A boutique garden kitchen housing Arts and Crafts period features throughout. Furnished with vintage style wooden dining tables and chairs including wainscoting of the Edwardian style and a cellar bar along with a number of other rooms. Red peg tiles on the exterior are typical of the region and era it was built.
It’s “unrivalled views” means The Beacon is considered one of the best pub gardens in the area. It has an “awesome outdoor terrace” or decking canopied in vines and fairy lights overlooking ‘Happy Valley’ encompanssing 17 acres of countryside, woodlands and 3 lakes.
It could be a romantic day-time date to take advantage of these gorgeous gardens and views. And then your wedding venue too! The Beacon is licensed for weddings and has plenty of indoor and outdoor space for large gatherings and romantic walks for the photography like the Hundred Steps in the gardens.
Other highlights are the locally sourced ethos which it is immensely proud of and the foundations of the original bath house. Now abandoned, the wildlife has thrived and important species like bee flies and hoverflies as well as beautiful wild flowers can be admired.
Apart from the delicious food, the venue is cosy in and out. In any case, who can resist a place which is situated down a wee windy road called ‘Tea Garden Lane’ overlooking ‘Happy Valley’?! There is easy parking, but it only takes 20 minutes to walk from central Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Rural country pub in the boutique chain Elite Pubs serving food with a beautiful pub garden too.
Spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas, fine specimen trees, roses, bluebells, natural woodland walks, children’s play area, café; house open to pre-booked groups (min 20) and dog friendly.
Beautiful hillside gardens and woodland with spectacular views.
Owned by Knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and society Victorians, this moated manor dates from 1320 reflecting seven centuries of history from the Medieval crypt, to a 1950’s library.
Sitting proudly at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole’s fascinating links with royalty as well as its literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England.
Family home of Sir Winston Churchill with house full of beautifully preserved memorabilia and stunning gardens commanding spectacular views over the Weald of Kent.
The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk is a 27.5 mile (44.3km) route that explores the variety of fertile and beautiful countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Kent and East Sussex.
The walk starts and finishes wherever you like. To illustrate you could start at Southborough Common, passing through a number of picturesque villages in the Tunbridge Wells area: Southborough, Pembury, Frant, Groombridge and Speldhurst. The route is of interest for natural history, archaeological, historical and architectural features.
Walk past vineyards planted in 1884 and saunter through orchards growing apples, pears, plums and cherries.
Notable attractions along the way include:
All Saints’ Church, Tudeley is a fascinating building dating back to the 11th century which is listed in the Domesday Book. The stain glass windows also hold great significance, having been designed by Franco-Russian artist Mark Chagall, who was described as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century” by art critic Robert Hughes.
In Snipe Wood lies the site of Keyes Mill, a water mill that was painted by the globally acclaimed artist J.M.W Turner on two occasions in 1795 and 1796.
Harrison’s Rocks is a spot frequented by serious climbers being the largest of the cluster of local southern sandstone outcrops. The site has been visited by tourists since the 18th century and still remains popular.
Groombridge Place and Gardens is another gem along the Circular Walk. The Manor House has an intriguing history, whilst the formal Gardens are beautiful to walk through.
Tunbridge Wells Common is a few minutes walk from the town centre and famous for sandstone outcrops known as Wellington Rocks. It is a wonderful space to relax and observe the world, or you could finish your walk with a picnic in a delightful spot.
Dunorlan Park is also a great stop receiving a steady stream of visitors thanks to its beauty and serenity. The Park is Grade II listed as part of it was landscaped in the 1860s by distinguished Victorian gardener, Richard Marnock. Marnock was commissioned by Henry Reed, a local millionaire owning 78 acres of garden that now make up the Park.
The Park is also the proud owner of a Green Flag Award (since 2006) making it “a welcoming green space, healthy, safe” and “managed in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable way”.
If 27.5 miles is too strenuous, the route can be divided up into four waymarked circular link routes: Southborough Circular – 8.5miles, Pembury Circular – 13miles, Sussex Circular – 15miles and Speldhurst Circular – 10miles. Each trail starts in the middle of the royal town within reach of local bus services and the railway station.
Leaflets containing maps and directions for each of these trails can be downloaded or obtained from the Tourist Information Centre.
Nestled in the rolling Kent countryside, close to the Lamberhurst vineyards, The Vineyard pub is a 17th century inn with 4 bedrooms situated next to the pub garden and away from the busy bar and restaurant.
Each of the rooms reflect the character of the local area with en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee amenities and breakfast available on Saturdays and Sundays.
With Kentish delights such as Scotney Castle, Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum on your doorstep, the bedrooms make the perfect weekend hideaway or unforgettable countryside retreat.
Traditional hotel or inn in a rural area.