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Kent

Classic rural landscapes and traditional seaside entertainment along with ancient history and spectacular gardens; come and explore Kent and see for yourself the ''Garden of England''.

You don''t have to travel far from your cottages to find beauty, fun and relaxation. A truly diverse county, Kent has some of the most unspoilt countryside in the British Isles, not to mention iconic landmarks, award-winning beaches and thrilling attractions for young and old.

Not to be missed are the world famous White Cliffs of Dover, which stand tall and proud welcoming you to England''s oldest county. Discover Canterbury, where you''re guaranteed one of the best views of the city from the Westgate Towers at Canterbury Cathedral; a truly magnificent World Heritage Site. Step in to the dazzling medieval past of Dover Castle and explore Secret Wartime Tunnels and stories of King Henry II''s court.

For a taste of life in the fast lane head to Buckmore Park Kart Circuit and kids will love the up-close animal encounters at Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Step back in time to experience nineteenth-century England at Dickens’ World and the Guildhall Museum, while cider connoisseurs will love Biddenden Vineyards and Cider Works. There''s a lot to see and do, and self-catering cottage offers the best way to make the most of this wonderful area.

There are many ways to take in the beauty of the county; by foot, bike, car or water, but there''s nothing quite like the grand heritage of the Kent and East Sussex Railway. Discover the captivating essence of the ''Garden of England'' as the line wends along ten and a half miles of charming countryside. Wander off the beaten track and seek out little-known paths, where the deer of the woods around Challock and the orchids of the North Downs await discovery.

Why not enjoy some traditional seaside fun and head to Margate, Broadstairs or Ramsgate for Blue Flag awarded beaches, where you can enjoy anything from building sandcastle and exploring rock pools to exhilarating watersports and funfairs. Seaside town Whitstable offers quirky art galleries and craft shops and there''s no shortage of tasty seafood restaurants for when hunger strikes.

Be enriched by Kent''s exciting past and present. Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Kent today.
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  • The Annexe

    Lamberhurst

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    Ref: 13923

    Superb single storey conversion of former farm barn buildings, adjacent to the owner’s home, enjoying rural views and rolling landscape situated on the private estate of Bayham Abbey. The whole area is a particularly attractive part of Kent with quaint villages and good olde English pubs. Royal Tunbridge Wells 5 miles with excellent shopping and main-line connection to London (50 minutes). Excellent touring, walking and golf locally with watersports at Bewl. A perfect holiday retreat. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. 5 steps down to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Washing/drying service on request. Patio leading to grassed area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Telephone Exchange

    Sissinghurst

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 26972

    A unique opportunity to holiday in a detached, converted old telephone exchange in the middle of one of Kent’s prettiest villages and within walking distance of the world renowned Sissinghurst Gardens (NT). Also the heart of the wine growing area visit Lamberhust Vineyard, Chapel Down Winery, and Biddenden Vineyards and Cider works. Take a drive to Tenterden and see why it’s described as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’. Visit Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle (NT), Finchcocks Musical Museum and Bedgebury Pinetum. Shop, pub (with free wi-fi) and restaurant 60 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle, toilet and bidet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD/radio. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed small, paved garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Little Mallory

    Birchington

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 27628

    Located a short walk from the seafront, this semi-detached holiday property adjoins the owner’s home. Birchington has attracted visitors since the late 19th century and has a rich history dating back 3000 years. Guests can enjoy the beach at Minnis Bay, or the three other beaches, flanked by cliffs and caves, and walkers will be tempted by the coastal footpaths, or cycle on the many designated cycle routes. Discover an interesting mix of architecture, including houses whose underground network of tunnels were used by the smugglers who lived there. An ideal location to explore Kent’s beautiful beaches and gardens. Canterbury and Whitstable, both 15 miles. Mainline railway station within a mile. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft, zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Leeds Castle Holiday Cottages - Weir Cottage

    Maidstone

    Grade
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    Ref: 27987

    Indulge yourself in a unique holiday cottage experience within the 500-acre parkland estate at Leeds Castle, referred to as ’The loveliest castle in the world’. It is set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of the county of Kent, renowned throughout the world as ’The Garden of England’, and has been fortified for over 900 years. Originally a Norman stronghold, the private property of 6 medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII. In the 1930s the castle was a playground for the the rich and famous as Lady Baillie, the last private owner entertained ’high society’ down from London for the weekends. The castle now offers visitors a glimpse of a rich past with a fine collection of art, porcelain and furniture. Within the 500-acre estate are four period holiday cottages, some furnished with antiques from the castle, and handmade drapes made by the castle seamstress. The sheets on the beds are fresh crisp Egyptian cotton and a welcome pack of toiletries is provided.
    Access is given enabling entry to the castle and grounds as many times as you like during your stay.
    Your ticket also provides access to the Knight’s Realm playground, where children can let off steam. Climb the Maiden’s Tower, joust along the aerial runway and explore the secret tunnels! Lose yourself in the spiralling yew maze and underworld grotto of shells and mythical beasts, plus a turf maze where toddlers and smaller children can play. Take in a free flying falconry display.
    Take a picnic or stroll around the gardens which you can explore long after the daily guests to the castle and grounds have gone home. Additional activities that incur an extra cost include 9-hole golf, a hot air balloon flight (1st Apr-1st Nov), Go Ape! zip wire adventure, a Segway tour, a ride on Elsie the Castleland train or hop aboard the Black Swan Ferry Boat. Then visit the castle shop for a special gift to return home with.
    Keepers House, (ref 27985), formerly the gamekeeper’s house, dates back several hundred years, and is located in a hidden valley in the castle grounds. It has a courtyard which overlooks the River Len and can be booked with adjoining Weir Cottage to accommodate up to 12 guests.
    Weir Cottage (ref 27987) is a perfect riverside hideaway for a couple. It was originally the game store and can be booked with adjoining Keepers House to accommodate up to 12 guests. Fishing can be arranged for Keepers House and Weir Cottage.
    Knight’s Cottage (ref 27986) is a fine example of an Edwardian cottage and is located within a secluded position within the grounds of Leeds Castle and enjoys views over the vineyard and woodland.
    Guests are just a stone’s throw away from the medieval-style Knights glamping site, giving guests the choice of booking friends and family into the tents.
    The Guards House (ref 27988) dates back to the Regency period from around 1810, and was originally a Napoleonic soldier’s barracks. Interconnecting with neighbouring cottages, this traditional Grade ll listed Kentish cottage has thick rag stone walls and an unusual curved wooden front door.
    Located 5 miles from Maidstone the cottages are ideally placed for exploring beautiful villages, historic castles, houses and market towns. Kent boasts award-winning beaches. Indulge in some local oysters at Whitstable or spot seals off Herne Bay. Canterbury with its historic cathedral is a short drive or head towards Ashford for some discounted designer retail therapy. Kent also provides good road and rail access to London for further sightseeing opportunities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling. Can be booked with Keeper’s House (ref 27985) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Electric heaters and NSH included. Electric cooker. Fenced garden with terrace and furniture. Fishing in pond. Parking (1 car). NB: Access via shared driveway.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared 500-acres parkland. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: Lake, river and weir in grounds.

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  • Sussex Mews

    The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: 26808

    A superbly located Grade ll listed holiday studio apartment with a recessed bedroom area. It has its own enclosed front garden with mature shrubs and is set to the rear of The Pantiles, the colonnaded 17th century walkway now buzzing with restaurants, open air cafes, specialist shops and a fortnightly farmers’ market. Sample the Chalybeate spring water served by ’The Dipper’ during the summer months or visit The Seven Wonders of the Weald. The area is full of castles, gardens and stately homes; a short walk to the station gives access to London within an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/step up to dining room/kitchen with recessed bedroom area with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Byre Cottages - Byre Cottage

    Stelling Minnis, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
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    Ref: 29409

    Shared hot tub

    Boasting their own private balconies overlooking farmland and with shared use of a hot tub, these two adjoining converted oak barns (refs 29409 and 29410) in the owners’ grounds make an ideal holiday base for exploring the Kent countryside. Known as ‘The Garden of England’ with its miles of woodlands and fields, including gardens large and small, visit Sissinghurst and Goodnestone Park, where Jane Austen penned parts of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Approximately 8 miles from Canterbury, where the cathedral dates back to the 11th century, enjoy a concert, or take a river tour. Whitstable, dubbed the ‘Pearl of Kent’ presents a great opportunity to indulge in sampling oysters for which it is renowned for. Alternatively, visit the port town of Hythe, with its interesting antique shops and fishing along the seafront. Roundwood Hall, for golf, is less than 2½ miles away and there is horse riding at Marberdan Riding Centre, 1 mile. For retail therapy, try McArthur Glen designer outlet, as well as Dover and the Channel Tunnel – both within easy driving distance for a day trip to France. Beach 10 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with beams. Shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing by arrangement. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden with furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in owners’ grounds 5 yards.

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  • Minty Cottage

    Hythe

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC388


    Minty Cottage is one of three secluded former fishermen’s terraced cottages dating back to 1850. This charming cottage has retained many original features and is decorated and furnished throughout to a very good standard. This property is the perfect couple’s seaside retreat and is under 150 yards away from the beach! It comprises a quaint living room/dining area with a display fireplace which opens into a warm cosy fully equipped kitchen with an Aga cooker and a gable door. Upstairs there is a bathroom and a spacious double bedroom with a decorative fireplace, television and DVD player. Outside there is a small sunny courtyard with a Jack and Jill love seat; a perfect spot to soak up the sun with a glass of wine whilst planning the next day’s activities. Minty Cottage is located close to Hythe High Street with its array of bars and restaurants and unique individual shops. It is also just a short stroll to the Royal Military Canal with its stunning gardens and walkways. The canal was built in Napoleonic times as a defence against French invasion and runs through the centre of the town. Not only does it offer delightful walks but it also has rowing boats available for rent throughout the summer months. Nearest restaurant 150 yards, nearest pub 250 yards, town centre 500 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and Nespresso coffee machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Small courtyard with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Annexe at Gorewell

    Old Wives Lees, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
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    Ref: 30626


    This comfortable, single-storey annexe, in Kentish style, adjoining the owner’s home, is located in the beautiful countryside of Old Wives Lees near Canterbury. Decorated and furnished to a good standard and at the end of a cul-de-sac, it makes the perfect base from which to enjoy walks and abundant wildlife. A cosy open plan living area with French windows joins the kitchen and leads to the double bedroom. A wildflower garden with sitting area is also located behind the property, which leads into 5 acres of unspoilt woodlands. Local attractions include Chilham village, with its unique medieval square, often used for film sets. Wye is also a lovely village to visit, 6 miles away and the historic city of Canterbury, with its famous cathedral and culture, is close by. The seaside resorts of Whitstable, Deal, Broadstairs and Herne Bay are within an hour’s drive. Go back in time and explore the castles of Dover, Deal and Walmer. For a day trip to France, ferry journeys from Dover, or the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to France are frequent and very popular. For eating, there are two excellent local pubs in Chilham, and also one at Chartham. Otherwise, there are many good restaurants in Canterbury. Beach 11 miles. Shop and pubs 1 mile, restaurants 7 miles.

    2 steps down to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with laminate floors. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£30per week, £20 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Blu-ray. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5 acres of woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond nearby.

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  • Sutton Cottage

    Hawley

    Grade
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    Ref: PLLZ

    This holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, provides compact accommodation. Take the Eurostar and have lunch in Paris or Brussels, or travel to St Pancras and Stratford International and explore the London art galleries, restaurants and museums. A short drive takes you to Bluewater or visit Lakeside. Enjoy rural walks in the Darenth Valley, Brands Hatch race circuit and Lullingstone Roman Villa, all easily accessible. In addition to which there is shared use of the owner’s heated outdoor swimming pool by arrangement. Shop and pub 1/4 mile.

    Cosy living room. Two steps down to kitchen/dining room. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Spiral stairs to galleried area with double bed and sloping ceilings. Most rooms with tiled floor.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Swimming pool with Roman steps (38ft x 18ft, depth 3ft to 20ft) open June-September by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced ponds in owner’s grounds. 5 steps to swimming pool

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  • The Garden Flat

    Herne Bay

    Grade
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    Ref: W43447


    This spacious and stylish apartment, boasting panoramic sea views, is located on the coast of Kent in the seaside town of Herne Bay. This is the perfect location for a holiday on the coast. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard, The Garden Flat offers ease of access with private parking, its own garden, large living space with a dining table overlooking the coast, a comfortable bedroom, which sleeps up to 2 guests, along with a well-equipped kitchen. The Clock Tower which is visible from the apartment window and garden is the oldest one in England. Several local attractions include the popular Herne Bay promenade with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants, access to the main town is also within walking distance with many shabby chic shops to roam. The area is also popular with jet bikers. Take a short drive to Canterbury and experience the historic hustle and bustle of the beautiful city, sample oysters in Whitstable or why not take a day trip to France from Dover with its regular ferry crossings. Beach 21 yards. Shop and restaurant 21 yards, pub 32 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • Culvers - Little Culvers

    Old Kennington, nr. Ashford

    Grade
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    Ref: 30321


    Nestled down a quiet country lane, these spacious, detached holiday properties (30321 and W44359) provide stylish, detached accommodation in the owner’s grounds. Both retain some original features and overlook the glorious 1-acre garden which guests are free to enjoy. It makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, which offers a mix of town and country. The properties can also be booked together making them perfect for friends, families and groups. Visit Canterbury and the beautiful cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century, as well as other hidden gems, which can be explored by taking a boat trip on the River Stour. Tenterden, ‘The Jewel in the Weald’, is a pretty town to visit, or steam along on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, try some award-winning wines at some vineyards, see the gardens at Godinton House and Sissinghurst, or take a balloon flight at Leeds Castle. Walkers can enjoy the north Downs and Pilgrims Way, peppered with nature reserves, and packed with Kentish apple, pear and cherry orchards. Retail therapy is close by, at the McArthur Glenn shopping outlet where you can catch a designer bargain. There are good rail links to London, 38 minutes, or travel to Paris or Brussels, which is less than a 2-hour train ride away – don’t forget your passport! Golf available locally. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with oak floors. 1 double bedroom with low doorway. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freesat TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Old Laundry Cottage

    Hythe

    Grade
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    Ref: W44253

    The Old Laundry Cottage is an enchanting, Grade II listed, late Georgian cottage forming part of a small terrace of character cottages located on a no through road, within the conservation area just off the historic High Street. This atmospheric property is furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques and vintage furniture, is well-equipped and tastefully presented. The cottage provides an ideal location for a romantic short break or a longer stay and benefits from a small enclosed, private rear courtyard with table and chairs for those quiet evenings. The historic Cinque Ports town of Hythe boasts a bustling and thriving high street with an array of independent shops, cafés, restaurants, art galleries and studios, all literally a stone’s throw from the cottage. There is also a supermarket nearby.
    The Old Laundry Cottage is just a few yards from The Royal Military Canal with its pleasant canalside walks, and on sunny days, rowing boats may be hired so you can enjoy a different view of this pretty seaside town. For the less energetic, there are leisurely trips available along the canal on an electric boat. A short ten-minute walk from the cottage, through beautifully tended gardens, takes you to the shingle beaches of Hythe Bay, where there is swimming for most of the year, a seafood restaurant with views across the English Channel to France, in addition to the golf links at The Imperial Hotel (daily and weekly membership available).
    There are sandy beaches at Dymchurch and slightly further afield at Camber. Hythe is also home to the world famous small gauge Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway which offers trips through Romney Marsh in its unique small scale carriages, pulled by steam engines through The Marsh to Dungeness, which is a World Heritage Site. Its eerily bleak and hauntingly beautiful landscape attracts artists from around the world and an array of sea birds (both permanent and migratory) makes it a brid watchers paradise. The cathedral city of Canterbury is about half an hour away by car, the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone (for day trips to France) is about a ten-minute drive away and for those interested in wildlife, the pioneering Port Lympne Nature Reserve is also about a ten-minute drive from the property. Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park, 100 yards (foc). No smoking.

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