Maidstone Countryside, Riverside & Villages
Maidstone nestles in the heart of the Kent countryside, with the Kent North Downs, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing a stunning backdrop.
Within minutes you can leave the bustling atmosphere of the town centre and be in the peace and beauty of the countryside. It was the TV series 'Darling Buds of May' that brought scenes of the Kentish countryside into the homes of millions of viewers. The apple blossom, cherry orchards and oast houses are typical of the scenery in Kent. Seasonal changes bring woods full of bluebells, plums or cherries in the orchards and golden autumn leaves in the forests and vineyards.
The Weald of Kent around Maidstone is full orchard and vineyards producing great wines and ciders.The Hush Heath Estate located near Staplehurst welcomes visitors to explore the vineyards, orchards and woodland through series of trails, and is also home to a new state of the art winery that has received world class awards and recognition. Biddenden Vineyard is Kent’s oldest family owned vineyard producing wines and ciders.
Kent Life in Maidstone is a premier farm attraction and has the last coal-fired Oast House in the Country where you can learn about the traditions of hop picking. The 28 acre site celebrated age old farming tradition.
Farmers markets provide good quality, local produce and locally made goods so that shoppers can find genuine Kentish producers and products. They can be found around Maidstone in the picturesque villages of Bearsted, Headcorn and Sutton Valence where they run monthly or fortnightly, so most weekends you can find one on somewhere.
As you would expect in the Maidstone area, county town and the beautiful surrounding countryside, the area is bursting with quality accommodation. Beautiful country house Hotels and Inns such as Chilston Park, in rural countryside near Maidstone, and the homely Black Horse Inn tucked on the North Downs make a great base to explore the Kent countryside. They offer wonderful food and are great for walkers and cyclist alike.
Things To Do Highlights
Thurnham Castle, 6km north of Maidstone, stands on a spur of the chalk ridge of the...
The Len Valley Walk runs between Maidstone and Lenham for 12 miles. It follows the...
Take an escorted tour of the castle's picturesque grounds on a Segway, the world's...