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Sophie Hewitt
1st January 2024

New views, new walks and a new setting – it’s amazing what a getaway can do, whether you choose a coastal cottage, or a castle keep retreat. With so many fantastic settings and wonderful locations, Kent is perfect for a weekend break, so we’re sharing some our favourite self-catering cottages where you can relax with family and friends, and treat yourself. 

Quex Livery Glamping Holidays

Set within the grounds of Quex Park, Quex Livery Glamping offers the chance to stay in a bell tent with your very own firepit, comfy bedding, electricity and even a choice of homemade cake. Set in 25 acres of countryside, we wouldn’t blame you if you chose not to leave, but The Isle of Thanet’s blue-flag awarded beaches are just up the road for the perfect seaside day out.

The Chapel

Just outside of Ramsgate, The Chapel in Manston Village is the ultimate luxury retreat this summer. The 40 foot sitting room houses squashy sofas, a full size pool table and even a baby grand, and with three en-suite bedrooms (one of which has a four poster bed), it’s the perfect place for a family getaway. While here make the most of being down the road from Ramsgate’s riviera vibes, with plenty of cafés, bars and al-fresco dining to enjoy.

Fagin’s Den

Resting in Broadstairs, Dickens’ favourite seaside setting, Fagin’s Den honours the author and one of his most iconic works. Step through the doors of the cottage and be transported to Dickensian times, with Victorian costumes to don, games to play, information about Dickens’ love of Broadstairs, and even a treasure hunt to find Fagin’s secret stash of gold! Trust us, spend a weekend here and you’ll be wanting more!

Chapel House and gardens

Chapel House Estate

Surrounded by 35 acres of rural beauty, a stay at Chapel House Estate is your chance to escape into nature. Choose from a selection of beautifully presented accommodation, including nine Hideaway Lodges with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the countryside, Chapel Cottage, the cute three-bedroomed cottage that's perfect for small groups, or the Chapel House, a 700 year- old luxury home away from home, with log burner, five bedrooms and views across the gardens. 

Leeds Castle

What could be more spectacular than staying in the grounds of lovely Leeds Castle? Whether you choose the spacious Keeper’s House with its beams, inglenook, aga and exposed brickwork or the wisteria-covered Battel Hall’s sumptuous drawing rooms and oak-panelled dining room (if ever there was an excuse to dress for dinner, this is it), you and your family. But if you fancy a cosy hideaway will be in for some royal treatment. For two, it’s got to be Weir Cottage with its exposed beams, king-sized bed and firepit. And, because we know we’re not the only ones who gained a four-legged friend, we’re pleased to say it’s dog-friendly too.


This romantic retreat in Kingsdown is a coastal idyll, with log burner, snug and even a garden room to choose from in the evening (that’s a lot of restful spots to sit and read). The cottage has all the charm of a character property, with wood panelling and even its very own wooden boat bow outside! What’s more, this cute cottage sits on a shingle road which leads you straight onto the beach, so all you need to do is keep your fingers crossed for good swimming weather! Oh, and did we mention, this little retreat is also fido-friendly so you won’t need to worry about those puppy-dog eyes when you go away.

The Pilot’s House

200 years old and with all that cottage charm, Pilot’s House is a welcome escape from city living. Just a pebble’s throw from the beach in Deal and a minute’s walk from the vibrant town centre, this gorgeous little cottage is an ideal seaside escape for four. Whitewashed walls, original floorboards and a suntrap of a courtyard garden, this place is pure bliss. 

Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts

The wide skies of Romney Marsh are the perfect antidote to any city dweller's fatigue. Switch off and unwind in one of these bespoke shepherds huts complete with kitchen, Romney Marsh lanolin toiletries and snuggly Romney sheep fleeces. Roast marshmallows over the firepit, read, take strolls through the marsh and cosy up on your very own farm staycation.

Coldblow Farm

High up on the top of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cottages at Coldblow Farm make for a walker’s dream vacation. With footpaths along the North Downs Way right on the doorstep, it’s safe to say the views from the 32 acre farm are pretty spectacular. Whether you choose the three bedroom Flint Barn or the four bedroom Flint Cottage, it will be the perfect break to reconnect with the family.

Bloom Stays

With over 50 beachside cottages and country retreats, Bloom Stays have some fantastic cottages to choose from. Whether you pick the romantic bolthole of The Granary in Canterbury, the endless views of the Fog Signal in Dungeness, or Honeywood Lodge in Canterbury with its very own private swimming pool(!), we can guarantee a stay at one of these cottages will leave you feeling rested.

Stable Cottages

Whether you've rounded up a big group of eight, or you're keeping things slightly smaller with five or six family and friends, Stable Cottages offer the perfect getaway. Resting in secluded farmland on the Hoo Peninsular, each of these cute cottages is tucked away with access to a swimming pool, steam room, gym and games room! Spend days soaking up the sights of the nearby RSPB nature reserve, walking the Saxon Shore Way, or ditch the car with days out in Rochester and Chatham, or take to two wheels on cycle paths to help you discover the area by bike. 

Peverell's Tower at Dover Castle 

Oh yes, another Kent icon offering accommodation! Peverell's Tower at Dover Castle is perfect for a couple's retreat, high within the walls of Dover Castle, this 13th century one-bedroomed tower has got to be one of our most special and romantic spots to stay. The tower has a rich history, originally built by Henry III, but inside you'll find all the comforts of contemporary living and even a luxury hamper. Cosy up on your very own private rooftop terrace and enjoy unrivalled views to The Channel.  

Bijou Cottage

Nestled in the ever-popular Deal, Bijou Cottage dates back to the 1800s. While the little cottage may be small, it's been beautifully refurbished and is within walking distance of Deal's independent shops, quirky galleries and many, many local cafes and restaurants. We recommend taking a stroll along the pier while you're here! 

Pines Cottage

Nestled in The Pines Garden in St Margaret's Bay, Pines Cottage sleeps eight with a fully equipped kitchen to whip up some family meals, not to mention gorgeous views of the gardens, woodland and sea. Take to the coastal trails on the doorstep, or enjoy six acres of sustainably managed gardens. Inside, every element has been carefully considered with sustainably sourced, upcycled and reused items in every room. 

Dutch Barge

Dutch Barge

This has got to be one of our most unique places to stay yet, and it's dog friendly! Moored in the medieval town of Sandwich, this 110 year-old barge can sleep up to six guests. Evenings can be spent up on deck, soaking up views of Sandwich, or nestled down below with a good film or book. 

Mocketts Farm Cottages

The hamlet of Harty is home to Mocketts Farm, a collection of beautiful cottages surrounded by open countryside, Blue Flag coastline and gorgeous views. Choose from five traditional cottages, each ranging in size and offering cosy dog friendly stays! Five minutes away from their award-winning two AA Rosette, The Ferry House restaurant, and the luxurious Treatment Rooms, relaxation and indulgence is on the cards when you stay here. 

Green Cottages

In the village of Rodmersham Green, Green Cottages are two pretty cottages offering a taste of village living, with each cottage overlooking the village green, right next to the village pub! Choose between Old Post Cottage, sleeping four or Candy Cottage, sleeping three. For a little extra treat, enjoy Green Cottages' very own Baking and Cookery Workshops during your stay. 

Wine Tours of Kent

Make it a break to remember and visit Kent's award winning vineyards during your stay in the Garden of England. Offering bespoke luxury wine tours of either two or three vineyards with tours, tastings and lunch included; Wine tours of Kent offer door to door transport from holiday homes across Kent. Discover Kent's Vineyards, Sip, and Savour!

Ollerton Cottage


Moments from Deal High Street, this stunning double fronted house is pet friendly and sleeps eight guests, so round up that group! Guests can expect a wonderful experience in a characterful  home away from home, with art, comfortable furniture and accessories all locally sourced and hand-selected by the end.  

Bay View Apartment

Bay View Apartment 

Access to a private bay in Sandwich, once host to James Bond author, Ian Fleming - yes, this apartment is pretty special. Expect sea views, private access to a wildlife-packed beach and a decor that offers a nod to Bond, James Bond. Sleeping six, it's the perfect place to gather your friends and maybe even have a little James Bond marathon. 

Flint House

New to Keepers Cottages, this stunning house on the beach offers the very best Kingsdown has to offer. Located seconds from Kingsdown sea, this pet friendly property is the perfect place for a family getaway, sleeping five across three bedrooms. 

Sea Purse

Sea Purse

We're saving the best until last here! This one-of-a-kind, sea view spectacular property is opening it's doors again for 2024. Located right on the beach at St Margaret's Bay this gem guarantees uninterrupted sea views, peace and decor that creates the perfect seaside escape, sleeping five guests across three bedrooms.