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The Stable, a chaming family or friend getaway near Leeds Castle

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
7 guests
0 nights minimum
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Located within a Kentish walled garden high in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB, our Stable, renovated over four long years is now available for both long and short stays. It is ideally located to explore the central Kent Downs or the Weald. Canterbury, Whitstable, Maidstone, Ashford, Rochester and the channel tunnel terminal are also all no more than 25mins drive. The stable is part of the coach house, built in the 1800s to serve the local manor house. The L-shaped main building is made up of two distinct wings. The western wing (where the owners reside) was the coach house & staff quarters, and the south wing (the guest accommodation) was the stable & hay loft. Together with the old cart lodge and a much later garage block, this cluster of buildings around a Kentish walled garden for...Located within a Kentish walled garden high in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB, our Stable, renovated over four long years is now available for both long and short stays. It is ideally located to explore the central Kent Downs or the Weald. Canterbury, Whitstable, Maidstone, Ashford, Rochester and the channel tunnel terminal are also all no more than 25mins drive. The stable is part of the coach house, built in the 1800s to serve the local manor house. The L-shaped main building is made up of two distinct wings. The western wing (where the owners reside) was the coach house & staff quarters, and the south wing (the guest accommodation) was the stable & hay loft. Together with the old cart lodge and a much later garage block, this cluster of buildings around a Kentish walled garden forms ‘The Coach House’. Guests have sole use of ‘The Stable’ - a self contained 2 bedroom cottage with so much space that part of the open plan ground floor is utilised as a dual function dining room/3rd double bedroom. Our guests have sole use of the terrace in front of the Stable's main entrance. Other things to note: - A spiral staircase provides access to the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. It may be a potential hazard for very young children. - Tall guests (significantly over 6' or 1.80m) may find headroom limited in the upstairs bedrooms due to the sloping ceilings and beams of a space that started its life as a hay loft. The ground floor of The Stable can be configured in two ways; for groups of 1-4, and for groups of 5-7 (both configurations are shown in the photos (floor layouts). This is done by adding space and furniture to the ground floor. For smaller groups, the lounge contains 2 sofas and the space behind the horse stall divider contains a dining table and bookcase. See the ground floor layout supplied showing how it looks in this configuration. For larger groups, the bookcase relocates to the lounge, an extra sofa (sofabed) is added to the lounge, and a full size oak double bed, storage chest and bedside table is added to the space behind the horse stall divider, and a 2nd bathroom is also added. Thus, when dining is done, a curtain above the horse divider can be drawn to create a 3rd bedroom with ensuite. See the ground floor layout in the photos supplied showing how it looks in this configuration. Spiral staircases may be a potential hazard for very young children, and tall guests (significantly over 6' or 1.80m) may find headroom limited in the upstairs bedrooms due to the sloping ceilings and beams of a space that started its life as a hay loft. Guests can arrive anytime after 4pm. Checkout is before 11. There may be flexibility, dependent on previous or follow on bookings. Mobile phone reception is patchy. Calls can normally be made or received outside with most networks. Wireless internet access is available in the cottage, it is broadband, however please don’t expect town or city download speeds. Our friendly and very quiet young female Labrador is restricted to the owner’s separate secure courtyard. If guests are planning on walking in the woods, we advise using walking shoes/boots and jeans. Some of our local footpaths through woods are infrequently used, can be muddy in spring and in summer have brambles or nettles encroaching on the paths. A light breakfast is left for all guests checking in. This is for the first morning only, it is not provided every day. Please enquire if you would like to bring a pet. There is a additional cost associated of £15 per night to cover the added risk and additional cleaning. Maximum two pets. What do other says about the Stable? Kira said on the 13th April 2017: 'Our stay at Graham and Beatrice’s was nothing short of perfect and all of us had an amazing stay at the Coach House. Graham & Beatrice are so welcoming and the house is absolutely gorgeous, spotlessly clean and super stylish. Overall a highly recommended accommodation option for a stay in picturesque countryside!' Yufan said on the 11th March 2017:'Great place out in the country and high in the Downs. This is a beautifully modernised place with loads of charm and character, some nice touches and lovely bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms. We will definitely be back!' More
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About the Owner
Beatrice J
Languages spoken:German, English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2018
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We live in the adjoining cottage, we will be here if you need us.
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We booked for 1 night as we were passing by and have been completely charmed by the property. This is a real gem! The cottage is full of character, yet so comfortable, renovated to the highest standards and so clean! We were really pleased with...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank CarolineShantov
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Central Heating
Highchair
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Cycling Trips
Iron
Stereo System
TV
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Toaster
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
Wichling is a quiet rural parish. Most of the houses are on a C-road running through the parish. Long walks along the many footpaths along the tops of the Kent downs are a good way to enjoy the area at any time of year. For those wishing to visit Kent the location is ideal - high in the centre of the Downs, close to the Weald, and central to all the main and historic towns.
Getting around
Though located in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), the Coach House is still only 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel Terminal, making it ideal as a stop over for those travelling to the continent. It is also an excellent base for those wishing to explore the Kent Downs on foot.
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