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2 beautiful 5 Star Gold rated cottages in rural Kent, seasonal rate reduction - Peper (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/3)

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



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


We are very proud to tell you that we have just been awarded 5 Star Gold rating from VistEngland. 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.

More Details

Henrietta Kelly
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

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 Preston

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.


Accommodation and facilities for Peper (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/3)in Preston in Preston

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Living room: double sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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
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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Peper (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2/3)
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews

Everything we wanted.

  • 5 of 5

The property was cosy and comfortable. It was a great starting point for cyling around East Kent. Henrietta greeted us and gave us some suggestions on the best places to go at this time of year. Another fabulous holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in the middle of beautiful Kent

  • 5 of 5

What a nice stay we had in Preston, Kent! A good location for discovering the garden of England, as they call it. And gardens we saw! Specially the one in Sandwich is really worth a visit. But coming 'home' at the cottage with its lovely garden was also very pleasant. The cottage has all you need for feeling at home. And Henrietta Kelly is a woman you can rely on. When we will visit Kent again I don't know, but I have an adress to return to!

Thanks for a beautiful week,

Brigitte Cornelis and Jan Dirk Imelman

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Brigitte you are very kind for you lovely comments. Hope we might see you again another time. Best wishes Henrietta
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A relaxing week in Kent

  • 5 of 5

Our week started with a warm and friendly welcome. We were also provided with local groceries on our arrival and especially enjoyed the Preston apple juice. The gardens were stunning, we were so lucky to have our own private garden to enjoy and Henrietta kindly gave us squash and a courgette she had grown herself.

The cottage was beautifully presented, very comfortable and cosy. It was situated in a quiet village with a friendly pub that served excellent food. Our location was just perfect for us to explore the Kent coastline and enjoy wonderful walks. Canterbury was a short distance away offering historical interest and serving all our needs.

We live locally in Kent and thoroughly enjoyed our first holiday only an hour from home. We discovered lots of little gems right on our doorstep and returned home feeling very relaxed after our week in Preston.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage stay

  • 4 of 5

Peper cottage is a comfortable and well equipped property, ideal for a couple who like the countryside. Peaceful and a little secluded, but not too far away from all that east Kent has to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, we very much hope we will see you again one day. Best wishes Henrietta
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Pros & Cons!

  • 3 of 5

Both David & Henrietta provided assistance, if asked, definitely not pro-active. The first day were way off course in locating the property, mainly our fault, since there are two Prestons in the UK, the GPS continued to send us to the incorrect location. David was very helpful in assisting us on the cell with detailed driving instructions late a night. The property is best suited for UK resident's (campers), not for short term (4 day) foreigners. The rentors provide very little, for example: dish washer soap. The BIGEST negative was ALL towells were RAGS, very course to the touch, like sandpaper. We asked then for better towels, the alteratives were just a bad. I would recommend all renters bring their OWN towels. Another dissapointment was the BED, it was like a COT, also very tired and tiny in size.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a very good holiday in Preston not to far from the sea or Canterbury the cottage was lovely the lady who owned it was ever so helpful overall a great experience

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Bernard for the lovely review. Hope we will see you again some time. Best wishes Henrietta
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Royal St Georges Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
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.