Read on to discover some of the attractions you can explore and enjoy while staying at one of our Kent holiday cottages. ... Read More »Widely known as the Garden of England, the county's fertile soil provides the perfect conditions for plants and fruit to flourish. Orchards, hop gardens and vineyards abound, with some of the countryside's distinctive 'oast' houses converted to provide Kent cottages for rental to holidaymakers. With their conical roofs and angled cowls they were originally built to dry hops for the brewing trade. A popular activity for those staying in cottages in Kent is touring the brewery of Britain's oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, in Faversham. Kent is also leading the way in the renaissance of English wines with tours and tastings at Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden, and Lamberhurst Vineyard, near Tunbridge Wells. Find out about the art of Kentish cider-making, as well as the manufacture of apple juice, at Biddenden Vineyards and Cider Works, also near Tenterden. For visitors staying at any of our Kent holiday cottages a trip to Canterbury is a must. This World Heritage Site has long been a place of Christian pilgrimage, most famously recounted in Chaucer's Canterbury Tale. The city's magnificent medieval cathedral features some of the finest stained-glass windows in the country. Whatever the location of your holiday cottage Kent, bounded by sea on three sides, has strong maritime links. To the north lies the traditional seaside resort of Margate, sedate Herne Bay and Whitstable famous for its oysters. Further west are the Medway towns steeped in history and maritime heritage. To the east of Canterbury lies Dover, world renowned for its White Cliffs. Cliff-top fortifications bear witness to the town's defence of the realm down the centuries, a role forced upon it by accident of geography with its proximity to mainland Europe and large natural harbour. The town's tourist attractions include Roman remains, a well-preserved Norman castle and the restored Wartime Tunnels. Kent's importance to the nation's defence is clear from the Confederation of the Cinque Ports (from the French meaning 'Five Ports'), formed around 1050. Under this arrangement the four Kentish coastal towns of Sandwich, Dover, Hythe and New Romney (the fifth being Hastings in East Sussex) agreed to provide the king with men and ships in return for special privileges. From our Kent holiday cottages, the Cinque Ports and their histories make an ideal themed day out. To the south of Canterbury is the haunting Romney Marsh, a low-lying area, once under the sea and now grazed by sheep to produce sought after salt marsh lamb. This is an extraordinary part of England with a rich history. The area has always had to defend itself against the elements, as well as against foreign invaders. With its proximity to London from the Middle Ages onwards many courtiers and merchants built their county residences in west Kent and have left a great heritage including Doddington Place, Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Leeds Castle. So, why not browse our selection of Kent holiday cottages to find something that catches your eye?