Bell House

£401  average per night

 2 votes

The Bell House- Beautiful 16th Century Cottage On The Village Green

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bathroom
  • Children welcome

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General information

  • Internet access
  • BBQ
  • Children welcome
  • Balcony
  • Books
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Heated
  • Iron and board
  • Linens provided
  • Garden
  • Pets not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Television
  • Towels provided
  • Toys

Kitchen and household

  • Dishes and utensils provided
  • Coffee maker
  • Clothes dryer
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine

Safety

  • Carbon Monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector

Location

  • 16KM
  • 21.4KM
  • 3.6KM
  • 4KM
  • 0.7KM

Description

Summary:
This is an amazing 16th Century House which has been renovated to a . It sits in a picturesque village opposite a great pub. Close-by you will find beautiful countryside, Canterbury (15 mins drive) and the wonderful Kent coast. It's an easy jumping off point for trips to London (50 mins by Train) or France/Belgium. The garden is huge and runs down to a shallow fenced river.

The Space:
Comfortable 4 double bedroom cottage full of character and comfort ideally located to explore Kent. It is perfect for families or groups coming on holiday or to work in the area. There are 2 staircases. One broad and not steep (accessing the 2 double rooms) and a back staircase (to the first floor twin) which is quite narrow and twisty.

GROUND FLOOR: 
- Spacious Lounge with TV and a wood burning stove.
- Fully-equipped kitchen with adjoining larder.
- Utility room with microwave, washing machine and dryer 
- 1 Twin bedroom with easy access to adjacent bathroom
- 2 bathrooms (Please be aware that one of the bathrooms is only accessible via one of the bedrooms)
- Spacious garden with patio and outdoor table

FIRST FLOOR: 
- 1 Double bedroom with king sized bed
- 1 Double bedroom with super-king sized bed
- 1 Twin bedroom (This is only accessible via one of the double rooms or the ground floor twin room)
- 1 landing/reading area at the top of the main stairs


For guests with babies, we can provide a travel cot (bedding not provided) and a highchair free of charge. There are also stair gates available if needed.

Guest Access:
Guests have access to the entire property and the garden. The only restricted area is the garage which is kept as storage for the homeowners.

Free on-street parking outside the property and anywhere round the green at all times.

Free Wifi throughout your stay.

Complimentary coffee, tea and sugar provided.

We offer a mid-stay clean complimentary for stays over 14 days, which includes change of bedding and towels.

The Neighborhood:
Certain bits of Wickhambreaux have been around for a very long time! The first record of Wickham was in 948 when Eadred King of the English granted six roods of land to a religious woman named Allfynne. The village also gets a long mention in the Doomsday book (1086). By then it had 2 watermills and 300 sheep. The strange French sounding end to the name of the village probably comes from the time when in 1285 William de Breuse owned the manor.

The triangular tree-lined green in front of the Bell House is the centre of the village. This type of village green is also known locally as a Wickham. On the West side of the green is a tall white clap-board mill with a working water wheel located on the Lesser (or Little) Stour.

The House opposite the Bell house across the green is Wickhambreaux Court. This was originally the Manor house and behind the early 19th Century façade, there is a very old Tudor building. It is said that in the 12th Century, it was here that Henry II, then a youth of 16, met Rosamund Clifford (the Fair Rosamund). He is supposed to have married her secretly. Later the Manor house belonged to Princess Joan Plantagenet, the original "Fair Maid of Kent" and she visited the village on at least one occasion in 1381. Princess Joan was the Grand-daughter of Edward I, the wife of Edward, The Black Prince, (her second marriage after her first husband died), and the Mother of Richard II. You can see the tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury Cathedral.

The ancient 14th century church includes a beautiful Art Nouveau stained glass window dating from the 19th century, which should not be missed.

Also The Bell House has a family history which has been passing on generations since the last 350-400 years.

Getting Around:
The Bell House is located opposite The Rose Inn, a very nice friendly Pub with good food and kids are welcome in the restaurant area (wise to book on Fridays and Saturdays). They will even bring food over to you at the cottage and take away the washing up if you feel like staying “home”! Summer BBQ’s are very popular.

Also around the corner of the house you can find the Bell Bakery if you wish to get some fresh goodies for breakfast.

Local Shops can be found at both Littlebourne and Wingham (both have quite long opening hours - Wingham has the biggest stock and is open to 8pm daily). They both sell bread papers milk etc plus a pretty extensive range of the normal small supermarket type stuff.

There is a great organic/farm shop which is on the right of the road just before you enter Wingham. You can get all sorts of very good quality stuff from olives, cheese bread and organic joints of meat to locally produced fruit and vegetables. It is a bit pricey but worth it if you want to treat yourself.

Nearest supermarkets are in Canterbury: Morrissons (on the Western side of Canterbury), Asda (on the Eastern side of Canterbury) and Sainsbury's, Tesco and M&S in the middle of the city.

Other Things to Note:
Our property can be accessed totally contact-free. Our on-site lockboxes and online and on the phone support mean that you can arrive quickly, easily and socially distanced.

Before your arrival we will send you all the details you need to check in to the property including any access codes and the code for the lock box to access the keys. This will arrive via email a few days before your stay. We are also only a short email or phone call away should you need us to answer any questions you have about the property or local area.

If you have any special requirement please let us know before arrival and we'll be happy to help you.

There are also a number of local beaches within driving distance!
-Whitstable/Tankerton (9 miles away)
-Margate (10 miles away)
-Broadstairs (12 miles away)

COVID-19 INFORMATION: Your safety is our priority. As part of our approach to make properties Covid secure please be aware that all of our properties now use contact free check in. You will receive an email with details of how to check in before your arrival. To maintain hygiene standards, all of our properties are professionally cleaned and our laundry is washed and ironed professionally off-site.If you have any questions about this we are here to help.

Please note, all payments will be taken 30 days before arrival.

Interaction with Guests:
Our property can be accessed totally contact-free. Our on-site lockboxes and online and on the phone support mean that you can arrive quickly, easily and socially distanced.

Before your arrival we will send you all the details you need to check in to the property including any access codes and the code for the lock box to access the keys. This will arrive via email a few days before your stay.

We are also only a short email or phone call away should you need us to answer any questions you have about the property or local area.

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