What the Guests say
We want to make sure our guests leave Freshwater Barn feeling happy and relaxed. Here is a what the guests say about us!
It has been our firt visit to Kent and won't be our last. The barn is lovely, comfortable and fully equipped. Hosts Sophie and Ronald were warm and friendly as were the dogs and chickens.
A brilliant week
Sue and Gary 21.09.20 ( North Oxon)
Despite Covid we have had a delightful time. We really enjoyed our stay
Chris & Lin 13.09.20 ( The Wirral)
Thank you for sharing your pretty garden with us. The courtyard garden is delightful. We will recommend the barn to our friends.
Dilys and Dave 4.9.20 (Leigh on Sea)
All anyone could ask for. It is perfect. Thank you for being such lovely hosts.
Anne 28.08.20 (Basildon)
Home from Home - very charming, friendly and accommodadting. Thank you. love to come again
Sally and Simon 22.08.20 (Warwickshire)
Thank you for the extra cleaning care. lovely surroundings made our stay exceptional
Jan and Rober 16.08.20 (Northampton)
Home away from home. Thank you Sophie for being an accommodating Host. We throroughly enjoyed our break
Sat and Indi 12.08.20 (Chigwell)
Thoroughly enjoyed being able to relax the patio. Lovely chickens and delightful dogs. Will certainly return
Gillian and Geoffrey 9.08.20 (Surrey)
Thank you so much for letting us stay in your wonderful Barn. The cake was a real treat. We would love to come again one day
John Eva Sophie and Lottie 6.08.20 (London)
We cant thank you enough for the amazing weekend. Your barn is perfect and so is your hospitality.
All the best
Susana Enrico and Sophie 3.08.20
What an adventure. We had a fantastic time in this quaint pretty cottage.So spotless and clean. We are definitely returning
Natasha, James, Harry and Teddy (the dog) 30.7.20 (Whitstable)
We absolutely loved our stay. your garden is beautiful and the animals were a real hit with our daughter.
Jess, David, Orla and Winston the dog 26.7.20
Freshwater was the perfect place to step out os lockdown in London.
Thank you Sophie
Kristin and Dave (London)
A super break and just what we needed
Vanessa and Mike 11.7.20 (Swansea)
Really comfortable and quiet spot with everything to ensure a relaxed stay
Vic and Linda 19.09.17
Thank you for a lovely welcome and stay in your beautiful barn.
Until next time
Bob,Marlon and Joep (Delft) 13.09.17
Thank you for letting us stay, we wished we had spent more time relaxing. The cake was beautiful and the bed so comfortable.
james and Amanda ( Dartford ) 7.09.17
We had a wonderful time in this cottage, everything was good. The barn was very well equipped and your garden beautiful. A lovely 2 weeks
Saskia, Klas and jopi ( Netherlands) 23.08.17
We really appreciated your lovely barn, cake,flowers, garden and animals. Beans and beetroot will remind us of a wonderful holiday!
Hella (Germany) 18.08.17
Wonderful stay at Freshwater Barn. Sophie makes very nice cakes, loved the dogs and the chickens
Pam, John and Rosie the dog 29.07.17
lovely stay in your cosy comfortable barn. Terrific host and tasty cake
All the best
Ros and Steve (Worksop) 14.07.17
We had a wonderful week in this lovely cosy cottage. Thank you for the warm welcome,fresh flowers and tasty cake
Leo, Elizabeth and Lisa (Germany) 1/7.17
We had a brilliant week at the barn. Your hosting together with all the animals, good weather made a really relaxing week
Linda and Roy 17.07.17
We had a great time in your barn, lucky with the weather so we could eat all our meals outside.
All the best
Mary, Craig and Will 4.06.17
Ideally situated cottage. Thank you for such a lovely stay
Penny and katie (East Berks) 20.05.17
A lovely little cottage in a lovely part of the country. A thoroughly enjoyable week.
Diane & Malcom (Cheshire) 24.6.16
We have had a really lovely week here. Good position for NT gardens and Birdwatching!! Thank you Sophie for your friendly welcome.
Rose and Tony (Essex) 12. 6.16
We were happy to find this beautiful cottage with its beautiful interior and lovely garden. Many thanks dear Sophie. We will be back!
Nicole and Stefan (Cologne) May 2016
We have enjoyed staying here in your lovely cottage. We hope to return, everything was perfect. Thank you very much
Robin and Caroline (Thirsk) April 2016
Thank you ao much for your hospitality, we hope to come again in the spring/summer when Sissinghurst and Dixter are open and the weather improved.
Sharon and Melvyn (Manchester) 13.01.16
Thank you Sophie for welcoming us so warmly to your lovely,cosy and comfortable barn. It was really a pleasure to get to know you during our stay.
Best wishes Natalie, Stefane, Nicola and Andrew 6.01.16
What a lovely cosy bolt hole - especially on a wet November weekend. Great Chutney too.
Gill and Bernard 6 -9.11.15
Thank you Sophie for another lovely stay and for the delicious homemade cake. Hope to see you again next year.
Thanks Claire and Ray 29.10.15
The barn has been a very comfortable base with plenty of on-site entertainment via the chickens and the puppy. The warm welcome and freshly baked cake have made our stay here even more memorable.Thank you
Sue and Bob (Warwick) 9.7.2015
A wonderful place to celebrate Chris's birthday.Lovely setting + perfect location to explore beautiful Kent. Thorough recommend. Hope to be back soon.
Chris and Claire (London) 05.07.2015
Freshwater Barn with its beautiful garden, well behaved dogs,cats and chickens really is a hidden gem in the lovely Kent countryside. Thank you for your hospitality. We will recommend you all over Germany!
Best wishes for you and your family
Helga and Jurgen (Germany') 22nd June 15
Waking up to the sound of birds, drinking coffee on the terrace in the sun really was perfect. We enjoyed every minute in Freshwater Barn. Hope to return
Rob and Jola ( Netherlands) 12th June 2015
Freshwater barn was immaculately presented. To awaken to the many songs of birds has been a delight and the tranquility of the setting very restful. An oasis of calm.Thank you
Ian and Sheila (Cornwall) 5th June
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your cottage.Freshwater Barn is comfortable,cosy and has everything you could need, especially with young children.Many thanks
Samanth,Marc,Aaron and Sophie (Toronto/Forest Row) 26.05.15
We enjoyed our stay at Freshwater Barn and found it very comfortable. The cake was a nice welcome and we would recommend the barn to anyone who wants a nice relaxing time in Kent
Peter and Sandra (Surrey) 22.05.15
We enjoyed our short stay and promised to come back.
Lucile (Archen) 17.05.15
We spent quite some time researching the perfect location for our holiday get-a-way and we think we certainly found it here at Freshwater Barn Cranbrook. We will certainly be recommending this cosy, warm, welcoming retreat to our friends and family and hope to return again soon.
Thanks for a perfect time
Regards Kari and Lucy (Poole) 12th - 19th November 2014
Thank you Sophie for welcoming us so warmly. Lovely accommodation. We had a great stay coming to see our granddaughter. Hope we will come back again soon.
Diane and Roger (Farnham) 3rd - 7th November 2014
We had a lovely relaxing stay at the Ban. Thank you for the warm welcome. We enjoyed long walks and the fireworks display in Benenden was outstanding. We would love to come and stay again in the future.
Claire and Ray 30th October - 3rd November
We had a fantastic holiday in your cosy barn! Hope we can come again.
Katharina and Bjorn (Lower Saxony) 28th October 2014
A very enjoyable and relaxing week in Kent. Plenty to see and do, and a comfortable bolt hole to return to. Thank you very much for helping us have a great week away.
Ben, Lorraine and Lily 25th Octob 2014
We came to relax and re-charge - and what a perfect place. It is a beautiful cosy Barn. Thank you Sophie for having us in this wonderful hideaway! Plenty of local knowledge and best places to eat etc.
Tony and Mandy Jarvis 10th October 2014
The barn was spotless and very well equipped.We were very well placed to visit numerous NT properties. If we are back in this area we will be sure to come again.
Tony, Rebecca and Sophie 4/10/14
Freshwater Barn is a 'home away from home' complete with the wonderful fresh aroma of the caraway cake delicious!
Linda and Terry (Felixstowe) 26th September
From the moment we pulled up at the gates and were welcomed, we loved it! A real home from hoem. Very charming with the homemade cake and fresh flowers, and the lovely homemade jam. We can highly recommend the Barn.
Our best regards
Andrea Steven and Pandora the dog (Sevenoaks) 21.09.14
The rural and quiet atmosphere around the house and the warm welcome with flowers and delicious cake have made our stay unforgetable. Many thanks again
Foke en Jan (Belgian) 19.09.14
Such a beautiful Barn in a lovely garden and nice surroundings! We loved the family atmoshere and really good advice given to us here!
We'll come back
Katharina, Hedwig and Wilfried (Germany) 12.09.14
This has been a very comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful area. Thank you for the delicious cake and fresh flowers. Thanks for the hospitality
John and Beryl (Australia) 5th September 2014
We have wriiten our testimonial all in French
Merci pour ce beau week-end Ednnige (8yrs)
The Belgians 30.08.14
Many thanks for a lovely stay, we are all refreshed! We didn't realise how beautiful Kent is!Would recommend The Kitty Fisher and Chapel Down
Christine, Richard and Lucy 16.08 - 23.08.14
We enjoyed our stay. the cake was perfect. There are plenty of things to seein the neighbourhood.
Bert en Sjoukje (Netherlands) 8.08.14 - 16.08.14
We have had a lovely holiday in the Barn. Thank you for a lovely place to stay.
Rowena, Matt and Arthur (UK) 08..08.14
The weather was great, the surroundings beautiful and the cottage had everything to make our holiday relaxing.
All the best
Maurice and family (Eindhoven) 02.08.14
We enjoyed a wonderful week here at Freshwater Barn. We had fantastic sunny weather and quite enjoyed exploring Kent. The best part, though, is always returning to the cottage to relax in the evenings. Your cottage and gardens are so peaceful and beautiful! Thank you for the lovely holiday and letting our kids help with your animals
The Americans ( Germany) 26.7.14
Enjoyed our week, thank you for everything. Beautiful gardens and comfortable cottage.
Sylvia and Vic (Northiumberland) 11.07.14 - 17.7.14
Thank you for the lovely stay. Lots of lovely gardens, our favourite was Sissinghurst. Great meal at the Swan Chapel Down
Jenny and Robert (Dorset) 11.7.14
Freshwater Barn is such a lovely comfortable place to stay. A warm welcome and a delicious cake on arrival.We loved our stay. What more can we say A perfect relaxing stay.
Jane, Marrgaret and Liz 28th = 5th July 2-14
We had a lovely warm welcome from Sophie. The barn was spotlessly clean and a delicious cake was waiting for us after a long journey.Thank you for your hospitality and local knowledge.
Sandy and Mile (Devon) 19th - 28th June 2014
Thank you for a great two and half weeks. Although not a holiday, it was a great place for revision for GCSE's. Charming and peaceful, we loved the chickens as well as the cats and dog. Thank you for everything
Julie and Jemima (Guernsey) 1 - 19.6.13
Lovely week in a lovely place! Very comfortable cottage and beautiful garden and nice pets (and owners)! A drean and the steam railway was fantastic.
Barbara (Switzerland) 24 - 31.05.14
Beautiful countryside, wonderful walks and marvellous food! What more can one ask. Thanks so much Sophie and family for the lovely stay. The barm is homely, warm and comfortable.
17.05 - 24.05.14
The barn felt like home and we have enjoyed a wonderful week. The cake was much appreciated with a cup of tea at the end of the day. Thank you
Joy and Barrie ( Batemans Bay, Aus) 8.05.14 - 16.05.14
We have had a lovely week at Freshwater Barn, The weather and the cottage has been perfect. A beautiful village with lovely pubs and friendly locals. Will come again! Thank you for the lovely cake
Rhonda, Nick, Haydn and Alexandra 12.04. - 19.04.2014
Thank you so much. Our mission was to visit old haunts - Great Dixter, Siissinghurst and a new on Hole Park for the Bluebells.
Thank you and best wishes
Vanessa and Bernard 7.4 - 12.4.2014
We had a lovely break in your wonderful cottage. We had a lovely time! Would want to stay longer if we could.
Thank you again
Kevin and Anne and Josh (the dog) Curenborg Holland 3.4 - 7.04.14
Such a warm welcome in you lovely Barn! Treated twice, first a delicious cake and then biscuits made by Juliette. We had a splendid two weeks with no rain and plenty of sunshine. We were so lucky! We loved the long walks with our dog Chips in the nearby forest. Freshwater Barn was a lovely place to stay, after two weeks we still wished we could stay a little longer.
We hope to see you again soon
Barbet and Dennis (Alphen a/d Rijn Holland) 8.03 - 22.03.14
Thank you for the warn welcome, hospitality and the seriously good cake. We enjoyed our stay and if we were ever to return to this area, this is our choice of stay.
Many thanks for creating this wonderful space.
David and Noela 19.02.14 - 23.02.2014 (NSW)
Thank you, we have had a fantastic weekend. Accommodation was excellent. Once again thanks,
Martin and Christine (Chatham, Kent)10.01 - 13.01.14
Never seen so much water on Holiday, Luckily we enjoyed the comforts and countryside of Freshwater Barn. We had a great time and loved the chickens. Have a Happy 2014
Patrik and Tine (B&B Divino, Belgium) 28.12. 4.01.14
Thank you for the lovely Christmas. our first with Joshi
Adam and Laura (London) 21.12.13 - 28.12.13
Freshwater Barn was the last stop on a two month trip. How delighted we were to be welcomed into such a charming clean and spacious place. Thank you Sophie, for creating such a lovely place-we appreciated all the thoughful touches.
Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year
The Chambers (Queensland) 9th -16th 11.13
A delicious cake upon arriving and a cosy Barn to get us thru Storm Jude. A very friendly environment, nice villages, good pubs and lots to see. Thanks for your hospitality and trust, probably we will be back
Regards Jochem and Marianne ( Amstelveen Holland ) 1.11.13
Thank you for the very comfortable stay. We have really enjoyed staying in the cottage which we found to be excellent. This is a lovely part of Kent
Henry and Camilla (Scotland) 24.10.13
Super Cottage in amazing location. Benenden is an ideal base for touring this part of Kent and we will come back again soon. Many thanks
Steve and Karen 28.09.13 - 5.10.13
A great base for searching for our rural retirement retreat. Thank you for all the thoughtful touches that made coming back to the cottage so delightful. Such a welcome place to rest our weary feet after househunting and national trusting!
Many many thanks
Sue and John ( London ) 23 - 26.9.13
Thoroughly enjoyed our week in Kent. Freshwater Barn is a delight, very comfortable with all the conveniences. We were made very welcome, loved the cake, and would definitely recommend to others.
Patsie and John 6.09.-13.09.2013
What a lovely week we've had at Freshwater Barn - such a peaceful holiday retreat... We loved letting the chickens out, the cats in and enjoying your beautiful garden while you were away. In all a perfect week!
Thank you Sophie!
Sue and Mike 24.08 - 1.09.13
We've had a great holiday at Freshwater Barn. Great landscape, quaint village and loved the pub. The cottage is very cosy and comfortable. We would love to come back sometime.
Peter and John (Rotterdam) 17 - 24th August 2012
Many thanks for your hospitality. The cake and flowers were a lovely welcome and the barn proved to be a very good location to visit Kent. We will certainly recommend your barn to our friends. Thank you
Diane, Paul and Kassie(dog) 10.08 - 17.08.13
It has been a pleasure to stay in such a quality place as Freshwater Barn. Set in lovely surroundings it has proved to be a good location with which to explore Kent. Fabulous weather added to a relaxing and enjoyable stay. We hope to return
John and Cath (N. Yorks) 3.08.13 - 10.08.13
It was super nice and you definitely have to go here. Here you can climb, mountainbike and loads more,really go! The house, Sophie, Ronald and juliette are also "gezellig". I really want to come back here.
We all agree - with love
Jelle, Joke, Max and Maria ( R'dam Holland) 27.07.13 - 3.08.13
Benenden is lovely, but Freshwater Barn is a real paradise!When we arrived there was a welcome from chickens, dogs, cats, children and of course Sophie in her lovely garden. We could do all the typically English things... Coming home to the barn was a feast evey time! The conversations with Sophie and Ronald in English/Dutch was: gezellig!
We wish you lots of success
Dik and Connie (The Hague, Holland) 12.07.13 - 19.07.13
Really enjoyed our stay,thank you Sophie for the lovey cake with eggs from your own chucks.There is no doubt that we will recommend your cottage to our friends in Australia.
Wendy and Jim (Adelaide, Australia) July 2013
Sophie & Ronald, Thank you for a delightful "home" from which to explore Kent and Sussex. The barn and gardens are charming, the cake delicious and the hospitality warm and welcoming. Hope to see you sometime at our holiday appartment in Sydney at beautiful Balmoral Beach
Jill and Trevor (Sydney, Australia) July 2013
We've had a great week. We have come to love pretty quintessentially English Kent, great cycling, beautiful houses, big old trees and pretty villages... Your barn made a great base Thanks for the personal touches (including your famous cake) and for being there, but never intruding.
All the best
Marc and Saskia (Schellinkhout, Netherlands) 14.06.13 - 21.06.13
Sophie, Thank you for the delicious vake. It was a lovely week.
Erica and Nancy (Wannsveld, Netherlands) 14.06.13
We want to thank you for a very pleasant stay in your comfortable Barn. Thank you for the flowers, delicious cake and the lovely hand picked eggs and the very useful information. It was a nice place to stay from which to doscover beautiful Kent
Gerry and Harry Hartemink (Zeist Netherlands) 6.06.2013
Thank you Sophie and Ronald for a delightful stay in Kent. We hope the greenhouse project goes well and look forward to seeing future developments at Freshwater Barn next time we visit!
Wayne and Glenda (Melbourne Aus) 30.04 .13
Thank you for the kind reception, the welcome cake and flowers. Freshwater Barn made our stay extra enjoyable.
We'll spread the word in Holland
All the best Roel and Mary (Holland) 17 - 24.04.13
We had a lovely stay. It was very quiet and peaceful. Had a lovely time visiting the many historic houses in the area.
Sarahand Mary Sipsma (Amersham, Bucks) 13th - 17th May
We had a very nice stay at the barn, very relaxing! We enjoyed very much visiting Kent, Thank you very much.
Martin and friends (Lille, Paris) 8.05.13 - 12.05.13
Great place to stay. The cake and flowers made us feel welcome. Local farm shop/fresh fish up the road a great find. Thank you for a nice stay
Mike and Sue (Cotswolds) 20.04-27.04.13
Thank you for the lovely week, it was much needed. The barn had everything we needed and was excellently located for visiting Kent. Would highly recommend. Look forward to returning. Best wishes
David and Janice (Exeter) 7th - 14th April 2013
Thank you very much for this lovely, very comfortable and very nicely decorated barn. We really appreciated the place. Excellent location for doing lots of different activities.
The French family (Swindon)23.03.2013 - 30.03.13
Thank you for a lovely stay at Freshwater Barn. A great cottage-we had a wonderful weekend; catching up on tv and a great walk to the Bull pub.
Best regards Sachin & Komal (London) Jan 2013
Thank you very mucfh for a wonderful stay in Freshwater Barn. Lovely cosy cottage. Enjoyed local pub. Will definitely recommend!!!
Zoe & James (London & Cardiff) Jan 2013
Thank you so much for the lovely memorable Christmas. The barn was cosy and perfect for our celebrations - thank you so much for the extra table and chairs and the chocolate, cointreau and orange cake was delicious. The dogs loved their walks in the beautiful countryside. Hopefully a next time!
Happy New Year
Guilame and Lesley Dec 2012
Thank you so much, a true rest. A real home from home
Andrew and Fiona Dec 2012
The cottage was so lovely and clean with so many thoughtful touches. It was perfect for our mini honeymoon. We will try to make it for our anniversary
Kent 26th- 28th Oct 2012
A perfect Autumn break. All the comforts of home and lots to do and see. We certainly intend to come back.
Sue and Gerry Gallagher (Bucks)18th - 22nd October 2012
Thank you for the delicious cake and fresh flowers - a lovely touch. We will definitely recommend your accommodation to friends and family.
The Breese's (Hereford) 6th - 15th Oct 2012
Everything was absolutely amazing. We loved everything about staying here. loved all your animals as well. Thank you for the Lavender. Many many thanks again.
All the very best
Mario and Frank (London & US) Sept 30th
Thank you for the wonderfully clean and cute barn. The cake was a big surprise and really, really good. We loved our stay despite the rain and hope we'll come back soon.
Heike and Thomas (SW Germany) 22.09 - 26.09.2012
Thank you for a lovely week> The barn is beautiful and very comfortable. We have been made to feel very welcome. Great hospitality and a delicious cake!
Hope to see you again soon
The Conchie's ( Edinburgh) 13.9.2012 - 19.9.12
We were only here for three days but have had a lovely break. We would recommend the cottage to anyoune wanting to explore Kent
Thank you Sophie
Pauline and Steve 10th -13th Sept 2012
Had a glorious sunny weekend! Thank you Sophie for your kind hospitality and the wonderful cake.
Patrick and Gill (London) 7th -9th Sept 2012
Thank you for the lovely welcome at this beautiful cottage. We have had a lovely week in this lovely area of Kent and hope to return in the future.
Many thanks again for the hospitality
The Cooks (Oxfordshire) 27th August - 3rd Sept 2012
We spent a perfect week in this cosy and comfortable cottage. The children loved the hens (and their eggs)
Zoltan and family (Budapest) 18th - 25th August 2012
Many thanks for a beautiful week in your lovely cottage
Lovely August 2012
A fantastic base for us to explore Kent and Susssex
Andrew and Helga August 2012
Thank you for the yummy lemon cake and the champagne for our wedding. Will send you the pictures of us all dolled up in your beautiful garden.
Michael and Katy (Kent) 20th - 27th July 12
A lovely cottage, the added touches of fresh cut garden flowers, tea, coffee and cake etc made it even more enjoyable.
Carol and Tim (Newcastle) 07.07.12
We have been so very comfortable in this light,bright and beautifully kept cottage. Wishing you success fir the future.
Pat and Sally (Canada) 06.07.2012
We have had a delightful stay and think ourselves lucky to have found Freshwater Barn. Thank you for providing such clean and comfortable accommodation.
Carol and Ron (Northants) 25.06.12
The hospitality of Sophie and Ron was a big part of our enjoyment and the delightful little cottage became our home for a month. We enjoyed the the flashes of brilliant sunshine in our part of the garden and entertained many of our Kentish friends and granddaughter at Benenden School. Thank you for having us and the delicious cakes!!!
Judith and David (St Kits) 26.05.12 - 25.06.12
Thank you for the delicious cake and the warm welcome! Dougal made friends with cats but thought the chickens were pheasant and fair game. We will definitely recommend Freshwater Barn to our friends.
Great, we loved the garden with the flowers, veg and free range chickens and Fido enjoyed the long walks. Thank you
Hilary and Antea (Germany) 19.05.12
THe Barn was just right for the two of us, nicely furnished and very clean. We especially enjoyed the walks to the pub and the fresh lemon cake.
Matt and Jen (Thirsk, N Yorks) 11.05.2012
Had a lovely stay. The cake was delicious and Sophie is very helpful and a wonderful host. We would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Samantha and Ian (London) 07.05.12
We spent great days in Kent, it was a pleasure to stay in Freshwater Barn. Thank you very much for your hospitality
Barbara from Vienna & Frederico from Melbourne 02.05.12
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We've loved staying in this quiet,relaxing and perfectly located cottage. Highlights were a day trip to France, exploring the countryside, Canterbury and the Bull Pub( getting lost in the fields on the way back)
Thanks again Karen and Emily 21.04.12 Wales
We're back!! We've had another very relaxing stay whilst house hunting.
Thanks again. Ritchie & Emma
We've had a great stay. So peaceful, great local pubs, fab walks. We'll be back
Richie and Emma 20.02.12
We have enjoyed our stay enormously. Home from home and much more.
Kitty and Rupert 31.12.2011
What a treat it was to get away for a romantic weekend. I will definitely recommend Freshwater Barn to my friends."
"I'll never forget the summer days we spent on the back patio, barbecuing and enjoying quality time with our family and friends. We'll be back!"
"The perfect place"
"I can't think of a more perfect place to spend a holiday. Not only are the rooms comfortable and clean, but there are so many things to do outdoors. Thank you!"