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Romance in the Stones – A historic, legendary, hidden gem of a venue, with award-winning self-catering cottage retreats, in the heart of the Kent countryside.

Award-winning Self-catering cottage retreats

Let ye olde medieval England adventure begin…

Far, far away, in a magical and enchanting place, where time has stood still, in an almost forgotten valley between Luddesdown and Holly Hill, nestled in the North Kent Downs in the South East of England, there are two award-winning, beautifully appointed, charming and enchanting self-catering cottage retreats waiting to be discovered.  

What makes these cottage retreats so unique, is that they are built in a tiny and exclusive hamlet, next to a former Norman Church, known as the Lost Village of Dode.  

If you are looking to escape to the Kent countryside for a romantic and secluded weekend minibreak, Minimoon, (or perhaps you want an intimate wedding or an event at a venue that offers some self-catering accommodation, for your special friends or family), the cottage retreats are available to rent all year round for a minimum of two nights.

Woodside Cottage

Woodside, with two bedrooms and a hot tub, this is the largest of the cottage retreats, both of which are nestled next to the former Norman Church.  

This charming, timber-framed cottage has been carefully planned to give you and your house guests a feeling of being transported back to a time gone by, and yet you are surrounded by many up-to-date features.  The amenities include:

  • an open plan living and dining area with a traditional flagstone floor, a sofa, a couple of armchairs, a TV (with a Freeview and DVD player)
  • a fully fitted kitchen with an oven and microwave, dining table and chairs 
  • a family shower room and toilet
  • Nespresso coffee machine & Bose docking station
  • locally handcrafted wrought iron work throughout 
  • bedroom one – the first has a double bed (4ft 6), chest of drawers, gallery landing, en-suite shower room and toilet and yes, a hot tub
  • access to the first floor and the second bedroom loft is via some steep, solid open tread stairs with a handrail.  This room contains another double bed (4ft 6), small ‘lookout’ window and a beautiful low-beamed traditional ceiling
  • air-conditioning unit

 

Hillview Cottage

Next to Woodside, Hillview, is the second of the cottage retreats.  Built in the same style, using green oak with imaginative use of locally handcrafted wrought iron work throughout.  This little dream of a timber-framed cottage, (with the ceiling in the loft bedroom being particularly spectacular), is the PERFECT getaway spot, when you need a few days of relaxation.

Designed very much as a cute, country ‘hideaway’, this really is an ideal place if you’re looking for somewhere comfortable to retreat to for complete peace and quiet. Great use has been made of the available living space and all the rooms are well equipped.  The amenities include:

  • an open plan living and dining area with flagstone floor, sofa, TV, ‘wood burning effect’ electric fire, round dining table and practical kitchen area with two ring hob oven, fridge and microwave
  • Nespresso coffee machine & Bose docking station
  • separate shower room and toilet
  • climb up the steep, solid open tread stairs to the loft-style bedroom with a small ‘lookout’ window, very low beamed ceiling and a double bed (4ft 6) on a low base
  • TV monitor for wildlife viewing

With views across the fields and up to woodlands on the nearby ancient Holly Hill outside both of the cottage retreats, there is a narrow stone-paved area with access to the two acres of grounds surrounding the cottages and former Norman church. 

Both cottages are unsuitable for children under seven (due to the stairs), however, well-behaved dogs are very welcome.

Full details of the cottages can be found at www.airbnb.co.uk

"Beautiful retreat. Relaxing with plenty of walks. Everything we needed was there. Enchanting stay. No Wi-fi no phone use. A tonic and and escape from the hustle and bustle. Such a refreshing stay. Will treasure the memory forever. Thank you.

Maxine, London