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Henrietta Kelly

Member since: 2015
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Speaks french, spanish

2 Converted cottages in Preston Kent, seasonal reduction and special rates offer - Twyne (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4)

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Preston holiday cottage

Tranquil Setting In The Grounds Of A Tudor Farmhouse, B&B Is Available

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.

Details for Twyne (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4) 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

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.

  • children welcome
Henrietta Kelly (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Call Owner
Speaks french, spanish

About Henrietta Kelly

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

Why Henrietta Kelly chose Kent

These cottages are independent and have their own private gardens.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


based on 11 traveller reviews

Twyne (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4)
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Good Accommodation in Quiet Rural Location

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Birdsong and roses

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Louise, Many thanks for your kind words. We very much hope we shall see you here again in the near future. Best regards Henrietta
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Great location, comfortable and enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It was a lovely to meet your gorgeous daughters and hopefully we will see you again one day soon. Have a great summer in France. Best wishes to you all Henrietta
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Tranquil cottage, ideally situated

  • 5 of 5

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)

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my Mum and my daughter had a girlie weekend at the Twyne barn. We were made to feel incredibly welcome, from the warm reception we received from Henrietta, to the delicious treats left in the fridge and the excellent recommendations we received when we asked about where to eat etc... Communication before our stay was excellent and Henrietta replied to my pre visit enquiries very quickly. The cottage was everything we wanted and it was even sunny! In fact my only problem was that I had to leave and go back to work on the Monday. Thank you so much for our lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We where welcomed with open arms and some surprises in the fridge!

The cottage is lovely and does have everything you need for your stay. Everything is well maintained and clean.

The cottage is nearby Canterbury and other places we visited (Ramsgate, Margate, Whitstable, Sandwich etc), a good place to plan your trip from.

We had a lovely stay in a lovely cottage owned by lovely people in a lovely part of England!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks it was lovely to meet you. We very much hope we might see you again in this part of England one day. Best wishes Henrietta
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Royal St Georges Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Preston, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Mid Season Christmas
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
8 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
25 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please note minimum stay the first 2 nights are charge full rate and then the following nights are charged at 10% of this.
Longer term bookings are available, as is B&B in the main house. Please enquire for details.

A 5% discount is available if both units are booked together.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday. Please do not arrive before 4.00pm, and depart by 10.00am. However, special flexibility is possible by prior arrangement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Preston, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , Bunk beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Travel cots (no bedding provided) and high chairs are available free. Foldaway/inflatable beds are available (space permitting) with additional bed linen and towels for extra occupants for a supplement of £75 per person per week. Outside: Large sun terraces plus lawns. 2 wooden sun beds, picnic tables with parasols. Barbecues.