|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
We are very proud to tell you that we have just been awarded 3 Star Gold rating from VisitEngland. You can find us on their website.
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.
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
These cottages are independent and have their own private gardens.
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.
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.
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.
This was our second visit to the cottage in Preston, and it was just as good as before. The cottage was clean, well equiped and very comfortable for the two of us. We loved the peace and I really liked the still quiet evenings and nights, you can properly see the stars. East Kent is full of things to do and has super cycling all around, a cycle route passes the cottage. We enjoyed going places we had been before and finding new places to go, we searched out windmills this time.
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.
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.
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.
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!