the location

Set just a few short steps from the centre of historic Benenden, with its picture postcard village green, church and cricket pitch, The Old Fire Station is within walking distance of Benenden School and wedding venue The Oak Barn. It is just a short drive to Benenden Hospital, Hole Park, Sissinghurst Castle, historic Rye and the beach at Camber Sands.

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It only takes a short walk or drive to find yourself in the heart of The Weald's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rolling hills, ancient woodland and breathtaking views. Within easy distance lie some of the UK's most rewarding visitor sites, including the stunning gardens of Sissinghurst Castle, Hole Park, Pashley Manor and Great Dixter, historic Battle Abbey, Scotney Castle and Leeds Castle, the quaint cloistered streets of artists' paradise Rye and the endless golden beaches of Camber Sands.


This part of Kent and East Sussex offers plenty of memorabe options for enjoying food and drink at all budget levels. Wine lovers will delight in visiting the myriad local vineyards to sample their award-winning wines and gin, including Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Nyetimber, Gusbourne, Tillingham, Anno gin and Biddenden, to name but a few. Local pubs cater not just for lovers of locally-produced ales but also a range of different cuisines. The Bull at Benenden, The Woodcock in Iden Green and The Milk House in Sissinghurst are within easy reach while The Bell at Ticehurst, The Great House in Hawkhurst and The Ferry Inn at Stone-in-Oxney are just a short drive away. There are plenty of local restaurants to enjoy from the family-friendly Hoof in Rye to the more fine dining experiences offered by “The Small Holding in Kilndown and the West House in Biddenden.

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Nearby Tenterden boasts a wide range of shops and bars / restaurants, as well as being the home station for the Kent & East Sussex railway offering regular return steam train trips through the Rother Valley to the 14th Century, moated Bodiam Castle. There is plenty for active families looking to burn off energy to do with a wide variety of land and water-based activities at Bewl Water or explore the many free play areas at Bedgebury Pinetum or be more adventurous with mountain biking or Go Ape Treetop climbing.

There are regular musical and theatrical events to enjoy at Hemsted Park, the stunning new concert venue in the grounds of Benenden School, with summer concerts at nearby Hole Park as well as the Wealden Times shows. Winter sees festive Christmas light displays to enjoy at both Bedgebury Forest and Leeds Castle.