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Old Smock Mill is a romantic place for couples. The atmosphere inside is peaceful and relaxing. Everything is designed to unwind you from the moment you walk in. It is surrounded by the lovely Kent countryside where you can ramble and refresh yourselves by perhaps ending the day in one of the great pubs cosy by a log fire in Winter or in Summer an English garden . Guests have said how hard it is to tear themselves away, it truly is a treasure to find.
The Old Smock Mill is a gorgeous four storey building (three floors for the holiday let) 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. The oak exterior staircase leads up onto the beautiful staging where you enter into the Mill. 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.
Beautiful French king size bed with crisp white cotton sheets. There is a beautiful old copper basin sink and taps and a unique pulley system for hanging clothes. Large beams hold the iron giant spur wheel a stunning spiral staircase leads to the bathroom.
Double ended bath, pedestal basin and toilet. Walk in wet room shower with under floor heating. White fluffy towels and locally made hand wash are supplied as standard.
The kitchen is well laid out with washing machine/dryer oven hob fridge/freezer dishwasher toaster kettle and a good range of saucepans frying pans cutlery glass and china.
Dining area with round table and four chairs.
Sitting area comfortable leather sofa and two chairs TV DVD player and WiFi. A gas wood-burning stove is great to sit by in the evenings.
The 9' wide staging where a round teak table and four chairs are supplied. A bench on the morning side of the staging and two teak steamer chairs for sunbathing. There is an area under a large old apple tree which can be used in the garden for barbecuing.
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.
Central Heating, Internet Access, TV.
About the area
The Windmill is not suitable for wheelchair use.
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. A barbecue can be supplied to be used in an area in the garden not on the staging. The owners garden 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 forest 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. Staplehurst station with a direct line to London in under an hour is 15 mins away.
Benenden is around 10 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 (also is the place of lapland UK) 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.
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 Hartley Dyke farm shop which also has a great fish shop at good prices. There are ATM machine and Banks in both Cranbrook & Tenterden. Both Tenterden and Cranbrook have sports halls indoor swimming pools and public tennis courts. Apicius is a Michelin starred restaurant in Cranbrook booking essential. West House at Biddenden is another Michelin starred restaurant. The Bull at Benenden has good pub food and the Woodcock at Iden Green both reasonably priced. Fabios' in Cranbrook is a deli/cafe and has delicous Italian fare and serves the best coffee around.
Other places of interest under 10 miles away :
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
Marle Place gardens and gallery
Rolvenden Historic Vehicle Collection
Finchcocks Museum of Music
Biddenden and Chapel Down Vineyards
Silcocks Organic Farm Shop
Hartley Dyke Farm Shop and fish 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
Hastings Old Town and Fire Hills
The recently refurbished 1930s De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill
Within 30/ 40 min. drive
Goodnestone Park Gardens
The Romney Marsh Churches
The birdwatchers’ haven of Dungeness
Guests access the Mill up the outside exterior staircase to their front door on the staging. The ground floor area is private and for family use.
If guests need support being next door we are at hand and are happy to help. But otherwise guests are left to their privacy.
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The Mill is not a party venue and is strictly for one couple only unless otherwise agreed in advance.
Please be thoughtful when arriving and leaving as the owner's house is nearby.
We request people not to smoke anywhere in the property.
Also guests should leave the property as they find it.
If there are any breakages which can happen to all of us can you just let us know so we can replace things for guests following on.
We are on a septic tank so please use the bin provided in the bathroom.
We're sorry but as we have a dog ourselves we don't allow pets.
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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.