£185 average per night
The Stable, Charming Family Cottage, Kent Downs
- Sleeps 7
- 3 Bed
- 2 Bathroom
- Children welcome
- Internet access
- Children welcome
- Baby gate
- Deck / Patio
- Dining area
- DVD Player
- Hair dryer
- Iron and board
- Linens provided
- Living room
- Outdoor lighting
- Pets not allowed
- Pets considered
- No smoking
- Towels provided
- Video library
- Wood stove
Kitchen and household
- Dishes and utensils provided
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Pantry items
- Washing machine
- Carbon Monoxide detector
- Deadbolt lock to entrance
- Emergency exit route
- Fire extinguisher
- First aid kit
- Smoke detector
- > 5KM
- > 5KM
Our stable is located within a safe and secure Kentish walled garden, ideal for families. The Stable is situated high in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB, and is ideally located to explore the best of Kent. The Downs and Weald AONB's country walks and pubs are on the doorstep, and many medieval villages, towns, country parks, castles and cathedrals are all a short drive away. Canterbury, Whitstable, Maidstone, Rochester and the channel tunnel terminal are all no more than 25mins drive.
Introduction to the Stable
The Stable is part of the Coach House, built in the 1800’s to serve the local manor house. The L-shaped main building is made up of two distinct wings. The western wing (where the owners reside) was the coach house & staff quarters, and the south wing (the guest accommodation) was the stable & hay loft. Together with the old cart shed and a much later garage block, this cluster of buildings on three sides of a Kentish walled garden forms ‘The Coach House’.
What you can expect
Guests have sole use of ‘The Stable’ - a self contained and very versatile 2 bedroom cottage, which cosily accommodates couples and small families, but is also capable of being configured to comfortably sleep up to seven adults by adding furniture and space to the ground floor .
There are two configurations - the first is for small groups (of up to 4) featuring one bathroom, and the second is for larger groups (of up to 7), and adds a shower room to the ground floor. The two different configurations are clearly shown in the photos. More information is provided in the ‘other things to note’ section.
The ground floor is a split level open space with a slightly elevated and fully equipped bespoke oak kitchen on a raised brick stage, an oak-beamed lounge with a solid stone floor with underfloor heating, a brick inglenook fireplace, and a dining area/3d bedroom again with a stone floor and underfloor heating all behind an original cast iron and pitch pine horse stall divider. A large Netflix-enabled TV/home cinema with DVD and book libraries are in the lounge.
Situated in an elevated position overlooking the ground floor, and swooping, curving and merging into the spiral stairs and lounge area like nothing you will have ever seen, the utterly bespoke raised kitchen and breakfast bar commands the entire ground floor space. Bifolding glass doors framed by a mature vine completely open the kitchen to a private brick courtyard.
First floor rooms are accessed via original cast iron spiral staircase, which leads from the kitchen to a small landing opening to a twin bedroom. From the twin, the master bedroom is accessed via a corridor, which also give access to the travertine-stone bathroom/wet room which features underfloor heating, a fully integrated whirlpool bath and a waterfall shower.
Private use of the stable cottage and outside brick terrace. There is lots of parking space. Access from the car park to the enclosed courtyard and residential area is via a heavy 19th century cast iron and pitch pine gate, itself an original part of the Stable. Brick walkways lead to the holiday cottage.
Other things to note
The Stable has always been presented spotlessly clean for all guests. Please see any of the 125+ reviews to confirm this. However, due to Covid-19, additional care is taken to provide an even higher standard of cleanliness and implement social distancing until the outbreak is over. These measures include:
- cleaning and sterilisation of over 150 touch points and all flat surfaces between each stay
- washing linens & towels at high temperature
- self-check-in to limit unnecessary contact and implement social distancing (we nevertheless remain available if you need us and would like recommendations on the local area)
The ground floor of The Stable can be configured in two ways; for groups of up to 4, and for larger groups of up to 7 (both configurations are shown in the photos - the 2 ground floor layouts). The layout for larger groups adds a bathroom and bedroom furniture to the ground floor. If you are booking for 1-4 people and wish to have the second bathroom on the ground floor, simply book the cottage for 5 and the space will be made available.
Spiral staircases may be a potential hazard for very young children, and tall guests (significantly over 6' or 1.80m) may find headroom limited in the upstairs bedrooms due to the sloping ceilings and beams of a space that started its life as a hay loft.
Mobile phone reception is patchy. Calls can normally be made or received outside with most networks. Wireless internet access is available in the cottage, it is broadband, however please don’t expect town or city download speeds.
If guests are planning on walking in the woods, we advise using walking shoes/boots and jeans. Some of our local footpaths through woods are infrequently used, can be muddy in spring and in summer have brambles or nettles encroaching on the paths.
The nearest bus stop is at the Chequers Inn pub in the centre of Doddington village. A bus service operating out of Sittingbourne stops here 7 times per day, with no service at weekends. From the Chequers Inn bus stop it is a 1.5 mile 30 minute uphill walk to the Stable along Faversham Road.
A light breakfast is left for all guests checking in. This is for the first morning only, it is not provided every day.
We supply free of charge a basket of logs for the log burner in autumn, winter and spring. If you need more logs we can sell them by the basketful for £6.
Please enquire if you would like to bring a pet. We welcome well-behaved dogs at the Stable. There is an additional cost associated of £15 per night to cover the added risk and additional cleaning.
to cover the added risk and additional cleaning. Maximum two pets.