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.
- 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