The Old Stables sleeps up to five guests in three bedrooms and is perfect for a family holiday, weekend away with friends or even a romantic break exploring 'The Garden of England'.
Offering split level accommodation, this attractive barn conversion sits in the pretty little Kent village of Hartlip which has won a number of awards for being the counties 'Best Kept Village'. Surrounded by fruit orchards, Hartlip sits close to the mouth of the River Medway and offers a true taste of Kentish rural life.
Queendown Warren Nature Reserve is on the doorstep and is internationally significant with its famous wild orchids attracting a multitude of wildlife including butterflies, birds and glow worms during the balmy summer nights. For those who want to sample a Kentish pint, there is a country pub with restaurant a quarter of a mile away, and the area offers lovely walks through rolling countryside, and cycle rides along quiet leafy lanes.
Kent has no shortage of attractions for day trips out. For wildlife enthusiasts, the RSPB Reserve at Elmley Marshes on the Isle of Sheppey is just fifteen minutes away; or visit Oare Marshes, managed by Kent Wildlife Trust where you can walk alongside the creek looking at the boats as the sun sets, then enjoy a meal in the Three Mariners (excellent food but prebook!). The royal Chatham Historic Dockyard is a short drive away where Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory was built, as is the city of Rochester with its Castle ruins, eclectic shops and beautiful Cathedral (plenty of Charles Dickens history is featured in the city).
Slightly further afield but still within easy driving distance (under an hour) are many castles, National Trust Properties and the Kent coastline. Whitstable is a bustling harbour town with boutiques to browse, excellent restaurants and fantastic fish and chips to enjoy on the pebble beach. Further around the coast is Margate (home to Dreamland, the Turner Contemporary Gallery, arcades and a sandy beach); Broadstairs full of nostalgic traditional seaside charm; Ramsgate with its busy marina; and Sandwich, home to the Royal St George's links golf club and some of the country's finest medieval houses. Canterbury city centre is a good choice for those who enjoy shopping, as is Blue Water Shopping Centre and Ashford Outlet Centre. From Ashford you can jump on the Eurostar and visit Paris, or take the car for a day trip to France. The choices are endless with plenty to see and do and lovely countryside to simply relax!
Michael John Willson joined Independent Cottages in February 2017
This welcoming barn offers self-catering split across two levels with a blend of character features (including beams and a log burner in the inglenook fireplace) mixed with modern conveniences.
Additional information: Towels and bed linen, logs, electricity and gas central heating included in the price along with WiFi internet access. Sorry but no dogs and on smoking.