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We are an excellent base for walkers and cyclists, being near the North Downs Way and close to many signed walking and cycling routes. We can offer a free local pick-up and drop-off service for those without transport. We can also provide light suppers for walkers and cyclists if necessary.

Spong Wood
The Bridle Path from Misling Lane
Fungi in Spong Wood
View to Elmsted

We are only 10 minutes by car from Canterbury, a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and part of a World Heritage site together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church. At the Cathedral there are volunteer guides, audio tours magnificent architecture and history with daily evensong services, definitely an uplifting experience!

Other attractions in Canterbury include river tours, museums, walking tours and The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction. ,

Herne Bay has brightly coloured beach huts which line part of the water's edge and beyond. In the summer months water sports including jet skiing can be enjoyed here.

Whitstable has a wide range of attractions to suit everyone. Water sports, history, shopping, walking or just relaxing on the beach are some of the things you can enjoy..

There are many Festivals throughout the year in the surrounding towns. The Canterbury Festival is in October each year, with a huge diversity of culture and entertainments.

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There are numerous excellent places to visit nearby - especially Howletts and Port Lympne Animal Parks; Wildwood British Wildlife Park; Wingham Wildlife Park; South of England Rare Breeds Centre; Farming World at Boughton.

Leeds Castle, �The Loveliest Castle in the World�, makes a wonderful family day out with its superb adventure playgrounds, maze and bird shows. See for their special events. Your tickets are valid for one year.

Another great fun day out is a trip on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Narrow Gauge Steam Railway where you can hop off and on, enjoying the museum and playground at New Romney, the beach at Romney Sands and the Lighthouse at Dungeness.

Enjoy the lovely scenic routes and explore the historic Cinque Ports of Sandwich, Rye and Faversham.

There are award winning vineyards such as Chapel Down at Tenterden, with free tours and sampling.

Spectator sports enthusiasts are well catered for with county cricket at Canterbury, motor racing at Lydden and Brands Hatch.

Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts are well served with Reserves at Dungeness, Sandwich and Stodmarsh being the best-known sites. There are also many nearby reserves and woodland with wild flowers including orchids .

Visit for details of events, attractions and sites where you can enjoy (often for free) the beautiful countryside of the Kent Downs AONB

There are many exciting free events at the Amphitheatre in the Lower Lees Coastal Park At Folkestone, an excellent big free Adventure Playground and good beaches.

English Heritage sites including Dover , Walmer and Deal Castles, the Roman Fort at Richborough

National Trust properties include Sissinghurst Gardens; Scotney Castle gardens and Ightam Mote.

If you are visiting us from abroad do check out English Heritage and National Trust websites to see if their overseas visitor passes are suitable for your itinerary. They can be very good value if you are visiting more than two properties. English Heritage passes can be purchased online or at your first visit to a staffed property. National Trust passes should be purchased online in advance and you should allow up to 21 days for delivery of your pass.

There are several riding centres, which make good use of the many local bridle tracks, some specialise in children's riding holidays and fundays, so you can leave the children happily riding and stay with us.

At Rhodes Minnis there is a local equestrian centre offering various courses. See

There are also a wide range of local amenities close by, including many Kentish pubs, restaurants, sports facilities and golf courses. The nearest golf course are Roundwood Hall Pay and Play Golf Course and Etchinghill Golf Course.


Pubs that we especially recommend are The Rose and Crown at Stelling Minnis, Tel: 01227 709265; The Five Bells at Brabourne, Tel: 01303 813334; The Tiger at Stowting, Tel: 01303 862130; The Chequers at Petham, Tel: 01227 700734 and �Froggies� at The Timberbatts, Tel: 01233 750237.

The Channel Tunnel, for day trips or longer stays abroad, is an easy ten-minute drive and the port of Dover for the ferries and cruise liners is only thirty minutes by car.

Flowers in Spong Wood

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Guest's comments from the Visitors Book

“Really wonderful 5 days with our warm and friendly hosts. Hard to beat” – NJ, Australia

“Absolutely fabulous” – BE, Wales

“Waking up in the countryside was lovely” – RO, London

Below is a list of links to places of interest in the area.
Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Romney Marsh Countryside Project provides information on local walking and cycling routes.
Howletts and Port Lympne Animal Parks
Best places to visit in Kent
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
The National Trust. Historic properties in Kent
Dover Castle, Walmer Castle, Deal Castle, St Augustine's Abbey, Richborough Roman Fort.
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
Cyclists welcome
Gold Award Self Catering Award Tourism South East Member Farmstay UK Member Logo
Walkers Wlecome
Great Field Farm, Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering Accommodation, Stelling Minnis, Canterbury, Kent