Space & setting.
When the owner of this house looked to buy a property in London years ago, she saw over 100 before choosing. But when, years later, she decided to move back to the coastal area she grew up in, she saw just one. She instantly fell in love with a gorgeous old house in a pretty Kent village, and saw huge potential in the garage/workshop in its 100-ft garden. So much so she demolished it completely but for 2 walls! But those 2 walls became the building blocks for a weather-boarded little grey house that cleverly channels New England, Art Deco and boho-chic all at the same time. Parquet flooring is warmed by striped rugs; colourful Etsy cushions line an enormous sofa, and exposed stone walls and vintage bric-a-brac add wonderful character. En vogue shades of Farrow & Ball brilliantly pull it all together.
For masses of space, come a deux, and revel in the romantic blush-pink bedroom with its clawfoot iron tub. If you’ve kids in tow, they’ll be enchanted by the bunk room and shared garden with a hammock. Day trip to Rye and Camber Sands, walk amongst unspoilt grassland in Romney Marshes and stroll to the village pub for a drink. Time will fly.
Getting there: drive or train to to Rye or Ashford then taxi (20 mins).
"The design of this place is charmingly quirky and appealing, with lovely walks to go on. Plenty of local tourist info is prepared for you, as well as a good strong shower, a hot bath in the bedroom (I love that!), a fireplace and bunk beds, nespresso machine and good books. This is basically the converted big garage or “back house” of the host’s house. It's in a row of houses in “The Street” of the village, with a super quaint tea room 1-minute walk from the front door. The hosts are really welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed our time, and it was a nice base to explore from. Car definitely necessary, unless you only plan to go for walks and have tea. Although the place was a little smaller than we had thought from the photos, we didn’t mind in the least bit, because it’s very well laid out and comfortable and light and airy. Also, the view is of the hosts’ garden, which we were free to use, so that is lovely too."Jasmine, October 2021
“Romney Marsh is absolutely perfection! Thank you for a great few days away from the hustle and bustle of London”Emily, Mike and Dominic, August 2021
It’s difficult to believe, but even the beautiful photos don’t do justice to what a beautiful, stylish, cosy and homely space this is. Amy is the most amazing host, and has thought of every tiny thing to make her guests feel at home (luxury bath salts, fluffy dressing gowns, great DVDs, toys for kids, deckchairs for sitting out on the terrace in the sun...). We definitely plan to be back!James, March 2019