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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.
239 cottages are available
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  • Willow Lodge

    Chislet, nr. Canterbury

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    Ref: 28718

    Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, yet only 6 miles from Canterbury, this cosy, detached holiday cottage makes a perfect romantic retreat. Nestled in the grounds of the owner’s 14th-century home, the cottage enjoys its own garden and sitting-out area. Perfect for guests who enjoy walking and cycling, there are many local public footpaths. Canterbury offers many historic attractions including the cathedral and city walls. Ramsgate and Dover are both within a 14 mile drive. The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) are home to 5 miles of coast and countryside. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. 1 step to kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Shared 17-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in garden, unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • The Stable

    Hastingleigh, nr. Ashford

    Grade
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    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 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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  • Malt Cottage

    Biddenden

    Grade
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    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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  • Little Cloverland

    Lyminge, nr. Folkestone

    Grade
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    Ref: W41171

    Excellent walking territory

    Situated on the edge of Lyminge Forest in the owner’s grounds, this detached, single-storey cottage provides cosy accommodation with its own garden. Ideal for exploring the North Downs Way, or a stroll across the fields brings you to the village of Lyminge itself. Golf courses can be found 0.25 miles away. Further afield visit historic Canterbury, Folkestone and walk along the Leas or choose a souvenir from your holiday from one of the little antique shops in Hythe - all accessible by bus close to the cottage. There is easy access to the Channel Tunnel and day trips to France, so remember your passport. Shop and restaurant 0.5 miles, pub 0.25 miles.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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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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  • Canterbury Cottages - The Stables

    Shatterling, nr. Canterbury

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    Ref: UKC185


    The Stables and The Gardener’s Cottage provides a period setting with 21st century amenities. The interiors have been thoughtfully decorated and furnished with style and comfort in mind using beautiful English oak, heritage and eco products to attain an understated elegance. Comfort and quality have been the main criteria, and both properties have achieved a 4 star Gold Award from VisitEngland. Designed for two, they offer the ultimate self-catering experience, an oasis of calm from which to discover this area’s rich heritage. Great emphasis has been put into providing everything needed to make your stay unforgettable. Situated between Sandwich and Canterbury, they are ideally placed for visiting this outstanding area of England, along with easy access to ports for trips to France and beyond. Ashford International Station for Eurostar is around a 45-minute drive. These two charming cottages nestle in the hamlet of Shatterling, a beautiful part of the county of Kent, within easy reach of Canterbury, (a UNESCO world heritage site). Sandwich, described as one of the most complete medieval towns in England is 5 minutes by car, or head out into the beautiful countryside for days spent walking or birdwatching. If history is your thing, the ancient castles of Deal, Walmer, Richborough and Dover are all within easy reach. Other ideas may include a day trip to Paris via Eurostar or ferry to Boulogne and Calais, or stay within these shores and enjoy a day fishing, golfing or a refreshing coastal walk. This is the perfect location for exploring the best that Kent has to offer. There is a bus stop just 50 yards away, so why not leave the car at home and take the bus into Canterbury! Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Double bedroom with kingsize bed. Shower room with toilet. Tiled floors throughout.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared utility room with tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Terrace with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years.

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  • The Lodges - Chestnut Lodge

    Hawley, nr. Dartford

    Grade
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    Ref: 27636

    An ideal base for a town or country break

    These two adjoining, stylishly-presented, beamed holiday lodges are set in the owners’ grounds overlooking ornamental fishponds, yet you can pick up the Eurostar from Ebbsfleet just 10 minutes away to speed across to Brussels or Paris for lunch! Enjoy rural walks from the doorstep in the picturesque Darenth Valley. Alternatively, travel to St Pancras and Stratford International to explore London’s art galleries, restaurants and museums. For out of town retail therapy, Bluewater - the second largest shopping centre in the UK - is just a short drive. Alternatively, cross the River Thames to visit Lakeside which, together with the accompanying retail parks, forms one of the largest shopping areas in a single location in Europe. Brands Hatch Race Circuit and Lullingstone Roman Villa are close by and well worth visiting. For guests staying in July, a lavender massage at one of the local farms is a real treat! Guests enjoy shared use of the owners’ heated outdoor swimming pool by arrangement. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floors. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (11.5m x 5.5m, depth 6m x 1m), open June-September by arrangement with owners. No smoking. NB: Access through grounds with steps, alternative level access by arrangement with owner. Ponds in grounds.

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  • The Annexe at Gorewell

    Old Wives Lees, nr. Canterbury

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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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  • The Garden Cottage

    Paddock Wood

    Grade
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    Ref: E5368

    Enjoying a peaceful, semi-rural location, The Garden Cottage is a self-contained, cosy holiday cottage, adjoining the owners’ home in Paddock Wood, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of rural Kent. The superb location makes it ideal for visiting the many castles - Leeds, Hever, Bodiam (NT), Sissinghurst (NT) and Scotney (NT). Historic houses nearby include Knole, Igtham Mote, Chartwell (all NT) and Penshurst Place. The magnificent Canterbury cathedral is 1 hour away. Battle Abbey (1066 site) is 36 minutes. Sheffield Park is also worth a visit, 50 minutes away. There are also many beautiful gardens in the area, as well as character villages and traditional pubs to explore, whilst a day trip to London (50 minutes) is easily reached from Paddock Wood station.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with kitchen area. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£15per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Table-top electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Leeds Castle Holiday Cottages - Weir Cottage

    Maidstone

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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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  • Foreland View

    Broadstairs

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    Ref: UKC72

    Foreland View is a single-storey property, located next to the owners’ home, close to the coastal town of Broadstairs, which is popular for its Folk Festival in the summer. With fantastic sea views across the English Channel, this property is a comfortable coastal retreat, ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a seaside break, near a bustling town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. With two nearby bays, Foreland View is within easy reach of the award-winning Joss Bay and Viking Bay. Both of these beaches have won several awards and are considered to be amongst the best in Kent. Guests will have private access to steps (approximately 50) which lead down to the beach through the cliff face and a private decked courtyard, overlooking the channel, for those summer evenings.
    For golfers, Foreland View is within easy reach of four popular golf courses, including St Augustine, which has hosted the Golf Open in the past. This property is also ideal for walking enthusiasts, with Thanet Coastal Path close by, the longest continuous stretch of chalk coastline in the country. The Viking Coastal Trail is a 27-mile walk, passing through Viking Bay, which is where the property is situated. Cycle the Viking Trail, surf at Joss Bay, enjoy the fireworks on summer evenings, as well as the Dickens Festival. There are good rail connections to London taking only an hour on the high speed line. Canterbury is a must when visiting Kent, home to its beautiful cathedral and dominant city walls, Canterbury has a lot to offer. Beach 300 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor. Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 51" smart TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Small decked courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Unfenced cliff 100 yards.

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