The Garden of England
Kent is known as the Garden of England for good reason. The Nut Plat in Roughway is a historic ‘orchard’ of ancient cob nut trees. Running alongside the River Bourne near Tonbridge in Kent, the Nut Plat is on the edge of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We think the hamlet of Roughway is unique – less than an hour from the centre of London and yet you can hardly hear a car let alone a train and you rarely ever hear an aeroplane (unless it’s using the open sky for acrobatics).
Roughway, Tonbridge, Kent
The best way to enjoy the rural idyll is to just kick back and relax on the banks of the river Bourne which borders your own patch of paradise.
Great for walking and exploring
If you're feeling energetic, the Greensand Way is a delightful footpath running, as it's name suggests, along the greensand way - a generally dry route across the county. There are many other footpaths in the locality and we can recommend several circular routes from the Retreat.
Royal Tunbridge Wells and the market towns of Sevenoaks and West Malling are all close by for those that like to explore.
Plenty of local walks
The local pub is a five minute walk away, with two others a brisk half hour away.
If visiting country houses is your thing there are many National Trust properties within reach. We've Knole House at Sevenoaks, Ightham Mote and Penshurst place nearby and further afield are the lovely gardens at Sissinghurst or Pashley manor.
The 1904 Living Van
Originally used by road builders to live in, our 'shepherd huts' would have been pulled by steam engines/rollers.
Between the World Wars the original cast iron wheels were replaced
by artillery wheels and it served Oxford County Council before
retiring to a garden where the children turned it into a gypsy
Sadly, it then spent twenty years in a hedge and rot set to the original woodwork.
But now it is repaired back to it's former glory with additional features to ensure your stay is as close to a home from home as possible.
Chickens, horses, cattle and more...
We keep chickens and we also have horses and cattle on our land on the other side of Roughway Lane which visitors are welcome to say hello to.
You could bring friends or kidults along with a tent (for an additional cost) but we won't allow any amplified music to spoil the peace and quiet.