10 minutes drive from our Bed and Breakfast: Sometimes called the Capital of the Kentish Weald, Cranbrook looks and feels much as it has done for centuries; a peaceful small town of weatherboarded houses, surrounded by orchards and farmland. In spite of its small size, Cranbrook has a great deal to offer the visitor. The narrow medieval streets are lined with pretty old houses, every one different from its neighbour.
There is a wide range of interesting shops, no less than six churches, several hotels, pubs and restaurants, an excellent town museum, and the wonderful Union Mill, the tallest and finest working smock mill in England.
Just three miles away are the world-famous Sissinghurst Gardens, created by Vita Sackville-West and one of the most visited gardens in England.
15 minutes drive from our B&B: Sissinghurst Castle is one of the most famous and delightful gardens in the British Isles. It was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson who transformed the ruins of this Elizabethan mansion in the 1930s.
The Garden at Sissinghurst Castle is divided into a series of rooms filled with informal arrangements of plants around a theme: the White Garden, the Purple Border, the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, the Lime Walk, and the Cottage Garden.
The White Garden with Rosa mullingani has cascades of white flowers and is surrounded by other white and grey plants.
15 minutes drive from our B&B: Bewl Water is a man-made lake set in the midst of the Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the largest inland body of water in the South East, and straddles Sussex and Kent. Surrounding the lake are 13 miles of walking trails, with family play areas.
Activities available; Waterside walks, Woodland playground, Passenger ferry boat, Visitor centre, Interactive exhibitions, Fly-fishing, Water sports, Cycle hire.
Good access to all areas for disabled persons with disabled persons parking close by. A hard track of tarmac and tightly compacted stone is accessible in a clockwise directionfrom the Visitor Centre and runs for approximately ¾ mile along a part of the reservoir’s edge offering outstanding views.
15 minutes drive from our B&B: The appearance of Bodiam Castle is exactly how most people imagine a medieval castle should look like, with its square of walls, a round tower at each corner, and a square tower midway along each wall, entirely surrounded by a moat. That it looks so perfect and picturesque may not be by accident for many people have debated whether the castle was really built as a defensive fortress or as an elaborate stately home.
A royal licence to crenellate his manor house, in order to protect the local area from a possible French invasion, was given to Edward Dallyngrigge in 1385. This wealthy veteran of the Hundred Years War used the licence as an excuse to build an entirely new castle nearby. Later owners of the castle took measures to preserve the building, most notably Lord Curzon who acquired the castle in 1917 and undertook a restoration of Bodiam. Thanks to the work he carried out it is now possible to climb most of the towers and walk on top of some of the walls.
20 minutes drive from our B&B: Scotney Castle is a hidden gem, set in one of the most romantic gardens in England. The fairytale 14th-century moated ruined castle is surrounded by stunning gardens. Early in the year snowdrops appear, followed by banks of primroses, daffodils and drifts of bluebells. Scotney looks beautiful all year round, with magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmia and rambling roses in the summer.
Visitors to Scotney Castle will experience a whole new aspect to their visit as further rooms of the Victorian country house are opened to the public for the first time. The house was the beloved home of Christopher and Betty Hussey. Christopher Hussey bequeathed the garden and surrounding estate to the National Trust on his death in 1970 and following the death of Betty in 2006, the house and the garden have been reunited.
5 minutes drive from our B&B: The Chapel Down Winery is home to the largest producer of English Wines. Visitors can visit our new Wine and Food Store where they will find the best Kentish and English food and drink, including our range of award-winning still and sparkling wines.
Upstairs in the Bistro you will be treated to a selection of modern and traditional English cuisine. Visitors can enjoy anything from a full meal to a glass of wine. On warmer days we encourage you to sit out on the sun terrace which overlooks the beautiful Kentish countryside. Guided tours of the vineyard and winery are available from March to October plus tasting and vineyard walks all year round.
Other local vineyards include: Biddenden Vineyards, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard and Sandhurst Vineyards.
Other popular attractions close by to Rolvenden Bed & Breakfast include Chartwell, the home of Winston Churchill and Batemans the home of Rudyard Kipling. Great Dixter House and Gardens are also nearby.
The historic coastal towns of Hastings and Rye are both 30 minutes drive away. Battle is a 20 minute drive and both Royal Tunbridge Wells and Caterbury can be reached within an hour.