Nestled in the beautiful English countryside, this charming, traditional oak frame lodge is the perfect summer holiday location for walking enthusiasts, couples or families with one or two children who wish to explore Kent and Sussex.

Appleshaw Lodge is a new, 2 bed holiday apartment in Dingleden, located just 3 minutes drive from Benenden Village in a designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Kent countryside. The property is set in 6 acres of grounds and sits directly on the High Weald Walking Trail which offers breathtaking views and is perfect for long country walks. The charming network of quiet country lanes are also ideal for cycling.

Appleshaw Lodge is on the outskirts of the village of Benenden, a quaint Wealden village with plenty of local shops and three cosy pubs. The ancient market towns of Cranbrook and Tenterden provide larger shopping facilities.


Dating back to 700 AD, Benenden is situated in the heart of the Kent countryside. A typical English Village, set in the picturesque countryside of the Southeast of England. Latticed windowed Flemish weavers cottages stretch the full length of the south side of the High street, which is flanked on both sides by fossilized stone, quarried long ago from nearby Bethersden from which it gets its name [Bethersden marble]

A village not just famous for its pretty street but on the village green stands a most attractive sign carved and painted by a local crafts man of a pair of twins, known as the Biddenden Maids. At the centre of the village is the primary school.

The main part of the village is focused around the green where cricket is played in the summer months and is bounded by the St George's Church, the village school, the gloriously fronted memorial hall, and the Bull public house. The parish includes Iden Green, East End, Standen Street and Dingleden. Benenden has a number of small independent shops and thriving pubs.

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  • One double bedroom that can also be configured as a twin.
  • One large sofa bed in the open plan living area.
  • Fully fitted kitchen including microwave and dishwasher.
  • Linen and towels are provided.
  • 32 inch flatscreen TV
  • DVD player
  • Broadband WiFi

Places To Visit

There are three lovely, local pubs with great food and gardens in Benenden and Iden Green. Not to mention the local farmers market and windmill in Rolvenden and a rare-breed centre (excellent fun for the children) in Woodchurch.

Chapeldown winery in Tenterden is home to a very stylish Richard Phillips restaurant and there are many other up-market local restaurants like Apicius in Cranbrook, The West House in Biddenden and The Curlew in Bodiam.

From Dingleden it's a short scenic drive to many National Trust properties, gardens and places of interest such as: Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Batemans, Pashley Manor, Finchcocks, Chartwell, Bedgebury Pinetum, Battle, Hastings, Bodiam Castle, Hole Park,Tunbridge Wells and sailing at Bewl Water.

Cranbrook is a 5 minute drive away, Tenterden 10 minutes, with Rye and the beaches at Camber Sands and Winchelsea a 15-20 minute drive.
Travel to France takes 2 hours using the Channel Tunnel and London is one hour by train from Staplehurst.

National Trust Properties and Venues

Sissinghurst Castle Garden -3 miles away.
Bodiam Castle -5 miles away.
Smallhythe Place National Trust - 5 miles away.
Scotney Castle National Trust -8 miles away.
Sprivers Garden National Trust - 8 miles away.
Bateman's National Trust - 10 miles away.
Lamb House National Trust - 10 miles away.

Places of Interest

Sandhurst Vineyard -3 miles away.
Biddenden Vineyards -4 miles away.
Great Dixter -5 miles away.
Tenterden Vineyard - 5 miles away.
Bedgebury National Pinetum - 5 miles away.
Iden Croft Herbs, Staplehurst - 6 miles away.
Haremere Hall -7 miles away.
Pashley Manor Gardens - 7 miles away.
Scotney Castle Garden - 8 miles away.
Bayham Abbey - 10 miles away.
Cinque Ports Pottery, Rye - 10 miles away.
Rye Art Gallery - 11 miles away.
Saint Mary the Virgin - 11 miles away.
Camber Castle - 11 miles away.
Battle of Hastings 1066 - 12 miles away.
Hop Farm Country Park - 12 miles away.
Leeds Castle & Gardens - 13 miles away.
Ham Street Woods National Nature Reserve - 13 miles away.
Stade Amusement Park, Hastings - 14 miles away.
Underwater World - 15 miles away.

Golf Clubs

Hemsted Forest Golf Club - 1 mile away.
Hawkhurst Golf Club - 4 miles away.
Chart Hills Golf Club - 5 miles away.
Tenterden Golf Club - 5 miles away.

Land Features and Rivers

Bedgebury Forest - 5 miles away.
Isle of Oxney - 7 miles away.
Bewl Water Lake/Loch - 8 miles away.
Beult River - 8 miles away.
Shirley Moor -8 miles away.
Teise -River 9 miles away.
Darwell Reservoir Lake/Loch 9 miles away.
The Weald - 10 miles away.
Beauport Park -12 miles away.
Walland Marsh - 13 miles away.

Railway Stations & Airports

Rolvenden Station - 4 miles away.
Northiam Station - 4 miles away.
Kent & East Sussex - 4 miles away.
London Ashford Airport -18 miles away.


Elaine Hughes
Appleshaw Loft

01580 243 320