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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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51.008264, 0.747379

A lovely converted pigsty that sits in an exceptionally beautiful position on a Kentish sheep farm within an AONB on the old sea cliffs of the 'Isle of Oxney'. Only ten minutes from the ancient fishing port of Rye and Tenterden, along with the golden expansive golden beach of Camber Sands. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price from
£450 to £750
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 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. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price from
£475 to £795
Sleeps 4-5

4-5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

51.350892, 1.363764

A beautiful spacious, part 13th and part 18th Century Grade II listed building of historical importance on the outskirts of the Kent village of Manston, just four miles from Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate on the Kent coastline. Ideal for parties of two to ten guests. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly price from
£650 to £880
Sleeps 6+4

6+4  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

51.350892, 1.363764

Two delightful holiday cottages, each sleeping 2-4 guests, in part of a historic unique property in Manston, just four miles from Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate on the Kent coastline. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price from
£290 to £460
Sleeps 2+2

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

51.210139, 0.587097

With a fabulous decked verandah enjoying all-day sunshine and glorious views, Sentinel offers all the right ingredients for a relaxing break away in the Kent countryside. An ideal base for exploring the South East's many attractions, you can spend your days visiting the historic cities of Rochester and Canterbury, the Kent coast, pretty villages such as Tenterden and Headcorn and even London's bustling capital or France for a day trip. Alternatively, simply relax on the verandah soaking up the peace and tranquility that abounds.

Weekly price from
£589 to £783
Sleeps 4-6

4-6  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.132213, 0.653121

Take your loved one away for a romantic break in the beautiful Kent countryside. Standen Granary is tucked away in a peaceful corner of the garden of a 16th Century farmhouse, within walking distance of Biddenden village. It is only 90 minutes from central London, Gatwick and Heathrow, but a world away from the stress and bustle of daily life. Ashford, Maidstone and Tenterden are all within easy reach, as are fantastic attractions including Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Castle and the Kent & Sussex Steam Railway.

Weekly price from
£300 to £475
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.192163, 1.338266

A comfortable and well equipped family holiday home located in a quiet rural position midway between the historic town of Dover with its famous Castle, and the quaint seaside town of Deal. A great location for exploring the Kent coastline and its beautiful countryside.

Weekly price from
£300 to £575
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.343736, 0.869279

Uplees Farmhouse provides 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 price from
£330 to £600
Sleeps 4+2

4+2  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.275907, 1.340273

A cosy holiday cottage in the heart of the medieval Kentish town of Sandwich. There are plenty of attractions within easy reach (including Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs) and the beach at Sandwich bay is a pleasant two mile walk away.

Weekly price from
£310 to £530
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.343736, 0.869279

A welcoming holiday home for four nestling amongst glorious rolling Kent countryside. An ideal 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 price from
£325 to £545
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.276069, 1.338226

Ideally located in the heart of the ancient medieval Kentish town of Sandwich, this comfortable holiday home provides an ideal base for exploring the Kent coastline (on bike, foot or by car) and has great restaurants and shops on the doorstep. With easy access to Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate and Dover, there are no shortage of great days out.

Weekly price from
£350 to £450
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.210139, 0.587097

An ideal base for exploring Kent's many attractions including the coast, cities of Rochester and Canterbury, the county town of Maidstone, pretty villages such as Tenterden and Headcorn, and even day trips to London and France. Nestling amidst glorious countryside on a fruit farm, there are lovely walks and cycle rides locally.

Weekly price from
£366 to £570
Sleeps 4-6

4-6  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.210139, 0.587097

Sitting right in the heart of Kent countryside on a fruit farm, this welcoming holiday home offers a comfy retreat for couples, friends and families who want to meet up and explore the South East's many attractions including the coast, Canterbury, Tenterden, National Trust houses and castles, London and even France!

Weekly price from
£444 to £717
Sleeps 4-6

4-6  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.184804, 0.889199

A spacious holiday home for two on the outskirts of Boughton Lees - a village with pub and country house hotel Near Ashford. Flexible changeover day and short breaks offered all year, providing an excellent base for exploring Kent or taking a day trip to London and even France.

Weekly price from
£200 to £250
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

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. Ideally located on the edge of the Kentish town of Tonbridge, this charming 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 price from
£375 to £450
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.218252, 0.456078

A pretty two bedroom cottage located down a peaceful lane and surrounded by stunning Kent countryside, Silver Cottage has been transformed from a silversmith's workshop and stables into an extremely comfortable home-away-from-home that is just right for couples and families. Yalding has excellent pubs, a great cafe, fantastic farmers' market and access to the River Medway, and is only five minute's by car or a picturesque walk (less than half an hour) from Silver Cottage. Maidstone is close by, access into London to explore the capital city is quick, and with other attractions like Leeds Castle also within easy reach, it makes this the perfect base for your Kent holiday.

Weekly price from
£350 to £550
Sleeps 2+2

2+2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.273822, 0.658051

A 300 year old English country cottage situated in the heart of Kent on top of the Downs. Beautifully furnished, this holiday cottage provides the ideal place for visiting the 'Garden of England', walking the Downs and visiting Kents many attractions including castles, country houses, gardens, the coast and even London's vibrant city for the day.

Weekly price from
£570 to £1500
Sleeps 7+1

7+1  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

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 with leisure facilities (sauna and swimming pool) 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 price from
£700 to £1100
Sleeps 8

8  |   4  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star

51.448914, 0.584830

Two welcoming self catering cottages affording a secluded position amongst Kent countryside, on the Hoo Peninsula with views over the River Thames and a swimming pool and sauna for guests enjoyment. 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 price from
£385 to £700
Sleeps 5

5  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star

51.031147, 0.839081

If you can't decide between a holiday in the Kent countryside or on the coast, Zedbrook is the ideal holiday property for you. The large house comfortably sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms and is within walking distance of the Red Lion Pub in Snargate. Surrounded by mature gardens and the lovely landscape Romney Marsh is renowned for, it is also close to St Mary's Bay and Dymchurch Beach. Rye, Camber and Tenterden are all within easy reach, as is the charming village of Appledore. With ample opportunity to walk, cycle, play golf, fish and birdwatch, Zedbrook is an excellent choice for families and friends who want to experience everything this beautiful corner of Kent has to offer.

Weekly price from
£800 to £1000
Sleeps 8

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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