The Barn and The Bothy are two adjacent self-catering holiday cottages, in the river-side village of Newenden in the Rother Valley. Both have fascinating histories that date back to the 1600s; including occupation by shepherds, and horse stabling for constructing the Royal Military Canal. Careful restoration has retained much of their character and history, whilst providing comfortable, warm and cosy accommodation.
Both properties have views to the River Rother and you can get a very good feel of how important the river was to past life in the area; being historically one of the main means of moving goods through the landscape.
The Rother can still be a central element of your stay in Newenden. There are lovely walks along its banks and the Bodiam Boating Company can take you up the Rother by boat to the stunning Bodiam Castle – one of the National Trust’s most family-friendly properties in the High Weald. Even more appealing to leaving the car at home is the fact that you can travel between Bodiam, Newenden and the Kentish market town of Tenterden on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway.
Just across the river valley in Northiam is Great Dixter; the famous house and garden of the late Christopher Lloyd, the illustrious gardener and gardening writer. There is much to see at any time of year, whilst an early and mid-summer visit will see the flower-rich meadows at their best.
The Barn and The Bothy's owners are 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.