|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Living/dining room 5. 0m x 3. 3m with full-height timbered roof.
Galley kitchen 4.2m x 1.7m.
Main bedroom 4.0m x 2.7m, double bed and en-suite shower room with shaver point.
Second bedroom 2.9m x 2.4m with full-size bunk beds.
Family shower room with shaver point.
Gravelled courtyard garden and lawn.
Both gites have a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, oven, four-ring hob, microwave, butler sink, iron/board, dryer rack, vacuum cleaner, TV/DVD player, WiFi/broadband internet access. Luxury bed linen and towels are provided and changed weekly. Both have generous gardens with sun loungers, picnic table, parasol and barbecue. Bicycles are available for hire and evening meals can be provided. Pets are not normally permitted but kennels are available within the village. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Hardacre House was built in the first part of the fifteenth century. Its most famous occupant was John Twyne, the last headmaster of St Augustine’s Abbey school and the first of Kings School in Canterbury after the Dissolution in 1541. He was Alderman, Mayor and MP of Canterbury and even spent time in the Tower of London when he offended King Henry VIII! He married Allice Peper of Hampshire in 1525 and they spent many years in Preston.
David and Henrietta have been living in this area temporarily for 5 years. They were married 4 years ago and have decided to move full time to "The Garden of England".
They running courses for foreign adults and younger students who want to improve their English in the main house and offer 2 self catering cottages which are adjacent to the main house.
David has lived in Kent and London most of his life and loves gardening, playing tennis, walking and biking. Henrietta has lived in France and Chile
and also loves an active outdoor life much the same as David! They both love travelling and have visited Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, India and many lovely places in Europe including France, Italy and Spain. We both speak French and Henrietta speaks Spanish too.
They very much enjoy the theatre and there is a great one in Canterbury called "The Marlowe Theatre". When they have time and at the end of the day they enjoy having a good read but usually fall asleep with the book.
They both enjoy good food but most of all using their local products. They are eager to have a good kitchen garden which they are both working on.
They would love to share their beautiful garden which is in a very tranquil spot and an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are beautiful walks along many footpaths around the village and they are close to the sea side with a good choice of different types of beaches. They are also very close to Canterbury with its stunning cathedral and walled city and many other interesting historical sites including two "Cinques Port" towns of Sandwich and Dover, and Richborough Castle. There are the various golf courses in and around Sandwich, with Margate and Ramsgate also close at hand.
They would very much enjoy to welcome you to their home and share some of the secrets of Hidden Kent which they can reveal to our guests when they come and visit.
Henrietta Kelly purchased this cottage in 2015
These cottages are independent and have their own private gardens.
There are also bikes here if you would like to borrow them. Very flat and great biking country!
In the spring time beautiful walks in the blue bell woods and also very close to the beaches.
A modern holiday house with the old twist. Modern bathrooms and further all that you need. Good location for day trips to Canterbury or even London.
! Charming, safe and Nice for the kids, peacefull and at the same time close to Canterbury. We had a great stay!
The cottage was situated in an ideal location allowing easy access to Kents attractions. Accommodation was comfortable and the owners very friendly and helpful. Plenty of good pubs locally. Would recommend the property and would return to explore more of Kent.
This cottage provides a wonderful peaceful environment to relax and recharge yet is situated in an area with much to see.
Great care has been taken to provide all you could need in a holiday let and Henrietta left a very thoughtful and generous welcome food pack which was much appreciated. Highly recommended.
We stayed for a week over May half term with our two children. The weather was not good but we had a great holiday. The location of the cottage is ideal with lots of things to see and do nearby. Henrietta and John are very friendly and welcoming. Thank you for the locally made treats left for us. The cottage is in a very quiet location and is very private. The bird songs is very relaxing.
We drove down from London, stopping off on the way to visit Chartwell. Henrietta was waiting for us at the cottage with a smile, lots of local info and two glasses of Prosecco. Excellent showers, comfortable beds. We spent a week exploring the East of the county. Sandwich and Whitstable were our favourite towns and the Turner Contemporary gallery (Margate) and the vintage shops nearby were interesting to browse. Steak night at the local pub (Tuesday) was excellent value. Canterbury Cathedral is a definite must-see (good Park and Ride at Sturry) and the punting trips on the Stour look like fun.
Lovely cottage, warm welcome. Many thanks. John and Karen (Dinan, France)
Broadstairs, Margate, Westgate on Sea and Ramsgate are all less than 30 minutes by car, as are Whitstable, Deal and St Margaret's Bay. Botany Bay, near Broadstairs, is a Blue Flag beach.
Access to the A2/M2 is 15 minutes away. A railway station at Adisham, 5 miles away, connects to London, Canterbury and Dover. The Channel Tunnel and the Dover ferry port are only 30 minutes away by car. There is a regular bus service from Preston to Canterbury/Margate and bike hire is available, but your own transport is desirable to make the best of the area.
Hardacre House is approximately 9 miles from the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury and 5 miles from the charming medieval town of Sandwich, set in a tranquil backwater of East Kent. Good beaches are no more than 30 minutes away, as are the delightful seaside towns of Broadstairs and Deal. Margate (with the new Turner Contemporary art gallery) and Ramsgate are similarly close, as is fashionable Whitstable with its renowned seafood and speciality restaurants. Preston has a pub, a village shop, a butcher’s serving local produce, a prestigious garden centre and a riding stable offering equine pastimes and lessons for young and old alike. The 13th Century church of St Mildred’s is within walking distance. The picturesque and historic village of Wingham, two miles away, has a supermarket, newsagent, post office, banks, a bakery, a farm shop, petrol station and several pubs/restaurants. There is a chemist 3 miles away in Ash, which also has tennis courts and there are playing fields next door to Hardacre House. Canterbury has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs. There are many activities in the area. The national wildlife and nature reserve of the lower Stour valley and wetlands provides excellent walking and birdwatching, and Wingham Wildlife Park is close. There are several cycle routes and we are situated directly on National Cycle Route 1 (which connects Dover with the Shetland Islands!). Canterbury has extensive sports facilities, a golf course and Leisure Centre while Sandwich has the world-famous St George’s Golf Club, regular host to the Open. Howletts Zoo and Wildlife Park is 5 miles away at Bekesbourne. The National Fruit Collection is at Brogdale, near Faversham. Nearby Goodnestone Park, with its connection to Jane Austen, has well-known ornamental gardens. Sissinghurst and Great Dixter gardens; Dover, Walmer, Hever and Leeds castles are all within reach.