Nestled within the heart of Kent, ‘The Weald’ unfolds across approximately 500 square miles of breathtaking countryside.


The Weald’s picturesque landscape and architectural splendour bear witness to centuries of human endeavour, and plenty of Bloom Stays’ properties can be found in the likes of Tenterden, Goudhurst and Benenden.

This storied land predates human habitation, once cloaked in ancient woodlands dating back to prehistoric times. During medieval times it emerged as a hub of ironworking prowess, shaping the destinies of its towns—many of which bear names ending in ‘den,’ signifying their wooded origins. As the iron industry flourished, so too did the communities that thrived under its influence, leaving an indelible mark on The Weald’s rich tapestry of history and heritage.

Today, the captivating history of The Weald still captivates visitors with the tranquil beauty of The Weald beckons adventurers to explore its winding trails, making it a haven for hiking, cycling, and other outdoor pursuits. Among its cherished destinations, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest in Goudhurst boasts a world-class collection of conifers set amidst a picturesque backdrop. The forest offers a splendid sanctuary for leisurely strolls and idyllic picnics and for the more adventurous, miles of cycling and mountain biking routes, as well as walking and running trails, promise exhilarating experiences, making Bedgebury a beloved destination for families and fitness enthusiasts alike.

After a busy day of exploring check into Bedgebury Oast. A beautifully modernised home, designed with a distinctively calming feel retaining much of the charm and character of its former hop processing and drying past. This 5-bedroom holiday home is ideal for all whether you want to enjoy a G&T on the balcony or you’d prefer a game of table tennis in the garden, this stylish oast will suit everyone.

For history enthusiasts and lovers of scenic beauty, The Wealden villages reveal special places to immerse yourself in literary history. None shine brighter than the illustrious Sissinghurst Castle. Bought by the visionary poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West, and her husband Harold Nicolson in the early 1930s, the world-famous garden at Sissinghurst is a testament to their vision and dedication to horticultural art. Though not a traditional castle, its origins trace back to the 1530s when it was constructed as a house, only adopting the title of “castle” in the 1700s. Once a prison for French sailors captured during the Seven Years’ War, it was these men who bestowed upon it the moniker “le château.”

Another historic home and garden in the heart of The Weald’s picturesque landscape is Scotney Castle which offers a harmonious blend of outdoor adventures, breathtaking gardens, and captivating architecture. Dating back to circa 1378-80, this fortified manor house, steeped in history and inspired by the romantic ‘picturesque’ style, evokes the enchanting allure of fairytales right here in Kent. 

A short drive from Scotney Castle is a very special, large holiday home – Finchcocks Oast. This light and airy contemporary converted Oast house sleeps up to 42 guests and gives you access to a private outdoor pool, tennis court, and indoor games room. With a huge kitchen and a separate workstation for chefs, it really is the perfect home to mark any milestone occasion.

If, after all that walking and historic house viewing, a taste of something quintessentially English is more up your street, then Biddenden Vineyard must be on your agenda. One of the first English vineyards, it’s now a commercial success with award-winning sparkling and still wines. 

Alongside the vineyard tours and tastings, look out for Biddenden’s farm shop which is fully stocked with their own award-winning wines, ciders and juices, as well as a specially selected range of local and regional products. Self-guided tours are available at the vineyard from May to September and pre-booked open and private guided tours run Wednesday to Saturday from May to September.

Not too far from Biddenden Vineyard, you’ll find Lower Standen Farm, a 17th-century self-catering country retreat that oozes historical charm in abundance.  Sleeping up to 24 guests and 3 dogs, Lower Standen Farm has a luxurious interior that showcases the owner’s well-travelled life. Throughout the house, you’ll find worldly antiques, local art and unusual finds.  Outside the ground is just as generous, with a large garden, outdoor dining area and a heated swimming pool. From here you can find many good local restaurants and pubs. One of our favourites is Water Lane restaurant. It’s a lovely well-hidden find offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seated in the original Victorian greenhouses at the nursery there. Along similar lines, the Small Holding in Kilndown offers a delicious menu all made with ingredients grown on their own acre of land there which brings diners a local, seasonal, carefully crafted dining experience in the hands of Will Devlin, the owner and chef.

For those seeking sheer gastronomic delight, look no further than The West House. Sitting within the historic confines of a sixteenth-century weaver’s cottage, The West House is a charming family-run establishment. Under the stewardship of chef-owner Graham, The West House has carved a distinguished reputation for its exceptional fare, crafted with a meticulous focus on showcasing Kent’s finest ingredients in every dish. 

Tenterden’s reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’ is duly deserved as its shopping, architecture and ambience draw in diners and tourists alike. Once famous for its antique shops, this quiet country town now has a good mix of high street brands alongside independent homewares and gifts. Recently Artisserie Patisserie has bought some truly exquisite cakes and pastries to the town all designed and crafted by one of the UK’s most respected pastry chefs, Chris Underwood.

Dive into Tenterden’s rich heritage at the local museum, or embark on a nostalgic journey aboard the Kent & East Sussex Railway, where the rhythmic chug of the steam engine transports you back in time. Immerse yourself in the splendour of Bodiam Castle, then wander through the hallowed halls of Dame Ellen Terry’s 16th-century half-timbered abode, adorned with a sumptuous display of theatrical mementoes at Smallhythe Place.

Just beyond Tenterden towards the coast, discover The Oast in Newenden, a typical traditional Kentish oast house originally built to dry hops for beer making. It retains many of its original period features including the hop press which is situated at the top of the stairs. It’s now been restored and converted into a comfortable holiday home sleeping up to eight guests and two dogs.