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Kent and Sussex have some incredible gardens to visit and it’s no surprise that a holiday cottage company in Cranbrook, Kent would also have some delightful properties on their books which will appeal to garden lovers.
One such property offered by Freedom Holiday Homes is the ‘Potting Shed’ in Benenden, which is tucked away behind a handsome Church at the top of the attractive village green. The property, which could also be described as a romantic getaway, sleeps two and nestles in the gardens that once formed part of the extensive grounds of the acclaimed plant collector "Cherry" Ingram. This charming property has been carefully renovated to retain the original beams and timbers to create a charming little cottage which the owner fills with jars of fresh garden flowers. The exceptionally beautiful gardens that surround the owners' house and the potting shed feature magnificent mature topiary hedges, vegetable patches and flower filled arbours offering many nooks and crannies in which to enjoy endless tranquillity.
Ellerslie Cottage is a larger property which sleeps four and is located between Cranbrook and Hawkhurst. This attractive property has one of those amazing surprise gardens that you can’t believe is there –the garden is simply enormous with a traditional parterre, an orchard, a maze, sweeping lawns and a lake. Both the Potting Shed and Ellerslie Cottage are close to Sissinghurst, Scotney, Hole Park Gardens, Pashley Manor and Great Dixter.
Two other cottages with garden appeal are Strawberry Hole Barn and Lilac cottage which are both within walking distance of the famous gardens of Great Dixter in Northiam, East Sussex.
Lilac Cottage is a charming property which sleeps three and is tucked away down a lane which nestles in its own pretty garden filled with flowers and fruit trees. It is a traditional, beamy cottage with leaded light windows that has been thoughtfully updated to retain the original character while providing contemporary comforts. This secluded, peaceful spot is just down the road from the magnificent gardens of Great Dixter. The cobbled citadel of historic Rye and the fairy-tale castle at Bodiam are close by and the Kent & East Sussex Railway station at Newenden offers nostalgic journeys by steam train to the picturesque town of Tenterden.
Strawberry Hole Barn sleep four and is a stunning thatched barn set in the beautiful grounds of a traditional oast house surrounded by woodland in a gloriously peaceful location. The barn has been converted to a very high standard preserving the character of the original building and with exquisite detail offering extremely spacious and luxurious accommodation. Strawberry Hole Barn is within walking distance of the world famous gardens at Great Dixter and well located for exploring other celebrated gardens at Pashley Manor, Scotney Castle and Sissinghurst.
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