Taking a short break in the Wine Garden of England
Heading to a vineyard, taking a tour and perhaps indulging in a few drinks sounds like the ideal day. But what if you’re visiting from further afield, or perhaps wish to make a weekend of it? Well, once you’ve designated your alcohol-free driver or booked a taxi, you can head to some of these local hotels or cottages nearby the WGOE vineyards…
Hush Heath & Goudhurst
Thankfully one of the shorter journeys, at just three and a half miles is Hush Heaths’ very own Goudhurst Inn. Once you’ve stocked up at the new visitor centre, it’ll no doubt be time to soak up on your new purchases. Serving gastropub favourites, continental treats and fresh clay oven pizzas that you can enjoy on the sun terrace, you’ll not want to leave, and as the pub has their own rooms, you won’t need to! Each room has been designed to culminate in a boutique country hotel – a retreat in the Weald.
Simpsons & Canterbury
Luckily being just over 15 minutes drive south of Canterbury, Simpsons Wine Estate has plenty of hotels and inns to settle down for the night after a busy day right on its doorstep. A fine example is the Abode hotel in Canterbury. With some bedrooms featuring wet rooms and roll top baths to rooftop terraces overlooking the city this hotel is the epitome of luxury in the centre of the city. If you can’t tuck into your purchases from Simpsons just yet, then there’s even a champagne bar on hand!
Squerryes & Chiddingstone
Sitting just outside of Westerham, Squerryes vineyard occupies prime Kentish countryside but within touching distance of the M25. Once you’ve tasted the wines or gone on the experiences, it’ll be time to head back home – or not. Sitting just 19 minutes from the vineyard is Mulberry Cottage’s Duck Lodge. This quaint lodging is filled with oak beams, a wood burner and other country ideals and is even home to some namesake creatures - rest your head just like this bottle!
Chapel Down & Warehorne
Just south of Tenterden is where Chapel Down lies, a typically English town setting. With many pubs and independent shops there is plenty to do, but if you fancy getting away from it all and getting into the village lifestyle then head to nearby Warehorne and to the Woolpack Inn. The 16th Century Inn is surrounded by fields with grazing sheep, and inside is home to five individually styled rooms full of memorabilia and character. The restaurant downstairs even stocks the tipple from the vineyard you’ve just visited – just in case you need more!
Gusbourne & Hythe
Closer to the Woolpack Inn than Chapel Down is Gusbourne, yet if you are not picking countryside to sleep in for your night, perhaps head further east toward the beautiful Kent coast. Around 30 minutes’ drive away is the Hythe Imperial Hotel. Proudly standing on the seafront overlooking the English Channel, this hotel will truly make the difference to the countryside you have been accustomed to earlier in the day!
Rustic charm and appeal goes with the 50 year history of Biddenden Vineyard. To go hand in hand yet in stark contrast with this is the Barrow House in Egerton. Built in 1576, the pub is a hive of activity for the village and its historic interior is combined with the modern features of each of their rooms, all with a minimalistic almost Scandi like outfitting. Once you’ve slept well overnight, head out and into the country as you’ll be greeted by sweeping views over toward the Kent Downs AONB.