Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Located just 2 miles from the ancient city of Canterbury and 5 miles (8 Kms) from the beach, Kath's Cottage is ideally situated for visiting both the immediate area and further afield.
Kath's Cottage is a modern cottage style property which has been furnished and equipped to provide the very highest standards of comfort and convenience at all seasons of the year. The property has full central heating throughout and a log burning stove in the lounge.
Outside – private garden to the front and rear plus garage and parking space.
Beds in both bedrooms are superbly comfortable and built-in wardrobes in each room provide ample space for hanging clothes.The lounge is also furnished for maximum comfort with a leather sofa and two leather armchairs which recline and swivel, What could be better after a long walk or a day spent sightseeing?.
The modern fitted kitchen has everything you could need for a stress-free holiday, including integrated refrigerator, freezer, eye level double oven and gas hob plus microwave oven and dishwasher. And if you get an irresistible urge to wash and iron while you are on holiday you will be delighted to find the washer/dryer plus the iron and ironing board.
The light and airy bathroom is equipped with a modern bath with shower over. All towels are provided as also is a hair dryer.
For news and entertainment there is a large flat-screen TV, a DVD player, Ipod dock and free wireless broadband. And finally, for those who prefer cycling to walking there are two mountain bikes which visitors are free to use.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Herne Bay 8 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Gatwick 106 km, Nearest railway: Sturry 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Bicycles available|
The South East England region
Few areas of the country can offer the variety of interest and activity to be found in Eat Kent and none can match the transport network that opens up opportunities for visits well beyond the immediate area. Some of the more popular options include:
A day at the seaside - Herne Bay, the nearest seaside resort is 5miles/8Kms away while the fishing and harbour town of Whitsable is just 7 miles/11 Kms. Ramsgate, another busy harbour town,and Broadstairs (both about 16 miles/25Kms) are also well worth a visit.
A day trip to France - the French port of Calais is under 2 hours by ferry ride from Dover (20 miles/32 Kms) . And Paris is the same journey time from Ashford (15 miles/24Kms by Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel.
A day trip to London – High speed trains travelling at up to 140 miles per hour on the HS1 lines will take you from Canterbury to London St Pancras in less than an hour and regular return services leaving London at up to midnight ensure that you have time for dinner and a West End show in your day out.
A day in the garden - If you enjoy looking round beautiful gardens you will find plenty to keep you occupied in Kent. One favourite is at Sissinghurst Castle (30 miles/48 Kms), an Elizabethan Manor house now a National Trust property with a magnificent garden created by Vita Sackville West.
A day at the zoo - Wild animal parks at Howletts (7 miles/11Kms) and Port Lympne (20 miles/32 Kms) were set up by the late John Aspinall with the aim of protecting and breeding rare and endangered species and returning to safe areas in their native homeland. Both well worth a visit.
A day in the past - if castles and historic houses are your thing you will find plenty to excite your interest in Kent. One particular favourite, judging by comments in the visitors book, is Dover Castle (20 miles/32 Kms)which has played such an important part in our island history from Roman times right through to WWII. Visitors can now enjoy a great family day out with a visit to the 'Key to England'. Exploring the secret wartime tunnels is an essential part of that experience as also in the vivid recreation of the Dunkirk evacuation, complete with dramatic projections of swooping Spitfires and real film footage.
And for more historical interest the magnificent moated Leeds Castle, Anne Bolyn's childhood home Hever Castle, the wonderful Roman villa at Lullingstone, Knowle the largest private house in England, and Winston Churchills beautiful house and grounds at Chartwell are all within day trip range.
Wander through 2000 years of history in Canterbury or visit wonderful old seaside towns like Whitstable, Broadstairs and Ramsgate; pop across to Paris for lunch by Eurostar or up to London for dinner and a show. Or just take a walk from the cottage, through apple orchards and ancient woodlands. And on the way home, call in at the Golden Lion Pub just 100 yards from Kath's Cottage for a delicious meal washed down with a pint brewed by Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewer in Britain.
Kaths Cottage is ideally located to provide the widest variety of activity, whatever your interest or you preferred mode of transport:
On foot - Beautiful walks from the cottage through Kentish orchards, ancient woodlands and historic villages.
By bicycle (included in the rental). Cycle straight from the cottage along country lanes and more than 100 miles of public
rights of way
By bus - Local bus services passing the cottage regularly will take you into Canterbury, just 20 minutes away
By Train - The local station, less than a mile away, will also take you to Canterbury and to other destinations throughout kent
and beyond. High speed trains can whisk you to London in less than an hour or through the Channel tunnel to Paris.
By Car - A car opens up a near-endless range of destinations and provides a real oportunity to see why this most beautiful of
counties is known as the Garden of England
If you enjoy walking or cycling you will be delighted with the location of Kaths Cottage. Within a few yards of the cottage a narrow country road leads into the Valley of a small stream known as the Sarre Penn. Public footpaths and old droveways lead off the lane, through apple orchards and into an area of ancient broadleaved woodland, part of an area known as The Blean. At 11 square miles The Blean is second only to the New Forest in southern England and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including Nightjars, Nightingales, Woodpeckers and Woodcocks. And over 100 miles of public rights of way ensure that all of this is freely available to visitors
If your preference is for history, a 1 mile walk will take you to Forwich, the ancient port of Canterbury and, with around 350 inhabitants, now the smallest town in England. In Roman times through to the middle ages this was an important place - in the 12th and 13th centuries all the stone for building Canterbury Cathedral, brought from Caen in France, was unloaded at Fordwich. Since then river silting combined with the arrival of other means of transport have destroyed that importance and Fordwich is a small hamlet who's river is navigated purely by small pleasure craf
Links with its illustrious past do remain however. Fordwich is a member, or 'limb', of the Cinque Port of Sandwich, and the Mayor Deputy of Fordwich still pays annual 'Ship Money' of 6s 8d to the Mayor of Sandwich at a ceremony held at Sandwich Town Hall. Fordwich also retains its Town status with a Town Council of 5 councillors elected every four years in the local council elections. Fordwich is therefore a town with a long history, and the centre of Fordwich has been designated a Conservation Area, with many listed buildings - and one or two good pubs.
No visit to East Kent would be complete of course without time spent exploring the City of Canterbury and its magnificent Cathedral. Canterbury's rich history since its beginnings as an Iron Age settlement provides a wealth of interest for those with an interest in history.
Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Founded in 597 AD by Augustine, it forms a World Heritage Site, along with the Saxon St. Martin's Church and the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey. With one million visitors per year, it is one of the most visited places in the country.
St. Thomas Becket was murdered on December 29, 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral. Almost immediately, pilgrims came to visit his tomb and the city had to provide accommodation for them. In 1190, Edward Fitzodbold founded a hospital on the bridge in the High Street and Becket's nephew Ralph was probably the first Master.
In the Middle Ages Canterbury was of course a walled City and many hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visiting Becket's shrine will have past through the great West gate which stood on the road to and from London. Only a few sections of the City walls now remain but the West gate is still in place. Now a museum, it has displays of guns and armaments, from the Civil War to World War Two. Prison cells can be visited and there is replica armour to try on for children.
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