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The Old Alms House

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

New to the market the detached Old Alms House has been sympathetically renovated and extended and now forms a comfortable luxury holiday home. It is in a quiet rural area in a warm sunny location. The Old Alms House is a Grade 2 listed 15th.Century medieval almshouse and is situated in a pretty valley with a chalk stream and former watercress beds. It has its own private large garden. The Old Alms House offers quiet country style living and is under 15 minutes drive from Canterbury and 20 minutes from the nearest beach.

On the ground floor is the large living room consisting principally of a reclaimed oak wagon lodge, a double bedroom with a guest bed, and an en-suite shower room and another double bedroom and a bathroom, all mattresses are pocket sprung. A well equipped bespoke kitchen with many exposed beams completes the ground floor. On the first floor is a double bedroom and a room with three single beds both rooms having en-suite shower rooms The predominant flooring material to the ground floor is limestone with underfloor heating throughout. Much of the medieval structure remains and most of it has been left exposed internally including the roof structure (much remains smoke blackened from original open fires on the ground floor), some wattle and daub is shown exposed in one of the walls to the kitchen. The structure is again exposed in the living room and this time with an abundance of glass to the walls which takes advantage of the views to the garden and small paddock to the south. There are 2 sets of triple folding glazed doors to the north and south opening on to terraces to take advantage when the weather is fine.There is a set of outdoor furniture consisting of a large table and benching enough for at least 10 people. The living room further has the benefit of a wood burning stove set within an inglenook (with its original chimney crane) for when the weather turns colder.

The garden and small paddock extends to about 1 acre around the property. There is undercover parking for up to 3 cars in an oak framed open garage and plenty more surface parking.

Additional accommodation is available in the Granary ( Home No: 229421) adjacent within the grounds so that larger groups of up to 16 can stay if both properties were booked together.

Please note that whilst the the Old Alms House is a great venue for a celebration or get together it is not designed as a party venue, we welcome all groups to enjoy their stay but advise that to respect our neighbours and the peaceful location loud music or over exuberance will not be considered acceptable.

Caution must be taken in the garden due to a Well in the grounds and, whilst it has a safety grille, all children must be supervised whilst in the grounds.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sandwich Bay 15.4 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1.9 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Nearest airport: Gatwick Airport, 115 km, Nearest railway: Nearest railway: Bekesbourne, near Canterbury ( 8 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 11
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The South East England region

The South East England region

Known as the Garden of England Kent has attractive rolling countryside and many historic towns and villages.There are extensive shopping centres including Bluewater ( 45 mins by car) which with Westfield at Stratford ( 45 access by train ) are Europes 2 largest indoor shopping malls.

The continent is readily accessible and can be reached by day trips to Boulogne and Calais.



The house is close to the fine medieval city of Canterbury with its Cathedral being the centre of the Anglican Church. Canterbury is a historic, cultural and educational centre with three theatres ( one open air) and two Universities. There are river trips in punts through the centre of Canterbury. With its wealth of historic buildings and traditional narrow streets the city has a new pedestrianised shopping centre and many restaurants and eateries to cater for all tastes..

The Marlowe is a new theatre opened in Oct. 2011 and offers the best in touring theatre productions and you can enjoy west end musicals, drama with opera and ballet, classical music, stand up comedy, music gigs,children`s shows and pantomimes. The annual Canterbury Festival runs for two weeks from mid to late October and it attracts top performers and events.

The Beaney Institute, in the main street, re-opened in Sept. 2012 and offers state of the art exhibition galleries and a brand new library and a varied programme of events and activities for all ages.

The Howletts Wild Animal Park nearby at Littlebourne (5 minutes away) and its sister Park at Port Lympne (35 minutes) are well worth visiting. The latter has a Safari Ride experience through the Park.

Both Parks have an outstanding record in preserving endangered species and are well known in Europe for their captive breeding success. The parks have successfully returned black rhinos and western lowland gorillas to the wild. Howletts has UK's largest African elephant herd. On the recreational side for adults and children there is the Treetops Challenge and for young children there is the animal adventure challenge.

Very closeby Wingham Wildlife Park offers an interesting day out for younger children along with Wildwood housing mainly native British animals at Herne (20 minutes away.)

There are many seaside towns within easy distance, each with different characters. Whitstable is renowned for its oysters and its historic buildings whilst Margate's regeneration is centred around the new Turner Contemporary Art Gallery located at the very spot from which Turner used to paint. Sandwich, Faversham and Dover offer contrasting histories with fascinating old streets and historic buildings not least the very impressive Dover Castle and the World War II tunnels. There are other local castles at Deal, Walmer, Richborough, Chilham and further afield Leeds Castle near Maidstone offers a good day out for families with its extensive grounds and attractions.

For those interested in the natural environment Stodmarsh Nature Reserve is close by with the White Cliffs Countryside and Langdon Cliffs near Dover and the extensive Romney Marsh providing contrasting and evocative landscapes to explore.

There are boat trips from Dover and Ramsgate out to the Goodwin Sands, including seal watching, or around the harbour area; steam railways to explore from the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway (The World's smallest public railway) to the Rolvenden and Bodiam lines; there are numerous golf courses, horse riding facilities and sports centres in the area though the nearest Ice Skating rink is at Gillingham.

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Review 1-5 of 5

10 Aug 2014


"Delightful homely renovated medieval property"

Our family enjoyed a relaxing week in this thoughtfully renovated Alms House in the peaceful countryside of Wingham near Canterbury which is within easy reach of the Kent coast. As mentioned in other… More

5 Aug 2014


"Beautiful, fascinating property in a peaceful location"

It was a real pleasure staying in the Old Alms House - having the chance to live in a real piece of history, yet with a very homely and contemporary feel. The owner was very welcoming, and happy to an… More

8 Jun 2014


"Delightful character cottage"

A delightful cottage with a period but modern feel. Set in a quite estate with a huge garden for children or adults to run around. It came with a decent size outdoor barbecue which made having a bbq o… More

30 May 2014


"An absolutely amazing cottage.."

I must say that this is one of the best cottages I have stayed in so far. The owner James, was very nice and polite. He had everything that we would need in the cottage for us. Knowing that we were … More

27 May 2014


"To me and my family it was live living in peace and happiness so quiet and peaceful"

I would be happier to have extended my stay by month or two but everything has to come to a end. The home was clean and no problems at all shop and supermarkets were close and we even when to the whi… More

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