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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
Beach House Ref: 25278

Minutes from the beach

A delightfully refurbished three-storey holiday home situated just yards from two of Broadstairs’ seven award-winning golden sandy beaches. Viking Bay, hosting the main resort with its harbour pier, is great for cliff-top walks, while Louisa Bay is great for exploring rock pools. Broadstairs, on the Isle of Thanet, offers quaint little streets, where tiny flint houses and fishermen’s cottages nestle together, and unusual shops selling jewellery, clothes and delicious food are great for browsing around. Stroll along the prom, enjoy the pretty gardens, and discover the beautiful seven beaches, of which Joss Bay offers great surfing. Don’t miss the annual Dickens Festival and Folk Week. Join in the Thanet Coast Project and take a walk with the Roc Doc to uncover 80 million years of history on a seashore safari or take a boat trip out to the sandbanks and seal colonies. Shops, pubs and restaurants 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Step down to dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Step down to separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. 3 steps up to: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD and small library. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There are 2 steps down to the garden.

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£530-£1777
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
The Cottage Ref: PLLJ

Commanding stunning views across the English Channel, this attractive, spacious, family home for all seasons is the ideal property for a relaxing holiday with both friends or relatives. A decked terrace runs the length of the property, an ideal spot for soaking up the sun or relax after a brisk winter walk in front of a glowing log burner in the cosy living room, overlooking the frothing waves. Four of the six bedrooms have sea views and the other two have attractive garden views. There is also a games room. The white chalk cliff above St Margaret’s Bay is said to be the first place the sun reaches each morning on mainland Britain! The beach is famous for being the closest point to France and is the spot where Channel swimmers begin their marathon 21 mile swim. The village itself offers good pubs, restaurants and local shop within walking distance. The coastal path leads to the famous White Cliffs of Dover, gateway to England and now one of the UK’s protected Heritage coasts offering some of the best cliff coastal walking in the country. The lighthouse is the place where Marconi transmitted his first radio broadcast to France. Closer to France than London, bring a passport, catch a ferry from Dover and visit the French markets in Calais and Boulogne for the day. Visit Dover, Deal and Walmer Castle, Pines Garden and Metropole Galleries Folkestone. Canterbury 17 miles. Golf, sailing, cycling, horse riding locally. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

Sixteen steps to entrance (twenty seven to rear entrance). Entrance hall. Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors with sea views and wooden floor. Dining room with sea views. Three steps up to well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area, French doors to decked balcony and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to lower ground floor: Games room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, wash basin and sea views. Two further double bedrooms, one with TV, sea views and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with hand-held shower over bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Fully-tiled shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Twin bedroom with French doors to balcony.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Rangemaster included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Large decked balcony with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Cycle store (shed)
  • Games room with table football
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Steps in garden. Some external steps are uneven

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£1105-£3467
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
The Thatched House Ref: 26095

A ’chocolate box’ style detached, thatched cottage just 1 mile from sandy beaches and providing well thought out spacious family holiday accommodation. An ideal base for exploring the Isle of Thanet which Turner described as having the ’most loveliest skies in Europe’. Nine of the fifteen sandy bays are Blue Flag winners and there is an opportunity to get involved in the Thanet Coast Project and seashore safaris. Take a boat trip and spot seals on the sandbanks, or cycle the Viking Coastal Trail - one of the most attractive leisure cycle routes in Kent, covering 27 miles. The golfer is well provided for and can tackle a variety of courses. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens who was a regular visitor to Broadstairs and Bleak House, or enjoy the charm of Regency architecture and café culture whilst sipping a glass of wine overlooking the Royal Harbour at Ramsgate. Monkton Nature Reserve provides 16 acres of woodland and also a bat cave. Stroll up to the North Foreland Lighthouse – the last manned lighthouse in the country and operational until 1998. A great all season coastal destination offering lots of heritage and culture to discover and explore. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and tiled floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, two with additional single, one with en-suite shower room and laminate floor, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet, beams and sloping ceilings.

Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Playstation 2. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Netted fishpond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£504-£1752
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Ron’s House Ref: 25754

Opposite the beach with sea views

A perfect holiday home for groups of friends or an extended family, to enjoy the ambience of a village style seaside resort in either summer or winter. Broadstairs, named after the “broad stairs” carved in the cliff that led from the sands to the 12th century shrine of St Mary, boasts seven beaches, three of which are holders of the coveted 2010 Blue flag Award presented to Europe’s top coastal destinations. Ron’s House overlooks one such award winning beach - the quiet sandy “Stone Bay” offering 200 metres of golden sand, rock pools and a promenade. Broadstairs popular Folk Week Festival runs annually in August, and if you’re visiting Broadstairs with teenagers then Revolution Skate Park which operates out of Viking Bay is well worth a visit. There are also climbing and BMX sessions available. For walkers and cyclists alike, join the Thanet Coast Viking Trail – part of route 15 of the National Cycle Trail, and no trip to Broadstairs would be complete without a visit to a seafront ice cream parlour and watching the dazzling fireworks on a summer evening. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory with tiled floor. Games room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with shower cubicle, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with shower cubicle.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (2 cars). Parking (2 cars). Games room with table football and table tennis. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 steps to garden.

WAS
NOW
£810-£2160
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Imperial House Ref: 27480

Imperial House, named after the hotel it was once part of, is one of a row of imposing Victorian houses directly opposite the seafront in Herne Bay. The first floor living room commands outstanding views of the coastline and out to sea. Imperial House provides stylish flexible accommodation which is perfect for a traditional family holiday or a celebration get together with friends or family. It even has a second kitchen on the lower ground floor to make alfresco dining in the sunny enclosed courtyard easier. Herne Bay has clean beaches and is ideal for windsurfing, sailing and jet skiing and there is a cycle route along the coastal path. The finale of the Herne Bay Festival in August is a firework display on the beach which can be watched from the living room. Within a short walk is the High Street which has an interesting range of shops and restaurants. Take a boat trip to see the dolphins and seals or visit Wildwood Trust on the edge of the Forest of Blean, discovering Britain’s changing wildlife. Also worth a visit is Reculver Country Park which offers lovely walks from Bishopstone to the ruins of a Roman fort and Saxon church. The Country Park is renowned for its migrating birds boasting more than 150 different species. The historic city of Canterbury with its famous cathedral is approximately 10 miles away. Parking in car park (2 minutes away), at small cost. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

5 steps to entrance. Lower ground floor: Second living room. Kitchen/utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Separate toilet. Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Duel fuel range. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 25 yards (at cost). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 9 steps in courtyard.

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NOW
£1271-£1271
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Bay House Ref: 23223

Yards from a sandy beach

A delightful family holiday home situated just yards from the golden sandy beaches of Viking Bay and Louisa Bay. There is also off road parking at the rear and an enclosed block paved garden to enjoy. Step back in time and have a donkey ride or take in a Punch & Judy show. See the amazing firework displays down at the sea front on a balmy summer’s evening. Experience the ’olde worlde’ village charm of Broadstairs itself with its quaint streets, a plethora of varied restaurants and bars to choose from, and interesting, individual shops to browse around. Come and celebrate the annual Dickens Festival and the Folk Week - one of the leading folk festivals in the south east. Stretch your legs and cycle the Viking Trail - Broadstairs was where the Vikings once landed and was the haunt of smugglers. Follow the coast round and visit Ramsgate, Margate and Sandwich, famous for its golf course. Shops and pubs within 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. 2 steps down to kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. First floor: Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with additional single, 1 twin with sloping ceiling, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed blocked paved garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are 2 steps to the garden.

WAS
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£530-£1777
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