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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Browns Cottage Ref: 27778

Stay in the ’smallest town in England’ with the smallest town hall, and take a stroll down to the River Stour where in 1424 the stone for building Canterbury cathedral was transported to – now it’s just a sleepy hamlet where the river is navigated by pleasure craft! It is still a member of the Cinque Port of Sandwich. Explore the historical city of Canterbury within easy reach, 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 - spot a seal or sample the oysters at Whitstable, 12 miles. Good train connections to London. Shop 1/4 mile, pubs/restaurants 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD, small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£284-£643
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This first floor holiday apartment has a spacious balcony commanding panoramic views of the English Channel and France. Part of a Georgian crescent, built in the early 1800s as a result of the visit of King George IV, who sailed into Ramsgate harbour en route to Hanover. The property is located almost opposite a lift to the beach and bandstand and is within easy walking distance of the harbour. Watch the power boat racing, go seal spotting or walk or cycle along the Viking Coastal Trail, 27 miles of routeway which will take you past the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Bleak House at Broadstairs and the Turner Gallery in Margate. Cinema 150 yards. Beach 75 yards. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one accessed via 3 steps. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Balcony and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Step to balcony.

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£271-£972
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Klein Cottage Ref: W41893

Close to the beach

Fully refurbished, this one time terraced fisherman’s cottage is in an ideal holiday location situated a mere 500 yards from the beach and just off of the high street. Visit Whitstable’s working harbour and see the catch of the day landed and sample the fresh fish and oysters in the local restaurants. Enjoy the gardens at Whitstable Castle, explore the alleys once frequented by smugglers or make use of the leisure centre with swimming pool. It is also conveniently close to the station providing good connections to both London and Canterbury for additional sight-seeing opportunities. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£531-£531
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This attractive and comfortable barn conversion, with garden, enjoys lovely views over the local countryside. Ashford, 5 miles, is a busy market town and the quaint old town of Tenterden is 12 miles, making this an ideal holiday base. The Royal Military Canal, Port Lympne Wildlife Sanctuary and gardens, Romney Marsh Cinque Ports, Weald villages, and the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway are all nearby. Camber Sands are 10 miles; the cathedral city of Canterbury is 15 miles. Day trips to France. Shop 2 miles; pubs 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 1 twin bedroom.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£418-£418
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
The Cottage Ref: PLLJ

Commanding stunning views across the English Channel, this attractive, spacious, family home for all seasons is the ideal property for a relaxing holiday with both friends or relatives. A decked terrace runs the length of the property, an ideal spot for soaking up the sun or relax after a brisk winter walk in front of a glowing log burner in the cosy living room, overlooking the frothing waves. Four of the six bedrooms have sea views and the other two have attractive garden views. There is also a games room. The white chalk cliff above St Margaret’s Bay is said to be the first place the sun reaches each morning on mainland Britain! The beach is famous for being the closest point to France and is the spot where Channel swimmers begin their marathon 21 mile swim. The village itself offers good pubs, restaurants and local shop within walking distance. The coastal path leads to the famous White Cliffs of Dover, gateway to England and now one of the UK’s protected Heritage coasts offering some of the best cliff coastal walking in the country. The lighthouse is the place where Marconi transmitted his first radio broadcast to France. Closer to France than London, bring a passport, catch a ferry from Dover and visit the French markets in Calais and Boulogne for the day. Visit Dover, Deal and Walmer Castle, Pines Garden and Metropole Galleries Folkestone. Canterbury 17 miles. Golf, sailing, cycling, horse riding locally. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

Sixteen steps to entrance (twenty seven to rear entrance). Entrance hall. Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors with sea views and wooden floor. Dining room with sea views. Three steps up to well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area, French doors to decked balcony and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to lower ground floor: Games room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, wash basin and sea views. Two further double bedrooms, one with TV, sea views and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with hand-held shower over bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Fully-tiled shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Twin bedroom with French doors to balcony.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Rangemaster included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Large decked balcony with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Cycle store (shed)
  • Games room with table football
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Steps in garden. Some external steps are uneven

WAS
NOW
£1105-£3467
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Willow Lodge Ref: 28718

Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, yet only 6 miles from Canterbury, this cosy, detached holiday cottage makes a perfect romantic retreat. Nestled in the grounds of the owner’s 14th-century home, the cottage enjoys its own garden and sitting-out area. Perfect for guests who enjoy walking and cycling, there are many local public footpaths. Canterbury offers many historic attractions including the cathedral and city walls. Ramsgate and Dover are both within a 14 mile drive. The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) are home to 5 miles of coast and countryside. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. 1 step to kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Shared 17-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond in garden, unfenced pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£212-£604
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Potts Farm Oast Ref: POOB

Potts Farm Oast offers guests a unique opportunity to stay in a spacious twin round kiln oast house surrounded by grassland farms with access to footpaths across the fields. Once used for drying fresh hops before they were sent to the brewers to flavour the beer, it has now been thoughtfully restored and makes an ideal holiday destination for two families, an extended family or groups of friends to enjoy the beautiful Kentish countryside and discover why it holds the title of ‘The Garden of England’. Stroll through the fields and picnic in the garden in the summer or take a brisk walk in winter and then return to curl up in front of the inviting wood-burning stove. To keep guests amused, there is a games room/snug in the roundel with board games and puzzles, and outside there is an enclosed lawned garden beside the oast with children’s play equipment and an open-fronted barn. If time permits, explore Tenterden – aptly described as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’ with its weatherboarded tea shops and cottages. Take a magical ride on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway to the medieval moated castle at Bodiam. Sample the local award-winning wines at Chapel Down Winery, visit Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (National Trust) created by the novelist - Vita Sackville west and Sir Harold Nicolson in the 1930s. Rye is a 30-minute drive. Beaches and sand dunes at Camber Sands are a 40-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

Step down to spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Morning room. Spacious kitchen/dining/family room. Utility/boot room. Games room/snug in roundel. Separate toilet. First floor: Step up to double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Three steps up to double bedroom in roundel. Three steps up to twin bedroom in second roundel. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove –initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, furniture and children’s play equipment
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with board games and puzzles
  • External open-fronted barn
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Covered ornamental pond and drop in grounds

WAS
NOW
£882-£2613
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£328-£784
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Sanctuary Ref: 16614

Outdoor heated swimming pool (May to Sept)

This charming, imposing detached mock Tudor property offers spacious holiday accommodation and is set in nearly 4 acres of idyllic grounds, offering panoramic views over the local countryside. It offers many features such as an oak curved staircase, leaded light windows, beech floor, open fire as well as a summer house/games room and outdoor pool. The bedrooms overlook the lovely gardens. It is in a quiet peaceful location adjacent to the caretaker’s lodge and is only ½ mile from the local pub and just over 100 yards from a letter box. An ideal touring base, this beautiful area abounds with stately homes steeped in history as well as walks and is easy for commuting to London as well as trips to France with Dover approximately 40 minutes’ drive. Canterbury with its beautiful cathedral is within easy reach. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room with beams and parquet floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with sauna (by coin meter) and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bidet and toilet, 1 single with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with 3 steps to en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, bidet and toilet.

Open fire in living room and woodburner in games room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (October-March), gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Extensive grounds. Patio. Barbecue. Ample parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool (11.5m x 5.8m, depth 0.9-1.8m) open May-September. Summer house/games room with changing rooms, snooker table (not to be used by children under 16), badminton and garden bowls. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

WAS
NOW
£773-£2160
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
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 room with double sofa bed (for children)/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.

Cot on request.

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).

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£260-£640
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