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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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  • Cedars

    Sturry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43343

    Ideally situated for exploring Canterbury and the surrounding countryside, this holiday property is a completely self contained part of the owners home in a residential area approximately 3 miles from the city centre, but with rural views from the bedroom windows and patio. Take the bus or train to Canterbury and visit the cathedral. Enjoy a boat ride on the River Stour or explore the city’s old quarter, with its restaurants and shops. At Whitstable, a 20-minute drive, sample the famous oysters. Spot seals off the coast at Herne Bay or visit the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking. Table tennis (in car port). No smoking.

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  • Courthope Farm - The Sheep Shed

    Stelling Minnis, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 23559

    Ideally situated for walkers and cyclists

    Nestling in the 120-acre manorial common of Stelling Minnis and Lyminge Forest in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Courthope Farm. The holiday cottages have been sympathetically renovated in keeping with their surroundings. All guests are able to use the hot tub in the centre of the courtyard and can also explore the owner’s 8 acres of farmland. Ideally situated for walkers and cyclists close to the North Downs Way and many other cycle routes. Catch the county cricket at Canterbury or try your luck at the races at Folkestone race course. Car racing can be enjoyed at Lydden and Brands Hatch and birdwatchers will be in their element at Dungeness, Sandwich or Stodmarsh. For the garden enthusiast, Kent has more gardens open to the public than any other county in England so try Scotney Castle garden and Sissinghurst. Castles are also abundant – see Leeds, Dover and Walmer and if you wish to visit further afield the Channel Tunnel is a 10-minute drive, enabling you to visit France or if you prefer to go by ferry – Dover is 30 minutes away. NB. Properties 23556, 23558 & 23559 can be booked together for larger parties. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Couples and family bookings only.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared courtyard and grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared hot tub. NB: Fenced pond in the shared grounds.

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  • Albans Barnyard - Pippin’s Cottage

    Pembury, nr. Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PQQP

    In an idyllic rural setting on an 18-acre smallholding and adjacent to the farmhouse these two holiday cottages (Pippin’s Cottage, ref PQQP and Cox Cottage, ref PQQQ) have been decorated and furnished to a high standard. The farm has cattle, sheep, ducks and hens with footpaths on the doorstep to explore the glorious surrounding countryside. Day passes for fishing (trout) can be arranged by the owner. The royal spa town of Tunbridge Wells is under 5 miles. Visit Brenchley Wood Nature Reserve, Sissinghurst, NT castles including Bodiam. Discover award-winning wines at the local vineyards. The nearest coast is about 40 minutes at Hastings. The station at Paddock Wood provides a 50-minute train service to London. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and well-equipped kitchen area with granite worktops. Limestone floor throughout. First floor: Double bedroom, French doors to Juliet balcony, sloping ceilings and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. External open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Small enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • No children under 16 years

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full ground source heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Sound system
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-UK calls only
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds

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  • The Benvenue - Panoramic Views

    Sandgate, nr. Folkestone

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43985


    The Benvenue comprises three spacious, well-appointed apartments (refs W43984, W43985 and W43986), situated in a prime position on Sandgate Esplanade. All apartments have balconies leading off the living room and face directly over the seashore just a few yards away, giving uninterrupted views across the English Channel to the cliffs of France, and views to the Dungeness Peninsula, situated at the far end of a sweeping curve of coastline as it disappears into the hazy distance. The accommodation comprises a comfortable living room, a large kitchen, relaxing and cosy bedrooms with en-suite facilities in most rooms.
    Sandgate is a short walk away, or two minutes’ drive. The high street is noted for its eclectic mix of antique and bric-a-brac shops, pubs, a real ale bar, restaurants, takeaways and a highly rated fish and chip shop.
    The nearby towns of Folkestone and Hythe are within easy reach by car or the regular buses. Folkestone has a picturesque working harbour, with numerous fishing boats at anchor. Fresh seafood is readily available from a selection of family-run stalls adjacent to the quayside. Hythe is much quieter, the charming old high street has many interesting shops, as well as places of refreshment. The Royal Military Canal, built as a means of supplying British soldiers during Napoleonic times, now makes its way quietly through the town. Its tree-lined banks make a restful place to sit and take in the pleasant, relaxing view.
    Slightly more distant is the busy port of Dover, noted for the Norman castle that dominates the skyline. It also offers day trips to France with regular ferry crossing to Calais. The Battle of Britain Memorial is situated right next to main road from Folkestone to Dover, the haunting presence of a Spitfire and Hurricane a poignant reminder of days gone by.
    The famous city of Canterbury is a must with its well-preserved city walls and cathedral.
    The nearby Sunny Sands beach is a great place for children to play when the tide is out. The harbour boasts one of the finest restaurants in the area. Views from the glass-fronted dining area and terrace give a wonderful view day or night over the inner harbour. Another point of interest is the old high street, a steep, narrow road that connects the upper part of Folkestone to the harbour area.
    If it’s a comfortable base from which to visit or explore, or just somewhere to relax in and re-charge away from it all, The Benvenue apartments make an ideal choice for your seaside holiday. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on second floor: Living/dining area with patio doors and marble tiled floor. Kitchen with marble tiled floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony with furniture. Parking (1 car) £50per week, £10 per day for short breaks. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Leys

    Manston, nr. Ramsgate

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43901

    The Leys is a quaint, 2 bedroomed first floor holiday apartment, located in the rural village of Manston in Kent. Located just 3 miles from the coast and a short walk to the local pub, this is a great base for a small family, couple or group of friends to enjoy all that the Kent coast has to offer. It overlooks the biggest park in the area, fully equipped for children of all ages. The Leys has a 50’’ Freeview TV in the living room and a 32’’ Freeview TV in the double (5ft) bedroom. Decorated to a very good standard with a contemporary design, The Leys offers great access to many surrounding towns and coastal areas, including Ramsgate with its theme park, Dreamland, plus the Turner Contemporary Gallery. Broadstairs has the famous Viking Bay, Dickens Festival in June, Folk Week in August and October’s Food Festival. Dover Castle and the World Heritage white cliffs are a short drive away, plus sample a day trip to France on either the ferry or Eurostar. A must whilst in Kent, is the city of Canterbury, known for its history and world-famous cathedral. This is a great way to engage with culture, it also hosts plenty of shops bars and restaurants. Beach 3 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 200 yards and restaurant 3 miles.

    16 steps to entrance: All on first floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining area with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TV (one 50’’, one 32’’). DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Church Barn

    Aylesford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: PNNF

    These stylishly renovated, adjoining holiday barns (refs PPPC and PNNF) lie on the edge of a very pretty village on the River Medway set in a conservation area. From Church Barn La Grande’s garden, you can see the church and rooftop views of the village and also glimpses of the river. Originally built in 1890, they retain many beams and a superb vaulted ceiling, yet achieve a modern, sleek interior. Explore the towpath or walk The Pilgrims’ Way, visit Kits Coty House, the Medway Megaliths and Aylesford Priory. Maidstone, 2 miles, offers good shops and nightlife. Leeds Castle and the Museum of Kent Life are a short drive. Bluewater is 20 minutes by car, and there are good train links to London and Rochester. Local shop, public house and Hengist restaurant (award winning) just 150 yards away.

    Living room with tiled floor and step down to well-equipped kitchen/dining room with French doors. Double bedroom with oak floor. Step down to twin bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Freesat TV
    • iPod dock
    • Washer/dryer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Farm Cottage

    Margate

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43578


    Farm Cottage is a quaint, semi-detached, converted farm house which is situated near the coast of Margate in Kent. Comfortably sleeping 4 guests, this holiday property, next to the owners’ home, has been renovated to a good standard. Guests can enjoy access to a good-sized garden, an open-plan living/dining room and a well-equipped kitchen, as well as a small chalk cave which is characteristic of the area and which the owners’ are happy to show guests around. Built in 1652, Farm Cottage was originally part of a working dairy farm, and throughout the property guests will see plenty of character and quirky layouts. A short stroll from the property will take guests to the coast of Margate, and local attractions include the famous Turner Gallery, Margate Old Town, Shell Grotto and local village shops. Take a boat trip and spot seals on the sandbanks, or cycle the Viking Coastal Trail, one of the most attractive leisure cycle routes in Kent, covering 27 miles. A short drive will take you to Broadstairs, home to Viking Bay with several fantastic walks, or visit Ramsgate Royal Harbour. Broadstairs Folk Week takes place on the first weekend in August every year and it is only a 20-minute bus ride from the property. Also, don’t miss out on a trip to the historic city of Canterbury, with its dominating city walls and incredible cathedral. Farm Cottage delivers a great all season, coastal destination, offering lots of heritage and culture to discover and explore. Beach 1/2 mile. Shop 1/4 mile, pub 200 yards, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one 6ft (zip and link, can be twin), one 5ft.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • All Saints Cottage

    Canterbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30466


    All Saints Cottage is located in the heart of Canterbury and was once part of one of Canterbury’s best surviving 16th century timber framed buildings that it now adjoins, with unique views of Canterbury Cathedral and riverside frontage. The property is located just off the main high street with its own private access, you will first view the unique decked courtyard garden which overlooks the river, alongside is the famous witching stool and local wildlife including fish, ducks and swans. As you enter the cottage you are greeted by a comfortable living room with an open-plan, galley-style kitchen and wood flooring throughout. Comfortably sleeping 4 people there are two levels to the bedrooms, the second floor bedroom comprises of an antique double brass bed and views of the famous Canterbury Cathedral, whilst the first floor bedroom boasts a French-style double bed and views overlooking the old courtyard. For extra space and comfort there is also a dressing room with TV and DVD player. You will benefit from private parking which is located only a 8 to 10-minute walk from the cottage. Canterbury has an excellent shopping centre, bars and restaurants. Marlowe Theatre, museums and local history are on your doorstep, plus take a river tour on the unique punt boats (a flat bottom boat guided by a long pole with your very own tour guide). Should you want to explore a bit further afield, Kent has so much on offer, a short drive away is Howletts Animal Park of Howletts, plus the two seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable. For a day trip to France, a short drive to Dover would only take you around 20 minutes’, Dover also boasts the iconic White Cliffs and National Trust Park. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed decked courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Step to garden. Low wall between courtyard and river, 50 yards.

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  • Kath’s Cottage

    Broad Oak, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 31129

    Beautifully furnished and equipped, this semi-detached house is the perfect holiday base from which to explore this fascinating corner of the country. Wander through 2000 years of history in Canterbury, or visit wonderful towns such as Whitstable, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Pop across to Paris for lunch or up to London for dinner and a show, or just take a walk from the cottage through apple orchards and into the Blean, one of the largest areas of ancient, broad-leaved woodland in southern England, and home to a wide variety of wildlife, including nightjars, nightingales, woodpeckers and woodcocks. On the way home, call in at the pub, just 30 yards from Kath’s Cottage, for a delicious meal washed down with a pint of local ale. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Les Quatre Vents

    Dungeness

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: E5078

    In the unique and magical location of Dungeness, Les Quatre Vents sits in a completely private position off the beaten track and just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. Teeming with rare birds and plants, Dungeness is a designated National Nature Reserve, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area for Conservation. The landscape, famously the setting for Derek Jarman’s lovely garden and the wartime ‘listening ears’, is punctuated with wooden houses, iconic lighthouses, power stations and gravel pits, and crossed by steam trains of a miniature railway. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway terminates about 100 yards from the cottage. Fishing locally. Shop 1 mile, tea rooms and pub 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Raised threshold to living room with single day bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining area. Step down to dining area/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (4ft) with tiled step to en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Green Cottages - Old Post Cottage

    Rodmersham Green, nr. Sittingbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28974

    Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award

    These converted farm workers’ terraced cottages (ref 28974 and ref 28224), which adhere to the Green Tourism policy, are in a conservation area, opposite the pond, village green, pub and close to a tea shop. Close to the North Kent Downs AONB, The Pilgrims Way and Cycle Route 1 making this an ideal holiday base. Visit Faversham, the Hop Festival in autumn and tour Shepherd Neame. Explore the RSPB nature reserves and the north Kent coast. Shop 20 yards, pub/restaurant 25 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Two Freeview TVs. Cot.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Electric central heating (£25per week, £5 per day for short breaks October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. On road parking. Bicycles for hire. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden. Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award.

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  • Decoy Farm Holiday Cottages - The Cart Shed

    High Halstow, nr Rochester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 27525

    Set on the owner’s working fruit farm, these three terraced holiday cottages, each with their own enclosed area of garden, offer the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of this area. With views across the Northward Hill RSPB Nature Reserve, a converted barn has been reborn as charming cottages with 120 acres of farmland adjacent to the heronry, the largest in the UK. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the local barn owls, buzzards, egrets and the other abundant wildlife. In a quiet rural location yet only 8 miles from Rochester with a wide range of amenities, famous for its connections with Charles Dickens, or the cathedral city of Canterbury. The village of High Halstow is approximately 2 miles away and has a pub serving food, post office and grocery store. A perfect base for exploring Kent, the Garden of England and reaching London from Ebbsfleet for the high speed link. Ideal as a base for The O2, Greenwich Park, Westfield and Bluewater Shopping Centre. Golf nearby, varied cycle routes and fishing for trout in the owner’s reservoir (additional charge applies). There are free range chickens, geese and ducks on-site and opportunities to enjoy the blossoms and sample the fruits in season. The farm supplies high class fruit to many of the top restaurants in the area as well as the quality retailers and supermarkets. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Use of owner’s 140-acre fruit farm. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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