Do you know what an Oast house is? Time for a history lesson! Oast houses are a historically preserved kind of brewery, specifically used for drying hops, or kilning as it’s known. They’re distinguished by their unique exteriors, made up of a rectangular one or two storey building, called the “stowage”, and round/square towers topped with a coloured cone, called the “cowl”. They are most commonly found in Kent and East Sussex, because these were the first and most successful areas for hop farming in the UK!
A real talking point and unique from all angles, Oast’s are also a fabulous place to enjoy a UK holiday. Turns out, Snaptrip have a rare handful of Oast rentals on the site, ready to book – and they’re all totally stunning! So for a staycation that’s as unique as you are, read on and check out Snaptrip’s favourite 5 Oast holiday cottages!
In the heart of 1066 Country, this quaint oast house offers comfortable and peaceful accommodation. The living room and double bedroom are in the oast’s roundel, and there are beautiful views across the open countryside. It sits in the grounds of the owners’ home, just 2 miles away from the historic town of Battle. The beaches at Hastings and Bexhill are 8 miles away, meaning you can drive to the seaside!
Tasteful Sandhurst House
A fantastic converted property in a peaceful rural spot in Kent, this oast boasts a truly stunning interior. Exposed beams and brickwork create wonderful blend of old and new while the open fields that surround the property send you back to a time gone by. There’s a large wood burner perfect for a cosy evening after spending the day exploring the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Superb Ashford Cottage
This lovely property offers guests a unique opportunity to stay in a spacious twin round kiln oast house surrounded by grassland farms with access to footpaths across the fields. Sleeping 10, it’s a great place for the extended family or groups of friends to enjoy the beautiful Kentish countryside and discover why it holds the title of ‘The Garden of England’. Rye is a 30-minute drive while the beaches and sand dunes at Camber Sands are a 40-minute drive.
Amidst lovely Sussex countryside, rolling down to the coast at Hastings just 3 miles away, this attractive oast house on a working farm has been carefully converted into a charming cottage. It enjoys a courtyard setting in relaxing surroundings with lovely walks close by. The Cinque Port of Rye, with its cobbled streets and interesting shops, is only 10 miles away. Hastings offers a beach, a promenade, art centre, local history museum and a sea life centre as well and the nearest shops/pubs serving are in the village of Westfield, just 1 mile from the property!
This large country house is located close to the village of Sedlescombe in East Sussex, in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is oast is superb for those who like to explore the great outdoors – with access to the owners 450 acres of woodland and orchards and a choice of footpaths. Slightly further afield there are many pretty villages and interesting historic sites and properties including the imposing castle at Bodiam which is within a ten-minute drive of the property. This oast offers a wood burner with comfy chairs, plus a large open-plan lounge/diner which has fantastic views across the Brede Valley.