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The Dovecote - Gamekeeper’s Cottage

Staple, near Wingham, Kent
Grade 3 Star rating


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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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This Grade II Listed one-bedroom holiday cottage is set in a private walled garden measuring around a third of an acre, and is conveniently all on one level.

Set in its own walled garden which is completely private, Gamekeeper’s Cottage is ideal for those seeking a romantic getaway. Part of the Groves Estate built for Sir William Lynch in around 1750, Gamekeeper’s Cottage is surrounded by high Grade II listed walls which shelter a gloriously sunny garden, spanning around a third of an acre, which is bursting with unusual plants and flowers including a fig tree. Here you will find your very own secret garden, a perfect retreat into countryside tranquillity – well away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Inside, the detached cottage has been renovated with luxury bed linen, toiletries and fittings. The medieval local village of Staple has a friendly pub/restaurant and Wingham and Sandwich are a short drive away. Canterbury is less than 10 miles away and is bursting with shops and restaurants. There is a great choice of beaches nearby including Broadstairs, Sandwich Bay and Ramsgate.

Gamekeeper’s Cottage is perfect for couples who want to spend some quality time together; those in need of peace and escape can wander around their own ’Garden of Eden’, before exploring the beautiful countryside and nearby coast – the best Kent has to offer. Even France is accessible with the Eurotunnel, and the ports at Dover and Folkestone close by. There is a bus stop within walking distance with hourly buses running to Sandwich and Canterbury. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Gamekeeper’s Cottage can be booked together with Willow Tree House (UKC1060) and The Bothy (UKC1061) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

All on the ground floor:
Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
Living area: With wood burner and Freeview Smart TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge and Tassimo coffee machine.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Initial fuel for wood burner included. 1/3-acre enclosed walled garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Barbecue. Grounds (shared with other holiday cottages). No smoking.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2019
    Nice little place for a weekend break.Very quiet,peaceful and easy to find.Beautiful gardens.Loved the fireplace. Would definitely recommend for a couple breakaway. WiFi didn’t work for whatever reason but didn’t mind.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are very grateful to this guest for taking the time to write a review. We are happy they enjoyed the gardens and their stay in the Gamekeepers Cottage. We did have a problem with the power going in the whole of the area due to high winds, which knocked out the Wi-Fi transmitter. If the guest had let us know it was down, we could have reset it earlier. We hope they visit again soon.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2019
    If detailed feedback is required by the owner they have my contact details - I have had too much experience of owners reacting in an adverse manner to honest feedback!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We would like to thank the guest for adding to the reviews and we were particularly pleased she awarded us 9/10 for the cleaning standard. We hope she returns soon to stay at Gamekeepers.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2019
    Lovely romantic hideaway. Was perfectly located to explore all Kent had to offer. Will definitely be back again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We were delighted to see this review and are so pleased this guest had a lovely, romantic time - hope to see them back soon.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    A very nice property in lovely grounds, perfect for relaxing and ideal for visiting the sights in this part of Kent.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are delighted you thoroughly enjoyed your two weeks stay and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2018
    As reported in my e-mail, the location was very difficult to find due to misinformation in direction instructions. The cottage is very small to most other cottages we booked via. you. Bedroom very small, cooking facilities very limited & storage for personal items limited. T, which is he best feature is the walled garden is secluded & very relaxing. A sign on the gate would help to identify correct cottage , among 3 others.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for taking the time to review Gamekeepers Cottage. The written directions are a little complicated; there is no misinformation. As stated in our initial phone call it is very easy to find if you use a sat nav/smart phone and get directions using the postcode. As clearly advertised and shown in the photos, the cottage is not large and this is reflected in the price. However it is finished to a very high quality with a brand new, luxury shower room, furniture, and wood burner. There are only three properties in total on the estate and they are clearly distinct. I don’t understand the reference to among 3 others; full details on where each cottage could be found are given over the phone at first contact. The photo on the advert shows an overview of where each cottage can be found. We do make a point of asking guests to call us ASAP if they have any problems. In terms of storage, as well as a two kitchen cupboards and three large drawers, there is a wide, large shelf above the entry corridor which can take three suitcases. There is a full length cupboard with a clothes rail. There are also two large plastic storage boxes on wheels which are kept under the bed and are easily accessible. We would encourage guests to read the particulars of the cottage and look closely at the photos to see exactly what we provide. Yes, the cottage is small, but I can’t imagine there are many one bedroom cottages which include a stunning 17th century walled garden measuring a third of an acre, which is completely private and not overlooked.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 27/04/2018
    Secluded cottage away from from hustle and bustle in a nice rural setting.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed a nice break from it all. We look forward to welcoming you back the The Gamekeepers.

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7.5 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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