Glen Hill


Glen Hill, in Walmer, Kent is a grand period family home with views to the rear overlooking one of the Queen Mother's favoured retreats, Walmer Castle and the sea beyond. Sleeping up to 19 people, it offers the perfect holiday house for large groups or a couple of families with very flexible accommodation, plenty of living space and a wonderful large garden with a tennis court. Glen Hill is traditionally furnished with a spacious regal drawing room with a large open fireplace and floor to ceiling windows and doors which open onto the elegant pavilion conservatory. The dining room has seating for twenty guests while a large kitchen/diner offers less formal dining along with an Aga cooker. The beach is only a short stroll away and for those feeling particularly energetic there is a tennis court available for guests to use (summer only). There is also a self contained flat adjacent to the garage with its own parking and entrance.
From £3,575 for 7 nights

Key Features

  • Sleeps 19
  • 7 Beds
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Child Friendly
  • Pet Friendly (up to 2 pets)
  • Parking
  • Sea View
  • Wood Burner or Stove



  • Wifi
  • TV
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • DVD Player
  • BBQ

Key Features

  • Open fire/log burner
  • Romantic
  • Tennis Court
  • Garden
  • Pets Allowed
  • Sea View
  • Allocated Parking

Children / Infants

  • Children Welcome

Kitchen / Housekeeping

  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Tumble dryer
  • Linen and towels
  • Iron and board
  • Coffee Machine


  • Close to shops
  • Coastal
  • Pub within a 5 minute walk

Pricing & Availability

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"This house is a treasure! We felt so privileged to stay at there, even though just for a weekend. The house is a wonderful Victorian country house, with a great feel to it. We stayed as a multigenerational family of 13. There is so much space and so many rooms. We just loved it, being able to sit together on three big sofas around a blazing fire on cold January evenings was a real treat. We felt that the hosts had made a real effort to make a big old house manageable for new guests and were very generous in many details. Thanks for trusting us with this treasure."

Ian & family, Jan 2024

"We were all obsessed with the house. We’ll definitely be back."

Jamie & friends, Dec 2023

"19 members of our family, age range 2 to 95 years spent a wonderful few days at Glen Hill. The house and gardens met everyone’s needs, and surpassed expectations. Keepers Cottages were very helpful and responsive prior to our visit, and throughout. We would certainly stay again."

Janet, Oct 2023

"This is an unusual house with many passages, nooks and crannies and a beautiful garden in a wonderful location. There was plenty to do for all of us from 2 years old to 70 … football, tennis, trampolining, croquet and hide and seek. The beach is only a ten minute walk away and there are lots of places a short drive away. We all enjoyed our stay at Glen Hill."

Sue, Jul 2023


We are a party of older folk. This was our 14th consecutive year in properties which can accommodate over a dozen people. It was probably the best we have visited. Very good points are: (1) The kitchen and breakfast table, the former spacious for 'group' cooking, the latter for serial & cereal breakfast. (2) Dining room. Easily accommodates 16 people. (3) the excellent glass covered terrace. (4) walking distance from the railway station."

John C, Oct 2019


Property Description

The main house sleeps up to 9 guests in 3 bedrooms, 8 people in 4 bedrooms in the annexe and a further 2 guests in the studio flat. In total the house can sleep up to 19 guests.

Ground floor:
Lobby area with a spacious interior hallway beyond.

Family kitchen with two range cookers with a five ring gas hob, microwave, small fridge, dishwasher and a breakfast table which seats ten people.

Utility room
There is a separate utility room off the kitchen housing a large fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and original walk-in pantry and a WC off the utility room.

Up 4 steps:

Drawing room
A large and elegant room with a working fireplace (some logs provided), TV/DVD player and a BT Box. French doors open onto the Conservatory.

Dining room
A large table seating up to twenty people, original fireplace and French doors out onto the Conservatory. A selection of board games have been left in the dining room.

The Conservatory
Furnished with wicker chairs and tables providing seating for up to ten guests with views out over the grounds to the rear of Walmer Castle and towards the distant sea. Please note this room is not heated.

From the hall a grand oak staircase leads:

Bedroom 1 - sleeps up to 3 guests
A large yet cosy room with a King size bed, original fireplace, seating area, dressing table, further single mattress if required; en-suite bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower

Bedroom 2 - sleeps up to 3 guests
An impressive double width room with beautiful views of the gardens, Walmer Castle and the sea - a super king-size sleigh bed, dressing table, walk in wardrobe, reading area with chaise and rocking chair, French doors to balcony enjoying the views, further single bed if required; and en-suite shower room

Bedroom 3 - sleeps up to 3 guests
A cosy bedroom in the eves with original fireplace with three single beds.

Through to the annexe leads to a second snug/bedroom.

Bedroom 4 - sleeps 2 guests
A large sunny room with original fireplace, TV, sofa and study area and two single beds. There is a bathroom with hand held shower and toilet next door.

The Annexe

A door from the snug/bedroom connects to a hidden staircase leading to the first master bedroom in the annexe.

Bedroom 5 - sleeps 2 guests
A good size double room with chest of drawers and views out to the garden.

Bedroom 6 - sleeps 2 guests
A pretty double bedroom with chest of drawers, hanging wardrobe space and views to the garden.

Bedroom 7 - sleeps 2 guests
A twin bedroom, with two single beds

Family bathroom with bath, overhead shower and WC. This bathroom is shared between all three bedrooms in the annexe. Separate WC downstairs in the annexe.

Living/dining room
The annexe also has it's own sitting room/dining area with a TV, sofas, original fireplace, books and games. Views out to the garden. The wooden table and chairs seat 6-8 comfortably.

There is a separate kitchen for guests staying in the annexe.

Studio flat
A separate self-contained, first floor studio flat with bedroom (sleeps 2) and bathroom. There is also a separate ground floor entrance, additional toilet and garden door to patio seating area.


The property is set in a spacious two acre plot with terraced areas for outside dining, lawns and a rudimentary tennis court (summer only).
BBQ is available upon request and there is garden furniture for up to 20 guests.
Off road parking for at least five cars.

Additional information

Up to 4 dogs welcome in total - two in the main house and one in each of the annexe and studio apartment - £30 per dog

A cot and high chair are available upon request.
WIFI is also available for guests use throughout the house.
Towels and linen provided - please bring beach towels though as these are not provided.

Local Information

Deal is steeped in history having not one but three castles built by Henry VIII, namely Deal, Walmer and Sandown. The first two are English Heritage sites and Sandown (only a few stones remain) is on the cycle path that follows the coast path. Deal has the town motto of 'Adjuvate Advenas' which for those not familiar with Latin is translated into " Befriend a Stranger" - perfect for those wanting to be made welcome on a self catering holiday to Deal or short break!

For the historians Deal is mentioned in the Doomsday book, but evidence suggests its history goes back much further. Julius Caesar is said to have landed upon the Deal & Walmer coast in 55 and 54 BC. Deal is one of the Cinque Ports and has been important in the defences of south east England throughout history. With a coastline that was permanently exposed to potential attack it was no wonder that Deal played such an important role.

There is something for everyone in Deal, fantastic and often quirky independent shops, markets, delicatessens, pubs, restaurants and cafes, together with a wonderful weekly bric-a-brac and food market. The actual town centre is pedestrianised which makes it an ideal place to wander and explore. Deal has a long Pier which was named Pier of the Year in 2008 and boasts an award-winning café and restaurant, whilst the beach is perfect for soaking up the coastal scenery. Deal is a true Georgian town with winding streets and lovely promenade.

Other things to do in Deal include the Time Ball Tower Museum, which is a Semaphore Tower and was used to pass messages along the East Coast to warn of smugglers. This museum contains many curious items and is well worth a visit. The Deal Maritime and Local History Museum is also very interesting as it tells the full historical story of this seaside town. The Deal Memorial Bandstand is a remembrance of the bombing of Deal's Royal Marines School of Music in 1989. The bandstand is in regular use and there are free concerts from May to September on Sunday afternoons.

Deal and Walmer have excellent bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from, including an award winning restaurant at the end of the pier. Within a 2 minute walk of the house is the best fish and chip shop in the country!

For golfers, try your skills on a links course and Deal has plenty to offer; Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Links, Royal St George's in Sandwich, and Royal Cinque Ports in Deal are all within an easy reach.

For sailing enthusiasts, the nearby Downs Sailing Club holds events suitable for novices and experienced sailors, throughout the season.

For swimmers who don't like the seawater, a visit with the family to Tides Leisure Centre, a minute's drive away, is a must, including numerous flumes, slides and Jacuzzi's.

Fishing need not just be nipping down to the beach front for the catch of the day off the local fisherman, why not bring your rod and bait and cast off from the pier or beach yourself?

Plus don't forget your passport! France can easily be seen on a clear day and via Dover, a day trip (21 miles) to our near neighbour is easily do-able!

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