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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Blackfriars' Cottage is a fabulous, fully-modernised Regency Cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 ensuite bathrooms. It benefits from a bespoke solid oak kitchen and a pretty private courtyard with a garden room perfect for relaxing in. A short stroll from Canterbury's historic Cathedral, new Marlowe Theatre, restaurants and shops, it is located in a quiet no-through road. The Cotttage is an ideal year-round destination combining chic city living with easy access to the beautiful Kent countryside and trendy north Kent coast.
Canterbury offers breathtaking heritage and stunning architecture, as well as a range of cultural and fun activities. From Cathedral visits, historic river tours to festivals and evening Ghost walks, Canterbury offers something for everyone to see and do.
The Cottage is an ideal base for visiting the surrounding Kent countryside and Coast. There are beautiful walks on the Downs and along the White Cliffs, castles and gardens to discover, animal parks, charming villages and beaches to enjoy. Get to know the characterful seaside towns and join in with the many Kentish festivals celebrating life in the county.
Blackfriars' cottage is less than 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West train station and its high speed connections to London (56 min), the Olympic village (49 min), and even Paris on the Eurostar from nearby Ashford.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Whitstable 11 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 100 km, Nearest railway: Canterbury West 700 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
The South East England region
Canterbury is an ideal central base to explore all that Kent has to offer. There is culture and history in abundance, fun activities for all the family, a diversity of villages, coasts and countryside to explore and a wealth of opportunities to relax and enjoy the fantastic food and drink for which the 'Garden of England' is famous. Below is just a taste of what is on offer.
* Fun filled History
Kent is littered with Castles large and small, Towers, Stately Piles and Ruins, some have been painstakingly restored, others are still havens for children running amok!
Dover Castle renowned for its medieval Great Tower and interiors also hosts battle re-enactments and dragon slaying events. Digging a little deeper, you can discover the secret tunnels which housed World War 2 war rooms and hospitals and experience the new “state-of-the-art” Dunkirk evacuation.
Leeds Castle, the “loveliest Castle in the world”, as well as providing a beautiful setting for concerts and festivals also has an aviary, a fabulous yew maze and Knight's Realm playground which will excite children and adults alike.
* Seaside specials
Canterbury is only a short drive or train ride from many unique seaside towns and beaches well served by coastal paths and cycle tracks. Beaches around the area all have their own character: pebbly to the North turning to sandy swathes as you go East.
Whitstable is the closest coastal town, with its working harbour, fishermens huts, thriving arts scene, eclectic shops and famous oyster festival, it's a popular destination. Hire a bike and cycle there from Canterbury along the Crab and Winkle way which follows the route of Englands' first passenger railway.
Margate, known for its traditional bucket and spade approach, amusement arcades and famous Wintergardens now also boasts the new Turner Gallery which is well worth visit.
Broadstairs is a lovely seaside town clustered around a harbour and beautiful sandy bay lined with strings of colourful beach huts. Home of Charles Dickens' (somewhat unfairly named!) Bleak House this genteel place offers a taste of yesteryear with old bookshops, antique curios and best of all an art deco Italian ice cream parlour.
* Flora and Fauna
The area has many wildlife parks, farms and outstanding gardens.
Howletts Zoo is a real gem, as featured in the BBC programme “ROAR”. Featuring tigers, elephants, gorillas and an adorable walk with lemurs it offers fantastic proximity to the animals.
Walmer Castle and Gardens features a delightful moat garden in a beautiful coastal setting.
* Foodie Heaven
Kent, the Garden of England, is home to fantastic food producers and restaurants. Afternoon teas in historic country houses, oysters on the beach, beers made from local hops or grab a gourmet picnic from the much feted Good Shed market. There is always something delicious to enjoy.
Faversham, a lovely medieval market town is home to the Brogdale National fruit collection, once you've built up a thirst considering their 2000 varieties of apples, head to Britains oldest brewer -Shepherd Neame , where you can take a tour and sample a brew!
* Get up and Go
Kent offers world class Golfing and Cricket Venues as well as many opportunities for active days out from guided walking tours, cycling and sailing to riding and fishing and more.
The Royal St. Georges Golf Club located at Sandwich, with its stunning setting will be an irresistible draw to any golfer.
The St Lawrence Cricket Ground, easily accessible from Canterbury City centre hosts many matches throughout the season providing very English entertainment for all.
Canterbury has been a centre of pilgrimage for nearly a thousand years. At the heart of the city, Canterbury Cathedral along with Saint Augustine's Abbey, is a Unesco World Heritage site and a stunningly beautiful place to explore. Stroll through the quiet cloisters, marvel at the architecture and contemplate the site of St. Thomas Becket's martyrdom. Attending a concert, service or open day will give you a new insight into this unique historic building.
Take time to wander along the side streets, discover crooked medieval buildings, the ruined castle, the old town gaol and the Westgate Tower and gardens. Take a punt and float along the Stour on an historic river tour, or gird your loins for a spooky night time Ghost Walk. Hear Chaucers stories of the city at the Canterbury Tales and meet some more recent local characters – Bagpuss and Rupert the Bear at the city museum.
The city centre also offers an excellent range of shops, including the Whitefriars development and department stores. The Kings Mile, a few paces from the cottage is especially attractive with many quirky, independent shops and a regular Saturday market. The stunning new Marlowe theatre is also close at hand as are a plethora of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Kent County Cricket ground is sited a 15 minute walk from the city centre, which is an obvious must for all cricketers.
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14 Jan 2014
Cottage was just perfect for a week's stay in wonderful Canterbury. We loved the garden and had our coffee outside in the mornings. Easy walk to evensong at 5:15 in the cathedral, and also to g… More
4 Nov 2013
"Lovely Historic Cottage in Canterbury Centre"
Consistent with other reviews of this property, Blackfriars Cottage is a spotless, well-equipped, and tastefully renovated historic cottage just steps from the shops and restaurants of Canterbury… More
10 Oct 2013
Amazing cottage with an incredible location and price!!! The cottage was cozy and quaint. It was clean and decorated in modern taste. It has an exceptional view from the front door and is in a central… More
9 Sep 2013
Nous avons apprécié l'emplacement, au centre ville dans une rue calme. La maison est très bien équipée (cuisine équipée, lave vaisselle, machine à laver, 2 salles de bain ...) et très p… More
4 Aug 2013
"una casita acogedora, moderna y muy bonita."
Una casita muy bien situada, céntrica, y silenciosa. Un bonito jardín, ideal para desayunar al sol. Menaje de cocina muy completo como también de electrodomésticos. Ideal para cuatro miembrosLa es… More
19 Jul 2013
"Beautiful homely cottage!"
We had a great week in this lovely cottage in the centre of Canterbury. The location was perfect: very central yet quiet. The attention to detail throughout the cottage was amazing, making this place … More
8 Jul 2013
"A wonderful time"
The house was charming, clean, well appointed and the hosts were extremely helpful and organized. Could not have had a better time. Thank you.… More
20 Jun 2013
"Clean, beautifully maintained, excellent location, owners are great to deal with."
We stayed here along with our children aged 3 and 5 for 2 weeks in May 2013. The owners were so good to deal with and always quick to respond to us. Right from our very first email asking about the property to meeting us at the property on arrival day to refunding our damage deposit. They were professional and always pleasant to deal with. They obviously take a great deal of pride in their vacation rental and they want to make sure their guests are well taken care of. The location of this house can't be beat. It is in the heart of Canterbury and less than a 5 minute walk to the Cathedral and shopping district. There are 2 train stations in Canterbury and walking with 2 small children they are only about 15 minutes (West Station) and 20 minutes (East Station) walk away. We really loved how close we were to everything as we didn't have a car. We are very particular about cleanliness and are always a bit nervous about our rentals before we arrive as you just never know if they are going to to be thoroughly cleaned or not. Well we had nothing to worry about here, the entire house was very clean. The dishes, pots and pans and utensils were all spotless The house is old and has so much character and charm. It has been lovingly renovated and the kitchen is all new as are the bathrooms but they kept the original hardwood floors, stairs, fireplace, etc... It is a small place but it worked well for our family of 4. We really loved the garden as well. There is a little bistro table and 4 chairs and a nice assortment of beautiful flowers and rose bushes. There is also a very nice garden house with 2 chairs and this gives you a place to enjoy the garden outside even when it is raining.The house is located on a dead end street so it is very quiet and peaceful. We really enjoyed staying here and would definitely stay here again.
23 Mar 2013
"A beautifully converted, fully equiped and comfortable 2 bedroomed cottage"
My wife and I take 3 trips a year to England, visiting towns and small cities we never had a chance to see while we lived there and this accommodation in the top 2 we have visited in the past 7 years. It has been beautifully restored with a lot of attention to detail and obviously a lot of thought has been given to equipping it. The owners clearly take pride in providing guests with all the comforts of home. The beds were comfortable and spotlessly clean and we really appreciated the quality cotton bedding and towels. Both bedrooms were ensuite and the shower was spacious and efficient (a combie boiler provided instant and limitless hot water) considering the small size of one of the bathrooms. The other bathroom had a large stand alone bath. Little details like toothbrush and soap holders and liquid soap dispensers were among the many features that made it feel like a home.
The kitchen was equipped with a variety of spotlessly clean pots, pans, cutlery/utensils, and crockery with plastic cups and plates for young children. The cooker was spotless, inside and out, a welcome change from a lot of places we've stayed at and the washer drier worked efficiently. It also had a small breakfast bar.
The living/dining room was spacious with a large table and chairs sitting 4 people comfortably. The owners had left a large selection of books, a few DVDs, a small box of children's toys and books. There was an Ipod attachment on the radio and a TV/DVD player.
There was a small enclosed patio (not generally overlooked by neighbours) just outside the kitchen with a table and 4 chairs plus a mini summer house with cane furniture.
Although the weather was not the best, we were never cold in any part of the house. We were able to walk to the centre of Canterbury in 5 minutes and to the Cathedral in 10 minutes. The route to the Cathedral passed at least a dozen restaurants and bars.
Canterbury is a beautiful place to which we shall certainly return and Blackfriars Cottage will be our first choice of accommodation.
20 Oct 2012
If you are planning a stay in Canterbury, Blackfriars Cottage is an excellent choice. Lots of character as would be expected with a historic building; however, the owner has gone to considerable expe… More
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