Information for Guests

Here is a link to Bressenden's location on Google maps. Google's street view images are shown here. Half way along the road that runs between the villages of Biddenden and Benenden is a small lane marked "Frogs Hole Lane". Bressenden is on the other side of the road from this junction. Look for a wooden gate with a picture of a black cat. The house is in an isolated rural location where there are no street lights. It is set back from the road, so it can be difficult to find at night. It is a good idea bring a pocket light for use after nightfall. The entrance gate is shown below. Further directions and information for GPS/satnav users are on this page.
You may park on any gravelled area within the property, as long as you are not blocking other cars from going in and out. Please remember to keep the entrance gate closed at all times — we have precious pet animals that we do not want to be killed on the road!
Check-in is from 16:00 until 19:00. Outside those hours, there may not be anyone around to let you in! If you are delayed, please phone/text +44 77 1234 8342 as soon as possible so that arrangements may be made to let you in. I regret that I cannot accommodate early check-ins, because I need the space in the middle of the day to clean the rooms, prepare the house for the next set of guests, and purchase food supplies. Check-out is up to 11:00.
No, but there are several pubs and restaurants within a four-mile radius. A kitchen is provided for the use of guests who wish to bring their own food. It has a cooker, microwave, crockery, cutlery and a good sized table and four chairs.
The nearest restaurants are in Biddenden, 1.75 miles away. Turn left outside the gate, carry straight on over the (dangerous!) crossroads and keep going in the same direction until you reach the village on your left. The ­village car park is on the left just before the left turn into the High Street.
  • West House Restaurant (Michelin-starred — reservation required). 28 High Street, Biddenden TN27 8AH (Tel. 01580 291341).
  • The Red Lion (pub). 14 High Street, Biddenden TN27 8AH (Tel. 01580 291347).
  • The Three Chimneys (historic pub and restaurant, outside Biddenden, 3.7 miles in the direction of Sissinghurst – reservation recommended). Hareplain Road, Biddenden TN27 8LW (Tel. 01580 291472).

Other options
  • The Raja of Kent (Indian food to eat in or take away). Biddenden Road, High Halden TN30 6SX (Tel. 01233 851191). This is the best of the local Indian restaurants, and is 6-minute drive away (3.2 miles) in the direction of Ashford.
  • The Bull (pub — 2.75 miles). The Street, Benenden TN17 4DE (Tel. 01580 240054).
  • The Bull Inn (pub — 2.78 miles). 1 Regent Street, Rolvenden, TN17 4PB (Tel. 01580 241212).

The two small towns of Tenterden (3 miles) and Cranbrook (4 miles) have many restaurants, pubs and cafés. Tenterden's White Lion (tel. 01580 765077) has a varied menu which includes pizzas made in a wood-fired oven. It is in the centre of town, on the opposite side of the High Street to the church.
Breakfast is served from 08:00 and the Dining Room remains open until 10:00. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let me know beforehand.
  • Orange juice
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Yoghurt (homemade)
  • Muesli and granola
  • Sourdough bread (homemade white and homemade stoneground wholewheat)
  • Croissants
  • Waffles
  • Normandy butter
  • Large selection of jams and spreads*
  • Bacon
  • Chipolata sausages
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Vegetarian option (tofu or whatever is requested, by prior arrangement)
  • Coffee, tea or hot chocolate
*The chocolate spread contains no palm oil and no nuts.
I found that weekends very quickly got booked up with people who just wanted to stay one night. This created more work than I could cope with, particularly in terms of laundry. I reluctantly decided that such a service was best left to larger establishments with the staff and equipment to deal with the workload. The one-night stay option is still available from Sunday to Thursday to cater for business travellers, but I would like to encourage all those who are travelling for leisure to consider Bressenden and its beautiful setting as something more than just a pit stop. It really is worth a longer visit. I like to get to know my guests too!
If you need a local taxi during your stay, you could try these companies:
Yes, your room comes with its own private bathroom. The only exception is in the extremely rare case that you have booked our Rose Room together with our Blue Room when all the other rooms are occupied. In this case the Rose and Blue Rooms will share a bathroom, but you will have been told of this arrangement when you booked. For example, a father travelling with a daughter might book two separate rooms to sleep in, but would have to share the same bathroom.
No. All the bedrooms are upstairs. The staircase is divided into three flights, with 15 steps in total. The depth of the treads is 26cm and the risers are 16cm high. The East Wing has a further four steps to negotiate, which are a little more difficult, having tread depths of 22cm and risers of 19cm.
I accept payment by these methods:
  • Cash
  • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, etc)
  • Bank Debit Card
  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay
I do not accept cheques
Bressenden is in a fairly isolated rural spot, dependent on overhead cables for its electricity and wifi supplies. The signal strength for cell phones can be erratic, depending on your provider. Broadband provision is excellent, with fast, full fibre optic cable to the premises (FTTP). Guests should note that external and internal security cameras are installed in the public areas. In winter or at times of high winds, this area is prone to electricity power outages which can sometimes last for several hours. Burst water mains can also occur at any time without warning and disrupt water supplies. Our night skies are unusually dark for the south of England — this is great for seeing the Milky Way but can be disconcerting if you are a city dweller. In short, a stay in the country may be very different from what you are used to, especially in the winter months when night temperatures go down several degrees lower than in towns. Finally, remember that cats live here, so allergy sufferers should take note.