Lazy Days Cottage is a fantastic period property (rated 4 star ) set in a prime location and ideally placed for exploring both Deal and the surrounding coast line but also the heart of Kent.
Perfect for long walks in the countryside and also close to the historic city of Canterbury, where many a hour can be spent exploring all that this medieval city has to offer including: the Cathedral, museums, quirky independent shops, cinemas, theatres.
Lazy Days Cottage can accommodate 4 people, and it is a surprise how big it is, Furnished to a high standard, Lazy Days Cottage makes a delightful self-catering holiday cottage.
And if you really have to make contact with the outside world wi-fi is available free ofcharge.
The property has a private and secluded cottage garden that has all day sun in the summer to relax and enjoy that well deserved glass of local wine. The only thing to disturb you is the birds!
Lazy Days Cottage is situated in an area close to both the beach and the town centre with its own parking bay.
There are some truly glorious walks through bluebell woods, by streams with the odd glimpse of Canterbury beyond, where you can discover more of Kent on foot.
Canterbury is within a few of miles of the cottage and has a fantastic range of shopping, theatres and restaurants together with the architectural and historic sites of this wonderful Kent city.
For oyster lovers, the charming Kent fishing town of Whitstable is 10 miles to the north of this Kent holiday cottage with its mix of trendy eateries and every conceivable water sport. The local area near Preston is a walkers paradise - explore Denge Wood, renowned for its orchids and butterflies, stroll along the network of footpaths and bridle ways. The Saxon shore line and North Downs, which follows much of the ancient Pilgrims Way is also easily accessible, all set in the beautiful heart of the Garden of England.
Preston village is near to Wingham, Littlebourne, Wichambreaux and Ickham, 20 miles east of Canterbury in Kent. With many villages a short drive away.
A special feature of Ickham is the exclusive Tor Spa Retreat, open daily for those luxurious treatments - a lovely relaxing treat during your stay in Kent!
With all modern comforts, private garden ,Lazy days Cottage has everything you could want for the perfect holidays or short break, winter or summer.
|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||Deal 100 m|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 80 km, Nearest railway: Deal 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Lazy Days Cottage is situated in wonderful Deal close to the seas and town centre both within easy walking distance but if you do decide you won't to exploreThere are some truly glorious walks through bluebell woods, by streams with the odd glimpse of Canterbury beyond, where you can discover more of Kent on foot.Canterbury is within a couple of miles of the cottage and has a fantastic range of shopping, theatres and restaurants together with the architectural and historic sites of this wonderful Kent city. For oyster lovers, the charming Kent fishing town of Whitstable is 10 miles to the north of this Kent holiday cottage with its mix of trendy eateries and every conceivable water sport.The local area near Preston is a walkers paradise - explore Denge Wood, renowned for its orchids and butterflies, stroll along the network of footpaths and bridle ways. The Saxon shore line and North Downs, which follows much of the ancient Pilgrims Way is also easily accessible, all set in the beautiful heart of the Garden of England.Preston village is near to Wingham, Littlebourne, Wichambreaux and Ickham, 6 miles east of Canterbury in Kent. All four villages have a pub (10 minutes stroll from the cottage) with various other pubs serving meals within close proximity (the Rising Sun Stourmouth & Grove Ferry).A special feature of Ickham is the exclusive Tor Spa Retreat, open daily for those luxurious treatments - a lovely relaxing treat during your stay in Kent! Preston has a pub, a village shop, a butchers serving local produce, a prestigious garden centre and a riding stable offering equine pastimes and lessons for young and old alike. The 13th Century church of St Mildred is within walking distance. The picturesque and historic village of Wingham, two miles away, has a supermarket, newsagent, post office, banks, a bakery, a farm shop, petrol station and several pubs/restaurants. There is a chemist 3 miles away in Ash. Canterbury has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs. There are many activities in the area. The national wildlife and nature reserve of the lower Stour valley and wetlands provides excellent walking and birdwatching or the famous Saxon way walk (out side Lazydays cottage door) and Wingham Wildlife Park is close. There are several cycle routes and we are situated directly on National Cycle Route 1 (which connects Dover with the Shetland Islands!). Canterbury has extensive sports facilities, a golf course and Leisure Centre while Sandwich has the world-famous St George Golf Club, regular host to the Open. Howletts Zoo and Wildlife Park is 5 miles away at Bekesbourne. The National Fruit Collection is at Brogdale, near Faversham. Nearby Goodnestone Park, with its connection to Jane Austen, has well-known ornamental gardens. Sissinghurst, Hever and Leeds castles within reach.Lazydays cottage is a walkers paradise - explore Denge Wood within the Kent Downs AONB, renowned for its orchids and butterflies, stroll along the network of footpaths and bridle ways. The Saxon shore line and North Downs, which follows much of the ancient Pilgrims Way is also easily accessible, all set in the beautiful heart of the Garden of England.Outside Outside the property there is a beautiful secluded cottage gardens. Unfortunately we do not allow dogs or other pets. There is a drying unit in the garden.Coast/BeachLazydays holiday let is only 5 miles to Sandwich Cinque port with medieval town and Roman Fort and with quirky shops. Kent Coast has been voted one of the world top 12 destinations for 2012. Canterbury with shops, theatres, cinemas and Cathedral with concerts is 6 miles. 10 miles to Walmer, Deal and Dover castles plus many English Heritage and National Trusts Houses and Gardens within this distance. 10 miles to beaches at Deal, Dover, Walmer. Ramsgate has the ferry and sandy beaches with amusements. Good sandy beaches can be found at Broadstairs with its wonderful Viking Bay. Places not to be missed are Broadstairs with its Dickensian connections, and Dover with its famous castle. Margate with its wonderful sands and new Turner Art Gallery opening 2011. Thanet as been award no less then 4 blue flag beaches Whitstable is an interesting fishing village famous for its oysters and is about 30 minutes away by car. Whitstable is excellent for fresh fish. We have a full list of recommended places to eat and visit in our houses. Visit Dover, Walmer and Deal castles, or top rated zoos. Margate,with its new Turner Art Gallery and many festivals, beaches at Ramsgate, Deal, Broadstairs being voted in the top 20 in the world. Why not consider our lovely seaside cottage located in Deal only 40 metre from the sea for more details visit www.lazyseasholidaycottage.co.uk Your holiday cottage is only 10 miles to beaches at Viking Bay and Joss Bay with its surfing at Broadstairs with its DICKENS AND FOLK FESTIVAL. And Margate with its wonderful sands, new Turner Art Gallery. Beaches at Walmer, Deal and Dover plus their castles and many English Heritage and National Trusts Houses and Gardens within close proximity. Howletts prize winning zoo is 2 miles. There are numerous golf courses within easy reach and Golf plays a major part of Kent sporting life with a myriad of courses available to play at. These include Canterbury, Faversham, Broom Park but a little further afield you will find the 18 hole Championship course of Royal St Georges. Broome Park and Canterbury. Manston, North Foreland, Princes Sandwich, Royal Cinque Ports Sandwich, Royal St George& Sandwich, St Augstine Ramsgate, Stonelees Ramsgate, Walmer and Kingsdown. Chestfield Nr Canterbury, Herne Bay, Hythe Imperial, Littlestone, Littlestone Warren, Lydd, Westgate and Birchington, Whitstable and Seasalter and if you fancy nipping over to France for the day the Channel Tunnel is just over 30 minutes drive away.
Towns & VillagesWickhambreaux and Ickham Known for their distinctive water mills, some with water wheels still in action, and their lovely water meadows. Ickham and Wickhambreaux were trading settlements and the old mills were built in the early 1800s to ensure a supply of beer and bread to surrounding army encampments, based here in anticipation of the expected Napoleonic invasion – which never materialised. You will find interesting features in the churches of all three villages. St Andrew's in Wickhambreaux is noted for its swirling Art Nouveau east window: the first window of American glass in Europe, it depicts The Annunciation. At the Church of St John the Evangelist in Ickham it the tomb of Thomas de Baa, who died in 1339, which draws attention. Meanwhile Littlebourne's Church of St Vincent and Saragossa, set back from the road beside a 14th century thatched.Wingham, Preston and Elmstone, snug in an area of orchards and hop gardens. Ever wondered why the term was used in place in Kent? Because tax used to be levied on fields! Wingham is a busy village that retains many of its shops and services. It once boasted three railway stations and a wander quickly reveals its historical importance: displayed in the diverse architecture of houses, from timbered Tudor to modern, and with Flemish influences peculiar to East Kent. A College of Secular Canons was founded here in 1286 and although none of the college buildings remain, some of the canons houses are still here – look in particular on Canon Row. You also come across no fewer than four Wealden Hall Houses. And do visit St Mary the Virgin, if only to hear of its cautionary tale. The present church dates from the early 1200s and in the 12th century a local brewer ran off with the rebuilding funds for the nave; hence there are now wooden columns instead of stone ones!The dedication of the small Norman church at Elmstone has never been known, though its origins from around 1100 make it a venerable gem. Then stand beside the Church of St Mildred at Preston, half close your eyes and imagine: right opposite once stood the Palace of Juliana, known as The Infanta of Kent. The foundations of the palace are said to be under the ponds that you can see in the grounds of what is now Preston Court.Why not visit Wingham bird park although called a bird park there are variety of animals and creators to keep the kids amused including Tigers , mere cats , penguins a great day out . You will find Ash, also known as Ash-Next-Sandwich, on the Roman road from Sandwich to Canterbury. The village retains 11 of its 12 original manor houses, but the dominating landmark is the Church of St Nicholas with its very tall tower and needle?like spire – once used as navigation aids. It is also renowned for its numerous medieval monumental effigies and brasses.The Ash Level extends to the River Stour, crossed only by old drove ways, and it is here that you will discover the isolated village of Westmarsh. The River Stour divides the Ash Level from the Minster Level and the exhilarating Saxon Shore Way passes along this section of the river.Fishing rights were granted during the reign of Henry II and are still available today. Some of the fishing swims (sections of the river where fish are found) have been adapted for those with disabilities. It is a good base for the Stour Valley Walk, the Saxon Shore Way or Wantsum Walks, and is adjacent to Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. During the summer months you can take a pleasant boat trip on the River Stour from the Grove Ferry Inn. >Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, takes its title from the Saxon word stode, signifying a mare, and merse, a marsh. It is thought that Augustinian monks drained this area and kept their mares in foal here. These days you will see Konik ponies roaming through the Nature Reserve, as they play their environmentally friendly part in its landscape management. Complete your look around with a peek at the Church of St Mary, a charming little building of Norman origin with a medieval timbered bell turret.Fordwich was then the goods port for Canterbury. Visit today and you will find Britain smallest town, with reputedly the oldest and smallest Town Hall still in use. Learn, too, how Fordwich became a ; to the Cinque Port of Sandwich, now Britain best?preserved medieval town.Drop into the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich and you will see craftsmanship spanning 900 years, including the Royal Arms and Commandments painted on plaster in 1688. Earlier features include the 12th?century font of Bethersden marble, saints in 14th?century glass, and the mysterious Fordwich Stone: this was carved c. 1100 as a shrine for a saint relics, possibly even those of St Augustine. It all points to a once?bustling and important settlement. Continue on from Fordwich and at the hamlet of Plucks Gutter the Little Stour enters the Great Stour, and together they become the River Stour.Howletts Zoo is the official website promoting the charitable work of The Aspinall Foundation in protecting endangered species. The Howletts and Port Lympne wild animal, safari and wildlife parks are the UK based sites for endangered animal conservation. Unlike ordinary zoos, these parks allow visitors to see conservation in action, providing kids, families and adults alike with a wide variety of fun days out, packed with exciting activities for the whole family. Our landscaped gardens and mansion house can also be hired for weddings, events and other functions. All revenues raised through ticket sales support our animal conservation work and breeding programmes, so please, do come and visit us for your day out in Kent and do your bit for conservation!Historic cinque port town of Sandwich, Sandwich has a wide range of shops, pubs, restaurants and a famous golf course. Explore Kent's beautiful beaches, gardens or visit Richbourgh Castle one of the first Roman forts to be built in Britain. The ancient town of Sandwich has some of the best-preserved medieval houses in Great Britain. Step back in time and experience traditions that have remained unchanged throughout centuries - they still ring the curfew bell from St Peter Church every evening at 8pm!Enjoy the tranquility of the quayside and take a sedate walk along the leafy riverside. Feeling energetic - follow the Historic town trail and learn more about Sandwichs rich heritage. Discover the many fine shops and quality restaurants. Enjoy a Sandwich in Sandwich! Wander around the historic streets and visit one of the many tearooms for afternoon tea.Historic Canterbury where you can explore the magnificent cathedral, take a trip on the river and climb the spiral staircase in the West Gate Towers which have guarded the city since the 1380s. Canterbury skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedral, the oldest in England. But the cathedral is only part of the story; the ancient ruins of St Augustine Abbey and St Martin&Church form Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site while other ancient ruins such as the Castle are reminders of the city history, heritage and culture. Although Canterbury is a place steeped in tradition it is also a modern and vibrant city. Luxury hotels, fine restaurants serving food from across the globe, pulsating nightclubs and welcoming pubs combine to give a complete experience. For those who have a yearning for retail, Canterburys array of shop windows beckon with a kaleidoscope of colours, inviting you to sample whats on offer. Many of the high street names are here as well as a delightful range of independent retailers. The King Mile has an atmosphere all of its own while the citys St Dunstan West Gate Towers and Northgate areas have a range of specialist and individual outlets.Travelling by foot is always a good way to explore the city. Walking trails or guided walks will help you make the most of your time here and to enjoy the winding lanes and streets, all with their own unique identity. Alternatively you may wish to relax and absorb the wonder of the city with a boat trip along the River Stour. You will be able to appreciate Canterbury finest and historical architecture set against outstanding, scenic views. The crystal clear waters offer a home to ducks, swans, fish and other wildlife while the river banks have an array of bending willow trees and wild flowers. Whatever a visitor seeks, they will find it in Canterbury. It possesses a quality that is both timeless and inspiring. Creativity and culture combine to ensure that you return again and again.Deal Many agree that Deal is a special place and the prettiest seaside town in Kent. Henry VIII liked it so much he built three castles here.Today Deal enjoys the reputation of being a quiet seaside resort, its quaint streets and houses the only reminder of its fascinating history, for it was once the busiest port in England, 2 castles, fish on the beach, excellent golf.Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unspoilt promenade and the newly restored Pier. Walk a little further and tell the time maritime style at the Timeball Tower. Try the wonderful restaurants and pubs where you can enjoy free, locally caught fish. Step back in time and explore the maze of narrow streets and alleys where smugglers would try and evade King Georges men. Shop in style and pick up something special, in one of the friendly small specialist shops which can rival the Brighton Lanes.Dover also offers a magnificent castle and secret war time tunnels, spot one of the nine ghosts said to frequent them! If you enjoy bargain shopping don't miss De Bradley Wharf, Known as the gateway to England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe every year.Explore Dover rich heritage. The first “Cross Channel Ferry” was discovered here in 1992. The Bronze Age Boat is now on permanent display at the Dover Museum. Discover where the Dunkirk evacuation was masterminded from within the secret tunnels of the majestic Dover Castle. Come and see where the Romans lived in the well preserved remains of the Roman Painted House.For a breath of fresh air explore and wander along the famous White Cliffs and follow the path to the Lighthouse where Marconi made his first radio transmission. You can enjoy fantastic, breathtaking views from the top of the cliffs. This stretch of coastline has been voted Britain favourite and is a welcome sight to millions of travellers.The view from the white cliffs of Dover has stirred the hearts of English travelers for centuries. Dover Castle with WW2 tunnels in cliffs must not be missed. For some retail therapy De Bradelei designer outlet has everything for the avid shopper. Action seekers are equally spoilt for choice. Our new Water Sports Centre will be able to satisfy most adrenaline junkies! Whenever and however you choose to spend your holiday, Dover has so much to discover, whether you decide to stay for a week or a weekend.Ramsgate is home to the only Harbour in the country and has a sparkling marina, award-winning sandy beach, cater-for-all town centre and cliff tops that beg to be rambled.There are lots of little cafes and pubs scattered along the waterfront, all with tables and chairs outside, where you can happily pass the time people watching or dreaming about which yacht sitting in the marina you would like - if only! If you are feeling adventurous you can take a pleasure boat cruise around the harbour or venture further afield and explore the sandbanks and seal colonies that sit just off the coastline. You can even take a ferry crossing to Ostende in Belgium with Transeuropa Ferries. A short stroll into the town centre reveals a great mix of large chains stores and individual shops and if you visit on a Friday or Saturday you will be greeted by the cries of the market stallholders as they vie with each other to sell their wares. A great opportunity for those who like to seek out a bargain and as the sun goes down, stroll back to the waterfront for a nightcap and wonder at the many lights reflected in the water, a beautiful holiday memory. Explore the Seven Bays of Broadstairswhich are seven stunning sandy beaches. Visit the conservation area at Viking Bay; enjoy its seaside charm and easy access to its harbour pier, ice cream parlour, restaurants, wine bars, shops and boutiques. Also nearby are championship golf courses, cycle trail including the Thanet Coast Viking Trail, skate park, climbing and surfing at Joss Bay, (boards and canoes can be hired at the beach). Take a sea safari or a boat trips to spot seals on the sandbanks. Dont miss Folk Week in August, The Dickens Festival or firework displays throughout the summer. A stroll around Broadstairs is a journey of discover with a lovely surprise around nearly every corner wander along the main thoroughfares and be enticed into quirkly little lanes where tiny flint houses and fishermen's cottages nestle together comfortably, as they have done for years, and where unusual small shops draw you in to browse their wares - quirky jewellery, unusual clothes and edible delicacies from around the world. A promenade amble reveals charming gardens, great for relaxing in with a delicious homemade ice cream, whilst a cliff top stroll uncovers seven beautiful beaches and bays, each a little different. The resorts main beach, Viking Bay, has a small harbour, children's amusements and garden on the sands! Joss Bay is more rural and offers great surfing opportunities, whilst Botany Bay is quieter and more secluded and can feel a million miles from anywhere absolute bliss when you want to laze around and recharge your batteries.The quiet charm of Broadstairs belies the entertainment opportunities there are. The resort has a full calendar of events from the annual Dickens Festival and Folk Week to a great free summer entertainment programme and there are a mouth-watering number of restaurants, bistros, cafes and pubs to choose from - you could eat your way around the world.The bohemian charm of the Harbour, a popular ambling destination and a stones throw from the beach where a walk along Whitstable coastline at sunset is not to be missed. Walk along the beach with its many pubs and restaurants, catch the sailors music in winter as the wind whips through the boats Whitstable is famous for its oysters collected since Roman times, and is celebrated annually each July at the Oyster Festival, or take a trip out of Whitstable on a Thames sailing barge.Whitstable is like no other town by the sea. Its traditional charms, strong arts culture and rich maritime history complement modern appeal. Whitstable main claim to fame is its oysters, which remain an intrinsic part of this sea town's character and are celebrated every July at the Oyster Festival. Oysters and other delicacies from the sea can be enjoyed at the local restaurants and pubs or taken home from the fresh fish market at the harbour.Shoppers can delight in the town bohemian charm with independent craft and gift shops, galleries, delicatessens and fashion shops trading side by side with butchers and bakers. When you need to recharge with a drink and food, you will be spoilt for choice with a wonderful choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Whitstable is one of a very few in the country that has a pub on the beach.Whether you take the main route through the town or enjoy haphazard progress through quiet lanes and alleyways with eccentric names such as Squeeze Cut Alley, you end up at the working harbour. Constructed in 1831 the harbour has an interesting history including diving, shipbuilding and fishing. Along the coast at Tankerton, grassy slopes dip to meet the sea throwing out an invitation to visitors and locals to walk along the prom and take in some bracing sea air. There a chance, too, to get unsurpassed views of Whitstable skyline from The Street, a wide ridge of shingle stretching out to sea, but only revealed when the tide is low. With its sense of intimacy and rich character Whitstable has secured a favoured spot in the hearts and minds of all who visit.Minis bay With its large sandy bay and secluded character this beach offers the perfect mix of seaside facilities in a relaxed atmosphere. Minnis Bay is a winner of the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, this guarentees the beach is one of the best in the world. A safe family beach Minnis Bay is ideal for bathing, with its patrolling lifeguards and separate areas for bathing and water sports. Young children are also well catered for with a well-equipped children area and a lost children centre. There plenty for all the family to do, whether it be action-packed activities such as windsurfing, canoeing and kite surfing or simply enjoying the sea air and taking a gentle stroll along the promenade, or on one of the many impressive coastal paths.Joss Bay is a winner of the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, guaranteeing this beach is one of the best in the world. A popular sandy beach which backs onto scenic cliffs which provide shelter all year round. Visited by both amateurs and professionals as classic surf spot, this bay has been enjoyed for over forty years. All level of lessons available St Mildred Bay is a small, sandy beach with a tidal pool at the far end. Winner of 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, guaranteeing St Mildred Bay is one of the worlds best beaches making it very popular with visitors and locals, there are lots of beach chalets and deckchairs for hire. There is also a café/restaurant within easy reach and further amenities in the quaint town of Westgate.Ramsgate Main Sands The impressive stretch of soft sand is perfect for sunbathing and there are deckchairs and sunbeds for hire. With many traditional attractions such as donkey rides, amusement arcades, funfair and children playground, coupled with a good choice of restaurants, shops and pubs nearby, there is enough to keep the whole family entertained. Ramsgate Main Sands is also a winner fo the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme making this beach one of the best in the world.West Bay and Westgate-on-Sea are sandy beaches that run into each other and provide safe shallow bathing, making this a perfect family destination. West Bay has recently been awarded a 2010 Blue Flag award which gaurantees it is one of the worlds best beaches. There are plenty of rockpools for those who like exploring and poking around, as well as some good coastal walks which take in the surrounding cliffs and rocky areas. For the less adventurous the café at the end of the beach has great views over the beach and out to sea.Great beaches lined with brightly coloured beach huts reflect the great character of this seaside town. Sporting enthusiasts including rowers, yachtsmen and Jet Ski riders pursue their passion in Herne Bay waters adding a thrilling dimension to natural marine qualities. To the east, the ancient sandstone cliffs of nearby Reculver and the imposing 12th century Reculver towers and roman fort provide an imposing backdrop and the beaches here provide a haven for those looking for a peaceful hideaway. The seafront has some interesting Victorian architecture and in the spring and summer months the town beauty is enhanced by the seafront gardens, bringing floral colour to visitors who pass the clock tower and bandstand. In recent years, the bandstand has become a venue for those who enjoy café culture and it is also a focal point for summer concerts, other musical events and children entertainment.All seaside towns have events that celebrate their identity and Herne Bay is no exception. Classic car shows, Italian and Continental markets, carnivals and the Herne Bay Festival are just some of the variety of events that take place throughout the year. >Tankerton, near Whitstable The cliff-top lawns of Tankerton Slopes roll gently towards the sea and provide an excellent view of The Street and the Tankerton Huts, while also becoming a vantage point to watch the nautical world go by. A stroll around the harbour will show you the delights of fresh caught seafood to take home or to be enjoyed in the specialist restaurants nearby. In July the oyster is celebrated with a week long festival celebrating not just their Native Oysters but the rich maritime history as well.Botany Bay, Broadstairs A lovely sandy beach in a natural setting. Botany Bay, Broadstairs is a winner of the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, this is a prestigious award which guarantees this beach is one of the best in the world. It is ideal for families, especially children with plenty to explore. Bathing is particularly good and safe. There are also coastal/cycle routes to be enjoyed in either direction to Margate or Broadstairs, where secluded bays can be discovered.>Elham Valley Nestling in the heart of the inspiring Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty, the historic village of Elham is truly one of the most picturesque in East Kent.Elham listed buildings illustrate a long history, from the late medieval Church of St. Mary and fine timber-framed houses from Tudor times, to the former coaching inn of the Rose & Crown. And whilst Charles II may not have hidden in the chimney at the Abbots Fireside Hotel, there is plenty more fascinating history to be uncovered on a short walk around the village. Sited halfway along the meandering valley that bears its name, Elham has become rightfully known as a haven for walking. The rolling hills and open fields provide a fantastic selection of both circular and linear routes for all abilities. The well-marked paths wind through unspoilt villages, ancient woodland, pastures and chalk grassland, allowing stunning views across the valley. With your walk done for the day, you can also sample fresh local produce from traditional pubs and restaurants, local farm shops, the twice-monthly farmers market, or perhaps visit the nearby Elham Valley Vineyard for Kentish wines. But whatever you decide this is truly a fine place to relax and enjoy an unspoilt corner of Kent.>Chilham Renowned for its beauty and charm, the Kentish village of Chilham lies high above the valley of the River Stour in the picturesque Kent Downs.An incredibly ancient spot, with, at its heart four narrow steep lanes which rise up from the valley to emerge into the beautiful open space of Chilham square. Surrounding this medieval gem are timber framed houses of Tudor origin, the 16th century church and the imposing Chilham Castle with its exceptional views across the Stour Valley. Yet the lure of this village is not simply in its buildings. The surrounding countryside of the beautiful Kent Downs is criss-crossed by many footpaths, bridal-ways and country lanes, which give visitors excellent access to an exquisite landscape of woodland and open country with breathtaking views, as well as sheltering the hidden Kentish villages of Shottenden and Old Wives Lees. For the hardier walker, Chilham lies on the routes for the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury.Should the outdoor activities prove too strenuous, Chilham also offers a traditional brand of Kentish hospitality in its many pubs and cozy accommodations, and provides the perfect base for exploring the area. >Chilham is chocolate box pretty and perfect to go to for the day or to stay for a romantic weekend and is used regularly for filming of costume dramas – the latest is Jane Austen Emma ideal for a romantic weekend.So why not come and enjoy Chilham for yourselves?Wye is a busy and active community in East Kent. It lies five miles from Ashford and twelve miles from Canterbury. Wye is a small historic township that nestles under the protective scarp of the North Downs where a prehistoric trackway made its way from far to the west to our local coast. This trackway is now called here the North Downs Way. The town is about 4.5 miles north east of Ashford and 10.5 miles south west of Canterbury. It lies about 58 miles from London in the Ashford Borough of the county of Kent.The town also lies at the western mouth of the Stour Valley at a ford crossing of the Great Stour River. The Stour Valley is only one of three such chalk valleys that penetrate the whole of the North Downs, the others being the valley that carry the River Medway and the River Darent. The Great River Stour rises in the Weald near Ashford and exits to the sea at Pegwell Bay. In medieval times a wooden bridge spanned the river and in 1638 a five-arched stone bridge was constructed and the cost was borne by the whole county. A stone tablet carrying the names of the surveyors, expenditors and workmen is set in place on the northern side of the new bridge opened in 2004 FolkestoneEnjoy a day horse racing at Folkestone. Multi-million pound regeneration schemes are giving an exciting new look to town centre, adding twenty-first century shopping and leisure amenities to the traditional appeal of a resort which has been a favourite for generations. Landmarks and places of interest are aplenty. For a quiet stroll or a brisk walk, head for The Leas, mile-long cliff-top promenade flanked by hotels, concert hall (Leas Cliff Hall), art gallery and exhibition centre (and with wonderful seascapes and views to the coast of France). Browse the historic Old High Street and Bayle (hub of the Creative Quarter where artists, sculptors, potters and craftsmen in wood and metal have set up studios and galleries) and also the new (opened in 2009) Quarterhouse arts and business centre located in Tontine Street and visit the nearby Parish Church in the Bayle where the remains of St Eanswythe are emtombed. The Leas and award-winning Lower Leas Coastal Park (wooded undercliff, landscaped gardens, beaches, biggest childrens adventure playground in south east England, outdoor theatre, walks and cycleways). Watch the to-ings and fro-ings in the fishing harbour and along the Stade. Admire Kingsnorth Gardens (formal landscaped gardens with water features). Wander the East Cliff and Warren Country Park (sandy beach, nature reserve and cliff scenery). Visit the Battle of Britain Museum and Memorial at Capel and the Brigade of Ghurkas Visitor Centre at Shorncliffe. Visit antique shops in Sandgate .Further a field. Nestling in the peaceful Sussex countryside enjoy nature trails and river banks. There is coarse fishing on the River Rother. The Owl and Hawk Society have breeding boxes and there is a pair of breeding otters down by the river. Visit the fairytale castle of Bodiam and the market town of Tenterden. Explore the River Rother by boat which can be hired at Newenden. Shop for paintings and antiques in Rye, explore golden sandy beaches at Camber sands.When youre in need of a treat or want to escape the pressures of modern life, come to Rye in the East Sussex countryside, in the south east of England.Perched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, this ancient town is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination.With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, Rye is almost suspended in time and has a uniquely unhurried atmosphere. Compact enough to discover the key places of interest over a week-end but with plenty of secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer and to return again.>AppledoreThis picturesque village with its wealth of attractive period properties sits quietly on the edge of Romney Marsh surrounded by wonderful walks. Appledore is situated on the B2080 just on the edge of the Romney Marshes, where until the 13th century the river Rother used to reach the sea. In 892, after 5 years of fighting against King Alfred and his armies, the Danes invaded Appledore, via the sea creeks that used to link it to the English Channel and made it their main base. It is believed that Alfred the Great built a fort at Newenden and then attacked and defeated the Danes forcing them out of the area. The Domesday Book (1086) records shows that a church existed, but no stonework of that time can be identified in the existing church of St Peter and St Paul, however much of the 13th century work has survived. The font dates from the 15th century. The screen which is unusual in that it extends right across the church, is in three sections, each having different designs, and dates from the 14th century. The church also houses a stunning tapestry which was worked to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the church in 1988. It depicts the history of this lovely village, and is well worth viewing. Visit the Kent and East Sussex steam railway running between Romney Hythe and Dymchurch. Some say it is wild and desolate. Artists and writers find it inspirational. In reality, it is a paradise - more than a hundred square miles of unspoilt countryside rolling down from wooded hills to meet broad sands and shingle beaches - and a land of legend. Sense the touch of history in the Cinque Port towns of New Romney and Lydd and in the loneliness of the thirteen medieval churches which stand above meadows grazed by thousands of sheep.Watch wild life at the vast RSPB nature reserve at Dungeness and along the solitary beaches by the famous lighthouse. For digging sandcastles, beach games and water sport, the coast along St Mary Bay is the place to head for. The Romney Marsh was once smugglers country, and an annual Day of Doctor Syn is among festivals which re-enact old stories.For a different experience, go aerial sightseeing over the Marsh or fly to the chic French resort of Le Touquet from London Ashford Airport at Lydd (which is also the venue for a two-day airshow in September). Golden beaches that stretch for seven miles. Perfect at any time of year with both the sea, sand and interesting wildlife to observe and designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Ideal for swimmers, walkers kite surfers and sandy picnics! Visit the Cinque port town of Rye and discover its smuggling past. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve boasts five birds hides and is a mosaic of habitats with a network of footpaths and on the culinary front t forget to try the famous Rye Bay Scallops. Visit Winchelsea, Dungeness, or take a rowing boat on The River Rother all make for a delightful day out. Faversham is one of England most charming and historic market towns. Nestling between the rural beauty of the rolling Downs and the sweeping flatlands of the North Kent Marshes, the town is an excellent holiday destination. It offers first-class accommodation, attractions and food and drink, plus many events throughout the year.Visit the nearby market town of Faversham, once voted the best market town in Kent and tour the Shepherd Neame Brewery to see the journey from barley to bottle. Beer has been brewed in Faversham for 850 years. See the Chart Gunpowder Mills, the oldest of their kind in the world and producer of gunpowder for the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Visit the nearby Brogdale Collections, with over 2000 apple varieties, 500 pear varieties, 350 plum varieties and 320 varieties of cherries. Discover Faversham, a picturesque historic market town, located in the heart of the Garden of England. Take a stroll down the medieval Abbey Street and browse in a range of independent shops in the town centre, crowned by the distinctive Guildhall in the historic Market Place. Dating back to pre Roman times, Faversham is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. By 1900, and after 400 years of manufacturing gunpowder for famous battles such as Trafalgar and Waterloo, Faversham was to grow to be the centre of the nation explosives industry. With over 400 listed buildings recording Faversham industrial past this makes the town a must see on any heritage trail. Much of the area to the south of Faversham is in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while to the north are nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Family fun can be found at the award winning fruit and hop farm, Farming World providing a great learning experience as well as a fun day out with friendly farm animals. With the town surrounded too by abundance of apple, pear and cherry orchards it is no surprise to learn that the largest fruit collection in the world is housed within Brogdale Collections for all to see and enjoy. The magnificent and mature Edwardian gardens at Mount Ephraim offer both traditional and contemporary features to delight visitors. Nearby the beautiful and elegant Georgian Belmont House and Gardens with its special collections, including an extensive clock collection, provides stunning views over the Kent countryside. An overnight stay in one of the nearby villages will give you time for a leisurely walk alongside meandering creek inlets whilst the Creeks and Country cycle route takes in town and country routes which still characterise Kent today. Nearby Blean Wood is one of Britain largest broad leaved nature reserves and has seven miles of walking trails and glimpses of the Kentish countryside. Regular and popular events in Faversham continue to delight the regular visitor as well as new visitors who stumble on the charm of this Kentish town - Secret Gardens, Open House, Faversham Hop Festival and Faversham Carnival to name but a few. The village, which is scrambled on a ridge above the scenic River Beult, is said to be the most haunted village in England.The ancient cathedral city of Rochester, with its Norman castle was place cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author.Historic Rochester has maintained much of its Victorian charm – with its wide pavements, ornate lamp posts and buildings of great architectural and historic interest. It is unique for the absence of the usual High Street names and boasts a wide choice of independent speciality shops where you can find that unusual gift or souvenir to take home. There are ample of places to eat and drink on the High Street from the quaint old world to modern style bistros, to cafes and inns serving value for money lunches.Many of the buildings that featured in the works of Dickens can still be seen today. These include Restoration House, used in Dickens Great Expectations as the home of Estella and Miss Havisham, The Six Poor Travellers House, immortalised by the author in a Christmas short story and the impressive Guildhall Museum of local history. At the Guildhall Museum, visitors can learn more about the author and his works in the Dickens Discovery Room via a multi-lingual touch screen technology and film.During the summer months, visitors can explore the city on foot with a local guide or they can literally follow in the footsteps of Dickens .on a self-guided walking tour and see the buildings he wrote about in his works (leaflet available with map).The city boasts a full calendar of lively and colourful events. These include the famous Rochester Sweeps festival with loads of street entertainment, Summer Dickens Festival with parades of costumed characters and the Rochester Castle Summer Concerts, culminating with a spectacular firework display.Historic Maidstone is home to many key attractions such as Leeds Castle, The Hop Farm and Museum of Kent Life. It is also a top shopping venue.Between the 14th and the 16th-centuries this lovely Wealdon hamlet was a flourishing port and famous ship building centre where one of Henry VIII war-ships was built. Nearby is the award winning Chapeldown Vineyard and visitor centre. Chatham lies at the heart of Medway and is the largest of the three of towns. In the centre of Chatham shoppers will find a fully pedestrianised High Street and the Pentagon Shopping centre with nearly 100 shops to choose from, indoor bowling alley and fitness centre. The Brook and Central theatres located in the heart of the shopping area provide regular evening entertainment for all ages.Naturally Chatham most famous attraction is The Historic Dockyard, dating back more than 400 years to the age of sail. Today it is one of the world most important maritime heritage destinations and a prospective World Heritage Site along with its defences. On the attractive marina front at Chatham Maritime next to the dockyard is the Dockside Outlet Centre. It is a great place for visitors to shop and purchase designer clothing, household items and accessories at discounted prices. Adjacent to the Dockside Outlet Centre is the exciting Dickens World Visitor complex, themed around the life, books and times of the author Charles Dickens.Included in the complex is nine-screen cinema operated by Odeon, six branded restaurants and the Dickens World own themed restaurant. Appledore This picturesque village with its wealth of attractive period properties sits quietly on the edge of Romney Marsh surrounded by wonderful walks. Appledore is situated on the B2080 just on the edge of the Romney Marshes, where until the 13th century the river Rother used to reach the sea. In 892, after 5 years of fighting against King Alfred and his armies, the Danes invaded Appledore, via the sea creeks that used to link it to the English Channel and made it their main base. It is believed that Alfred the Great built a fort at Newenden and then attacked and defeated the Danes forcing them out of the area. The Domesday Book (1086) records shows that a church existed, but no stonework of that time can be identified in the existing church of St Peter and St Paul, however much of the 13th century work has survived. The font dates from the 15th century. The screen which is unusual in that it extends right across the church, is in three sections, each having different designs, and dates from the 14th century. The church also houses a stunning tapestry which was worked to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the church in 1988. It depicts the history of this lovely village, and is well worth viewing. Brenchley is a beautiful "showpiece" village full of picturesque Tudor cottages, complimented by houses from the Regency and Victorian periods.The village has many very attractive old timbered and shuttered buildings with a beautiful high street and village centre by the church. If you take the Paddock Wood road, and turn right towards Horsmonden then imagine the view across the Medway valley earlier this century when there were hop gardens running as far as the eye can see. The view is still spectacular on a clear day when the North Downs are visible.>Chiddingstone Fascinating village, owned by the National Trust which is crammed with beautiful properties from the 16th and 17th-century probably built with iron-industry money. >Leysdown-on-Sea This is a busy Kentish coastal holiday resort which has sandy beaches and safe shallow waters, the beach is ideal for sunbathing and to swim from.The Channel port of Dover provides an ideal opportunity to take a day trip to France or use the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone, (be in France within an hour). Paris Calais Reins, Belgium,Holland Sports Action Watersports Water-ski, Wakeboard or Jet Ski at the South East premier watersports venue. Based on private freshwater lake everyone is welcome from 1st timers to experts. All equiptment supplied. Visit the largest Lakeside shop in the South East, best prices with unbeatable service!Sailing and Watersports Club, Dover Harbour,Dry ski slope skiing and indoor swimming poolFolkestone Ski Centre,Radnor Park, Folkestone.Deepdene Riding SchoolDeepdene Riding School welcomes everyone of any age or ability, Deepdene is a small friendly riding school with a relaxed atmosphere. Our instructors have a wealth of experience in developing the skills of both the capable rider and the enthusiastic novice. We provide well schooled horses for tuition and hacking. Situated in the heart of Kent close to Ashford, Faversham and Canterbury, we sit within easy reach of a network of bridal paths, enabling us to offer safe and fantastic hacking without having to go on any major roads.Joss Bay Surf School Based on the beautiful beach of Joss Bay in South East Kent, Joss Bay Surf School is a nationally recognised provider of professional surf lessons for people of all ages and abilities.Canterbury Golf Club is situated in a delightful woodland setting around a mile and a half from Canterbury city centre.The beautifully sculpted and challenging 18-hole layout was created by renowned golf course designer Harry Colt and has been in existence since 1927.These are aerial and ground tours, where people can get a real appreciation of the Battle of Britain, from a fighter pilot.Go Ap.Located at Leeds Castle and Bedgebury Forest – award-winning high wire forest adventure course.Stroll your way around the county via some of the most striking walks in the UK. You could even attempt the Explore Kent Challenge, a task that involves walking along cliff tops and walking the entire length of just one of Kent long distance