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Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat is part of our Wanderwood Collection and tucked away in the rolling hills above historic Canterbury.
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Close to Ramsgate and only a short drive from Kent’s golden sandy beaches, this superbly located and beautifully landscaped Mediterranean style park boasts a gorgeous water garden, bird aviary, children’s adventure land, football pitch, outdoor swimming pools for both adults and toddlers including a waterfall pool and a sumptuous clubhouse with poolside Tiki bar and great all round family facilities.
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Regency Villas is a delightful collection of holiday cottages set within the grounds of the beautiful Broome Park Estate in the quintessential Kent countryside.
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Romney Sands Holiday Park, located in Kent, provides a diverse range of facilities designed for family enjoyment and relaxation.
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St Andrews Lakes is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, boasting an amazing range of activities and stunning floating lodges complete with their very own decking areas and private hot tubs! This beautiful freshwater lake is nestled in the countryside of Kent with easy access from the motorway network, as well as national rail links nearby.
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St. Margaret’s Bay Holiday Park, situated in the Kent countryside, offers a serene escape for those seeking a blend of relaxation and activity.
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Kent Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Kent, where the famed White Cliffs of Dover guard the coastline, and the lush countryside invites exploration. Savour the fresh flavours of local produce at vibrant farmers' markets or indulge in seafood caught just off the shore. Get your adrenaline fix with water sports in Margate or unwind with a leisurely stroll through Canterbury's medieval streets. Kent's rich tapestry of castles and vineyards offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. For any escape, whether it's a cosy couple's retreat, a fun-filled family trip, or a mates' holiday, opting for a lodge stay is unbeatable. Did you know Kent is often dubbed the 'Garden of England' due to its abundant orchards and hop gardens?

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Kent?

Kent, dubbed the 'Garden of England', is a tapestry of orchards, hop gardens, and charming villages. It's not just the rolling hills and historic towns that make it special; it's the innovative spirit. This year, the county is buzzing with new attractions like the Turner Contemporary's latest exhibitions in Margate. Festivals? You've got the Canterbury Festival and the Whitstable Oyster Festival, both packing the calendar with culture and fun. Lodges offer that cosy, home-away-from-home vibe, with the freedom to explore at your own pace. They're a stark contrast to the formality of hotels, giving you a slice of local life with all the creature comforts. Kent's uniqueness lies in its blend of coastal beauty, lush countryside, and vibrant cultural scenes.

If you're visiting Kent with kids

Absolutely, Kent is a playground for the little ones. You've got the historic Leeds Castle with its maze and playgrounds, and the wild beasts at Port Lympne Reserve waiting to be spotted. Lodges are ideal for families, offering space for kids to play and parents to relax. Plus, they're often located near nature, which is a win for outdoor adventures.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring castles and parks.
  2. Swimwear for the beaches or lodge pools.
  3. Rain gear – it's the UK, after all.
  4. Binoculars for wildlife spotting at reserves.
  5. A good camera to capture those family memories.
  6. Beach toys for the sandy shores of Kent.
  7. Layered clothing for unpredictable British weather.
  8. Any favourite bedtime stories or teddies for a good night's sleep.

Pet Friendly Kent Adventures

Kent is a haven for pets, with trails galore and a warm welcome in many establishments. Fancy a pint or a bite with your furry friend by your side? Check out The Dog at Wingham or The George & Dragon in Chipstead, both renowned for their pet-friendly atmospheres. When booking, look for lodges with enclosed gardens – it's a game-changer for peace of mind. Also, keep an eye out for places with easy-to-clean floors; muddy paws are a given after a day of exploring.

Dog walking ideas in Kent

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
White Cliffs of Dover Varies Cliff-top views, open sea CT16 1HJ
Bedgebury Pinetum Up to 10 Forest, lakes TN17 2SJ
Sissinghurst Castle Garden 3 Gardens, castle ruins TN17 2AB
Reculver Country Park 2 Coastal, historical CT6 6SS
Ightham Mote Varies Woodland, ancient estate TN15 0NT

Remember, these are just a taste of what's on offer. Kent's trails are diverse, so whether it's a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, you're covered.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to whisk your partner away for some quality time together, Kent's lodges offer the perfect escape. Picture yourselves unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps with a pamper pack that includes champagne and chocolates on arrival. Many lodges in Kent also feature indulgent hot tubs, where you can soak under the stars, adding that extra touch of luxury to your stay.

For those who enjoy a spa experience, check out lodges that partner with local spas or have in-house facilities. Dining out is a treat too, with a variety of restaurants offering intimate settings for a romantic meal. Look for lodges that provide special dining experiences or recommendations for the best local spots.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Kent is known for its orchards and hop gardens, so expect to find dishes featuring fresh, local produce. Traditional Kentish fare like the Gypsy Tart and Canterbury Tart are must-tries. For a family-friendly meal, The Woolpack Inn in Chilham offers a cosy atmosphere and hearty dishes. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Thackeray's in Royal Tunbridge Wells, known for its fine dining and tasting menus.

For a good night out

Kent's nightlife has something for everyone. If you're after a traditional pub experience, The Old Neptune in Whitstable is a seaside favourite with live music and a great selection of ales. For a more upbeat evening, Maidstone boasts several lively bars and clubs. User reviews rave about The Brenchley for its vibrant atmosphere and extensive drinks menu.

Fishing

Kent is a haven for anglers, with numerous lakes and rivers offering a peaceful fishing experience. Here's a list of top spots:

  • Bewl Water - TN3 8JH
  • Monk Lakes - ME17 3JY
  • Brooklands Lake - DA1 1QE
  • Chart Fisheries - TN27 0SA
  • Elphicks Fisheries - TN17 4PN

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Kent's outdoor centres like Go Ape Leeds Castle offer treetop challenges and zip-wires. Watersports enthusiasts should head to Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club for sailing and sea kayaking. Prices vary, with Go Ape adventures starting around £25 per person. Seasonal opening times apply, so check ahead before planning your visit.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Bluewater Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High-street and Designer Brands DA9 9ST
Fremlin Walk Open-Air Shopping Fashion and Lifestyle ME14 1PS
Royal Victoria Place Indoor Shopping Mall Shopping and Dining TN1 2SS
The Pantiles Historic Walkway Boutiques and Antiques TN2 5TN
Ashford Designer Outlet Outlet Shopping Designer Goods at Discounted Prices TN24 0SD

Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family trip, or a solo adventure, Kent's lodges provide the perfect base to explore all that this charming county has to offer.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Kent

Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat, Kent

Driving Distance: About 33 minutes (20.61 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat offers a serene countryside escape with luxury lodges, contemporary interiors, and home comforts, nestled in the rolling hills above historic Canterbury, with seaside attractions a mere 30 minutes away.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for history enthusiasts, shopping lovers, and beachgoers, this park is perfect for families, couples, and friends looking for a blend of rural tranquillity and cultural exploration.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? While the site itself is a peaceful retreat, guests can enjoy the local dining and shopping in Canterbury, or take a relaxing boat tour along the River Stour.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Castle, and St Augustine’s Abbey. For a unique experience, hop aboard a historic steam train or explore the beautiful coastlines of Whitstable and Herne Bay. Most attractions are within a 30-minute drive.

Accommodation options: The retreat offers a range of lodges, including the Cranbrook and Rochester for up to 4 guests, and the Appledore for up to 6 guests, with selected lodges welcoming up to two pets.


St Andrews Lakes, Kent

Driving Distance: About 30 minutes (20.73 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: St Andrews Lakes provides an exceptional water-based retreat with floating lodges, private decking, and a plethora of watersports set within a 150-acre estate with stunning azure blue waters.

Who will love these lodges? Adventure seekers and wellness enthusiasts will adore this park, with its watersports, wellness centre, and unique floating lodges. It's a slice of paradise for couples and small families.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, open water swimming, and aqua parks. Relax in the wood-fired sauna or enjoy the climbing wall and archery. Dining options include a café and a pizzeria (coming in 2023).

What's nearby? Explore the Kent Downs AONB, follow the historic Pilgrims’ Way, or visit Rochester with its castle and cathedral. The nearest shop is 0.7 miles away, and a pub is 1.6 miles from the site.

Accommodation options: The park offers a range of floating lodges, such as The Waterside and The Lakeside, designed for couples or small families. However, pets are not allowed in these accommodations.


Regency Villas, Kent

Driving Distance: About 34 minutes (25.10 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Set within the Broome Park Estate, Regency Villas offers recently refurbished holiday cottages with en-suite bedrooms and access to estate leisure facilities including tennis, squash, and golf.

Who will love these lodges? Families and groups seeking a blend of relaxation and activity will find Regency Villas ideal, with its historic estate setting and inclusive leisure amenities.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy the estate's bar and restaurant, as well as leisure facilities such as squash, tennis, and golf (pre-booking recommended).

What's nearby? Canterbury is just 10 miles away, offering attractions like the Canterbury Cathedral. Dover and Folkestone are also within easy reach for those looking to travel across the channel.

Accommodation options: The Regency and The Villa holiday homes sleep up to 6 guests, featuring queen-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms, and open-plan living areas. Pets are not permitted in these accommodations.


Foxhunter Park, Kent

Driving Distance: About 38 minutes (28.85 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes (selected lodges)

What to expect: Foxhunter Park is a Mediterranean style park close to Ramsgate, featuring a water garden, bird aviary, outdoor swimming pools, and a clubhouse with family-friendly facilities.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples looking for a fun-filled coastal break with plenty of on-site entertainment and nearby beaches will enjoy Foxhunter Park.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park offers an outdoor heated pool, children’s pool, Roman whirlpool, bar, clubhouse with entertainment, restaurant, amusements, and a children’s adventure playground.

What's nearby? Kent's golden sandy beaches are a short drive away, and the local area is ripe for exploration with its coastal charm and historical sites.

Accommodation options: Accommodation choices include the Forester and The Whitstable lodges, which sleep up to 4 and 6 guests respectively. The Monkton Lodge also sleeps 6 and is pet-friendly, with selected lodges featuring hot tubs.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Kent

Leeds Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Prices: Adults £26, Children £17.50
  • Postcode: ME17 1PL
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (included in ticket price)

Leeds Castle is not just a castle; it's an experience. Perfect for families and history enthusiasts, the castle offers a glimpse into 900 years of British history. The castle has been beautifully preserved, and the grounds are immaculate. There's always something new, with seasonal events and activities. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday or during off-peak seasons. Tip: Buy tickets online to save on admission.

Phone number: 01622 765400 | Web: www.leeds-castle.com


Canterbury Cathedral

  • Opening Times: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Prices: Adults £12.50, Concessions £11.50, Children £8.50
  • Postcode: CT1 2EH
  • Est. time required: 2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Several pay-and-display car parks nearby

Canterbury Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit for anyone interested in religious history or architecture. The cathedral is stunning, with intricate stained glass and stonework. It's a working church, so check for any special services or events. The best time to visit is midweek mornings when it's quieter. Tip: Take a guided tour to fully appreciate the cathedral's history.

Phone number: 01227 762862 | Web: www.canterbury-cathedral.org


Howletts Wild Animal Park

  • Opening Times: 9:30am – 6:00pm
  • Prices: Adults £21.95, Children £18.95
  • Postcode: CT4 5EL
  • Est. time required: 4-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (free)

Howletts Wild Animal Park is a haven for animal lovers. It's home to over 400 animals, including rare and endangered species. The park focuses on conservation, so you'll learn loads while seeing the animals up close. The best time to visit is during feeding times when you can watch the animals at their most active. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, as there's a lot of walking involved.

Phone number: 01227 721286 | Web: www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts


Dreamland Margate

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check the website
  • Prices: Free entry, pay per ride or wristband options available
  • Postcode: CT9 1XJ
  • Est. time required: 3+ hours
  • Nearest parking: Council pay-and-display car parks nearby

Dreamland Margate is a vintage-style amusement park with a modern twist. It's got rides for thrill-seekers and families alike, including the iconic Scenic Railway roller coaster. There are often new attractions and events, especially in the summer. To get the most bang for your buck, consider getting a wristband for unlimited rides. Tip: Check out the events calendar for special music and cultural events.

Phone number: 01843 295887 | Web: www.dreamland.co.uk


The Historic Dockyard Chatham

  • Opening Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Prices: Adults £24, Children £14 (annual ticket)
  • Postcode: ME4 4TZ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site (pay-and-display)

The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers a deep dive into maritime history. It's a great spot for families and anyone interested in ships and naval history. The dockyard is always updating its exhibits and restoring historic ships. If you're into photography, the architecture and ships provide great subjects. Tip: Your ticket is valid for a year, so you can return for free.

Phone number: 01634 823800 | Web: www.thedockyard.co.uk


Hever Castle & Gardens

  • Opening Times: 10:30am – 6:00pm
  • Prices: Adults £16.90, Children £9.75
  • Postcode: TN8 7NG
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site (included in admission)

Hever Castle & Gardens is a romantic and picturesque day out. It's the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and the castle is steeped in Tudor history. The gardens are immaculate and perfect for a leisurely stroll. They often host events like jousting tournaments, which are a blast to watch. To see the gardens in full bloom, visit in spring or summer. Tip: Check out the water maze for some family fun.

Phone number: 01732 865224 | Web: www.hevercastle.co.uk


Remember, when you're planning your trip to these top attractions in Kent, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges in Kent. They offer a unique and relaxing experience, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring. Whether you're a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family needing a home base for your adventures, you'll find a lodge that suits your needs. Enjoy your visit!

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, but surrounded by Kent's serene countryside. Many lodges in Kent offer spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and often a private hot tub. It's a chance to unwind, explore the outdoors, and enjoy some peace away from the city buzz.

What should I pack when visiting Kent?

Pack for the season, with layers for changeable weather. Don't forget walking boots for country strolls and swimwear for hot tub lounging. A camera is a must for capturing Kent's stunning landscapes. And if you're planning to dine in, some lodges might not provide basics like salt or oil, so bring a mini pantry.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Kent have adjacent parking, making it super convenient to unload your gear. However, some eco-lodges or those in more secluded spots might require a short walk. Always check with your lodge provider for specifics on parking arrangements.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun in Kent! Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy fireplaces. Plus, Kent has plenty of indoor attractions like the Canterbury Tales experience or the historic Dover Castle. Rainy days are an excuse for a local pub lunch or a wine tasting session at Biddenden Vineyards.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local takeaways and restaurants offer delivery services to lodges. Some lodges even have partnerships with local eateries to provide meal kits or ready-cooked meals. For groceries, online supermarkets can deliver right to your door. Just make sure you've got the correct address and post code for your lodge.

Is Kent a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Kent's charm isn't just for summer. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at attractions like the White Cliffs of Dover or Hever Castle. Plus, winter brings unique experiences like festive markets and cosy pub atmospheres. Just be sure to check seasonal opening times for specific attractions.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Kent pride themselves on hygiene. Your hot tub will be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before your arrival. Some lodges even offer a daily maintenance check to ensure everything is perfect for a relaxing soak.

Are there any child-friendly activities near the lodges?

Kent is great for kids! Check out Wingham Wildlife Park or the interactive Diggerland for a day of fun. Many lodges are also near beaches like Broadstairs, perfect for sandcastle building. Plus, some lodges have on-site playgrounds or are close to nature trails for family walks.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges in Kent are designed with accessibility in mind, featuring ramp access, ground-floor bedrooms, and walk-in showers. It's best to discuss your specific needs with the lodge provider beforehand to ensure they can accommodate you comfortably.

Can I bring my pet on a lodge break in Kent?

You'll find plenty of pet-friendly lodges in Kent. Your furry friends can enjoy the break as much as you do, with loads of walking trails and pet-friendly pubs nearby. Just confirm with the lodge provider about any additional charges or specific pet policies before booking.

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