2 (all year)
The Enchanted Faraway Tree is as its name suggests, an enchanting hideaway where couples can experience a real-life fairy tale. Inspired by Enid Blyton, this magical retreat is like no other and guaranteed to bring those childhood memories and fantasies flooding back from the moment you enter the 'magical kingdom'.
Cosy yourself away in front of the log burner after walking through the ancient woodland; warm marshmallows on the flickering flames of the fire-pit; bubble your stresses away in the steaming hot tub or climb the paddle stairs and drift off to sleep under the twinkling of the stars. Whatever your heart desires, there are no limits to adventure at The Enchanted Faraway Tree.
Set beside a wildlife park and a nature reserve, and within walking distance of the Royal Oak pub in Blean, The Enchanted Faraway Tree is ideally located for a relaxing holiday in Kent. Spend your days exploring places like Canterbury and Whitstable, and your nights languishing in the private outdoor hot tub.
Blean is a lovely village just three miles from both Canterbury and Whitstable. The cottage is not only within a short stroll of the village pub but also the village shop where guests can easily pick up fresh bread and other essentials. The Blean Woods Nature Reserve has miles of paths that wind their way through ancient woodland and around an RSPB reserve and is a delight in any season. A favourite route is the 7.5 mile Crab and Winkle Way which runs between the cathedral city and the coast and is suitable for walking or cycling as it is mostly traffic-free.
Canterbury deserves your full attention for at least one day of your stay. It's a beautiful city with thousands of years of history. While best known for its stunning cathedral, which is the seat of the Anglican church and still a place of pilgrimage, it also has a fantastic array of places to eat, drink and shop. Contrasting with the cosmopolitan delights of Canterbury, Whitstable offers a relaxed pace of life with a harbour, beaches, a castle and a thriving community of artists. There's nowhere better for a fresh seafood lunch with a view.
Days out can include visiting castles like those at Leeds and Dover, as well as the beautiful house and grounds at Sissinghurst Castle. Marvel at the iconic white cliffs of Dover, or discover more about Charles Dickens at places like Eastgate House, Gad's Hill and the Historic Dockyard in Chatham. Guests can play golf, picnic on the beach, Kayak the River Stour, explore the countryside on foot, bike or horseback, and go sailing. There's no limit to the fun you can have, no matter what time of the year you visit. With Canterbury being just 40-minutes from London St Pancras, you can leave your desk at the end of the day and be soothing your stresses away in the hot tub before the sun goes down!
The owners of the Enchanted Faraway Tree have four other charmingly quirky properties in the area sleeping between two and six people, as well as a seaside retreat. See their website for details.
Michelle Whalley joined Independent Cottages in July 2020
The Enchanted Faraway Tree is a work of whimsy set in its own private garden next to woodland and a nature reserve. There's nowhere better for switching off and relaxing with the one you love.
Bathroom: The shower room is a few steps from the living room where there are thick towelling robes and quality toiletries, together with a WC and a handbasin.
Outside: You'll want to spend as much time outdoors as inside, in the charming landscaped garden which includes a wood-fired hot tub, romantic swing and a fire pit. There's also parking for one car close by.
Additional Information: All utilities, sheets and towels are provided. Short breaks (minimum of two nights) are possible all year round, depending on availability. Smoking/vaping and pets are not permitted.
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