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Little Impetts, view from courtyard

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 8km

"Little Impetts" is a 17th century thatched cottage, a great place to visit from around the world, we have had visitors from as far away as Australia, also very popular as a staycation, it is a later addition to "Impetts" It is a beautiful thatched cottage set in the East Kent countryside, Impetts was also filmed in 2006 for Relocation Relocation, with Phil and Kirsty, a copy of the programme is on DVD and kept in Little Impetts DVD library for you to view, they were originally two cottages converted to one in the late 20th century then later converted into a totally self contained holiday cottage . We are within easy reach of many attractions and country walks straight from the front gate, we are pet friendly and pets stay for FREE with no extra costs. We are situated in a quiet lane which is a no through road leading to All Saints Church and onto open fields,which intercepts the well known saxon shore way walk, with walks along the River Stour too. The Parish starts at Plucks Gutter where the river stour is crossed and continues through the settlements of East & West Stourmouth.

The Parish boasts one of the oldest churches in Kent, that of All Saints. Although now redundant it is maintained by the Church Conservation Trust and is open most days for visits. We also have a Public house dating back to AD1372, the Rising Sun, which offers excellent food and good company, The Dog and Duck, and Half Moon and Seven Stars are within walking distance. There are many more good pubs and places to dine too. To help you find local walks and attractions Little Impetts has a weather proof detailed ordnance survey map of the area, which has proven to be very useful for our guests.

This website used to have a guest book section showing all guest comments, which has now been superseded by trip advisor. Little Impetts has its own guest comments book which has helpful information and positive comments to also help you enjoy your time here. We hope that you had a great Christmas. January is the busiest month for bookings, so please book early to avoid disappointment, as the entire summer period was fully booked by the end of January 2013. Any questions please contact us by phone or email and we will get straight back to you.

We are regularly told by guests "Little Impetts presents itself much better than the website shows" which is great to hear!

Canterbury City Centre is approximately 9 miles (20 minutes by car)

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Minnis Bay with a golden sandy beach also Broadsta 8 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Gatwick Airport (1 hour 30m) 90 km, Nearest railway: Minster Thanet 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

"Little Impetts" is the slightly later addition to "Impetts", the original cottage which is a 17th Century Thatched Cottage. You access Little Impetts from the driveway, which has its own private courtyard with a timber picnic bench and chairs, which you will see on the photographs

The sun is on this area the majority of the day summer time, you can also enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst you take in the tranquility and birds song on those sunny days.

Once you have parked on the drive, you then enter Little Impetts from through the picket gate, Little Impetts door opens up into the lounge, which also has a fully equipped kitchenette with full size oven, cooker and microwave within, to the right is the ground floor bedroom with 2 beds and to your left is the staircase, which leads to the main bedroom and family bathroom, which has a shower, w/c and bath, and washing machine. The main bedroom has one double bed, with the option of a small full length single Z bed by prior arrangement

Further details outdoors

The Exterior of the property has parking for 2-3 cars on a shingle driveway, and a private courtyard with a timber picnic bench and chairs for the sole use of the holiday makers, also secure for pets, church lane is a very quiet lane leading onto open fields, river walks, also to a couple of the local public houses.

Further details

The room sizes are as follows, lounge kitchenette is 15'2" x11'2". Bedroom 1 is15'2" x 11'2", bedroom 2 groundfloor is 15' 2" x 6'6" Bathroom 15'2" x 6'2" which leads off the main bedroom, we are sure that you will enjoy your stay in this beautiful and peaceful countryside setting, we have had excellent feedback please look at the photographs also a video on You Tube called Little Impetts holiday cottage Canterbury.

Parking is via a five bar gate onto a gravel driveway, please park on the right hand side upon arrival.

Smoking is not permitted within the property.

Ash trays are provided in the courtyard for you to use

The South East England region

South East England, benefits from better than average weather conditions on mainland UK, our weather comes mainly from the south west which brings the warm air with it, which probably is why Kent is described as the garden of England, giving us great growing conditions for local arable farmers, even the hops for the local brewery Shepherd Neame grow well here in East Kent too! There is also a local vineyard, Barnsole Vineyard, Fleming Road, Staple, CT3 1LG 6 miles away, tours and tasting are available by prior arrangement at £2.50 per person on 01304 812530

Fabulous hidden beaches to be discovered along the coast line, such as Minnis Bay, Botany Bay, Viking Bay at Broadstairs, Ramsgate and many more. We are located in an excellent position to explore the coast line to the north the east and the west.

There are many local attractions in this area, for animal lovers we have Wingham Wildlife Park, which is 10 minutes away by car and great value at only £11 per adult and reduced family tickets. We also have Howletts Zoo in Bekesbourne just 20 minutes by car journey, or if you fancy going further afield you have the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone, which is 40 minutes by car for that day trip to France! Dont forget your passport!


West Stourmouth is a very quiet place to visit, if you are looking to just get away from it all and relax, its perfect, if your looking to get away and have great days out treating Little Impetts as a base to come back to and relax, it is also perfect. The parish contains two settlements, East and West Stourmouth. West Stourmouth is the site of the church which originated in Saxon times, but other than the amazing vicarage West Stourmouth consists of just a few scattered farms and uninterrupted walks

East Stourmouth is the main population centre, stretched out along the B2048 road that bridges the River Stour at Plucks Gutter a mile to the north. It is referred to simply as "Stourmouth" on road signs. It has no church, nor indeed any public buildings, so the Rising Sun pub is used as the local polling station on election days. The Rising Sun was built in 1372 as a bakery. Until the 1970s there was also a village Post Office and Bakery.

Plucks Gutter

Is a small hamlet in Kent, England where the Little Stour and Great Stour rivers meet. During the Middle Ages, the two rivers met the Wantsum Channel at Stourmouth, but the combined rivers now (called the River Stour downstream from Plucks Gutter) flow onward to the sea via Sandwich to Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate, leaving Plucks Gutter some six miles in a straight line and ten by river from the English Channel.

The hamlet is named after a Dutch Drainage Engineer called Ploeg, whose grave can be seen in All Saints Church, West Stourmouth. Ploeg being the Dutch for a plough, the hamlet almost certainly takes its origins from the Dutch Protestant tradition of draining marshland by creating a ploughed ditch. No doubt, the Dutchman was named after his craft


Here on the River Stour is controlled by the Wantsum Angling Association and Plucks Gutter is a location for many fishing competitions. Pike, bream and roach are most commonly caught here. ducks, swans and kingfishers are commonly seen, as are representatives from a couple of local rowing clubs (including the University of Kent); most often undergoing medium- to long- distance inland water "steady state" training.

Just a mile upstream from the Dog and Duck Inn Plucks Gutter is 'Blood Point', the scene of King Alfred's famous defeat of a Viking invasion force and often taken to be the Royal Navy's first successful engagement of an enemy. In 1821-23, a notorious North Kent Gang of smugglers made use of Pluck's Gutter. One account from a Revenue Customs Officer recalls how they travelled some fourteen miles, on foot, through Trenleypark Wood to Stodmarsh, Then via Grove Corner to Pluck's Gutter where they crossed the river by the ferry and onward northeast to Mount Pleasant near Acol then up to Marsh Bay – the former name for what is modern-day Westgate-on-Sea

Preston Village

Is within 1 mile of Little Impetts, and has a local butchers, a village shop run by Shaun and Lindsey, which has everything that you will need. including Homemade Jams, Chutneys, cakes and pastries which are made by Lisa and Holly of "Lisa's Pantry". There is also a nursery that sells a wide range of specialist plants, trees, shrubs and flowers, you can also relax and have a nice cream tea! For something a bit stronger you have the Half Moon and Seven Stars pub opposite, which serves food. A little further towards Wingham on the right, approximately 500m you can buy your fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm shop too.

Wingham displays a wealth of historic buildings - at least sixty houses of before 1760 AD and many of those belong to the 15th century or earlier, a detailed history trail kept in Little Impetts folder showing 32 sites of particular interest and can be followed in a logical progression from the parish church and ending at the Preston Hill end of the village, if you would like to treat yourself to a spa break whilst on holiday you have The Spa and Beauty a la maison, just off Preston Hill at Perry Farm and Stables, Perry Lane, Wingham CT3 1ER. Kimberley on 01227 720017 or view their website at Perry Farm is only 3 miles from Little Impetts too. Wingham also has the little railway farm shop which is family run and has a good stock of vegetables, groceries, and homemade cakes Jams and Chutneys produced by Lisa & Holly Douglas of Lisa's Pantry. The cafe' has great views across open countryside, which was originally the old east kent railway station, there is a new children's play area also chickens, and Pygmy goats to see,


The village is located on the B2048 road from Monkton to Wingham and is served by occasional buses from Canterbury, which will also take you to Westwood cross shopping centre. The nearest rail stations are at Adisham (6 miles) and Minster (5 miles). Taxis can be obtained from Canterbury or Sandwich.

Canterbury is a Cathedral City, which is a 20 minute car ride from here, there is a bus service which can take you to local areas of interest at the beginning of Church lane which has a bus shelter. Canterbury, is a beautiful historic City with plenty to see and do, a visit to the Cathedral is a must, you can either visit the cathedral and walk around all of the grounds without charge, also enter the Cathedral during a service without charge but all other times have a Tarrif which is displayed on the main gate, Canterbury has a great website too, please see website address- The new Marlowe theatre is a great place for a night out with excellent shows being presented, you can also have a great meal out with pre theatre menu deals available in the theatre and surrounding pubs and restaurants.

Ramsgate Royal Harbour has plenty to see and do which is also a 20 minute car drive away, with the Maritime museum, also plenty of shops and cafes along the harbours edge. Ramsgate also holds festivals throughout the year. There is an excellent sea food restaurant at the end of the harbours arm which has free parking.

Broadstairs. The former home of Charles Dickens, with Bleak House on the cliff top still stands, but now privately owned. This beautiful small harbour town is a picture to see, they too also hold festivals throughout the year, and folk week being one of them, again this is a 20 minute car ride away. It is really worth making sure that you park and walk down to the small harbour and cafe's, as this is hidden from the main traffic route.

Historic Sandwich, a 15 minute car ride away. Once the major port in England but now two miles from the sea

Sandwich is arguably one of the best preserved medieval towns in the UK. Within the old town walls the many period houses, with their characteristic "Kent peg" roofs, are laid out in a street plan which has changed little since the creation of the Domesday book in 1086. This quintessential English town has an array of small shops, cafe's, pubs and bars, also the recently opened secret gardens.

Dover. A short car Journey away, again another port for that trip to France (remember your Passport). Dover castle is really worth a visit, we have been several times, the tour of the wartime tunnels that were used as a hospital during the world wars is just amazing, you can fill a whole day here so be prepared it can be windy! Dover has a great shopping centre the De Bradelei Wharf shopping centre near to the harbour, you pay for parking here but it is refunded when you present your ticket when you make a purchase, also shops and restaurants within the town centre. (You can also go to france by euro tunnel from Folkestone which is faster)

Dover Castle and White Cliffs is a must see attraction too. Samphire hoe is just outside Dover, it is a nature reserve built from the chalk excavated from the channel tunnel and has the largest piled breakwater built. it also shows the history of the previous attempts to build the tunnel!

Whitstable. A 20 minute car ride away, this is a very popular place, which over recent years has been on the up, it also has a working harbour which you can wander along taking in the fresh sea air, with its local fresh seafood restaurants and the famous "Whitstable Oysters", this town was also home to the late Peter Cushing, who has Cushings Walk dedicated to him along the Island Wall, which is near to the well known fish restaurant the Pearsons Arms , which is now owned by the renowned and well known celebrity chef Richard Phillips. I can go on and on about the many places to visit, so we will leave plenty of information for you. Thank you.

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Review 1-10 of 16

24 Mar 2014


"So nice, I'd recommend it to anyone!"

A beautiful thatched cottage in the countryside. We chose Little Impetts as it's a quiet spot but close to Canterbury and Herne Bay as they are only a short drive away. We have stopped in many 4/… More

Thank you for your lovely review and look forward to seeing you soon. All the best Tim & Lisa

24 Feb 2014


"Just perfect"

Lovely cottage, very clean and very cozy. Lisa and Tim are brilliant, very nice and helpful. Cottage is in very quiet area and it is excellent base to go to surrounding areas. Thank you.… More

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again. Tim & Lisa

16 Feb 2014


"Perfect Valentines weekend!"

Could not of asked for a more Romantic place to stay. Weather was appalling so we chilled most of our stay. Cottage was warm and cosy. Plenty of books and DVDs are supplied to pass the time.Wou… More

Hi Darren.

Thank you for your great review, we would love for you to visit again, Summer is glorious.

Kind regards Tim & Lisa

30 Dec 2013


"Quiet retreat"

Lovely cottage in quiet location but plenty to do in the surrounding area. Cottage was well presented, clean and tidy. Easy to get to local attractions or just enjoy the local countryside.

Thank you for your lovely review, and would love for you to visit again. Have a fantastic new year, all the Best Lisa & Tim

16 Oct 2013


"A perfect little gem of a cottage!"

We've just spent a lovely relaxing long weekend at Little Impetts and loved it so much we've already booked a couple of visits next year! The cottage itself is very cosy and quiet and the owners (Tim and Lisa, who live next door - very handy!) made us feel so welcome and were very helpful. There are numerous lovely walks (from a short stroll to a lengthy hike) from right outside the door and our two Jack Russells had a whale of a time (it's the most dog-friendly place we've ever stayed). Lisa also makes delicious cakes, jams and chutneys which are well worth a try - and the fresh eggs (still warm from the chickens!) were an added bonus. Can't wait to go back!

Wow! Thanks for the lovely review, we look forward to seeing you next year. Thank you. All the best Tim & Lisa

15 Sep 2013


"home from home"

ideally situated to visit the kent coast.very quiet village.Tim our host very friendly and helpful.Charming cottage,surronded by lovely walks.Perfect holiday,will definitely go back.

Thank you for your wonderful review, we would love to welcome you back. All the best Tim & Lisa.

6 Jul 2013



Just spent a fantastic week in an idyllic cottage surrounded by the prettiest part of Kent that we have ever visited. Ideal location for coast & countryside. Everything was top class! Thank you Tim &… More

Thank you very much for your amazing review, we are so happy that you enjoyed your week at Little Impetts and Lisa's Pantry products. We hope to see you again. All the best Tim & Lisa

19 May 2013



Little impetts is a chocolate box little thatched cottage attached to the main cottage. When you arrive you have your own entrance and courtyard. The two bedroom cottage has all you need and is clean… More

Thank you for your excellent review, I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and the lemon drizzle cake. We would love to see you again. Thank you so much. Kind regards Lisa & Tim

17 Jun 2012


"Great little place"

From the moment you are met and given the keys you are left to your own devices. There is a book inside the cottage that explains everything you need to know. We found the owners to be really friendl… More

Hi. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It was great meeting you. We hope that you will return and all went well the following week. Thank you. All the best Tim & Lisa.

12 Feb 2012


"lovely place lovely people"

really lovely people who own this property, very accomodating with regards our long stay. property is also excellent,spotlessly clean and just what we wanted a home from home base. well worth a visit

Thanks for your great review, it was a real pleasure, hope to see you again, Kind Regards Tim & Lisa

Review 1-10 of 16

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