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

Part of a Kentish oast house and adjoining the owner’s home, this cosy holiday cottage, in an AONB, is in a tiny hamlet by the historic church of St Catherine Kingsdown. With direct access to public footpaths over fields and woodland. Doddington Gardens and birdwatching nearby, Canterbury, Leeds Castle and Rochester are an easy drive, as well as Whitstable, famous for its seafood restaurants and oysters. Channel tunnel and ferry ports for France 30 minutes. Howletts and Port Lympne Wildlife Park, ½ hour drive. Horse riding, 5 miles, trout fishing, 10 miles. Shops and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Step to living/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

NSH and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area to side of cottage and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£272-£611
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 beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility/shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 6ft zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: 10 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.

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£700-£1350
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Use of the owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool by arrangement

This detached bungalow with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool is located in the heart of Kent’s countryside, yet only a 20 minute walk into the beautiful city of Canterbury. Situated adjacent to the owner’s home on the owner’s small holding farm with over 35 acres of land, this property offers a great holiday experience for that family gathering or even a romantic break. It is surrounded by great amenities such as the local Larkey Valley Wood, awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty perfect for walking, bird watching and adventure enthusiasts. If you would prefer a bit of retail therapy, then Canterbury city centre boasts numerous shops, bars and restaurants. Canterbury also offers many historic attractions including the cathedral and city walls which are up to 1416 years old. Ramsgate and Dover are both within a 14 mile drive. The famous White Cliffs of Dover are home to 5 miles of coast and countryside. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, (one 6ft), (two 5ft, one zip and link), 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3 player. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned courtyard with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Use of owner’s swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 0.9m to 2.1m) open May-September on request, with changing facilities. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£337-£1133
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Devonshire Gardens Ref: 30175

Devonshire Gardens is a renovated, semi-detached, period property based on the outskirts of Margate town and located close to the beach. The property boasts sea views, including from the twin and one of the double bedrooms, and is ideally situated for guests who wish to enjoy a seaside break with friends and family. This holiday house, with its light, airy and spacious rooms, has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. Customers will benefit from private parking and free off street parking. With only a short walk to local amenities and the town centre, you can enjoy all that Margate has on offer. Visit the Margate museum and explore the town’s seaside heritage or the mysterious shell grotto, which invites you to explore its subterranean, shell-lined passages. Take a bike ride along the Viking Trail or play a round of golf at the North Foreland golf club, 1 mile. Enjoy the annual Jazz Festival in June, the National Beach Volleyball finals in August and many other events throughout the year, there is always something to do and see in Margate. Only a short drive away are the seaside towns of Whitstable, Broadstairs and Ramsgate and the historic town of Canterbury can be reached within 30 minutes. Shops, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (can be double). Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Additional on road parking. No smoking. Froday to Friday.

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£522-£1643
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Kwamina Ref: 30158

Kwamina is a semi-detached town house ideally located close to the seafront of Deal. The holiday property boasts a very good standard interior with a contemporary style, and has three spacious double rooms, one of which has sea views at one side. There is a good sized, well-equipped, galley-style kitchen with open-plan living and dining area, and a booster seat for the young ones. Well suited to families and groups of friends, this property is perfect for a holiday by the sea, and children’s toys are provided in the twin bedroom. Cyclists can take advantage of the garage storage and enjoy the several bike routes across the coast of Kent. The German speaking owners are on hand if needed to advise of attractions in the area. With only a few hundred yards to the local shops, bars and restaurants, this is a great central location to explore all that Deal has on offer. Deal has its award-winning High Street, maze-like smugglers’ lanes and independent shops. Buzzing cafes and pubs sit alongside a photogenic seafront that’s home to a sweeping pier and quirky maritime clock - the Timeball Tower. Explore the captain’s quarters at Deal Castle, and visit nearby Walmer Castle - this former command post to the Duke of Wellington. There are several golf courses close by, and Deal also provides good train connections to London. The historic city of Canterbury is a must see, this is only 30 minutes away in the car. Beach 300 yards. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional double sofa bed, wooden floor and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£337-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Enjoy a relaxing holiday surrounded by countryside in these barn conversions which have been decorated and fitted to a very good standard. They are situated on the owners’ working arable farm, and guests are welcome to use the footpaths crossing the farmland. Take a few steps back in time to the year of 1193 AD when you view the abbey ruins, once bustling with French monks. During the dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII had many stones removed from the abbey to build his fortifications at Deal and Walmer. Follow in the monks’ footsteps, (today a 20 minute car journey), and take a trip to Canterbury. Dover is 5 minutes’ drive, ideal for day trips to France or to visit its castle and admire the famous white cliffs. The properties are perfectly situated for walking and bird watching, with several good sandy beaches close by. Monks & Flint barns are adjoining. The Stables & Nell’s Barn are detached. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: 3 steps up to living room with French door/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional pull-out single (5ft 9in long). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Low beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD/CD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-on request. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced pond 50 yards.

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£314-£717
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
The Cottage Ref: 25267

Central location

This charming 1860s end cottage is on a quiet lane within the city’s ancient walls and just a five-minute walk from Canterbury Cathedral. Relax in the secluded garden, tour the city by boat on the picturesque River Stour, or by foot - castles, St Augustine’s Abbey, public gardens, museums, Marlowe Theatre, cinema, leisure centre and excellent shopping are all an easy walk. Two railway stations provide connections to London and the Channel Tunnel. Whitstable, famous for its oysters, offers activities such as fishing, sailing and surfing. Cycle the Crab and Winkle Way, once the first passenger railway line in the world, which runs from Canterbury to Whitstable via the harbour. Dover and its port can be easily reached for day trips to France. National Trust sites, Goodnestone Park and Gardens, the East Kent Light Railway, Barnsole Vineyards, Dover Castle and Howlett’s Wild Animal Park are all a short drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor (loft): 1 bedroom (no door) with 2 Z-beds (for children), and low, sloping ceiling.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Piano. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Harrosa Cottage Ref: E5602


Harrosa Cottage is a pretty two-bedroom semi-detached holiday bungalow, which is superbly appointed within a few hundred yards of Minster-in-Thanet, which boasts a large number of restaurants and pubs serving food and local amenities. It has a conservatory and a large, fully enclosed garden boasting spectacular views of the picturesque Thanet Valley. The area is a superb holiday base to enjoy the many attractions which include golf and cycling, with many national cycle routes nearby, such as the Viking Coastal Trail which passes Minster. Minster Abbey is an important local tourist destination, along with a vast selection of museums and castles. There are country houses, cathedrals, animal wildlife parks, miles of coastline and even a direct train to London from Minster Station. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining area. Conservatory with double sofa bed. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Seperate toilet.

Full gas CH, elec, gas, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. CD. Radio/iPod dock. Gas cooker. M/wave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Large garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Excellent views

As the name suggests This first floor holiday apartment has uninterrupted views of the Channel and on a good day you can see France. Folkestone enjoys sandy beaches, a working harbour, bandstand holding regular concerts and a selection of cafés, bistros, pubs and old taverns. Explore the old town which preserves the cobbled Georgian streets or stroll along the cliff top promenade called The Leas. Fishing, sailing, windsurfing, cycling, swimming, bowling and golf all available close by. Travel the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway to Dungeness with its RSPB Nature Reserve, visit Port Lympne Zoo or try your luck at Folkestone Race Course. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Enclosed balcony. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced pond in shared garden (10 yards).

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£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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Oakley Ref: 28670

This semi-detached holiday cottage, made of an oak beam construction, is situated in the village of Groombridge, just a 10-minute drive from the beautiful spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and The Pantiles, also ideally placed for exploring the Kent and East Sussex countryside. Visit Groombridge Place with its award-winning gardens, enchanted forest, giant swings, zip wires and a canal ride. Just 250 yards away is the Preserved Heritage Spa Valley Steam Railway Station, which operates along 3½ miles of track into Tunbridge Wells and Eridge where you can try the Diesel Driver Experience. Steam trains can be spotted from the top bedroom. Royal Tunbridge Wells offers excellent shopping facilities and award-winning dining experiences. A plethora of castles can be visited including the beautiful moated Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle and Hever Castle, which was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Bewl Water offers opportunities to try a variety of watersports for great days out. Beaches at Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, just over 25 miles. Enjoy climbing at Harrison’s Rocks, famous in the area for soft rock climbing, cycle the Forest Way Route 21 - Groombridge to East Grinstead, both no more than 250 yards away. Good connections to London from Tunbridge Wells station, 5 miles, and Eridge, 2 miles, for further sightseeing opportunities. Post Office in village. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and stone floor. Dining room/kitchen with bi-fold doors and stone floor. Utility room. Games room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one zip and link, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (underfloor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Private hot tub. Games room with football table. Table tennis in garage. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

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£815-£2252
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