Down Court Cottage B&B
We are in Doddington in the scenic North Kent Downs within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Doddington offers a quiet retreat yet allows easy access to motorways and rail links to London, Canterbury, Maidstone and the Medway towns.
At Down Court Cottage B&B we are close to Kent's visitor attractions - Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, and convenient for the channel crossing.
We are ideally situated for visiting the area for weekend breaks, recreational and or business purposes. Kent hosts some of the UK's most important wildlife reserves, and our location is ideal for walkers and ramblers.
We are a wheelchair and dog friendly B&B.
Ground floor room with Double Bed and en suite wet-room.
The room is big enough for an additional single bed if required.
First floor room with Double Bed and
Both rooms have:
- WiFi - TV - DVD [we have a small library of DVDs and paperbacks]
- Hairdryer, facilities for ironing and shoe cleaning
- Generous selection of beverages and snacks
- Comfortable arm chairs
- Ample storage & hanging space
Our ground floor room provides easy access for elderly and disabled guests. All areas available to guests are on one level with extra wide doors. The room has a double bed but can also accommodate a separate single bed for use of a carer if required.
The ensuite wet-room has a non-slip floor, grab rails and fixtures, a shower stool and adjustable toilet frame.
We are more than happy to accept dogs and pets at Down Court. We are surrounded by many wooded areas with walks and bridal ways, and coastal paths such as the Saxon Shore Way. The famous Pilgrim's Way is only a few miles away - ideal for dog walking.
Kent and the south east of England boasts many nature and bird reserves, as well as dozen's of interesting sites managed by English Nature and the Kent Wildlife Trust and we are within Kent's Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Whatever your interests you will be at the centre of it all!
Your dogs will love the many footpaths and bridalways, wooded areas and wide open countryside.
Within a few miles we have a wide range of habitats from marsh lands to oak woods, from down lands to river esturys - if you are into wildlife you won't be disapointed!
Many of the local pubs are dog friendly
Where to eat Where to drink
There is a wide selection of places to eat and drink within a few miles of Doddington. From fast food and takeaways to award winning restaurants.
A short walk/drive from the B&B is our local pub The Chequers.
Within two miles are The George in Newnham and The Carpenters Arms in Eastling. Both offering quality restaurant menus and we always get glowing reports on how nice and friendly they are.
Faversham is the home of Shepherd Neame - one of the oldest breweries in the world established in 1698. As you would expect we have a hugh selection of real ale pubs and inns within a few miles.
Discuss your needs with us and we'll point you in the right direction.
Places to visit
Need some inspiration for your Holiday?
Kent has a rich history and heritage and has thousands of places of interest to visit from ancient archaeological sites to the grand homes and castles of our kings and queens and key figures in our history.
The first Christians to Britain landed at Richborough, the first aeroplane flight took place on the Isle of Sheppey.
There are loads of sites on the internet that provide information of what's on offer in this area.
Step into the Garden of England - for fun, for relaxation, for a perfect break. Kent has over 180 beautiful, historic, exotic and informal gardens open to the public.
Down Court Cottage offers easy access to most eg. Canterbury, Faversham, Leeds Castle, and Sissinghurst to name just a few.
Suggested Itinerary for an enjoyable stay
Doddington Place Gardens - is surrounded by wooded countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Downs.
The lovely landscaped gardens, recognised of being of historical importance by English Heritage, are set in the grounds of an imposing Victorian mansion and cover ten acres. The gardens have been open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme for more than fifty years.
Falconry displays every Sunday at 3pm
Leeds Castle is about ten miles away and is one of the most picturesque castles in the world.
Set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for over 1000 years. Visitors are transported through 900 years of the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.
Spend the morning in Biddenden Vineyard and then Tenterden for ecclectic shopping. Antiques, jewellery, unused furniture and gifts, take a relaxing lunch at one of the many restaurants, bistros or pubs. In the afternoon take the steam train from Tenterden to Bodium Castle. A romantic and beautiful ruin with a carp filled moat.
A short drive to Chilham: castle and gardens and a coopers selling unusual barrel furniture, glass & iron work garden accessories plus homemade cakes, jams, pickles and an animal sanctuary. A snack perhaps at their tea shop and then on to Canterbury with its historic Cathedral.
Visit John Aspinall's world famous animal park at Port Lyme. Gorillas, tigers, elephants, wolves and much much more.
Immerse yourselves in naval history at the historic Chatham Dockyard. Explore the tunnels dug by Napoleonic prisoners of war at Fort Amhurst and then a short drive to Rochester. Take a leisurely meal at one of the many restaurants, visit the castle, the banks of the river Medway. Wonder at the Guild hall Museum display replicating the living conditions for convicts housed on the hulks (Great Expectation) moored on the river.
Other attractions . . .
Some alternative days out could be Rye, medieval and Georgian architecture, cobbled streets, quirky shops and harbour then on to Camber Sands where the film Longest day was filmed.
Other places to see and visit:
- Sissinghurst gardens;
- The World Gardens at Lullingstone Castle with Roman Villa;
- walk the many footpaths and bridle ways (Pilgrims way) in an area of outstanding natural beauty taking in the wildlife and spectacular scenery. Bluebells end April/May, Leaf peeping (autumn colour) and September/October.
- The Whitbread Hop farm and Detling Show Ground.
- also enjoy the benefits of village life ie. Jazz in the Garden.
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This page was last updated: 20 August 2013