Tenterden Cottages

Tenterden is full of lovely shops, pubs and restaurants and is home to the Chapel Down Vineyard that produces exceptional quality wines served in all the best places (including Buckingham Palace and First Class on British Airways!). Known as “the Jewel in the Weald” it certainly lives up to this description, it is exceptionally pretty with a wide main street bordered by trees and gardens.

It was first settled by Anglo-Saxon swine herders from Thanet who drove their pigs down ancient trackways to clearings in the wood where the animals could feast on plump acorns. Soon these clearings became permanent and the town was established. It was an important market throughout the Middle Ages and became prosperous through the expansion of several industries in the area. The iron industry was of major importance and also the wool trade.

Acres of ancient woodland were felled to fire the furnaces to keep the smelting and fulling processes going. The timber was also used to build houses and there are still plenty of white weather boarded houses in the town, many that housed weavers, and are now much sought after – often as holiday cottages. A more surprising use of local timber was in shipbuilding, given how far Tenterden is from the sea now. But a few centuries ago Smallhythe was a busy port and the River Rother a wide navigable river capable of supporting a fleet of warships.

It is really hard to believe that Ellen Terry's picturesque rose covered cottage was once the harbour master's headquarters with a jetty down to the river. Such was the importance of the shipbuilding and Tenterden's role in supplying crews and armaments that Tenterden became a “limb” of the Cinque Ports which enjoyed tremendous privileges in the centuries before Henry VIII created a permanent Navy to defend our shores.

Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages has some superb choices for short or long stays in beautiful Kent. Call 01580 720770 today for great advice and help in booking the perfect accommodation.



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Tenterden, Rural Kent

TN623

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£405 - £580
per week
From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Tucked away in secluded countryside, within walking distance to a village pub and local store, and minutes from the historical town of Tenterden. This property offers comfort in a peaceful location for two people seeking a rural retreat and an opportunity to explore this beautiful part of Kent.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 14.5 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Number 87

TN615

Quince Cottage

TN559

135 High Street

TN622

Tenterden, Rural Kent

TN448

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£325 - £495
per week
From £244 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • A charming studio apartment in walking distance of the lovely tree lined High Street of Tenterden with fine shops and restaurants. From the garden there are glorious sweeping views over unspoilt Kent countryside and the steam railway.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 14.5 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles

The Pavilion at Brunger House

TN614

Wagon Lodge at Forstal Farm

TN621

Tenterden, Rural Kent

TN620

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£370 - £535
per week
From £278 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • A pretty beamed and vaulted cottage for two with scented roses around the door. Located on a working farm but within walking distance to St Michaels and Tenterden with great restaurants and local vineyards to explore.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Beach 18 miles
  • Pub 1.3 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Penhill Cottage

TN555

The Lookers Legacy

TN618

The Old Cowshed

TN607

Churchlands Barn

TN608

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