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



Updated: 26-May-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

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About the Owner

Charlie & Lucy Markes
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 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.

11 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


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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An ABSOLUTE must !

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from an absolutely fabulous stay at Stable West. This beautiful cottage has so much to offer and suited all of us PERFECTLY. Our ages ranged from 11-74 yrs and there was something for everyone. The children loved the tennis court and basket ball hoop (unfortunately too cold to use the pool) and we all enjoyed relaxing, eating out and just taking in the most beautiful scenery.

We will definitely be back and highly recommend! Thank you for having us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great choice for a family break

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay at Stable West. Excellent location, lovely property and very friendly hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural Kentish Idyll

  • 5 of 5

We had a really lovely stay here at Stable West. There are many things to see and do in the surrounding area, but you could spend a whole holiday just relaxing in the house and gardens. The house itself was really beautiful inside and out, and spotlessly maintained. The gardens were very pretty too, extensive and well laid out. In fact, the whole property is a large chunk of rural eye candy - something pleasant catches the eye in whichever direction you look!

We really appreciated being able to bring our dog. There is a very secure private garden attached to the house, in which we were able to let him loose in (and he has a reputation for escaping from other places). The grounds are very large, and offer lots of nice walks including woodland, fruit field and meadow, always with stunning countryside views.

We loved the swimming pool too.

There is a good pub ten minutes walk away, or other nice pubs/restaurants a short drive away. Our tip is to stock up on good Kentish provisions at the nearby farm shop (or others nearby) and get cooking back at the house or on the BBQ.

We were also surpised how easy and quick it was to get to Canterbury and Dover. A very convenient location.

We are already missing being there, and hope to return one day!

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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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Updated: 26-May-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome


  • 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.

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