Udiam Farm

 

Udiam Farm is a beautiful 13th Century Farmhouse set in 20 acres of rolling countryside in the heart of the Sussex Weald area of outstanding natural beauty. From the 1870's until the 1970's, Udiam was home to the Guinness Hop Farm, comprising some 600 acres of Hop fields, employing several thousand seasonal hop pickers.

 

In 1900 the Kent and East Sussex railway, which ran from Tenterden in Kent, to Robertsbridge in East Sussex, opened a station at Udiam Farm as a private platform for a tenant who had shooting rights over adjoining land. In 1903 it was opened to the public to allow the farm workers to alight at Junction Halt . The last passenger train from Bodiam was in 1954 and the track became disused. It was removed in the early 1970's, but was restored to it's former glory in 2009.

 

Udiam Farm backs onto the River Rother offering a short stroll along the banks to Bodiam Station for the steam railway and the beautiful 14th Century Bodiam Castle.

 

Within a short drive there are several award winning Vineyards including, Oastbrook Winery,  Tillingham, Chapel Down Winery, Carr Taylor Vineyard and Lamberhurst Vineyard which all open during the summer months for tastings. Half a mile from Udiam is the one Michelin starred Curlew Restaurant for fine dining, or try one of the many excellent pubs in the area for something more casual. The White Dog at Ewhurst Green, the George Inn at Robertsbridge and the The Great House at Hawkhurst are all within 2 miles.

 

A little further afield, the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is just a half hour drive, as are the coastal towns of Rye, Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

 

Udiam Farm

Links

check out www.bygonebodiam.co.uk

for a wealth of information...

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