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Chiddingstone Kent

Described as one of the prettiest villages in Kent, if not England, this is a must on the itinerary for visitors to the Weald of Kent. Chiddingstone is unique in that, apart from the church and the Castle, the entire village is owned by the National Trust. It is described as being " the most perfect surviving example of a Tudor village in the county".

The village gets its name from the Chiding Stone - a large sandstone rock formation, and tradition asserts that the stone was used as a seat of judgement, mainly to remonstrate overbearing local wives.

Those interested in history will find this little village fascinating, with over 70 percent of the buildings in Chiddingstone being more than 200 years old. The building that's now the post office is mentioned as early as 1453. The castle has a fascinating history in its own right. It dates back to the early 1500s, owned by the Streatfeild family and in the early 1800s was re-built to resemble a medieval castle. During the Second World War it served as a base for military forces before becoming a school until 1954 when it closed. Fishermen are also able to usethe lake in its 35 acres of grounds.

Nearby Bough Beech Reservoir is also a must for wildlife enthusiasts, and is one of the most celebrated and visited birdwatching sites in the south east.

Chiddingstone Kent
Things to see & do in and around Chiddingstone

Bough Beech Reservoir - a haven for wildlife
Chiddingstone Castle - early 16th century castle having gone many architectural changes
Hever Castle - enchanting double-moated castle
Penshurst Place & Gardens - historic house & gardens
Penshurst Off Road Cycling - off road cycling park set in 44 acres of ancient woodland
St. Mary's Church - beautiful church dating back to the 13th century

Recommended places to eat and drink in Chiddingstone

Castle Inn - traditional country pub dating back to 1420
Also see places to eat and drink in Sevenoaks

Where to stay in Chiddingstone

Becketts (B&B)
Chested (B&B)
Hever Castle Luxury Bed & Breakfast (B&B)
Watstock Farm (self-catering)
Whitepost Oast (B&B)

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