We're right in the heart of the most beautiful area of Kent countryside, with Bedgebury Forest only 5mins drive away, Bewl Water reservoir only 10mins away, Scotney Castle, Leeds Castle, Bodium Castle!
There are also a delicious selection of great pubs and eatery options all within a very short distance.
The nearest shop is in Goudhurst, a 25 minute walk away. But we are also happy to provide bits and bobs if we've got them in stock
PUBS & RESTAURANTS
Goudhurst Inn (35 min walk, 5 min drive)
Our favourite local, and the latest pub from the guys who run one of the finest local wineries, Hush Heath. Great food and drinks (including delicious freshly baked pizzas) and not too expensive.
The Green Cross Inn (10 min walk, across the fields, so bring your wellies!). Really great local pub - seafood highly recommended!
The Bull (20 min drive). One word... pies.
LOCAL PLACES TO VISIT Goudhurst Village | lovely little village with some great food/drink options and local stores.
Finchcocks Music Museum | a fine Georgian manor set in a beautiful garden, surrounded by parkland. It now houses a celebrated collection of over 100 historical keyboard instruments, of which more than forty are in full working order. It makes a wonderful day out for all the family. Finchcocks is truly a living museum with entertaining demonstrations of the instruments for all visitors, which are as appealing to the nonmusician as they are to the specialist
Cranbrook (Town) | a delightful small town that’s only 10 mins drive from Paines. It has not one, but two, excellent butchers if meat is your thing.
Sissinghurst Castle | only a couple of mile from Cranbrook, the Castle houses the most popular gardens in the whole of Kent. Now owned by the National Trust, the gardens are most definitely worth a visit.
Scotty Castle | simply the supreme fairytale incarnation of a moated castle. A delightful location for a walk, or take a blanket and a picnic and sit amongst the stunning grounds. Only 5 mins drive by car, or a 30min stride out down the lanes from Paines.
Hawkhurst Village | he Hawkhurst Gang dominated smuggling in Kent and Sussex until a locally raised militia finally brought their reign of terror to a bloody end in Goudhurst. Many of the watering holes frequented by the gang are still around today including the Mermaid in Rye, the Oak and Ivy and the Great House in Hawkhurst and the Star and Eagle in Goudhurst.
Kino Cinema (Hawkhurst) | a fantastic counterpoint to the history of the village, the delightfully independent Kino Digitat Cinema in Hawkhurst shows the very best of small and big budget films. From Sundance to Star Wars, with great food and drinks options to round out your evening.
OUTDOORS & ACTIVE Bedgebury Forest/Pinetum | epic forest walk/cycle action. Home to the largest collection of conifers in Europe and Kent’s tallest tree! (5 mins).
Quench Cycles, Bedgebury | very reasonable bike hire that allows you to make the most of the forest right on your doorstep. Either take a gentle cycle around the blue route or challenge yourselves to the red route. Easy enough that Chris & Lisa's 8 year old daughter can do it, but tricky enough in parts to offer a real challenge for those who like speed (5 mins).
Go Ape, Bedgebury | why be on the ground, when you can be in the air. Fly through the trees, zip-line through the forest, all perfectly safe and sound as you’re harnessed in (5 mins)
Arena Pursuits | a family run outdoor activity business based on 250 acres overlooking Bewl Water offering helicopter rides, 4 wheel driving (proper offroading!), quad bikes or fast Honda Pilots, or more sedate country sports such as archery or clay pigeon shooting (10 mins).
Bewl Water | Kent’s largest reservoir with fantastic walking, cycling and sailing options. Taken over in early Jan 2016, and currently in the middle of an exciting visitor centre/facilities upgrade program.
Risebridge Gym | only 400m walk from Paines Farmhouse, and we've organised a great deal with them for our guests: Gym drop-in | £5 Crossfit drop-in | £10 Get in touch with Cass after having made a booking, he will then put you directly in touch with Rob from the gym to organise your session(s).
GETTING AROUND Trains into Paddock Wood or Marden from Charing Cross in London (about 45 mins), and we have access to a great local taxi firm as well who can pick you up from anywhere in anything from a standard cab, to a Range Rover or Aston Martin if you feel that way inclined. We also don't mind taking you to our favourite local pub (The Goudhurst Inn) in the evening, and picking you up afterwards if you'd like...
Let us know what you need, what you'd like, what interests you... and we'll do our very best to help you out.
play tennis | swim in the heated outdoor pool | 4.5 acres to get explore | go for walks | eat, drink, chill | play retro Pacman | have a drink from the bar | have a special "Hot Chocolicks Combo of Creaminess" at the main house | air rifle range shooting range
Lisa also runs a massage and beauty therapy business called BeSpoilt. After 5 years working with Aveda and opening some of their largest treatment spaces at Harvey Nicks, Harrods and Covent Garden, she took all of those skills and made them her own. You can get a number of superb treatments and packages, all available upon request as specified on the BeSpoilt @ Paines Treatment List supplied after booking.