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Egypt Granary

(Ref. 1088556)

Brenchley, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Great cottage, beautiful environment, friendly people."

    Two remarks; kitchen utilities such as pans, plates and glasses are so minimalised that we used the dishwasher daily to have clean dishes for the next day. That’s a pity for electricity use and easy to prevent …. And personally, I like the bed more firm and broader

    Reviewed by Margreet3.8Oct 2023

  • "We were incredibly disappointed and annoyed about our holiday."

    We were advised 72 hours before arrival by the owners (when WE contacted them about access) that there was some building work going on at their house next door and there might be some noise and probably a skip. What we actually found was the following: • At the bottom of the stairs leading to the property were 5+ 800kg bags of building sand/grit, a cement mixer with mud and sand and other building debris around those. Basically, a building site! • We had to manoeuvre around the above for both access and egress to the property – this caused soiling of footwear and clothing. It was also impossible not to transfer this in to the car thus soiling the inside. • The car became covered in dust and sand from the building works and with the dirt being transferred to the inside too it will need to be fully valeted. • We were woken each morning by builders arriving on site at 7am or soon after. • The noise through the day from the building and use of tools made quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the property impossible. • The mud and building debris were also a problem when accessing the laundry room. With regards to the laundry the door handle didn’t work from the inside and I had to climb out of a window (into more building materials and debris to get out!). There was no notice on the door warning not to close it from the inside. • On contacting the owners to express our dissatisfaction they made very little effort to try and help and when told we would want some sort compensation a figure of 5.75% of the rental fee was offered which we found insulting. • In light of all the above we contacted the booking agent (Sykes Cottages) and were told by them that they had not been advised about building works being carried either which apparently they should have been. • The Wi-Fi was totally inadequate and dropped out several times a day, particularly in the evening when it was literally every few minutes and as the tv in the property was wi-fi dependent this was really unacceptable. • There was also meagre provision of basics e.g. only one towel per person and only one towel. In the end we left 48 hours early having been given 25% refund which was negotiated for us by Sykes but which in reality will not cover the costs we have incurred nor actually mean a loss for the owners. We feel that the owners totally misrepresented the situation regarding the building works not just to us but also to Sykes Cottages and our dealings with them made us feel that all they were concerned about was doing as little as possible to address our issues whilst at the same time doing all they could to give as little compensation as possible. In the end we couldn’t wait to leave and I can honestly say that this is by far the worst holiday experience I have ever had in relation to customer care. Absolutely disgraceful.

    I’m incredibly sorry that you were disappointed with your stay. We always take onboard feedback from our guests both during and after their stay to do our best to provide a happy home away from home. Unfortunately we have had to carry out building work at our property and have done all that we can to ensure that this does not affect our guests, we seem to have achieved this until now. I did of course speak to Sykes about this prior to taking bookings. Many things with building work are out of our control and the debris on the driveway is one of these as it was all due to go before your arrival, unfortunately this did not happen. The incident with muddy footwear that you brought to my attention, was acted upon immediately and thereafter was no longer an issue. We feel that we did all that we could to compensate you but unfortunately on multiple occasions you moved the financial goalposts on compensation. Had you told us at the time of your stay about the towels, wifi and utility room door, I’m sure these could have all been resolved. These are not issues that I have been made aware of before now. We happily fulfilled your request for extra pillows. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian2.2Aug 2023

  • "Great location for a short holiday nearby lot's of places to visit."

    Reviewed by Erik4.4Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is charming in a superb location!"

    The owners were very helpful and responded to us immediately when we needed a little help. The view was fantastic from the balcony and we had many good walks from the granary. Everything was easy to use ( wood burning stove, Dishwasher etc.). The downstairs bathroom was Very modern and cozy. The location is close to many famous gardens and close to fun towns. Also loved the local pubs.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2023

  • "LACK OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL Upon arrival we found the front door extremely difficult to open, clearly warped."

    On entering the cottage it was cold, we looked on how to operate the heating, no instructions, so tried to contact the owner and no answer, at this point we decided to light the woodburner only to find half the wood provided was too big for the fire, also no companion set (poker, tongs, brush etc) or matches to light the fire. Fortunately we had the means of lighting in the car. Then we tried to make a cup of tea, only to find a limited mish mash of crockery which we had to wash before we could use. We then turned our attention to what cookware was available, to discover baking trays rusty and covered in grease, also the oven had a thick layer of grease and grime that had clearly been there for some considerable time. Then owner then returned our call via video call, we explained and showed her our issues and we got a half hearted apology but stated there was nothing she could do as she was out area, we asked to be reimbursed for 2 baking trays so we could at least cook our Christmas dinner, to which she responded with an emphatic NO. We then informed her that we would need to contact Sykes with our issues, we just got a shrug. We immediately contacted Sykes, (email only due to no telephone signal) who were very sympathetic and helpful. Sykes duly contacted the owner and were met with the response that it was best if we vacate and receive a partial refund!!!! This was not an option for us (I did look on the internet for alternative property but nothing available within the locality, from Christmas Eve for a week) as we had travelled 300 miles to see my aged mother (88) for what was probably her last Christmas. There were other issues, batteries flat to mobile heating thermostat, no microwave as advertised, freezer in utility room filthy and no drawers in it, bag of ash left at back of woodburner, bathroom radiator didn't work for 3 days, total lack of instructions on how things work ie dishwasher, cooker, washing machine, heating etc. Also no instructions how to best light up the woodburner (wasn't set up for 1st lighting as we have experienced in other holiday cottages), only 1 bedside cabinet and 1 bedside light. We would like to point out that we are a mature couple that has been holidaying up to 5 times a year in holiday cottages for the last 30 years or more and this is only the 2nd time we have felt the need to complain, this time mainly due to the intransigence of the owner. We do have photos and video evidence of all of our issues. It is a real shame as this cottage could be amazing with a little care and attention, the location is great and the layout is ideal for a couple seeking a rural getaway with 2 lovely pubs within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Mandy2.2Dec 2022

  • "A truly wonderful holiday at the Egypt Granary."

    The property was modern, clean, well equipped and furnished. We would highly recommend. We loved the wood burner and cosy feel. A character property with a creative layout. A great location to explore Kent and wider area. Balcony views over the orchard and farm fields. Property owners were lovely, friendly and very attentive. We would love to come back.

    Reviewed by Neal5.0Nov 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our holiday here."

    Very comfortable and well supplied with leaflets. We even found a jigsaw puzzle of Buckingham Palace to do while watched the Queen's funeral, which we felt was appropriate. Lovely view from the private balcony and we had some great sunsets. The location is superb and we had a very busy week visiting castles, battlefields, breweries, houses and gardens with literary connections, good pubs with excellent beer and restaurants serving fine meals. Great place!

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2022

  • "A modern, well equipped, spacious cottage for two, with a lovely balcony to have breakfast and supper, ideally located with lots of places of interest nearby."

    Friendly owners. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Manja4.7Aug 2022

  • "The property is more suitable for younger people."

    It should be noted that the utility room is accessed by going down 10 steps outside. There was minimal chinaware. The French doors need curtains to block out the afternoon/evening sun as it shines directly on to the television, making it almost impossible to see. The location was good and the owners were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in idyllic rural setting."

    Nicely furnished and decorated, comfortable and cosy, perfect for a couple. Downstairs shower room very convenient. Lots of places to visit in local area.

    Reviewed by Terence4.7Jun 2022

  • "A lovely peaceful quiet property surrounded by beautiful countryside in the perfect location."

    It is a comfortable property with all the facilities that a couple could possibly need. The owner was very welcoming and pointed us to the amenities in the locality. We would definitely recommend this property, like us you won't be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Apr 2022

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  • One king-size bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove and balcony
  • Utility accessed from the outside below the stairs.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, fridge, 2 x freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power
  • in rent
  • Off road parking available
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 0.7 miles.

The property

Perched between Matfield and Brenchley in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by luscious greenery, is this detached annexe, Egypt Granary, which is settled above a double garage opposite the owner's home. With splendid views over the manicured orchard, from its balcony, this attractive holiday home is an idyllic hideaway for a couple looking to get away from it all.

Climb up stairs to the first floor, which will lead you to the entrance hallway, here you can kick-off your walking boots ready for a fireside rest.

Discover the open-plan living space, flooded in natural light from the balcony doors, where you can look forward to curling up on the L-shape sofa with a much-loved book.

Step over to the well-equipped kitchen area to whip up a culinary delight for your loved one, courtesy of the double electric oven and hob.

For those fuss-free clean-ups there is a dishwasher, and you will find a washing machine in the handy utility room.

Throw open the balcony doors to watch the sun set from the balcony with a glass of wine at hand and admire the colourful orchard before you.

As the sky grows dark, a king-size bed awaits, and you can freshen up in the cloakroom or head downstairs to the ground-floor for a refreshing rinse in the sleek bathroom.

Awaken with a steaming cup of coffee on the balcony to relish the peaceful setting before starting your day.

Egypt Granary is a superb base for a countryside escape, walk straight out the front door onto one of the many surrounding public footpaths.

You can round off your walk with a visit to one of our local pubs – the Hopbine Inn or the Halfway House, or for a culinary experience, book a table at the Small Holding restaurant in Kilndown or the Poet in Matfield.

For a culinary experience, book a table at the Small Holding restaurant in Kilndown or the Poet in Matfield.

History buffs may wish to embark on an adventure to the National Trust site of Scotney Castle, which can be found amid vast woodland or unveil the past at the 13th century ruins of Bayham Old Abbey.

Jump in the car for a short drive to explore many more of the countryside walks in the area from Bewl Water, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest and Cinderhill Woods or go for a crisp glass of wine on the beautiful terrace at Hush Heath Estate and Winery or a cleansing ale at the tap room of the Cellar Head Brewery.

For a much-needed escape, whisk your loved one to Egypt Granary

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Matfield 1.9 miles; Lamberhurst 4.8 miles; Royal Tunbridge Wells 5.7 miles; Tonbridge 7.9 miles

Tucked away in the Kent countryside is the quaint village of Brenchley. Centred around a beloved village church, with a thriving café, post office and butchers, visitors will feel at home here. The village is home to an abundance of winding streets dotted with quaint cottages, alongside historic buildings that date back to the 11th century and commercial orchards. Visitors will enjoy ambling by the village green in Matfield or the churchyard in Brenchley or on the many surrounding footpaths, before stopping in the Little Bull Cafe on the High Street for a well-deserved coffee and sweet treat. The village is served by two fabulous pubs, or enjoy a takeawy from the highly rated Tumeric Gold Indian restaurant in Tudely! Visitors won't have to stray far from Brenchley to explore the nearby bustling towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge with ample shops and galleries, both showcasing stunning 18th century architecture, whilst providing visitors with even more things to see and do!

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to book this property departing on Monday 25th September 2023 - you will be required to leave the property early as building work is due to begin at 8am.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas