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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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  • The Lodges - Bluebell Lodge

    Hawley, nr. Dartford

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 27635

    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 bedroom. Shower room with 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.

  • Malthouse Barn

    Elmsted, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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

  • The Forge

    Sandwich

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PLLA

    This detached holiday cottage is situated in the owners’ grounds on the edge of the historic Cinque Port of Sandwich. A short stroll leads to the heart of this unique medieval town where Strand Street presents the longest stretch of timber framed buildings in the country! Take a boat trip from beautiful Sandwich Quay along the River Stour to Richborough Roman Fort and explore the Roman gateway to Kent. Visit the National Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Kent Coast. Three golf courses including the Championship Royal St Georges are close by. Shops and pub ½ mile.

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, wooden floor, vaulted ceiling, sitting area and kitchen area. Kingsize bedroom. Shower room with large shower and toilet. Narrow stairs to galleried sitting area with small flatscreen TV and sloping ceiling.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs (one TV/DVD)
    • Wi-fi
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • Willow Lodge

    Chislet, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Byre Cottages - Byre Cottage II

    Stelling Minnis, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    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.

  • Sussex Mews

    The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • Beachside

    Broadstairs

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 27459

    Nestled into the cliffs at Broadstairs, with views across the sands of Viking Bay, this second floor holiday apartment offers direct beach access. Relax and observe life on the beach from the vantage point from the balcony or the window seat, or hear the waves lapping the sands from the comfort of your bed. For golfers, Beachside is within easy reach of four well-known 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. Also, the Viking Coastal Trail is a 27-mile walk, passing through Viking Bay which is where the property is situated. Pubs, restaurants, antique shops, and an Italian ice cream parlour are on the doorstep. Cycle the Viking Trail, surf at Joss Bay, enjoy the fireworks on summer evenings, Folk Week, and the Dickens Festival. Good rail connections to London. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. On road parking; public car park 250 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • Culvers - Little Culvers

    Old Kennington, nr. Ashford

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: 30321


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

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

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

  • Leeds Castle Holiday Cottages - Weir Cottage

    Maidstone

    Grade
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    Ref: 27987

    Indulge yourself in a unique holiday cottage experience within the 500-acre parkland estate at Leeds Castle, referred to as ’The loveliest castle in the world’. It is set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of the county of Kent, renowned throughout the world as ’The Garden of England’, and has been fortified for over 900 years. Originally a Norman stronghold, the private property of 6 medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII. In the 1930s the castle was a playground for the the rich and famous as Lady Baillie, the last private owner entertained ’high society’ down from London for the weekends. The castle now offers visitors a glimpse of a rich past with a fine collection of art, porcelain and furniture. Within the 500-acre estate are six 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.
    Castle View (ref 27989) is a beautifully appointed 200 year old historic apartment, the upper floor of a former oast house originally used for drying hops. It is situated on a quiet lane on the western boundary of the castle estate.
    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. Earl’s Cottage (ref 30376) is an Edwardian cottage dating back to the time of Lady Baillie, the last private owner of the castle. Adjacent to Knight’s Cottage, Earl’s Cottage is 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 cathedra...

    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.

  • The Garden Cottage

    Paddock Wood

    Grade
    2
    1
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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.

  • Canterbury Cottages - The Gardener’s Cottage

    Shatterling, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC186


    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 wooden floor and patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with kingsize bed. Shower room with toilet.

    One step to terrace.

    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.

  • Papillon Apartment

    Margate

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43466


    This delightful seaside apartment is located in the coastal town of Margate, with prominent views over the Turner Contemporary Gallery, and on to the sea across Margate Bay, a perfect location for a coastal holiday. Comfortably sleeping two people, guests will enjoy the open-plan living room/kitchen with a fresh contemporary feel. Decorated and furnished with artistic pieces, which adds a touch of unique style. Local attractions include the Dreamland theme park with its iconic scenic railway and several amusements. Visit the Turner Contemporary Galley, visited by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, featuring a wide selection of art and iconic pieces of modern Margate. A little further afield you will find the award-winning coast of Viking Bay in Broadstairs, and why not discover the famous city of Canterbury and take a trip on the river boats, and explore the history behind its world famous cathedral. Beach 100 yards. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking (5 minutes’ walk away). No smoking.

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