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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
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
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
The Barn Ref: P14

This uniquely converted beamed barn is situated in the depths of the Kentish countryside with beautiful views, yet only 7 miles from Canterbury. The Barn enjoys some specially commissioned stained glass panels which beautifully illuminate the kitchen, dining area and conservatory. There are also some individual sculptures for guests to enjoy both inside and outside the house. The property is set in almost 2 acres of gardens which exude peace and tranquillity, and have been divided into different areas, one of which boasts a water feature. There is a large outdoor chessboard, and the garden, which is partly lit at night, also houses an indoor heated swimming pool. Beyond the garden lie fields and countryside which are great for walking and bird-watching.
The property is ideally placed for visiting historic Canterbury, which offers a rich slice through two thousand years of history, with Roman and early Christian ruins, a Norman castle and a famous cathedral that dominates a medieval warren of time-skewed Tudor buildings. Ashford is ideal for shopping at the Designer Outlet. Trips to Paris can be taken from Ashford International Station, or Dover is also nearby for ferries to France. Dover also has a castle perched high on the famous White Cliffs, and Second World War tunnels. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is ideal for children and houses hundreds of rare animals including elephants, tigers and lions amongst many others. The mansion is surrounded by 15 acres of spectacular gardens and has a mural room depicting over 300 animals and birds from South East Asia. Shops 4 miles, pub serving good food, 200 yards.

Step to entrance. Large beamed living room with open fire, maple floor, huge inglenook and French doors to terrace. Dining room with terracotta-tiled floor. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with terracotta-tiled floor and living/dining area. Second kitchen with living/breakfast area. Conservatory with slate floor and stained glass windows. Three double bedrooms. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Galleried bridge landing leading to beamed double bedroom with sloping ceiling, oak floor and superb countryside views. Beamed twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bidet and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

  • Open fire – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, partial oil central heating, partial ‘Econ 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Three TVs (one satellite)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in ground floor shower room)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large 2-acre garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Sole use of indoor heated swimming pool (20ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 6ft 6in, open 8am-11pm), with changing facilities, shower and toilet
  • Exercise bike and table tennis
  • Outdoor chessboard
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced pond in garden

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£3837-£3837
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