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The Granary at Coes Vineyard, East SussexThe Granary is a delightful one-bedroomed cottage in the heart of the picturesque Coes Estate. Nestling in a quiet valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Coes is a 500-year-old, 50-acre farm with sheep, and a vineyard planted in Spring 2021. At The Granary you can relax and take in the tranquility, walk in the Italian garden or around the lake and explore the woodland. Coes offers a great base for long local rambles and cycles and you will have access to the tennis court.
The Lodge**Opted in to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning protocol** Cosy barn-style accommodation nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside. Located close to National Trust sites and country walks. The Lodge is the perfect country getaway and romantic retreat. Please note this is strictly a NO SMOKING property inside the Lodge, the garden and surrounding field. The property is also NOT SUITABLE for infants, children or pets. Two adults only.
Blackthorn is a luxurious, rural retreat for two.Blackthorn is a luxurious retreat for two. Attached to the owner's home, and situated on the edge of Icklesham village, the property lies halfway between the ancient towns of Rye and Hastings. There is a distant view of the sea, and the garden is surrounded by beautiful AONB countryside. The cottage has a private, south facing verandah, and guests are welcome to use the heated, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub throughout their stay but exclusively between the hours of 8.00am and 8.00pm.
Kent has a lot going on, from its rich pasture and rolling chalk downs to arty seaside towns and arguably the most famous white cliffs in the world. This southeastern county is also full of history, evinced in the cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester, and the medieval streets of Cinque Port towns like Sandwich and Dover, and the Tudor splendour of Hever, Leeds, and Dover Castles (Henry VIII spent much time and money here). The conical roofs of its oasthouses are another traditional sight, responsible for drying the hops used to create some of England’s most beloved ales.
Nowadays you’ll also find award-winning vineyards side by side with the orchards that earned this region the nickname the Garden of England. On the coast, quiet fishing villages like Whitstable, famed for its oysters, are interspersed with livelier resort towns such as Ramsgate and Broadstairs, while Margate has become a destination not just for its family attractions but its contemporary art scene.
You can get to Kent in under an hour from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) by car or rail, and London Heathrow (LHR) doesn’t take much longer. As the closest point in the United Kingdom to mainland Europe, Kent is also easily accessible via the Eurotunnel and any number of ferries. Being part of London’s commuter belt, it’s extremely well connected by rail as well as bus services, so getting around without a car is not difficult. Most towns are well served by taxis and rideshare options too. Kent is also a popular terrain for cycling and walking, with thousands of miles of paths and trails.
Kent’s floral beauty lights up the countryside from early spring, from the moment the bluebells come out and carpet its woodlands. It’s a lovely time to witness the county’s May Day celebrations, and not as busy as the summer, when the attractions and beaches begin to draw big crowds. June to September bring the warmest temperatures and inspire a number of major music festivals across the region. Whitstable’s colourful Oyster Festival is held in July, and autumn brings its own celebrations of local produce, with a number of food, beer, and real ale festivals across the county. Come winter, Advent and Christmas services at Canterbury Cathedral are a major tradition, as is the Boxing Day Dip in the sea at Folkestone and Dover.
Considered one of the best places to live in Kent, Deal is a quirky maze of streets packed with fishermen’s cottages and Georgian townhouses fronted by a pretty seafront. Two neighbouring castles — Deal and Walmer — reflect its long history as a fortress town, while its promenade and pier bear the hallmarks of 1950s Britain.
Different from everything else in Kent — and, arguably the rest of England — this marshy headland is utterly mesmerising. Its lighthouse and decommissioned power station add to the surreal surroundings, as does Prospect Cottage, a quirky cottage and wild garden owned by a famous local filmmaker.
This spa town was particularly popular with the Georgians, and it’s still a smart place to shop, eat, and relax. It has its own steam train, which runs along the Spa Valley Railway. It’s also a great starting point to explore the High Weald, the scenic area of woods and ancient farmland that surrounds it.