Coldharbour Cottage was built way back in the 1760's and many of the original features have been restored or replaced by local craftsmen. At the time of renovation in 2006 the cottage had stood empty for 2 years. The vision was to recreate the type of living accommodation that the old farmer and his wife would have lived in during the 1800s. In addition, it was felt that this experience should be shared with visitors who can learn about the construction of the cottage, the daily life of the shepherd in the fields and his wife and family in the home. There is much to enjoy on the farm with the fantastic views across the valley towards the sea, the abundant wildlife, particularly birdwatching and many activities on the Farm.
Part of the Coldharbour experience is that it is more than a place to stay. The surrounding undulating farmland is an uplifting and refreshing welcome from some of the more urban bustling towns and cities of southern England. It is steeped in history too, from the story of the smugglers on the look out for the local police to the construction of the Military Road and its WWII bunkers lined along the route. The owner can direct you along some fantastic public footpaths off the beaten track which will pass by old Romney Marsh Lookers Huts, old churches and waterways which are very interesting for young and old. They have created a Local History Walking Tour which takes you across the farm and around the local village showing you all the points of interest - with a little bit of fun too. You will come home not only having had a good rest but will understand the history, the beautiful landscape of the High Weald and learn a little about the local wildlife and what life used to be like on a typical farm in the Victorian era.
The Farm was bought in 2005 as a run down, overgrown and neglected site, the cottage was empty and derelict. The Wagon Shed was in a heap on the floor. The vision was to recreate the site as it used to be. The cottage tells a story, the wagon lodge has been brought back to life, the old barn will be converted soon. There are animals on the farm once again and that's how it should be.
Coldharbour Cottage has recently signed up to Our Land, a website that promotes businesses based in protected landscapes who have pledged to care for their local landscape and promote what is special about it.
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