Known as the ‘Garden of England’ with its abundance of orchards and hop gardens, the county of Kent boasts stunning countryside, picturesque seaside towns and world-famous attractions. Covering the South East corner of England and steeped in history with roots in the Palaeolithic era, it is the ideal destination for a holiday break or weekend away from the city this October. Spectacular locations such as the White Cliffs of Dover, Leeds Castle, and Canterbury Cathedral are just waiting to be explored. Well known for its production of award-winning sparkling wine. Popular activities involve tours of Kent’s beautiful vineyards or a visit to Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame for those preferring a refreshing beer.
Home to various Michelin star restaurants, gastro pubs, farmers’ markets and foodie festivals. There’s something here for all tastes and budgets. With so much to do, fabulous accommodation would be top of mind, right? Not to fret, there are plenty of holiday cottages to rent in Kent.
With October half term on the horizon, we have rounded up six of our favourite holiday cottages to rent in Kent for a last-minute getaway.
Holiday Cottages to Rent in Kent
One of our favourite holiday cottages to rent in Kent due to its ideal location and stunning views. Castle View near Whitstable offers refined elegance with charm and sophistication. Just a 45-minute drive from London, Whitstable boasts all the essentials for a weekend break from the city.
Located just minutes away from the sea and the renowned Whitstable Fish Market, this holiday cottage in Northern Kent is ideal for a picturesque break by the coast. Moreover, it’s just a short stroll from the wonderful town’s independent shops, art galleries and boutiques. Close to Whitstable Castle and the popular harbour, you can buy fresh oysters from the seaside shacks. Enjoy them on the beachfront, or on your own private roof terrace overlooking the views.
Take a seat on the chairs and rattan-style sofa. Furthermore, breath in the fresh sea air with a glass of Kent’s delicious sparkling wine. Soak up the delightful sunset from here or enjoy the elegance of Whitstable’s award-winning seafront restaurants.
The property owner is delighted to offer three elegantly decorated and spacious bedrooms for your family or friends. The large duplex offers extensive space and facilities. Think, twin room and a double room on the first floor. Master on the second floor with an en-suite bathroom, there is plenty of space.
Positioned on the outskirts of Canterbury, tucked away down an idyllic lane this wonderful family home is located on the owner’s farm overlooking the luscious orchards. It’s perfect for winding down in the countryside but also close to the historic city of Canterbury. This holiday cottage to rent in Kent boasts the best of both worlds.
Canterbury, a city steeped in history, with its Roman walls, stunning Cathedral and Abbey ruins, offers ample entertainment for your visit. It has great shopping, beautiful restaurants and punting along the river. St Michael’s Nursery provides fun for all ages and all the family.
Further facilities include a refreshing swimming pool as well as guided visits and walks around the farm. Both are available on request.
This holiday cottage to rent in Kent offers spacious living with unbeatable views of the rolling countryside on your doorstep. The Nightingale cottage, near Canterbury, is the perfect place to stay. Great for those that want to enjoy everything the great Kentish outdoors has to offer.
The cottage itself is full of character! As a matter of fact, the piece de resistance is the double French doors opening out from the lounge to the garden, with breath-taking views. Ideal for a long or short break, the terrace is equipped with BBQ and parasol for an autumnal alfresco dinner. Or with miles of country walks with picturesque picnic spots, there’s something to suit all families.
One of three barns, the cottage is ideal for families holidaying together. There is plenty of entertainment for the children and parents alike.
Next door to the Nightingale Cottage, the Bacchus Barn offers slightly more space within the same beautiful grounds.
This 5-star barn conversion with panoramic countryside views. The suntrap patio and charming original features lend a pocket of luxury in the Kentish landscape. Just recently finished, the barn hosts a range of traditional features from oak beams to limestone flooring and stunning windows.
Furnished in a modern contemporary style, this holiday cottage in Kent has really paid attention to the fine detail when it comes to hosting. It’s just a short drive from the historic Canterbury and beautiful coastline. Bacchus Barn is a truly special property ideal for a long holiday or short breaks all year round.
Adventurous go-getters can revel in cross-country bike riding. Families in need of relaxation can take advantage of the surrounding vineyard. It is truly spectacular!
Wisteria Cottage is perfectly located for easy access to Kent’s vibrant cities and coastal towns. It offers a ‘home from home’ experience for up to 4 guests.
The spacious open plan living area is cosy and sociable, with all rooms leading onto the outside courtyard. In addition, it provides everything you need for an ideal countryside escape. Set within the grounds of the farm the garden is well equipped. It features a climbing frame, slide, swing and trampoline in the children’s play area.
The small parish of Acrise is located just a short drive from Canterbury, Folkestone, Ashford and Dover. However, the local countryside offers a variety of wonderful walks. Fun days out include a visit to Port Lympne nature reserve. Alternatively, drive to the coastal towns of Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate or Dover for delicious fish and chips on the beach.
Another one of our favourite holiday cottages to rent in Kent, this stunning former coach house retains many of its original charms. Features including hay racks, exposed wooden beams and brickwork, as well as an original Georgian staircase.
The fabulous property has won various awards including the 2014 RIBA (Royal Institution of British Architects) South East Regional award, with praise being awarded for its contemporary design, yet sensitive treatment of the building’s historical nature.
The facilities offer a double bedroom and single room, reached by a glazed walkway which overlooks a wonderful courtyard garden. An additional seating area with gravel garden also offers a pizza oven, perfect for an alfresco dinner.
Several pubs are also within walking distance, including The Pied Bull, a delightful village pub just across the road from the coach house. Farningham itself sits on the edge of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In addition, it offers wonderful walks around the country park. Adding to the wonderful rural scenery are the chalky slopes of the Darent Valley. Home to the thriving vineyards and acres of lavender fields.
So, there you have it, a roundup of our favourite holiday cottages to rent in Kent this October. For more information, visit our website for booking details or to keep searching for your ideal holiday cottage for you and your family.