Known as ‘The Garden of England’ because of its bucolic, rolling countryside, Kent is one of England’s premier holiday regions.
Comprising everything from the dramatic white cliffs of Dover, to the Blue Flag beaches of the Isle of Thanet (the most of any region in the UK), to the marshlands described by Charles Dickens in Great Expectations, Kent’s diverse landscape makes it one of the UK’s most versatile holiday destinations.
Which is not to suggest that the county is in any way stuck in the past. From the cutting-edge art of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, to the culinary innovations of Broadstairs and the bustling shopping districts of Canterbury and Maidstone, Kent is forging ahead into a bright future.
England’s oldest county, and once a kingdom unto itself, Kent boasts a rich and storied heritage, and is home to some sites of immense historical significance. Canterbury Cathedral is part of a World Heritage site, and marks the spot where the Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Thomas Beckett, was murdered on Tuesday, 29 December 1170 by Knights of King Henry II. A momentous event in English history, this martyrdom made the Cathedral into a site of medieval pilgrimage (as depicted in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales) and has been depicted in several mediums, such as T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral.
Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is also one of the region’s most popular historical sites. Both the castle and its spectacular grounds backing onto Hever Lake are open to the public, and the venue hosts archery and jousting tournaments. The site is also home to a military museum, a Japanese tea house and several mazes.
The Isle of Thanet has more Blue Flag beaches than any other area in the country, such as Walpole Bay in Margate - a large sandy beach that is home to one of the last tidal pools ever to be built, and Viking Bay in Broadstairs.
There are other great beaches elsewhere in Kent: Dungeness Beach is a tremendously atmospheric place, and is also home to the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - the world’s smallest public railway! This historic pebble beach features two lighthouses and a number of other historic buildings. The area is technically considered Britain’s only desert, and was formerly the home of Derek Jarman.
Arts and Culture
Kent has a thriving arts scene. The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate is a world-class art gallery showcasing both new and historical work in a dynamic and exciting environment.
The Marlowe Theatre is a relatively new theatre in Canterbury, with a programme including drama, comedy, musicals, gigs and even opera.
Favourite holiday destination of Charles Dickens and culinary centre of Kent, Broadstairs is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.
Broadstairs boasts a number of fantastic bars and restaurants, scenic beaches and historic museums.
A UNESCO world heritage site with a distinctly youthful vibe, nothing encapsulates Kent’s blend of the old and the new better than Canterbury.
One of the South-East’s most popular destinations for a city break, Canterbury boasts a number of historic sites and benefits from great shopping and a flourishing restaurant scene.
Kent Holiday Homes on the Coast
We offer kent holiday cottages and apartments on the coast, to hidden gems and retreats in the countryside. You may be looking for a luxury haven, a beachside clapperboard experience or perhaps you are planning well ahead and wishing to book a surprise celebration in a holiday home for a large group of family and friends. Kent is one of the most scenic parts of the UK, known as the “Garden of England” and brings thousands of visitors to its well-known beaches and country towns year after year.
Having been established for over 10 years, We've built up an excellent reputation across several counties and overseas, for providing quality cottages in kent, a knowledgeable booking team, secure online transactions and after sales service. All our kent holiday cottages are described in detail on our site, all can be priced using the tariff calculator and booked in real time. We think you will be spoilt for choice and hope you find something suitable. If in doubt however, please call our Reservations Team, who will be more than happy to help you search through our portfolio of kent holiday homes and find your perect rental!
There are many famous towns and villages, all with their own selection of kent holiday cottages. Depending on what type of cottage break you are after will determine the town. Perhaps you wish to visit the seaside and soak up the salt air or wish to explore the rich history of Kentish towns.
Some of the most famous towns are frequented year on year and see many people return to the halcyon days of their childhood. Names such as Sheerness, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Thanet, Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Hythe, Dimchurch and new Romney, conjure up beach holidays, sand dunes and long strolls along the Eastern reaches of the British Isles. This collection of towns can either look east across the mouth of the English channel to Brugge or Dunkirk, North to Clacton and Felixstowe, or directly South to France. The region is surrounded by the sea from North to South West.
This broad sweep of beach front towns has a very important place in the history of England from the ancient battles encountered with our neighbours and Nordic brethren, to the more recent songs written about the “White Cliffs of Dover”. This vein of history runs deep throughout the British Isles and draws people to experience the comfort of the recent peaceful heritage and to stare across the ocean and absorb the atmosphere that only being close to the sea can produce. Add to these famous seaside resorts; Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury and the story goes even deeper. There can be no more historic locations than the university town of Canterbury with its famous cathedral. Only a short drive along the A290 from the famous Oyster festival town of Whitstable or Herne Bay this famous town can be visited on days out and the countryside surrounding is also well supported with holiday cottages in hidden villages, if the brisk sea side is not your thing!
Every town has its own attractions many too notable to be recorded here, such as Maidstone, sitting at very heart of the Garden of England, with its orchards and hop gardens and with its own history including Leeds Castle and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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