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2 beautiful 5 Star Gold rated cottages in rural Kent, seasonal rate reduction - Twyne (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights



Twyne (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4)

Living/dining room 5. 0m x 3. 3m with full-height timbered roof.

Galley kitchen 4.2m x 1.7m.

Main bedroom 4.0m x 2.7m, double bed and en-suite shower room with shaver point.

Second bedroom 2.9m x 2.4m with full-size bunk beds.

Family shower room with shaver point.

Gravelled courtyard garden and lawn.

About the property


We are very proud to tell you that we have just been awarded 5 Star Gold rating from VistEngland. You can find us on their website.

Come and enjoy a relaxing time in the cosy cottages in the garden of England. Both the cottages are fully equipped with a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, oven, four-ring hob, microwave, butler sink, iron/board, dryer rack, vacuum cleaner, TV/DVD player, WiFi/broadband internet access. Luxury bed linen and towels are provided.

Enjoy a glass of wine relaxing in the private garden with sun loungers, picnic table, parasol and barbecue. Bicycles are available to borrow at your own risk. One very well behaved pet is allowed. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.

The cottages are located at the edge of a village which has a

small well stocked shop and excellent butcher. There is also a friendly local pub. All these walking distance.

The cottages are in the grounds of Hardacre House which was built in the first part of the fifteenth century. Its most famous occupant was John Twyne, the last headmaster of St Augustine’s Abbey school and the first of Kings School in Canterbury after the Dissolution in 1541. He was Alderman, Mayor and MP of Canterbury and even spent time in the Tower of London when he offended King Henry VIII! He married Allice Peper of Hampshire in 1525 and they spent many years in Preston.

More Details

Henrietta Kelly
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Henrietta Kelly

David and Henrietta have been living at Hardacre House for 3 years. They were married 4 years ago and have decided to move full time to "The Garden of England".

They running courses for foreign adults and younger students who want to improve their English in the main house and offer 2 self catering cottages which are adjacent to the main house.

David has lived in Kent and London most of his life and loves gardening, playing tennis, walking and biking. Henrietta has lived in France and Chile and also loves an active outdoor life much the same as David! They both love travelling and have visited Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, India and many lovely places in Europe including France, Italy and Spain. We both speak French and Henrietta speaks Spanish too.

They very much enjoy the theatre and there is a great one in Canterbury called "The Marlowe Theatre". When they have time and at the end of the day they enjoy having a good read but usually fall asleep with the book.

They both enjoy good food but most of all using their local products. They are eager to have a good kitchen garden which they are both working on.

They would love to share their beautiful garden which is in a very tranquil spot and an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are beautiful walks along many footpaths around the village and they are close to the sea side with a good choice of different types of beaches. They are also very close to Canterbury with its stunning cathedral and walled city and many other interesting historical sites including two "Cinques Port" towns of Sandwich and Dover, and Richborough Castle. There are the various golf courses in and around Sandwich, with Margate and Ramsgate also close at hand.

They would very much enjoy to welcome you to their home and share some of the secrets of Hidden Kent which they can reveal to our guests when they come and visit.

Henrietta Kelly purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Henrietta Kelly chose Preston

These cottages are independent and have their own private gardens.

What makes this cottage unique

There are also bikes here if you would like to borrow them. Very flat and great biking country!

In the spring time beautiful walks in the blue bell woods and also very close to the beaches.

Available Rentals

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Please note minimum stay the first 2 nights are charge full rate and then the following nights are charged at 10% of this.
Longer term bookings are available, as is B&B in the main house. Please enquire for details.

A 5% discount is available if both units are booked together.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday. Please do not arrive before 4.00pm, and depart by 10.00am. However, special flexibility is possible by prior arrangement.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Preston in Preston

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Travel cots (no bedding provided) and high chairs are available free. Foldaway/inflatable beds are available (space permitting) with additional bed linen and towels for extra occupants for a supplement of £75 per person per week. Outside: Large sun terraces plus lawns. 2 wooden sun beds, picnic tables with parasols. Barbecues.


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Twyne (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2/4)
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

Relaxing location

  • 4 of 5

Had a lovely stay here at Twyne cottage, weather perfect, great places to visit, delicious strawberries from the market in Sandwich & friendly efficient hosts & catching up with our family who live in Thailand. Great week.

Jeanne & Ken Jagger


  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Lovely little holiday let. Quiet location very near to some great days out (Canterbury, the coast, Wingham wildlife park etc).

We stayed here with our two young boys. The cottage had games and toys for the kids which were brilliant for keeping them occupied when up early in the mornings.

Our host Henrietta was very welcoming and the boys loved the chocolate on the pillow when they arrived!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal holiday cottage

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Twyne cottage for just over a week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The welcome pack was much appreciated and the cottage was very well equipped.The location was good for visiting all the local towns and villages.The owners, Henrietta and David, were very helpful and offered suggestions for local visits.

Preston still has a village pub and a useful village stores.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, do hope we might see you again one day soon. Have a good rest of stay in the UK and then have a good trip home to Spain. Best wishes Henrietta
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Quiet, relaxed and friendly

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week, whilst visting family in the area. Fabulous property with very helpful and freindly owners. Perfect size for us too. Big enough for all four, but cosy enough for a grown up break with tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum sleeping over for a few days with grandparents. I'm sure we'll be back :-)

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Très belle découverte de l'Angleterre grâce à ce séjour dans un endroit accueillant et confortable: le cottage est charmant et fonctionnel ( on y trouve tout ce dont on a besoin pour cuisiner et se détendre) et les propriétaires sont TRES sympathiques! Henrietta dispose en plus de talents de pédagogues auxquels vous pouvez faire appel pour découvrir ou entretenir votre anglais. Nos enfants ont adoré ! Preston est un charmant petit village d'où partent de nombreux sentiers et bien localisé afin de découvrir le Kent qui regorge de richesses architecturales ou naturelles. Nous n'avons qu'une envie: y retourner !

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup et a bientot. Henrietta
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Everything you need for a very relaxing, cosy stay.

  • 5 of 5

Very light, perfect for catching the winter sun. Lovely rural location with plenty of sights to see and things to do nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie, it was lovely seeing you all again. Hope you will be back soon to see Great Granny again soon. Best wishes Henrietta
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Royal St Georges Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres


Broadstairs, Margate, Westgate on Sea and Ramsgate are all less than 30 minutes by car, as are Whitstable, Deal and St Margaret's Bay. Botany Bay, near Broadstairs, is a Blue Flag beach.


Access to the A2/M2 is 15 minutes away. A railway station at Adisham, 5 miles away, connects to London, Canterbury and Dover. The Channel Tunnel and the Dover ferry port are only 30 minutes away by car. There is a regular bus service from Preston to Canterbury/Margate and bike hire is available, but your own transport is desirable to make the best of the area.

Further Details:

Hardacre House is approximately 9 miles from the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury and 5 miles from the charming medieval town of Sandwich, set in a tranquil backwater of East Kent. Good beaches are no more than 30 minutes away, as are the delightful seaside towns of Broadstairs and Deal. Margate (with the new Turner Contemporary art gallery) and Ramsgate are similarly close, as is fashionable Whitstable with its renowned seafood and speciality restaurants. Preston has a pub, a village shop, a butcher’s serving local produce, a prestigious garden centre and a riding stable offering equine pastimes and lessons for young and old alike. The 13th Century church of St Mildred’s is within walking distance. The picturesque and historic village of Wingham, two miles away, has a supermarket, newsagent, post office, banks, a bakery, a farm shop, petrol station and several pubs/restaurants. There is a chemist 3 miles away in Ash, which also has tennis courts and there are playing fields next door to Hardacre House. Canterbury has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs. There are many activities in the area. The national wildlife and nature reserve of the lower Stour valley and wetlands provides excellent walking and birdwatching, and Wingham Wildlife Park is close. There are several cycle routes and we are situated directly on National Cycle Route 1 (which connects Dover with the Shetland Islands!). Canterbury has extensive sports facilities, a golf course and Leisure Centre while Sandwich has the world-famous St George’s Golf Club, regular host to the Open. Howletts Zoo and Wildlife Park is 5 miles away at Bekesbourne. The National Fruit Collection is at Brogdale, near Faversham. Nearby Goodnestone Park, with its connection to Jane Austen, has well-known ornamental gardens. Sissinghurst and Great Dixter gardens; Dover, Walmer, Hever and Leeds castles are all within reach.


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