Kent is famous throught England for growing hops and oast houses were the places the hops were taken to be dried and processed.
This holiday cottage is a beautifully renovated, detached oast house. The top quality modern finish and furnishings - wooden floors, underfloor heating & the living room and double bedroom in the roundel of the Oast House - make a delightful contrast to the outside of the house and the village it stands in.
Smarden, in the Kentish Weald, is a wool village dating back to the 14th century. The half-timbered houses and white weatherboard houses in the village hint at Smarden's long history and provide a delightful backdrop for a holiday.
Holiday cottages in Kent come very well equipped and the Oast House scores very highly on this point. Bed linen and towels are included in the rental, as are electricity and gas central heating. The initial fuel for the woodburner is also provided, and additional fuel is available locally.
The Oast House has ample parking and an enclosed garden with furnitur and a BBQ.
Inside, the owners provide TV & DVD, radio/cassette/CD, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer anda freezer. A travel cot and highchir are also available.
The Oast House is a non-smoking property.
Kent is not just England's garden, it's a treasure trove of history, too. From prehistoric times onwards, Kent has often been the entry port to England. So monuments here go way back. Here are a few attractions that should make it onto your must-see list when you're staying in one of the many wonderful holiday cottages in Kent.
Not just England's spiritual home, but a beautiful city in its own right with two Norman castles (I challenge you to find them!), wonderful little alleyways and streets to explore, great shopping, even better food and - of course - Canterbury Cathedral with all its marvels.
This makes a LOOOONG day out, but is totally worth it. At Dover, you can really see history as a cake of many layers. From a prehistoric fort to WWII underground tunnels, Dover has it all. And now, it also has an amazing exhibition showing how the Great Tower would have looked during the times of one of England's most tempestuous kings: Henry II.
Ever stepped into a submarine? It's cramped - more cramped than you can
possibly imagine. But is it any better on an old sailing ship? How
many miles of rope does it need to hoist the sails? How many bullets
and cannon balls should you take with you when you sail to America?
Where do you sleep and what do you eat? If you're holidaying with
children (and even if you don't), you'll be totally blown away by the
One of England's most famous and most popular gardens, Sissinghurst was a true labour of love for Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson. Situated within the ruins of an Elizabethan house, it's now looked after by the National Trust. And with a charm and magic all of its own, it should be high on your list of places to visit if you're staying in one of the many holiday cottages in Kent close by.
Holiday cottages in Kent make a great base for exploring and The Buttery makes it easy, too. It's located within 3 miles of Leeds Castle - often regarded as the most beautiful castle in England - and within a minute’s walk of a discreet side entrance to historic Mote Park. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Mote Park’s 450 acres of mature parkland offer many beautiful walks (dogs welcome), a 30 acre lake for sailing, angling and model boats, and a leisure centre with pitch and put, play area, skate park and indoor swimming pool. Maidstone itself is under 3 miles away.
Whitstable with its oyster fisheries and wonderful little pubs and restaurants is only a short drive away. Also close by is Chartwell, once the home of Sir Winston Churchill, and the wonderful little Ightam Mote also makes a great day out.