with the family. We love to holiday in the West country by the sea. With the Windmill I…

During your stay

As we live next door and the Mill is in our garden we are available if there are any concerns or requests. We are happy to help but also happy to leave guests to their own privacy. As we live nearby we request that guests respect our privacy also.
As we live next door and the Mill is in our garden we are available if there are any concerns or requests. We are happy to help but also happy to leave guests to their own privacy.…

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Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 11:00
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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