Located within a Kentish walled garden high in the centre of the Kent Downs AONB, our Stable, renovated over four long years is now available for both long and short stays. It is ideally located to explore the central Kent Downs or the Weald. Canterbury, Whitstable, Maidstone, Ashford, Rochester and the channel tunnel terminal are also all no more than 25mins drive.
The stable is part of the coach house, built in the 1800s 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 lodge and a much later garage block, this cluster of buildings around a Kentish walled garden forms ‘The Coach House’.
Guests have sole use of ‘The Stable’ - a self contained 2 bedroom cottage with so much space that part of the open plan ground floor can be utilised as a dual function dining room/3rd double bedroom for larger groups.
The Stable has a private entrance which opens directly to a stunning 35 foot/11 metre living space with heated limestone floor and brick inglenook fireplace with log burner. At the entrance, tucked behind a curving wall framing a Victorian spiral staircase is a bespoke, fully integrated solid oak kitchen and breakfast bar on a raised brick floor.
The ground floor of The Stable can be configured in 2 ways - enabling it to cosily host couples or small families, and retain the capacity to comfortably sleep up to seven adults. Please see the ‘other things to note’ section for the detail.
First floor rooms are accessed via the original cast iron spiral staircase, which leads from the kitchen to a small landing opening to a twin bedroom (note: this room must be crossed to access both the bathroom and master bedroom)
The bedrooms are also stunning - they both have solid oak doors, floors, beds, beams, and totally bespoke integrated oak furniture and lighting.
From the twin, the master bedroom is accessed via a corridor off which is also the bathroom. The master also features a king size bed and work desk. The travertine bathroom is also a wet room with underfloor heating, open waterfall shower and whirlpool bath.
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 19th century cast iron gate. Brick walkways lead to the holiday cottage.
Interaction with guests
We'll be available if you need us, we live in the adjoining cottage with our Labrador, which is confined to an enclosed courtyard if outside.
Other things to note
The ground floor of The Stable can be configured in two ways; for groups of 1-4, and for groups of 5-7 (both configurations are in the photos). This is done by adding space and furniture to the ground floor.
For smaller groups, the lounge contains 2 sofas and the space behind the horse stall divider contains a dining table and bookcase. See the 1st set of ground floor photos for how it looks in this configuration.
For larger groups, the bookcase relocates to the lounge, an extra sofa (sofabed) is added to the lounge, and a full size oak double bed, storage chest and bedside table is added to the space behind the horse stall divider, and a 2nd bathroom is also added. Thus, when dining is done, a curtain above the horse divider can be drawn to create a 3rd bedroom with ensuite. See the layout for 5 and more for how it looks in this configuration.
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.
Guests can arrive anytime after 4pm. Checkout is before 11. There may be flexibility, dependent on previous or follow on bookings.
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.
Our friendly and very quiet young female Labrador is restricted to the owner’s separate secure courtyard.
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.
A light breakfast is left for all guests checking in. This is for the first morning only, it is not provided every day.
As an optional extra, we can offer a fully prepared external barbecue (between June and September). This consists of a ready to light external fire pit BBQ with grill, and includes a meat pack from Doddington’s award winning butcher, SW Doughty, home made bread and home prepared salads. The cost is £15 per person, just ask when making the booking. If, close to arrival, the weather forecast is poor, a booked BBQ can be cancelled up to 24hr before check in.
For small groups (max. 4), we offer a pick-up and drop-off service to the nearest stations (Lenham and Sittingbourne). Please enquire prior to booking for availability and availability.
We supply free of charge a basket of logs for the log burner. If you need more logs we can sell them by the basketful for £6.
Please enquire if you would like to bring a pet. There is an additional cost of £15 per night to cover the added risk and additional cleaning. Maximum two pets.