This’ll teach me for not taking my camera on a weekend away.
Have a couple of days off, I thought.
And then we turn up to the most beautifully decorated, Instagrammable Air BnB you’ve ever seen, with surrounding grounds to make any photographer weep with joy.
So, rather than just not document it at all, I thought I’d just share the few measily phone snaps that we did get, because if anyone is in the market for a staycation in Kent, you need to know about this place.
For my 30th birthday, I went away with my hubby (when does that word start getting less weird?) and twelve of our nearest and dearest, for a little weekend getaway.
We started off looking for houses in the Cotswolds, Devon, Bath… all the pretty places. But because we were a little slow off the mark and there were so many of us, with varying budgets, our searches were coming up empty handed.
But we did find this little gem in Kent.
That’s about an hour away and I go there multiple times a month, for work. It didn’t sound very exciting.
But our options were limited and we decided that, truly, once we were there, it didn’t really matter where we went, as long as we were all together, having a good time.
And I’m SO glad we made that decision.
Finchcocks Coach House, in Goudhurst, is clearly the place to be!
Set in the breathtaking grounds of 300 year old, Grade 1 Listed, Finchcocks Manor House, the coach house has been newly renovated to the highest standard and sleeps eighteen people, with eight double rooms and two guest beds.
There were more original, period features than even I could drool over at any one time, including wooden mangers in one of the downstairs bedrooms, complete with tie rings, a stall wall, an ancient wooden front door, and beams and exposed brickwork for days!
The house is in a rural location, but with a handful of neighbours nearby, so you aren’t completely alone. And at the end of a very long (but walkable, if you’re feeling adventurous) farm track is Scotney Castle, a National Trust tourist attraction. There are also various pubs and restaurants nearby. We tried the Goudhurst Inn and the food was delicious.
We also went bowling in Tunbridge Wells, around half an hour away and visited the Big Cat Sanctuary, in Ashford, which was just a twenty minute drive.
In the interest of an honest review, my one complaint would be that, as the property has been newly done, it still has a few basics missing, such as storage and hanging space for clothes, an iron, thicker curtains (I like a lie in, so the sun streaming in my window, through the gauzy curtains was not my fave) and cleaning/household supplies.
However, as long as you are aware of this and can plan accordingly, it’s not an issue.
For the money we paid, we were absolutely blown away by the standard of the property and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect Kentish countryside getaway.
P.S. Next time I go somewhere, I promise you better, glossier photos and not just iPhone snaps! *slaps wrist*