High Weald

ClothHallOastCloth Hall Oast and Barn is a Grade II listed oast house set in the heart of the High Weald. It is a remarkably fine renovation of a typical Kentish oast house and can be found just outside Cranbrook, a typical Wealden Kentish town. Set in 5 acres of beautifully kept gardens, Cloth Hall Oast is private and secluded without being isolated and includes a heated swimming pool.

Cranbrook looks and feels much as it has done for centuries: a peaceful market town of weather-boarded houses, surrounded by orchards and farmland. Weather-boarding is very characteristic of the Kentish High Weald.

Cloth Hall Oast is the perfect base for exploring the Weald. There are many houses, gardens and museums to visit. You could visit the beautifully restored steam trains on the Tenterden to Bodiam line, there's Rolvenden's Historic Vehicles Collections, Bodiam Castle, or you could try the wines at Tenterden vineyard. If you love music then you should visit Finchcocks Museum of Music near Goudhurst.

The characteristic charm of the area around Cranbrook is in the jumble of little lanes and strips of coppice woodland, interspersed with roughly grazed meadows and small orchards. Close to Cloth Hall Oast is Hemsted Wood, one of the places that still upholds the tradition of commercial timber production in the High Weald. Hemsted Wood was the victim of the hurricane of 1987 and as such it has subsequently had many trees replanted by the local community. The dense foliage attracts numerous birds and dormice are known to thrive in this habitat. the owner of Cloth Hall Oast loves to be able to point guests in the direction of specific walks, depending on their mood that day! There are so many options though as this is a walker's paradise.

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