Staycations are one of the best ways to allow yourself to travel without going abroad and it can save you time and money staying close to home. I’m a huge advocate of just getting away for a weekend of rest and relaxation and enjoying what the UK has to offer. Choosing something close to home means you don’t have to worry about a passport, or changing your currency over and you can just jump in your car or onto a train and be somewhere new in a few hours.
Kent and Sussex Cottages have a whole host of different cottages on offer that you can rent out for a few days or a few weeks depending on the type of trip that you’re after and here are some I’d love to stay in.
Hawkridge Oast in Rural Kent
I had to start with this absolutely incredible country house located in Rural Kent. The country house sleeps up to 10 adults and 2 children so it’s perfect for family gatherings or a hen weekend away. Hawkridge Oast used to be double oast barn so there’s plenty of high ceilings and a huge figure-of-8 style sitting room with double French door which open out to views over stunning gardens, an amazing getaway location.
Around the transformed barn are local vineyards which offer tours and tastings so if you’re a wine lover this is one for you, plus there’s loads of foodie pubs with great local produce. Sissinghurst Castle and gardens are a short walk away if you fancy heading out for a change of scenery, although with the country house I don’t think I’d want to leave.
The Nest in Canterbury
Canterbury has been on my UK bucketlist for quite some time and The Nest is perfectly located to explore the city as it’s a first floor apartment just a few minutes away from the city centre. As you can see from the image above it is beautifully decorated and has a very luxury feel about it which I love and the apartment itself is housed within a period property on the King’s Mile. The cathedral is close enough you can hear the chiming bells and see the spire through the bedroom window and there’s plenty to explore in the city.
There’s no need to drive to Canterbury as there’s a fast train from London and The nest is only a 10 minute walk from the station and you’re close to cocktail and music bars, restaurants and everything you’d want for a weekend away.
The Hideaway in Coastal Kent
This beautiful conversion is located in a secluded area of gardens and would make an amazing cosy weekend away in the Autumn/ Colder months with it’s wood burning stove, oak flooring and shuttered windows. You can laze in the hammock by the pond and let all your stresses melt away and being set in the grounds of another property means you might even meet the family friendly cat during your stay.
The Hideaway is just a few minutes from Deal which is a traditional English seaside town and the medieval village of Sandwich so there’s lots of places to explore, plus you’re so close to the Channel that it would be a great base if you were heading on to France or further into Europe.
Which cottage is your favourite?