If you are visiting the vineyard and are looking for local accommodation we have a number of recommendations:
Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse
Sue and Frazer are delighted to welcome you to Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse. Our doors are now open to guests. The Farmhouse can be found only a few miles outside of Cranbrook, Kent on the National Trust Estate known as Sissinghurst Garden. We're also close to Goudhurst, Tenterden, Staplehurst, Biddenden and Hawkhurst and only 30 minutes from Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford.
The Farmhouse has seven luxury double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms. All of our bedrooms can be accessed without the use of stairs as we have a lift. The bedrooms are all individual and have spectacular views across the Sissinghurst Estate and many have a view of the Elizabethan Tower. They also have all the luxuries and facilities you would expect in such a special location including digital TV, radio, i-pod docking and broadband connection.
Elvey Farm - stylish Guesthouse accommodation in the Heart of Kent
Elvey Farm is a traditional open hall house, built in 1406, and it's certainly had a colourful history. French prisoners were kept here during the Napoleonic wars, and it's believed the house was used to hide Lord Dering before his capture by the roundheads during the Civil War.
In the Second World War, a Spitfire crashed into the paddock at the back of the farm, during the Battle of Britain.
For centuries, the farm consisted of 75 acres, used to farm cereal crops and sheep. But in the 1970s, the previous owners converted a sixteenth century barn and Stable Block into guest accommodation.
In January 2007, current owners Jeff Moody and Simon Peek bought the property, along with six acres - and have renovated the guest accommodation, to create the standard of a stylish boutique hotel, with the informality of a small guest house.
London Beach Country Hotel and Spa offers guests affordable luxury.
Situated in the picturesque village of Tenterden in Kent, London Beach provides an outstanding selection of facilities including luxurious rooms with free WiFi, a first-class restaurant serving local, fresh produce and a garden terrace with stunning views overlooking the hotel's parkland golf course.
London Beach also has a modern, luxury spa with swimming pool, separate hydrotherapy pool and a selection of indulgent beauty treatments.
The hotel is ideal for a long stay or overnight break. Guests can also book golf, spa and wine tasting breaks.
For more information call 01580 766279 or visit www.londonbeach.com
The Mulberry Tree , Boughton Monchelsea
The Mulberry Tree is a contemporary country restaurant with a relaxed, informal atmosphere, excellent food, wine and service. It is set in the beautiful Kent countryside, only 4 miles from Staplehurst with a sunny terrace and garden for al fresco dining in the summer. The restaurant has twice been voted Kent Restaurant of the Year, was the South East Regional Restaurant of the Year, Good Food Guide 2010, is featured in the 2012 Michelin Guide and has two AA Rosettes.
The cuisine style is 'modern British & European' using seasonal, free-range and organic produce that is sourced from local suppliers from within Kent. http://www.themulberrytreekent.co.uk/
The Wells Kitchen, Tunbridge Wells
Located in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, The Wells Kitchen offers a pub with modern decor and a comfortable atmosphere. The dining room focuses on freshly prepared, locally sourced produce. Our menu changes almost daily with the seasons and with what’s tasting freshest that day.
The bar features a great selection of drinks, focused on affordable quality with a twist - all our craft draught lager and local cask ales are made right here in England, the wine list features plenty of local English wines whilst not forgetting the premium spirit and cocktail list that has been hand crafted in house by the team. www.thewellskitchen.co.uk
The Bull at Benenden
On the edge of Benenden's picture postcard village green is The Bull at Benenden. A very popular award winning public house and restaurant dating back to 1601, The Bull at Benenden has a well earned reputation as a place where you can sit back, relax and enjoy real ales, fine wines, good food and often live entertainment.
You can enjoy a traditional pub menu with home cooked food, sourced from local suppliers. The Bull also boasts the best Sunday lunch in the area with its famed Sunday Carvery. Sympathetically renovated with unusual chinoiserie windows, wooden floors, and an eclectic array of comfortable antique furniture you can relax and enjoy the intimate historic photographs that adorn the walls. With a fantastic selection of real ales, local ciders and fine wines, you can always guarantee a warm welcome from friendly owners Lucy, Mark and their team. Tel: 01580 240 054
The Coastguard Pub and Restaurant
Settled in St Margaret's bay, The Coastguard Pub & Restaurant looks out across the English Channel towards France. With panoramic views of Dover's White Cliffs, it serves freshly made, locally sourced food, artisanal cask ales, and, of course, a selection of Chapel Down wine. The summer is the perfect time to sit on the Terrace, sipping a cool glass of white wine. In the winter, shelter inside, enjoying wholesome food, the sounds, storms across the Channel and the crashing of waves against the cliffs. Tel: 01304 853176
The Marquis at Alkham
The Marquis at Alkham is an utterly unique and distinctive restaurant with rooms offering boutique style luxury accommodation in the heart of the English countryside. The styling is contemporary. The décor is chic. But look outside the window, and you couldn't be anywhere but England.
In the kitchen head chef Charles Lakin presides over heavenly menus that change regularly and use locally caught fish and locally sourced produce. The wine, beer and drinks list is also top notch. Old school... New World... Kent wines from Kent vineyards... local real ales... great taste is everything at the Marquis.
The Bull Hotel in Wrotham
The Bull Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful historical village of Wrotham. The award winning AA Rosette restaurant offers excellent a la carte dining, refreshing the menu regularly and only using local and fresh produce. The Bull Hotel stocks several Chapel Down wines and the award winning Curious Brew lager. The Bull offers over one hundred wines to bring you the most exclusive wine list which includes tasting notes for each wine. No glass is served without being tested and approved to ensure they compliment all dishes and please all palates. A lot of luxury in a little village.
The Great House in Hawkhurst
This 16th century inn set in the heart of the Kentish weald just oozes character and history, with its wealth of exposed beams and a magnificent orangery overlooking the private garden. A traditional lynch gate and a herb garden just add to its charm. The Mediterranean style stone terrace is the ideal place to enjoy summer evenings.
Serving traditional English cuisine, regional French brasserie style cuisine created by our French chef as well as local seasonal game. Choose from a fine selection of ales and wine including those from Chapel Down.
Freedom Holiday Homes
Freedom Holiday Homes is the leading independent holiday cottage letting agency in Kent and Sussex. With a superb portfolio of 250+ self-catering cottages throughout these beautiful counties - all individually selected and VisitEngland approved, which means they offer internationally-recognised standards of comfort, furnishing and equipment - you will be spoilt for choice!
Discover Kent and Sussex from the comfort of your own self-catering holiday cottage. From beautiful detached cottages, to rural retreats or properties near the coast, you will find your perfect holiday home at Freedom. Visit our site and make your next holiday a Freedom holiday.
Local Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Little Dane Court, Situated in Tenterden. A local bed and breakfast that has four rooms and a garden suite.
Green Farm Fitness, Spend a fabulous weekend of great exercise, relaxation and excellent food in a beautifully restored 15th Century private country house with our friends at Green Farm in Shadoxhurst.
Glamping and Camping
The Original Hut Company, Situated in the beautiful village of Bodiam. The Original Hut Company is a cluster of 4 homemade selfcatering glamping huts located in a quiet woodland on a family farm. The huts are based on the idea of vintage Shepherd huts, but have been adapted to offer sleeping accommodation for 4-5 people. They are double glazed and heated by wood burning stoves. Just a short train ride from Chapel Down!
AH Cars are our local taxi company they are based just up the road from the winery, visit their website or call 01580 762444 to make a booking, we do recommend that if possible taxis are booked in advance of your visit.