Sleeps 4 and one small dog, this cottage is in a rural area next to Bewl Water in 5 acres of woodland
Traditional dog friendly English pub on a walking trail in a beautiful part of the Weald on the Kent and Sussex border serving food.
Very smart English pub / bar serving locally sourced food in a gorgeous rural setting next to the Lamberhurst vineyards. Huge garden with marquee cover for wet days. Some might say it’s a gastropub. Outdoor bar and grill along with a big car park on site too. Dog friendly.
A number of local walks are in the vicinity to either work up an appetite or work off the calories. Rooms are available so you can stay and enjoy for longer!
18 hole golf course near Royal Tunbridge Wells, situated in a parkland of outstanding natural beauty next to National Trust’s Scotney Castle.
At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas – the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening and an admiration of the tradition of the English country garden. These award winning gardens are family owned and maintained – visitors often express delight at the attention to detail displayed throughout and the intimate, peaceful atmosphere.
All the ingredients of the English country garden are present – sweeping herbaceous borders, ha-ha, lawns, box hedges, historic walled garden, inspiring kitchen garden, wildlife, venerable trees and the Grade I listed house as a backdrop. Then, of course, the plants! Borders overflowing with perennials and annuals – the look changing through the seasons, but always abundantly filled, and each garden ‘room’ planted in a different colour theme.
Pashley is also renowned for fantastic displays of tulips, roses and dahlias. The annual Tulip Festival features 35,000 tulips and celebrated its 25th year in 2019.
Add to all this a Café and Terrace with excellent garden views serving delicious homemade lunches, scones and cakes; Sculpture and Art Exhibitions; a Gift Shop with Plant Sales; and a friendly, knowledgeable team waiting to welcome you, and the recipe for a wonderful day out is complete.
Group rates / free coach parking / coach driver incentives.
Annual festivals and events include:-
In late spring 35,000 tulips, in 108 varieties, fill the gardens. Bloms Bulbs will be on site with a display of 2,000 cut tulips, offering advice and taking bulb orders.
Sculpture in Particular
The exhibition of sculpture in the gardens runs all season. In addition, for these eight days, there is a display and sale of small sculpture indoors.
Special Rose Week
Over 100 varieties of rose in the gardens; rose talks with the Head Gardener; great selection of Peter Beales potted roses on sale.
Kitchen Garden Week
Kitchen gardener on hand to answer questions; menu in the café celebrating produce from the garden.
Fantastic late summer colour from thousands of dahlias in the gardens and Bloms Bulbs will be at Pashley with a gorgeous display of dahlias and giving advice
Christmas Gift Shopping
The shop will be packed with a wide selection of high quality gifts and cards, as well as special Christmas stock for the festive season. (No entry charge – gardens and Café not open; just the Gift Shop)
Re-opening on 1 April 2o21 (closed Good Friday), Tuesday to Saturday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Special Event days until the end of September, for the latest event information and dates visit our Events page.
*Free entry and refreshment voucher for coach drivers
Bluecaps Farm, situated in Cousley Wood near Wadhurst is home to a herd of 18 llamas.
Set in the heart of the High Weald and surrounded by 800 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Bewl Water is the perfect place to watch the seasons change and to enjoy some healthy family fun for all ages.
Bewl Water offers a range of activities that are sure to entertain the whole family. Take to the water on the Bewl Belle, enjoy a relaxing fishing trip or a gentle ramble beside the water’s edge with your four legged friends!
Fun fact: the reservoir holds 31,000 megalitres!!
The Bewl Water Walk
Want to kick it up a notch? The full route around the water is 12.5 miles and can be walked, run or cycled, with bike hire available from March-October or you can bring your own.
Refuel in the Boat House Bistro, where you can enjoy quality dining (like freshly caught trout from the reservoir) and tasty treats in a tranquil setting with panoramic views of the water. Children’s roast dinners are on offer every Sunday. Or enjoy a post-walk coffee or hot chocolate and watch the boats come and go on The Terrace.
Bewl Water’s walking and cycle path is open all year round and there are many activities to fill the warmer months. Whether you are looking for an active, fun-filled day out with the family or to simply enjoy the peace and serenity of the countryside, the possibilities at Bewl Water are endless! And it’s dog friendly too.
2019 saw the introduction of a new adrenalin fuelled feature in the form of the inflatable assault course on the reservoir water! Suitable for ages 6 and up – if you love water, this is a gigglefest galore!
Activities throughout the year include*:
Walking, cycling, bike hire, pedalo and row boats, canoeing, sailing, rowing, adventure playgrounds, fishing, The Bewl Belle boat, Water Taxis, dining at the Boat House Bistro and The Waterfront Café, and much more!
*Please note that certain activities are subject to availability and change. For more information, please visit our website or get in touch.
A variety of special events are held during the course of the year such as the Austin Seven Rally, the Christmas Experience, the Big Dog Day Out, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Outdoor Cinema Nights.
A new cookery school has opened up for private groups of up to 3 – an ingenious gift for a foodie fanatic.
Get back to basics with camping for small groups and romantic breaks against this serene backdrop. Check the website for opening dates.
Wedding ceremonies and receptions, stag and hen do’s, and conferences can be held at Bewl Water too. There is plenty of parking and space for everyone.
Only a 30 minute drive from the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells through some stunning countryside, passing Bayham Abbey and Scotney Castle on your way, follow the brown tourist signs to the other side of the pretty village of Lamberhurst.
An equally enjoyable way to reach Bewl Water would be to get on your bike. If you go the pretty way then it would take just under an hour to get there. Depending on which route you choose, it’s between 8.5 and 9.5 miles.
Here to delight your daydreams, have a look at A Day of Discovery at Beautiful Bewl Water by Royal Tunbridge Wells mum, Clare Lush-Mansell, about her day out with the kids at Bewl Water.
Although the earliest records for Scotney go back to 1137; it was not until 1378 that the Old Castle was built in response to the attacks and raids that were being perpetrated by the French against the local population. The medieval castle fell into decline and today all that remains of the original building is the south tower.
Acres of seemingly wild and uncultivated mature gardens tumble down the hillside to the lily-strewn moat, where the ruins of the Old Castle sit serenely surrounded by water among tranquil woodland glades.
In the 16th century, an Elizabethan Manor house was built by the Darrell family, which integrated the sole remaining tower.
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, when the Church was moving toward Protestantism, the Darrell family took a huge risk by concealing Catholic priest Father Richard Blount, for seven years in a secret chamber. Father Blount survived in hiding and eventually died in London in May 1683.
Ultimately, the manor house fell into decay and was abandoned.
In 1778 Edward Hussey purchased Scotney and commissioned architect Anthony Salvin, to design and build a new house using the sandstone that was available in the grounds.
The family remained in residence until 1970 when Christopher Hussey left the estate to the National Trust.
Some of the rooms in the house were opened to the public for the first time in 2007, these rooms have been kept more or less untouched, each one containing personal possessions belonging to the Hussey family.
In the gardens the snowdrops and daffodils provide the first early splash of colour after the dark winter. From late April until mid May is the best time to take a stroll through the magnificent profusion of vibrantly coloured rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia.
The summer months of June and July are for fragrance and scent when the copious rambling roses and wisteria perfume the air. Assorted herbaceous boarders are awash with colour throughout the year.
In autumn it’s all change as the foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of bright copper, orange, red and gold.
The 780 acre estate can be explored all year round, using the trails and footpaths that cross the property, dogs are welcome to join in with the rest of the family. Cattle and sheep graze the grounds so although a dog friendly attraction, please keep your hound under control.
Over 300 acres of the estate is covered in ancient woodland which is home to native woodland wildlife. No matter what the season, it is possible to enjoy nature’s treasures all year round.
Leave time for some family fun as young explorers let of steam in the natural play area with its drum kit, play house and mud kitchen. If they are still looking for adventure organise a search party to find the iguanodon footprint!
Usually the tea room is open daily and serves delicious light lunches and cream teas, including homemade soups and cakes using fresh ingredients from the walled garden and Little Scotney Farm.
Did you know that Scotney has the only working hop farm in the National Trust? The hops are used to produce Scotney Ale and Scotney Bitter. Why not visit the shop and pick up a bottle or two to take home with you as a momento of a great day out.
Parking: £4 for non-members
Cycle hire during the summer months at Bewl Water.
See the controversial Piper window at this 14th century church in the Wealden village of Lamberhurst.