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The Garden of England, Kent
The Garden of England, Kent

Self Catering Holidays in Kent

Known as 'The Garden of England', Kent is located in the south-east corner of England and boasts an array of award winning attractions and Blue Flag beaches. Kent gained a reputation from its wealth of farming and crops and is the county of historic houses, mysterious castles, glorious gardens, nature reserves, fascinating museums and incredible maritime heritage. Read more

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51.354015, 1.440385

Enjoy a holiday at the seaside in this comfortable holiday cottage in Broadstairs. St Christophers is a well-maintained, single-storey cottage with space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, sea views from the conservatory, and a large garden. It's on a quiet street a few steps from the beach and a short walk from shops, cafes, pubs and other fantastic amenities. Guests love walking along the coast and through the rolling Kent countryside, visiting castles and gardens, sightseeing and shopping in Canterbury, and even popping across the Channel on the ferry for a spot of shopping or lunch. The cottage suits couples and friends, with short breaks possible between November and Easter and bookings available all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £860
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.357459, 1.435483

Stylish throughout with lots of extra special touches, Sea Glimpses is an idyllic seaside family retreat. Sleeping up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, this lovely holiday home is a delight inside and out and perfectly placed in the very heart of the pretty seaside village of Broadstairs on the Kent Coast. Sandy beach and a great choice of places for a meal out on the doorstep and a host of attractions within easy reach. Perfect whether you are arriving on your holiday by car or public transport.

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £3000
Short breaks from £170 per night

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.932128, 0.969814

A recently refurbished self-catering cottage in Lydd-on-Sea, directly opposite the beach with far-reaching views over the English Channel. Sea View Retreat has one bedroom and a light, spacious living area. It's perfect for couples or individual guests, including those with dogs, who want direct access to gorgeous walks along the coast and through the Dungeness Nature Reserve. The property is in Lydd-on-Sea and within walking distance of a pub and a popular fish shack. Rye, Tenterden and Ashford are within easy reach, as are many of Kent's favourite attractions. 

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £785
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   3+  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.448914, 0.584830

Located in a quiet area of the Hoo Peninsular near to Rochester in Kent, these charming oak beamed holiday cottages provide accommodation of a high standard. Sweeping views of the River Thames and a great base for exploring Kent (including the coast) and visiting London for a day trip. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£777 to £1323

8  |   4  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.448914, 0.584830

Two welcoming self catering holiday cottages affording a secluded position amongst Kent countryside, on the Hoo Peninsula with views over the River Thames. A great base for exploring Kent's many attractions with day trips out that include London and the coast. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£462 to £750

5  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.008264, 0.747379

A lovely converted pigsty that is in an exceptionally beautiful position on a Kentish sheep farm within an AONB on the old sea cliffs of the 'Isle of Oxney'. Ten minutes from the ancient fishing port of Rye and Tenterden, along with the golden expansive golden beach of Camber Sands. Great for walking and relaxing. Free WiFi. Available for only 7-14 nights bookings unless a special offer is on. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £925
Short breaks from £135 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

51.008264, 0.747379

A welcoming holiday cottage located on an exceptionally picturesque sheep farm within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the old sea cliffs of the 'Isle of Oxney', just a short drive from the medieval Cinque Port of Rye, attractive town of Tenterden and Camber Sands with its glorious golden beach. An ideal place to relax amongst stunning views and good base to explore Kent and neighbouring Sussex. Free WiFi. Available for only 7-14 nights bookings unless a special offer is on. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £950
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

51.391864, 1.390610

Sleeping up to twelve guests in six bedrooms, this Victorian gem of a holiday home has been lovingly refurbished by the owner to offer style and comfort with a generous measure of quirky charm. Perfect for families or friends wanting to getaway by the sea, Ballarat House is within strolling distance of Margate's golden beaches, pubs and cafes and attractions like the Turner Contemporary Gallery and the 1950's joy that is Dreamland. With log burners for cosy winter breaks and an outside dining area with a gas BBQ, Ballarat House provides a warm welcome at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£1600 to £2900
Short breaks from £150 per night

12  |   6  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.028016, 0.999638

Springhaven is a fantastic holiday home for large or extended families. It sleeps 10 people in five massive bedrooms, four of which have fantastic views over dunes to the sea. The house is next to the beach at Dymchurch, a stone's throw from the Blue Flag beach and two minutes from a great pub. It is just a 10-minute walk along the seafront to the village where there are shops, cafes and an amusement centre. Hythe and New Romney are within a few miles, with local attractions including Port Lympne Zoo and the heritage Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. 

Weekly guide price:
£1690 to £3300
Short breaks from £210 per night

10  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Why should the dream of a secret garden belong only in a storybook? This wonderful property brings the fantasy to life, providing a peaceful retreat for couples with quirky handcrafted features, an outdoor hot tub and the sense of sleeping under the stars without worrying about the weather. A Secret Garden is in the charming Kent village of Blean, close to Whitstable and Canterbury and within walking distance of ancient woodland, a nature reserve and a friendly pub. It is perfect for a short break or a longer stay at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£1370 to £1498
Short breaks from £194 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Treat yourself to a fun and unique experience with a stay in Gulliver, the quirky holiday camper. Tucked away its own garden in the Kent village of Blean, the static camper has been upcycled and outfitted to provide a glamping holiday for couples or solo travellers with a wood-fired hot tub, log burner, outdoor TV and lots of other memorable touches. There are miles of beautiful walks and cycling routes on the doorstep, including through neighbouring Blean Woods and nature reserve, and the village pub and shop are within walking distance.

Weekly guide price:
£1254 to £1428
Short breaks from £194 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

The Enchanted Faraway Tree is a magical work of whimsy where couples can indulge in their childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse. Straight off the pages of a child-hood novel, this incredible hideaway is just perfect for any adult looking for adventure and escapism. There is a beautifully crafted living room and kitchen with a log burner, a bedroom with a clear dome so that guests can sleep under the stars, and a landscaped garden with a swing, hot tub and fire pit. The Enchanted Faraway Tree is close to ancient woodland and a nature reserve, and a short walk from a friendly pub and well-stocked village shop. There are beautiful walks from the door, with opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and a day at the seaside in nearby Canterbury and Whitstable.

Weekly guide price:
£1417 to £2023
Short breaks from £247 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

Sleep amongst the stars in this beautifully crafted treehouse. There is nothing rustic about this superb holiday retreat which consists of two elevated pods and is perfect for couples or solo adventurers looking for something a little quirky and different on holiday. The Treehouse Hideaway has everything to make guests feel welcome and comfortable, including underfloor heating, a landscaped hot tub and a kitchen with all the mod-cons. Canterbury and Whitstable are both less than four miles from the treehouse, which is within walking distance of a friendly pub, the village shop and a nature reserve.

Weekly guide price:
£1578 to £2023
Short breaks from £258 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.312388, 1.035899

This handcrafted log cabin is the ultimate adult's holiday escape. Honey Tree Lodge is within walking distance of a friendly village pub and a beautiful nature reserve, boasting its very own private treehouse, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub as well as a 100-inch cinema screen and a master bedroom with an impressive feature copper bath. With two king-sized bedrooms and a double sofa bed, it sleeps up to six adults and is only a few miles from Canterbury and Whitstable for a day by the sea.

Weekly guide price:
£1332 to £1834
Short breaks from £204 per night

4+2  |   2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.417263, 0.856911

Enjoy a relaxing stay on the Isle of Sheppey in this comfortable two-bedroom holiday cottage which sleeps four people so is ideal for couples or families. South Barn is close to Eastchurch with lovely views over fields towards the English Channel. Guests can enjoy gorgeous walks and bike rides from the door. The Isle of Sheppey is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers, but it is also a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to get back to a more simple way of life with quiet beaches and lots of open space to enjoy. 

Weekly guide price:
£380 to £560
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.417263, 0.856911

North Barn is actually two comfortable properties on the Isle of Sheppey. Each holiday cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms with beautiful views over fields and farmland towards the sea. Guests have use of the owner's 13 acres of land, and it's possible to walk from the cottages through the neighbouring farm to the coast. The barn is a mile from Eastchurch and only a short drive from Neats Court and Sheppey. With beaches, nature reserves, footpaths and cycling routes, the location is ideal for families all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£480 to £975
Short breaks from £113 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.054171, 0.494017

Barnfield House is a large self-catering holiday home in the Weald of Kent, close to the border with East Sussex and within easy reach of the coast. It's a gorgeous home with plenty of space for 10 people to sleep in five bedrooms, boasting two acres of beautiful gardens and stylish interiors where you can immediately relax and feel at ease. The location is convenient for attractions like National Trust Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Scotney Castle, and Bewl Water, making it perfect for a holiday with extended family or friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£1800 to £3600
Short breaks from £450 per night

10  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.205412, 0.300358

Kath's Cottage sleeps two and is an ideal 'bolt-hole for couples looking to explore the South East of England and its many attractions on holiday. Ideally located on the edge of the Kentish town of Tonbridge, this charming self-catering cottage offers all the right ingredients for a relaxing break and is within easy reach of an abundance of country houses, the Kent coast, Royal Tunbridge Wells and London (just thirty five minutes by train).

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £550
Short breaks from £75 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.343736, 0.869279

Uplees Farmhouse provides self-catering, a warm welcome and an excellent base for exploring the many attractions of the 'Garden of England' including the Kent coastal towns which are within easy driving distance. Lovely walks and cycle rides throughout the Faversham area. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £700

5  |   3  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.343736, 0.869279

A welcoming holiday home for 4 guests nestling amongst glorious rolling Kent countryside. An ideal self-catering base for exploring the 'Garden of England' with its lovely coastline, country houses, gardens and castles. Wonderful walks and cycle rides throughout the Faversham area.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £700

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Holidays in Kent

The leafy lanes and wealth of public rights of way that criss-cross Kent's beautiful landscape, provide endless opportunities for those who enjoy walking, cycling or riding. Trips along the lanes will take you past lavender fields, vineyards, orchards, pretty villages with welcoming pubs and oast houses that are a popular sight in this picturesque county. With such beautiful scenery to offer, it is hardly surprising that almost a quarter of Kent is designated an AONB.

Kent is the oldest county in the country with an incredible amount of fascinating historic sites to visit including the City of Canterbury with its beautiful cathedral; the White Cliffs of Dover that took some 80 million years to form; Rochester the inspiration for many of Dickens' greatest works and home to the second oldest cathedral in the country and Sandwich, a historic town with more medieval buildings than any other part of the UK (and a links golf course that challenges St Andrews!). As a county, it also has more than its fair share of attractions for exciting days out. Why not take a look at our top recommended attractions in Kent.

There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Kent. Meander around the tiny streets of the unspoilt towns of Tenterden, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Cranbrook; shop until you drop at Bluewater, one of Europe's largest shopping centres or head for the bright lights of London's West End which is under an hour by train.

The Garden of England is home to plenty of farmers markets and proud of its local produce which can so often be found in its picturesque pubs and fine dining restaurants. Succulent Whitstable oysters, wonderfully fresh Dover sole, award winning English Wines from Kentish vineyards and beer ('the drink of England') produced by the oldest brewery in the country.

Why not take full advantage of a cottage holiday in Kent with a day trip to Lille or lunch in Paris! Made possible by the Eurostar from Ashford or Ebsfleet, or take your car via the Dover / Ramsgate sea crossings. For more information about the 'Garden of England', check out our blog article on Kent.