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Keeper’s House

(Ref. 1022847)

Broomfield near Hollingbourne, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "The view from the house, and being able to walk in the grounds after the house is shut to visitors, made this house magical and unique for us."

    House well equipped. Lovely weather meant we were much in the garden. This transformed our experience as there is only one small reception room for sitting in and eating. Difficult for our 6 adults and 4 young children. Weir House walks through the garden for access. Climbing the top floor steep twisting staircase to the best bedroom is VERY difficult. Agility is essential. Ground floor double bedroom is very small. On first floor double beds in 2 of the 3 bedrooms meant 2 children in the same bed making for difficult nights. These facts need to be in the description of the house. For us these drawbacks were not nearly as important as the uniqueness of the situation and walking the grounds out of visitor hours.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning."

    The house and the setting were both glorious. Everything was picturesque and so comfortable. So well equipped we didn’t need to bring anything. Might be worth saying how well stocked the kitchen is etc in the listing and includes tea, coffee, milk; thank you. We loved accessing Leeds Castle with our gold VIP wristbands. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Odette5.0Jun 2023

  • "Keeper's House (KH) is lovely, perfect for a visit to Leeds Castle (LC), with all its superb attractions - we were very pleased with the accommodation/how it was appointed/cleanliness/facilities; we had a few minor issues which we reported to Housekeeping, they couldn't have responded quicker, been more helpful or accommodating."

    The information relating to finding the property/checking-in/how to leave the property/what to do with the keys at the end of your stay differs between that provided by Sykes and LC - a minor issue, but if it were streamlined, it could only enhance the stay for future guests. I knew from researching KH, that access to Weir Cottage is via the path in front of KH - this was not an issue for us, but is something that I feel should be advised to future guests (I did a second take when a chap walked past the front of KH in his dressing gown to take his recycling to the bins!). The stairs to the top floor are quite steep, and the tread layout changes direction, so you need to be mindful of this, particularly when coming down the stairs. Whilst the thigh/calf muscle work out I got over the weekend, may pay dividends ...?, it might be helpful to future guests to be made aware of the access/steepness of the stairs. The toiletries provided were amazing - if I had known how good and plentiful ('complimentary toiletries' brought to mind a few tiny bottles that wouldn't last), I would not have bothered taking my own: generous bottles of shampoo/conditioner/body wash/body lotion/hand wash/handcream - truly impressed with the 'complimentary toiletries'. I took: washing up liqiuid, J-Cloths, yellow sponge, pan cleaning brush, dishwasher tabs, tea towels, oven gloves - all these items were already at the property. There was a tray of ice in the freezer (appreciated this on our first evening!), large fridge and a smaller fridge/freezer - perfect for our needs. Our compliments to the reception, housekeeping and maintenance staff - everyone we interacted with were polite, considerate and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0May 2023

  • "The property was lovely and the surroundings were beautiful."

    There was everything you needed in the cottage. We had a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely house and an absolute joy to stay in."

    It was great watching kingfisher flying over the river and so good to be able to use the pool at the hotel. The castle was a great hit with our grandchildren and the maze was the best ever! Hopefully we will return.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was extremely well equipped and was very clean."

    The setting was peaceful with the weir in front of the property. There was a problem with one of the beds which was broken. Someone came out almost immediately to look at it and stated it needed to be replaced. This didn't happen during our stay (which is understandable) although it would have been good if whoever broke it had reported it previously. The bed was obviously uncomfortable for my daughter and her husband but they managed. I don't blame Leeds Castle for this as they responded to our call efficiently. We would have liked more information about where to put recycling as there were two bins and neither were marked with regard to content. We all had a wonderful time and would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2022

  • "On a planned 10 day family trip home for Christmas, the UK was put on the red list of my country of residence at the last minute and we were unable to travel."

    Of the several hotels, airlines and car rental companies we used, Sykes Cottages/Leeds Castle properties were the only ones not to offer a refund. If traveling from overseas, I would recommend booking elsewhere.

    Dear Denis, We were greatly looking forward to welcoming you to Leeds Castle on Christmas Eve and had fully prepared Keeper's Cottage for you with Christmas Tree, decorations and welcome bag. When we called you on the 23rd to discuss arrival details you advised us that you would not be coming due to travel restrictions in your country of residence. At this late stage it was too late to re-let the cottage to another family so sadly the cottage had to be empty for the Christmas week, therefore we had to adhere to the cancellation policy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denis1.3Dec 2021

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  • Set over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x twin, 1 x second-floor twin (zip/link can be double on request)
  • Ground-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC
  • First-floor shower with basin and separate WC
  • Second-floor shower with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Cloakroom.
  • Gas central heating
  • conventional cooker
  • AGA oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with lawn and patio, furniture and gas barbecue
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop within 2.4 miles and pub within 0.9 miles
  • Note: The weir and pond are securely fenced and gated
  • Note: you can fish at Keeper’s House if you provide your own fishing permit to reception on arrival
  • Note: Some mobile phone networks receive poor signal quality within the house
  • Note: Weir Cottage (1002756) can be let with this property
  • Note: Staying at Keeper's House includes free access to Leeds Castle and ground, as well as use of Health Club and swimming pool at the nearby Mercure Hotel

The property

Hollingbourne 1.8 miles.

Formerly the Gamekeeper's dwelling, Keeper's House dates back several hundred years and is located within a secluded position overlooking the weir pond.

Inside, the property has a wealth of traditional charm creating a homely retreat for large groups to enjoy and explore the beautiful surroundings.

A large sitting room features a classic Inglenook fireplace, nowadays home to the TV, with plenty of soft seating to spread out on.

The farmhouse style kitchen has an AGA range cooker for catering for all the family and dining seating for those lively family meals.

Look forward to retiring at the end of the day to the five bedrooms, all boasting plenty of storage and continuing to showcase the charm of the property with exposed brick and stone work and further rustic fireplaces.

Three sparkling bathrooms across all three floors serve you with the option of taking a dip in the roll-top bath on the ground-floor.

Outside you have your own enclosed garden and furniture, but have the benefit of accessing the 5 acres of Leeds Castle grounds for free.

Keeper's House is the perfect choice for a large group wanting a tranquil break.

Note: Property can be booked with Refs. 1002752, 1002750, 1002756 and 1022755 together they can sleep 28 people.

Leeds Castle Cottages

Nestled with the grounds of the historic Leeds Castle, close to the beautiful Kent Downs AONB, are a collection of properties, suitable for larger groups. Wonderfully presented throughout, with light colour schemes and plush furnishings, making the most of an ideal setting. Share this lovely setup with your loved ones and spend some quality time in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Look forward to relaxing and unwinding in your own living space enjoying a family movie night, or planning the days ahead. The kitchens are all equipped with a range of contemporary appliances so you can easily rustle up some delicious meals, to be enjoyed at the dining table over a refreshing glass of bubbly whilst you discuss the day's events. Once the evening draws to a close, retire to one of the elegant bedrooms, all of which have a range of modern furnishings, which complement the light decor, and offer an abundance of space to store your personal items, supported by high-quality fitted bathrooms. Staying in any of the cottages in this group entitles you to entry to Leeds Castle and the grounds during the day, and in the evening you are free to continue exlporing the grounds after it's been closed to the public. The Castle grounds provide activities such as the Knight's Stronghold play area, falconry displays, and Adventure golf. Resting just over five miles away is the centre of Maidstone, perfect for accessing a number of traditional pubs and restaurants for some fine food, whilst their selection of independent shops and supermarkets are ideal for picking up those last-minute essentials. Make sure to explore some of Maidstone's finest sites, including Mote Park which spans across 440 acres where you can take long walks or even cycle through the country, or venture towards the Kent Downs AONB for a larger choice of country sites. Maidstone Museum is also a popular choice, resting in a former Elizabethan manor house with over 660,000 artefacts and artwork on display. Visit the open-air museum of Kent Life and a unique boating experience at Kentish Lady River Boat. Return to your rural property for a relaxing evening with your loved ones.

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About the location


Maidstone 6.3 miles; Rochester 13.7 miles; Canterbury 24.8 miles.

Found in the countryside of Kent, Hollingbourne is a village and civil parish in the borough of the county town, Maidstone. Located on the southward slope of the North Downs and within the Kent Downs AONB, this village also has close proximity to England's South East coast, being within driving distance of the seaside town of Margate. Many public footpaths run through the Hollingbourne Downs for some excellent walking and cycling opportunities, while the village also provides all the essentials for a fantastic self-catering experience such as a village shop and local deli, pubs, and nearby Hollingbourne train station.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas