Home Farm Cottage
About the home
This self catering cottage in Godmersham, Kent has just been completed to the highest standard with a pretty fresh design and open aspect living, giving it a real feeling of light and space. For a couple looking for a rural retreat or for a family with adventurous children, this cottage is warm and welcoming, a real home from home. The combination of clean crisp lines and contemporary patterns work beautifully with the plush green surroundings and panoramic views.
Set back from a quiet country road, and approached via a long gravel driveway, this property is tucked away yet easily accessible, with plenty of parking, and is perfect for curious children looking for their next quest. Situated against a gently sloping hillside, with built-in steps and walkways, the surroundings resemble those of an enchanted forest, a truly captivating backdrop for your holiday. This cottage makes the most of the sun through its large windows and the skylight in the slanted ceiling of the main bedroom, making it a haven of natural light.
One of the finest features of this cottage is its wonderfully secluded private garden. With its gorgeous green grass and picture-perfect setting, you can easily lose yourself in the natural ambience, whilst enjoying a glass of wine on the private patio. The garden is south facing, therefore is swathed in sunshine during the summer months.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Whitstable, 23.7km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 6km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, Wi-fi available|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
The cottage is approached via a long gravel driveway with plentiful parking, which is shared by the owner, and stunning views of the surrounding Kent countryside. The front door opens out into the contemporary open plan living and dining area. There is a two seater sofa, with an additional single relaxer chair with matching foot stool. The living area is furnished with 2 large mirrors on adjacent walls, with a beautifully warm neutral thick pile rug covering the main floor space. Splashes of colour are scattered around the room, keeping the room looking light and modern. There is a wooden table with seating and space for four, and a wall-mounted Panasonic flat screen TV with DVD player. This holiday cottage also has central heating for those cold winter nights.
The fully equipped Kitchen leads off the living/dining area, complete with fridge, fitted freezer compartment, electric oven and hob with extractor fan, washing machine, kettle, and toaster. With its homely finish, this kitchen has all the requirements for a “home away from home” break. There is plenty of storage space for food and necessities, including a cupboard behind the door, which has a hoover and dustpan and brush.
A door leads to the family bathroom, decorated using fresh magnolia tiles and white walls. The newly fitted bathroom is finished with a bath with shower over, white basin with storage underneath, and toilet.
Upstairs, there are two interconnecting bedrooms. The galleried main double bedroom is finished to a high standard, with Queens sized double bed. There is a skylight in the slanted ceiling, and large window at the head of the bed. Decorated in tasteful olive green, cream and white, with matching thick pile rug, and cream bedside lamps, the bedroom reflects the fresh surroundings of the outside countryside. A chest of drawers sits in one corner of the room with a built in wardrobe opposite.
A door in the main bedroom opens leads into the second bedroom, with twin beds and matching wooden bedside table and chest of drawers. In one corner of the room, children and adults alike can take advantage of the table football. Next to that is a comfortable dark brown leather bean bag chair, great for relaxing with a good book. To the far end of the bedroom is a door that leads out onto a wooden balcony with steps leading down to the side of the garden, where the sun streams in on a summer morning.
Further details outdoors:
To the right hand side of the cottage is the large and spacious garden, which is both private and enclosed, ideal for a family with young children or those that just want a little privacy. The patio area allows for a patio table and four chairs with parasol, perfect for those lazy summer evenings, either with friends or the children.
Towards the right of the patio area is a small wooden shed with additional seating. With the cottage being surrounded by trees, and the sound of occasional birdsong, this is the perfect area for a “back to nature” experience. There is also some additional children’s play equipment further down the gravel driveway, consisting of a lovely swing set, ideal for younger children.
Friday change over during high season. Parking available in front of the property. Children welcome. Cot and highchair available on request. Internet available (access can be intermittent due to the rural location of the cottage) – password can be provided upon arrival. Running machine and weights available on request.
Electronic gates and code required to home.
Booking Fee of £26.40 payable. £75.00 refundable security deposit.
The South East England / Kent region
Kent is known as the Garden of England in recognition of its attractive countryside and wealth of historic houses and gardens
Shopping facilities in Kent are plentiful with regular food and craft markets held in many of the towns and villages. There are extensive shopping centres in Bromley, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater (Europe's largest indoor shopping mall) and the world famous West End of London is easily accessible.
Kent offers superb opportunities for walking and cycling in delightful surroundings, including the North Downs and the High Weald. Knole Park, a magnificent 1000 acre deer park and home to the 16th century Knole House, can be found in Sevenoaks. Other sites of interest in Kent include Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn; Leeds Castle, "The Loveliest Castle in the World", and historic Canterbury Cathedral.
The Canterbury / Godmersham area
This wonderful barn conversion lays nestled in the heart of the pretty hamlet of Godmersham, boasting stunning Kentish countryside views and superb trails and walks. Being a mere 8 miles from the historical and vibrant city of Canterbury and less than 3 miles from the stunning Chilham Castle, this cottage is the ideal base to absorb and discover the culture of rural Kent. The village of Godmersham is found on the Great Stour River, where it cuts through the infamous North Downs, one of Kent’s many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With the villages of Chartham and Wye also being in close proximity, there are an abundance of sights and activities to experience.
Godmersham Park House is possibly Godmersham’s most well-known asset, having previously been owned by Edward Knight, the brother of the illustrious novelist Jane Austen. Austen spent many a time in the mansion between 1794 and 1813 and possibly based “Persuasion” and “Mansfield Park” on her experiences of local Kentish society. “Pride and Prejudice” is also said to portray characters and scenes from Godmersham Village. Although the house is not open to the public, there are wonderful walks through the grounds to enjoy.
Chilham is one of the most picturesque villages in Kent. Regularly used for filming with its picture perfect medieval square most recently it was used as the village in “Emma” in 2009, “Miss Marple” in 2006 and “A Canterbury Tale” in 1944, which was filmed along the Pilgrim’s Way. Even the famous David Suchet has paid a visit to the village in the form of “Poirot” in 1995, which was filmed in the main square, and along the approach to Chilham Castle. Ian Fleming also mentions the village in his James Bond novel “Moonraker”. There are a couple of pubs in the village and for the energetic a very pretty walk to the village through the Kent countryside, from the holiday cottage.
If you’re after something for the children, then this is the perfect base. For swimming and leisure activities, there are large leisure centres both at Faversham and Ashford, which are about 20 minutes drive away. For the more daring, why not take a dip in the sea? 20 mins drive away is the blue flag beach of Whitstable, famous for the “Tankerton Slopes”. As the name suggests, the grass slopes down towards the beach where prettily coloured beach huts perch on the edge of the beach and the path which leads right along the coast, to neighbouring towns. Howletts Wild Animal Park is also a mere ten minute drive from Godmersham, the famous home of the zoo founded by John Aspinall and with a large colony of gorillas.
The renowned city of Canterbury is less than a 15 minute drive away and is a must-see in terms of attractions and sights. The architectural beauty of Canterbury Cathedral, which dates back to 597 AD, is a wonder to behold and would be the highlight of any holiday or break. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Beckett was brutally murdered on the steps of the alter in the Cathedral and thousands of Pilgrims pay homage each year. Other attractions include, The King’s mile, St Dunstan’s, West Gate Towers, Northgate and The Canterbury Tales. If you’re feeling weary and wish to experience the sights without tiring your feet, you can take one of the River Tours and absorb the City by boat along the River Stour. There are museums, walking trails or guided walks to help you enjoy the narrow winding cobbled lanes. Canterbury is steeped in tradition but is also a modern and chic city with welcoming bars, pubs, nightclubs, fine restaurants, and a High Street with independent and high street stores.
How to get there
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The best way to access this property is via car, although there is are 2 train stations within 15 minutes drive of the property at Wye and Chilham. Canterbury is also an 8 mile drive away.
Activities near Canterbury
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
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|Period 1||8 May 13||24 May 13||£ 526||£ 316||£ 316||1 Night|
|Period 2||24 May 13||31 May 13||£ 576||£ 346||£ 346||1 Night|
|Period 3||31 May 13||28 Jun 13||£ 526||£ 316||£ 316||1 Night|
|Period 4||28 Jun 13||30 Aug 13||£ 576||-||-||1 Week|
|Period 5||30 Aug 13||27 Sep 13||£ 526||£ 316||£ 316||1 Night|
|Period 6||27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 426||£ 256||£ 256||1 Night|
|Period 7||25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 526||£ 316||£ 316||1 Night|
|Period 8||1 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 376||£ 226||£ 226||1 Night|
|Period 9||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 576||-||-||1 Week|
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