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Former home to revolutionary Thomas Paine

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Sandwich Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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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More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Dr. Robin Ward
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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based on 14 traveler reviews

Former home to revolutionary Thomas Paine
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The cottage was ideal and in the perfect location to explore historic Sandwich and the surrounding area. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Loved the historical feeling of the cottage and town. Robin thought of everything and was very helpful with our concerns.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Really comfortable stay with our kids, located in the Centre of lovely Sandwich, felt like living in a museum with Evelyn modern conveinience

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

A really lovely house, everything as been though to the detail. Really good size kitchen fully equipped and super cute garden.

We stayed there with my two children and it was great. The location is brilliant and from there you get very easily to Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate. And Sandwich is such a lovely village, very recommendable the little boat that get to see the seals, my boy loved it.

I truly recommend this place, as you can feel all the love and effort the owner has put to give you a very enjoyable experience.

We'll be back next year.

Silvia and Nuno

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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fantastic cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the house for 5 days and loved it ! Robin was there to meet us and was extremely friendly and helpful , the house has everything you need with fantastic character. Loved the reading area and the chairs were so comfortable, all the fixtures and fitments/furniture was of very high quality with a wonderful large kitchen, also all the little things were thought of in the house, plus extensions , boxes of tissues ,dishwasher tabs , shopping bags paper towel , torches , umbrellas etc etc . sandwich itself is a beautiful town with several restaurants, and great pubs , we had take- aways most night as wanted to make the most of the house. A visit to the Salutation gardens in the town are a must , compact but beautiful even at this time of the year and Quex at Birchington is worth a visit again with a lovely small garden with a great Tea room and fantastic garden centre , cant wait until our next visit !

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you both enjoyed your stay, looking forward to seeing you both again.
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un vrai "cottage" : une maison pleine de charme

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons été sous le charme de ce lieu, emprunt d'histoire. Les enfants ont adoré leur chambre un peu penchée, et nous avons apprécié la décoration très soignée de l'ensemble de la maison (l'ensemble du mobilier et les tableaux et livres), la literie très bonne, la cuisine spacieuse, le jardin raffiné, le poële à bois pour réchauffer notre soirée un peu humide! Idéalement située, nous avons profité du coeur de ville médiéval, des restaurants de Sandwich (le pub à côté est excellent ), des ballades en bord de mer conseillés dans les guides laissés à notre attention par notre hôte. Ce dernier a tout prévu: un cadenas à code pour les arrivées tardives, des guides et livres pour découvrir les alentours, quelques chocolats et un sherry de bienvenue. Une adresse à conseiller pour un séjour très anglais, dépaysant, et une touche de voyage dans le temps.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 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.


Rates & Availability

Sandwich Cottage Rental Rates

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Jan 7 2017 - Mar 25 2017
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May 28 2017 - Sep 2 2017
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Sep 3 2017 - Oct 28 2017
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3 night minimum stay

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Sandwich Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , open to upstairs landing
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • 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 for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

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