If beautiful walks in the countryside, and exploring the finest stately homes and grounds are on your holiday wish list, then booking a cottage in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’ will certainly fulfil your dreams.
Make a holiday cottage in Canterbury your base and then travel the short distance to Leeds Castle and explore this impressive Norman stronghold. It was also, famously, home to Henry VIII and the first of his wives, Catherine of Aragon. Leeds Castle is a majestic building and sits at the heart of 500 acres of parkland. As well as daily activities and falconry displays you’re also invited to ‘Go Ape’ and tackle the zip wires and ropes on a treetop adventure.
If city life is more your thing visit Canterbury and view the intricate architecture and world famous buildings. Canterbury Cathedral is a world heritage site as well as being a site of pilgrimage for those fans of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Make the most of local shops and fine restaurants as you stroll around this exciting city – head for The King’s Mile and Northgate for areas of particular charm.
For days out on the coast we can recommend Whitstable and Herne Bay. There’s traditional seaside fun aplenty at Herne Bay, with two miles of beach frontage there are endless opportunities to enjoy candyfloss, ice cream, and fish & chips (awash with salt and vinegar of course!). Whitstable is a favourite and sports a unique personality reliant on a combination of maritime history and a love of the arts. Enjoy a dish of oysters and then head to Harbour Books to browse for some holiday reading. And don’t forget to visit Dover and its famous white cliffs in your voyage of discovery along the Kentish coast.
For a day out with a difference, and an eye on conservation, visit Port Lympne Wildlife Park. They house all manner of animals including lions, cheetahs and tigers on their African Experience safari. Perfect for keeping the whole family happy.