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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights



Hop Cottage

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

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About the property

Landews Meadow Cottages

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.

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Nigel and Wendy Griffiths
Member since: 2012
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Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

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 Challock

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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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


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Challock in Challock

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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
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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Hop Cottage
average rating of 4.6216216 based on 39 reviews

A lovely relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We all had a very relaxing time at Hop Cottage. We had everything we needed and even amazing weather too! Nigel was extremely helpful on our arrival as it was late and he checked we arrived safely with his clear directions. It was great to be away from it all at the same time as being able to travel easily to many lovely destinations. Thanks to Wendy and Nigel for our amazing stay in Kent.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, it was a real pleasure to meet you all and have you stay in Hop Cottage. We are very pleased you enjoyed the facilities and comfort of the cottage as well as the great central location for exploring Kent's attractions. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, Nigel and Wendy
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Not impressed at all and definitely not 5star like you as you described it

  • 3 of 5

I will be sending you some pictures. Conservatory: dirty frames and torn curtains. Spare toilet has never seen a bit of bleach for a long time. Games room unfinished. Garden not kept. The water does not run quick enough in the bathrooms sink. The surrounding is fantastic but the cottage did put a damp on our holiday It is definitely not worth what we paid for it for a week. I think you should also need to mention that there are no taxi about.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: They do say you cant please all of the people all of the time, and we seem to get one guest every year that this applies to. We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at Hop cottage and felt compelled to complain to Home Away and us for money back. A request that we have refused for the following reasons. The title of your review says not 5 star like you describe it! - This is factually incorrect, nowhere in our advert on Home Away do we describe our property as 5 star, it does has over 100 independent reviews across 4 lettings platforms over a 5 year period where it gets an average rating from guests of 4.7 out of 5. The guest that left the property the day you arrived left this review: Highly recommended to those who would like to enjoy a little piece of heaven on Earth. Beautiful surroundings and a lovely spacious home. The guests the week before left this review: We had a wonderful time at this truly unique property. The children, and us actually really enjoyed a dip in the beautiful swimming lake and a relax in the hot tub. The cottage was well equipped and any issues were very quickly sorted out. Nigel was a very good host with prompt communication. We enjoyed staying at the property and some sightseeing, including Leeds Castle which was very charming. We would most definitely recommend Hop Cottage and would love to return! Thank you You state that the garden was not Kept - The lawn had be mowed the day before you arrived, it has brand new rattan furniture and cushions, in spring and early summer it is full of cottage blooms, but unfortunately come september, the blooms start to die away and in winter it will be dead headed, this is the first negative comment about Hop Garden in 5 years Torn curtains, they are not torn, one net curtain was had come off the runners, I offered to re attach it but you said you would pull them to. Toilet - You are correct, we have septic tanks so we do try not to use bleach but other products more suited. There is a small limescale build up but it was clean. Game room - is a new facility we added this year, it has not yet been plastered so has bare walls, every other guest has really enjoyed playing table tennis in it this season. Bathroom sink, if you had advised this at the time of your stay we would have fixed it, I assume it needs a new washer which will be done. Taxi- there are numbers for 4 taxi companies in the guest book and I advised you of this on arrival and which to use
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Fabulous Cottages

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in both Hop and Oak Cottages this last weekend. They are fabulous - clean, comfortable and spacious. They are located in beautiful countryside where there are lovely walks and the children could enjoy watching the animals. We will certainly be back!

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful quiet beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely stunning cottage. We only got to enjoy a couple of days here due to work commitments. However our stay received a warm welcome from the owners and the cottage certainly lived up to more than our expectations. The cottage was exceptionally clean and comfortable set in beautiful surroundings. We will defiantly want to stay here again 😁😁😁😁😁

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Darren Thank you for your kind review and also for leaving the cottage so clean after your stay. It was a shame you could not stay longer and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future Kind regards Nigel and wendy
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Fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage! Our group (8 friends) stayed over new years and we felt very welcomed (champagne glasses were even provided). We love the cottage and are talking about coming again in summer so we can swim in the lake. The cottage has loads of space for social activities and is very comfortable. Despite the fog when we visited, the views and area surrounding the cottage is beautiful and the pub is not too far to walk to either. The location is convenient for being close enough to places like Canterbury- where we went for a day trip but once at the cottage, it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere which is great for that time away feeling. The property itself was clean with towels provided. The layout works very well with a spacious sitting room (including sofa bed), a well designed kitchen, a dining area and a conservatory which was great as a second social space. Fantastic place which we'd all definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julia Thanks you for your review. We are very glad you all enjoyed your New Year break in Hop cottage, we thought we saw you all trying a New Years day swim in the lake you mad fools! We would love to welcome you back in the summer to come and enjoy a stay when swimming in the lake would be somewhat more pleasurable. We hope to see you all again soon Nigel and Wendy
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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: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Challock village
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Ashford, Faversham or Broughton
Nearest Train
3 Miles
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