"Little Impetts" is a 17th century thatched cottage, a great place to visit from around the world, we have visitors from as far away as Australia, also very popular as a staycation, it is a later addition to "Impetts" It is a beautiful thatched cottage set in the East Kent countryside, Impetts was also filmed in 2006 for Relocation Relocation, with Phil and Kirsty, a copy of the programme is on DVD and kept in Little Impetts DVD library for you to view on the 32" Smart TV which is connected to wifi so you can log on to your own favourite channels too, the main bedroom also has a 19" TV for you to relax and view, they were originally two cottages converted to one in the late 20th century then later converted into a totally self contained holiday cottage . We are within easy reach of many attractions and country walks straight from the front gate, we are very pet friendly and pets stay for FREE with no extra costs. We are situated in a quiet lane which is a no through road leading to All Saints Church onto open fields which intercepts the well known saxon shore way walk, with walks along the River Stour too. The Parish starts at Plucks Gutter where the river stour is crossed and continues through the settlements of East & West Stourmouth.
The Parish boasts one of the oldest churches in Kent, that of All Saints. Although now redundant it is maintained by the Church Conservation Trust and is open most days for visits with guest book available for you to leave comments. We also have a Public house dating back to AD1372, the Rising Sun, which offers excellent food and good company, The Dog and Duck, and Half Moon and Seven Stars which hosts regular live music events are within walking distance. There are many more good pubs and places to dine too. To help you find local walks and attractions Little Impetts has a weather proof detailed ordnance survey map of the area, which has proven to be very useful for our guests.
This website used to have a guest book section showing all guest comments, which has now been superseded by trip advisor. Little Impetts has its own guest comments book which has helpful information and positive comments to also help you enjoy your time here. We hope that you have a great Christmas. January is the busiest month for bookings, so please book early to avoid disappointment, as the entire summer period was fully booked by the end of January 2016 But always check dates on the calendar as we do have the odd cancellation. Any questions please contact us by phone or email and we will get straight back to you., you can also book online by clicking on book now! We have recently added a New 3 burner Gas BBQ for 2016 for you to enjoy the summer sunshine, BBQ packs can be purchased from the local Butcher Mark of Preston Butchers who takes pride in the use of locally farmed meat and game.
We are regularly told by guests "Little Impetts presents itself much better than the website shows" which is great to hear! we are very pro active with reviews and comments to insure that you have the most enjoyable and relaxing time during your visit.
Canterbury City Centre is approximately 9 miles (20 minutes by car)
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||15:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Minnis Bay Golden Sandy Beach 8 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick Airport (1 hour 30m) 90 km, Nearest railway: Minster Thanet 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (3), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
South East England, benefits from better than average weather conditions on mainland UK, our weather comes mainly from the south west which brings the warm air with it, which probably is why Kent is described as the garden of England, giving us great growing conditions for local arable farmers, even the hops for the local brewery Shepherd Neame grow well here in East Kent too! There is also a local vineyard, Barnsole Vineyard, Fleming Road, Staple, CT3 1LG 6 miles away, tours and tasting are available by prior arrangement at £2.50 per person
Fabulous hidden beaches to be discovered a short 15 minute drive away to reach the coast line, such as Minnis Bay, Botany Bay, Viking Bay at Broadstairs, Ramsgate and many more. We are located in an excellent position to explore the coast line to the north the east and the west.
There are many local attractions in this area, for animal lovers we have Wingham Wildlife Park, which is 10 minutes away by car and great value with reduced family tickets (subject to change). We also have Howlers Wild Animal Park in Bekesbourne just 20 minutes by car journey, or if you fancy going further afield you have the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone, which is 40 minutes by car for that day trip to France! Dont forget your passport!
West Stourmouth is a very quiet place to visit, if you are looking to just get away from it all and relax, its perfect, if your looking to get away and have great days out treating Little Impetts as a base to come back to and relax, it is also perfect. The parish contains two settlements, East and West Stourmouth. West Stourmouth is the site of the church which originated in Saxon times, but other than the amazing vicarage West Stourmouth consists of just a few scattered farms and uninterrupted walks
East Stourmouth is the main population centre, stretched out along the B2048 road that bridges the River Stour at Plucks Gutter a mile to the north. It is referred to simply as "Stourmouth" on road signs. It has no church, nor indeed any public buildings, so the Rising Sun pub is used as the local polling station on election days. The Rising Sun was built in 1372 as a bakery. Until the 1970s there was also a village Post Office and Bakery.Plucks Gutter Is a small hamlet in Kent, England where the Little Stour and Great Stour rivers meet. During the Middle Ages, the two rivers met the Wantsum Channel at Stourmouth, but the combined rivers now (called the River Stour downstream from Plucks Gutter) flow onward to the sea via Sandwich to Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate, leaving Plucks Gutter some six miles in a straight line and ten by river from the English Channel.
The hamlet is named after a Dutch Drainage Engineer called Ploeg, whose grave can be seen in All Saints Church, West Stourmouth. Ploeg being the Dutch for a plough, the hamlet almost certainly takes its origins from the Dutch Protestant tradition of draining marshland by creating a ploughed ditch. No doubt, the Dutchman was named after his craft
Here on the River Stour is controlled by the Wantsum Angling Association and Plucks Gutter is a location for many fishing competitions. Pike, bream and roach are most commonly caught here. ducks, swans and kingfishers are commonly seen, as are representatives from a couple of local rowing clubs (including the University of Kent); most often undergoing medium- to long- distance inland water "steady state" training.
Just a mile upstream from the Dog and Duck Inn Plucks Gutter is 'Blood Point', the scene of King Alfred's famous defeat of a Viking invasion force and often taken to be the Royal Navy's first successful engagement of an enemy. In 1821-23, a notorious North Kent Gang of smugglers made use of Pluck's Gutter. One account from a Revenue Customs Officer recalls how they travelled some fourteen miles, on foot, through Trenleypark Wood to Stodmarsh, Then via Grove Corner to Pluck's Gutter where they crossed the river by the ferry and onward northeast to Mount Pleasant near Acol then up to Marsh Bay – the former name for what is modern-day Westgate-on-Sea
Is within 1 mile of Little Impetts, and has a local butchers, a village shop run by Shaun and Lindsey, which has everything that you will need. including Homemade Jams, Chutneys, cakes and pastries which are made by Lisa and Holly of "Lisa's Pantry". There is also a nursery that sells a wide range of specialist plants, trees, shrubs and flowers, you can also relax and have a nice cream tea! For something a bit stronger you have the Half Moon and Seven Stars pub opposite, which serves food. A little further towards Wingham on the right, approximately 500m you can buy your fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm shop too. Wingham displays a wealth of historic buildings - at least sixty houses of before 1760 AD and many of those belong to the 15th century or earlier, a detailed history trail kept in Little Impetts folder showing 32 sites of particular interest and can be followed in a logical progression from the parish church and ending at the Preston Hill end of the village, if you would like to treat yourself to a spa break whilst on holiday you have The Spa and Beauty a la maison, just off Preston Hill at Perry Farm and Stables, Perry Lane, Wingham. Kimberley Perry Farm is only 3 miles from Little Impetts too. Wingham also has the little railway farm shop which is family run and has a good stock of vegetables, groceries, and homemade cakes Jams and Chutneys produced by Lisa & Holly Douglas of Lisa's Pantry. The cafe' has great views across open countryside, which was originally the old east kent railway station, there is a new children's play area also chickens, and Pygmy goats to see,
The village is located on the B2048 road from Monkton to Wingham and is served by occasional buses from Canterbury, which will also take you to Westwood cross shopping centre. The nearest rail stations are at Adisham (6 miles) and Minster (5 miles). Taxis can be obtained from Canterbury or Sandwich.
Canterbury is a Cathedral City, which is a 20 minute car ride from here, there is a bus service which can take you to local areas of interest at the beginning of Church lane which has a bus shelter. Canterbury, is a beautiful historic City with plenty to see and do, a visit to the Cathedral is a must, you can either visit the cathedral and walk around all of the grounds without charge, also enter the Cathedral during a service without charge but all other times have a Tarrif which is displayed on the main gate, Canterbury has a great website too, The new Marlowe theatre is a great place for a night out with excellent shows being presented, you can also have a great meal out with pre theatre menu deals available in the theatre and surrounding pubs and restaurants.
Ramsgate Royal Harbour has plenty to see and do which is also a 20 minute car drive away, with the Maritime museum, also plenty of shops and cafes along the harbours edge. Ramsgate also holds festivals throughout the year. There is an excellent sea food restaurant at the end of the harbours arm which has free parking.
Broadstairs. The former home of Charles Dickens, with Bleak House on the cliff top still stands, but now privately owned. This beautiful small harbour town is a picture to see, they too also hold festivals throughout the year, and folk week being one of them, again this is a 20 minute car ride away. It is really worth making sure that you park and walk down to the small harbour and cafe's, as this is hidden from the main traffic route.
Historic Sandwich, a 15 minute car ride away. Once the major port in England but now two miles from the sea
Sandwich is arguably one of the best preserved medieval towns in the UK. Within the old town walls the many period houses, with their characteristic "Kent peg" roofs, are laid out in a street plan which has changed little since the creation of the Domesday book in 1086. This quintessential English town has an array of small shops, cafe's, pubs and bars, also the recently opened secret gardens.
Dover. A short car Journey away, again another port for that trip to France (remember your Passport). Dover castle is really worth a visit, we have been several times, the tour of the wartime tunnels that were used as a hospital during the world wars is just amazing, you can fill a whole day here so be prepared it can be windy! Dover has a great shopping centre the De Bradelei Wharf shopping centre near to the harbour, you pay for parking here but it is refunded when you present your ticket when you make a purchase, also shops and restaurants within the town centre. (You can also go to france by euro tunnel from Folkestone which is faster)
Dover Castle and White Cliffs is a must see attraction too. Samphire hoe is just outside Dover, it is a nature reserve built from the chalk excavated from the channel tunnel and has the largest piled breakwater built. it also shows the history of the previous attempts to build the tunnel!
Whitstable. A 20 minute car ride away, this is a very popular place, which over recent years has been on the up, it also has a working harbour which you can wander along taking in the fresh sea air, with its local fresh seafood restaurants and the famous "Whitstable Oysters", this town was also home to the late Peter Cushing, who has Cushings Walk dedicated to him along the Island Wall, which is near to the well known fish restaurant the Pearsons Arms , which is now owned by the renowned and well known celebrity chef Richard Phillips. I can go on and on about the many places to visit, so we will leave plenty of information for you. Thank you.