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A pretty holiday let in rural setting. A perfect country getaway.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

A modern self contained holiday let in rural setting with 4* rating.

A self contained annex that's located in the grounds behind the owners family house, its peaceful and provides privacy and the use of its own small fenced gravelled courtyard.

Surrounded by farmland and yet only 800 meters from the local Pub, and 2 miles to the nearest Village of Staplehurst or Headcorn.

The annexe has Wifi (sometimes in bad weather this signal is low) and two Tv's with free sat and DVD. The open plan loft room upstairs has space to sleep up to 4 people together in open plan. Plenty of cupboards and draws for clothes storage, TV, PS3 & 1 controller, small sofa, dressing table with hair dryer, bookcase (with books, DVDs and CD's). The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, pans cutlery, fridge and small freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster. The lounge has dining table and 4 chairs, sofa, Rocking Chair, coffee tables, 26' wall mounted TV/DVD player with free sat. Board games for the family to play

The Bathroom is downstairs with shower, basin, toilet, laundry cupboard with automatic washing machine and clothes airer.

The Annex is in a Rural location about 2 miles from the nearest village of Staplehurst and 3 miles from its next village of Headcorn. Hawkenbury itself has no shops within walking distance but there is a lovely country pub, just a 4 minute walk, that serves fantastic food for lunch and dinner and has a large beer garden in the summer. A car in my opinion is essential to enable you to see all the beautiful countryside.


A travel cot & High Chair are available on request. Please request when booking.

Pets considered on request and there is a charge if accepted.

Change over days are flexible but you must check this with the owner. Months of July and August will be week only bookings, change over days Friday/Saturday.

A welcome pack is included with 7 night bookings. Bookings less than 7 nights will receive basic pack.

More Details

Katherine Gilbert
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Katherine Gilbert

I am a part time teacher in a primary school, a wife and a mother of two grown up boys 16 & 18. I enjoy managing our holiday let and help travellers enjoy all the places to visit in Kent. We have so many places that our foreign visitors are desperate to visit such as Leeds Castle, Canterbury, London, Tunbridge Wells all within an hour from us. We have made many friends while running the holiday let and enjoy being able to share what we enjoy about living in Kent with all of our visitors.

Katherine Gilbert purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Katherine Gilbert chose Tonbridge

Set in a beautiful location in the heart of the Garden of England. California Annex is set behind my family home. Hawkenbury is a lovely quiet Hamlet village that is in the middle of the Kent countryside. There are two lovely villages with mainline train stations to London only 2 miles away.

We are close to London (55 minutes by train) Royal Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury, Bluewater shopping centre, Howlets Zoo, Leeds,& Hever Castles, Many National trust properties, Scotney castle, Sissinghurst gardens and for sightseeing this area is perfect. Many people come here to explore the garden of England and we now have an electric bike hire centre less than half a mile away so that you can hire bikes and visit the local villages. Local Vineyard and tours are available from Biddenden or Chapel down where you can sample their wines and ciders. Kent is very popular for road cyclists especially ones who are advanced that would enjoy cycling to Tunbridge wells through the country lanes and then on to the Ashdown forest for sunning rides and views.

The Annex is very private but still close enough to not feel completely cut off. In the evenings you can enjoy the peace of the countryside, from June onwards the calfs and cows actually put their head over the annex hedge to say hello . Hawkenbury has a lovely pub only 4 minutes walk where you can meet the locals and enjoy a traditional lunch and dinner and in the summer months they have a pub garden. Both villages of Staplehurst and Headcorn have lovely country pubs, The Kings Head -In Staplehurst and The George and Dragon in Headcorn, chemist, small supermarkets, Indian takeaway/restaurant, Chinese restaurants, Butchers, off-licence, Bakers and the other convenience shops. There are a number of great restaurants within a 5 mile radius enabling you to eat from pub food to Michelin Star every night. There are plenty of days out for the children from Zoos, Castles, Play centres, Ice Skating, Cinemas, Bowling all in driving distance

What makes this cottage unique

Private, Self contained, peaceful, pretty and modern.

Rated 4* by Visit England. This annex is not let to anyone I am very careful to only let it to people I know will look after it enabling every stay to be as pleasant as the next. We have equipped the annexe with home comforts such as free sat, Ps3 for the children, Board Games, books and DVD's to make your stay when your in the annexe comfortable. The fields in front and behind the Annexe are owned by our friendly farmer neighbour and he is happy for you to walk round the fields in the summer months.


Tonbridge Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large bathroom with electric shower, toilet, basin, and heater. Bathroom cabinet with mirror. Laundry cupboard with washing machine, clothes airer, iron and ironing board. Towels will be kept in this cupboard
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 twin/ single
  • The loft room can accommodate 4 single beds at its max,It is an open plan space, it has a built in wardrobe with hanging and shelf space. Two bedside tables, a dressing table with mirror, hair dryer and hair straighteners. The beds will be fully made up with including pillows, duvet and fitted sheet. One hand and one shower towel will be provided for each occupant. The Annex is able to accommodate up to 4 people but when its at full capacity it does mean all of the beds are in one large open plan loft room. Dressing table with hairdryer and straighteners and mirror included.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Outside the there is a small graveled courtyard that's fenced off giving it privacy. There is a table and 4 chairs and BBQ. Stunning sunset farm views. The annex will be clean on arrival but if extra cleans are required during your stay this can be arranged at an extra charge. One set of bedding is provided but if you require more please request before your stay. There is a selection of books, DVD's and games are in the annex for your entertainment. We have a family cat that will be in and around our gardens. There is a travel cot , small buggy. highchair, available on request.


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A pretty holiday let in rural setting. A perfect country getaway.
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Perfect rural getaway!

  • 5 of 5

From the welcome basket to the cows in the adjacent was absolutely lovely!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Very nice stay in a beautiful region

  • 5 of 5

The Annex is lovely arranged, with every comfort (kitchen, books, games, tips for visits around, etc...). Katherine and John are very nice hosts and Kent is a beautiful region. A very nice holidays for a family of four.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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A very clean and comfortable property.

  • 5 of 5

See above

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
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Perfect little cottage for a small family

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at California Annex. Its a fantastic location, close to Leeds Castle and Bedgebury Forest, where we did mountain biking and tree-top adventure. The cottage is a high standard, the kitchen small but adequate for prepping simple meals and all the equipment you need. Kath left a very generous welcome basket - thank you!! Lovely views out the back over the fields, and a nice short walk to the local pub if you fancy a pint nearby. Thanks for a great long weekend.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Lovely holiday home in rural Kent

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this cottage. The accommodation was very comfortable and very well-equipped. The owners were very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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End of the year in Kent

  • 5 of 5

Very good Time un Kent , Katerine was very Clear and help Us , very friendl

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
The Hawkenbury Inn
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Leeds Castle Golf
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
The Hawkenbury Inn
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: necessary

Hawkenbury is a small hamlet between the villages of Staplehurst and Headcorn sitting 8 miles south of Maidstone, Kent. London and all of its attractions are 55 minutes by train. Many castles within easy reach by car, Leeds Castle (10 min), Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens (15 min) and Scotney (30 min). There are several Zoos, Drusillas, Howletts and Port Lymne all within an hours drive. The seaside town of Hastings is a 45 min, Battle, Rye, Eastbourne, Camber Sands being only an hour away. Fantastic indoor shopping at Bluewater Shopping Center (45 min) and Lakeside (55 min), Royal Tunbridge Wells, (40 min) Canterbury, (50 min) Tenterden, (20 min) all lovely towns to visit. There are many family attractions accessible, The Hop Farm (25 min) Bewl Water (20min) The Rare Breeds Center (20 min) Wear em Out indoor play center (15 min). There are two multiplex cinemas, bowling complexes & leisure centers in Maidstone & T.Wells. Annex is in a rural location so car is advised.

Golf: Staplehurst Golf Club is less than 1 mile away. There is several good courses in the near by area. Leeds castle is 15 minutes, Marriott Hotel Golf course 15 minutes, Headcorn golf club 2 miles, The Ridge Golf and country club 10 minutes. All pay and play courses.

Ski: A Ski and sports center and indoor ice rink is within a 30 minutes drive private lessons available.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $139.1

A deposit of £100 is required for all bookings. This is a booking/damage deposit. If you cancel the booking once paid deposit the £100 will be lost. This also acts as a damage deposit. After departure the annexe will be cleaned and an inventory will be checked for any damage/breakages. Please inform the owner if there are any damage/Breakage issues when you arrive and before you depart. There will be a charge of £40 for any pets per week. Bookings in July and August are only bookable for weeks no 3 day bookings and arrival and departure days are fridays. Check in is 2pm and check out at 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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