An introduction to Wickham Lodge
Beautifully restored property offering every modern comfort situated on the riverbank in Aylesford, one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in Kent. Cherith and Richard provide a warm and hospitable welcome to their guests.
The House: Visit Britain & AA 5 Star with Gold Award.
Stable Cottage: Visit Britain 5 Star
Wickham Lodge is of historical interest and research is on-going. It is known to be two Tudor Lodges made into one Georgian House. An archaeologist in medieval history has concluded that there was a connection with Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury (and later Cardinal) 1454 - 1486 who married Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, thus uniting the "red rose and the white rose" (these roses are planted in the rose walk). Another expert has concluded that the house was, before that, a Saxon hall house. This stretch of river is shown on maps as Wickham Reach, and there is evidence of barge building taking place here. Many original features still exist. Restoration has been carried out by local craftsmen. Accommodation
It is Cherith and Richard's aim to provide a high standard of service, comfort and cleanliness tailored to individual needs. Each guest bedroom has a choice of cafetiere or instant coffee and Indian or herbal teas. Fresh chilled water and complimentary soft drinks are also provided. There is a guest Drawing Room Breakfast is served in the Dining Room. It is the speciality of the house to offer guests a buffet table with a selection of cereals, yoghurt and compotes of fruit (from the garden, where possible); there are also homemade jams and bread. An English breakfast is also available. The Dining Room was originally a Georgian Kitchen and it has a comfortable `farmhouse' feel to it. In the summer months, guests may carry their breakfast trays to their favourite spot in the garden. Whilst evening meals are not available, Cherith and Richard will always provide a plate of sandwiches and fresh fruit for guests requiring this service. The River Room
The Georgian double/twin room, with en suite shower room on the first floor, overlooks the river Medway at the front of the house. It has a galley cupboard with fridge. The Garden Room
The Tudor double room overlooks the knot garden at the back of the house. The beamed private bathroom has recently been restored to create a Bathroom/Dressing Room. There is a splendid Rainbath, a modern copy of a Victorian design. The Terrace Room
The single room with en suite shower room, on the ground floor looking out onto the Knot Garden. Rates
Type of Room per night, inc. breakfast The River Room
(en suite) £90.00 - extra person £10.00 - child under 5 £5.00 - single occupancy £55.00 The Garden Room
£90.00 - extra person £10.00 - child under 5 £5.00 - single occupancy £55.00 The Terrace Room
£45.00 Services per person
Extra Breakfast £10.00 Plate of Sandwiches £8.00 Stable Cottage
Recently the Georgian Carriage House and Stable have been completely renovated to provide self-catering accommodation beside the house in the beautiful gardens. In the centrally heated Stable Cottage there is accommodation sleeping two people - downstairs there is a large double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, separate shower room and fully fitted kitchen/dining room. Attached to the cottage there is a covered Pergola with grapevine and passionflower. This provides parking or an eating out area in the summer months. Upstairs there is a comfortably furnished sitting room with a futon. Great care has been taken with the fitments and furniture in the cottage to give people the opportunity to enjoy an extremely comfortable visit. In mid and high seasons, weekly bookings run from Saturday to Saturday. Short breaks are available (minimum 3 nights). Well-behaved dogs, with responsible owners, are welcome @ £3 per night per dog - not allowed in the bedroom. There is a non-smoking policy throughout the property. Accommodation
Downstairs there is a bedroom which has a king-size bed, TV and video together with en-suite bathroom. An independent shower room with toilet and wash basin. A well-equipped kitchen with a dining area. Upstairs there is a sitting room with quality fittings like the rest of the cottage. There are co-ordinating furniture and soft furnishings throughout. Services included
: The bed will be made up before arrival (duvet), and linen and bath towels, central heating providing hot water, gas cooker, microwave, electricity, satellite TV and video, radio/CD player, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing/dryer machine are provided. There will be a complimentary 'Welcome Tea' of home-made bread, butter and home-made jam. Tea and coffee are also provided and there will be a pint of milk in the fridge. Please let us know if you have a preference for white or brown bread. Gardens
Stable Cottage has views at the front towards the River Medway (which is tidal) and Aylesford Bridge. The front garden is laid to lawn down to the river bank with Vineyard parking. The bedroom looks out onto the Tudor Topiary garden. The house and stables nestle under Aylesford Parish Church which is floodlit at night - part of the view can be seen from the cottage. The rest of the Walled Garden at the rear of the house is divided into smaller areas with different types of planting providing interest all the year round. There is also lighting around the garden in the evening. There will be someone on hand daily to give help and advice so that you have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Any information you require on where to eat, what to visit etc will be readily given and is available in the cottage. Rates Low season - September 1st to May 31st
£ 385 per full week for two people £ 65 per night for less than a week - minimum three nights (£ 195) High season - June 1st to August 31st
£ 455 per full week for two people £ 75 per night less than a week - minimum three nights (£ 225) Christmas, New Year and Easter at High Season rate Well behaved dogs £ 3 per night Disclaimer: The information on this property was presented with the best of intentions. Any reported errors will be corrected immediately. People interested in contacting the above property should confirm for themselves the accuracy of any data presented.