Renovated cottage with bags of character in the centre of the Kent Downs (AONB)
- english, french
My partner Graham and I are a friendly Anglo-French couple who live in the other wing of the house. Although, especially if using the self checking facility and staying a short time, you may not actually meet us as we both work full time. However, we will generally be around in the evenings and weekends to greet people arriving, answer any questions, sort any issues, or just provide some help if you are planning one of the many local ‘pub walks’.
Why Béatrice chose Sittingbourne
The location is this property big asset. While it is set in an area of natural outstanding beauty (AONB), is a magnet to the local wildlife, and is peaceful and quiet, it is also only 20-30 minutes from the cities of Canterbury, Rochester, and 1h-1h20 on the train to London. Several footpaths cross the local area, just ideal for walkers.
What makes this Cottage unique
Flexible accommodation sleeping up to 7. Full of character The Stable & Hay Loft has recently been renovated to the highest standard and particular attention has been given to keep the character. You will find numerous features: Limestone floor and Oak floors and beams throughout, brick inglenook, original cast iron horse stall divider, curving feature wall, cast-iron Victorian spiral staircase, etc. Great central location Located in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) the cottage is perfect for nature lovers, walkers or for those wanting to explore Kent its historical towns and picturesque villages. Equi-distant from all the main and historic towns of mid-Kent. Canterbury, Maidstone, Whitstable, Tenterden, Faversham, Ashford and Rochester are all only 20-30 minutes away. Though in the middle of the AONB, it is only 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel Terminal, making it ideal as a stop over for those travelling to the continent. The nearest village/pub is 1 mile away. Public footpaths extend in every direction from the Coach House making it very easy to explore the many winding lanes, bridleways, footpaths and dry valleys that are the hallmark of this AONB. Almost all footpaths and bridleways eventually lead to a decent country pub, making for some great walks. Guides to the best walks via various country pubs serving good food can be made available for visitors if requested. The nearest railway stations are Lenham (3 miles) or Sittingbourne (5 miles). To Sittingbourne it is under 1hr from St Pancras International, to Lenham it is 1h20 from London Victoria. For more information and to read our guest reviews visit www.stablecottagekent.co.uk
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Kent weekend break
We had a lovely weekend at the cottage. It was beautiful decorated and very comfortable. My elderly mother slept downstairs, which was convenient for her as it had its own bathroom which was adjacent to her bedroom. Beatrice was the perfect host. She supplied us with warm Brioche and jam on our arrival, which was welcome after a long journey. We didn’t have to worry about milk, tea, coffee etc, as they were all supplied. We had our noisy Chihuahuas with us and Beatrice was totally understanding. She has the most beautiful black Labrador, which in my view is the most gorgeous dog I have ever met. We would definitely stay there again.
Wonderful cottage in an attractive part of the north Kent Downs AONB
At relative short notice, my family booked this charming cottage (former stables) for a couple of nights recently. We were very lucky to secure the cottage as we had been let down by the owner of another cottage we had enquired about in Sussex and it was school half term. The cottage is only an hours drive from our family home but it was a world apart - very rural, tranquil and relaxing. However, it was also very well located to get to attractions such as Leeds Castle, Doddington Place Gardens and numerous quaint villages and traditional pubs. The cottage had everything we needed and was a great place to relax and unwind. We only wish we could have stayed longer, but there is always a next time. The host, Beatrice, was lovely. Very attentive, cheerful and helpful, ably assisted by her beautiful family labrador, Maia. Beatrice also made us a double batch of her home made brioche and jams which were delicious. Our warm and sincere thanks for a lovely short break providing many happy memories.
We have just had a lovely 4 night stay at this beautiful property. There were 7 of us and a dog and everything had been thought of to ensure we had brilliant time. Beatrice brought a warm Brioche and homemade jam and butter to greet us. The smell alone was wonderful. The underfloor heating was on which was great after taking off our boots on a late October evening and there was even a small jar of dog treats for our dog Maria and a welcoming play with the friendly black lab Maya who lives there. The whole place has been completed to a high standard but is also very practical. We enjoyed watching netflix on a huge TV in front of a real log fire while sipping chilled wine or cider. We roamed over fields and through woodland on lots of public footpaths and ventured down narrow country lanes to have a wonderful meal at the Plough - again recommended by Beatrice. Despite being in the middle of the countryside it does not take long to get to different towns and places of interest. However one slight challenge is finding Sittingbourne if you follow the road signs, as every road appears to lead to Sittingbourne but you never seem to get any closer!
What a beautiful cottage! The design has been very well thought out and beautifully executed! Beatrice was the perfect host and made sure that we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The breakfast bread and preserve was delicious. We purchased the BBQ packs, unfortunately the weather didn’t play along, but we were still able to cook the food in the well equipped kitchen. The food, and especially the hot bread, was all delicious. The cottage was well equipped, very clean and with comfortable beds! I wish we’d been able to stay longer..... we will definitely be back for a longer stay when we’re in the area in the future!
We have booked this amazing cottage for 1 night only as we were passing by. Ideally located in a charming setting, the cottage has completely won our hearts. Very easy to find, it is so comfortable, luxurious, spacious and clean. The hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming.
We were really touched by the home made brioche and jams brought to us on the morning by the hosts, so delicious!
We particularly enjoyed having our breakfast on the terrace whilst listening to the birds... idyllic break!
We will definitely book again and stay for longer!
Lovely place for great holidays
What a lovely place, a little country heaven. I staid at the Stable with my husband and 15-month old son and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well equipped cottage, very clean, cosy, perfect for families. All the basics are provided, the welcome breakfast in a basket was a nice touch. Some books are available to give you all the information you need to explore Kent. Great location to explore central Kent or nip to London for the day. Beatrice, our host, gave us such a warm welcome and was very helpful throughout our stay.
Though located in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), the cottage is still only 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel Terminal, making it ideal as a stop over for those travelling to the continent. It is also an excellent base for those wishing to explore the Kent Downs on foot.
Places to visit / attractions less than 5 miles away counts Leeds castle, Doddington place, Belmont House and gardens. National trust places to explore further away: Sissinghurst castle, Scotney castle, Bodiam, Hever castle, Chartwell. Animal reserves: the big cat sanctuary, Port Lympne Reserve, Wildwood , Howletts Wild Animal Park, Wingham Wildlife Park.
The cottage is equi-distant from all the main and historic towns of mid-Kent. Canterbury, Maidstone, Whitstable, Tenterden, Faversham, Ashford and Rochester are all only 20-30 minutes away.
The nearest village/pub is 1 mile away. Public footpaths extend in every direction from the cottage making it very easy to explore the many winding lanes, bridleways, footpaths and dry valleys that are the hallmark of this AONB. Almost all footpaths and bridleways eventually lead to a decent country pub, making for some great walks. Guides to the best walks via various country pubs serving good food can be made available for visitors.
The nearest railway stations are Lenham (3 miles) or Sittingbourne (5 miles). To Sittingbourne it is under 1hr from St Pancras International, to Lenham it is 1h20 from London Victoria.
Getting here is best done by car. Once here, getting around is best done on foot.