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Hythe is one of those places that is a bit of a secret along the Kent coast. Its very name is the "landing place” and historically was a major port on the English Channel. It is also one of the original five Cinque Ports that provided naval support for monarchs and as such the railway and military canal has serviced connections across this corner of the Kent coast over many years. Since those days, the harbour has silted up so it no longer functions as the busy port it once was, but it is a popular seaside town with all sorts of activies and amenities, perfect now for those precious holiday getaways.
Culture and castles can be found here, including a Hythe at Saltwood and Lympne. Saltwood was the ancestral home of Lord Deedes. Port Lympne the wildlife reserve sits beside Lympne castle. The reserve park is now dedicated to conservation of endangered species and visitors can take an Safari tour around a huge park and, enjoy experiencing wild animals up close. There are even experiences and a choice of cafes and restaurants on site to enjoy.
The views across to France are spectacular down at the pebble bay. Hythe is the Northern Terminus of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway which runs through Romney marsh to the wild shingle peninsular that is Dungeness. This miniature railway was set up by Captain Howey and Count Zborowski in 1927 and runs steam trains seasonally and particularly lovely at Christmas time for all the family. f
Hythe is also the starting point of the Royal Military Canal which runs to Winchelsea and was built as a defence against Napoleonic invasion. It now provides a wonderful habitat for all sorts of wildlife including birds, frogs and with dappling light cascading among the tress, quite the place for a tomantic walk. The summer brings life to the canal with the hire of river boats for couples and small families to enjoy - you can also grab a cone on your way via the resident ice-cream van. Every other year, the town holds a Venetian Festival on the part of the canal that runs through the centre with amusing floats, music and fireworks making for an entertaining evening.
Another form of defence against Napoleon were 74 Martello Towers constructed between Folkestone and Seaford. Three towers survive in Hythe and one of them is a private house with splendid sea views!
See below 4.3/5
The accommodation was excellent! Beds very good and the rooms and kitchen very spacious. What we missed are bedside lamps in the back bedroom and a chair to sit on if you want to change. We also missed a cupboard with hangers for a dress, shirt or jacket. In the bathroom an extra shelf for the toiletry bag would be very nice, as well as extra hooks for towels. A coat rack for coats would also be very nice, especially if the weather is wet so that the coats can dry somewhere. When we arrived and wanted to use something, we noticed that almost all the crockery, glasses and cutlery were dirty. Plates were messily stacked and wet. Fingers and dirt on the wine glasses, unwashed cutlery. We only cleaned what we used. We were missing (enough) tea towels in the kitchen, how do you dry the dishes? The central heating was only on in the morning and evening, not during the day, it was very difficult to get the house warm. We contacted the agency and they later said that there was a clock on the stove in the kitchen, luckily this was resolved. Curtain rail in the living room, the curtain on the right kept falling off, there appeared to be no final battle on the rails, provisionally solved with a piece of plastic. A personal welcome would also be very nice, going through everything together is very nice for the course of the holiday. Sorry for my funny English Regards, Hanne Ruiter from The Netherlands
Guest | 05 November 2023
Pretty house in a great location 4.7/5
We had a lovely week in Hythe staying at Prospect Cottage. The house is beautifully decorated and very spacious, with everything you need. I particularly loved browsing the large selection of cook books.
Guest | 11 July 2023
a long weekend in Hythe 4.8/5
We had a great long weekend in Hythe! It is a cosy village around the cottage and up the hill. Small alleys, right now in the spring also with mediterranean flair. The cottage is well equipped, everything you need you can find. You don't have to drive by car to next supermarket!!!!! That really is a benefit! Waitrose is around the corner. You can leave the car at the cottage and can do everything by feet. Only 10 minutes to the waterfront. The only thing for us to moan about would be the relativ small bed in the master-bedroom.
Uwe Hanisch | 29 May 2023