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On the Map: Charming Stays in Kent

27 October 2021

Known as the ‘Garden of England’, you can expect picture-perfect scenes of nature from any visit to Kent.

But that’s not all.

Some of the historic county’s beautiful beaches have been voted the best in Europe by Lonely Planet, while grand castles, iconic cliffs, and a wealth of epic walking and cycling trails make for a true outdoor lover’s delight.

Throw in a few exquisite market towns, and some traditional seaside resorts – step forward Canterbury and Margate – and you have a holiday to suit every taste!

Top it all off by choosing an unusual Kent retreat to stay in… we’ve got plenty to show you in our hand-picked list.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Enchanted Faraway Tree | Nr Canterbury

Penny Rope Bed Chamber

Margate, Kent
Quirky prison-themed bedchamber in cellar annexe of Georgian townhouse, in Margate, Kent.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£95 / night

Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts

Sheerness, Kent
Eclectic accommodation and seasonally-inspired dining on a National Nature Reserve in Kent, with an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£105 / night

Champing™ Fordwich

Fordwich, Kent
For a true Champing™ pilgrimage, book a stay at The Church of St Mary the Virgin in England's tiniest town, Fordwich in Kent, just three miles from historic Canterbury. 
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: Up to 12
From
£49 pp

Beach Sun Retreat

Dymchurch, Kent
Turn a SAD face into a happy one, with year-round sunbathing both inside and out of this unique Kent-based holiday home.
Bedrooms: 7
Sleeps: 13
From
£780 (3 nights)

The Coastguard Lookout

Dungeness, Kent
Arguably one of the most fabulously positioned places to stay in the UK, offering some of the most unique accommodation you'll ever find, Coastguard Lookout is definitely one for your radar.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
From
£658 (2 nts)

Honey Tree Lodge

Nr Canterbury, Kent
A luxury ‘grown-ups only' log cabin in the Garden of England, complete with outdoor hot tub and wood-burning sauna!
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
From
£264 /night

Beach Retreat

Seasalter, Kent
Take a breath of fresh Seasalter air, from a secluded Kent home-from-home where coastal dreams are made relaxingly real.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps:
From
170

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

Nr Canterbury, Kent
Spirit yourself away to The Enchanted Faraway Tree - a storybook-inspired hideaway in the form of a unique treehouse pod, cosily nestled in the Garden of England.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£450 (2nts)

Longberry Farm

Bethersden, Kent
Live your rural dreams with a group getaway on an exclusive, three-acre family-run farm filled with cosy comforts and a ‘secret' hot tub spa in the Garden of England.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps:
From
£77.50 pppn

Lion Lodge

Hythe, Kent
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of the pride, in a luxury lodge set within the lions' natural habitat.
Bedrooms: 2 lodges
Sleeps: 4 per lodge
From
£1350/night

The Lookers Legacy

Tenterden, Kent
A romantic escape to your very own corner of Kent countryside, with panoramic views across to Romney Marsh.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£807 (7 nts)

Bumble Barn

Stelling Minnis, Kent
A striking eco-home set within a soothing 45-acre farm in the Garden of England, perfect for exploring coast, city, and country.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£182/ night

Gulliver the Quirky Camper

Nr Canterbury, Kent
Gulliver is a quirky camper van bursting with creature comforts, whimsically settled in his own private Kent garden with hot tub.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£150 /night

Twentieth Century B&B

Birchington-on-Sea, Kent
A loving and authentic homage to Art Deco, perfectly set just four minutes' walk from the beach at Minnis Bay.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 2 per room
From
£75 / night (David Bowie Room)

North Vat

Dungeness, Kent
A former Dungeness fisherman's cottage, architecturally re-imagined as an award-winning, light-filled black timber retreat with 360-degree views of the nature-steeped shingle beach.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£780 (2 nts)

Luna Domes

Edenbridge, Kent
Unique, year-round retreats with sumptuous furnishings, magnificent sunrises, and private stargazing hot tubs, beautifully positioned in the Garden of England.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps:
From
175

Hafod Station

Dungeness, Kent
A unique ‘wow-factor' fusion of heritage, art, and incredible sea views, in the form of a restored vintage train carriage nestled on the atmospheric shingle beach at Dungeness.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£505 (7 nights)

Seventies Studio Margate

Margate, Kent
A self-contained ‘time capsule' apartment covering the entire top floor of a townhouse in the heart of Margate, with fabulous views of Dreamland and the beach.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2-3
From
£50 / night offpeak

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