Little Dane Court

Tenterden, Kent

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Tenterden is a traditional market town situated in the picturesque weald of Kent known as the garden of England. It sits on the peninsula of high land between the river Rother Levels to the south and the River Beult valley. Since the 1200’s Tenterden has thrived on agriculture, first the wool trade and later on apple and cherry orchards and hops for the beer industry. Today winding narrow lanes lead to the best vinyards in England, the most sublime gardens and legendary castles and great houses
    Nearby Points of Interest
  • Chapel Down Winery Tenterden, TN30 7NG (3 mi)
  • Chapel Down Winery Tenterden, TN30 7NG The largest UK wine brand growing their own grapes as well as using grapes grown in smaller local vineyards Visit the vineyard and the shop selling its gold medal winning sparkling wines - good enough to rival genuine champagne and please the most discerning wine drinker. A huge selection of red, white, rose & sparkling wines.Have a gourmet lunch in the Swan restaurant above the shop and relax in the herb gardens
  • Bodiam Castle, Bodiam TN32 5UA (10 mi)
  • Jump on the Kent and East Sussex steam train in Tenterden to visit one of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385 as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. There are spiral staircases and battlements to explore, and wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden TN17 2AB (8 mi)
  • One of the most famous gardens in the world is 15 minutes drive from Little Dane Court Created 100 years ago by Vita Sackville West and a place of pilgrimage for garden lovers everywhere. Consisting of "rooms" some featuring colour of which the white garden is the most famous and others of seasonal interest.
  • Great Dixter Gardens (7 mi)
  • Great Dixter was the home of plantsman Christopher Lloyd it is first recorded in 1220, but the present building is much later created from three houses These gardens are on a grand scale, Lutyens designed the gardens as a series of rooms and Christo used the structure to develop a revolutionary planting style overflowing with shape and colour where you can wander through the plants
  • Kent and East Sussex Railway (0.5 mi)
  • One of England's best steam railways taking people on trips through gorgeous Kent countryside to the National Trust's Bodiam Castle Offering dinner excursions on most Saturdays
  • Nearby Activities
  • Great Dixter Northiam TN31 6PH (7 mi)
  • Great Dixter was the home of plantsman Christopher Lloyd it is first recorded in 1220, but the present building is much later created from three houses These gardens are on a grand scale, Lutyens designed the gardens as a series of rooms, skillfully incorporating pre-existing farm buildings, linking house to garden and giving the whole a homely feel, providing a perfect setting for Christopher Lloyds talents. Plants have always taken centre stage at Dixter
  • Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG (18 mi)
  • The Gardens were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal and Son.The Italian Garden was designed to display William Astors collection of Italian sculpture and the 35 acre lake at the far end of the garden took 800 men two years to create. The gardens are being continually improved, including the additions of a 110 metre herbaceous border, a period herb garden, yew hedge maze and a water maze. The gardens are planned to provide a display at any season of the year.
  • Dungeness (18 mi)
  • Thirty minutes from Tenterden is the largest shale beach in the world; Dungeness. The dunes of pebbles are designated a site of special scientific interest and many rare plants and birds can be found there The Royal Society for Protection of Birds operates sanctuaries and hides for the dedicated birdwatcher
  • Smallhythe Place (2 mi)
  • Believed to be the harbourmasters house in the 15th Century and in the 19th occupied by the famous actress Helen Terry, Smallhythe place is now a museum to Victorian theatre memerobilia and also boasts a small theatre in the garden where some plays are still presented
  • Scotney Castle (15 mi)
  • Scotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the ‘Picturesque’ style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May/June with trees and shrubs providing autumnal colour.
  • Local Events
  • Folk Festival (0 mi)
  • The first weekend of October sees the three day fold festival of dancers and singers from all over the UK arrive in Tenterden. Street theatre,traditional morris dancing and Scottish and Irish jigs all happen and the evenings see lively parties and performances in the towns inns and pubs
  • Local Amenities
  • Tenterden Leisure Centre (0.2 mi)
  • Across the street from Little Dane Court is the public park with tennis courts and the local leisure centre which has well equipped gym,squash courts and a large swimming pool open to day members.
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway (0.5 mi)
  • A heritage steam railway with a station in Tenterden. the steam trains run 11 miles through the beautiful Rother Valley to Bodiam Castle and back.
  • Chart Hills Golf Club (3 mi)
  • Created by Nick Faldo in the nearby village of Biddenden and rated one of the top 100 golf courses, It is open for non member 7 days a week
  • Headcorn Areodrome (5 mi)
  • Skydiving, Balooning, Helicopter and reguar plane flying lessons, A feature is vintage flights in planes from the early 20th Century
  • RM Cycles (0 mi)
  • Considered to be one of the best bicycle shops in Kent
Ashford M20
(10.0mi, 16.1km)

M20 to Ashford then drive west towards Tenterden, Enter the town at St. Michaels and keep driving along the main road for 3-4 minutes until you see two red telephone boxes and Post Office and Kitchen shop on the right. Look 3 doors down to see the white cat on the tiled roof and turn right into the shared drive with East Cross House. Little Dane Court parking is located inside the gates to the right hand side at the back of the house.
Gatwick Airport
(35.0mi, 56.3km)

Airport pickup service available call to arrange a time with your flight number and arrival date.
St Pancras Eurostar
(60.0mi, 96.6km)

Call for pickup service stating arrival time at Ashford Station or take a bus to Tenterden (approximately every 30 minutes)
London Charing Cross
(60.0mi, 96.6km)

Catch the Dover Priory train which departs every 30 minutes and in one hour alight at Headcorn Station. There you can catch the waiting bust to Tenterden or Little Dane Court can collect and return to to the station for £20.00.

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Guest Reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5
 Stayed on Saturday night as we were going on the KESR's dinner train to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday. We stayed in the self contained two storage cottage which was lovely, nicely decorated in a Japanese style. There was also a lovely Japanese style garden. We're looking forward to returning and seeing the garden when it's more mature. 
Jerry / May 17
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