I would being doing our little country of England a disfavour, if I didn’t share the delights on offer, just under an hour and a half away from London. In Kent – known as the garden of england.
Our stay in the beautiful B&B, known as Bishopsdale Oast, located on the outskirts of Biddenden, Kent, was delightful from the moment of our arrival. The pink lilies another glorious addition to the wonderful, colourful surroundings. You can see from the photograph above, the beautiful wildflower garden, planted by our hosts, which reminded me of confetti.
Iain and Jane-our hosts, made everything easy and welcoming. Iain by his tour of the Oast House and Jane with her interesting knowledge of history of the Oast house. Built in the 1700’s, as a building to dry and store hops, which were then turned into beer. The building was still being used to store hops in the 1960’s. Take a look on the stairs and you will see a section of the original Oast House counting board. Where they kept the numbers, of bags of hops dried.
Take a moment to reflect on the personal family photographs on the wall and ask Iain a few questions. Engage Iain in stories of each and you will find an incredibly interesting man, whom travelled across land to Australia at just 18 years of age.
Jane, a former Chef, cooked a wonderful english breakfast, the next morning, which was yummy. A breakfast menu, a nice added touch. Non-greasy and served with homemade jam, on homemade bread. It tasted delicious.
If you preferred you could have a continental style breakfast. There was fresh fruit and cereals also available.
We sat in the main dining room but I’m sure if you wanted you breakfast out on the veranda, overlooking the beautiful garden, that too could be arranged.
When we first arrived, on the way to our room, I peeked my head into the bathroom on the left. The roll-top bath grabbing my attention immediately.
Our en-suite KIln room, was wonderfully clean and the towels folded with blue ribbons, a little delight to find. The intimacy of the Oast House, complimented by the fact there are only four spotless rooms: Kiln, Ghillies, The Pine and Garden Room, which is en-suite. I nestled into the crisp white, wonderfully smelling sheets that night, on our super kingsize bed. If we had preferred, we could have sat comfortably in the nook (chairs, tv, coffee table, magazines) and watched a little tv.
The added touches in our room, made the stay a little more special. From the thoughtfully provided bottles of water. Teapot, coffee and QI-organic Jasmine; Golden, Chai; Afternoon and Panax Ginseng teas. To the bathrobes (which were a little small for our robust physiques) shower caps, shampoo and bath lotion provided. There were plentiful, soft toilet rolls. (One of my pet peeves wherever I stay, is when there are not enough provided.) Both Iain and Jane came across as wanting their guest’s stay, to be as inviting as possible. Bishopsdale Oast, I would certainly recommend as a place to stay.
I live in Southend on Sea and Kent is so easily reached from our locale – it makes this a wonderful place for a weekend or even mid-week getaway.
Have you ever stayed in an Oast House before?
Bishopsdale Oast House: 0044 (0) 1580 291027. Website: www.bishopsdaleoast.co.uk
*Although our stay was complimentary. All thoughts and opinions, are my own.
**Thank you to my husband @StringerV for sharing some of his lovely photographs.