Chiddingstone Castle – Chiddingstone

Chiddingstone Castle can be traced back to the early 1500s. During its life, the castle has undergone a number of architectural changes and has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people and families. The castle served as a base for military forces during the Second World War, and General Montgomery reviewed his troops here before taking command of the Eighth Army. After the war, it was home to the Long Dene School until 1955, when Denys Eyre Bower bought it to house his diverse antique collections. We say it is a simply wonderful and fascinating gem in the heart of the Kent countryside.

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Whether visiting the Castle for its history, the amazing antique collections inside, or just a coffee and a walk around the grounds, Chiddingstone Castle is a wonderful base for the day and venue for our bikes. Why not head out for a cycle ride to explore the nearby Bough Beech reservoir, or perhaps cycle to Hever or Penshurst Place and back. The ancient local countryside is stunning. It is likely you might spot a wild deer or two along the way too! Kent bike hire and Chiddingstone bike hire is made easy with Countrybike.

Image of lake at Chiddingstone Castle

Specifics for this location

Please note that we do not hire bikes using the ‘Linka Go’ app at this venue. Instead, we can arrange to deliver bikes if hiring them for the day. Please give us at least 2 or more working days notice to try and plan things for you. The more advance warning you give us, the more likely it is we will be able to support your request, especially during the busy summer months!

Where the bikes will be dropped off

Our bike posts are situated immediately on the left hand side as you enter the main carpark next to the Countrybike sign – Postcode: TN87AD. They can be accessed regardless of if the Castle is closed. If the Castle is closed however, please rent the bikes and start your bike ride by exiting back down the driveway so as not to disturb any private functions (such as weddings) that might be underway. 

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: On country lanes.

Suitability:  Older children & Adults comfortable with cycling on roads.

Difficulty: Medium routes available with some hills.

3 castle route – please download our handy guide that you can also reference whilst out and about – Chiddingstone – extended Tudor Trail cycling route map

How to order bikes

FAQs 

Please do give us at least 2 or more working days notice to try and plan things for you. The more advance warning you give us, the more likely it is we will be able to support your request especially during the busy summer months!

Step 1:

Fill in the request form on the website or email us (hello@countrybike.co.uk) with the following details:

  • Your name and a contact telephone number
  • Where you would like to have the bikes delivered and picked up from
  • How long you would like to rent the bikes for
  • If you need bike helmets
  • The sizes of bikes that you want to hire – please download the pdf guide if needed for more information – Frame size guide 19

Step 2:

Once we have all the details above we will email you a proforma quote along with our standard terms and conditions.

Step 3:

If you wish to progress with the reservation, then we would require you to confirm in email that you are okay with the details in the quote and that you have agreed to our standard terms. We also then need to take details of a valid credit card to take payment in advance of delivery.

Step 4:

Once we have taken payment, we will email you to confirm it has been taken and that your reservation is confirmed.

We do sometimes need to ask for a delivery and collection charge depending on where you want the bikes and how many you want delivered.

As a rule of thumb we can normally offer free delivery if within 5 miles of Tunbridge Wells and if for four or less bikes. We will normally ask for a delivery fee if further afield or we need to use a trailer to transport multiple bikes.

We are based near Tunbridge Wells and try and offer delivery where we can throughout Kent & East Sussex. The further away from Tunbridge Wells, then the more notice the better and the longer or larger the order, the more likely we will be able to facilitate things for you. Please note delivery charges will apply based on how far away you are. 

If you want some more guidance on what frame size is suitable for you then please just download our pdf frame size guide – Frame size guide

Note: the number and sizes of each of the bikes normally stationed at each venue are shown on the venue webpage – click here for a list of our partner venues an links to their pages

We rent bikes out for the day for £20 each. For longer term rentals we charge an extra £10 per bike per day up to £45 for a weeks hire.

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Enquiry form

To enquire about ordering bikes, please just fill out the form below: