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The Nest at Gusbourne

Just an hour from London, visit us in the Garden of England.


The Nest at Gusbourne

Come visit us in Appledore, Kent to explore the vineyards, meet the people behind Gusbourne and enjoy some of our award-winning English Sparkling Wines.

A truly unique part of England

Appledore’s climate isn’t just great for growing grapes. We are the second driest place in England and a great location to experience true English summertime in the Garden of England.

We are located just a short taxi journey from Ashford International, with trains departing every 15 minutes from St Pancras International getting here is easier than you might think.

Stairs inside The Nest
Walking a dog on the estate

Tasting room

Our tasting room is open to visitors all year. There’s no need to make a reservation so feel free to drop by to taste our wines which are also available to purchase by the glass, bottle or case. We also offer a variety of tours that give an insight into just what it takes to make world-class English Sparkling Wine.

Book a visit Vineyard Tour

Enjoy one of our hosted tours and find out what makes our corner of England so special for winemaking. The tour takes in the beautiful vineyards, the winery, and ends in the luxurious tasting room with a tutored wine tasting.

£25 per person

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Walking in the vineyards

Book a visit Discovery Tour

The Gusbourne Discovery tasting is the ideal way to experience an extended range of Gusbourne wines, and for the first time, we will be pairing them with a delicious lunch. Arrive at 11am for refreshments, before enjoying a full tour of the vineyards and winery. We will then settle down in our cosy tasting room, overlooking the beautiful vineyards for a tutored tasting including some special wines that don’t feature in our standard hosted tour – rare releases, older vintages and limited editions. We will then serve a fresh and seasonal lunch menu, designed to complement the wines. We expect to be finished at 3pm.

£65 per person

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A party of guests enjoy food and drink in The Nest

Book a visit Estate Tour

Our Estate Tour is the ideal way to spend an afternoon unwinding in the countryside with a glass in hand, learning about the award-winning Gusbourne Estate wines. Your day will begin with welcome drinks and nibbles at The Nest, before enjoying a full tour of the estate and vineyards. After learning about the processes involved in making our exquisite wines, you will join us in our picturesque tasting room overlooking the vines to try them.

The tutored tasting gives you exclusive access to some special wines that don’t feature in our standard hosted tour – rare releases, older vintages and limited editions. A seasonal 3-course lunch prepared with locally sourced ingredients will be served to complement the eight wines you will be drinking.

£95 per person

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An overhead view of a dining table

Take your time Self-guided Tour

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, visit the Nest during opening hours to collect a map and enjoy a self-guided tour of the vineyards, before heading back to enjoy a glass of wine.

No booking required

Tailor made Make a day of it

We also host tailor-made private tours, events and corporate functions on request. Please get in touch to discuss your individual request and join our mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming events.

Email us to find out more.

Aerial view of a churchyard

Thinking of somewhere to eat as part of your day out? Like all good neighbours, we’ll happily point you in the direction of one of our many local favourites including Rocksalt, The Gallivant, The George or The Curlew. Enjoy good food paired with great wine, and take in the countryside.

A spread of cured meat and cheese


For any questions email, or call 01233 884680.


Gusbourne, Kenardington Road, Appledore, Ashford, Kent TN26 2BE.

Opening Hours

10:00 - 17:00
Daily, Monday - Sunday
Including bank holidays.


You’ll find us by turning off Kenardington Road at the junction with Snargate Road, where the Gusbourne driveway is immediately on the left. We are a 15 minute drive from Ashford and 10 minutes from Rye. Directions can be found here.

Public transport

We are located just a short taxi journey from Ashford International, with trains departing every 15 minutes from St Pancras International and Stratford International. You can also take the Hastings train from Ashford for two stops to Appledore station and take a taxi from there.

We would highly recommend booking a taxi in advance of your visit, especially if travelling to Appledore station where there are no waiting taxis. Our recommended taxi providers are:

  • ETM Cars 01233-629551
  • Arrow 01233-666666
  • Ashford Taxis 01233-646646
  • Rye Taxis 07774633046
  • Rhoades 07930-284410


You can park free of charge at the vineyard. It is only a short walk from the parking area to the tasting room. We do not have facilities for coach parking.

Mobility impairments

If you or one of your party have restricted walking ability, please contact us at in advance of your visit, and we’ll make arrangements for you to be as comfortable as possible.


Our hosted vineyard tours last around 2 hours, and our hosted Discovery tours last around 4 hours. Both involve visiting our working winery and feature a guided wine tasting, so are not suitable for children. You are welcome to bring children on a self-guided tour around our estate free of charge, and The Nest serves soft drinks for drivers and under-18s. If you would like any additional advice before bringing children to the estate, please email, or telephone 01233 884680.


You are welcome to bring your dogs on a vineyard tour, but please ensure dogs are kept on a lead whilst on Gusbourne land, and please do clean up after them. We’re sorry, but we don’t allow dogs into the tasting room or the winery.

Gusbourne Estate,
Kenardington Road,
Ashford, TN26 2BE

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