House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Delightful holiday house 200m from Fisherman's beach in Hythe. Just 700m from the high street and military canal this house will suit those who want leave the car and discover local delights on foot. Great restaurants and pubs in walking distance and lots of sites and activities in a 15 mile radius.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 toilet only
Check in time: 15:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Hythe Beach 200 m
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Sandling 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
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 4
Other Linen provided, High chair available
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Heron Cottage is a charming semi-detached holiday house only a stone's throw from the sea at the historic Cinque-Port of Hythe in Kent.

Hythe is a small coastal market town on the edge of Romney Marsh, in the District of Shepway (derived from Sheep Way) on the south coast of Kent. The word Hythe or Hithe is an Old English word meaning Haven or Landing Place.

The town has Medieval and Georgian buildings, as well as a Saxon/Norman church on the hill and a Victorian seafront promenade. Hythe was once defended by two castles, Saltwood and Lympne. The Town Hall, a former Guildhall, was built in 1794, its fireplace designed by the Adam Brothers.

Hythe's market once took place in Market Square (now Red Lion Square) close to where there is now a Farmers' Market every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Hythe has gardening, horse riding, bowling, tennis, cricket, football, squash and sailing clubs. Lord Deedes was patron of Hythe Civic Society, and the hounds of The East Kent Hunt are kennelled in nearby Elham.

As an important Cinque Port Hythe once possessed a bustling harbour which, over the past three hundred years, has now disappeared due to silting. Hythe was once the central Cinque Port, between Hastings and New Romney to the west and Dover and Sandwich to the east.

According to Hasted, a French fleet approached Hythe in 1293 and landed 200 men, but "the townsmen came upon them and slew every one of them: upon which the rest of the fleet hoisted sail and made no further attempt".

In 1348 the black death afflicted Hythe, and in 1400 the plague further reduced the population.

Hythe is also the birthplace of Mackeson Stout.

The Royal Military Canal runs across the northern edge of the marsh, to Winchelsea. Running under Stade Street, the canal, intended to repel invasion during the Napoleonic wars of 1804 to 1815, gives central Hythe its character. Now shaded by trees, the canal, 30 feet (10m) wide passes into the marsh from the middle of the town. The canal begins at Seabrook and runs through Hythe it follows the original Haven that was once Hythe's harbour as far as the Light railway thence across Romney Marsh to Winchelsea. Its 26-mile length can be walked.

Also built around the same time as a defence against possible invasion by Napoleon were the Martello Towers. In total 74 of these towers were built between Folkestone and Seaford. The walls were up to 13 ft (4 m) thick, and each tower held 24 men and had a huge cannon mounted on the top. They were named after a similar tower at Mortella Point in Corsica which the Navy had captured from the French. Although never needed for their original purpose they were later used to combat smuggling and also as signalling stations and coastal defences during the two World Wars. Three of the towers survive at Hythe; one was converted to a house in the 1930s and can be seen along West Parade, and the other two are on the beach and are owned by the Ministry of Defence.

Geologically the town developed on a succession of non parallel terraces, rising from the level ground around the Royal Canal (previously named the royal military canal) towards the steep incline upon which the parish church of St Leonard was built. From the High Street, alleys lead up to the steeper levels of the town.


About two hundred metres from the cottage is the main Hythe Beach with it's wide promenade. Here you may enjoy a swim, family picnic, beach fishing or walk or cycle along the beach front as it stretches right along to Folkestone.

Hythe has an interesting array of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants along its High Street and surrounds, only a short walk away from the cottage.

There are some fine local attractions for a day close to home. Apart from the shingle beach at Hythe, there is a good sandy beach with many facilities nearby at Dymchurch.

The local Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway is one of Kent's top tourist attractions and offers a fun way to spend the day. The miniature railway runs for 12.5 miles from Hythe to the unique national nature reserve that is Dungeness, one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world. With four stops along the journey there is plenty of opportunity to alight and explore the flora and fauna of beach, coast and country walks, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic lighthouses.

More history can be seen locally with the Military Canal built in the 19th Century to defend the coast from Napoleonic invasion along with the lines of Martello Towers which stretch along the coast from Folkestone to Eastbourne.

Other popular attractions are the Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Romney Marshes and Brockhill Country Park.

If you fancy a quick trip to France then the Eurotunnel terminal is only about 8 miles away.

Lower Lees Coastal Park, along the beachfront from Hythe, has an excellent adventure playground for children.

For a day of historic exploration there are many castles to choose from in Kent. Nearby are Lympne and Saltwood Castles with the more famous Hever, Dover and Leeds Castles all a short drive away.

Shopping opportunities are available at the Ashford Designer retail outlet about 20 mins drive away, or if antique shopping is more your thing then the Malt House Antiques arcade at the end of the High Street could be worth a visit (open Fri and Sat).

Swimming: The beach at Hythe is safe for swimming or as an alternative the local 25m swimming pool in Hythe is about 500m away. It nearly always has public swimming with lane ropes for serious swimmers and there are regular fun swims for children in the school holidays

Walking: The Saxon Shore Way runs 160 miles from Gravesend to Hastings (passing close to Hythe) and is named after the line of historic fortifications that defended the Kent coast at the end of the roman era. The Elham Valley Way runs from the historic cathedral city of Canterbury all the way to Hythe through beautiful countryside and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cycling: National Cycle Routes 2 and 17 are accessible locally.

For more information about things to do in the area have a look at the Hythe Tourism website.