Rochester, Sussex, Surrey & Kent Cottages
One of two cottages nestled close together, Woodside perches just below Dode church giving guests a thoroughly peaceful vista across fields and up to woodland on nearby Holly Hill. Constructed of green oak, this charming, timber framed cottage has been carefully planned to give guests a feeling of being transported back to a time gone by yet surrounded by many up-to-date features, not least a hot tub in one of the bedrooms.Locally crafted wrought iron work has been used to great effect throughout.
Designed very much as a small, country 'hideaway', you'll find that the minute you set foot inside the door the cares of the world melt away as you begin to unwind and soak up the atmosphere with its intimate, almost medieval, feel.
Comfortable, contemporary furnishings in all the living space allow guests to relax and make the most of their break.
Open plan Living Area/Dining Area with contemporary sofa, two armchairs, TV (Freeview)/DVD player, modern dining table/chairs and flagstone floor.
Kitchen Area, fully fitted, with oven and microwave.
Family Shower Room/WC.
Bedroom One, open to ceiling height, with double bed (4ft 6), chest of drawers, gallery landing, hot tub and Ensuite Shower Room/WC.
Access via steep, solid open tread stairs with hand rail.
Bedroom Two, a sleeping "loft" with double bed (4ft 6), small 'lookout' window and very low beamed ceiling.
Small, stone paved area at the cottage entrance and access to the two acres of grounds surrounding the cottages and church.
You have to venture down a remote 'no through road' in the depths of the Kent countryside to find the tiny hamlet known locally as Dode. Almost completely destroyed by The Black Death in the 14th century, all that remains of the original village is the small Norman church. Rediscovered and restored in the Victorian era, it is now a popular venue for civil wedding ceremonies.
If you're a keen walker then you couldn't find yourself in a better place as you have easy access onto the North Downs/Pilgrims Way, leading to England's premier cathedral city of Canterbury (40 miles away).
Although tucked well away from busy main roads, Dode is within easy driving distance of a number of superb attractions, such as the outstanding Leeds castle, medieval Igtham Mote, Chartwell (National Trust - former home of Sir Winston Churchill) and the historic naval dockyard at Chatham.
The cathedral city of Rochester with its Norman castle above the River Medway, is an easy drive as are the creeks and inlets of the north Kent coastline where there are a number of RSPB bird sanctuaries.
For a family day out, why not try Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury, or slightly further afield the seaside town of Margate (about an hour's drive), with it's many and varied attractions.
"Doug, many thanks for sharing your wonderful property with us. Fabulous weekend, we are already discussing a return visit ... Best Regards."Michaela 2016-11-01
"Wonderful location and we both enjoyed our stay at Woodside for the two nights that we hired the cottage for in December. We were married on the grounds inside a beautiful church and ceremony was just magical. You must endeavour to visit Dode Church during your stay and take in the breathtaking views inside and out. There are some lovely walking areas for a good old ramble, a few local village pubs serving good food and at the end of the day you can have a relaxing soak back at the cottage in the hot tub which we enjoyed. Although there is no mobile phone reception due to poor signal there is a payphone at the cottage that can be used if needed. We would definitely go back again!"Arji & Darren 2016-02-01
"We came to Woodside for a relaxing weekend to celebrate a birthday. We had a wonderful time walking our dogs and the hot tub is a real bonus. Beautiful cottage and surroundings. We were lucky enough to see inside Dode Church. A truly amazing place and topped what has been a weekend we will never forget. We will definitely be back very soon."The Gooch family and friend 2016-02-01