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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

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. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with roll top, ball and claw bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Can be booked with Weir Cottage (ref 27987) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

Gas central heating and gas included. Gas cooker. Gas Aga. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Fenced, terraced garden and furniture. Fishing in pond. Ample parking. 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. Friday to Friday. NB: Lake, river and weir in grounds.

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£1200-£1850
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2


Located in the small hamlet of Oad Street in the village of Borden, this semi-detached, well-furnished holiday cottage is perfect for all year round breaks, with a cosy living room with a woodburner and the most delightful, fully enclosed south-facing garden with a summer house. Oad Street has a fine dining pub and the Oad Street Craft centre, which has a restaurant and coffee shop. An ideal base to discover the delights of Kent, known as the ’Garden of England’, as there are many picturesque towns and villages to explore, but also, easy access to the M2 and M20 motorways providing quick links to London, the Channel Tunnel and Dover. Within an easy drive, are historic Leeds Castle with its grounds and moat, the seaside town of Whitstable, famed for its oysters, as well as Canterbury and Rochester, both with cathedrals. There is also much to do and see for walkers and cyclists. Beach 12 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

Lower ground floor: Dining room with wooden floor. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Step up to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, gravelled garden with summerhouse. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£265-£821
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

These stylishly renovated, adjoining holiday barns (refs PPPC and PNNF) lie on the edge of a very pretty village on the River Medway set in a conservation area. From Church Barn La Grande’s garden, one can see the church and rooftop views of the village and also river glimpses. Originally built in 1890, they retain many beams and a superb vaulted ceiling, yet achieve a modern, sleek interior. Explore the towpath or walk The Pilgrim’s Way, visit Kits Coty House, the Medway Megaliths and Aylesford Priory. Maidstone,
2 miles, offers good shops and nightlife. Leeds Castle and the Museum of Kent Life are a short drive. Bluewater is 20 minutes by car; there are good train links to London and Rochester. Local shop, public house and Hengist restaurant (award winning) just 150 yards away.

Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with breakfast island, granite worktops, French doors and porcelain-tiled floor. Utility. Study area. Double bedroom with oak floor and en-suite shower room (double cubicle) with toilet. Step to double bedroom with 6ft bed. Fully tiled bathroom with free standing bath, shower attachment, double shower cubicle, twin wash basins and toilet. Open-tread stairs to galleried living area with vaulted ceiling (two low beams). Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and sloping ceiling.

  • Satellite TV
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Lawned garden, terrace, furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Pets free of charge

  • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£512-£1359
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Randall Cottage Ref: 27952

This 400 year old thatched holiday cottage, in the middle of a row of three, is set back from the road in the pretty village of Yalding, in the ‘Garden of England’ surrounded by apple orchards and hop fields. Yalding boasts one of the finest medieval bridges in the south east of England and is where the River Teise and the River Beult join the Medway. Walks start from the doorstep as the Greensand Way and Medway Valley walk cross here. Maidstone is 6 miles and this is a good base for exploring the National Trust properties and castles of Kent. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Lower ground floor: Kitchen with breakfast area. Open-sided stairs to ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-sided stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Front garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£519-£519
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0


This picturesque oast house is set in the grounds of a fine 16th century, timber-framed Kentish farmhouse on the edge of Biddenden. Comfortably furnished throughout, the holiday cottage is surrounded by 14 acres of garden, fields and ponds, which visitors are welcome to enjoy. Biddenden is one of the many lovely villages in the area which offer good restaurants, pubs and shops. The village is a short drive from Sissinghurst Castle and about half an hour from Rye and Camber Sands on the coast. Leeds Castle and Canterbury are within easy reach and there is a half-hourly train service to London from Headcorn, 3 miles. Village shop 1 mile.

Circular roundel sitting-room, rugs on polished wooden floor. Fitted kitchen/dining room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Four open-tread steps to circular double bedroom. Large landing with fully pitched, beamed ceiling. Twin bedroom.

  • Electric fire
  • Electricity and NSH by meter reading
  • Fan heater
  • Bed linen included
  • Z-bed (for +1 child under 10 yrs)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Use of owner’s tennis court by arrangement
  • Unsuitable for the infirm (steps)
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Ponds in surrounding fields

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£392-£796
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

This beautiful holiday home can best be described as a “Labour of love”, being the end one of a terrace of three straw bale barn cottages and the first terrace of cottages to be built from straw in the world! This type of property has been built in the U.K since around 1998 but for longer in the USA. The project has used 750 bales of locally grown straw, and the plaster has been excavated from local clay on site. It is environmentally friendly and superbly insulated and has a biomass boiler, under floor heating, hot water and a rainwater harvesting system for flushing the toilets (there is a back-up in times of low rainfall!). Situated overlooking farmland, on the edge of a pretty village, it has its own decked terrace and guests are encouraged to help with the feeding of the ducks, chickens, sheep, pigs and alpacas on the farm. An ideal holiday base to explore the historic attractions of the surrounding area, being only 7 miles from the cathedral city of Canterbury. Canterbury can also be explored by boat on the River Stour. Beaches can be reached at Hythe, or in the opposite direction, Whitstable is famous for its oysters. Further along the coast, you may be lucky enough to spot some seals. Kent boasts many castles including National Trust properties and has easy access to the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone or ferry from Dover to Calais - bring your passport and spend a day in France. Pay and play golf locally, 2 miles. Horse riding nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with oak floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double (5ft) bed. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Biomass wood pellet (underfloor on ground floor) central heating included. Freeview TV. DVD. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Decked terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 30-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. NB: Fenced pond in grounds, 15 yards.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£308-£991
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Spray Ref: 27198

Ideal touring location and direct access to the beach

This holiday home is set on the edge of the dunes between Rye and Folkestone with direct access to 2 miles of flat sandy beach. It makes the ideal destination for beach lovers, walkers, windsurfers, and is deemed to be one of the finest land yachting sites in the UK. Perfect for those just seeking rest and relaxation and the opportunity to unwind. The dunes themselves are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Investigate the ’Sound Mirrors’ at the Dungeness Nature Reserve, which is one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world. Greatstone Lake provides excellent bird watching opportunities. Take a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway from Hythe to Dungeness. Bring your passport and take a day trip to France – 30 minutes to Euro Tunnel, 30 minutes to Ashford (retail therapy at McArthur Glen designer shopping outlet) or 1 hour to London by train. Local golf and sailing club welcome temporary members. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with toilet. Two z-beds available.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with terrace and sitting-out area. Barbecue. Ample parking. Pets free of charge.

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£813-£813
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Apple Tree Cottage Ref: 24597

Located in the heart of Kent’s hop picking countryside, within a conservation area, this lovingly renovated holiday cottage provides both cosy and stylish accommodation for ramblers, cyclists and those just wanting to relax in front of a roaring log fire in the winter, or laze in the garden overlooking the fields in the summer. The nearby 150-acre Perry Wood provides a home for many rare birds and some excellent pubs. The market town of Faversham is a 10-minute drive - take a tour around the local brewery. Shop 2 miles, pub 3/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open sided stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: 11 steps from terrace to garden.

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£293-£680
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Ivy Cottage Ref: W41319

Walking distance of the sea

This terrace holiday home has been fully refurbished and set back on the Westgate to Margate road, just 400 yards from award winning beaches, backed by chalk cliffs and grassy clifftops. An ideal location as this part of the UK boasts an above average level of sunshine. Explore the historical sites, nature reserves and walk or cycle along the Viking Coastal Trail. Retail therapy at Westwood Cross shopping centre, and golf courses abound. Westgate-on-Sea station provides links with Ashford and London. The Turner Contemporary Museum is approximately 2 miles and Canterbury, Broadstairs and Whitstable all make enjoyable days out. Leisure Centre gym and indoor pool just 0.5 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room/conservatory with French doors and laminate floor. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional Z-bed (for child). Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£211-£588
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This attractive and comfortable barn conversion, with garden, enjoys lovely views over the local countryside. Ashford, 5 miles, is a busy market town and the quaint old town of Tenterden is 12 miles, making this an ideal holiday base. The Royal Military Canal, Port Lympne Wildlife Sanctuary and gardens, Romney Marsh Cinque Ports, Weald villages, and the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway are all nearby. Camber Sands are 10 miles; the cathedral city of Canterbury is 15 miles. Day trips to France. Shop 2 miles; pubs 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 1 twin bedroom.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£418-£418
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award

These converted farm workers’ terraced cottages (ref 28974 and ref 28224), which adhere to the Green Tourism policy, are in a conservation area, opposite the pond, village green, pub and close to a tea shop. Close to the North Kent Downs AONB, The Pilgrims Way and Cycle Route 1 making this an ideal holiday base. Visit Faversham, the Hop Festival in autumn and tour Shepherd Neame. Explore the RSPB nature reserves and the north Kent coast. Shop 20 yards, pub/restaurant 25 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Two Freeview TVs. Cot.

Electric woodburner in living room. Electric central heating (£25per week, £5 per day for short breaks October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. On road parking. Bicycles for hire. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 steps in garden. Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award.

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£275-£703
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Crabtree Farm Ref: 23794

Situated on the edge of the village of Hastingleigh and in the owners’ grounds, this comfortably furnished, semi-detached holiday barn is nestled in the tranquil countryside of the Kent Downs. Ideal walking territory and enjoy amazing views at the Devils Kneading Trough close by. Explore Canterbury, bag a bargain at Ashford Designer Outlet, see the animals at Howletts and Port Lympne zoos. Shops 2 miles, pubs 1/2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity included (first £10per week included, remainder by £1 coin meter April-October). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Slope at top of garden, water feature by entrance.

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£227-£670
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