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Winter Wonders at Wadhurst Castle Cottage!

Winter and 2018 are both well and truly here, and it’s been a busy start to the year for the team at Wadhurst Castle Cottage. From award certification to an exciting new cottage addition, we are now starting to look forward to the hints of Spring! 

It’s a typical English January and still cold outside, but Castle Cottage has had an exciting addition to its features – a new wood burning stove installed in the spacious sitting room! After a day out exploring, a dog walk around the Wadhurst Castle estate or just a short stroll to the local White Hart pub, why not relax for the afternoon in front of its cosy fire.

Despite the cold, the early signs of spring are coming – the bulbs are starting to pop their heads up! This signals the start of a number of late winter/early spring events coming up in the East Sussex and West Kent area surrounding Castle Cottage. Here are some to help you get planning your visit:
  • Hever Castle’s Snowdrop Walk: (10th February – 11th March 2018.) View the magical trail of over 700,000 snowdrops planted around the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
  • The Highway Rat Trail, Bedgebury Pinetum: (Open daily, check website for details.) Based on the children’s book, The Highway Rat (by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler), the trails at Bedgebury Forest have brought the Highway Rat to life. Simply follow the panels, complete activities and interact with the forest, taking you on a journey with The Highway Rat and friends!
  • Clangers, Bagpuss and Co at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens: (Open daily until 4th February 201811am – 4pm.) With something for both children and those young at heart, catch the end of the wonderful exhibition displaying the original puppets, archive footage and behind the scenes workings of Bagpuss, the Clangers and many others. Try your hand at animating your own characters too! 
  • Batemans Conservation Guided Tours: (Weekdays 2nd January – 16th February 2018.) A chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the conversation work being carried out at the former home of Rudyard Kipling. Guided by volunteers, see the team at work and ask questions about the conservation projects.
Lastly, (and by no means least) at the start of January we were visited by Visit England for our annual inspection. We are delighted that we have yet again been awarded the Gold Award and re-certified for our 4* self catering and Pets Welcome ratings. We really pride ourselves on the standard we can provide you with at Castle Cottage and having Visit England’s approval is reassurance in the quality you will be receiving when you stay with us. 

To book your stay at Wadhurst Castle Cottage or for more details, contact Fiona Whittington on 01892 785258 or email

Great Dixter

Birthplace, home and passion of gardening writer the late Christopher Lloyd. Great Dixter was built in 1450 and boasts one of the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country with antique furniture and a needlework collection. Sir Edwin Lutyens was employed to restore the house and gardens in 1910. The gardens are now the hallmark of Christopher Lloyd, with a variety of clipped topiary, wild meadow flowers, mixed borders, ponds and the Exotic Garden.


Leeds Castle

Described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, the 900 year old Leeds Castle surrounded by a moat and 500 acres of parkland offers year round events and attractions. It was a popular residence of Edward I and Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife lived here and in modern times has been used as a location for films including James Bond in Moonraker!