Benenden, Nr Tenterden
With a luxurious yet distinctive interior that showcases the owners’ well-travelled life, this 17th-century self-catering country retreat oozes historical charm in abundance. Set amidst acres of grounds that reveal a hidden heated swimming pool, undulating fields and windmill views; a stay at Lower Standen is as special as the house itself. Exuding characterful appeal, oak-beamed walls and lavish detailing throughout, Lower Standen accommodates 24 guests between three beautifully furnished properties, affording an idyllic backdrop for celebratory escapes;, perfect for family-led forays and well-being retreat breaks.
There’s a bohemian, well travelled flavour to the interiors of Lower Standen, with a combination of worldly antiques, local art, unusual finds, quirky decor and velvet sofas giving it a laid back vibe.. Key design pieces sit alongside rooms designed for family get togethers. Think leisurely breakfasts in the contemporary state of the art kitchen / dining space; an evening of board games in the snug and TV time gatherings and card playing eves amidst grandiose décor.
There’s also space to retreat, if that’s what you need; from the many nooks and seating areas to retreat to in the bedrooms to book reading with a garden view. Designed with relaxation in mind, Lower Standen boasts nine bedrooms, five within the main house and three in the Granary and one extra special suite in The Dairy. They each have a distinctive look and feel, from modern framed family bunk beds, to super sized and luxurious walk in bathrooms in the spacious master bedroom. There’s even a hidden bathroom tucked behind a secret door in the barn’s second bedroom.
With an abundance of al fresco activities in which to immerse yourself, you're unlikely to venture too far afield when you take exclusive hire of Lower Standen Farm. Complete with outdoor swimming pool, garden games, fire pit in the stunning garden summer days can be spent in a hive of activity or a languid leisurely state. Keen horticulturalists will love the residents' well kept gardens, fauna and rolling countryside. While children explore the gardens and play on the swings or a spot of outdoor ping-pong under cover, parents can fire up the bbq or simply make the most of the peace and quiet from the array of seating areas.
Beyond Lower Standen’s grounds, should you need to leave this idyllic spot you’ll find the towns of Cranbrook, Tenterden and the smaller villages of this part of the Kentish Weald within easy reach. There are also vineyards and first class restaurants to be found, not to mention the sandy dunes at Camber just over 30 minutes away.
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Lower Standen Farm - sleeps 24 in total (maximum 18 adults)
Comprises 3 properties - a farmhouse with 5 bedrooms, granary with 3 bedrooms and dairy with 1 bedroom. Large gravelled driveway with parking for approximately 8 cars.
Second Floor - Eaves bedrooms
Main Farmhouse (sleeps 12 - max 10 adults) in 5 bedrooms
Entry hall, with seating. From here the main staircase to the first and second floors
Drawing room, one side with central seating on plump sofas and armchairs seating 8 / 10. Large open fireplace with guard. To the other side in front of the French doors to the gardens are two seating areas each seating four to six each with a mix of sofas and chairs. A Smart TV is also located here and the resident board games
The Snug/TV room - corner sofa seating for six with some casual chairs for a few more. Large smart screen TV. Speaker.
Kitchen / Dining room - magnificent generous open plan contemporary kitchen. Central island with five stools to dine at the counter. Equipment includes an American pantry style fridge freezer with ice machine and water dispenser, dishwasher and range cooker with six gas rings, twin electric oven, Nespresso coffee machine, plate warming drawer, microwave, two dishwashers and all your usual gadgets. Fully kitted kitchen for large groups
Dining area includes a bespoke hand made table - created from a fallen oak tree and seats 20
Nook seating area for four to six on sofa seating and a coffee table
Wrap around glazed doors to the garden patio with seating
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, sink and plenty of cupboards - ideal for catering preparation. Additional fridge and freezer. Cloakroom and hooks, side access to the gardens and the front driveway, WC
Master Bedroom (sleeps 2) super king sized bed, seating area with views over the lawns for 2, chest of drawers. En-suite full bathroom and separate shower. Dressing table and seat. Wardrobe.
Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2), twin beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers. (can be made up as a super king on request)
Bedroom 3 (sleeps 2) king size bed, en-suite hidden bathroom (no shower) wardrobe chest of drawers.
Generous family bathroom with separate bath and shower
Entrance hall with stairs to first floor
Downstairs shower room with WC and wash hand basin
Open plan sitting room/dining room with comfortable seating for 6, dining table seating 4. Sofa bed available for 2 and single pullout bed for 1 (suitable for children only, available on request)
Fully equipped kitchen with induction hob and oven, fridge and freezer.
Master bedroom (sleeps 2) in king size bed, storage
Family bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash hand basin.
Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2) in double bed, storage
Bedroom 3 (sleeps 3 - max 2 adults) in bunk bed with large single bed on bottom, and single bed above
Enclosed garden to the rear mainly laid to lawn with shrubs and plants.The Dairy - sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom
Situated in the heart of the Wealden countryside an area of outstanding beauty, Lower Standen is situated in-between Benenden and Hawkhurst.
The closest village is Benenden with its community shop and pub (The Bull). The beautiful village green next to the Church and pub often hosts village cricket matches, securing its image as the quintessential beautiful English village.
Nearby Cranbrook has a larger town feel yet is formally Kent’s smallest town. There’s a Co-op supermarket and a handful of independent coffee shops and restaurants. Wonderful walking trails give amazing views of the Wealden countryside.
Also close by is Hawkhurst with its larger supermarkets including Waitrose and wider shopping, The historic Colonnade offers a handful of shops, a bakery and pharmacist. The Kino cinema (the UK’s first digital cinema) is set in a heritage building with its own cafe so you can bring in a glass of wine or a coffee whilst you watch the latest films.
For chic dining try Water Lane, The Walled Garden restaurant. It’s a lovely well hidden find offering bistro with a twist. https://www.waterlane.net/
Balfour winery and vineyard offering a super chic wine tasting experience.
OastBrook - teeny independent winery at Bodium, less than 10 miles from Lower Standen.
Chapel Down Tenterden - for the finest sparkling wine. Most famous British winery. Swan restaurant
Wine tours or Kent offer tours of various vineyards starting from £120 per person.
The Woodcock pub is a 10 minute walk away for a lovely pub lunch.
The Curlew for something special, sharing plates and great atmosphere within 10 minutes from the estate. Can accommodate 20+ guests by arrangement.
The Smallholding is often named the best restaurant in Kent and is a fine dining venue at Kilndown. More options on the website regarding booking offers.
The Bull in Benenden - local pub best for pub grub overlooking the village green. Huge fires for post walk warming pint in the winter.
Sissinghurst Garden (National Trust)
Hole Park - some regular events as well as garden tours. Open certain weekends of the year.
Bodiam Castle (National Trust)
Closest beach / port:
Rye, Hastings and Camber within 16 miles - 30 minutes drive. Sandy bay in Camber and its dramatic dunes.
Rye harbour nature reserve.
Hastings - gallery, aquarium and vintage lift.
Tunbridge Wells - Look for The Pantiles and its independent shops, boutiques and fantastic cafes. The main High Street has a new cultural centre (The Amelia) plus the High Street shops and restaurants
Staplehurst and Marden - approx 1 hour from London. (Charing Cross, London Bridge routes)
Taxis available on pre booking.
Kids will love:
Bedgebury forest ( Forestry England). Walking trails, biking, park run. Kids centre. Pinetum preservation area.
Bodiam Boating station offers river kayaking and paddle boarding.
Kent and Sussex steam train Bodiam to Tenterden
Designer shopping at Ashford’s Designer outlet.
Connections to France from Ashford International. High speed from Ashford to London by train.
We went away with 3 other families for the coronation weekend. We had the most wonderful time. The location was lovely, house stunning and facilities - excellent!
Shana Morris | 16 May 2023
A superb house that exceeds all expectations 5/5
We had a fantastic stay at Lower Standen Farm. The house is really special and the pictures online just cannot do it justice. Everything is high grade and it has everything you need. Should you ever want to leave, there are amazing local vineyards to explore as well.
Amelia Chick | 05 May 2023
Great stay 4/5
A family group of 24 stayed here over the bank holiday weekend. The place is great, well kept, comfortable and we all had space. Decent communication prior to the arrival date and someone is always on hand to help, if there are any issues (even on a bank holiday). The place is a little bit out of the way, but it's still really good.
Obi Nwachukwu | 11 April 2023
Amazing venue for getting family together. 4.8/5
What a spectacular house to stay in. It was an ideal venue for us with the 3 houses together. Very well equipped and a perfect place to relax. Lyndsay, the properly manager, was brilliant when we needed anything. Only negative is that the Dairy isn't equipped for making tea or coffee which made a leisurely cuppa in the morning difficult. We have thoroughly enjoyed the luxury of Lower Standen Farm.
Beccy Ogston | 26 February 2023
Just wow!! 5/5
What an amazing house!! We stayed for a friends 40th and it was perfect. Amazing entertaining space and all of the bedrooms were beautiful. We had 9 couple in our group and some rooms are better than others if you have couple staying as not all rooms have a double bed (some have 2 singles) Saying that its a place to lay your head and this house is just incredible. Great customer services from the team at Blooms constantly keeping me updated. We will definitely be back! Would recommend over and over again!
Sam Adcock | 12 December 2022
Perfect house 5/5
Excellent house in a fantastic location! An easy walk to the pub which was great for a stroll. The kitchen was fully fitted and excellent table for socialising. Wouldnt change a thing!
Thomas Kirkby | 28 November 2022
Lower Standen Farm is Absolutely Beautiful 5/5
We stayed at Lower Standen Farm to celebrate a special birthday with family for the weekend. The house and garden is absolutely stunning, it was spotlessly clean and is so well stocked it has everything you could ever need! We are hoping to return in warmer weather so we can use the pool!
Lucy Elvidge | 14 November 2022
Great house and grounds..Everything you could ever want with a party of adults,teenagers and toddlers..we all loved it,had the wow factor
Jane Hayward | 06 October 2022
What an amazing home, shared by family. we laughed, we cried. This beautiful moment shall be treasured by us all, adults and children. We will certainly be telling friends about the time we stayed at Lower Standen Farm. Thank you for building this loving house with so much Art and Culture.
Obi and family | 10 April 2023