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How Wood Cottage


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Elmstone, near Canterbury, Kent
Grade 4 Star rating
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How Wood Cottage is a countryside retreat like no other, a perfect location to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

How Wood Cottage is a beautiful Grade II thatched cottage located in the heart of Elmstone, near Canterbury. Adjacent to the cottage is How Wood Lodge, which is home to the owner, who will be on hand to help or assist if required. Built in the 16th century this historic building of Kent is full of character and charm. Guests can enjoy a comfortable living room with an open fire and French doors which lead to the garden. Relax in the study with original stone floors, open fire, a wide selection of books, vinyl records and CDs, where you can plan the day ahead with a glass of wine. The countryside kitchen is well-equipped with a Rangemaster and several other amenities. Upstairs are two bedrooms, both bursting with character. One of How Wood Cottage’s many highlights is the landscaped gardens which includes two ponds, a river and access to unspoilt woodland. Overall guests can enjoy 3-acres of land surrounded by fruit orchards with several seating areas, tables and sun beds in the summer. The village of Preston-next-Wingham is a mile away and there are walks through the orchards to join the Saxon Shore Way. Canterbury is a 20-minute drive, where you can explore the cobbled streets and boutique shops, or visit the famous Canterbury Cathedral and walk along the historic city walls. Whitstable, famous for its seafood and oysters, and Dover for day trips to France are easily accessible. Wingham Wildlife Park and Howlett Zoo are both close by and are ideal for family days out. Golf is available locally in Sandwich, where they previously hosted the Open, only a 15-minute drive away. Beach 14 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room:
With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors leading to the garden.
Kitchen/dining room: With gas range, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
Study: With a selection of books and CDs, open fire and stone floor.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1:
With super kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Separate toilet.

Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fires included. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and gas barbecue. 3-acre landscaped grounds with woodland, sitting-out area, garden furniture and gas barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    How Wood Cottage is a perfect package of quirky and beautiful cottage, stunning gardens and a friendly and thoughtful owner. Set in the secluded heart of the Kent countryside, it offers at the same time a deep sense of peace and tranquility and a base for visiting the surrounding area including the Medieval cinque port of Sandwich, Canterbury and the White Cliffs and Castle in Dover. Highly recommended.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    The cottage is one of the best we have stayed in. We would highly recommend it. It is a little piece of heaven. The owners are lovely, there if you need anything but afford you privacy.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    We had a great time! The cottage is absolutely beautiful and you can feel the history of the house. It is very clean and we had a small basket of bread, scones and jam for the next morning when we arrived - and a bottle of wine. Mel is such a lovely host - we shared the same love for the Rolling Stones - I just say: Brown Sugar;)! We would love to go again!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/12/2017
    We enjoyed a fabulous weeks holiday in the 16th century cottage which has been equipped to the highest standard whilst retaining its amazing character. It is in a wonderful rural area and we will definitely return. Mel is a fantastic host and whilst living next door she manages to give the cottage complete privacy but is on hand with advice and recommendations, a delightful lady.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    We had a lovely stay! It was me and my husband and our 1 year old daughter. The cottage was so cosy and the gardens so beautiful. Mel and Mark made us feel very welcome. They provided us with a lovely welcome basket - and milk in the fridge which was a lovely touch! We took our own baby bits but this was no trouble at all. They were happy to help in any way. We didn't want to go home! We will definitely be returning. We felt very as home there - so much so my daughter even slept perfectly every night :)

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