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Shepherds Retreat


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Burmarsh, near Folkestone, Kent
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 1
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Adjoining the owners’ pub, this is an ideal base for a family to discover beaches, countryside and more.

Explore the many attractions that Kent has to offer, or relax with a drink in the owners’ local pub, which is conveniently next door, where customers can enjoy free Wi-Fi and the sun terrace.
The Shepherds Retreat is a semi-detached property linked to the owners’ pub, set in the picturesque village of Burmarsh, which being a mile from the sea across the fields, makes this an ideal base from which to explore the beach and countryside. Dymchurch hosts a 3 mile sandy beach and an amusement park, perfect for the young or young at heart.
During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, smuggling was rife on the Marsh. Dymchurch is known for the fictional Dr Syn, created by the author Russel Thorndike, as the smuggler who posed as a respectable vicar in Dymchurch. Dymchurch even hosts a ‘Day of Syn’ every 2nd year to celebrate this.
Across the Marsh there are many lovely churches, and right on your doorstep is All Saints Church in Burmarsh. This is the lowest of the Marsh churches, being some 4m below sea level, and with a stunning Norman doorway. The flat terrain of the marshes and the winding lanes make this area excellent for cycling, and guests can store their bikes in the hallway. Explore the National Cycle Route 2, where you can travel to the Cinque Port town of Rye, or Folkestone.
The Romney Hythe and Dymchurch 15” narrow gauge light railway covers 13½ miles from Hythe, renowned for its antique shops, cafés, and of course the Military Canal, through to Dungeness, home of the RSPB nature reserve. Nature lovers should also visit the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre.
Port Lympe and Howletts Wild Animal Parks make for great days out. Bring your passport and hop on a ferry from Dover to Calais, or take the shuttle and indulge in a spot of lunch in Paris. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1½ miles. Pub and restaurant next door.

Step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With 30" Freesat TV and DVD player.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and tiled floor.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Laundry service available on request. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2018
    Lovely cottage and friendly owners. Nice pub next door and food was good. Very clean and comfortable. No WiFi which is a bit of a let down. I’m a remote location, great for some not for others.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 07/09/2018
    Bright modern rooms with clean bedding and all the necessary equipment to enjoy a break in Romney Marsh. The dog treats were a nice gesture. Why no high rating then? We arrived hungry on Monday to find the owners adjacent pub closed on Mondays. It would have been nice to know that since other food options are miles away. We wanted food on Tuesday but were told that due to staff shortage no more food was being cooked. Only on finding we were resident were we offered food. It was busy so we had to wait about an hour for basic pub food. Our stay was disrupted by noisy roadworks, plant and machinery immediately outside our rooms. In fairness, this was a one off and beyond the control of the owner but they could have alerted us to the inevitable disruption that it caused. We booked on the basis of the previous high rating for cleanliness. We were disappointed. An overpowering air freshener became too much for us (maybe just a personal thing). When we removed the bin liner to dispose of it we found old food debris at the bottom of the bin . We found mold on a lounge table, dust on skirting boards, window cills and plugs. A streaked cooker front with grubby controls and a missing alarm button. The windows and nets were dirty and had cobwebs. Spiders and webs were on the lounge ceilings. We are not overly picky but we cannot understand the mismatch between our experience and the previous generous ratings. It wasn't awful but quite disappointing. The photos, particularly those of the pretty table and chairs outside are cleverly done. You wouldn't know they are at the roadside and currently untended. One week on from recording our disappointment we have only the automatic acknowledgement. We await a response but understand that may take up to 28 days. We are regular users of Cottages com (cottages 4 You) and have friends who holiday let so we think we can comment fairly on what attention to cleaning detail and good value for money looks like. We didn't experience that. but clearly, the previous ratings indicate the owner can deliver.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2018
    What a hidden gem! Cottage is well presented, clean and has everything you need for a relaxing holliday! Lovely quiet peaceful location, in a picturesque village. The owners also have the pub next door where we received a warm welcome. Kate was very welcoming and really looked after us on arrival and made us feel like VIPs in the pub. Nothing is too much trouble and delivered with a smile. They locals were friendly and inviting. We had several meals in the pub, Sunday lunch was amazing, choice of 3 meats, generous portions and lots of fresh vegetables. Extensive menu and they cater for special dietary requirement. Great choice all fresh and excellent value for money. Beautiful sandy beach in dymchurch which is 2 miles up the road. Hythe is 6 miles away where you can find everything you need supermarket, petrol station, beach and a lovely canal walk with boats for hire. We walked along the white cliffs of Dover and had a lovely cream tea in the lighthouse. Rye is a lovely market town with lots of independent shops. There were so many other places to see like Canterbury, Hastings amount others that we will deffinatly visit next time. We will deffinatly stay again! Thanks so much Gaynor and Shaun we had a great holliday! Dogs are welcomed and lots of lovely places to walk in the village and surounding area.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2018
    This is the second time we have stayed here, such a lovely place, the owners are lovely & leave you alone, but on hand if needed. The food in the pub they own is fatastic and good value.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2018
    very good

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9.0 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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