A patchwork of coast and countryside dotted with seaside towns and postcard-perfect rural villages, there’s so much to see and do in Kent. Hang out along the county’s 350 miles of shoreline, take in the awe-inspiring sights of the towering White Cliffs of Dover or soak up the arty, foodie vibe of Margate. Whether you’re bringing the kids, the dog, or the whole brood, Kent holiday rentals offer a convenient home away from home. In need of a little inspiration? You’ll find the low-down of some of the coolest places to stay in the so-called Garden of England right here.
Pet-friendly holiday cottages in Ashford
An enticing blend of old and new, Ashford sits beside the glorious green spaces of the Kent Downs and within a 30-minute drive of the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty. This is prime “Darling Buds of May” territory and, with unlimited potential for walkies along the Pilgrims and North Down Ways, this corner of south-west England proves popular with those looking for pet-friendly holiday cottages in Kent. There’s plenty for humans to enjoy too – discount designer shopping, meandering heritage trails and the fascinating Ashford Borough Museum just a few of the attractions in town.
Kent coast holiday rentals in Dover, Deal and Sandwich
Towering, chalky cliffs, chic eateries and momentous history all make Dover, Deal and Sandwich ideal spots to find holiday lets on the Kent coast. The crumbly cliffs are among the most iconic sights in the port city of Dover, though the town’s castle and museum are among its other must-visit spots. In nearby Deal, the focus turns to maze-like smugglers’ lanes dotted with buzzing cafés and independent shops, while the medieval remains and sprawling nature reserves in Sandwich make holiday rentals here a good bet for history buffs and wildlife enthusiasts.
Holiday homes in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate
Kent’s north-eastern tip is home to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, a trio of harbour town lovelies that between them count spectacular beaches and bays, gourmet dining and a generous helping of architectural finery among their attractions. Soak up the artistic energy of hip Margate or relax on the broad, sandy beaches of Broadstairs. Nearby Ramsgate serves up maritime heritage and an unmissable waterfront café culture. The Viking Coastal Trails links holiday rentals in all 3 towns, so enjoying it all is always on the menu.
Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne family holidays
Perched between the Kent Downs and the Elmley National Nature Reserve, Sittingbourne is a lively town brimming with cafés, shops and restaurants, along with a little bit of history courtesy of the Heritage Hub and the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway. Nearby, the Isle of Sheppey – Kent’s self-styled Treasure Island – shows off a different side to the county, the unspoilt landscapes here offering an idyllic backdrop for everything from cycling to fossil hunting. Serving up entertainment for all ages, Sittingbourne and Isle of Sheppey holiday lets are the perfect choice for family getaways.
Holiday rentals in Tunbridge Wells
An enticing mix of town and country, Tunbridge Wells is one of Kent’s favourite holiday destinations – bursting as it is with colonnaded shopping, buzzy cafés and historic parklands. While there’s plenty to do in the heart of town, the surrounding High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty begs to be explored – the Spa Valley Railway chugging its way through a medley of pretty towns and villages, each with a charm of their own and boasting must-see attractions like romantic Scotney Castle and Bedgebury’s enchanting National Pinetum and Forest.
Kent holiday lets in the Sevenoaks District
For culture vultures, there’s really only one place to consider a stay in a Kent holiday home. The Sevenoaks District is home to atmospheric Eynsford and Westerham, both boasting vibrant shopping streets and chic restaurants, as well as family-friendly spots like Penshurst Place and Chiddingstone Village. Sevenoaks holiday lets are also within a short drive of Lullingstone Castle and World Garden and the 4th-century Lullingstone Roman Villa, the latter one of the country’s best-preserved medieval properties.