This B and B is a real gem. We stayed three nights with Maggie and Simon, and it was like staying with friends. We would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Hononton cottage is a 500 year old house which has been beautifully decorated and renovated by Simon and Maggie. It is surrounded by apple orchards and is at the end of a quiet lane not far from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Before we arrived, Simon was most helpful with our email queries regarding the state of the winter weather and we felt we knew him well before we arrived. On arrival Simon and Maggie made us a welcoming cup of tea and were so helpful with any questions we had about the surrounding area and things to do. Simon frequently looked things up for us to make sure we didn't waste time which was great.
Our children stayed downstairs in a lovely spacious room with a generous ensuite bathroom with bath, which like the rest of the house was beautifully decorated, and included such generous touches as a wide variety of different soaps and so on. The room was stocked with a selection of teas and coffees, including herbal teas, water, lemonade, biscuits and so on. The children were made to feel more than welcome and bonded straight away with Maggie and Simon too. Our room was upstairs with a double bed which was very comfortable and the room again was decorated with much care and attention to detail, with again a large modern bathroom ensuite.
The breakfast was just superb each morning, there is a wide selection of cereals, a hot breakfast offered, tea, juices, coffee, toast - as much as you can possibly eat, and we felt very spoilt!
As for the surrounding area of Kent -- we picked this cottage for its reviews and also its wonderful location. We should have stayed longer, and plan to return as there are so many things to do -- major sights -- which make fantastic day trips. We were there in the winter, so went with what was open, which was more than enough to occupy us for three days. We visited Hever Castle (Anne Boleyn's childhood home) , Leeds Castle, Canterbury, and also went to a pantomime in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town in which we also spent some time admiring. Royal Tundbridge Wells, so nearby, is well worth exploring and has an excellent range of restaurants and shops, and is famous for its beautiful Pantiles. We hoped to get to Rye, Battle, Dover Castle and there is Vita Sackville West's Sissinghurst Castle and gardens nearby too, and there is so much more to see in the summer months on top of that.
All in all, we had a wonderful time. We definitely hope to go back and see the rest of this stunning county, but most of all, we would return just to see Maggie and Simon anyway. In a six week trip around Europe, this was one of the best places we stayed. If you are not sure, just go ahead and book. It is lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sixteenth-century Grade 2 listed farmhouse a mile from the centre of Brenchley village, at the end of a quiet lane and surrounded by apple orchards. Rooms sympathetically modernised with every luxury you would find in a hotel, including wifi, flat screen TV with DVD and ample parking. Log fire burning in the colder months. Good pubs nearby for an evening meal.The ideal setting for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, near several National Trust gardens and castles nearby but still within easy reach of Tunbridge Wells (8 miles), the South Coast (one hour) and London by train in 45 minutes Paddock Wood Station 3 miles). Fresh local produce used where possible. Homemade marmalade and jams. ... more less