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The Dovecote - Willow Tree House

Staple, near Wingham, Kent
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Pets 0
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This stunning and unusual Grade II listed country property with a large, enclosed garden is ideal for families wishing to discover all that Kent has to offer.

Willow Tree House is a unique countryside retreat with plenty of space, walks from the doorstop and a host of things to do close by to keep all the family entertained. Willow Tree House is centred on Dovecote, built for Sir William Lynch in 1750 as part of the Groves Estate. An extremely attractive detached building which is Grade II listed, Willow Tree House is made of plum brick with red dressing and an hexagonal roof which gives it a quirky charm. The house has been sympathetically converted to make a comfortable family home; wrapped round by beautiful gardens with plenty of lawn space, Willow Tree House has gorgeous views across rolling Kentish countryside giving a sense of true peace and tranquillity.

Inside, the warmth and charm of the picturesque kitchen and large, sunny windows, will attract the whole family who will while away hours chatting round the scrubbed wooden kitchen table. Two living rooms are on the ground floor; in the octagonal room is a small wood burner and wooden floors. The second sitting room is a retreat from it all with a gas fire, TV, DVD player and a wall filled with books with which to curl up and read on lazy evenings. Upstairs, the master bedroom is a delight with a king size brass bed, stripped wooden floors and stunning views from the generous windows.

If you can tear yourself away from the house and gardens, a whole host of activities including canoeing, horse-riding, surfing, shopping, birdwatching, punting, exploring Canterbury cathedral (a World Heritage Site), feasting on oysters in Whitstable, golf and fishing are all available within a short drive. Canterbury town centre offers all the shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs one could wish for and is only 9 miles away. Broadstairs, Ramsgate, and Sandwich Bay Beach are just a few of the sandy beaches within a 20-30 minute drive. There is a bus stop within walking distance with hourly buses running to Sandwich and Canterbury. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Willow Tree House can be booked together with The Bothy (UKC1061) and Gamekeeper’s Cottage (UKC1062) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

Ground Floor:
Living room 1: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, Playstation 2 and wooden floor.
Living room 2: With gas fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and library of books.
Kitchen/dining room: With Rangemaster cooker, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With kingsize brass bed, wooden floor and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Second Floor:
Bedroom 3: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars.

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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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Quirky Exterior
    Quirky Exterior
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    Quiet location, comfortable house, ideal for family holiday

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your lovely review - we are so glad you like Willow Tree House and we hope you come to stay again soon.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    lovely cottage .Minor criticism is there was a Rayburn cooker but no instruction on how to use it.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we are pleased you liked the cottage. Just to say there are full instructions on how to use the Rayburn in the information pack provided, and there is also a cookery book with advice specifically for that oven on the shelf above the Rayburn in the kitchen. We also do say to guests we are always nearby if they have any problems and we would have been more than happy to go over how to use the oven if we had been told they were having difficulties.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    A very nice house situated just 30 minutes drive from Dover and 15 minutes to Canterbury or the beach. Quietly and privately situated on a big property. You feel welcome and quickly at home. Recommended for a small family or group of friends.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the nice review and we hope you will come and stay again.

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7.5 out of 10 – based on 4 reviews collected by Reevoo
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