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Gingerbread Cottage

(Ref. 1087113)

Canterbury, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "This place is well above 5 star accommodation, everything you can possibly think of is there for your stay."

    Barbra is the perfect home manager, we had a home made cake, cookies, brownies bottle of wine. Also a cocktail, with even the fresh lemon for twists. Can not fault this property one bit, and we stay in similar places a lot. Will defiantly be passing on recommendation. Well done Barbra for all your hard work, and thanks to the owners for sharing their gorgeous home. Catherine and Russel ~ 26/01/2024

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jan 2024

  • "Gingerbread Cottage is simply amazing and one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    We arrived in the dark and the house was lit by some fairy lights on the front door and further Christmas decorations in the garden. We had a cosy feel about the cottage straight away. Inside we were greeted by a welcome hamper consisting of a home-made cake (plus hidden sixpence since we stayed over New Year's Eve), sparklers, a bottle of bubbly and a greeting card. I must say that I have rarely experienced so much attention to detail. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need, the bathrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs) each have a spacious and hot shower, the livingroom has cosy sofas around the fireplace with wonderful views into the garden. The bedrooms are just beautiful and the beds super comfy. The cottage is a 7-minute walk from Canterbury's city centre, but situated in a quiet residential street. I cannot praise the work and love Barbra puts into maintaining the highest standard of hospitality at Gingerbread Cottage highly enough. We can't wait to visit again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Dec 2023

  • "A fantastic Christmas in Gingerbread Cottage!"

    We could not have asked for anything more. The cottage was absolutely gorgeous (and immaculate) and so wonderfully decorated by Barbra for Christmas. The tree was incredible! There were so many lovely touches and very generous home made treats which we very much enjoyed. We had such a wonderful, memorable family Christmas and we cannot thank Barbra enough for making it so perfect for us. Thank you! x

    Reviewed by Georgie5.0Dec 2023

  • "I can't rate this property highly enough, we stayed for almost two weeks."

    Really appreciated all the little extras and Christmas decorations. Spotless property, warm, cosy , decorated beautifully and perfectly located. Really close to the town centre and Barbara was really helpful. We will definitely be returning in the new year.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2023

  • ""Perfect" is the only way we can describe our 4 week stay at Gingerbread Cottage."

    The layout of the cottage offered great lighting and comfortable space throughout with easy access to the garden via a large glass sliding door. The very modern kitchen was designed for flow and function. The cottage was immaculate, the rooms spacious, and the large walk-in shower was totally luxurious. Location to everywhere in Canterbury and only about a 15 minute walk to the supermarket and our favorite restaurants. Barbra is wonderful and a Super Host who made sure we had everything we needed including helpful instructions and suggestions which made our stay uncomplicated and most enjoyable. These superlatives just don't feel adequate in describing our experience. We plan to book at least 6 weeks next year and Gingerbread Cottage is one of the reasons we're coming back to Canterbury.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Gingerbread Cottage is the seventh property we have booked through Sykes."

    We have not been disappointed with any of them but this one was the best! The attention to detail to make us feel welcome was second to none. The decoration, presentation, cleanliness and facilities of the cottage were perfect. It was very comfortable and provided an excellent base to explore Canterbury and Kent. We would love to go back one day.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage with plenty of room, very clean with everything we needed."

    The "welcome" cake and cookies were excellent and were soon eaten. I was concerned about the parking but we had no problems, there was always a space available.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2023

  • "A stylish yet homely and well equipped property."

    Well situated close to the centre of Canterbury. The property manager (B.E.) was easy to contact and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very comfortable and well-equipped cottage in a quiet cul-de-sac, just 15 min walk from Canterbury town centre."

    The private garden was a bonus, with plenty of birds to watch and garden furniture to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was wonderful."

    Everything you could need was provided with lots of little extras. We had a lovely time in Kent and this was a great base. The cottage has thought, imagination and kindness.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage was spotless decor and amenities were fabulous and lots of lovely welcoming touches."

    Barbra the house manager was really helpful with great recommendations for food and visits. Wonderful cosy cottage and excellent location quiet and close to town

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2023

  • "Barbra was great - really helpful!"

    Lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jan 2023

  • "Gingerbread cottage is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in."

    Barbra is the best manager we have ever met. The Christmas decorations and the welcome packs gave us a fantastic start of our holiday in Canterbury. The cottage was very comfortable, spotless, and well equipped. Everything we needed and complimentary items included. Thank you Barbra

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage it self was beyond expectations."

    Very nice, very wel maintained. We had great and friendly help and support from Mrs. Barbra Ellis, the property manager.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent property, very tastefully decorated and extremely well equipped."

    Within walking distance of all amenities and the city of Canterbury. If you don't want to use the car, the rail station is only a short walk away - we didn't use the car once! We met Barbara, the Property Manager, when we arrived, and she was extremely helpful; she sorted out our parking permits - please note that you need to contact Barbara and not Sykes Cottages to arrange permits as this was not made clear when Sykes sent us their email. Barbara had also left us some yummy treats which went down extremely well after a long day travelling - thank you so much Barbara, you made our day!! The only complaint we have about the cottage is that we had to leave to come home.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Preparation of the house prior to our stay was excellent."

    The place is lovely and well looked after. Many thanks to Barbara who’s support was superb.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Superb cottage in great location."

    Spotlessly clean and our host Barbra made sure our stay was perfect, leaving fresh flowers, homemade cakes, wine and milk. She also arranged our parking permit and was easy to contact. Well equipped property with beautiful furnishings.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2022

  • "Public feedback: Lovely stay at a very clean and pretty cottage, extensive floor boarding would suit families with allergies."

    Within easy reach of parks, the river and city centre, but quiet and secluded. We loved the little solar lights outside and the option to entertain in the garden. The manager was friendly and helpful, and checked that we were OK during the visit.

    Reviewed by K5.0Jun 2022

  • "Gingerbread Cottage was exactly as descibed on the web and the perfect spot to explore Canterbury and the surrounding country side and towns."

    With the bonus you have a garden to come home to. The cottage is well equiped and cosy. The welcoming cake and drink were a nice touch from Barbra, our host who also immediately sorted out our a the query we had. Allan, Valerie and Rino

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Apr 2022

  • "This was a fantastic cottage, the kitchen was particularly well stock for cooking."

    It was fabulously clean and very well maintained. The location was excellent too. What a lovely place to spend a weekend

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Mar 2022

  • "Super, gem of a cottage - beautifully presented, comfortable & in a great location."

    The property manager Barbra couldn’t do enough for us - was so accommodating. We were very impressed with the little personal touches & delicious goodies waiting for us on arrival. Would totally recommend staying here. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Feb 2022

  • "Enjoyed staying at Gingerbread Cottage."

    Weather was really kind to us and we used the cottage as a good base for some lovely walks in and around Canterbury as well as to the coast at Whitstable and Sandwich. The cottage was very well equiped and we felt very comfortable there. The cottage was prepared really well for us by Barbra who was very helpful before and during our stay. Highly recommended for others of similar requirements and interests.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Gingerbread cottage, the property's character features were lovely and made for a very cost and relaxing cottage stay."

    The cottage is well located and central Canterbury was around a 15 minute walk, with many restaurants and pubs/bars within a short walking distance. We would highly recommend the cottage and will certainly visit again in the near future.

    Reviewed by Marc5.0Dec 2021

  • "A beautiful, warm and cosy cottage which has been recently renovated to a high spec and well-equipped with everything that you could need."

    Located a short walk away from the centre of Canterbury on a quiet road. The property manager went out of her way to make us feel truly welcome and at home throughout our stay. Highly recommended - we’ve stayed in many cottages across the UK and this has been one of the most special - a gem of a find!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size with Juliet balcony, 1 x king size bed
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with wood-burning stove
  • Gas central heating with under-floor heating on the ground floor and wood- burning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi, Blue Ray DVD player, Sonos Beam Soundbar and board games
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Solid pine cot bed, travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Roadside permit parking available on request at an extra cost (£4-£12 max. per week, depending on how many vouchers are required) with additional unrestricted free parking available nearby
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, decked area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets
  • No smoking/vaping
  • Fuel, power and logs for wood-burning stove included in rent
  • All household cleaning products will be provided for your use
  • If you are visiting Gingerbread Cottage during Christmas the property will have a Christmas tree and be decorated downstairs
  • The number of guests occupying the property should not exceed the number stated on the holiday confirmation
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Please note: this property's check in day is Friday.

The property

Idyllically positioned in a peaceful cul-de-sac, in the desirable Saint Dunstan's area of Canterbury, in Kent, rests this contemporary two-bedroom holiday home, Gingerbread Cottage.

Boasting a homely and welcoming interior and enjoying close proximity to a host of amenities and attractions, Gingerbread Cottage makes the perfect place for exploring the delights of this sought-after region.

Park up on the roadside and enter this delightful dwelling through its ‘front’ door, located on the right side of this cleverly designed and inviting home.

The hallway, stylishly adorned with Victorian tiles, leads you into the open-plan living/dining room, where you can look forward to gathering together at the rustic dining table to indulge in the fruits of your labour before snuggling up in front of the glow of the wood-burning stove, or settling down for a movie marathon, courtesy of the Smart TV.

From the snug step into the contemporary kitchen, beautifully appointed with an elegant blue décor and full granite worktops, fitted with a range of fantastic facilities including a handy dishwasher and washing machine.

In the warmer months, carry the conversation outdoors with a sociable seat amongst the greenery of your private garden, a truly tranquil spot to soak in the last of the evening sun with your favourite tipple.

When day draws to night, climb the stairs to the first floor where you'll find the family bathroom and two double bedrooms, each thoughtfully positioned under the vaulted ceiling, providing a wonderfully airy ambiance.

In the morning, kick-start your day with an invigorating rinse in the spacious walk-in shower located on the ground floor, or pour in the bubbles for an indulgent soak in the elegant roll-top bath on the first floor.

Take advantage of your central location and follow the footpath leading into the heart of the bustling city of Canterbury, just a short walk away, where you'll find a host of sights and attractions to keep you entertained, including the medieval ruins of Canterbury Castle, the subterranean Roman history museum, and the oldest cathedral in England, dating back 1400 years.

Canterbury has been a site of pilgrimage since Chaucer’s day and as well as Canterbury Cathedral itself there is St Dunstan, which reputedly houses the head of St Thomas More, and the Roman Catholic Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, where relics of Thomas Becket himself are enshrined.

Gingerbread Cottage is also just a stone's throw away from Canterbury West train station to explore further afield!

Test your survival skills at Escape In The Towers, a thrilling escape room set within Canterbury's former city jail or catch a live performance at The Marlowe Theatre followed by a pint of real ale at Canterbury Tales.

Keep the little ones entertained and come face-to-face with the farmyard animals at Druidstone Park, or travel to the coast of Herne Bay where you can expect thrills aboard the rides on the pier or make a splash at the beach.

Jump in the car and journey to the town of Chatham and treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy at The Pentagon Shopping Centre, immerse yourself in maritime history with a tour of The Historic Dockyard Chatham, or charter a yacht and sail along the waters of the River Medway.

The cottage is well situated for a visit to the North Downs, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you'll find a plethora of walking, hiking and cycling trails, leading you through rolling hills, open moorland and deep valleys.

With all of this and more, choose Gingerbread Cottage as your base to tour the hidden gems of Kent.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Whitstable 6 miles; Herne Bay 9 miles.

Dominating the city skyline, the cathedral at Canterbury is the oldest in England, and along with the castle and quaint cobbled streets, draws visitors back time and again to its history, heritage and culture. Cosmopolitan restaurants, vibrant nightclubs and traditional pubs perch along the main streets or down narrow lanes, along with both high street shops and independent retailers. Travelling by foot is an excellent way of exploring the city, with walking trails and guided walks allowing visitors to discover winding streets and hidden corners, all with their own unique identity. By taking a boat trip along the River Stour, you can appreciate Canterbury's historic architecture and enjoy outstanding scenic views. From the frequent fairs and festivals to tempting food and drink events, Canterbury offers something for everyone throughout the year. For those wishing to enjoy the sea, Herne Bay and Whitstable are less than 8 miles away, while the attractions of inland Kent can also be easily reached.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas