High Weald

L_034557Ramsden Farm is a traditional white weather-boarded farmhouse set in nine acres of beautiful Wealden countryside in Benenden, Kent. Views from the kitchen and the terrace especially, stretch over a patchwork of fields, woods and valleys. Beyond the ridge the last horizon is sea. From the decking patio there is a complete 180 degree panoramic view  - people strangely say how "big" the sky is here. There are animals all around: horses in the fields one side, sheep the other; buzzards, pheasants and guinea fowl.

With a multitude of walks of differing length and through the changing scenery of great woods, fields and vineyards, it is hard to choose one that stands out. However,  a one mile walk, with the recommended pub the Woodcock at the end, is always a must. For those who just like to ramble, a footpath runs straight past the farm. It should also be said that at night it is completely quiet and also pitch black. Looking at the stars is a wonderful thing to do in the countryside.

There's a strong sense of community and of 'local' at Ramsden Farm. All of the food served comes from the local community. The milk, for example, is bought from the Benenden Dairy who rent fields at Ramsden Farm to grow the crops to feed their cows. A true sense of local produce! The vegetables and meat are all local and eggs are collected from a friend's farm just down the road and in the summer they supply tomatoes from the greenhouse in the garden. All of the plants in the garden come from the nursery just down the lane and the iron feature on the terrace comes from Cranbrook.

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