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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Canterbury

The picturesque ecclesiastical capital of England, Canterbury is a scenic city in the county of Kent that boasts medieval architecture that is sure to take your breath away. With lots of historical sites to explore along with independent shops, fascinating galleries and charming cafes, you will never fall short of something to do in this beautiful part of the world.
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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

51.177739, 1.068554

Set in rural countryside on the Kent Down's plateau, Holly Cottage Barn is tucked away in the delightful village of Stelling Minnis, just a short drive from the historic city of Canterbury. With a comfortable double bedroom (and a sofa bed for a third person) it is the perfect holiday cottage for a couple or small family looking for a peaceful and relaxing self-catering break. Enjoy stunning views and wonderful walks from your front door, or explore fascinating castles, world class gardens, nature reserves and even lazy days at the beach from this cosy rural retreat. 

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £420
Short breaks from £50 per night

3  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

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Where to Go in Canterbury

Prepare to be taken back in time with a stroll through the charming streets of the Old City Canterbury. While journeying through this picture-perfect area of idyllic Tudor buildings, do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the beautiful grade two listed building known to have been Queen Elizabeth’s guest chamber.

A trip to Canterbury would not be complete without a visit to England’s most important Christian monument, Canterbury Cathedral. Nicknamed the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, this striking UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for being the setting of Thomas Becket’s murder back in 1170; nowadays it makes a very fascinating place to explore.

Unwind in the stunning natural surroundings of Westgate Garden, the picturesque landscape of this riverside park is a delightful place for a relaxing stroll and a woodland adventure. Begin at the formal gardens before wandering through picnic sites, play parks, idyllic meadows and riverside paths.

What to Do in Canterbury

Check out some incredible pieces of art at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge; a museum-come-art gallery come library in the city centre that is kitted out with its own visitor centre. Along with lots of fascinating sights to see, the facility also hosts plenty of exciting activities for kids so everyone is sure to be kept entertained during their visit.

For thrill-seekers, you can get your heart racing with a supernatural adventure on a Canterbury Ghost Tour. Commencing at 8 pm, you will be guided through the medieval city after dark, wading through with hidden twists and turns that are sure to send a shiver up your spine.

Jump on a traditional hand-built wooden punt and enjoy a blissful journey along the rivers of Kent. You will be taken to six of the best historic sites in the city along your 45-minute guided tour while treated to lighthearted commentary that will keep you amused along the way.

Best Time to Visit Canterbury

So as to not miss out on all that Canterbury has to offer, it is worth trying to visit when the city gets its best weather. Expect lots of blue skies in April and May, but for the heat, aim to visit during July and August when the town experiences its highest temperatures.