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Countryside Villages

We are best known for our coastal areas and the famous White Cliffs, but travel just a few miles inland and you will discover the beauty of the North Downs and surrounding countryside with many little villages and hamlets nestling in our green and pleasant land!

Goodnestone has a connection to Jane Austen who visited on many occasions.

A renovated smock mill stands on a hill at Chillenden, with fine countryside views.

Wingham has several half-timbered houses in the High Street which are over 500 years' old, and Ash retains 11 of its 12 original manor houses.

Temple Ewell is situated in the Dour valley and was first mentioned in a charter of c.772. In the village of Shepherdswell there are two fine old yew trees in the churchyard which are thought to be around 1000 years' old and from here you can steop back in time with a trip on a heritage railway.

Take a stroll through the countryside at Alkham Valley...maybe stay a while longer and stay the night in a vintage Shepherd's Hut (Greenhill Glamping).

Find out more about our villages and hamlets.