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Nigel and Wendy Griffiths

Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English

Two character country cottages on a private estate with Swimming Lake - Hop Cottage

31 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Challock - Landews Meadow Cottages

Spacious 3 bed and romantic 2 bed cottage with exposed beams and panoramic views

Located within the private Landews estate we have two well appointed picturesque country cottages with fantastic high quality fittings and facilities. Set in the beautiful village of Challock in central Kent, our location provides an ideal base for enjoying Kent's attractions and countryside. Also conveniently located for day trips to London (via the high speed train from Ashford to St Pancras in 38 minutes) or to France via Le Shuttle or the Ferries.

Surrounded by open fields and woodland which are alive with wildlife (you will see more pheasants, rabbits, woodpeckers and partridge than you will cars).

Hop cottage has its own private garden with large lawns and country cottage flower beds, a gas BBQ and patio table and chairs provide idyllic al fresco dining. From the private garden guests can access the natural swimming lake to enjoy a fresh water dip surrounded by reeds, bull rushes and water lillies with the swallows and dragon flies in the air above, and our family of moor hens for company. With many bridleways and footpaths to explore you can unwind and relax in one of the most idyllic unspoilt spots in Kent.

Hop cottage is named after the estates heritage as a former Hop farm and has wooden cladding outside and a Kent peg tile roof.

Oak cottage is constructed from the timbers of an old Oak framed barn. Oak cottage has two private terraces and access to the swimming lake and communal grounds.

The Landews Estate provides an ideal location for a lazy or an active holiday, relax around the lake on loungers, or explore all that the 'Garden of England' has to offer. Brogdale Farm which is home of the national fruit collection is only 5 miles away. On your doorstep at Landews you can go walking, bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding, gliding or walk to Beech Court Gardens and Tea Rooms.

All of Kents other attractions are within easy reach from our central location, one of our favorites is the RH&D Light Railway, a miniature steam railway that runs across Romney marsh from Hythe to Dungeness, great fun for little kids and big kids. Alternatively, Port Lympne and Howlett's Wild Animal Parks provide a great day out for the whole family. No visit to Kent would be complete without a day in Canterbury visiting the Cathedral or doing the ghost tour and a trip to Leeds Castle.

A walk along the White cliffs of Dover followed by a trip to Dover castle provide an excellent day out with two of Kent's iconic landmarks.

However you spend your days what better way to end it than enjoying a BBQ beside the natural swimming lake or having a relaxing dip where all you can hear is bird song.

The cottage provides all the charm of a past era combined with spacious modern facilities in what we believe is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

We look forward to welcoming you.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Hop Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

This spacious traditional Kentish cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large lounge, dining room, kitchen and conservatory. All very tastefully decorated in country cottage style it provides generous and comfortable accommodation for your stay.

The kitchen and ensuite bathroom have all recently been refitted to a high standard, the kitchen is well stocked with utensils and equipment that includes Cooker, 4 ring hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer.

Two of the three bedrooms can be arranged as doubles or twins and a high chair and cot are available if needed.

The large conservatory enjoys fantastic views across the private garden and out in to open fields and woodland, the wild birds are encouraged to the feeder in the apple tree and our chickens pay regular visits to say hello.

The garden is secure on all sides and provides a BBQ, patio table and chairs for up to 8 people. Through the gate you access the natural swimming lake

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Nigel and Wendy Griffiths (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Nigel and Wendy Griffiths

Nigel and Wendy grew up in Kent and have always had an interest in travel and tourism. Having traveled extensively we know what makes a property and a holiday special and we have tried to provide that in our properties. Wendy has an eye for detail and cleanliness so you can be assured the cottages are well maintained and clean.

Nigel and Wendy Griffiths purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Nigel and Wendy Griffiths chose Ashford

We moved back to Kent in 2012 after 20 years away and after viewing many properties we fell in love with Landews the moment we saw it. Properties in locations like this come up very rarely so we had to fight off two existing buyers and complete in 1 month to secure this as our home.

What makes this cottage unique

Landews enjoys a beautiful rural location, surrounded by fields and woodlands. It was built as an ECO property in 1978 mainly over 1 floor so it maintains a very low key cottage feel from all angles. The village of Challock is pretty with very friendly locals, a lovely green and two good pubs. It's central location allow you to get anywhere in Kent in around half an hour.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The House is perfect, the location is delightful, we felt comfortable and at home, thank you, we will be back.
Jul 2012
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Reviews

4.6
based on 31 holidaymaker reviews

Hop Cottage
average rating of 4.612903 based on 33 reviews
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Unfortunately the cottage did not live up to the fantastic description of it.

  • 2 of 5

Whilst we enjoyed our holiday in Kent and admittedly the cottage was in a beautiful location it was sadly lacking in lots of ways. Luxurious should not be used to describe it, and the equipment is not high quality! It states in the description that the bathrooms had recently been refurbished, the smaller one with the bath had not been and the shower head was broken. The en suite was newer but the roller blind was broken, the net curtain dirty and the shower head needed de scaling. My. Mother who is 90 needed the walk in shower and having arrived on Wednesday did not have any hot water until the Saturday because of a fault with the boiler, not the owners fault I know but never the less not good. The crockery etc in the kitchen needed an up date and we did not use the BBQ as it was dirty when we arrived. I could go on! I was loathe to send you this review as I realise that the renting of the cottages is part of the owners livelihood but I feel that having paid a substantial amount for the week it needed to be said as other clients will look at the description and will form the same impression of it as we did and will be equally disappointed. Regards, Karen Brooks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry that you enjoyed your holiday in our cottages but felt compelled to write such a negative and factually incorrect review of your experience, we are also pleased that so many of our customers write accurate and pleasant reviews about their experience. You start your review by suggesting we describe our cottage as Luxurious, it is not a 5 star hotel, it is a very well priced self catering accommodation with excellent facilities in a beautiful location. You arrived in our cottage on Wednesday, on Friday morning you came to advise there was a problem with the hot water, why did it take you 2 days to tell us of this problem if you had a 90 year old who needed a shower? Why in your review do you make out it took us until Saturday to fix a problem you did not notify us of until Friday? When notified of the problem we immediately attempted to get out an engineer but none were available so we carried out some tests over the phone with them and were unable to start the boiler. We turned on the immersion heaters for hot water but it was clear late Friday afternoon the water had not heated up. We offered your mother a walk in shower in our house and she declined this offer. At 08:00 hrs Saturday AM we got our electrician out who got the immersion heaters sorted and hot water restored. Now I understand it is unfortunate when something as critical as a boiler breaks when you are staying, but you took 2 days to tell us and we did everything possible to resolve the problem and offered alternative showing for your mother. The problem was resolved within 24 hours of our being notified. The second bathroom has an electric shower, when you advised us of the boiler you also stated that the shower head was not functioning properly, we took it apart and found an internal washer was out of place and this was fixed and returned within 2 hours of being notified to us. We provide a modern gas BBQ and free gas to all guests, in return we ask them to clean the BBQ after use. If the BBQ was not clean, had you notified us we would have cleaned it for you. You state the equipment is not high quality but with absolutely no justification. All the kitchen appliance are less than 2 years old and well maintained. The TV is widescreen and has Freeview satellite a DVD and a Wii. We go to great lengths to ensure guests enjoy our cottages and their stay so we hope that anyone reading your review will look at the other 32 positive and more accurate factual reviews
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Definitely recommend Landews meadow cottages

  • 4 of 5

Great location lovely comfortable spacious home really enjoyed it. Also found Nigel and Wendy friendly and very helpfully with local advice, as we had car breakdown they arranged a garage etc. We would definitely go back thanks again.

Wayne bradford

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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the perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

the cottage is very spacious with all the comforts of home,no need here for ear plugs ,it was so tranquil and so well hidden from the main road,will definitely booking again next time with more freinds .

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful restful stay in rural Kent

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in a pastoral setting in this hop cottage with domestic ducks, geese, hens ranging freely. Though old, the cottage has a lovely sun room and well equipped kitchen and the owners are very accommodating. The cottages are situated at the end of a long country lane overlooking the Kentish Downs and even have their own lake, but I only saw geese swimming in it. Close to some lovely historic villages,( great for walking), Dover, Canterbury and lots of fantastic meals in country pubs.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent gateway from routine life

  • 4 of 5

We had a very great stay at hop cottage. The cottage itself is so big & spacious , and surrounding is just beautiful. You can just sit down peacefully for hours watchin the scenic beauty around it. I went along with my family which had my 18 months nephew and he too enjoyed to his fullest. Wendy Nigel and everyone over there were so helpful and nice . Was not willing to leave and place but had no choice but definately this place is always gonna be my choice whenever I want a break from my routine buzy life...

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Comfortable cottage in a great location

  • 4 of 5

The property was as described. It was comfortable and spotlessly clean. Nigel and Wendy were helpful and welcoming. We would recommend the property to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Challock village
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Dover
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Ashford, Faversham or Broughton
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Charing
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M20 Jun 9
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Challock Village
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Sea salter
Car: recommended

Challock is centrally located between Canterbury, Ashford and Faversham and is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of mid Kent. The village is surrounded on all sides by woodland with 'Kings Wood' to the East and Longbeech wood to the west. Chaucer's famous Pilgrims Way and the North Downs Way are just to the south of the village and can be accessed on foot with the adventurous being able to follow this to Canterbury. The village of Wye with it's chalk crown and the 'Devils Kneading Trough' are 4 miles away. Eastwell Manor is just one of a number of first class restaurants offering fine dining on your doorstep.

Challock's location in the heart of Kent provides an ideal base for exploring all of the Garden of England's attractions, including Leeds castle ' The loveliest castle in the world' , Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, The Hop Farm family park, The historic Dock Yards Chatham, the cinque port towns, Port Lympne or Howlett's Wild Animal Parks , The rare breeds centre, Hever castle or the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

There is plenty for all the family to do an see within a very short drive, The UK's oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame in Faversham provides brewery tours with tastings, or the Designer outlet village in Ashford provides a shoppers paradise.

The village of Challock has two pubs, one serving excellent food 7 days a week, the other being a very traditional ale house, the barn shop is stocked with fine local produce, a horse riding school, the Kent Gliding club and the Beech Court Gardens & Tea rooms, plus it holds an annual goose fair on the green in September. Charing race course is only a few miles away with regular point to point meetings

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Challock, Kent

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Autumn 16
4 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£465
 
 
Christmas 16
19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£560
for 4 nights
From
£140
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£800
 
 
Spring 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£465
£1,600
 
 
Easter 17
2 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
£1,600
 
 
off peak
16 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£465
£1,600
 
 
early summer
21 May 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
£2,200
 
 
summer 17
9 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£720
for 5 nights
From
£140
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£825
£3,000
 
 
autumn 17
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£465
£1,200
 
 
Christmas and New Year 17
17 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£700
for 5 nights
From
£140
£800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£420
for 3 nights
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£140
£800
£3,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

25% of rates shown payable at time of booking. Breakages deposit of £150 payable and refunded after stay.

Price includes :- Towels and bed linen for each guest. We do not charge separately for cleaning, but request that guests leave the property as they find it. If you not to do this then you can elect to pay for a clean.

Payments accepted in GBP, Euros or US Dollars if required

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Challock in Kent

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    En Suite to main bed - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet Only - Toilet
  • The ensuite to the main bedroom has recently been refurbished to a high standard with a modern walk in shower that is fully tiled. Plus sink and toilet The family bathroom has a full sized bath, toilet and sink. There is also a separate w/c off the hall.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available if required, not permanently in room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , can be arranged as 2 x single if required
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The main Bedroom looks out across the cottage garden and fields beyond, it has a stylish and modern fully tiled en suite walk in shower room, the beds in the main bedroom can either be arranged as Double or as two singles if required and a cot is available if required. Bedroom two looks out across the vegetable gardens, the beds in bedroom two can be arranged as a large double or as two singles. This bedrooms shares the family bathroom with bedroom 3. The third bedroom has a double bed There is a sofa bed is in the large lounge with bed linen available on request
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The property is set in a private estate, surrounded by fields and woodland, the estate has a natural swimming lake (not an out door pool) which is available for guests to use. There are bridleways and rights of way for walkers on both sides of the estate so you can explore on foot or bike and join up with the North Downs way. Hop cottage is all on one floor so is suitable for the elderly or infirm who cannot manage stairs. it is not adapted for wheelchair use.

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