A place of pilgrimage for close to a thousand years and immortalised by Chaucer, Canterbury is one of England's most-visited cities. If you plan to become part of that number, why not stay in a suitably historic property? This cottage in a village just outside is thought to date back to the fifteenth century and has plenty of original features dotted about, from inglenook fireplaces and exposed beams to a small spiralling staircase. There's a bit of pomp and ceremony with some of the newer additions, including a full set for afternoon tea — best enjoyed out in the plant-filled courtyard — and an elegant dinner service for more formal meals. However, there are plenty of home comforts too, such as the crackling log-burner in the living room and a claw-foot bathtub. There are a handful of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding village of Bridge, but the sights of Canterbury — including St Augustine's Cathedral — can be reached in seven minutes in the car.
Home truths: *There's free on-street parking available on the High Street, as well as anywhere in the village
*The twin singles in the second bedroom can be arranged together as another super-king-size bed if preferred
*A child basket is provided which includes a Motorola video monitor, a white noise machine, safety plug covers, kitchen cupboard safety latches and child plate, bowl and cutlery
*Two inflatable children's beds and a travel cot can also be provided, and a nanny can also babysit with prior arrangement
*The staircase is narrow and the only bathroom is upstairs, so it might not be suitable for those with limited mobility
*Bikes can be stored securely in the patio area
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