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   Display cottages within 25 miles of these locations with the cottages closest to the location displayed first:
Canterbury Cottages Chartwell Cottages Emmetts Cottages

Rye Cottages

Sissinghurst Cottages

Winchelsea 

More locations in our pages of towns and villages in these counties.

To many people Kent is the main Horticultural area of the United Kingdom. It also contains many historic towns fronting onto the sea from south of the river Thames down to and along the English Channel.  Kent also has ports used by ferries connecting to various destinations across the English Channel.

Thanks to its proximity to London, Kent is one of the most popular holiday counties in England.

Inland, beautiful Canterbury and its extraordinary cathedral is still the main crowd-pleaser, but you can also catch your breath in some gorgeous countryside.

Probably the most distinctive feature of the fertile, rolling hills of inland Kent are the white cone shaped roofs of Oast Houses.

Oast Houses were basically giant, housed kilns for drying hops, a key ingredient in the brewing of beer, introduced to the region in the early 15th century. An Oast House is made up of four rooms: the Kiln (Oven), the drying room (located above the kiln), the cooling room, and the storage room where hops were pressed and bailed, ready to go to the local inn-brewery. The cone shaped roof was necessary to create a draft for the fire. The bits sticking out from the top of the cone are cowls that could be moved to regulate the fire.

Most Oast Houses have been converted into homes, and are increasingly sort after as prime real estate. Oast Houses B&Bs are increasingly common throughout the county.

The city of Canterbury is one of the top tourist attractions in England, and for very good reasons. The medieval centre that towers above it all is one of the most impressive you’ll see anywhere in Europe. In WWII the Luftwaffe was a little too keen in its efforts to bomb the city, but thankfully their targeting was a little off due to the local people lighting fires in the heart of the city giving the impression that the city centre had been effectively bombed, and the centre was preserved.

From AD 200 there was a Roman town called Durovernum Cantiacorum on this site which later became the capital of the Saxon kingdom of Kent. When St Augustine arrived in England in 597 to carry the Christian message to the pagan hordes, he chose Canterbury as his Cathedra, or primary see, and set about building an abbey on the outskirts of town.

Following the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Canterbury became northern Europe's most important centre of pilgrimage, which in turn led to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, one of the outstanding poetic works in English literature.

Rampant tourism and blasphemous murders aside, Canterbury remains the primary see for the Church of England.

 

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Kent Farmland Bluebells in coppiced woodland Kent Farmland with Oasthouses Train Coming Train Passing Train Gone
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Shopping square in Canterbury Canterbury Street Canterbury Square The Barman's Prayer Simple Simons Cathedral dominating the city
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Entrance to the Cathedral 12 Apostles and Christ Notice Board in Red Lion Red Lion - Good Food Farmland Early Morning Sissinghurst Oast Houses
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Sissinghurst today owes its existence to diplomat and politician Harold (Later Sir Harold) Nicolson and his wife, writer and poet Vita Sackville-West who found the ruinous fragments of Sissinghurst and chose to make their home and garden there.
Vita purchased Sissinghurst in 1930 when she was thirty eight and Harold forty three and their sons Ben and Nigel were sixteen and thirteen.

The decision to buy may have been influenced by the realization that this would be a good place to garden: many of the enclosures they so loved to plant were already there. 
Before any of the buildings were habitable they set to work on the garden. Vita set out their roles and objectives in an article in the Journal of the Royal Horticulture Society: "I could never have done it by myself. Fortunately I had through through marriage, the ideal collaborator. Harold Nicolson should have been a garden architect in another life. He has a natural taste for symmetry, an ingenuity for forcing focal points or long distance views".

Location map of Sissinghurst


Sissinghurst Barn Arch Main House from Tower Entrance to main house Main entrance Sissinghurst Gardens from the Tower Medieval wall and cottage garden
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Looking back to car park White garden from tower South Cottage Garden Couch Ferns in Nuttery Garden Start of Lime Walk
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Statue in Garden Lime Walk Cottage Garden Cottage Garden Rye Town gate entrance Rye Guest House
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Pendulum in Church Rye Church Window Spring Wisteria Simon the Pieman Rye Street  
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Emmetts Garden - (The three-storey Victorian villa and garden immediately surrounding it are not open to visitors.)  

This charming and informal garden at the highest point in Kent was laid out in the years between 1890 and 1927 by Frederick Lubbock, with many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. There are glorious shows of daffodils, bluebells and azaleas in spring, roses in summer and the glowing autumnal foliage of acres and cornus in September and October. On the six acres of free draining soil, Lubbock planted an important collection of rare trees and shrubs in the informal style of the influential Edwardian garden writer William Robinson.

The area was transformed by the 1987 storm and dramatic new vistas opened up, which can be enjoyed from the hilltop tea-garden. One tree of note that survived the great storm is the 100 foot high Wellingtonia (Sequoia-deddron glutinosa)  which still stands sentinel on the highest point of the garden, having somehow survived the gales.

Emmetts Garden was farmland until 1860 when the present house was built. The name 'Emmetts' comes from the old local word for the giant anthills which filled the woodlands until the 1950s. This may have influenced Frederick Lubbock's decision to purchase the garden as his eldest brother - John, Lord Avebury - was a world expert on ants.

Location map of Emmetts

The North Garden where the acid, leafy soil makes it a paradise of dwarf Rhododendrons, azaleas,  and many varieties of heather, as well as low shrubs and conifers

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Azaleas Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons

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Rhododendrons       The formal garden recently restored
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 Bluebells in the Spring      
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Cottages within 25 miles of some of the choice spots in Kent

Click one of the underlined numbers adjacent to a location to display the cottages sleeping the number highlighted in yellow at the top.

The underlined numbers tell you how many cottages sleeping 2, or 4, or 6, or 8, or 10 people will be displayed within 25 miles of the location when you click an underlined number in one of the columns. 

Map will display a Google map of the location and From London will give you a Google route map from London to the location.

Note that the numbers of cottages will change over time as new properties are added to the database.

Cottages sleeping: 2 4 6 8 10  
Canterbury  Map From London 32 79 31 9 7
Chartwell  Map From London 21 40 16 7 6
Dover  Map From London 30 67 26 6 5
Emmetts Garden  Map From London 23 44 16 7 6
Hever Castle  Map From London 39 63 22 11 9
Ightham  Map From London 27 41 17 8 8
Cottages Sleeping: 2 4 6 8 10  
Leeds Castle  Map From London 47 93 37 16 13
Margate  Map From London 24 55 23 6 4
Royal Tunbridge Wells  Map From London 21 40 16 7 6
Rye (Sussex)  Map From London 49 96 45 17 10
Sandwich  Map From London 29 70 26 6 5
Sissinghurst  Map From London 54 104 48 18 12


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