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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Harbour Mews Ref: PFFE

This stylish, modern mews house lies in a quiet lane in the heart of Broadstairs, 250 yards from the beach - perfect for families or small groups. This lively seaside town, packed with history, has an impressive array of restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours within a 5-minute walk. Its thriving events calendar includes a famous Folk Week, Food Festival and Dickens Festival. A favourite haunt of the Victorian novelist, Broadstairs also boasts Bleak House and the Dickens House Museum. In summer, the town’s beautiful Seven Sandy Bays host Punch and Judy shows by day and firework displays over the harbour by night. Golf, coastal walks and surfing locally. Shops 500 yards, pub 100 yards.

Well-equipped kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£445-£1545
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Just 50 yards from the sandy beach and all the amenities that Broadstairs offers, these comfortably furnished holiday apartments are perfect for a traditional seaside holiday; sunbathing, fishing, swimming, sailing and kite surfing are all on the doorstep. Broadstairs is well known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and its many restaurants, pubs, festivals and events. If you are interested in walking, cycling, music, food, books or art, or simply laying on the beach, Broadstairs has it all for the whole family all year round. The town also offers great cliff top walks, or take a stroll to the Royal Harbour. A golfer’s paradise, as there are 2 championship golf courses nearby. Follow the coast road to explore Margate, Ramsgate and Sandwich or visit the medieval town of Faversham and the historic city of Canterbury. Good train service to London, local loop bus to Margate, Broadsatairs and Ramsgate. Ferries from Ramsgate to France. Shops, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 2 additional Z-beds (bring own bed linen and towels). Step to bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. Shower room (no toilet).

Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. On road parking (permits provided £3 per day). No smoking.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Spice Cottage Ref: 18047

This charming, restored, terraced fishermans holiday cottage, seconds from the beach, is light and airy in summer, cosy and snug in winter with open fires. Beach or cliff top walks from the door, or try golf, sailing or windsurfing. Visit Deal or Walmer Castle, 10 minutes. Canterbury a short drive. Shop 50 yards, pub 40 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull out single (can be double or twin) and French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, underfloor heating, gas and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Sun deck. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 80 yards to the sea.

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£351-£958
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These most attractive adjoined holiday barn conversions have been tastefully created in the grounds of the owner’s home and offer magnificent views over the rolling hills and countryside. The pretty village of Burmarsh offers a local pub, tea room and 12th century church. Conveniently located just 18 miles from Dover where the ferries run regularly to France and within easy reach of attractions such as Port Lympne Animal Sanctuary, miniature steam railway, castles and the cathedral city of Canterbury. The Channel Tunnel is just a short drive away as well as several sandy beaches. Shops 1½ miles, 2 pubs, one ½ mile and one 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Step down to kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

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Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility room). dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared gardens with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Stabling available (by arrangement).

WAS
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£226-£608
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.

WAS
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£1200-£1850
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Nelson Cottage Ref: 26139

In a fantastic location, just a few minutes walk from the high street and the sea front, this spacious detached cottage, built by Nelson’s paymaster around 1806, has been lovingly restored to make a charming holiday home. Steeped in history, Nelsons Cottage is ideal for a family holiday or get together with friends. Broadstairs has seven sandy beaches, an extensive range of shops, pubs, wine bars, restaurants and not forgetting the ice cream parlours. Great surfing at Joss Bay, nearby cycle trail and championship golf course. Shop 50 yards, pub 20 yards and restaurant 150 yards.

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

Gas central heating included (£30per week or short break October-March). Gas, electricity and bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas range cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 7 yrs.

WAS
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£324-£828
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
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.

WAS
NOW
£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.

WAS
NOW
£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.

WAS
NOW
£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
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