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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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Little Culvers Ref: 30321


Nestled down a quiet country lane, this holiday property provides stylish, detached accommodation in the owner’s grounds. Retaining some original features and overlooking the glorious 1-acre garden which guests are free to enjoy, it makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, which offers a mix of town and country. Visit Canterbury and the beautiful cathedral, which dates back to 11th century, as well as other hidden gems which can be explored by taking a boat trip on the River Stour. Tenterden, ‘The Jewel in the Weald’, is a pretty town to visit – steam along on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, try some award-winning wines at some vineyards, see the gardens at Godinton House and Sissinghurst, or take a balloon flight at Leeds Castle. Walkers can enjoy the North Downs and Pilgrims Way, peppered with nature reserves, and packed with Kentish apple, pear and cherry orchards. Retail therapy is close by, at the McArthur Glenn shopping outlet where you can catch a designer bargain. There are good rail links to London, 38 minutes, or travel to Paris or Brussels, which is less than a 2-hour train ride away – don’t forget your passport! Golf available locally. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with oak floors. 1 double bedroom with low doorway. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freesat TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£234-£605
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.

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£810-£2160
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
Fairfield House Ref: 19629

Outdoor heated swimming pool (May to September)

Charming family holiday house situated in 1-acre of landscaped gardens. The gardens come complete with koi pond, swimming pool, large covered oak framed barbecue and seating and nine hole putting green. This beautiful property also offers parking for 6 cars, 4 adult bikes and separate games room, which are all surrounded by farmland. It offers a well-equipped kitchen including a tall American fridge/freezer and also two additional fridges. Ideal holiday base for country walks and cycle rides (bike hire available). In addition, there are hot air balloon flights in the village on request and a local golf complex. Ashford town is 6 miles away offering a spectacular designer shopping outlet, rail links to London/Paris, also shuttle/ferry nearby for channel crossings. Local attractions include coastal resorts Camber Sands, Dymchurch and Littlestone. Within driving distance of the property, you can also visit Woodchurch Rare Breeds Centre, Port Lympne Zoo, Leeds and Dover Castles, golf courses, RH&D miniature steam railway and Chapel Down Winery, plus historic Canterbury, Rye and Tenterden. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast bar and slate floor. Breakfast area/utility room with French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, (two 5ft), one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with shower cubicle, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. CD. Oil Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 1-acre landscaped garden with decking area and furniture. Ample parking. Wendy house. Outdoor swimming pool (10.5m x 5.1m; depth 0.9m to 3m) heated May-September, with Roman steps and changing room with toilet. Games room with table tennis, football table, pool table and darts. Barbecue and putting available May-September. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a fenced pond in the garden.

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£807-£1814
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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 room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, each with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. 5-hob gas range with double oven. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: 8 steps in garden.

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.

WAS
NOW
£700-£22999
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Standing alone amidst a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stable conversion occupies an elevated position providing cosily comfortable holiday accommodation. With panoramic views over the owners’ 20-acre grounds, magnificent gardens, ponds and lakes, White Magpie Cottage’s large garden, with a pond, is featured under the National Garden Scheme. Charming and delightful, it is well placed for trying a variety of activities such as riding, golf (18-hole links within 1 mile), sailing, lake fishing and tennis – all available locally. National Trust properties accessible. Tunbridge Wells 4 miles. Historic Hastings and Rye both 25 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

Living/dining room with Z-bed (for +1 small child). Modern fitted kitchen area with electric hob and combi m/wave. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, electricity rads and full ‘Econ 7’ NSH included (October – April by meter reading)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Z-bed (for +1)
  • TV
  • CD
  • Combi microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • Shared unspoilt grounds of 20 acres
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£315-£553
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Turnstone House Ref: W4603

Excellent touring base

400 yards from sea

This spacious detached house is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the outskirts of Birchington Village, only 400 yards to the sea, village and railway station. It is an ideal holiday base to tour Kent, with its varied coastal regions, Whitstable, famous for seafood and oysters, the historic Canterbury, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Sandwich. Visit Margate with its all year entertainment for all ages, traditional seaside delights, vibrant night life, great sporting opportunities and peaceful coastal retreats, not to mention the wide range of seafront restaurants, shops, cafés and arcades. Have a day trip to France or visit London with its theatres and shops or just enjoy the delights of all the local facilities. Shops, pubs and restaurants 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

A deceptively spacious terraced holiday cottage situated just a few minutes’ walk from the sea front and Deal’s beautiful Georgian esplanade. Dover Castle with its war tunnels also makes for a great day out. Bring your passports and take a day trip to France, explore the country park, or go fishing at the end of Deal pier. Stroll along the sleepy alleys and narrow streets in the conservation area where you will find many restaurants, pubs and art galleries. There is an indoor swimming pool, as well as golf and sailing all close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Steep, open-tread stairs to lower ground floor: Cellar. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 steps up to 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small, enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking nearby. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set on the edge of a pretty village, only 7 miles from the cathedral city of Canterbury, these four holiday cottages (15642, 23149, 29069 and 29257) provide a perfect holiday base from which to explore the historic attractions of the surrounding area. Standing in the grounds of the owner’s working farm, guests are welcome to help in the feeding of the chickens, ducks, alpacas and other farm animals. The city of 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, 8 miles, or ferry from Dover to Calais - bring your passport and spend a day in France. Pay and play golf locally, 2 miles. Numerous castles, NT properties, family attractions and the coast are within easy driving distance. Hastings, Rye and Broadstairs are all an hours drive. Horse riding nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

NSH and electric heaters included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Tumble dryer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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

WAS
NOW
£245-£667
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

In the popular area of Broadstairs known as St Peters and approx 1 mile from the award winning Blue Flag beaches, is this well thought out holiday apartment, which straddles part of the first and second floor of the owners house built in the 1700s. Broadstairs has many shops and a selection of restaurants. Visit the north Foreland lighthouse, play golf on one of the links courses or stroll the clifftops. Don’t miss the annual Folk Festival in August or the Turner Centre Art Gallery in Margate. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Communal stairs to entrance. First floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Steep wooden stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with toilet and sloping ceiling.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Enclosed, shared, lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Limited headroom on staircase to second floor.

WAS
NOW
£491-£491
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Malthouse Barn Ref: P85

Nestling in 26 acres of woodland and pasture, this delightful detached barn offers complete tranquillity. A glass of wine can be enjoyed on the decked terrace whilst watching the lambs gambol, or trying to spot a deer. For flower lovers, the famous gardens at Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Batemans are worth a visit. Equidistant from Ashford is the Eurostar to Paris, and historic Canterbury. Just 15 minutes away is the Channel Tunnel, or the train can be taken for a trip to London from Wye, just 3 miles away. Excellent walking terrain, hot air ballooning locally. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Step to entrance. Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor and French door to decked terrace. Fitted kitchen area has breakfast area and butler sink. Utility. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Spiral open tread staircase to first floor: Study area/double bedroom with sloping ceiling overlooking living area.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer (in utility)
  • Decked terrace, furniture
  • 26 acres of woodland (shared with owner)
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£248-£532
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Peirce Cottage Ref: PKKG

This delightful, Grade II listed, 500-year-old, beamed holiday cottage is one of a row nestling in the heart of the village at the foot of the North Downs on The Pilgrims’ Way. Charing is small and lively - locals would say the loveliest village in Kent; it is flanked on both sides of the high street by fine Tudor and Georgian houses and surrounded by farmland. Visit Godinton House and Gardens, Leeds Castle, Belmont House and Gardens, Sissinghurst Gardens, Britain’s oldest brewer in Faversham and Canterbury Cathedral. Walking distance to station (good links to London). Shops and pub 25 yards.

Step to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook and window seat, open plan with dining room with slate floor, door to courtyard and one step to kitchen. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with inglenook. Single bedroom. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and low beam. Beamed throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed paved garden, furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking; car park 150 yards
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£359-£860
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Oast House Ref: PAAL

Situated on the edge of the old Wealden wool village of Smarden, this fine example of a beautifully renovated detached oast house has been finished to a high standard, with oak floors and half-galleried landing. Half-timbered houses and white weatherboard houses dating back to 1331 make up the village, which thrived as a weaving town until the 19th century when hops were introduced. Footpaths abound in the area, and fishing is available by arrangement. NT properties to visit include Scotney Castle and gardens, Sissinghurst, and Small Hythe Place; other places of interest being Leeds Castle, Biddenden vineyards and ciderworks, and the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway. Day trips to Paris possible. Shop 1 mile.

Living room (in roundel) with oak floor and French door to terrace. Well-equipped fitted kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove. Underfloor heating. Shower room and toilet. Oak staircase (bottom 3 steps partially open-tread) to first floor: Half-galleried landing. Double bedroom (in roundel) with four-poster bed. Twin bedroom. Further bedroom (can be double or twin). Bathroom with over-bath shower.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£447-£1306
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