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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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  • Byre Cottages - Two Byre Cottage

    Stelling Minnis, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 29410

    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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  • Byre Cottages - Byre Cottage

    Stelling Minnis, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • 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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  • Treacle Den

    West Hythe, nr. Romney Marsh

    Grade
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    Ref: E5275

    Treacle Den and Treacle Cottage are two cosy little cottages ideal for couples looking for somewhere to get away from it all. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s home on a quiet lane in the countryside, both cottages are cleverly arranged for maximum privacy, ensuring a peaceful retreat. Within 100 yards of the cottages lies an excellent local pub that enjoys a superb reputation for its restaurant. Traditionally beamed, the pub takes its name, Botolph’s Bridge, from the local legends surrounding St Botolph, a 7th-century monk. There is an excellent selection of beaches to explore, all within 3 miles, and many beautiful walks including the Royal Military Canal which has recently seen improvements for walkers and cyclists. There are many local villages, gardens, museums, monuments and castles well worth a visit. The cottages sit conveniently within a few minutes’ drive of the motorway yet each enjoys a tranquil spot with countryside to the front and views of Lympne Castle across the fields to the rear. West Hythe is a tiny hamlet within 3 miles of Hythe, Dymchurch and Lympne. Set in a conservation area, with excellent local walks.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. CD. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Treacle Cottage

    West Hythe, nr. Romney Marsh

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: E5385

    Treacle Den and Treacle Cottage are two cosy little cottages ideal for couples looking for somewhere to get away from it all. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s home on a quiet lane in the countryside, both cottages are cleverly arranged for maximum privacy, ensuring a peaceful retreat. Within 100 yards of the cottages lies an excellent local pub that enjoys a superb reputation for its restaurant. Traditionally beamed, the pub takes its name, Botolph’s Bridge, from the local legends surrounding St Botolph, a 7th-century monk. There is an excellent selection of beaches to explore, all within 3 miles, and many beautiful walks including the Royal Military Canal which has recently seen improvements for walkers and cyclists. There are many local villages, gardens, museums, monuments and castles well worth a visit. The cottages sit conveniently within a few minutes’ drive of the motorway yet each enjoys a tranquil spot with countryside to the front and views of Lympne Castle across the fields to the rear. West Hythe is a tiny hamlet within 3 miles of Hythe, Dymchurch and Lympne. Set in a conservation area, with excellent local walks.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included. Travel cot. High chair. iPod dock. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Bryn Taff

    Hamstreet, nr. Ashford

    Grade
    2
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    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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  • Dairy Cottage

    Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC572

    If rest and relaxation in snug, well thought out surroundings are on your agenda, look no further than Dairy Cottage, residing in what was previously the original farmyard surrounded by orchards and woodland. This well presented, detached conversion was once the milking parlour on the farm. Take the footpath at the side of the cottage leading to woodland and a nature reserve. Alternatively, try your hand at trout fishing at Spring Hill Trout Waters across the track and catch supper. Nature lovers will also enjoy Brenchley Wood Nature Reserve. There are many National Trust properties in the area, including Knowle House at Sevenoaks where the film ‘Pirate of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides’ was filmed. Chartwell, which is home to the late Winston Churchill and his paintings; Batemans, where Rudyard Kipling grew up; and Ightham Mote, a fine example of a moated 14th-century manor house. Explore castles including Bodiam, vineyards and sample some very fine wines; gardens including the masterpiece at Sissinghurst created by Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicholson. Good rail connections from Paddock Wood to London can be reached in 50 minutes. Alternatively, head to Ashford and take the train to Paris in time for drinks. The spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and The Pantiles are less than 3 miles away. The coast at Hastings is approximately 40 minutes. Golf 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    3 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, 32" Sky TV, DVD player, Bose Wave sound system and French doors leading to courtyard.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Open tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom:
    With double bed, sloping ceiling and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    Calor gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard, garden furniture and barbecue. Trout fishing on-site (£20 for 2 rods, licence required). Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps down to the courtyard from the property.

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  • Willow Lodge

    Chislet, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
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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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  • Little Mallory

    Birchington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Malt Cottage

    Biddenden

    Grade
    2
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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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  • The Snug

    St Margaret’s at Cliffe, nr. Deal

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 30578


    The Snug is an attractive, 1 bedroomed, self-contained annexe located adjacent to the owner’s home. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque conservation area of St Margaret’s at Cliffe, this holiday property makes a perfect, relaxing getaway for any couple. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard, the property offers space and comfort, with an open plan kitchen and living room, and a good sized double bedroom. The hall, kitchen area and bathroom boast natural slate flooring, giving a practical yet charming warm feel for any time of year. In this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty to see and do, especially for walkers and cyclists. Explore the famous White Cliffs of Dover, St Margaret’s Bay (home of Ian Fleming) with its clifftop walks and views across to France, the South Foreland Lighthouse and the Pines Gardens. Take a day trip from Dover to France, visit Dover, Deal and Walmer castles, enjoy the historic city of Canterbury and the medieval town of Sandwich. Local pubs serving food, tea rooms, a general store and post office are just a short walk from The Snug. Golf, sailing, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. Closest beach is 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet and slate floor.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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