Nigel and Wendy Griffiths
About Nigel and Wendy Griffiths
Nigel and Wendy grew up in Kent and have always had an interest in travel and tourism. Having traveled extensively we know what makes a property and a holiday special and we have tried to provide that in our properties. Wendy has an eye for detail and cleanliness so you can be assured the cottages are well maintained and clean.
Nigel and Wendy Griffiths purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Nigel and Wendy Griffiths chose Challock
We moved back to Kent in 2012 after 20 years away and after viewing many properties we fell in love with Landews the moment we saw it. Properties in locations like this come up very rarely so we had to fight off two existing buyers and complete in 1 month to secure this as our home.
What makes this Cottage unique
Landews enjoys a beautiful rural location, surrounded by fields and woodlands. It was built as an ECO property in 1978 mainly over 1 floor so it maintains a very low key cottage feel from all angles. The village of Challock is pretty with very friendly locals, a lovely green and two good pubs. It's central location allow you to get anywhere in Kent in around half an hour.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Good Location. Property nice and clean and well equiped.
Thank you for choosing to stay in Hop cottage and for your kind review, we are pleased that you enjoyed the clean, spacious cottage and its lovely surroundings, close to all Kents attractions. Do come again Nigel and Wendy
A lovely relaxing stay
We all had a very relaxing time at Hop Cottage. We had everything we needed and even amazing weather too! Nigel was extremely helpful on our arrival as it was late and he checked we arrived safely with his clear directions. It was great to be away from it all at the same time as being able to travel easily to many lovely destinations. Thanks to Wendy and Nigel for our amazing stay in Kent.
Thank you for your lovely review, it was a real pleasure to meet you all and have you stay in Hop Cottage. We are very pleased you enjoyed the facilities and comfort of the cottage as well as the great central location for exploring Kent's attractions. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future,
Nigel and Wendy
Not impressed at all and definitely not 5star like you as you described it
I will be sending you some pictures. Conservatory: dirty frames and torn curtains. Spare toilet has never seen a bit of bleach for a long time. Games room unfinished. Garden not kept. The water does not run quick enough in the bathrooms sink. The surrounding is fantastic but the cottage did put a damp on our holiday It is definitely not worth what we paid for it for a week. I think you should also need to mention that there are no taxi about.
They do say you cant please all of the people all of the time, and we seem to get one guest every year that this applies to.
We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at Hop cottage and felt compelled to complain to Home Away and us for money back. A request that we have refused for the following reasons.
The title of your review says not 5 star like you describe it! - This is factually incorrect, nowhere in our advert on Home Away do we describe our property as 5 star, it does has over 100 independent reviews across 4 lettings platforms over a 5 year period where it gets an average rating from guests of 4.7 out of 5.
The guest that left the property the day you arrived left this review:
Highly recommended to those who would like to enjoy a little piece of heaven on Earth. Beautiful surroundings and a lovely spacious home.
The guests the week before left this review:
We had a wonderful time at this truly unique property. The children, and us actually really enjoyed a dip in the beautiful swimming lake and a relax in the hot tub. The cottage was well equipped and any issues were very quickly sorted out. Nigel was a very good host with prompt communication. We enjoyed staying at the property and some sightseeing, including Leeds Castle which was very charming. We would most definitely recommend Hop Cottage and would love to return! Thank you
You state that the garden was not Kept - The lawn had be mowed the day before you arrived, it has brand new rattan furniture and cushions, in spring and early summer it is full of cottage blooms, but unfortunately come september, the blooms start to die away and in winter it will be dead headed, this is the first negative comment about Hop Garden in 5 years
Torn curtains, they are not torn, one net curtain was had come off the runners, I offered to re attach it but you said you would pull them to.
Toilet - You are correct, we have septic tanks so we do try not to use bleach but other products more suited. There is a small limescale build up but it was clean.
Game room - is a new facility we added this year, it has not yet been plastered so has bare walls, every other guest has really enjoyed playing table tennis in it this season.
Bathroom sink, if you had advised this at the time of your stay we would have fixed it, I assume it needs a new washer which will be done.
Taxi- there are numbers for 4 taxi companies in the guest book and I advised you of this on arrival and which to use
We had a great time staying in both Hop and Oak Cottages this last weekend. They are fabulous - clean, comfortable and spacious. They are located in beautiful countryside where there are lovely walks and the children could enjoy watching the animals. We will certainly be back!
Wonderful quiet beautiful cottage
This is an absolutely stunning cottage. We only got to enjoy a couple of days here due to work commitments. However our stay received a warm welcome from the owners and the cottage certainly lived up to more than our expectations. The cottage was exceptionally clean and comfortable set in beautiful surroundings. We will defiantly want to stay here again 😁😁😁😁😁
Thank you for your kind review and also for leaving the cottage so clean after your stay.
It was a shame you could not stay longer and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future
Nigel and wendy
Great cottage! Our group (8 friends) stayed over new years and we felt very welcomed (champagne glasses were even provided). We love the cottage and are talking about coming again in summer so we can swim in the lake. The cottage has loads of space for social activities and is very comfortable. Despite the fog when we visited, the views and area surrounding the cottage is beautiful and the pub is not too far to walk to either. The location is convenient for being close enough to places like Canterbury- where we went for a day trip but once at the cottage, it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere which is great for that time away feeling. The property itself was clean with towels provided. The layout works very well with a spacious sitting room (including sofa bed), a well designed kitchen, a dining area and a conservatory which was great as a second social space. Fantastic place which we'd all definitely recommend!
Thanks you for your review. We are very glad you all enjoyed your New Year break in Hop cottage, we thought we saw you all trying a New Years day swim in the lake you mad fools! We would love to welcome you back in the summer to come and enjoy a stay when swimming in the lake would be somewhat more pleasurable.
We hope to see you all again soon
Nigel and Wendy
Challock is centrally located between Canterbury, Ashford and Faversham and is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of mid Kent. The village is surrounded on all sides by woodland with 'Kings Wood' to the East and Longbeech wood to the west. Chaucer's famous Pilgrims Way and the North Downs Way are just to the south of the village and can be accessed on foot with the adventurous being able to follow this to Canterbury. The village of Wye with it's chalk crown and the 'Devils Kneading Trough' are 4 miles away. Eastwell Manor is just one of a number of first class restaurants offering fine dining on your doorstep.
Challock's location in the heart of Kent provides an ideal base for exploring all of the Garden of England's attractions, including Leeds castle ' The loveliest castle in the world' , Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, The Hop Farm family park, The historic Dock Yards Chatham, the cinque port towns, Port Lympne or Howlett's Wild Animal Parks , The rare breeds centre, Hever castle or the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
There is plenty for all the family to do an see within a very short drive, The UK's oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame in Faversham provides brewery tours with tastings, or the Designer outlet village in Ashford provides a shoppers paradise.
The village of Challock has two pubs, one serving excellent food 7 days a week, the other being a very traditional ale house, the barn shop is stocked with fine local produce, a horse riding school, the Kent Gliding club and the Beech Court Gardens & Tea rooms, plus it holds an annual goose fair on the green in September. Charing race course is only a few miles away with regular point to point meetings