The Gate House

Alkham Nr Folkestone





Cradled within the peaceful Alkham Valley near the seaside town of Folkestone, is this heart-stirring luxury cottage that oozes characterful charm and bags of period features. The location being so wonderfully rural yet so close to the sea sets this home apart as well as outstanding gardens and country views all set within acres of land close (ish) to the main manor house.

Experience the warmth and hospitality at this original gate house cottage, which is perfectly formed for two to four guests to enjoy. The jewel in the crown is the roll top bath in the master bedroom that overlooks the ornate gardens of a manor estate - utter romance and a place to sit back and admire for your time there in your little kingdom.

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About the House





The Gate House: sleeps 4 people, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 reception room, patio and gardens, parking on the drive, BBQ. Access by arrangement to shared tennis courts.

Ground Floor
Entry into the hall leads to stairs to upper bedrooms and onwards into living space
Sitting room: seating for 4 / 6, log burning fireplace, Smart screen TV
Kitchen: partly open plan around the corner from the living space
Includes electric oven and hob, extractor fan,built-in tall fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave oven
Dining area, table to seat 4
Downstairs shower rooms (behind the kitchen): WC, wall in shower cubicle

First Floor - via the hallway at the front of home
Master double room (sleeps 2) king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, en-suite bathroom: note open to the room with partial glass divide. WC, sink and roll top bath with beautiful views over the garden. Super romantic!
Twin bedroom (sleeps 2) on two single beds, chest of drawers and hanging hooks.

A wrap around garden area (not fully enclosed) sweeps around the cottage. The garden leads around to a hidden sunny patio with table and chairs for four. The hedge has a “peak gap” offering lovely countryside views.
Coal bbq
On drive parking for 2 cars

Central heating throughout
  • Facilities

    Child Friendly
    Christmas Decorations
    Coffee Machine
    4.5 Miles To The Beach
    2 Miles To The Pub
    4 Miles To The Shops
    Iron & Board
    Open Fire
    Pet Friendly
    Romantic Breaks
    Smart TV
    Smoke Detectors
    Stair Gates
    Starter Logs Provided
    Tennis Court
    Vacuum Cleaner
    Washing Machine
  • Things You Need to Know

    Towels and linen provided
    Central heating
    The owners family live on the estate in the manor, driveway shared
    1 dog allowed, please note pet fees of £30 per pet per week (or part of) apply
    Private parking space for two cars alongside property
    Travel cot and high chair available on request
    A late checkout of 4:00pm on Sundays is available free of charge.  Please get in touch with Bloom Stays if required.
  • House Rules

    We would respectfully ask that the following house rules are adhered to, to avoid any damages to our beautiful holiday home. Should any damages arise please note charges may be taken from your security deposit.
    Please ensure you check out on time to allow our housekeepers to enter the property and prepare it for the next guests.
    Smoking is not permitted in the property at any time.
    Please note for insurance purposes the number of guests must not exceed the total occupancy of the house.
    For fire safety reasons please do not use any candles in the property.
    Please note stag parties are not permitted.
    Please note quiet hours are between 11pm and 9am. Please be respectful to our neighbours.
  • Parking Instructions

    Private parking space for two cars alongside property.

In the Area

Perfectly located in a wonderful country spot yet so close to the coast of Dover, Folkestone and back to the Cathedral city of Canterbury.
Dover - less than a couple of miles away here you will find the well known Dover Castle, there are also dramatic cliff top walks to the lighthouse as well as the nature park Samphire Hoe - perfect for family exploration and more.
Folkestone - is a super up and coming trendy seaside town. The harbour is where all the action can be found including the Harbour arm with street food, yummy cocktails from Wildbox bars, Macknade eaterie / food court and of course like you might expect a host of fish and chip shops, fresh seafood stalls, proper English pubs and little shops for trinkets for the little ones. If you venture just away from the harbour you can discover Steep street and the Bayle with vintage shops, art galleries, and Steep street cafe for the best cakes and coffees! More coming from this vibrant town so get exploring whilst still a secret
Seaside activities can be enjoyed in both Dover and Folkestone. Paddle boarding, kayaking and water games can be booked before and on a day out.
Shopping is best found in Canterbury and here the cobbled streets and cafes with a mix of branded shops and boutiques will give you the retail buzz you may be looking for. Canterbury also homes Chimera an indoor climbing wall, as well as Escape rooms - ideal on those less than sunny days.

Getting to Alkham:
Trains from London go into Canterbury West on high speed (buses connections and or taxi services)
Local station is Folkestone West - trains come in from Charing Cross directly.

What about the extra bits to complete your break away?

Extras and Experiences


Beautiful, Relaxing Staycation 5/5

We really enjoyed our stay at The Gate House. It is in beautiful grounds, and quirky and comfortable inside. A great base to go out for walks from and explore the local area with our spaniel. Well equipped inside to have breakfast and dinners if you so choose. Our spaniel loved her walks at Folkestone Harbour, White Cliffs, lunch at the Marquis of Granby and stretching out on the floor in the dining room. The hosts are friendly and welcoming and have fantastic recommendations.

Simon Young | 08 April 2024

Cosy countryside stay close to the beach! 5/5

We had a lovely weekend at the Gate House with our dog. The House is very cosy, clean and well-equipped, set in a beautiful estate. A lovely countryside escape situated very close to Folkestone, which has beautiful beaches, cafes and pubs. Would highly recommend!

Rebecca Hanks | 22 January 2024

Lovely spot 5/5

The property came recommended from friends who had previously stayed. A lovely way to spend new years with our family including our golden retriever

Tracy Hyndman | 02 January 2024

Pre Christmas family break 4.8/5

Beautiful comfy cosy property will definitely return,early Christmas family break decorated Christmay and even snowed when there so the real fire was enjoyable and my doggy loved it.

Lisa Meakin | 11 December 2023

Wonderfully cosy cottage 5/5

Had the most amazing short stay at the Gate House, Very cosy and very well equipped cottage. Amazing hosts.

Ian Jones | 14 November 2023

Beautifully quiet surroundings 4.8/5

We stayed at The Gate House for 3 nights with our Golden Retriever. A charming and cosy place to stay with a sensational backdrop down the valley. In the grounds of a house further up the hill, we were spoilt with peace and quiet and just the odd occasional car going past down the lane a short distance away. You're allocated your own garden which is not enclosed but wasn't a problem for our dog. There is a BBQ outside, chairs, a table and a parasol. Parking for 2 cars at the front of the property. The master bedroom, which was the only one we used was very quirky with beautiful beams and an amazing en-suite through glass doors so that light still came into the room. A fantastic bath with a recharge area for your toothbrush! Very handy! I couldn't find a hair dryer in either room. There is also a downstairs shower room which has a rainfall shower head, so you get a good soaking. The kitchen area was generally well equipped and functional with beautiful views out over the tennis court and valley beyond. I would have appreciated a small serrated knife and a larger serrated bread knife too. The cupboards were all built in and held a good range of crockery and oven items, etc. The lounge and dining area worked well together and we had a few evenings in where we felt very much at home! The local gastro pub 'The Marquis of Granby' had superb food, and we'd recommend it. Overall, a great stay, would thoroughly recommend, unique and unusual, it's a delight to spend time at The Gate House. Many thanks to Toby for sharing his property.

Neil Griffiths | 08 September 2023

A perfect position for a wine tour 4.3/5

Set in a lovely part of Kent this location was really good for our english Wine Tour. I highly recommend it.

Georgia & Fiona Beckett | 24 July 2023

Wonderful stay at The Gate House 5/5

Had a fabulous and very peaceful stay. Beds and linen were very comfortable and has a very well equipped kitchen. The owners were delightful and extremely helpful giving us plenty of ideas of what to do/see. Folkestone Harbour is definitely worth a visit and so is the local village Pub. The only issue we had was with the WiFi and TV (no terrestrial channels), but we weren't there to sit and watch TV and be on the Wifi!!!! Thank you very much for a really wonderful stay.

Guest | 12 June 2023

Comfy lovely little spot 5/5

Really great spot, we were 3 adults and comfily accommodated in the gate house. Beds and linens were very great, and the place was clean and in a good location for local walks and exploring. Would very much recommend.

Gemma Putnis-Steel | 20 March 2023

Gorgeous little house, easy to find near to the main road but felt a million miles away. 5/5

WHat a gorgeous place- beautifully redecorated and super cosy. The main bedroom is stunning! We had a great stay.

Rachel Barlow | 23 November 2022

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