The Barrow House, The Street, Egerton, Kent, TN27 9DJ
01233 756 599
Halfway between Maidstone and Ashford on top of the Greensand Ridge, Egerton is beautiful rural village characterised by woodland and trees, fields and farm buildings and hedgerows filled with wildlife.
The village is popular with walkers and positioned on some great cycling trails as a result of its tranquil lanes and landmarks that include a 13th century village church and a Bronze Age barrow – the unique Ancient Monument that inspired our name.
Egerton is also a vibrant bustling hub known for its clubs, sports and festivals. From the farmers market every Friday to cricket matches in the summer, there’s always plenty going on.
If you’re keen to explore this part of the county, Egerton’s also in a great position. We’re just a short drive from Leeds Castle and Godinton House and Gardens, as well as some of the area’s renowned local vineyards and breweries.
From nearby Pluckley station, you can reach London by train in just over an hour. If you’re hitting the road instead, leave the M20 at junction 8 and follow signs to Pluckley/Smarden until you see signs for Egerton. Gatwick Airport, The Channel Tunnel and Dover are within an hour’s drive with Heathrow not much further.
CASTLES & GARDENS
LEEDS CASTLE (7.3 MILES)
Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL
01622 765 400
Leeds Castle is one of the best-preserved historic castles in South East England, as well as one of the most iconic.
GODINTON HOUSE & GARDENS (8.3 MILES)
Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
01233 620 773
An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored – one of Kent’s finest. There are plants for sale and an excellent tearoom.
BELMONT HOUSE & GARDENS (8.7 MILES)
Belmont, Throwley, Faversham, Kent ME13 0HH
01795 890 202
The beautiful Georgian house in parkland commands stunning views over the rolling Kent countryside.
DODDINGTON PLACE & GARDENS (9.6 MILES)
Church Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0BB
01795 886 101
Over ten acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, including towering yews, a woodland walk, sunken garden and rock garden.
SISSINGHURST CASTLE & GARDENS (11.1 MILES)
Biddenden Road, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB
01580 710 701
Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world-renowned garden. Enjoy tours, woodland walks and lunch at our sister pub The Milk House.
HOPS & VINE
BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS (9.8 MILES)
Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8DF
01580 291 726
Biddenden vineyard is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard producing award-winning wines, ciders and juices. The vineyard is open to visitors throughout the year.
OLD DAIRY BREWERY (12.1 MILES)
Tenterden Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE
01580 763 867
With glorious views over rolling countryside, the brewery is housed in two old World War II Nissen buildings next to the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway.
CHAPEL DOWN WINERY (14.3 MILES)
Tenterden Vineyard, Small Hythe Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG
01580 763 033
Chapel Down Winery offers a variety of private tasting and tour experiences, including guided trips through the working winery.
RELAX & UNWIND
THE GRANARY SPA (5.9 MILES)
Worten Lower Yard, Worten Lane, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BU
01233 647 647
Tucked away near rural Great Chart and forming part of the Godinton House Estate, The Granary Spa offers relaxation and beauty treatments in a converted Victorian granary.
WOODSIDE SPA (6.9 MILES)
Woodside Spa, Woodside Farm, Hornash Lane, Shadoxhurst, Ashford, Kent TN26 1HU
01233 732 628
A haven of peace and tranquillity surrounded by woodland that you can stroll in and a lake to sit by and just take in the view.
OUT & ABOUT
CHART HILLS GOLF CLUB (7.4 MILES)
Chart Hills Golf Club, Weeks Lane, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8JX
01580 292 222
Chart Hills is an award-winning golf course in the High Weald of Kent with quiet, uninterrupted views across 200 acres of parkland, oak woodlands and lakes.
KENT & SUSSEX RAILWAY (12.1 MILES)
Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE
01580 765 155
Visitors can ride the steam locomotives from Tenterden down to Bodiam Castle or book to dine on board the Wealden Pullman.
THE BIG CAT SANCTUARY (4.3 MILES)
Headcorn Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent TN27 8PJ
01233 771 915
The Big Cat Sanctuary is an animal conservation charity housing over 50 big and small cats from the world’s smallest, the Rusty Spotted cat to the most endangered, the Amur Leopard which has fewer than 35 left in the wild worldwide.
GO APE AT LEEDS CASTLE (7.3 MILES)
Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL
01622 765 400
Take in the breathtaking views of the beautiful countryside and North Downs and experience a course that will get the hairs on the back of your neck bristling.
RARE BREEDS CENTRE (11.8 miles)
Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Kent TN26 3RJ
A collection of rare and traditional breeds of pigs, goats, sheep, cattle and poultry on a working farm. Children can stroke the animals and meet the ‘Tamworth Two’, the famous pigs who hit the headlines when they escaped from an abattoir.
EAT & DRINK
FRASERS (2.4 MILES)
Coldharbour Farm, Barham's Mill Road, Egerton, Ashford, Kent TN27 9DD
Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea while enjoying beautiful views of the Kent countryside.
THE MILK HOUSE (10.7 MILES)
The Street, Sissinghurst, Kent TN17 2JG
01580 720 200
Join us for lunch or dinner at our sister pub in Sissinghurst. The Milk House prides itself on its food offering a menu that changes with the seasons and uses only the freshest produce from local suppliers.
SILCOCKS FARM SHOP (10.8 MILES)
Grange Road, St Michaels, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6TL
Silcocks Farm Shop sells meat and dairy products produced on their organically run farm. There is also a cafe and courtyard, for hot and cold drinks, cakes and light lunches.
MUSEUMS & HERITAGE
ASHFORD BOROUGH MUSEUM (8.5 MILES)
The Churchyard, Ashford, Kent TN23 1QG
01233 501 372
Celebrate Ashford's railway heritage with fascinating memorabilia and model railways.
WILLESBOROUGH WINDMILL (9.6 MILES)
Mill Lane, Ashford, Kent TN24 0QG
01233 661 866
Built in 1869 and now restored as a working smock mill where visitors can see the miller’s cottage and displays in the barn. There is also an industrial heritage museum.
If you’re after some fresh air and the chance to see more of the Kentish countryside, why not hire an electric bike from the UK Electric Bike Centre, based in Biddenden?
We’ve partnered with the centre to create a special cycling route for groups of all sizes. The challenging 30-mile tour takes about two and a half hours in total, with a steady hill climb to conquer. After passing the oldest wartime grass airfield in Kent, you’ll arrive in tranquil Egerton at the halfway point where you’ll be treated to far-reaching views towards the Weald with Kent’s orchards falling away into the valley.
Reward yourself with a welcome stop at The Barrow House and – if you’d like to take advantage of the chance to refuel – enjoy a two-course lunch with a refreshing drink for £15 (not included in the price of cycle hire). During your visit, if you’d like to wander around the village and explore the 15th-century ragstone church with its six bell beacon tower, or discover the round Bronze Age barrow, our team will be happy to look after your bikes.
The return journey will take you through the villages of Pluckley (renowned for being the most haunted village in Kent) and Smarden, which boasts some beautiful village cottages and another interesting church.
Sunday & Monday / 9am – 6pm
Tuesday - Thursday / 9am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday / 9am – 11pm
Coffees, teas & biscuits served from 9am
Seasonal dining menu available from midday – 9pm
Children’s menu available from midday – 9pm
On Sunday the dining room is closed from 4pm