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Weald of Kent

One can drive to the vast Kent-countryside in less than 2 hours from our home. We decided it was time to explore Kent – the Weald of Kent to be exact – over 3 days. Per Wikipedia, weald is “Old English in origin, signifies woodland, and still applies today: scattered farms and villages [portray] the Weald’s past.” Indeed, the countryside is wide open with grand views, narrow roads/lanes, food sparse and usually served up in the village pub, and famed with some great National Trust treasures. A few nights in Kent change your perspective on the UK especially when the frame of reference is London!

We stayed in an Oast, essentially a “building designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process.” Bishopsdale Oast, Biddenden (where we stayed, no link as we don’t recommend you stay here) was a square constructed oast converted into a 4 bedroom B&B. The grounds were pretty, the garden had lovely patches of wild flowers, an apple orchard, a small pond with lilies, roses and was situated next to a wheat field.

My wife wrote about our Kent travels, too.

National Trust properties abound in Kent. We visited two: Sissinghurst castle and gardens and Bodiam castle. Mote park, Maidstone has a great kids play area, offers row boats to hire, and has abundant green space. Ignore the Maidstone mall/shopping area! The prettiest town, by far, was Tenterden. Stop at the Nutmeg Deli/Coffee for a great coffee. (Some say they are best in the UK, not sure about that claim.) Nutmeg is rated the #1 restaurant in Tenterden. Finally, the Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells is well worth a stroll/stopover. Have a look at the architecture from centuries ago.

Restaurants where we ate dinner and can recommend:
– Sissinghurst, The Milk House
– Tenterden, London Beach hotel/spa. (Vivi loved running around the hilly golf course after dinner!)

The video montage above and photos below tell the story better than words.

All Flickr photos from the Kent, UK holiday.

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