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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 3 Star rating
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Bedrooms
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Pets
2
Bounty Ref: 26589

Bounty lies just yards from the beach accessed by a private single lane to the front of the house with glorious uninterrupted views of the sea. An ideal base for a family holiday or get together with friends, Bounty has French doors that open onto a decked sea-facing terrace, an ideal spot to indulge in breakfast and a good book! The spacious first floor living room has doors that open onto a balcony where as the sun sinks slowly behind the horizon the lights of Whitstable itself can be seen twinkling and reflecting on the water. There is also a double sofa bed in this room where you will be able to wake up and see the sea! Take a stroll or cycle into Whitstable itself and explore the twisty turning lanes which all lead to the sea and were once the haunt of smugglers. Explore the quirky shops and select a piece of artwork from the plethora of art galleries as a memento of your holiday. Indulge in an oyster supper, or select some fish to barbecue from the harbour where the days catch is landed. Historic Canterbury is well worth a visit and take a boat out seal spotting from Herne Bay just along the coast. Good train connections to London for additional sightseeing opportunities. Indoor leisure pool in Whitstable. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Sun room with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with double sofa bed and patio doors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£50per week, £25 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. Two high chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 steps to garden.

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£652-£1572
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Originally stables to the main farmhouse, this 16th-century Grade II listed property has been carefully converted to provide an ideal holiday base from which to explore the ‘Garden of England’. Set in the heart of the North Downs, surrounded by Woodland Trust countryside, holidaymakers can enjoy wonderful walks through wooded bluebell glades, and along the famous Pilgrim’s Way or North Downs Way. Often dubbed ‘the world’s most beautiful castle’, Leeds Castle is close by, host to a series of events and concerts throughout the year. Excellent road connections ensure rapid access to London and the Channel Tunnel for shopping and sightseeing trips. Shop 3½ miles, pub ½ mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with French doors to garden, sofa-bed (for +2) and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. High beamed ceilings, rustic flint walls, natural slate floors (carpet in bedrooms) and exposed beams throughout.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed cottage garden and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£328-£784
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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.

Living room with tiled floor and step down to well-equipped kitchen/dining room with French doors. Double bedroom with oak floor. Step down to twin bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Freesat TV
  • iPod dock
  • Washer/dryer
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace

  • 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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£330-£792
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Old Barn Ref: W7671

Excellent viewsExcellent views

These converted barns are situated in the quiet, peaceful and unspoilt village of Newchurch in the centre of Romney Marsh with its wealth of historical churches and smuggling history. The sandy beaches of St Mary’s Bay and Dymchurch are just 5 miles away. The barns have quarry floor tiles in the entrance and hallways, latch doors and exposed beams throughout and the living areas are on the first floor to maximise the rural views. The barns are set in a large garden and provide an excellent base for walking, cycling, or bird watching with many footpaths including the Royal Military Canal Walk, the Ancient Saxon Shoreline and the RSPB Nature Reserve at Dungeness. Steam railway fans will enjoy the famous miniature railway from Hythe to Dungeness and the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden. Port Lympne and Howletts Wildlife Parks are nearby as are the Cinque Port towns. Eurotunnel and Dover are within easy reach for channel crossings. Shop 5 miles, pub 3 miles and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, (one 2ft 6in for alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with toilet. Beams throughout. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with low beam. Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

Electric central heating and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Shared enclosed lawned garden with patio, courtyard and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£573-£573
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Siocháin Ref: 19606

Situated in the ’smallest town in England’ on the outskirts of Canterbury is this attractively furnished, listed cottage built in the late 1800s. An ideal holiday base for seeing the sites in Canterbury or a cricket match at the county cricket grounds. Alternatively, take a train to London from Sturry Station - or a train to Ashford and on to Paris or Brussels for lunch! After a days sight seeing take a stroll down to the quay near the half timbered Town Hall. Whitstable and the north Kent coast, 12 miles, visit Howletts Zoo, 5 miles. Shops 1/4 mile, pubs 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only)/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£293-£606
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
North Cottage Ref: PKKM

Situated in a ½-acre garden with a decked terrace, this 400-year-old cottage, one of a pair, is full of character. Westbere is a preservation area and close to Westbere Lakes an area of Special Scientific Status where a kingfisher or heron may be spotted. Canterbury is a 10-minute drive. Whitstable and Herne Bay are a 20-minute drive, with seafront, beaches, Victorian architecture - hire a boat and search for seal colonies. For trips to France, the Channel Tunnel is 30 minutes away. Shops 1 mile, pub 20 yards.

Living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with hand-held shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Steep, curved stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with wooden floor. Second floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Beamed throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, ½-acre terrace garden with rear decked area and furniture
  • Parking (3 cars)
  • Games room with table football and pool table
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking
  • NB: Slopes in garden

WAS
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£406-£1056
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Laurel Cottage Ref: E4674

From its pretty weatherboarded exterior to its heavily beamed interior featuring a large inglenook fireplace and woodburner, this 18th-century cottage is filled with character and charm. Enjoying its own garden, it adjoins the owner’s home on the fringes of Tenterden, a delightful country town with interesting shops, restaurants, vineyard and station for the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway’s journeys to Bodiam Castle. Glorious gardens at Sissinghurst and Scotney Castle. Within easy reach are Hastings, Rye, RSPB Dungeness, Leeds Castle and Camber Sands. Fishing, golf and riding nearby. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towles inc. T/cot. H/chair. DVD. M/wave. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£245-£523
Shortlist
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.

WAS
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£530-£1777
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
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...

External open tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating and gas included. Gas cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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
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£700-£1200
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Wingate Cottage Ref: 28255

At the foot of the North Downs, close to the M20, this 400-year-old, terraced holiday cottage has access to fields, woodland and footpaths. Brands Hatch, an iconic motor racing venue, is 7 miles, whilst London Golf Club is 3½ miles. Historic houses and castles are easily accessible - Knole House, Lullingstone Castle and Roman Villa, and Leeds Castle. Excellent road and rail links to London or the coast. Ebbsfleet is 10 miles, with connections to Europe; the Channel Tunnel is 1 hour via the A20. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (2 steps), 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric underfloor central heating (bathroom), electric heaters (first floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Small courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 14 steps to terrace.

WAS
NOW
£264-£670
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Dynamo Cottage Ref: 29854

Set on St Margaret’s Holiday Park
Shared indoor heated swimming pool

Dynamo Cottage is a comfortable semi-detached bungalow situated at St Margaret’s Holiday Park near Dover. The holiday park boasts a shared indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation pool, sauna, spa pool and gym (all at cost), and there is free use of wi-fi in the clubhouse. Dynamo Cottage is located at the front of the park with views over the well-kept lawn and rolling hills. Attractions close by include St Margaret’s Bay with its stunning views to France, Dover with regular ferry crossings to Calais, Dover Castle and the historic city of Canterbury with its great cathedral and boutique shops. Beach 1½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 42’’ Freeview plasma TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room (at cost). Dishwasher. Freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area. Shared landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (25m x 7m), open 7am to 9pm (under 16’s 10am to 6pm only), March-December (at cost). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 1 step to courtyard.

WAS
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£287-£703
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Cobbles Ref: 27852

Just yards from the long promenade at the cinque port town of Hythe, this very well presented end-terrace holiday home is a great base for picnics on the beach. Stroll along the Royal Military Canal, built during Napoleonic times as a defensive measure. Explore the secrets of Hythe by boat or ride on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, the world’s smallest public railway. Antique shops, coffee shops and restaurants all within walking distance. Bike hire, golf and fishing are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Access through rear garden by neighbouring property.

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