To many people, Kent is viewed upon as a conduit to the Continent – straight down the M2 or M20, hop on to the ferry or Shuttle and you’re in France within a couple of hours. It is within easy reach from London, M25 and the continent.
Turn off the main roads however and you will find a county of beauty, variety, history and culture. Its beauty ranges from the dramatic scenery of the White Cliffs of Dover to the atmospheric Romney Marsh and from The Downs to woodlands and river valleys. In between there are country lanes leading to villages of charm and character featuring beamed and weather boarded cottages, country estates, hop fields and orchards. Alleyways and passages in coastal towns still hark back to days gone by of smugglers, boatmen and sailors.
Kent is rich in history, probably unrivalled in Southern England. See where Julius Caesar or St Augustine landed. View the many castles, forts, battlefields and defences illustrating conflicts from Saxon times to the present day, including the iconic Dover Castle. Kent is also rich in architecture and the area boasts an enviable number of Conservation areas with Listed buildings illustrating its heritage. Canterbury with its magnificent Cathedral remains one of the top tourist attractions in England.
Theatres and live music venues can be found throughout the county as well as beautiful gardens and grounds at locations such as Sissinghurst, Leeds Castle and Goodnestone. Museums reflecting the history of the area can be found throughout the county and the recently opened Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate is rapidly becoming one of the top attractions.
Leisure activities abound too with undeveloped and uncommercialised beaches ranging from miles of sand at Littlestone and Sandwich to bays with rock pools at St Margaret’s Bay and Botany Bay. Historic Deal also boasts one of the finest unspoilt seafronts in the UK. Sailing can be enjoyed around the coast and there are miles of coastal and country walks including the Pilgrims Way, the Downs Way and the Saxon Way. Golfers are spoilt with a wide range of courses including parkland, cliff top and links – including 3 Championship courses in Deal, Sandwich and Kingsdown.
Kent is the Garden of England and not only does it produce some of the best fruit and vegetables in the country, it also provides its own hops for England’s oldest brewer, produces acres of asparagus in season, rears its own breed of lamb on Romney Marsh and has a coastline producing fruits from the sea including Whitstable’s oysters and fresh herring or crabs in Deal. These can be enjoyed in the wide ranging choice of restaurants, bistros, pubs and bars throughout the county. We are delighted to add that Deal has recently won the fantastic accolade of The Telegraphs’ High Street of the Year award from more than 500 nominations throughout the country.
And if all of that is not enough you can climb aboard The Shuttle in Folkestone and be in France in 35 minutes to explore a completely different world.
Come and discover what many people have been missing. Stay for a few days or a week or two.
At Keepers Cottages we shall do our very best to make your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.
Visit Kent – the official guide to the Garden of England