About this listing
Providence Cottage is a cosy, 16th Century woodsman's cottage. Full of beams, uneven floorboards, steep stairs and an inglenook fireplace (with woodburner) large enough to stand in, it is a story-book country retreat!
Built in 1506, Providence Cottage is a retreat from the modern world, in every sense. With a huge log burning stove, it is the perfect place for two people to unplug, unwind and relax.
Ideal for two, the cottage comprises a large living and dining room with a huge inglenook fireplace (complete with woodburner), kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom and powder room. Dinner in the snug with the fire roaring is what the cottage was made for, but there is also a garden for warmer days.
If you you do choose to venture out, The George in Cranbrook provides excellent food, and is less than a 15 minute walk away (don’t forget a torch!) and there are some excellent walks in the woods across the road. By car, the renowned Sissinghurst Gardens are just five minutes away.
Once owned by John Calcott Horsley, who designed the first ever Christmas card (look up the Cranbrook Colony for more information) it is the story book country retreat!
We will always endeavour to greet you when you arrive (and light the woodburner, if it's chilly!).
Interaction with guests
We are happy to interact with guests if required, and can be contacted in an emergency.
Other things to note
There is a stunning bath, but no shower. There is a woodburner in the living room, plenty of blankets and hot water bottles, but no central heating. There is no television or stereo (although there is a record player and wifi). This is a 16th Century Tudor, Grade II listed building and we have deliberately endeavoured to respect this, with simple furnishings. The kitchen is equipped with the basics, an electric oven and fridge, a kettle and a toaster but there is no dishwasher or microwave.
The house will come supplied with a basket full of logs. If you require more than this during your stay, there is a petrol station less than a mile away that sells them.
Cranbrook is only a 15 minute walk or a two minute drive away, where there is a well stocked Co-op. For a more local experience, the Farm Shop at Hartley (a five minute drive) is well recommended.
Because the house is 500 years old, there is no disabled access; the stairs are fairly steep and doors to both the bedroom and bathroom are low. The house is timber-framed and this means that floors slope, and some eaves are low (although not downstairs). Please do ask if you require further clarification.
Absolutely no smoking please.
Please keep the door to the woodburner closed. You can use the riddle to regulate the temperature, if necessary (and without leaving the door open).
The house will come supplied with the essentials (toilet paper, olive oil, butter and bread etc.) which are there for you to use.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Married and with three small children, I live in Kent (but commute to London for work- I'm an Archivist). We fell in love with Austin, Texas during a holiday earlier this year- craft beer, coffee, BBQ and cowboy boots!- but Kent is our home.