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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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Raspberry Cottage Ref: 23704

This very pretty pink attached thatched holiday cottage dating from 1564 overlooks rolling countryside with distant views of the sea. Just a short drive from the seaside town of Deal complete with seafront, pier and castle. Deal has a thriving Saturday market and was awarded High Street of the year in 2013. Good easy walking country across the fields or enjoy panoramic views along the cliff tops with plenty of pubs! Visit historic Dover Castle or Canterbury within driving distance. Take a ferry from Dover and enjoy a day trip to France or Belgium. Shops 2 miles, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single (2ft 6in for child).

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£246-£761
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). One pet welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Wheelchair access.

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

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£245-£667
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.

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£530-£1777
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty amongst the North Downs within the Elham Valley, enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Ladwood Farm offers. Two holiday apartments in one of the farm buildings provide ground floor and first floor accommodation around their own rural gated courtyard. They are surrounded by fields and farm animals and there are walks in abundance from the doorstep. Explore the local countryside with its ancient rights of way and bridleways, ideal for walkers and for horse riding. They lie just 10 miles from historic Canterbury, and you can take a boat ride on the River Stour, visit the historic cathedral or maybe take in a show. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Howletts and Wingham Wildlife Park make great days out. Folkestone is 5 miles and Dover is 8 miles. Visit the Roman Painted House, Dover Castle and the iconic white cliffs. Bring your passport so you can enjoy day trip to France. The Channel Tunnel is close by and the international Eurostar terminal is 15 miles away at Ashford, where you can also go for some retail therapy. Beach 7 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with ensuite toilet, 1 twin (4ft), 1 single (3ft 6in). Shower room with 2 steps and toilet.

Cot. Gas hob. Electric oven. Parking (2 cars).

Both properties: Electric heaters included (£20per week, £10 per short break November-April). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace. Shared courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Cycle store. Shared external games room with table tennis, pool table, air hockey, Playstation 3 and dartboard. Welcome pack. Pet(s) free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in courtyard and parking area. Steps to games room.

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£301-£752
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Access to North Downs footpaths on doorstep

Located on the North Downs, these two holiday properties are adjoining the owner’s home and enjoy far reaching views across the Alkham Valley and beyond in the distance to the sea. Open fields run to the front and side with the North Downs public footpath running alongside the property offering lovely dog walks in all seasons. Just a 5-minute drive from the Port of Dover or Channel Tunnel, so why not take a day trip to France? Stroll along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, internationally famous and supporting rare flora and fauna. Canterbury with its historic cathedral - 25 minutes’ drive. Hythe, with its antique shops and excellent fish and chips, is 15 minutes away. Indulge in some guilt free shopping at the designer outlet at McArthur Glenn in Ashford or De Bradlei Wharf in Dover where items are up to 60% below the high street prices. Don’t miss Dover Castle and the Secret WWII tunnels and explore one of Europe’s best preserved Roman light houses. Folkestone and The Leas also makes for good walking. Horse riding and golf available locally. Shops, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 single with sloping ceiling.

Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April).

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
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£239-£500
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This semi-detached bungalow is set in a secluded holiday park with on site facilities, including a 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool, smaller relaxation pool, sauna, spa pool and gym with beauty treatments and fitness classes (all at cost). Nearby St Margaret’s Bay is ideal for fishing. The cathedral city of Canterbury is 15 miles, and Dover ferry port is 10 minutes drive, so don’t forget your passport and take a day trip to France. Explore Dover Castle and the secret war tunnels or enjoy discounted designer shopping at De Bradelei Wharf. Shops 200 yards, pub 150 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

First £10 of electricity and electric heaters included, remainder electricity by card meter (cards can be purchased on site). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Large indoor heated swimming pool and smaller relaxation pool (at cost). Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£196-£468
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Cedars Ref: W43343

Ideally situated for exploring Canterbury and the surrounding countryside, this holiday property is a completely self contained part of the owners home in a residential area approximately 3 miles from the city centre, but with rural views from the bedroom windows and patio. Take the bus or train to Canterbury and visit the cathedral. Enjoy a boat ride on the River Stour or explore the city’s old quarter, with its restaurants and shops. At Whitstable, a 20-minute drive, sample the famous oysters. Spot seals off the coast at Herne Bay or visit the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking. Table tennis (in car port). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£196-£542
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
All Saints Cottage Ref: 30466


All Saints Cottage is located in the heart of Canterbury and was once part of one of Canterbury’s best surviving 16th century timber framed buildings that it now adjoins, with unique views of Canterbury Cathedral and riverside frontage. The property is located just off the main high street with its own private access, you will first view the unique decked courtyard garden which overlooks the river, alongside is the famous witching stool and local wildlife including fish, ducks and swans. As you enter the cottage you are greeted by a comfortable living room with an open-plan, galley-style kitchen and wood flooring throughout. Comfortably sleeping 4 people there are two levels to the bedrooms, the second floor bedroom comprises of an antique double brass bed and views of the famous Canterbury Cathedral, whilst the first floor bedroom boasts a French-style double bed and views overlooking the old courtyard. For extra space and comfort there is also a dressing room with TV and DVD player. You will benefit from private parking which is located only a 8 to 10-minute walk from the cottage. Canterbury has an excellent shopping centre, bars and restaurants. Marlowe Theatre, museums and local history are on your doorstep, plus take a river tour on the unique punt boats (a flat bottom boat guided by a long pole with your very own tour guide). Should you want to explore a bit further afield, Kent has so much on offer, a short drive away is Howletts Animal Park of Howletts, plus the two seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable. For a day trip to France, a short drive to Dover would only take you around 20 minutes’, Dover also boasts the iconic White Cliffs and National Trust Park. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed decked courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Step to garden. Low wall between courtyard and river, 50 yards.

WAS
NOW
£456-£1014
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Sycamore Barn Ref: PRG

This attractive and comfortable barn conversion, complete with solar panel electricity, patio and grassed area, stands in a family-run sheep farm 8 miles from the sea. Surrounded by fields and woodlands, it enjoys views over the countryside. For walkers, the North Downs Way is close by, and there are many local footpaths and bridleways to explore. Canterbury with its acclaimed cathedral, 10 miles. The shingle-beached sea resort of Hythe is 8 miles, with Port Lympne Zoo Park and the country’s smallest public railway at Dymchurch. Day trips to Paris by Eurotunnel, within easy driving distance. Shops 2 miles.

Entrance porch. Two steps to fitted kitchen with breakfast/dining area separated from sitting-room (two steps up), with electric fire and doors to patio, by open studwork. Shower room and toilet. Bathroom and toilet. Double bedroom with vanity unit. Single bedroom. Steep staircase with direct open access to twin bedroom.

  • Electricity, air source heat pump central heating and bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV (Freeview)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking

WAS
NOW
£338-£791
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

An ideal family holiday destination, or an opportunity to get together to celebrate a special occasion - Whiteoaks at Chestfield offers spacious living accommodation. These semi-detached holiday properties, with a mock tudor frontage, are a short stroll from the local golf club and are ideally placed for exploring the north Kent coast. Whitstable is famous for its sunsets and oysters, which are celebrated every July at the Oyster Festival. The harbour is a hive of activity and you can purchase freshly caught fish. Hire bikes locally and cycle the Crab and Winkle Way. Traditional seaside magic at Herne Bay awaits on its 2 mile stretch of coastline or visit the 12th century Reculver Towers and Roman Fort. Canterbury is a city steeped in history but with a modern side too with excellent retail facilities, it also has the oldest cathedral in England. For nature lovers and walkers there are footpaths from the doorstep. For further sight seeing opportunities there are good rail connections to London. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. Games room wth French doors. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas range included. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Games room with toys. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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

With panoramic views over a meadow to the White Cliffs and across the Channel to France, this traditional fisherman’s cottage sits on a private shingle road in a conservation area on Kingsdown beach. Where the sky, cliffs and sea are a constantly changing canvas. At dawn the sunrise turns the White Cliffs pink, and on a clear day you can see Cap Gris Nez. At night the ferries, lit up like gin palaces, glide silently across the horizon.

Swimming, rock pooling, prawning, beachcombing, kite flying, fishing, and golfing are on the doorstep. The village shops are just 400 yards away, and there’s a family pub on the beach. Enjoy a breathtaking walk across the cliffs to the tearoom perched above St Margaret’s Bay, with a choice of teas and homemade cakes. Stroll along the Saxon shoreline, past castles and fishing boats to Deal, with its award-winning mix of shops, cafés, bric-a-bracs and restaurants.

Go ‘seal spotting’ by riverboat from 16th century Sandwich, listen to the world-renowned choir at Canterbury Cathedral, and visit Churchill’s underground war-rooms at Dover Castle. Watch Punch & Judy on Broadstairs’ beach and check out the Spitfire and Hurricane fighters at Manston’s museum on the way. You can even sail to France for the day and browse the stalls in Boulogne market, or window-shop on Le Touquet’s fashionable high street.

Sit under the olive trees in front of the cottage and reflect on the tranquil and un-spoilt location. Or relax with a chilled glass of wine in the enclosed rear garden, surrounded by Mediterranean plants and seaside paraphernalia.

Inside the cottage, conch shells, ship’s lanterns and old wooden floats sit alongside French wall mirrors, oil paintings and an array of marine memorabilia. As well as satellite TV, a DVD library, hi-fi with an iPod dock, and unlimited wi-fi.



Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, Persian rugs on wooden floor. Floor-to-ceiling bay window with unobstructed view. Well-equipped galley kitchen with quarry tiles and French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet. Open stairs with single banister to first floor: Double bedroom, amazing sea views from the bed. Bright and spacious bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with two large skylights and sloping ceiling.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, extra available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Broadband
  • Sunny enclosed rear shingle garden with mature pot plants, olive trees, seaside paraphernalia, furniture
  • Resident’s parking
  • Special rates for spa and beauty treatments
  • Club rates for day trips to France
  • No smoking
  • No children under 6 yrs (except babes in arms)
  • NB: Sea/bathing/rock pools 75 yards

WAS
NOW
£620-£1143
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
NOW
£406-£1056
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