For anyone considering going away for a few days but still staying local to Tunbridge Wells, read more about our family break at The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge…
Just before lockdown, we had an amazing opportunity to stay at a super self catering property – The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge, Kent. We stayed there as a family of five and had the most relaxing weekend. We loved chilling out in the property’s hot tub, and drinking fizz by the wood-burner. We enjoyed exploring the local area and switching off, after what had been an unsettling few weeks.
I didn’t write about this lovely place at that time due to the Coronavirus restrictions which were announced shortly after but now that families will be able to sleep in places that aren’t their primary home from 4th July, I would like to share what we thought about our stay.
The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge….
Located around 30 miles from Tunbridge Wells, in the tiny village of Ruckinge near Romney Marsh, The Old Church Hall has been beautifully converted into a gorgeous home which can sleep up to nine people. It took us just over an hour to get there, driving through some of our favourite Kentish villages.
The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge is in the heart of the tiny village, opposite the church. It has parking for two cars in front of it.
The owners have decorated the house so tastefully with a marvellous mezzanine level overlooking the open plan living area and kitchen. It has three bedrooms downstairs – two doubles and one twin as well well as a single bed and double bed in the mezzanine level. There’s an ensuite in one of the doubles and a sparking-clean family bathroom on the ground floor too. It can sleep up to nine and was perfect for our family of five.
There isn’t much outdoor space, but the owners have used it wisely. It includes a hot tub at the back and a pizza oven, BBQ and seating area to the side.
The location of The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge offers lots of options for exploring both the immediate local area and the nearby beaches. Attraction also include Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and The Rare Breeds Centre.
What did we think of The Old Church Hall?
♥ The property is divine. It is light and airy in the open plan area which features the perfect mix of old and contemporary. We love this layout when we are away so we can all be together even if we are doing different things.
♥ The mezzanine level is just lovely! The kids actually used it as a den, using chairs and duvets, pillows etc. to build it. When were watching tv, I also enjoyed some time reading my book on the bed up there. I could oversee what everyone was doing, but avoid getting involved!
♥ The information booklet provided by the owners has some fantastic recommendations for local eateries, walks, attractions and the best beaches to visit too. We ended up going for a walk down by the canal, behind the church. It was so quiet and we only passed by a couple of people on our route. We also went to Folkestone and Dymchurch beaches where we had some lovely walks and really felt like we had got away from it all.
What else did we like?
♥ The Hot Tub has to get a mention! This is probably the thing I was most excited about. My older two kids enjoyed it and we managed to spend quite a bit of time in there while their sister was napping. It was a complete novelty for them. I particularly liked the half an hour that I managed to get in there on my own, reading a book and just relaxing!
♥ The wood-burner was a highlight too. We have always wanted to one of these at home. It was fully stocked with logs and kindling. We lit it when we arrived on the Friday evening and enjoyed it throughout our stay.
♥ The owners have stocked the kitchen really well with every utensil you might need.
Anything to note about The Old Church Hall?
We decided not to sleep up in the mezzanine level. Although there are blinds up there, I was concerned that some of the sunlight from the downstairs area would disturb my sleep (as there aren’t blinds). As a very light sleeper, I can’t let anything get in my way of a good night’s rest!
It’s also worth pointing out that The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge is in the heart of the village. It is quite close to the road, which wasn’t a problem for us as it isn’t busy at all. I thought I would mention it just in case you think it is in a secluded area.
Our overall thoughts…
If you are looking for somewhere to escape ‘from it all’ but don’t fancy going too far from home, then The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge is a great option. It only took us an hour to get there from Tunbridge Wells.
We felt like we had a proper family break, especially after exploring several places we have never been to before. We enjoyed spending time in the open countryside and at some of the beautiful beaches, which are a great options for free family days out.
The standard of the property is really high both in terms of the cleanliness, facilities and overall look and feel. Perfect for a single household that wants a change of scene!
How to find out more?
The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge is taking booking nows. They currently have good availability for Autumn and Winter dates in 2020 as well as lots of options for next year.
The Old Church Hall will offer full refunds to anyone who books but has to cancel due to any Government Covid-19 restrictions.
To find out more about prices and availability at The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge, visit their website HERE.
Many thanks to The Old Church Hall in Ruckinge for inviting us to stay as guests, in return for an honest review.