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The City of Wells Cornwall & Devon RHS Wisley & Surrey Brighton Town Rye Sussex in Winter
Churchill's Chartwell Kent inc Sissinghurst Kent in Winter inc. Canterbury, Sandwich & Sussex Yorkshire & The Lake District

Photographs of Kent in the winter including Chartwell, Canterbury and Sandwich.

Kent in the Winter - Photographs and links to Holiday Cottages in Kent - Click to go to first slide. 

Conversation in song - Canterbury, Christmas eve - December 2007 (Click photograph above to go to first slide)

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Bluewater Shopping Centre - near Dartford
Christmas decorations at Bluewater in Kent Map of Bluewater  Satellite view of Bluewater Christmas decorations at Bluewater in Kent


Christmas images at Bluewater Kent

The Bluewater Shopping Centre has been designed to be a day out destination and offers a choice of shopping and dining with more than 330 retailers including 50 restaurants, cafés and bars and extensive leisure activities such as rock climbing, golf, fishing, cycling, boating and cinema.

Christmas images at Bluewater Kent


Chartwell the Family home of Sir Winston Churchill
Chartwell through gate   Photographs of Chartwell in the spring   Chartwell car park
View of Chartwell through gate
  • Home of Winston Churchill, the BBC's 'Greatest Briton'
  • Unrivalled collection of Churchill paintings, photographs and memorabilia
  • Beautiful rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchills
  • Countryside walks with stunning views over the Weald
  • Productive vegetable garden, restored using original plans
Chartwell Carpark
Croquette lawn Chartwelll Garden Walk Chartwell Child's playhouse Gunnera plants Chartwell landscape Yard near public road
Croquette lawn Chartwell Graden walk at Chartwell in the Winter The children's playhouse Chartwell Gunnera plants at Chartwell coping with the Winter frosts Pasture at Chartwell adjacent to the Carpark Yard at side of Chartwell main building next to the public road
View from front of Chartwell Hever Castle - close to Chartwell - Photographs of Hever in the Spring Driveway to Hever Hever Castle
View across the valley form Chartwell

There have been three main periods in the construction of this historic castle. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and consisted of the gatehouse and a walled bailey. In the early 1500’s, the Bullen family bought the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls and so it became the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. From 1557 onwards the Castle was owned by a number of families including the Waldegrave’s, the Humfreys’ and the Meade Waldo’s. Finally, in 1903, William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake. More details

Driveway into Hever Castle in Winter Hever Castle in Winter

Caterbury Cathedral City - more photos of Canterbury
Canterbury Square Street in Canterbury Gated access to Canterbury Cathedral Entrance to Cathedral from High Street Menswear shop Conversation in Song
The Square in the centre of Canterbury Cathedral City Typical Street scene in Canterbury Gated access to Cathedral Canterbury The entrance to The Cathedral is close to High Street in Canterbury Quality men's clothing shop in Canterbury We couldn't help but notice the span of generations and culture in this scene in Canterbury New Year's Eve December 2007

Don't worry if you find an empty shop where Kings Gallery was, they are now more accessible than ever...                        King's Gallery now empty 

Kings Gallery is an innovative and friendly Canterbury Gallery providing full service online having won UK Art Retailer year award 2001 - 2002 being finalist 2005. Kings Gallery occupied the premises to the right in conjunction with an online Gallery, but they have now closed the shop in Canterbury concentrating on internet marketing, specialising in Contemporary and Traditional works including originals, silkscreens, limited editions, engravings and prints, also collectable works including those of Damien Hirst, Banksy, Terry Frost, L.S. Lowry and many more. Click here for Website 

If like us you head for Kings Gallery having previously visited the shop you will find it empty, don't be disappointed as they now concentrate on working with their clients around the world via their website 

Sandwich historic Kent town

Bell Hotel Sandwich Views from bedroom Bell Hotel, Sandwich

Sandwich is an historic medieval town in Kent, south-east England. It was one of the Cinque Ports and still has many original medieval buildings. While once a major port, it is now two miles from the sea. Sandwich is an ideal destination to enjoy a relaxing break; it has a charm that is unique with miles of public walkways in the surrounding countryside. The River Stour is very much part of Sandwich as are the surrounding golf courses.

The Bell Hotel - a traditional hotel with a chic modern twist View from bedroom window in The Bell Hotel View from bedroom window in The Bell Hotel

Street in Sandwich

Toll bridge Sandwich with historic charges

Views from public walkway - Sandwich

Stour River - Sandwich

Typical street in Sandwich Old Toll Bridge in Sandwich Historic Toll Charges Public Walkway heading out of Sandwich alongside The River Stour Dis-used Power Station across The River Stour Boats on The River Stour, Sandwich
Boats moored on The Stour - note letterbox Drifting Rushes accumulate & moorhens walk Moorhen in rushes Rush populated marsh
Moored boats on The Stour, Sandwich Moored boats on The Stour, Sandwich - note letter box The marshland rushes have an impact on both the river and wildlife Moorhen walking on accumulation of rushes behind moored boat Noorhen skulking through the rushes Marshland rushes beside walkway on the outskirts of Sandwich
Rushes on banks of Stour with moored boats View of Stour river Avenue in Sandwich   
Marshland rushes beside walkway on the outskirts of Sandwich Boats moored in The Stour adjacent to marshland rushes beside walkway on the outskirts of Sandwich The River Stour as it passes Sandwich Great old trees in park in Sandwich

Sandwich with a population of around 4,500 is surrounded by small villages, such as Eastry, Ash, Worth and Woodnesborough, which have always been regarded as part of the Sandwich area. Within easy reach are the larger towns of Canterbury, Deal, Dover and Thanet (Ramsgate, Broadstairs & Margate).

Stour is the name of several rivers in England (Source Wikipedia):

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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