The house sleeps 7 adults, plus 2 children. There is a very well-equipped kitchen and an elegant dining room, plus a music room and large sitting room divided into two areas. The bedrooms are all on the first floor and are accessed via two staircases, one in the kitchen and the other in the sitting room - located at either end of the cottage, with each staircase leading into a double bedroom. A hallway then leads onto further bedrooms and the upstairs bathroom. There is also a large shower room on the ground floor. Outside, there is a newly designed cottage garden with lawns, wooded area, flower bed, ancient apple tree with a tree house and a securely covered well. A fine oak pavilion covered with scented climbing plants provides shelter for outdoor dining. The large cottage garden and orchard provide ample space for relaxation, with many walking and cycling routes nearby. Local farmers’ markets sell the great variety of ingredients that Kent is famous for. With an abundance of family activities nearby including vineyards, safari parks, horse riding and beaches only a short drive away, your stay at Pond Cottage will be one to remember!
Only a short walk from the village train station with direct trains to London, Canterbury and the coast, the cottage features beamed ceilings, cosy log-burning stoves and beautiful furnishings and is an ideal place for families and friends to relax and be together.
About The House
Entrance via the back door leading into:
Utility Room with tiled floor, butler sink, storage cupboards, a washing machine and dryer plus a freezer
Through hallway to:
Sitting Room with two sofas with an armchair around an inglenook fireplace with log burner and a Smart TV. The further end of the sitting room is perfect for reading and has 2 further armchairs, bureau, chest of drawers and side tables. Door to staircase leading into Bedroom 4 and the first floor.
Through hallway to:
Music Room with a piano, elegant sofa and antique woodburning stove with locked door to the street and views into bijoux front garden. Door to spacious shower.
Shower room with tiled floor, a large shower cubicle, heated towel rail, WC and hand basin
Dining Room with original herringbone brick floor and round dining table with eight chairs and an antique dresser
Kitchen with a quarry tiled floor and original inglenook fireplace housing a feature stove (non-functioning). There is an electric range oven with a 5 ring gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, and 2 undercounter fridges. There is also an oval dining table with dining chairs and a cd player with a radio. Door to staircase and first floor. Turning wooden slightly steep staircase leads into Bedroom 1 and then Bedroom 2.
Bedroom 1 the gold room. There is a 19th century French double bed, teasmaid, chest of drawers, dressing table, bedside cabinets, chairs and inglenook hanging cupboard.
Bedroom 2 the olive green room. There is an antique king size bed, chest of drawers, dressing tables and chairs. Please note that the floor in this bedroom is not level. Small shuttered and glazed internal window to Bedroom 4.
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Bathroom with a large antique rolltop enamelled bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail
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Bedroom 3 the cream room. Single bed and bedside table with lamp, dressing table, built-in open wardrobe and built-in cupboards
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Bedroom 4 the grasshopper green room. With open mezzanine with bannister rail and staircase leading down to the door into the sitting room. Queen-sized double bed, built-in wardrobes, side tables and chest of drawers. Door leading into...
Bedroom 5 the turquoise room. Perfect for children as it has full sized bunk beds (3ft), chest of drawers and chairs and leads off bedroom 4, so suits parents wishing to be close to the children.
There is a large garden wrapping round the property with cottage style flower beds and an old apple tree with a tree house. Underneath the oak pergola is a patio area with garden furniture for enjoying meals al fresco, a barbecue and a bench seat on the lawn to the front. The garden is fully fenced and secure.
Parking for 2 cars.
1 well behaved dog is accepted at this property. There is even a hot and cold outside tap for washing muddy paws. Dogs are not allowed on furniture or upstairs, so related additional cleaning is chargeable.
Parking is on the private shingled driveway off the village green to the front via a five bar double gate.
This is a period property and therefore there are some low headroom doorways and uneven floors in some rooms and a quirky layout. The olive green bedroom next to the gold one gives immediate access to the bathroom, while occupants of the gold bedroom can go to the shower room downstairs. The end turquoise bedroom with bunk beds is perfect for parents in the adjoining mint green bedroom, who want to have their younger children near them. The two staircases are quite steep, narrow and turning. The property is therefore not recommended for those with mobility problems.
Unlimited Fibre WiFi with an average speed of 38Mbps.
Mamas and Papas travel cot with mattress (2 fitted sheets available if needed) available on request.
Highchair available on request.
Dog towels provided.
Logs: A ‘starter’ basket of logs is provided near each stove. Only wood supplied by the owner is to be burnt in the stoves. Additional 30kg basket loads of dry, seasoned and sustainably sourced hardwood (ash, oak, beech) logs of the right length are available on request at time of booking.
Please ensure you vacate on time to allow our housekeepers to enter the property and prepare it for the next guests.
Smoking is not permitted in the property at any time.
Please note for insurance purposes the number of guests must not exceed the total occupancy of the house.
For fire safety reasons please do not use any candles in the property.
Please note stag parties are not permitted.
Please note quiet hours are between 10pm and 9am. Parties and loud music are not permitted. Please be respectful to neighbours.
Dogs are to be kept off all furniture and downstairs at all times. Please ensure all dog waste is removed from the garden and disposed of in the bins provided. A charge of £50 will apply if not adhered to.
In The Area
Bring your bicycles and enjoy a ride to the nearby The Independent Pedaler cafe at Bridge, where you can have a delicious brunch. Head to Gibson's Farm Shop - just a 5 minute drive - for some treats and a wide range of excellent local produce, they also have a cafe. If wine is more to your taste take a tour of Simpsons Vineyard at Barham and finish off with tasting some of their award winning wines. To experience some true culture and some great shopping, the city of Canterbury, a UNESCO world heritage site is only 8 miles away and you can spend the day strolling around the mediaeval streets and visiting the Cathedral and museums. The ancient market town of Sandwich is well worth a trip and the wild beach at Sandwich Bay which is home to an RSPB Observatory, along with the nearby Howletts Wild Animal Park and Wingham Wildlife Park. Fun for all the family!