15 minutes drive

On the island, all the beaches have Blue Flags.  Our favourites are: 

  • Minster Leas, a long sand and shingle beach – the promenade is a lovely spot for a stroll but we prefer to wander past the cute coloured beach huts, and tuck up under the cliffs with the place to ourselves;
  • Shellness – a beach made entirely of shells! This is a beautiful wild and remote beach which runs onto the Swale National Nature Reserve.
Read more about Minster Leas beach


25 minutes drive

Of course don’t forget Whitstable for oysters! You can happily spend a day pottering through this gorgeous seaside town, collecting goodies in its lovely independent boutiques and strolling along the seafront.Book ahead and nab a table at the award winning The Sportsman.

Visit The Sportsman website

Beach life

15m - 1h drive, depending on which beach

Kent has the longest coastline of any county in Britain, including Cornwall and Devon put together!  Visit huge sandy beaches like the beautiful Botany Bay, surf at Joss bay, or discover the Roman fort at Reculver.

Find the best beaches in Kent

Kent Downs

15 minutes drive

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty runs from the White Cliffs at Dover to the Surrey Border.  The North Downs Way follows the highest point of the chalk ridge and is recommended for beautiful walks, views, wildlife as well as picturesque farming villages many with old fashioned country pubs.

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Leeds Castle

25 minutes drive

'The Loveliest Castle in the World’ is how Leeds Castle describes itself, and the beautiful turrets rising majestically from the moat surrounded by parkland and gardens doesn’t disappoint.  Along with the Royal castle there are plenty of unique attractions and activities for all the family.

Visit Leeds Castle's website


25 minute drive

Faversham sit just across the water from us, it has a buzzing market three times a week, and is a fantastic place to shop for antiques, arts and food.  Don’t miss the incredible Macknades, a farm shop and food hall to stock up on local food and drink.

Visit Faversham Markets website


45 minutes drive

This traditional seaside town has had a revival recently helped along by the Turner Contemporary Gallery which looks across the vast sandy bay. Explore the old town’s cobbled streets and art galleries or have a rollercoaster ride at the newly re-opened Dreamland.

Find out more about Margate


40 minutes drive

The magnificent cathedral sits in the middles of the beautiful medieval city. Have fun exploring its streets, boutiques, independent cafes and fantastic restaurants.

Visit Canterbury Cathedrals website