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

Holiday Cottages in Kent

Known as 'The Garden of England', Kent is located in the southeast 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. There are also several self-catering cottages in Kent, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Read more

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51.039232, 0.615420

Bluebell Byre has a  stunning vaulted ceilings and oak floor throughout. The living space has been very well thought out with a comfy L shaped sofa and tub chair. A  cosy woodburning stove is a focal point  with a basket of logs and kindling provided to enjoy on arrival. A BBQ is available on request.  The fully equipped kitchen is open plan and all the essentials are included just  get in touch if you have any questions on whats available.  The pretty country style double bedroom leads off the lounge and captures the feel of  a Bluebell meadow with  fresh blue and white linen. The other bedroom also leads of the seating area and is a twin with natural wood bureau and views out to the private Patio area. Bluebell's bathroom has a wet room style showerr and a beautiful roll top bath perfect for a relaxing bath after a busy day enjoying the many attractions or walks around our cottage. Finally, the patio area includes  a seating area that overlooks the grounds and lake.  Great things to do – 0 to 15 mins drive  •            Fishing & Walks –  Your very own lake  & footpath from grounds  Kent’s No 1 walking trail  •            Oustanding country pubs  –  The local ‘Bull’ walking distance ????  •            Boating fun – At Bodiam boating station – canoes, river cruise & live music cafe •            Wine tasting –  at Award winning Chapeldown Vineyards  •            Farmers markets – every week  offering local produce & local artisan gifts  •            Steam Engine experience – Book a meal on board or take the kids  •            Hempsted Forest – tranquil forest setting for walks & bike rides  •            Historic houses, castle & gardens aplenty 

Weekly guide price:
£672 to £1078
Short breaks from £120 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.028016, 0.999638

Springhaven is a fantastic holiday home for large or extended families. It sleeps 11 people in five large bedrooms, those on the top floor having sea views. You can take a 3D walkthrough of the house to experience the space here. 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 £390 per night

11  |   5  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.362425, 0.891420

The Farmhouse is a spacious and welcoming holiday home in Harty on the Isle of Sheppey off the coast of Kent. It comfortably sleeps 21 people in 8 bedrooms and is ideal for large groups accommodation for extended families and friends. There is lots of space indoors and outside, with guests having fantastic views and enjoying a location within walking distance of the coast and The Swale nature reserves. The Farmhouse is one of five superb holiday rentals on Mocketts Farm and is available for bookings all year round.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

21  |   8  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.362425, 0.891420

Harrier's Nest is a stylish, wood-clad holiday cottage in Harty on the Isle of Sheppey, within walking distance of the coast and the fantastic Ferry House. The property sleeps 4+ people in 2 bedrooms and suits couples or families who want to get away for a few nights to recharge and unwind. Guests can enjoy beautiful views over fields and countryside, strolling to the pub for long lazy lunches and evening 'sun downers', a private garden for relaxing in the sunshine and shared grounds that include picnic areas, an enclosed duck pond and a games room. Harrier's Nest is also dog friendly and has a fully fenced dog safe garden. There is also an exercise paddock available for Mocketts Farm Cottages guests to book. Being so close to London, Harriers Nest is perfect for those times when you just want to escape away!

Weekly price:
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4+  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.362425, 0.891420

Escape to the peace and beauty of Harty on the Isle of Sheppey. This fantastic barn conversion is perfect for a holiday with extended family or friends, sleeping 12+ people in 6 lovely ensuite bedrooms with the possibility of squeezing in a few extra kids on camp beds if necessary. It is one of five super self-catering cottages on Mocketts Farm in Kent, offering a 4-Star Gold standard of accommodation without compromise. The surrounding area is an oasis of tranquility which attracts an abundance of wildlife, and with a very good pub within strolling distance, Mocketts Farm provides all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday.

Weekly price:
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12  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.362425, 0.891420

Fleet Lodge is a wonderful self-catering cottage in Kent. Tucked away in the sublime pocket-sized piece of heaven that is Harty, the modern barn conversion sleeps 6+ people in 3 bedrooms and is ideal for families or friends. It is one of five superb holiday properties on Mocketts Farm, whose owners also run the 2AA Rosette Ferry House pub just a short walk away. Beaches, countryside walks and cycling routes are all nearby. Fleet Lodge is also dog friendly and has its own fully-fenced dog safe garden. We have also recently opened a dog exercise paddock for the use of all Mocketts Cottages guests. As you sit in the garden with a drink, listening to the birds and taking time to breathe, you'll scarcely believe this retreat is only an hour from London and even closer to Canterbury.

Weekly price:
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6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.362425, 0.891420

Marsh View is on Mocketts Farm on the Isle of Sheppey, within walking distance of the coast and The Ferry House at Harty. The spacious holiday cottage sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms and has a flexible layout that works well for families, extended families and friends. Guests enjoy beautiful views and wonderful footpaths and cycling routes from the door. The location is perfect at any time of the year as it is close to two national nature reserves and beautiful beaches, yet only half an hour from Maidstone and an hour from Canterbury and London. 

Weekly price:
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8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

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

51.448914, 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

Garlands Retreat

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 29th Jun 2024 for 3 nights, £240"Grab yourself a bargain for a weekend away in the beautiful Kent countryside. Ideal doggy walking location."
51.192163, 1.338266

A comfortable and well equipped family holiday home located in a quiet rural position midway between the historic coastal 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 guide price:
£450 to £630
Short breaks from £65 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.350892, 1.363764

Well Cottage is just perfect for couples (but can sleep 4 with the use of a sofa bed) and is part of a historic property, well located just four miles from the glorious golden beaches of Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate on the Kent Coastline. Plenty of opportunities for walkers, cyclists and those who simply want to relax by the sea, as well as an abundance of attractions for day trips out. Tourist board rating: 3 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£390 to £570
Short breaks from £120 per night

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 3 Star Gold

51.350892, 1.363764

Offering a great base for exploring Kent's glorious countryside and coast, Annie's Cottage is just four miles from the golden sands of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs and is part of a unique historic property in Manston. Great for beach lovers and explorers with a wealth of attractions within easy reach (you can even visit France for the day!). Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£390 to £595
Short breaks from £125 per night

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

51.350892, 1.363764

A beautiful spacious, part 12th and part 15th 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 groups of up to thirteen guests. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1400 to £1800
Short breaks from £340 per night

6+7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

51.359531, 1.442215

This lovely holiday cottage in Broadstairs had a 4-Star award from Visit England and caters for four people with two bedrooms (a double and a twin) and two bathrooms. It's minutes from beautiful Viking Bay beach, shops, cafes and bars, with easy access to the coastal footpath and Viking Way cycling route. Guests love the practical touches that make it feel like home, like ample storage in the bedrooms so that you can unpack and a dishwasher in the kitchen to keep holiday chores to a minimum. It's ideal for families but also suits couples. Holiday bookings are available in all seasons. 

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1200
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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:
£600 to £890
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Where to stay in Kent

There are many lovely places for holiday cottages in Kent. Whether you’re looking to explore the picturesque city of Canterbury or would prefer to soak up the history in Rye, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the UK.

Wander through the quaint streets in Rye and take in the impressive medieval architecture throughout the town. With a beach, excellent bars and restaurants, plus a stunning harbour, this is a great place to go with the entire family.

Canterbury is sure to impress those who love to get out and explore. With a plethora of historical sites, interesting galleries, lovely cafés and plenty of shops, you can spend much of your time wandering around this scenic city.

Why not take full advantage of a self-catering holiday cottage in Kent with a day trip to Lille or lunch in Paris? Made possible by the Eurostar from Ashford or Ebbsfleet, or take your car via the Dover / Ramsgate sea crossings.

Kent Travel Guide

Before booking your Kent holiday cottage, you can find all the information you need for your trip here. Check out our complete South and South East England Guide for more tips.

When to Visit Kent

When you decide to visit Kent depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your trip. Whether you’re looking to explore the stunning countryside, or soak up the attractions in the many towns and cities, no matter when you choose to visit, Kent is sure to impress.

Summer is an excellent time to visit Kent. With warmer temperatures, plenty of sunshine and more daylight hours, you can pack your days here with multiple activities. There are several water sports on offer in Kent, with summer allowing for the perfect weather to make the most of them. Lounge on the beach, stroll through the beautiful countryside, or admire the stunning seaside vistas whilst hiking on the coast.

If you’re seeking cooler temperatures, a gentle breeze and flora and fauna in abundance, Spring is the time to visit Kent. Visitors can get active as the weather is much cooler. There are also fewer tourists during this time, making it an excellent season for those hoping to avoid crowds.

For a festive holiday, winter is the perfect time to go to Kent. With cosy cottages, open fires, towns and cities bright with lights and plenty of beautiful places to explore, a trip here during this season is unrivalled. Wander through Christmas markets, explore the many National Trust properties, or sit back and take in the stunning landscapes. Whatever you decide to do, a trip to Kent in winter won’t disappoint.

What to Do in Kent

The leafy lanes and wealth of public rights of way criss-cross Kent's beautiful landscape, providing endless opportunities for those who enjoy walking, cycling or riding. There are also many dog-friendly holiday cottages in Kent, meaning you can enjoy a trip here with your four-legged friend too! Trips along the lanes will take you past lavender fields, vineyards, orchards, pretty villages with welcoming pubs and oast houses that are a prevalent sight in this picturesque county. With such beautiful scenery on offer, it is hardly surprising that almost a quarter of Kent is designated an AONB.

The Garden of England is home to plenty of farmer’s markets and is proud of its local produce, which exists in its picturesque pubs and fine-dining restaurants. Try 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.

How to Travel to Kent

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below displays an average distance to Kent so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 39 miles

Birmingham: 161 miles

Glasgow: 432 miles

Liverpool: 256 miles

Bristol: 155 miles

Manchester: 243 miles

Leeds: 229 miles

Edinburgh: 430 miles

Newcastle: 310 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Kent. Its excellent public transport links in many of its towns and villages mean you can journey by train or bus from numerous major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

Learn More About the Region

Kent is the oldest county in the country, with an incredible amount of fascinating historic sites to visit. Explore the City of Canterbury with its beautiful cathedral. Check out the White Cliffs of Dover, which took some 80 million years to form. Or stroll through Rochester, the inspiration for many of Dickens' greatest works and home to the second-oldest cathedral in the country. As a county, it has more than its fair share of attractions for exciting days out. Why not take a look at our top recommended attractions in Kent to learn more about the region.

Kent FAQs

  • Why is Kent so popular?

Known as the ‘Garden of England’ Kent is brimming with gardens and local produce. This allows for a relaxing break whilst indulging in the best food and drink. Alongside its historic towns and wonderful scenery, Kent also provides visitors with multiple attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

  • Is Kent a good holiday destination?

Kent provides the perfect destination for all, as the region offers an excellent variety of things to do and see. The perfect blend of coast and countryside allows visitors to hike through stunning landscapes, or sit back and relax on the beach. Whatever you’re looking for in a UK break, Kent has it all.

  • Does Kent have nice beaches?

If you’re seeking a Kent holiday cottage by the sea, you’re in luck! The region boasts a plethora of beautiful sandy shores, perfect for a range of holidays. Some of the favourites include Dungeness, Oyster Beds, Folkestone Bay, Ramsgate and more. There are so many to choose from, you will find something unique at each beach in Kent.

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