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The Dovecote - Gamekeeper’s Cottage

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Staple, near Wingham, Kent
Grade 3 Star rating
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This Grade II Listed one-bedroom holiday cottage is set in a private walled garden measuring around a third of an acre, and is conveniently all on one level.

Set in its own walled garden which is completely private, Gamekeeper’s Cottage is ideal for those seeking a romantic getaway. Part of the Groves Estate built for Sir William Lynch in around 1750, Gamekeeper’s Cottage is surrounded by high Grade II listed walls which shelter a gloriously sunny garden, spanning around a third of an acre, which is bursting with unusual plants and flowers including a fig tree. Here you will find your very own secret garden, a perfect retreat into countryside tranquillity – well away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Inside, the detached cottage has been renovated with luxury bed linen, toiletries and fittings. The medieval local village of Staple has a friendly pub/restaurant and Wingham and Sandwich are a short drive away. Canterbury is less than 10 miles away and is bursting with shops and restaurants. There is a great choice of beaches nearby including Broadstairs, Sandwich Bay and Ramsgate.

Gamekeeper’s Cottage is perfect for couples who want to spend some quality time together; those in need of peace and escape can wander around their own ’Garden of Eden’, before exploring the beautiful countryside and nearby coast – the best Kent has to offer. Even France is accessible with the Eurotunnel, and the ports at Dover and Folkestone close by. There is a bus stop within walking distance with hourly buses running to Sandwich and Canterbury. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Gamekeeper’s Cottage can be booked together with Willow Tree House (UKC1060) and The Bothy (UKC1061) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

All on the ground floor:
Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
Living area: With wood burner and Freeview Smart TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge and Tassimo coffee machine.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Initial fuel for wood burner included. 1/3-acre enclosed walled garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Barbecue. Grounds (shared with other holiday cottages). No smoking.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Main Fuel or Power incl.
    Main Fuel or Power incl.
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Television
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Short Breaks All Year
    Short Breaks All Year
  • Bed Linen & Towels Included
    Bed Linen & Towels Included
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2017
    The gamekeepers cottage is quite small but cosy and ,everything you need is there. The shower room is lovely. Everything is good quality. The location is lovely too and ideal for getting around as many places are less than 10 miles away. I would stay again. The village has a friendly pub which serves good food.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- Thank you so much for your positive review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2017
    Overall very nice, lovely private garden with squirrels, and warm cosy cottage. Excellent location for visiting lovely Kent locations like Howletts, Canterbury, Dover castle etc. Free wifi. Slight niggles, there is no storage and it doesn't have an oven so the combination microwave was a challenge. Friendly owner and nice welcome package.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for the review and we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. There is a cupboard where guests can hang up clothes as well as room for folded clothes. There are two storage boxes under the bed and an open loft space above the door where there is plenty of space to store things.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2017
    The area is absolutely perfect for a relaxing holiday, the cottage is close to several places that we wanted to visit, the garden is absolutely superb (spacious and ideal), but the cottage is far too small. There is no space for unpacking clothes, other than a couple of plastic boxes under the bed and even for two people the kitchen/diner/lounge is far too small, with no-where to store food other than the fridge.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- We were devastated to get this review which is very different from others we have received. We do make it very clear in the description this is a small, one-bedroom cottage. There is a sort of loft storage above the door as you come in which easily takes suitcases. There is also a cupboard and drawers where food can be kept. It is small, no doubt, but we hope the luxury bed linen, the generous welcome pack the lovely brand new wood burning stove and the glorious garden makes up for it.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    Very enjoyable & relaxing

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again soon. We are glad you had a relaxing break at Gamekeepers Cottage.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/08/2017
    The accommodation was very good and the secluded garden very welcome. The only downside was cleanliness. The two ring hot plate looked dreadful with baked on food which I had to clean off as best I could with fairy liquid before I could start cooking. The shower curtain had mould on it. We used the outside table and chairs but again had to clean off green algae before use.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. Thank you for your review and for taking the time to comment. We have taken on board your points about cleanliness. The oven and chairs have been thoroughly cleaned and the shower curtain replaced. We are available by telephone if there are any questions or issues which may arise during a guests' stay and a contact number is provided in the property. We are sorry that you did not voice your concerns at the time of your stay as this would have allowed us the opportunity to address the issues you have raised immediately. We thank you though for bringing this to our attention.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2017
    Lovely cosy cottage and superb private garden.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and we are pleased you particularly enjoyed the garden.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/07/2017
    Great place for the summer. Had a fantastic time, would definitely go back, But we would not not go back in the winter, the cooking facilities don't suit it. But. Great bolt hole .

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. Thank you for the great review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. We take on board your comments about the cooking facilities; there is a two ring hob and a combination microwave/oven which does work as a grill as well. It takes a bit of ingenuity but it is possible to cook everything up to a roast dinner.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2017
    Enjoyed our stay and weather and surroundings great. It would have been helpful to have had information about local amenities - nearest pub, shops, etc. During our stay we couldn't receive wi-if so we're unable to check these things ourselves.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your kind review and we are currently updating our information pack. We are very sorry to hear the wifi wasn't working; it is a shame we were not informed during your stay as we could have sorted out the problem to get you back online. We are pleased you enjoyed the stay and the lovely weather we had that week.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2017
    We enjoyed the cottage very much lovely location and central to lots of places we wanted to visit,we would stay there again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for the lovely review - we look forward to seeing you back again soon.

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7.7 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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