Tonbridge, Kent
Bed & Breakfast

A fine 16th-century farmhouse named for Florence Nightingale’s coachman near Tonbridge & Sevenoaks. Interesting hosts make you feel at home


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


You’d have to be made of stone not to fall in love with this beautifully restored 16th-century farmhouse. It oozes history and charm from the inglenook fireplace and opium bed coffee table in the guest sitting/dining room to the wonky oak boards and its three beautifully furnished en suite bedrooms. Jamie, who grew up here, and Karena are well-travelled and relish hosting guests. Breakfast on lashings of tea and coffee, muesli and local preserves or the full works; read the paper in the pretty suntrap garden. Set in gently undulating Wealden countryside this is perfectly placed for stately piles and grand gardens galore.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11.30am
Booking restrictions
Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 0.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £100
Singles £75.
3 Doubles
From £100


What a fabulous place - beautiful setting, cosy rooms, delicious breakfasts, welcoming hosts. I just can't say enough about Applebys! James and Karena were helpful about where to go and places to eat. Jamie even made us a fire when we returned one evening and the weather had turned chilly. Make sure to try the pub across the fields for dinner. The food is excellent! I can't recommend this place highly enough and I hope to return one day.

Karen, Nottingham

The room we stayed in was genuinely one of the best rooms we’ve had the privilege to sleep in. The bed was extremely comfortable and the views from the windows were serene. The old country charm of the building was evident wherever you were in the house and the host was extremely welcoming and cooked a great breakfast. As we only stayed one night we felt we didn’t make enough of our stay. We will definitely return.

Rachel, Deal

An exceptional B & B: cannot praise it highly enough. The loveliest house in the most enchanting setting - and equally charming hosts. First class breakfast; everything immaculately clean and every detail considered. Bed was extremely comfortable, linen of high quality, warm welcome with tea on terrace -and views to die for! We shall certainly be back and highly recommend.

Polly, Dorchester

Lovely place to stay, Karena and Jamie were so welcoming. Very comfortable bed and a good hearty breakfast. Will definitely stay there again.

Lindsey, Barnstaple

We really enjoyed our stay at Applebys, the accommodation was very clean and comfortable, especially the lovely open fire in the inglenook fireplace on a very cold evening. We will certainly book again when visiting friends in the area. Mary

Mary, Sheringham

A lovely house full of character and comfy beds. Jamie and Karena were very helpful and the perfect hosts. Plenty of activities in the local area, but some days it was just great to relax in the house and gardens. We will be back.

Keith, Northamptonshire

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jamie & Karena Donald

  • Lovingly restored Tudor Farmhouse with carpenters marks and inglenooks in the Weald's 'golden triangle' between Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge.
  • Great Britons, from Elizabeth 1st to Winston Churchill, have always loved the area. Chartwell, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Knole House and Ightam Mote are all within a 10-15 minute drive.
  • Walk or cycle the Eden Valley or the Pilgrims Way. Stroll bucolic footpaths from Penshurst to Tonbridge. Try one of 5 golf courses in the top 100 in England nearby. Or contemplate the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall at Tudeley.
  • The 2nd best village pub in Britain (CAMRA, 2015) is up the road in Sevenoaks Weald, while The Rock at Chiddingstone Hoath has original brick floors, serves ale from barrels and has one of the oldest and strangest pub games in the country.
  • For trivia buffs, Applebys was once the home of Florence Nightingale's coachman. The field opposite was used for polo by Edward VII, and then later by Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.
  • It's lovely countryside, but not remote. Central London is half an hour by train from the local station at Hildenborough, and there's top mall shopping at Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater.