I can thoroughly recommend these cottages as a destination.
The properties are smallish as you would expect from the style and they are not pretending to be trendy or very chic but ours was spotless and everything was immaculate. It was also an incredibly usable living space and extremely well equipped right down to the cooking utensils, the corkscrew and the hairdryer. Our cottage also had a dish washer and tablets to use in it! We were also offered a highchair and travel-cot.
While people park their cars to the side of the gravel courtyard, for unloading it was great to be able to pull up within two feet of the front door and have total step-free access. I also noticed that one of the cottages seemed to be particularly set up for wheelchair access with extra hard-standing.
The property was farther from Ashford than I expected (not having bothered to look up the exact location) being around ten minutes drive through tiny country lanes, but the setting was really lovely, set in a peaceful shallow valley with just a couple of houses and a medieval church. We definitely saw less than one car an hour when we were sitting outside our cottage with a glass of wine in the evening, yet a fifteen minute stroll through fields took us to a lovely CAMRA pub with large back garden and very friendly staff and locals.
Caroline, the owner of the cottages could not have been more relaxed and welcoming even hanging her washing over the fence when I’d monopolised her washing line!
The games room referred to in the website is shabby rather than inviting although it would be a useful space for small children on a rainy day. What it did have though, were a good selection of toys that our son loved to play with in the sandpit or along the walkways outside plus some smaller ones that he was allowed to take to our cottage for the duration of our stay. It also had a washing machine and drier (a small donation was requested for their use) and good wifi which we accessed from a bench outside each evening whilst we planned our itinerary for the following day with (another) glass of wine.
Dover, Canterbury, Dymchurch beach and railway, Sissinghurst Garden and Scotney Castle were all within easy daytrip reach as were lots of other places we didn’t have time to visit.
We had just booked it as a stop-over on a journey to Europe but when we go back we will definitely allocate an extra day for wondering along footpaths and visiting the pub. Kent has a lush landscape and a relaxed gentle feel to it that makes it a great place for a break and we felt this location epitomised that really well. Also, we’re people that like lots to see and do and that part of the world has a lot to see within a smallish area. Unlike many places in the UK I would book a week’s holiday there knowing that, should the weather be hopeless, there is always the option of a quick trip to London as well.
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