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!

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

Best wishes

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

15.0617

Thanks Sophie!

Wonderful time

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.

Best wishes

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.

Thank you

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

Many thanks

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.

Thanks again

Claire and Ray 30th October - 3rd November

We had a fantastic holiday in your cosy barn! Hope we can come again.

Thank you 

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.

Thanks again

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.

 Many thanks

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! 

Many thanks

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

Regards

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.

Greetings

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

Thank you

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.

Best wishes

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

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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

Kind regards 

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

Regards

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.

Kind regards

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.

Best wishes

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

"Fantastic!"

What a treat it was to get away for a romantic weekend. I will definitely recommend Freshwater Barn to my friends."

"Unforgettable"

"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!"