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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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.
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.
On drive parking for 2 cars
Wifi - speed yet to be tested
Central heating throughout
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.
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