Kent is located in the South East of England and is only a thirty-five-minute drive away from London. Despite its proximity to the capital, Kent has lovely landscapes and orchards; it’s actually known as the ‘Garden of England’ because of its greenery and fantastic vistas.
There is more to Kent than just its fantastic landscapes, it’s also surrounded on three sides by water, including the Thames estuary, the North Sea, and the English Channel. Part of its shoreline also includes the iconic white cliffs of Dover. Our holiday cottages in Kent make for an ideal weekend getaway after a hectic working week.
Why Rent a Holiday Cottage in Kent?
Kent is home to some of the oldest and most important cities and towns in the country. It is also bordered by Surrey, Greater London, East Sussex and Essex as well as having a theoretical border with France due it having one end of the channel tunnel.
With Kent being so well located for accessing many other popular holiday regions and tourist destinations, there’s plenty to see and do from your cottage in Kent. The area mainly relies upon tourism as its primary source of sustenance, but there are signs of the agricultural industry it once had.
The region is well known for being pivotal in the defence of the country. It is less known that this began in the middle of the 11th century when the ports of Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich formed an exclusive pact to protect England on behalf of the king. This had never been as important as during the Second World War when it became Britain’s first line of defence.
The region has gone from war to beauty and is home to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its vast meadows and gently sloping knolls while the Kent Downs cover almost a quarter of the region. This has inspired vast numbers of writers and artists. Most notable of these being Charles Dickens, who wrote about locations such as Rochester and Chatham and J M Turner, who made use of the stunning views from the coast.
Our self catering properties in Kent allow you to explore all this while having a comfortable vacation. So, why not browse our selection of properties in Kent to find your perfect holiday rental amongst picture-perfect scenery.
Exploring Kent’s Attractions During your Holiday Stay
When staying in a holiday cottage in Kent, there’s plenty to see and do, whether you prefer old towns, historical sites, or seaside communities.Kent is the focal point for much of England’s history, with Julius Caesar and William the Conqueror having landed here to invade England. It’s no wonder why the area now has such a vast array of amazing forts and grand country homes, many of which are available to explore during your holiday in Kent.
One of the first places to start in Kent is the atmospheric town of Canterbury. The town has an abundance of sights to see, and it’s nearly impossible to get around everything in one day.
While walking around the town, you’ll see many buildings that can be admired. One of the most famous of these is the Cathedral, which draws huge numbers of visitors every year.Visitors to the town may also enter the famous Canterbury Tales, which was a book written by Chaucer that has been turned into a tourist attraction.To gain a different view of the town, you can take a boat trip along the River Stour and get the best of both worlds with the magnificent architecture on one side and the stunning nature on the other.
Another of the larger locations worth visiting within Kent is Dover. Well known for its White Cliffs and port, the area is full of history, much of which is still on display today.There are plenty of museums, including the Dover Museum, which shows what local life has been like through the generations. There’s also Dover Castle, which is home to many secret underground passages used in the Second World War.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is an excellent example of natural parts of Kent. It has an Enchanted Forest and numerous large houses with stunning grounds. One of these includes Chartwell, which was the home of Sir Winston Churchill.
Others include the Hever Castle and Gardens, Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill and Quebec House. Royal Tunbridge Wells is less than 30 miles away from London yet is a peaceful location with excellent surroundings.
The once Georgian Spa town boasts brilliant shops and tea rooms along with a place called High Rocks on the edge of the village where you can find distinctive geological formations.Other places worth visiting in Kent include Maidstone, where you’ll find Leeds Castle, Tonbridge, home to Penhurst Place and Gardens, Sissinghurst, where National Trust grounds surround its castle and also the Grange.
For a novel experience, why not head to Knole House with 365 rooms named the ‘calendar house.’ And for the kids, there’s the fantastic Diggerland and Howletts, which has the world’s biggest collection of lowland gorillas.
If you are looking for activities closer to the sea, Kent also has that in abundance. Herne Bay can provide you with all the things you would expect from a British holiday, including a wonderful sandy beach, fish and chips, ice cream, and cafes. It and other seaside resorts can also offer the chance for activities such as scuba diving, land yachting, surfing, water skiing and kite surfing.
Also worth a trip to is Whitstable, where you can witness the annual Oyster Festival. The town is also full of unusual shops and galleries such as the Turner Contemporary or Ramsgate, which has a long maritime history. Many of our cottages in Kent are located near the coast and offer excellent access to beaches and local coastal attractions.
Kent doesn’t necessarily need attractions to encourage guests to come to the area. The country parks with paths surrounded by flora and fauna are a natural attraction for visitors.With an RSPB Nature Reserve in Dungeness, the area is a great base for those wishing to go rambling during their cottage holiday.
Places To Rent A Holiday Cottage in Kent
Kent is brilliantly connected to a variety of places, making it an ideal holiday destination. There are plenty of places to rent a fantastic holiday cottage across Kent.Canterbury is the largest city and has the history that you would expect from a cathedral city and the contemporary shops, bars, and restaurants. Royal Tunbridge Wells also has plenty of places to eat and shop, but it is a more peaceful location as it is a former spa town.
For a more ‘historical holiday,’ you should try Sissinghurst with its castle and gardens, or Dover or Faversham, which is a market village that could be just right for you. Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate and Medway all has both history and seaside character to offer.
No matter where you decide to stay, we’re sure to have a Kent holiday property that will suit your needs. Whether for a large group or just a couple, look through our variety of properties and find your perfect holiday cottage.