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

Tonbridge, Kent, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights

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, beautiful country views and has the use of its own small fenced gravelled courtyard with seating and BBQ.

Surrounded by farmland and yet only 800 meters from the local Pub, and 2 miles to the nearest Village of Staplehurst or Headcorn. Plenty of countryside to walk and a great location to cycle.

The annexe has Wifi 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, leather sofa, Rocking Chair, coffee tables, wall mounted TV/DVD player with free sat. Board games and books for guests to enjoy.

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 the village of Headcorn. Hawkenbury itself has a lovely country pub, just a 3minute 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. Please notify owner if you intend bringing pets.

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.


Katherine Gilbert

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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 Headcorn

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


      • 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

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Heating
                      Annex has many electric heaters that are operated via switch so renters can use them when needed.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All bedding provided for a weekly stay.
                    • Living Room
                      3 seater leather sofa and rocking chair with dining table with 4 chairs in the living room and there is a small 2 seater leather sofa up in the loft room to create another small tv area in the bedroom
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      Parking is directly in front of owners house in private drive and a short walk down gravel drive leads to the annex.
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      One hand and one shower towel is provided per guest.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Included in the bathroom cupboard.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      The annex has wifi but as we are rural sometimes the signal can be weak. Wife code is in the welcome folder in the annexe. Boosters are plugged in the annex for increased signal.


                        • Grill
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          A cafetiere is in annexe
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          All normal kitchen utensils, tin opener, oven spoons and utensils, bottle opener, peeler, pots, pans etc
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Full crockery and utensils, tin opener, spoons, pasta spoon, bowls. Crystal glasses, wine and tumbler.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Small freezer box on top of fridge
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen with cutlery and crockery for 4 People. Pans and pots, everything you would need to use the kitchen effectively.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Double oven electric
                        • Refrigerator
                          Small fridge with small freezer box.
                        • Stove
                          4 Rings
                        • Toaster
                          4 Slot


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Lounge diner with table and 4 chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Radio
                                • Books
                                  Lots of different books available for use while staying in the annex.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  Included in the TV
                                • Games
                                  Board games, cards, general games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books for Kids
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Free view on both TV's
                                • Stereo
                                  There is a small Radio/Cd player up in the loft room.
                                • Television
                                  Built in DVD player and DVDs provided for adult and child viewing
                                • Toys
                                  Games/ cards, books
                                • Video Games
                                  ps3 & 1 controller & Games - please note that games are 15+ age and it is down to your desecration who plays them.
                                • Video Library
                                  A selection of adult and child dvd's.


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      A small gravel courtyard with table and chairs and amazing farmland views at the back of the annex. (see photos) The annexe is situated in the owners garden but the annexe has its own fenced area.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Small BBQ


                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • playground
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • churches
                                            • 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

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • 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.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              22 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Lovely little break from the city!

                                                              Lydia H.

                                                              The California Annex is perfectly formed holiday getaway cottage, equipped with everything you need and surrounded by lots of quaint Kent villages. My Husband and I had a delightful time and would highly recommend.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for being great guests. Glad you enjoyed the tranquility of the country for afew days over the Easter weekend before returning to the city.

                                                              Perfect rural getaway!

                                                              Nicki T.

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

                                                              Very nice stay in a beautiful region

                                                              Sandra B.

                                                              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.

                                                              A very clean and comfortable property.

                                                              Helena S.

                                                              See above

                                                              Perfect little cottage for a small family

                                                              Jo M.

                                                              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.

                                                              Lovely holiday home in rural Kent

                                                              Loné O.

                                                              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.


                                                              Tonbridge, Kent, UK

                                                              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.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              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.

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