The Romantic Retreat
This stunning romantic retreat holiday house is a perfect escape for two. The retreat is set in the gorgeous hop fields of Kent.
This property provides the privacy of self catering with many of the luxuries of a hotel for the best of both worlds.
The house is stylishly furnished and has a quirky private garden with everything you need from BBQ grill to fire pit.
John, one of the owners, is a rehabilitation specialist and also teaches Nordic Walking and Pilates. So let them know when you are booking if you are interested in knowing more. They can offer private 'Learn to Walk' stays - a lovely safe way to exercise, to discover the local countryside and learn a skill that you can use when you return home - visit www.nordicwalkingkent.co.uk if you'd like to read about this increasingly popular activity. Likewise, if you have a niggling problem with your back, knee, shoulder...whatever!...speak to them about having private rehabilitation or remedial massage in the studio, which is right next to the holiday let.
It's a great base for exploring famous gardens such as Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, fairytale castles including Bodiam and Leeds, the beaches of Camber and Winchelsea, cute villages and towns including Tenterden and Rye. They are only an hour by train from London.
This stunning holiday let is set in the grounds of a15th century house, yet it is not overlooked. It has recently been refurbished (March 2017)
The large, light-filled, open plan living/kitchen/dining area has floor to ceiling bi-fold doors opening out onto its own garden. Sit outside - choose from the table and chairs or the big double sun lounger - and listen to the birdsong or go for a stroll in the meadow. By night you can enjoy a starry sky by the light of the fire pit, which also has a grill for BBQ - or marshmallow toasting!
The decor inside is 'country cool' - luxuriously comfortable and with nods to the area's heritage as 'The Garden of England', including vintage apple crates used as kitchen shelves and a framed photo of workers in a local hop field in the 1940s. In fact the house next door was, until recently, the farmhouse for the surrounding hop farm which still operates in the traditional way - one of the last remaining in Kent!
There's a bedroom with king sized bed and garden views. The bed linen is 600 thread count finest Egyptian cotton, the duvets and pillows goose down. There's a Moroccan style shower room. Things are kept cosy with underfloor heating and fluffy rugs, a woodburner, soft bathrobes and slippers.
Board games, books and DVDs will keep you busy plus there's free WiFi and a large flatscreen TV with freeview.
The kitchen has all the essential equipment - whether you want to cook up a feast or simply prepare snacks to sustain you in between visiting the many excellent restaurants in the area.
They provide a welcome hamper including milk, butter, eggs, plus a bottle of local wine and some cake to kick off your stay. You will find olive oil, salt, pepper, dried herbs and spices, tea, coffee and sugar. There's washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, cloths and cleaning products and, in the bathroom, heavenly Aromatherapy Associates body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
They also provide logs for the woodburner and for the firepit. End of stay cleaning is included.