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Former home to revolutionary Thomas Paine

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Bedroom: 2, Bathroom: 1, Sleeps: 4

In 1759 this cottage in Sandwich, UK, was the home and shop of Thomas Paine,founding father of the United States and French Republic. He created the phrase 'United States of America', and was author of three of the bestsellers of the eighteenth century, including the cornerstone of American democracy, Common Sense plus the bible of English radicalism, the Rights of Man.

The cottage has been carefully restored and furnished with period items of furniture that enable the visitor to relax and enjoy a period atmosphere. The cottage is larger than the frontage would suggest having had a Victorian kitchen extension. There is a good sized living room with a reading area containing an excellent collection of revolutionary period literature and of course all of Paine's works. The stairs lead to a bedroom with two period single beds and a wonderful early Victorian dresser of mahogany, the upstairs rooms are wonderfully characterful with their beamed ceilings and walls and floors with extraordinary slopes on them. The next bedroom has a beautiful mahogany double bed from ~ 1870. The bathroom upstairs has both a shower and bath. There is a log fire in the living room and a good supply of logs are included in the rental fee. Parking is free of charge in the Guildhall car park a few minutes walk from the cottage. There is a south facing cottage garden for visitors to enjoy, its carefully tended and is a typical English cottage garden full of flowers during the summer months.

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Dr. Robin Ward
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sandwich in Dover District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , open to upstairs landing
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • This is a cosy seventeenth century cottage so the bedrooms are quite fine but can not be described as large. The beds have memory foam mattresses and are very comfortable. There is a large Victorian triple wardrobe in the front bedroom.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


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(23 traveller reviews)

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Former home to revolutionary Thomas Paine
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

living in history in comfort!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a quiet place in a small town, Robin’s place provided that and much more. Robin was very accommodating for our late arrival and the place was spotless. The house is well decorated, feeling cozy but not overcrowded. The kitchen is beautiful with all modern convenices presented in a stylish manor. The patio and garden out back are lovely with hundreds of flowers in June. Modern conveniences while feeling you are living in history. We loved our stay and hope to return some day!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden gem in the heart of Sandwich!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this charming period cottage and fell in love with the beautifully kept garden!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is the best place to stay in Sandwich!

  • 5 of 5

Being familiar with Sandwich, I knew this location was a few steps to the Market Square. The living room is filled with Thomas Paine collectibles. The house is very very old with slanted floors upstairs but a very modern kitchen. From there younstep out to a lovely mature walled garden. This is our third stay and I recommend it highly.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Favorite Stay Yet!

  • 5 of 5

First, my husband and I are historical enthusiasts so this charming and quirky cottage was quite literally the best place we could have hoped for! Dr. Ward's arrival instructions were spot on, including where to park. Our first impressions? We could not get over how charming Thomas Paine's cottage was. Every appliance worked like new but maintained that antique charm. We appreciated both the books and the DVDs that were provided as well as the welcome beers. The house is perfect if you are looking for the most charming and historical cottage for an excellent value. The town of Sandwich is also one of our favorites we have visited. There were so many pubs, restaurants, and cafes to choose from we never even bothered cooking at the house which is a rare thing for us. There are several neat places to see nearby that we were never bored! This is definitely a place we will look to coming back to! Thank you for such keeping this delightful place so beautiful and warm and charming!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely retreat in a cosy small town in Kent

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful hideaway. We enjoyed every second of our stay, despite feeling cold and under the weather, this atmospheric cottage lifted our spirits. What a wonderful way to learn about Thomas Paine's peace activism and the incalculable effect it had on history.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characterful, comfortable cottage in the heart of Sandwich.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this cottage for four nights in October 2016. Although it maintains its historical character it contains every comfort and modern convenience you could wish for. Toasty warm as well, with a very pretty English garden. We would love to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Sandwich town centre
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Royal St. Georges Golf club
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Sandwich station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
St.Peter's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sandwich Bay
Car: recommended

Thomas Paine's cottage is located at the heart of the historic medieval town of Sandwich. Sandwich is the most complete medieval town in Britain and has the most complete street of timber frame buildings in Strand Street. The cottage is within a few hundred yards of a number of restaurants and inns as well as a range of shops. It is within 2 miles of 2 championship golf courses including the famous Royal St.Georges, there are excellent walks out to Sandwich Bay from the cottage. Canterbury is a 20 minute drive away and the cottage is a short walk to the railway station for high speed services to London.

The cottage is well placed for day trips to France or Belgium by car since it is only a 15 minute drive to the cross channel ferries, return trips to Bologne or Bruges can readily be achieved in a day. Both Dover and Rams gate ports are within easy reach and provide a range of museums and castles such as Dover Castle.

A number of tour companies offer tours out to visit the battlefields of WWI and WWII in France and Belgium and the cottage is well placed for this.

East Kent provides some of the finest coastal walks in Britain taking in views of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover from the Saxon Shore Way.


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