In 1759 this cottage in Sandwich, UK, was the home and shop of Thomas Paine, founding father of the United States and French Republic. He created the phrase 'United States of America', and was author of three of the bestsellers of the eighteenth century, including the cornerstone of American democracy, Common Sense plus the bible of English radicalism, the Rights of Man.
The cottage now provides a unique holiday experience in the most complete medieval town in England. Following a careful restoration this cottage will transport you back in time with its period furniture and wonderful old beams. Come and learn about the life of Thomas Paine, browse the collection of revolutionary period literature and of course the works of Tom Paine himself.
The cottage is larger than the frontage would suggest having had a Victorian kitchen extension. There is a good sized living room with a reading area. The stairs lead to a bedroom with two period single beds and a wonderful early Victorian dresser of mahogany, the upstairs rooms are wonderfully characterful with their beamed ceilings and walls and floors with extraordinary slopes on them. The next bedroom has a beautiful mahogany double bed from ~ 1870. The bathroom upstairs has both a shower and bath. There is a log fire in the living room and a good supply of logs is included in the rental fee. Parking is free of charge in the Guildhall car park a few minutes walk from the cottage. There is a south facing cottage garden for visitors to enjoy, it's carefully tended and is a typical English cottage garden full of flowers during the summer months.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||is Sandwich Bay 4 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manston Airport services via Amsterdam 10 km, Nearest railway: Sandwich 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
There is nothing like the fresh air of a Kent holiday to make you feel rejuvenated and alive with energy. Situated in the extreme South East of the United Kingdom, this glorious county is very well placed between the capital, London, and the continent, which makes it rich in historical sites, exceptional architecture, culture, and beautiful scenery. Kent holiday accommodation is perfect for a fun filled family holiday, group get together, or long luxurious weekend break.
This enviable position on the coast, close to London and the continent has in the past moulded the region with a long history of invasion, battles and new cultures. Here you will find glorious beaches, windmills, ancient woodlands, rolling countryside, and historical marvels such as the famous Canterbury Cathedral.
A holiday in Kent has it all: There's fun on the beach, sailing, diving, sea angling, horse riding, cycling, walking, quad biking, karting, 4x4 off road driving, zorbing, and wildlife spotting. If you feel the need for more culture, the magnificent city of Canterbury, once part of the pilgrim's route, as recounted in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, is awash with sites of historical importance.
No Kent holiday is complete without a visit to the White Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle, Scotney Castle in Tunbridge Wells, Heaver Castle near Seven Oaks, the stunning Leeds Castle near Maidstone, and both the Cathedrals of Rochester and Canterbury.
Kent holidays are not just limited to staying in England though, as you can buy a day return to France on the Eurostar from Ashford, and have a day exploring the shops and attractions of a different culture. After lunch in a café or restaurant, you may choose to bring some wine back as a reminder of your trip, however, there are some fantastic wines made in the vineyards, such as Tenterden and Lamberhurst. If wine is not your thing the county is also home to the oldest brewery in the country, Shepard Neame.
One of the more unusual Kent attractions is Diggerland, where both adults and children can try their hand at driving and operating a digger, and have fun on all the great rides. Other Kent attractions include: The Canterbury Tales, where you can become part of Chaucer's merry band of pilgrims. Dickens World, which is a recreation of Dickensian times. The Marsh Maize Maze is a fantastic maze entirely constructed from the maze crop in the Kent countryside, which is grown each year. These are just some of the things that make a Kent holiday so special!
If you enjoy the outdoors and bird watching, then a trip to Dungeness, in the Romney Marshes, will give you the opportunity to see many species that are rarely seen in the UK. This is the second largest shingle bank in the world, and is great for a long stroll.
If for you holidays are all about golf, then you are spoilt for choice with The London Golf Club International and Heritage Courses, Royal St Georges Golf Club, Chart Hills Golf Club, Princes Golf Club, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, and Crowborough Beacon Golf Club.
Naturally there are some fantastic locations for great holidays, and you can choose from superb Kent accommodation such as bed and breakfast, guest house, hotel or boutique hotel, and self-catering apartments or cottages for your stay in the area.
The main urban locations for a Kent Holiday are Canterbury, Rochester, Maidstone, Ashford, Bethersden , Broadstairs, Chatham, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gravesend, Hythe, Margate, Pluckley, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Whitstable, and the villages of Biddenden, Tenterden, Elham, Otford, Walmer, and Wye. Each one has its own charm and character, from the coastal towns, to the 'Garden of England' countryside. Kent is a wonderful county to visit, and get a slice of English life at it's most English.
With its ancient buildings, nature reserves, golf courses, delightful country pubs, cafes and restaurants, the medieval Cinque Port of Sandwich is a must to visit for the discerning tourist. Sandwich is the most complete medieval town in England having been remarkably well preserved with Strand street having the longest line of timbered houses in the country. The medieval street layout has largely remained intact. There are all the main facilities you would need in a town with plenty of choice to eat out and a wonderful Art Deco cinema.
Boat trips go out to see the seals and there are excellent walks out to Sandwich Bay. Sandwich has good train links to London as well as Eurostar services to Paris.
Excellent beaches can be found at Broadstairs and wonderful walks along the White Cliffs of Dover are only a short drive away.
Sandwich is also surrounded by small picturesque villages, such as Eastry, Ash, Worth and Woodnesborough & within easy travelling distance are the nearby towns of Canterbury and the Port of Dover.