Holiday Cottage in Wickhambreaux, Kent
from £1,275 pwSleeps 10+3
Through the bluebell scattered woods, along an unmade road and out across wide-open farmland and yonder to your exclusive farmhouse retreat.
This unique family holiday home is nestled amongst open fields and woodland, close to the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve, walking distance from the local village pub and within an easy car journey from the Cathedral City of Canterbury.
The house is full of enchanting character and much like a setting from a Shakespearean scene.
Both the house and land are reputed to be located on a high concentration of leylines providing a magical and healing atmosphere.
The estate, which dates back as far as medieval times, is rich in characterful charm and full of intriguing collectables and antique furniture with spacious bohemian styled rooms and comfortable airy bedrooms including an attic boudoir accessible by a medieval wide-planked ladder.
2 acres of grounds encircles the house with beautiful tumble-down gardens, wide open lawns and an array of seating areas, perfect for outdoor picnics or a spot of boules, croquet or even badminton.
Feasts from the farmhouse kitchen can be rustled up on the electric Aga. Wonderful period oak beams and York stone floors create a charming background, perfect for a celebration or gathering.
A basket of home-grown vegetables and salads from the vegetable garden and greenhouse is also available on request, as well as cakes from a local baker and in the Summer and Autumn, there are crops of cherries and an array of other fruits to gather for both eating or cooking with.
At the rear of the gardens, which is a delight for bird-watchers, the snow-drop scattered woods provide ample play opportunities for older children interested in den-making and trampolining, whilst supervising adults and smaller children can picnic nearby. For those simply looking for rest and relaxation - enjoy lazy mornings set adrift in luxuriously soft organic bedding, sip a chilled G&T on the terrace or perhaps plunge into soothing hot bubbles in your very own private outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens.
Beyond the Bluebells is the perfect Spring, Summer venue for friends and family. For Autumn and Wintertime the crisp atmosphere, delightfully spacious kitchen and cosy sitting-room with its magnificent working Inglenook fireplace ensures a satisfying and peaceful escape.
If you would like some guidance from our team on this property or help in finding the ideal holiday property please call our team on 01227 464958 or email.
Beyond the Bluebells: sleeps 13 (maximum 10 adults), 4 bedrooms, 1 en-suite bathroom, 1 family bathroom, 2 reception rooms, open fire in the Inglenook, enclosed extensive gardens, ample parking, outside WC and shower, swing, trampoline, outdoor Jacuzzi (for 4). Orchard, woods and natural pond at the bottom of the garden (accessible through a secured gate).
Kitchen: fridge, electric Aga oven with hobs, additional Baby Belling tabletop oven, butler sink, dishwasher, washing machine, radio and iPod dock, dining table seating 10. Access to garden and patio on both sides.
Utility room: freezer, drying machine and food storage, garden games.
Hallway / snug: sofa bed (sleeps 2) and chair seating for 6, upright piano, TV, DVD player.
Sitting room: sofa and chair seating for 8/10 guests, Inglenook fire place with log burning fire.
TV, DVD player, board games and books.
Ground floor bedroom (sleeps 2) double bed, desk and chair, dolls house, iPod Doc station, wardrobe hanging space, ensuite bathroom with sink, heated towel rail, ample storage, slipper bath, shower over.
First Floor Landing
Baby Console: nappies, wipes, night light, baby monitor, mosquito net.
Master bedroom (sleeps 3) king size double bed, plus roll out day bed for one (sleeps 1), Stokke cot, petite chest of drawers, wardrobe, dressing table with substantial drawers.
Family room (sleeps 4) one double bed, and 2 single beds (ideal for families as connects to the Master bedroom), additional separate entrance to ground floor.
Family bathroom: washer stand dressing table, sink, throne seat toilet, wonderfully spacious slipper bath with shower mixer tap, unrivalled views of the surrounding fields.
Attic - accessed by ladder style wooden staircase
Twin or double room default setting of 2 single beds (can be converted to a king size on request), drawers, small table with mirror
Note: Family bathroom on first floor, accessible through both the master bedroom and one of the two staircases.
Extensive enclosed gardens
Patio terrace with outside dining table
Array of seating areas
Jacuzzi hot tub (available all year on request)
Central heating throughout
Garden games - croquet, lawn badminton, volley ball, cricket with soft ball, boules, quoits
This Farmhouse in Kent is situated Wickhambreaux on the outskirts of the pretty village of Stodmarsh, known for its stunning scenery, famous nature reserve and quiet living. Within a 20 minute walk you will find the poplar pub The Red Lion renowned locally for its good food and a warm welcome
The house is surrounded by lovely open countryside nearby arable farm land, boarding with the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, that covers a square mile of internationally-important grassland and open water, which provide an ideal habitat for rare birds and plants, including Bittern, Marsh Harriers and the shining Ramshorn snail, all rare breeds across Europe.
Wonderful walks can be found in all directions and for those enthusiasts a walk along the River Stour can be enjoyed in the direction of Canterbury.
The Westbere lakes neighbour the village and not only can you watch the professional rowing that takes place on the lakes but also the wildlife can be appreciated and the walks in the area are extensive.
The Trenley Park Riding Establishment is conveniently located a mile up the road from the house, where you can hire horses for hacking or receive riding tuition. The area is also popular for coarse fishing and this can be provided within the local lakes.
The nearby village of Ickham has the wonderful Tor Spa, for a special treatment or even a spa day as a treat during your stay.
The medieval city of Canterbury, three miles away, best explored by foot and visitors who take the time to walk the bustling and intriguing side streets will find a wonderful variety of shops, pubs and chic cafes. The City offers the dramatic backdrop of the Historic cathedral which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must for any visit to Canterbury.
For golfers, Canterbury Golf Club is within 2 miles with several of the best known links courses in the country at Royal St Georges, Sandwich and Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, both within a 30 minute drive.
Stodmarsh is such a central location for those looking to visit the harbour towns of Deal, Whitstable and Ramsgate plus a choice of beaches, all within a 30 minute pleasant country drive.
Need we not forget the close proximity to ports of Dover and Ramsgate for an easy day trip to France, Kent also offers both the Euro star Train at Ashford and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone which will transport you to a French location in 35 minutes - just don't forget to pack your passport!
For more ideas please visit our 'things to do' section on the website where we wax lyrical of many more places to go!
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