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On the Map: Charming Stays in Kent

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Published 27/10/2021 On the Map: Charming Stays in Kent


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

Penny Rope Bed Chamber

Quirky prison-themed bedchamber in cellar annexe of Georgian townhouse, in Margate, Kent. Have you ever wondered what it's like to spend a night in prison, but don't fancy breaking the law to find out? Would you believe us if we told you there was a cell where prisoners can stay the night, but leave in the morning with no repercussions? Penny Rope is a prison-themed bedchamber…

Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts

Elmley Nature Reserve Shepherds Huts

Six luxurious shepherd's huts on a National Nature Reserve in Kent, with an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep. For nature lovers, a visit to Elmley offers something nowhere else can: the chance to stay in an amazing National Nature Reserve.  As the only reserve in the UK that allows guests to extend their visits to overnight stays, Elmley gives you the chance to wake up to…

Champing™ Fordwich

Champing™ Fordwich

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.  First there was camping, then there was glamping, and now, there's ChampingTM. Church camping is revolutionising the traditional camping break, giving you exclusive use of some of the UK's greatest listed…

Beach Sun Retreat

Beach Sun Retreat

Turn a SAD face into a happy one, with year-round sunbathing both inside and out of this unique Kent-based holiday home. Featured in The Guardian and the Daily Mail, the Beach Sun Retreat is no ordinary beachfront holiday home.   Not only is the house - formerly a seaside hotel - perfectly set within the stunning ‘Garden of England', easily accessible to Kent's thriving coastal…

The Coastguard Lookout

The Coastguard Lookout

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. Perched on the Kent coast in enigmatic Dungeness (Britain's only desert), Coastguard Lookout has it all: a spectacular location, breath-taking views in every direction, exceptional design and décor, and…

Khina Cottage

Khina Cottage

At Khina Cottage child-friendly luxury awaits, in a lighthouse cottage delightfully secluded in the charming Kent town of Broadstairs. You'll find Khina Cottage, found at Kent's North Foreland Lighthouse, surrounded by lawned gardens and set well away from the cliffs, meaning even before you've set out for the day, there are plenty of safe outdoor areas for the kids (big kids included) to…

Honey Tree Lodge

Honey Tree Lodge

A luxury ‘grown-ups only' log cabin in the Garden of England, complete with outdoor hot tub and wood-burning sauna! Perfectly situated by the flourishing Druidstone Wildlife Park, in the Garden of England otherwise known as Kent, you will discover a secluded log cabin where warmth and luxury both flow freely. Lovingly hand-built, wheelchair accessible Honey Tree Lodge is ideal for…

Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat

Take a breath of fresh Seasalter air, from a secluded Kent home-from-home where coastal dreams are made relaxingly real. When it comes to soul-refreshing views, you'll be spoilt for choice with a stay at Beach Retreat. Located on the long sand-and-shingle Seasalter Beach, just a short stroll from Whitstable, you can view plenty of lush Kent countryside from the rear, while from the front, the…

The Granary

The Granary

You'll feel like your bread has been buttered on both sides when you and your loved one escape to The Granary - a gorgeous retreat for two in the heart of the Kent countryside. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Granary is a former timber-framed granary which has been lovingly transformed into a romantic studio for two. From the outside, it still looks very much like a…

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

The Enchanted Faraway Tree

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. Fans of Enid Blyton's enduring childhood classic, ‘The Magic Faraway Tree', are sure to be in seventh heaven, with a stay that recreates all the charm and enchantment of the famous storybook. Beautifully primed for a romantic…

Great Higham Barn

Great Higham Barn

This breathtaking barn conversion is set in the Garden of England, ideal for large family reunions or grand group breaks. Groups looking to get away from it all will relish the opportunity for fresh air and scenic luxury at Great Higham Barn, located within miles of soothing Kent countryside. With seven bedrooms sleeping up to 26 people - and the opportunity to combine other barns in…

Channel View

Channel View

A unique designer Dungeness beach house that showcases Kent at its wild and natural best.Bursting with history and located on the Dungeness RSPB Nature Reserve, you can expect a stay less ordinary from your break at Channel View.Once an abandoned shack surrounding a Victorian railway carriage, this designer home has been beautifully crafted into an idyllic and contemporary setting for up to four…

Longberry Farm

Longberry Farm

Live your rural dreams, on a welcoming family-run farm filled with cosy comforts, soothingly set in the Garden of England. You'll find it extremely hard to believe that Longberry Farm is less than an hour away from London. As soon as you arrive, you'll marvel at the way this friendly Kent farm transports you straight back to nature. With endless views of fresh, rolling countryside,…

Lion Lodge

Lion Lodge

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of the pride, in a luxury lodge set within the lions' natural habitat. Found in Hythe, on Kent's south coast, the award-winning Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve is home to over 90 different rare and endangered species of over 700 animals, in an authentic and awe-inspiring setting. Far from a conventional zoo, you can take a safari ride through the…

The Lookers Legacy

The Lookers Legacy

A romantic escape to your very own corner of Kent countryside, with panoramic views across to Romney Marsh. The Lookers Legacy is a stunningly renovated brick hut, built in the traditional style of ‘lookers' - people who would stay in the huts as they cared for their flocks of sheep. As such, you can expect breathtaking countryside views from a private, prime position amongst green fields that…

Bumble Barn

Bumble Barn

A striking eco-home set within a soothing 45-acre farm in the Garden of England, perfect for exploring coast, city, and country. Peacefully set within Kent's 45-acre Great Field Farm, you'll discover Bumble Barn ready and waiting to welcome you. Distanced between the coastal market town of Hythe, and the quaintly  medieval city of Canterbury, this really is the ideal location to explore the…

Gulliver the Quirky Camper

Gulliver the Quirky Camper

Gulliver is a quirky camper van bursting with creature comforts, whimsically settled in his own private Kent garden with hot tub. Forget heading out on the open road - you won't want to be anywhere else when you first set eyes on Gulliver! Your escape begins when you discover this incredibly quirky gem of a camper van, situated in his own private garden in Blean, Kent - a soothing Garden of…

Twentieth Century B&B

Twentieth Century B&B

A loving and authentic homage to Art Deco, perfectly set just four minutes' walk from the beach at Minnis Bay. An original Art Deco building that dates back to the mid-1930s, you're guaranteed a fun and elegant break at Twentieth Century B&B. Beautifully positioned in Birchington-on-Sea, mere minutes from the beach at Minnis Bay, you'll be very well placed to explore all the delights of…

Stay Wild

Stay Wild

A lovingly restored slice of Americana, in the form of a vintage yellow bus that's permanently stopped in an idyllic green Garden of England field. An imaginative and lovingly crafted retreat for two, Stay Wild offers you the chance to stay aboard a vintage, bright yellow, 40ft-long bus, plucked straight out of 1970s America. Friendly owner Aly fell in love with the then-derelict bus, and got…

Cherry Pickers Cabin

Cherry Pickers Cabin

A fascinating and historic retreat, charmingly styled to spirit you back to orchard life in the 1940s, privately nestled in the heart of Kent. The Kent village of Lynsted could be described as a perfect example of English rural idyll. Boasting acres of timeless greenery, here you'll discover listed buildings galore, not to mention an ancient yew, and a shimmering duck pond. (Is it any wonder…

Kent Nissen Hut

Kent Nissen Hut

A jaw-dropping, gently arched retreat for two, with luxurious high ceilings and a glazed wall that showcases the beautiful Kent countryside in all its glory.Originally designed as housing for troops during World War One, the semi-circular Nissen Hut has been creatively reimagined over time, to become a luxurious garden retreat.Perfect for a romantic couple, you'll discover the Kent Nissen Hut in a…

North Vat

North Vat

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. A sanctuary of calm and clean-lined beauty, North Vat is beautifully positioned on the vast, desert-like shingle beach at Dungeness, a designated National Nature Reserve, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.…

Luna Domes

Luna Domes

Unique, year-round retreats with sumptuous furnishings, magnificent sunrises, and private stargazing hot tubs, beautifully positioned in the Garden of England. Luna Domes is the brainchild of co-founders Johnny, who grew up on a farm in rural Tasmania, and Dan, an artistic creator with a background in private hospitality and events. Combining Dan and Johnny's vision of helping people savour a…

Hafod Station

Hafod Station

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. Unique and other-worldly, the vast shingle beach at Dungeness is a magnificent sight to behold (the New York times once stated, "if Kent is the Garden of England, Dungeness is the back gate.")   A designated Site…

Seventies Studio Margate

Seventies Studio Margate

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. A retro-styled penthouse apartment, Seventies Studio Margate looks as though it's been plucked straight from the set of ‘Abigail's Party'.   A riot of classic brown, cream, and orange tones, funky prints adorn the walls and…

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