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Enchanting peaceful cottages in 15th century Manor each with large private gardens set in 4 acres. Overlooking Chilham Castle Park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cottages are set in countryside which has been designated of significant landscape value by Natural England on behalf of the UK government. The Kent chalk downlands, deciduous woods, historic forests, lakes, water meadows, apple and hops orchards provide an ideal environment in which to relax. Perfect for walking, relaxation and calm. Immaculate Well equipped, comfortable, warm - website has all the details.
A quiet, single- tracked Kentish lane passes the cottages and comes to a dead end after about 1/3 mile. It continues as an off road footpath into Kings' Wood and Godmersham Park: this is part of the ancient Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury and one of the UK's National Trails, the North Downs Way.
MISTLETOE COTTAGE (Sleeps 2+)
Ground floor, entrance to living room, oak beams and inglenook fireplace (views of front garden). Seperate kitchen/dining area (views of garden), through to lobby then bathroom; back door to own large private garden - stairs to first floor: small lobby under eaves which can be used as a single bedroom (views of garden); through to twin bedded room (fabulous views of Chilham Castle Park).
PLEASE NOTE - the wooden stairs are steep and narrow - unsuitable for small children or the infirm.
LAVENDER COTTAGE (Sleeps 2)
Ground floor - entrance to dining room, carpet over polished oak parquet floors, double glass doors opening onto own large private garden: through arch to sitting room with wood burning stove, kitchen (lovely view of Kent Downs); bathroom - wooden stairs to first floor to landing then large double bedded room (fabulous views of Chilham Castle Park).
Lavender and Mistletoe cottages are fully furnished with comfortable traditional furniture, carpeting, soft furnishings and floor tiles as appropriate. Plenty of hot water (large, insulated electric cylinders). Night storage heaters downstairs and convector heaters (with thermostat time switch) in the bedrooms. Both of large gardens with garden furniture and BBQ.
HERON MANOR COTTAGE (Sleeps 3-5)
This sleeps up to 5: two guests in one large double-bedded room, one guest in a single bedroom on the first floor and two guests on a double bedded sofa bed in the sitting room.
Ground floor - entrance to large living/dining room with spectacular inglenook fireplace and double sofa bed; through door to modern fitted kitchen installed in 2011. The kitchen is very well equipped with quality appliances such as a Bosch dishwasher, Neff oven, large fridge/freezer and efficient Miele cooker hood. There is a downstairs WC/utility room with a washing machine and dryer. Upstairs - to landing then large beamed double bedded bedroom (lovely view of Chilham Castle Park and towards the village) and pretty beamed single bedroom with a WHB: the ultra modern bathroom installed in 2011 has a large walk-in power shower and bath. Heron Manor Cottage, it is fully furnished with beautiful antique furnishings, carpeting, soft furnishings and floor tiles as appropriate. The antique furniture and historic features complete the tranquil and luxurious atmosphere in this historic 15C building. Oil fired central heating throughout Heron Manor Cottage served by a super efficient Archie Kidd condensing boiler.
PLEASE NOTE Heron Manor Cottage has a seating area for guests on the front lawn of the building but does not have its own self contained private garden.
Free WiFi in all cottages.
Extras on request -
Logs - for the open fire and wood burning stove cost c.£3.50 per bag extra. Other extras, if requested, will be charged at cost. We will try to meet requests if possible including for baby sitting.
Tennis and horse riding nearby. Ideal for walking
Tennis and horse riding nearby. Ideal for walking
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By car: From Canterbury (approx. 6 miles): take the A28 towards Ashford. After about 5/ 6 miles Chilham Fruit Stall is on the left. Soon after, the A28 forks to the left but do not continue on the A28, instead follow the curve of the road to your right onto the A252. Almost immediately, turn left onto a short slip road then right towards Chilham Village. At the Woolpack Pub, fork left (keeping the pub on your right hand side) onto Hambrook ane. At next T junction turn left into Mountain Street; Heron Manor and Monckton Cottages are c. a third of a mile.
By train: From Canterbury West station: take train to Ashford; get off at Chilham (c.10mins). From London Victoria station take train to Margate via Ashford International and get off at Chilham (journey c. 80mins). From London Charing Cross go to Ashford International (c. 100mins) change onto trains to Margate via Chilham. Check with rail enquiries for exact details.
NOTE: there are no taxis at Chilham; the cottages are c. 20mins walk. There are taxis at Ashford International station.
A lot of cobwebs everywhere, but overall clean. A clock in the lounge would be nice, also a clock radio in the bedroom. The kitchen was quite serviceable although very dated. I thought for the overall facilities and quality the price paid is a little expensive. The gardens were lovely and a real plus. The location for us was very good. We enjoyed our stay and would return.