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Country house near Canterbury, shared use of tennis court & pool, dog friendly.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious 3 bed period house in Lower Hardres, Nr Canterbury - peaceful, beautiful local walks, family pub within walking distance

PRICING - stays of under a week are charged as a percentage of the weekly rate: 3 nights is 65% (minimum stay), 4 nights is 75%, and 5 or 6 nights is 90%. Please email us for a quote and any special offers & we will respond quickly!

Stable West forms part of a converted Edwardian stable block and is situated in a rural yet convenient location, on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty only 2 miles from the edge of Canterbury. It has a large double bedroom with ensuite bathroom on the ground floor, and a further double and single bedroom with shared bathroom on the first floor. The reception rooms comprise a fully equipped kitchen/dining room, a large attractive sitting room with wood burning stove and Sky Sports, and a light and airy conservatory. This leads out to an enclosed private garden with a terrace for eating out. The house has its own parking area next to the front door, and is surrounded by the owners' large garden and wild flower meadow. Use of tennis court and swimming pool by arrangement with the owners.

Please note that we have (friendly) dogs living next door who may come and visit! As well as Canterbury there are many other places of interest within easy reach, such as Howletts Zoo Park (10 minutes by car), Dover Castle (25 minutes) and Sissinghurst Gardens (40 mins). There is also a wide variety of beaches and seaside resorts between 20 and 40 minutes away. Canterbury is less than an hour from London by train, and we are 20 minutes from the Channel Tunnel if you fancy a day trip to France. There are many lovely walks straight from the house, and the Granville pub is a10 minute walk away, serving delicious food and also great for a pint of the local beer.

More Details

Charlie & Lucy Markes
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2017

About Charlie & Lucy Markes

We have lived at Heppington for the last 18 years, and our four children have grown up here, enjoying the space and the lovely surroundings. Stable West is part of a large stable block converted into three self-contained houses, and our home is one of these. We feel that Heppington combines the best of both worlds - set in beautiful unspoilt countryside yet within easy reach of Canterbury, London and France.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Canterbury in City of Canterbury

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath and fixed shower over bath, wc and basin. Downstairs cloakroom / utility room with wc. Upstairs bathroom with bath, wc and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , The two singles can be joined to make a large double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 very spacious on ground floor with super king-size bed, TV and en-suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed or 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 with single bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Private enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Shared use of owners' swimming pool (30' x 15') and tennis court by arrangement. The property sits within owners' extensive grounds and wild flower meadow. Depending on the time of year there are sheep, cattle, ponies and hens all within the grounds. Fresh eggs can be enjoyed! Utility Room: Utility room / cloakroom with wc, sink and clothes washer dryer machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided and changed weekly. Cleaning during stay by arrangement. Other: Superb conservatory with oak beams and two sets of double doors leading to garden. Wonderful view.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Country house near Canterbury, shared use of tennis court & pool, dog friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Everything we wanted & more

  • 5 of 5

We just enjoyed the most wonderful week in this property. The accommodation was spacious, beautifully decorated & spotlessly clean. The owners were great hosts making themselves available to us if we needed any advice. As we had such fantastic weather, the pool was a real bonus for our family. The grounds & gardens were beautifully maintained & we enjoyed our strolls around the grounds with the company of the owners lovely Labrador. We walked to 2 local pubs where we enjoyed great food. I would highly recommend this accommodation & sincerely hope Our family can return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb and extremely well finished Fab views

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and ideally situated for Canterbury and the Kent costal towns 270 degree view from conservatory wil fab views over the downs Very well furnished will everything you could possibly want Will return !!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Oberaegeri, Switzerland

Charming, spacious and comfortable cottage in the heart of Kentish countriside.

  • 5 of 5

We have a lot of experience over the past 20+ years of staying at self-catering countryside properties in England, Wales and Scotland.

In our view, this property has it all: style, space, location, setting, gardens, furniture and equipment. As a family of four with two pre-teen children (girl and boy) we found everything we needed and more. The open air swimming pool, for instance, is really well appointed and maintained, set as it is inside what seems to have been a walled garden some years ago. Not that there is a shortage of carefully planted and beautifully kept trees, flowers, bushes and shrubs all around the place. All features, modern and old, fitting very harmonically with the rest of the converted stables courtyard and surrounding fields and woodland. Everything works, from a very old clock and weather vane on the clock tower to the modern kitchen equipment. The owners are living next door and are very helpful and welcoming, but there's always a feeling of full privacy for all because of the way the property and gardens are appointed. There are friendly dogs roaming the vast grounds, sheep and horses are kept on surrounding fenced off farmland. Plus there is plenty of rural wildlife to observe and listen to while breathing fresh air walking along the hedges and fields.

The rates that the owners charge are well justified in our view when you see what you get for the money, how the property is equipped and kept. And on top of this the wider surrounding area has plenty to offer in terms of places to see and things to do.

We will be coming back again most definitely and before too long!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect country getaway, just 10 minutes from Canterbury

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 9 days here over New Year. I have to say the photos don't do the place justice - the house is wonderful and is in truly beautiful surroundings. It doesn't feel like a holiday let and there are lots of little touches which make it a home from home. Although Charlie and Lucy live next door and were available if we needed anything, we had complete privacy and could pretend we were the lucky owners!

Our dog was made very welcome and was particularly happy to have other canine playmates!

Thank you Charlie & Lucy - we hope to be back soon.


  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Stunning property. Spacious and well appointed. Thoughtful owners. We have been staying in cottages for decades and this one of our absolute favourites.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

First rate property; well appointed with well fitted kitchen; comfy lounge; super conservatory; large bed rooms with great beds; safe and enjoyable pool; tennis court and plenty of open space for 10 y old boy and 8 y girl, who could enjoy safe freedom; discreet, caring owners, who made us feel welcome to share their property. Good base for exploring Kent. Very happy to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Canterbury, South East England

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 1
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Winter
29 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas / New Year
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We are flexible on arrival and departure days.
The price includes bed linen and towels, wi-fi, electricity, central heating and logs for woodburning stove.
Pets welcome by prior arrangement.

Pricing notes:
2 or 3 nights = 65% of weekly rate
4 nights = 75% of weekly rate
5 nights = 85% of weekly rate
6 nights = 90% of weekly rate

Please contact owner for a quote on your specific dates

Changeover Day:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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