With international travel still up in the air (or well and truly grounded), there has never been a better time for a staycation. And perhaps the one benefit of lockdown has been discovering the unique gems that are right on our doorstep. You don’t have to travel far to experience some truly unique holidays and if you are looking for a trip with a difference then a stay in an oast house might be just what you are looking for.
There are oast houses aplenty in Kent and Sussex and no shortage of holiday accommodation, but we have picked four potential properties to kick off your holiday home hunt.
Good for couples: Oasthouse Loft, Northium
Set on farmland amidst rolling countryside this one-bedroom holiday home provides the perfect romantic getaway. Northium is located near the Kent/Sussex border in the High Weald. This medieval landscape is famous for its rolling hills, forests, and, of course, its oast houses. No matter where you walk in this area, it probably won’t be too long before you see an oast cowl rising up from the landscape.
As well as enjoying scenic hikes along the ancient route ways, there is also the option of exploring nearby Great Dixter House and Gardens and Bodium Castle.
Good for groups: Woodgate Farm House
On the edge of the Kent Downs, this spacious oast house sleeps 14 people. So when it is finally time to meet up with all those friends and family we have been missing, and celebrate all those postponed festivities, then this oast house should do the job.
The oast house is just a short drive from the fairytale-like Leeds Castle, which offers a wide range of family-friendly activities – and is even home to a museum of dog collars!
Good for pets: Stone Green Oast
Going on holiday needn’t mean leaving behind those furrier family members. With a garden onsite and plenty of countryside and beaches nearby, this is a great option for holidaying hounds – and their owners.
The house is within easy reach of the Cinque Port market town of Tenterden and picturesque Rye.
After all that exploring, you will need a drink. But luckily the property is also a short hop from the Chapel Down vineyard.
Good for luxury: Roserai
If lockdown has left you with the urge to splurge on some much-needed R&R, then this might the oast for you. Sat on the edge of the High Weald and within easy reach of the coast, this is in a great location. Not that you would want to go anywhere. Because this really is the oast with the most.
This grade II listed roundel house has been immaculately restored, both inside and out and its grounds include a heated swimming pool and a boating lake.