45750 - Thornside Cottage
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
This self catering holiday cottage in Kent has been furnished in a comfortable cottage style with modern pieces of furniture and fresh decor, the triple aspect lounge with large French doors overlooking the garden allow the natural light to flood into the room. A special feature of the Kent holiday cottage is the fireplace in the dining room which has a fully-working wood burning stove. Cream coloured carpets throughout, as well as traditional brick flooring in the kitchen give the cottage a luxurious feel. A staircase leads from the kitchen up to three bedrooms as well as the fully equipped family bathroom.This Kent holiday cottage's courtyard garden runs round three sides of the cottage. The garden is fully paved with raised flower beds planted with traditional cottage garden plants.
As the holiday cottage is in such a rural area of Kent there are many delightful footpaths and walks in and around other parts of Kent directly from the English holiday cottage. Being close to the historic towns of Tenterden, Rye and Hastings as well as a short distance from the beaches of Winchelsea and Camber, this really is a very versatile property to use as a base for either a short break or a family holiday.This property has been rated 4 star by Visit Britain.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|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
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Further details indoors|
Thornside Cottage sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms
Kitchen dining room, seating for 6 comfortably with electric hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge /freezer and microwave, a washing machine is located in the under stairs cupboard. Woodburning stove with basket of logs provided. Sitting room with french doors out to cottage garden with sofas, a flat screen TV, DVD player, radio/CD player/Ipod Dock and wireless broadband.
Master bedroom, double bed, (hair dryer supplied)
Bedroom 2, twin beds
Bedroom 3, single bedroom
Family bathroom with bath, electric shower over, basin and WC.
There is parking for two cars on the private driveway.
The South East England region
Wittersham is a small Kentish village with a vibrant local community just outside the beautiful town of Tenterden. There is a popular and well-attended Community market every Tuesday morning in the Village Hall specialising in organic and local fresh food as well as a variety of other products. For good food why not visit The Swan Inn, well known are known for offering fine ales and community spirit. They have won many CAMRA awards over recent years. Beer festivals and other events are held throughout the year and have music at least once a week.
Stocks Windmill can be seen from the back garden of Thornside Cottage and is well worth a visit. The windmill was probably built around 1781, it was named Stocks Mill after the village stocks were stood nearby. The mill was at one time used as the village poorhouse and was last used around 1900. In 1968 the mill was repaired and had new stocks fitted as well as sails. The mill underwent a restoration programme in 2002. Some of the milling machinery which had been removed over the years was recreated and the mill was re-opened to the public in 2004. Open to the public on Sunday afternoons between 2pm & 4pm.
The best place to get your bearings for exploring Rye is at the Heritage Centre on Strand Quay where 700 years of the town's eventful past is brought to life through a sound and light show centred on a beautifully crafted town model. Historic (and ghost) audio walking tours and working Old Pier Amusement machines are also available.
A further way to get an overview of what Rye has to offer is to visit the church which crowns the town and climb to the top of its tower. There you will have panoramic views of the red-roofed town with its secret gardens, its three converging rivers, the sheep-dotted Romney Marsh and the sea in the distance. Rye is the sort of place that you thought existed only in your imagination.
The town still has a busy fishing fleet and fresh fish can be bought direct from the fishermen at Fishmarket Quay. For those wishing to eat out, Rye has a wide variety of pubs, inns and excellent restaurants, many of these in historic buildings. What could be more perfect in cool weather than enjoying a lunch or afternoon tea in front of a roaring log fire in one of the many charming locations – the famous Mermaid Inn for example.
Rye is renowned for its annual Rye Arts Festival – judged one of the best in the country – but also has many but also has many other interesting events throughout the year such as Rye Bonfire Night in November and a Scallop Festival in February, also highly-rated nationally.
There is much to see and do in the surrounding area. Just three miles from Rye is her sister Antient Town of Winchelsea. So important to the realm had been Old Winchelsea that when it was devastated by the worst of 13th century storms, King Edward I saw to it that a New Winchelsea was built more safely on its present hill – England's first “planned town.” Its many charms include a number of impressive cellars from the medieval wine trade and glorious gardens open to the public on certain days of the year.
A visit to Camber Castle can be highly recommended. Lying between Rye and Winchelsea, this was one of Henry VIII's defence forts but was made obsolete by the sea's desertion; it is now an English Heritage site. And there is a great deal to see, do and learn at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – “Wild Rye.”
For sporting activities there are several local golf clubs, a water sports centre, kite surfing, fishing and tennis – all a short drive away. Of course the sandy beaches of Camber and pebbles of Winchelsea Beach will keep children busy for hours and during the winter these are lovely places to walk and enjoy the fresh sea air. Other nearby attractions include the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, and the Kent and Sussex Railway – both of them premier steam railways, enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Also a short drive away is the Chapel Down Vineyard – home to England's premium wine producer and well worth a visit. With tours and wine tasting available it is a lovely destination for a full day out.
For the garden enthusiast Kent and East Sussex have many wonderful gardens to visit and many an hour can be spent discovering these and enjoying homemade tea and cakes in their tea rooms. Hole Park in Rolvenden, Great Dixter in Northiam and the famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Sissinghurst are just three examples.
Not far from Rye is another of the famous Cinque Ports: Hastings. Today, Hastings Old Town is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways, known locally as ‘twittens'. Hastings is also home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. At low tide the remains of the Dutch East Indiaman ‘Amsterdam' wrecked in 1749 can be seen, and as in Rye, in the 18th Century smugglers stored contraband goods in hidey holes throughout Hastings Old Town. Popular family attractions in the Old Town are the Blue Reef Aquarium, Fishermen's Museum and Shipwreck Museum.
For more ideas please visit our ‘things to do' section on the website.
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