Looking to get away from it all without going far?
We've unearthed six quirky B&Bs in Kent for you to try.
Shepherd’s Huts Romney Marsh
You can get close to nature in cosy comfort by staying in one of the most recent additions to Rushfield farm near Aldington, two luxurious huts, Lookerer and Rumwold, which sit in the heart of the farm. Offering views over the Romney Marsh, they’re the perfect place to unwind and get close to nature.
The self-catering huts are available to book now through Kent and Sussex Cottages for a post-lockdown stay. In addition to being available for sale as standalone products, some of the Romney Marsh Wools toiletries and woollen goods feature within the huts for guests to enjoy and can be bought on-site too.
Stay in a Pub
The new booking platform hosts a curated collection of boutique and unique rooms, classic inns and affordable accommodation across the country.
The group behind the new website is asking Brits to #stayinapub this summer to support the sector as it reopens. You can book directly and search by county, town or venue.
Paul Nunny, founding director, said: “With the Government currently advising people to hold off from booking flights abroad and staycation bookings in England soaring, we feel it could not be a more poignant time to share our platform. We have always championed the pub sector but know it is now more important than ever to get behind our local pubs.”
Pubs with rooms on offer across the county include No 64 at the Joiner’s Arms in West Malling; the Star and Eagle in Cranbrook; the Six Bells in Rochester and The Bell in Ticehurst. Find out more here.
St James Church, Cooling
Champing at the bit to go on an adventure? If you want a really quirky overnight stay, champing could be the thing for you – camping inside a church.
Organised by the Churches Conservation Trust, there are two sites to try in the county, at St James Church in Cooling, and also St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich. For anyone with a love of Dickens the church at Cooling is an unmissable experience as it was his inspiration for the opening chapter of Great Expectations. The site is on the Hoo Peninsula with marshes stretching north to the Thames estuary. Find out more at champing.co.uk
Driftwood Beach House, Seasalter, near Whitstable
The award-winning B&B has a unique offering: each room has its own garden and hot tub. Driftwood Beach House in Seasalter, Whitstable, is run by Jez Hills and wife Michelle and has just three guest rooms.
It is a stone’s throw from the beach and also overlooks the RSPB reserve at Seasalter Levels. Each room really does has its own garden with a private entrance and wood-fired hot tub. It is a also short walk away from the multi-award winning Sportsman restaurant, which has a Michelin star.
Book at whitstablebedandbreakfast.co.uk
Stay Wild, Ash
You could feel like you’ve really gone places by having a staycation at Stay Wild in Ash near Sandwich.
The former American school bus has been transformed into a rustic cabin-style, off-grid stay, with the aim of embracing a lifestyle centred on being outside.
Upon arrival guests will find a welcome hamper, plenty of wood for the steampunk wood burning stove and fire pit for evenings under the stars. Off-road parking is available nearby. Book and find out more at stay-wild.uk
Chilton Farmyard, Alkham Valley
You may have lived in the county for years, but have you ever explored the Alkham Valley?
A stay at Chilton Farmhouse B&B will give you the chance to do just that. Perfect for walkers and countryside lovers, there are three separate rooms – all different sizes with new en suite bathrooms. The B&B is dog-friendly accommodation, and is set on a family farm with 20 rare breed cattle.
It took the current owners a year to convert the redundant farm buildings to get the business up and running.
Rooms start at £100 a night. Book by visiting chiltonfarmyardbandb.co.uk