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“Marked as very good but a mixed experience”
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Sylvan Cottage
Ranked #57 of 74 Canterbury B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 August 2014

This guest house is situated on a busy B-road, with a 40mph speed limit (but which most drivers think reads 70mph) on the outskirts of Canterbury, within walking distance of Kent cricket ground, a Sainsbury's local store, some pubs and the city centre.
Arrived to find the obvious parking area had space for 3 cars and was currently occupied by 2, 1 of which was virtually occupying 2 spaces, therefore I parked with just the front of the car in the gap between the 2 cars as otherwise neither driver nor passenger could exit the car. We were greeted by the owner who made us tea and coffee and explained some of the house rules (of which there are quite a few) and there is an "information leaflet" in the room with a few more rules. I was asked to move my car and park parallel to the road instead, which I did, then asked to move again as I was blocking the existing cars ! It was the owner's car occupying the 2 spaces. The following day I was advised there was another parking area available on the other side of the house.
We occupied a room at the front of the house and there is traffic noise at night. I also found the bed to be on the hard side so found it impossible to sleep past 6am, but this is a personal issue.
There are 2 breakfast areas, depending on number of guests, both with large tables which you are required to share with other guests. The main one is in a spacious conservatory, overlooking the large garden where you can watch the wildlife (rabbits, robins, a woodpecker and various other birds were spotted). You are requested to place your order for a cooked breakfast and the time required the following morning, by 8pm the previous night, by writing your requirements on a pad in the kitchen off the conservatory. If you forget to do this, you may receive a fried egg if you are lucky, however there is a good selection of other items. cornflakes, muesli, fibre, Weetabix , fresh fruit (kiwi, strawberries, apricots, blueberries) which were very refreshing, a good selection of yoghurts, a variety of bread (white, brown, wholemeal, fruit) waffles, pain au chocolate, brioche and scotch pancakes and a good selection of jams, marmalade, honey. You are served with pots of tea or coffee and the cooked breakfast is very tasty.
Now a shared breakfast table is nice if the other people are sociable but there can be a bit of an atmosphere, if, as for 1 of our mornings, the other occupants do not want to converse with you.
Also, when it is sunny, the conservatory area is very hot, even with the door open, which makes breakfast a bit uncomfortable. There needs to be blinds fitted.
There are no tea/coffee facilities in your room, however you do have access to the breakfast kitchen where there is tea/coffee and hot chocolate You are requested to place your used dishes in the dishwasher but not to turn it on and not to hand-wash them. Another house rule is always close your windows before leaving the building as apparently they have previously been burgled.
You also have use of the patio area and garden "at your own risk".
The cottage is well positioned within the county for visiting a variety of areas and attractions.
Recommend visiting Whitstable, Leeds Castle(although admission is expensive at £19 per adult), Rye, Deal, Sandwich, Camber Sands and of course, Canterbury.
An enjoyable stay overall.

Room Tip: if you are a light sleeper, request room at the rear.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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sylvanc0ttage, Owner at Sylvan Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2014

We are only a very small B&B but are fortunate to have enough parking space for 6 cars.
We know that parking in an unfamiliar space can be difficult, so deliberately never hassle guests to move their car unless requested by other guests.
On this occasion the reviewer’s car was unknowingly parked across the enclosed back garden entrance, where bikers rushing to catch a ferry, found it impossible to get their motorbikes out.
We provide a very substantial buffet breakfast including eggs of your choice, available until 12 noon at weekends. All cooked breakfasts are freshly cooked to order on our Aga, which cannot produce ‘instant’ hot food, hence the verbal reminder and note in guest rooms.
We only have one (very reasonable) rule, asking guests to make sure our home is left securely locked as they come and go. We hope the short note (no rules) in the rooms, helps everyone to share the communal parking and the 24/7 kitchen facilities.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Stayed here in july 2014 for a week. The cottage itself has all the amenities you can think of. All three main bedrooms have their own badroom. The kitchen is well equiped with dishwasher, washing machine, oven/microwave. Wifi in the whole house and in spatious garden. Canterbury is within walking distance although we took the bus back after diner. We explored the city, the surrounding area and seaside and drove to London on two days (the O2 is less than an hour away). Coming back to the Sylvan Cottage at night was great. If you have the chance, book it.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We were attending a wedding nearby and stayed there overnight. We were made to feel very welcome and we appreciated being allowed to check in a bit earlier so that we could change into our wedding clothes. it was very clean and comfortable and had everything we possibly needed. A lot of thought and caring has gone into what they provided, lots of lovely touches eg bottles of water at each bedside, plasters, headache and indigestion tablets, etc in a drawer - not that we needed them though! The beds were very comfy and the breakfast was excellent. We liked the way the bacon, sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes were served on a griddle on the table piping hot! We were very spoilt with all the choices of breads, cereals, fruits, etc. You can't go wrong if you stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I stayed there for 4 nights recently whilst on a course nearby. The room was clean, comfortable and contained everything i could hope for - even down to a new sealed-packet toothbrush! The location is very quiet and peaceful with good off-road parking. There was an impressive range of breakfast options and the owner was happy to arrange a cooked breakfast before the normal breakfast time to accommodate my early departure each day. Overall a very comfortable B&B and very good value for money.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Ed0003
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights over the bank holiday weekend. We chose it as it had space for our bikes and being slightly out of the centre enabled us to both escape for rides, as well as being in walking distance to explore the city.

The room was perfect, really nicely decorated with first class amenities and lovely little touches which made it a perfect home from home for our short stay. Everyone was very friendly and we would both highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rachel D
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Very accomodating while we were down for a wedding. Even gave us a lift to the train station when we checked out, how many places would do that?

Room was very comfortable, and we were even able to get a vegan cooked breakfast
Easily the best B&B I have ever stayed at

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank petergdodd
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

Pretty much the worst thing about this B&B is the website which just doesn't do it justice at all. The property is located on the east side of the road, not the west as google leads you to believe and it is indeed a white house right next to the road.

Location is pretty good, easy access, ample parking and not far from town.

Welcome was lovely and warm. Chris knows that warm tea first, talk later is just the thing on a blustery December night. Downstairs has a lounge with couches and a woodburner, some games and a small kitchen with microwave for guest usage. Upstairs we had two connecting rooms and a bathroom. Everything quite new, in good working order and spotless. Welcoming details everywhere like bottled water, soap and bath things in the bathroom. Decor is light and airy. If you need something you don't see just ask.

if I was one to find fault I could say that maybe the bathroom door lock could use a drop of WD40 but honestly... why bother? It's a lovely B&B in a good location run by a couple that knows how to make you feel welcome. I've had many worse stays in 4 star hotels/ Add to that a very reasonable price and I'd visit again if I was in the area. In fact it's nice enough that I'm reluctant to write this review for fear of finding it booked solid next time I'm there.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sylvan Cottage

Address: Sylvan Cottage Nackington Road, Canterbury CT4 7AY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #57 of 74 B&Bs / Inns in Canterbury
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Share our Country Living recommended 17th-century cottage with inglenooks and beams. Large comfortable beds, and en-suite rooms overlooking our secluded country garden surrounded by fields. Enjoy sizzling English breakfast platters, log fires, real country walks and cycle rides. Take a pleasant walk into Canterbury City Centre or stroll down the road to watch some County Cricket. Escape across the Channel, an easy 20 minute drive away. ... more   less 

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