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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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Gate House Ref: E5413

This Grade II listed, mini Gothic castle was built in 1850 and now makes an unusual and unique holiday home. It is believed to have been built as the gate house for the officers’ accommodation for the Dover Castle Garrison who were housed in an impressive crescent of homes in Victoria Park. The Gate House stands part way up a hill, close to Dover Castle and the town, and offers a turret, exposed beams throughout, open fireplaces and historical features. Dover has plenty to offer including Dover Castle, the wartime tunnels, Roman painted house, easy access for trips to France and walks along the famous white cliffs. Castles at Walmer and Deal; the medieval town of Sandwich; many beaches around the east Kent coastline easily accessible and well worth a visit. Shops 0.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles.
This Grade II listed, mini Gothic castle was built in 1850 and now makes an unusual and unique holiday home. It is believed to have been built as the gate house for the officers accommodation for the Dover Castle Garrison who were housed in an impressive crescent of homes in Victoria Park. The Gate House stands part way up a hill, close to both Dover Castle and the town itself. The accommodation offers a turret, exposed beams throughout upstairs and down, open fireplaces and other historical features. Dover has plenty to offer visitors including Dover Castle, the wartime tunnels, Roman painted house, easy access for trips to France and walks along the famous white cliffs. Castles at Walmer and Deal; the medieval town of Sandwich; many beaches around the east Kent coastline are all easily accessible and well worth a visit. Shops 0.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room. Kitchen. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double (four poster canopy) bedroom . Bathroom with toilet. Beams throughout.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Enclosed garden. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£337-£704
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Marina Cottage Ref: 27397

This terraced holiday property, a former coastguard’s cottage, with uninterrupted sea views from the first floor bedroom window, has an antique spiral staircase and is situated at the quieter end of this one time smuggling town. Gaze across to the Goodwin Sands from the first floor balcony where the smugglers lured the ships with their lanterns. Follow the ancient Saxon Shore Way by bike (2 provided), or on foot and explore the castles that are the legacy of Henry VIII, including Deal, Dover and Walmer. There are several golf courses close by, and Deal also provides good train connections to London. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Spiral stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 bunk. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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

Sea views


A stylish ground floor holiday apartment with easterly sea views. The apartment benefits from two outdoor seating areas leading from the main living area and master bedroom. Whilst not receiving direct sunlight, the patios are secluded, allowing you to sit out day or night - weather permitting! There is access via steps opposite the property or a sloping path 400 yards away to Stone Bay which is a quiet sandy beach, popular with families. The centre of Broadstairs is ½-mile away and here you will find shops, restaurants, pubs, mini-golf, a cinema and the main beach which is popular with day-trippers. You can walk to Margate mostly along the seafront which is about 5-miles in one direction and to Ramsgate, 3-miles in the other direction. If you’re feeling energetic, why not hire bikes and cycle some or all of the Viking Trail - a 30-mile loop. Shops, restaurants and pubs ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors and en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Internet connection.Telephone-honesty box. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£298-£1075
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Garden Cottage Ref: E5368

Enjoying a peaceful, semi-rural location, The Garden Cottage is a self-contained cosy holiday cottage adjoining the owners’ home in Paddock Wood, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of rural Kent. The superb location makes it ideal for visiting the many castles - Leeds, Hever, Bodiam (NT), Sissinghurst (NT) and Scotney (NT). Historic houses nearby include Knole, Igtham Mote, Chartwell (all NT) and Penshurst Place. The magnificient Canterbury cathedral is 1 hour away. Battle Abbey (1066 site) is 36 minutes. Sheffield Park is also worth a visit, 50 minutes away. There are also many beautiful gardens in the area, as well as character villages and traditional pubs to explore, whilst a day trip to London (50 minutes) is easily reached from Paddock Wood station

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with kitchen area. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil CH inc (£15pw Oct-Mar). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Digital TV. DVD. Radio. Table-top elec cooker. M/wave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£0-£0
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Peelers Lodge Ref: W43197

This detached, lodge-style holiday home is situated in the owner’s grounds, facing across fields and close to the North Downs. The Greensand Way and Stour Valley Walk easily accessible. There are good rail links to London from Pluckley, or the fast link from Ashford, 8 miles, where you will also find the Julie Rose Stadium. Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway and the beach at Whitstable make for enjoyable days out. Two day pottery or screen printing workshops are available by arrangement with the owner. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Step down to kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

Underfloor central heating (in shower room), electric heaters, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Use of owner’s outdoor swimming pool (7.6m x 3.7m, depth 0.9m to 1.2m) open May-September (by arrangement). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£297-£583
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Plovers Rest Ref: 28010

Ideal location to explore the area

Tucked away along a country lane and within the grounds of a Kentish fruit farm is this thoughtfully converted barn. Enjoy your own slice of the ’Garden of England’ as the detached barn overlooks its very own orchard! The farm offers excellent walks and the fields border the estuary where guests can bring their own rod for fishing. There is a local golf course where players and their families can use the club house restaurant and heated indoor swimming pool. For the cycling enthusiast there are several cycle routes. The little village of Upchurch with a corner shop and pub is under a mile’s stroll and steeped in history, originally settled by the Romans, there is a haul of Roman coins from here on display in the British Museum in London, and Sir Francis Drake’s father was vicar at the local church! Further afield visit Rochester referred to as ’The city of great expectations’ because of its associations with Charles Dickens and a festival celebrates this in the summer and at Christmas. Visit Rochester and Upnor Castles, the historic Chatham Dockyard, Cobham Hall dating from 1584 or Kent Life Farm where you can feed the animals or children can let off steam in an indoor soft play barn or outdoor adventure area. 35 minutes’ drive to the Cathedral City of Canterbury with its cobbled streets and quaint shops. 50 minutes’ drive and easy access to the channel tunnel and Dover Port. Good rail connections to London. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with sloping ceiling, both with access to bathroom with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Terrace and furniture. Orchard. Barbecue Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children except babies in arms. NB: River 1/2 mile.

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£376-£973
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Forge Ref: PLLA

This detached holiday cottage is situated in the owners’ grounds on the edge of the historic Cinque Port of Sandwich. A short stroll leads to the heart of this unique medieval town where Strand Street presents the longest stretch of timber framed buildings in the country! Take a boat trip from beautiful Sandwich Quay along the River Stour to Richborough Roman Fort and explore the Roman gateway to Kent. Visit the National Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Kent Coast. Three golf courses including the Championship Royal St Georges are close by. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, wooden floor, vaulted ceiling and sitting area. Shower room with large shower and toilet. Study/small library with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire. Narrow stairs to galleried area with 5ft double bed and sloping ceiling.

  • Electric coal-effect fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Video
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • No smoking
  • No children

WAS
NOW
£326-£553
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Bow Cottage Ref: 30682

Bow Cottage lies in the ancient town of Fordwich, known as the smallest town in Great Britain and is a comfortable terraced holiday cottage which has been renovated to a very good standard, retaining stone clad walls. The front-facing living room boasts a feature bow window and woodburner, and the galley-style kitchen, which has tiled floors, leads into the dining room with patio doors opening on to a well-managed, enclosed garden. This is a great location for walks, exploring and for sampling the local ales in one of the two local pubs. Explore the historic city of Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral, learn about Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales or take a boat trip on the River Stour. Cycle the Crab and Winkle Way, visit the coast at Herne Bay or spot a seal and sample the oysters at Whitstable, 12 miles. Another enjoyable experience is to go back in time and explore the castles of Dover, Deal and Walmer. Good train connections to London. Shop ¼ mile, pubs/restaurants 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 32" Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed terraced garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Chiminea. Barbecue. On road parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and waterfall in garden (can be fenced off on request).

WAS
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£275-£606
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
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/dining room. Kitchen with beams. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with roll top, ball and claw bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Can be booked with Weir Cottage (ref 27987) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

Gas central heating and gas included. Gas cooker. Gas Aga. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Fenced, terraced garden and furniture. Fishing in pond. Ample parking. NB: Access via shared driveway.

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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£1200-£1850
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.

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£245-£523
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