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Ashford

Ashford has retained its rural market town roots whilst expanding to include great shopping areas and plenty of places to dine and relax. It’s ideally located for lots of places to visit and days out in the heart of the rural Kent countryside.

Ashford has a great rail infrastructure, with central London just 40 minutes away so, if you please, you can enjoy the odd day out in the big city and then return to the comfort of your cosy rural cottage. Much of the surrounding area has National Trust Reserve status, so expect unspoilt rolling hills and woodlands to explore, in addition there are plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer such as fishing, rambling, cycling and golf. There is a vineyard not too far away that is well worth a visit, and the surrounding area is full of beautiful little villages and impressive stately homes with stunning gardens.

The town itself has plenty to offer visitors with all the facilities close at hand, from a weekly market and numerous crafts and antique shops to a busy modern high street. On the outskirts of town is the Ashford Designer Outlet shopping centre, which is very popular with visitors. In the centre of town, the County Square mall is the place to go.

Stay in one of our holiday cottages in Ashford for a self-catering holiday that combines a bustling town environment with the great outdoors right on the door step.
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  • Malthouse Barn

    Elmsted, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: P85

    Nestling in 26 acres of woodland and pasture, this delightful detached barn offers complete tranquillity. A glass of wine can be enjoyed on the decked terrace whilst watching the lambs gambol, or trying to spot a deer. For flower lovers, the famous gardens at Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Batemans are worth a visit. Equidistant from Ashford is the Eurostar to Paris, and historic Canterbury. Just 15 minutes away is the Channel Tunnel, or the train can be taken for a trip to London from Wye, just 3 miles away. Excellent walking terrain, hot air ballooning locally. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor and French door to decked terrace. Fitted kitchen area has breakfast area and butler sink. Utility. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Spiral open tread staircase to first floor: Study area/double bedroom with sloping ceiling overlooking living area.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included thereafter available locally. Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included. TV. DVD (small library). Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer (in utility). Decked terrace, furniture. 26 acres of woodland (shared with owner). Parking (2 cars). No smoking .

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  • The Manger

    Bethersden

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: E3151

    In the glorious heart of Kent, just 7 miles from Ashford’s Eurotunnel trains and easy day trips to France, this cosy single storey property (shown four windows facing) offers comfortable accommodation. Forming a wing of a beautifully converted 400 year old barn, it stands in pretty grounds shared with the owners, who live in the main part of the barn. Sissinghurst’s famous gardens and Scotney and Bodium Castles (all NT) are a short drive, the coast and historic Canterbury a little further. Tenterden (5 miles) offers good shopping and the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway. Shop 500 yards, pub 250 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Culvers - Little Culvers

    Old Kennington, nr. Ashford

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    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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  • Water’s Edge

    Rolvenden Layne, nr. Tenterden

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: PNNO

    This tastefully converted single-storey farm building stands detached in the owner’s grounds. The holiday cottage has retained its original beams and enjoys its own terrace. Guests are invited to take a stroll through the adjoining woods - a carpet of bluebells in the springtime. It is ideally placed for visiting Sissinghurst Gardens as well as Lamberhurst and Biddenden vineyards. Explore the jewel of the Weald, Tenterden, with its tea shops, art galleries and antique shops, or take a ride on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway to the moated Bodiam Castle. Camber Sands and the Cinque Port town of Rye are within half an hour’s drive. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Two steps up to beamed living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to terrace. External utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in external utility)
    • Freezer
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of owner’s landscaped grounds, including bluebell wood
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Lake 23ft from property

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  • Malt Cottage

    Biddenden

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 24442

    Adjoining the owner’s period country property, located just a few minutes walk from the historic village of Biddenden, which lies in the heart of the Kent countryside and offers easy access to an abundance of castles, gardens, stately homes and many places of both historical and cultural interest. The famous Sissinghurst Gardens are just five minutes away. Nearby Tenterden is a charming market town offering interesting shopping and a working steam railway. An ideal holiday location for golfers with the splendid Chart Hills course practically on the doorstep. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating and gas £30per week winter, £20per week summer. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bryn Taff

    Hamstreet, nr. Ashford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC65


    Situated just on the edge of Hamstreet and therefore within easy walking distance of shops, a pub and a restaurant is Bryn Taff, delightfully converted into a stylish holiday base ideal for exploring the ’Garden of England’ and East Sussex countryside. Hamstreet is known as ‘The Gateway to the Marsh’ an area once awash with smuggling. Visit the Dungeness National Nature Reserve and RSPB Reserve, The Romney Marsh including Dungeness, is one of the most important wildlife sites in the world and is a crossroads for migrating birds. Three long distance footpaths pass through Hamstreet and you can follow the banks of the Military Canal or stroll through Hamstreet Woods. Both walking and cycling are very popular in the area, for sandy beaches, head to Dymchurch or Camber Sands, enjoy afternoon tea in Tenterden ’The Jewel of the Weald’, or the medieval town of Rye with its cobbled streets. For a touch of retail therapy visit McArthur Glen at Ashford and don’t forget your passport, in case you want to hop on a train and have lunch in Paris via the Eurostar. Beach 9½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with slipper bath, shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs (one 36", one 22"). DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture and electric barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Summer house with shared 6-seater hot tub (by arrangement) with changing facilities. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Stable

    Hastingleigh, nr. Ashford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43580


    Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Downs in Kent, between Ashford and Canterbury, The Stable is a detached, compact cottage, adjacent to the owner’s period farmhouse, displaying beams and original features yet offering all contemporary amenities. This holiday property comprises of an open-plan living/dining room with kitchen and a good size double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Several local attractions include the North Downs Way, Pilgrims Way and many other picturesque footpaths and walkways. The Stable is within easy reach of Canterbury, boasting an incredible cathedral and ancient city walls, along with boutique shops, bars and restaurants. Many historic attractions include Dover Castle, close to the famous white cliffs and the coastal town of Deal, Deal Castle and Walmer Castle. Located just a 30-minute drive from Ashford International Station, guests can enjoy a day trip to France or Belgium on-board the Eurostar, plus there are regular ferry trips to Calais from Dover. This all year round property is a lovely base for couples and families to explore all that Kent has to offer. Shops, pubs and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, bed linen and towels included. Electricity by £1 meter. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Pet welcome, must be kept on a lead. No smoking. No children.

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  • The Coach House

    Aldington, Ashford

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: PEEW

    The Coach House stands within its own garden in the owner’s 4-acre grounds, previously included in the National Garden Scheme due to the 100-year-old status of the garden and specialist and rare plants. Guests are welcome to explore the owner’s grounds and field of livestock by arrangement. Explore the Romney Marshes and beaches at Hythe and Dymchurch, 5 miles and Rye as well as a shingle coastline at Dungeness. Port Lympne, 2 miles, has the 400-acre Wild Animal Wilderness, with the largest captive group of black rhinos in the world are held. Canterbury 15 miles. Enjoy a day trip to France via the Channel Tunnel, 8 miles or ferry from Dover, 19 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Living room with French doors and step down to sun room. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Electricity and full oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD (small library). CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 4-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in woodland.

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  • Laurel Cottage

    Tenterden

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: E4674

    From its pretty weatherboarded exterior to its heavily beamed interior featuring a large inglenook fireplace and woodburner, this 18th-century cottage is filled with character and charm. Enjoying its own garden, it adjoins the owner’s home on the fringes of Tenterden, a delightful country town with interesting shops, restaurants, vineyard and station for the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway’s journeys to Bodiam Castle. Glorious gardens at Sissinghurst and Scotney Castle. Within easy reach are Hastings, Rye, RSPB Dungeness, Leeds Castle and Camber Sands. Fishing, golf and riding nearby. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Rookwood Lodge

    Bethersden

    Grade
    3
    1
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    1
    Ref: PM4


    In the heart of rural Kent, this attractive holiday cottage is ideally placed for exploring the area, and just a short drive from the coast. It stands in the owners’ beautiful landscaped grounds, complete with shared outdoor swimming pool and a lake where guests can picnic, yet is detached and secluded with its own patio. Renovated to a high standard with terracotta-tiled floors and large first floor bedroom, it makes a cosy base for a couple or a family. Tenterden with many antique shops, medieval Rye, Battle, and Tunbridge Wells for shopping are all easily reached. On the coast are New Romney and Hythe, with Folkstone and Dover just an hour away for day trips to France. Shops and pub 2½ miles.

    Fitted kitchen, with dining area, terracotta-tiled floor, additional TV and French doors to patio. Living room with sofa-bed (alternative sleeping only). First floor: Twin sleeping area with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Z-bed (for +1 child). Two TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed 1-acre garden with furnished patio. Parking. Shared outdoor swimming pool (16ft x 30ft, depth 3ft to 8ft, open June-September). No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Fig Cottage

    East Brabourne, nr. Ashford

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30403


    Nestling at the foot of the North Downs is Fig Cottage, a detached, listed former farm building. It resides within the owner’s 8-acre grounds and small holding, including a vineyard which guests are free to enjoy. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides access to footpaths and cycle routes, enabling you to explore the glorious, rural surroundings and enjoy horse riding and golf nearby. Fig Cottage is ideally located for exploring Canterbury, just 9 miles away, where the skyline is dominated by its historic cathedral and is the oldest in England. For a day at the coast, towns such as Whitstable famous for its oysters, Hythe’s pebble beach, and Sandgate with interesting antique shops, are all well worth a visit. There is easy access to the Eurostar and the Channel Tunnel for those looking for something further afield in France, so don’t forget to bring your passport! Something closer to home is the local pub, where it not only feeds the family after a day’s exploring, it also provides a venue for craft fairs and farmers’ markets, and won an award for ’Kent pub of the year’ in the Kent life awards. Beach 8 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    5 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams, wooden floor and patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open-sided ladder-style stairs to gallery area: 1 twin loft bedroom with beams and low sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil underfloor central heating (except twin bedroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 39" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared, 8-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dawlton Farm Barn

    Elmsted, nr. Wye

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28702

    This holiday barn conversion stands detached, opposite the owner’s home, set in 4 acres of unspoilt woodland and natural pasture in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is surrounded by magnificent countryside and is perfectly placed for walking on one of the many footpaths or exploring the historic attractions of Canterbury, which is just a short drive away. Dover is nearby for ferries to France or a visit to Dover Castle, perched on the world famous white cliffs. Visit Port Lympne Wild Animal Park or a beautiful garden. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with beams. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 2 Freeview TV’s (one 19", one 32"). DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. 4-acre woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 5 years. Pets to be kept on a lead - chickens on site.

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