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2 beautiful cottages in rural Kent, seasonal rate reduction - Peper (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/3)

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Updated: 20-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online


Peper (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/3)

Living/dining/kitchen room 5. 0m x 4. 2m with full-height timbered roof and double sofa bed.

Bedroom - 3.3m x 3. 3m, double bed and en-suite shower room with shaver point.

Large paved sun terrace and lawns.

About the property


Come and enjoy a relaxing time in the cosy cottages in the garden of England. Both the cottages are fully equipped with a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, oven, four-ring hob, microwave, butler sink, iron/board, dryer rack, vacuum cleaner, TV/DVD player, WiFi/broadband internet access. Luxury bed linen and towels are provided.

Enjoy a glass of wine relaxing in the private garden with sun loungers, picnic table, parasol and barbecue. Bicycles are available to borrow at your own risk. One very well behaved pet is allowed. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.

The cottages are located at the edge of a village which has a

small well stocked shop and excellent butcher. There is also a friendly local pub. All these walking distance.

The cottages are in the grounds of Hardacre House which was built in the first part of the fifteenth century. Its most famous occupant was John Twyne, the last headmaster of St Augustine’s Abbey school and the first of Kings School in Canterbury after the Dissolution in 1541. He was Alderman, Mayor and MP of Canterbury and even spent time in the Tower of London when he offended King Henry VIII! He married Allice Peper of Hampshire in 1525 and they spent many years in Preston.

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About the Owner

Henrietta Kelly
Member since: 2015
Speaks French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Henrietta Kelly

David and Henrietta have been living at Hardacre House for 3 years. They were married 4 years ago and have decided to move full time to "The Garden of England".

They running courses for foreign adults and younger students who want to improve their English in the main house and offer 2 self catering cottages which are adjacent to the main house.

David has lived in Kent and London most of his life and loves gardening, playing tennis, walking and biking. Henrietta has lived in France and Chile and also loves an active outdoor life much the same as David! They both love travelling and have visited Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, India and many lovely places in Europe including France, Italy and Spain. We both speak French and Henrietta speaks Spanish too.

They very much enjoy the theatre and there is a great one in Canterbury called "The Marlowe Theatre". When they have time and at the end of the day they enjoy having a good read but usually fall asleep with the book.

They both enjoy good food but most of all using their local products. They are eager to have a good kitchen garden which they are both working on.

They would love to share their beautiful garden which is in a very tranquil spot and an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are beautiful walks along many footpaths around the village and they are close to the sea side with a good choice of different types of beaches. They are also very close to Canterbury with its stunning cathedral and walled city and many other interesting historical sites including two "Cinques Port" towns of Sandwich and Dover, and Richborough Castle. There are the various golf courses in and around Sandwich, with Margate and Ramsgate also close at hand.

They would very much enjoy to welcome you to their home and share some of the secrets of Hidden Kent which they can reveal to our guests when they come and visit.

Henrietta Kelly purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Henrietta Kelly chose Kent

These cottages are independent and have their own private gardens.

What makes this cottage unique

There are also bikes here if you would like to borrow them. Very flat and great biking country!

In the spring time beautiful walks in the blue bell woods and also very close to the beaches.

Available Rentals

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Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Please do not arrive before 4.00pm, and depart by 10.00am. However, special flexibility is possible by prior arrangement.

A 5% discount is available if both units are booked together. Weekly cleaning is available for a supplement of £26 per unit per session. Short breaks are available pro rata the weekly rates as follows: 2 nights approx 70%, 3 nights approx 75%, 4 nights approx 80%, 5 nights approx 85%, 6 nights approx 90%. Breakfasts and evening meals are available by arrangement. Longer term bookings are available, as is B&B in the main house. Please enquire for details.

8 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


a lovely peaceful week.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is first class, just perfect for the two of us. It has all the kitchen stuff you need, seating was good for our breakfasts and the sofa comfy to watch the T.V or read in evening. We both got good nights sleep in the bed and the bathroom is well appointed. The cottage had a bright traditional feel to it.

Preston is a great wee village, we got local pressed apple juice and papers from the shop, bacon for our breakfasts from the butcher, and beers from the pub, what more do you want.

We did loads of cycling and found the quiet small roads great to explore with plenty of places to visit.

Overall, we had super week in Kent.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Duncan, We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We hope you got back to Scotland with out too much traffic. We would love to see you again here one day perhaps for another special anniversary? Best wishes Henrietta Kelly
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Ideal location for a great stay - quiet with local amenities.

  • 4 of 5

Well equipped cottage for two. Excellent location for many of Kent's attractions. Friendly and welcoming owner on-hand. Pretty village with local convenience store and local pub. Perfect break.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope that we might see you again in the future. Thank you for your time and review. Best wishes Henrietta
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Perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely few days staying in this well converted cottage. It has everything we needed - good shower; well equipped kitchen; good wifi; pretty garden. We would definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Victoria for you kind words and we very much hope we shall see you again some time soon.# Best wishes Henrietta
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Perfect quiet, cosy, friendly place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Preston, at perhaps the quietest place I've ever stayed.. everything was as described, and the cottage was extremely well equipped (better than any other place we've stayed) Henrietta was such a lovely host, and we could not want for more. The accommodation was clean and cosy, allowing a complete switch off. The location is perfect for all of the Kent coast, easily accessible from Whistable round to Fokestone. There is such a lot to see and do from Castles to Towns, we spent most evenings exhausted!! And make sure you try the local Apple Juice, it's amazing and made literally down the road. We hope to come back, and wouldn't hesitate staying with Henrietta and David again. Thank you so much, just wish we could have had a couple more days.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen, Many thanks for your kind words. We very much hope we shall see you here again in the future. Best wishes Henrietta and David
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Lovely country cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very pretty, clean and comfortable cottage in a quiet lane in the village of Preston but just 5 minutes walk from the village pub and its excellent food. Very well equipped with pretty much everything you might need to self-cater. Easy access to village shop (2 minutes walk away). Excellent Indian restaurant (for eating in or takeaways) in the nearby village of Wingham (5 minutes drive away). Lots of interesting places to visit in the area. The owner (Henrietta) and her lady Jenny were very helpful. Could not recommend this property more highly!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Great location very quite, owners are very nice and great goodies left for us

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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From the Owner

These cottages are independent and have their own private gardens.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : Royal St Georges Golf Course at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Adisham at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M2 at 10 Kilometres


Broadstairs, Margate, Westgate on Sea and Ramsgate are all less than 30 minutes by car, as are Whitstable, Deal and St Margaret's Bay. Botany Bay, near Broadstairs, is a Blue Flag beach.


Access to the A2/M2 is 15 minutes away. A railway station at Adisham, 5 miles away, connects to London, Canterbury and Dover. The Channel Tunnel and the Dover ferry port are only 30 minutes away by car. There is a regular bus service from Preston to Canterbury/Margate and bike hire is available, but your own transport is desirable to make the best of the area.

Further Details:

Hardacre House is approximately 9 miles from the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury and 5 miles from the charming medieval town of Sandwich, set in a tranquil backwater of East Kent. Good beaches are no more than 30 minutes away, as are the delightful seaside towns of Broadstairs and Deal. Margate (with the new Turner Contemporary art gallery) and Ramsgate are similarly close, as is fashionable Whitstable with its renowned seafood and speciality restaurants. Preston has a pub, a village shop, a butcher’s serving local produce, a prestigious garden centre and a riding stable offering equine pastimes and lessons for young and old alike. The 13th Century church of St Mildred’s is within walking distance. The picturesque and historic village of Wingham, two miles away, has a supermarket, newsagent, post office, banks, a bakery, a farm shop, petrol station and several pubs/restaurants. There is a chemist 3 miles away in Ash, which also has tennis courts and there are playing fields next door to Hardacre House. Canterbury has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs. There are many activities in the area. The national wildlife and nature reserve of the lower Stour valley and wetlands provides excellent walking and birdwatching, and Wingham Wildlife Park is close. There are several cycle routes and we are situated directly on National Cycle Route 1 (which connects Dover with the Shetland Islands!). Canterbury has extensive sports facilities, a golf course and Leisure Centre while Sandwich has the world-famous St George’s Golf Club, regular host to the Open. Howletts Zoo and Wildlife Park is 5 miles away at Bekesbourne. The National Fruit Collection is at Brogdale, near Faversham. Nearby Goodnestone Park, with its connection to Jane Austen, has well-known ornamental gardens. Sissinghurst and Great Dixter gardens; Dover, Walmer, Hever and Leeds castles are all within reach.


From the Owner

There are also bikes here if you would like to borrow them. Very flat and great biking country! In the spring time beautiful walks in the blue bell woods and also very close to the beaches.

Property Type

  • cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Living room: double sofa bed


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Travel cots (no bedding provided) and high chairs are available free. Foldaway/inflatable beds are available (space permitting) with additional bed linen and towels for extra occupants for a supplement of £75 per person per week. Outside: Large sun terraces plus lawns. 2 wooden sun beds, picnic tables with parasols. Barbecues.

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