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Holly Tree House

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "We were very impressed with Holly Tree House."

    The attention to detail is lovely and the house doesn’t feel like a rental. The decor and canvas pics and quality bedding make it very homely. There is so much storage throughout the house and the facilities in the kitchen are excellent. The French doors open into a lovely garden and it was lovely to eat breakfast with the doors open. The location is great too for walking to the seafront or driving to visit other resorts and Canterbury. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommending and revisiting if we come to Kent in the future.

    Hi Diane thank you for the lovely feedback, we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and the house was up to standard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jun 2024

  • "Holly Tree House was the perfect base for our holiday in Kent."

    We visited some places by train as the railway station is close by and it was ideal not to have to use the car every day. The house is very comfortable and spotlessly clean - a real home from home. The owners, Dave and Emma, were very helpful.

    Hi Ralf I’m so pleased you had a lovely stay. Thank you for your kind feedback. Emma ☺️ Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely clean property, very comfortable beds."

    Location excellent for public transport.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. ☺️ Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vera5.0May 2024

  • "The house was clean, welcoming, and well maintained, including the gardens."

    Very helpful having a drive to park on. We were provided with a wonderful welcome box, tea & coffee, etc as well as other essential like washing-up liquid, washing machine pods, etc. The lounge was very comfortable and we enjoyed relaxing there in the evenings. The beds were also comfortable and we slept well. The area is quiet and it is only a short walk to the shops, the beach, the pier, and the train station, so is ideal if you can't or don't wish to drive. We really didn't want our holiday to end. I would more than happily return for a holiday again when I can, and highly recommend it to other people. My only regret is that I forgot to write in the visitor book, as I would have liked to have left a message.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and found everything you needed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2024

  • "A well equipped house ,warm and cosy."

    Would have been nice if some coal had been left as a starter for the log burner and a washing tablet for the washing machine . The toaster is quite poor ,only 1 and a half out of 4 burners work !!!! As a suggestion some large bath sheets for the bathroom.

    We only use logs in the log burner and put this out when the weather is below 5 degrees in the day, the gas heating is always available. Washing powder, Sykes recommends that guests bring their own. We do supply dishwasher tablets for the week. The toaster I have ordered new elements. Large bath sheets, please remember this is a self catering holiday let and not a 5* star hotel, happy to provide more but the rental cost will need to increase. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine3.4Nov 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay, the house was very comfortable and spacious for five of us plus a dog and had everything we needed."

    The location was great, only a few minutes walk to the promenade and with shops and restaurants nearby. I would certainly come back to the house if I was visiting the area again.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is a well-equipped, comfortable holiday home with some thoughtful touches in an ideal location for walking and exploring the Kent coast."

    We enjoyed travelling by train to nearby towns and there was also a regular bus service.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Oct 2023

  • "A home from home with all we could want for a relaxing stay."

    The location was ideal for access to town, beach and public transport. A great property.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday and thoroughly recommend staying in this home from home."

    It's a spacious property with lots of storage. The bed and sofas were really comfortable and everything was very clean and well maintained. The property is conveniently located within a few minutes walk of the seafront, railway station , bus stops and town centre so we didn't always need to use our car to get to places. We look forward to staying here in future. One slight improvement would be to have a warning note on the door leading from the kitchen to the utility area about the step down into the area. Also some of the pictures on the Sykes site need updating as they show the previous furniture that was in the kitchen/dining area as well as the more recent furniture.

    Never had anyone comment on the step in 3 years ... really don't want to keep adding signs everywhere, we have requested a new professional photo shoot with Sykes. Thank You for your feedback though. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely wonderful house!"

    Very well equipped with luxury sofas in the living room and very comfortable beds! Near the center of the town and the waterfront; also near the train station. Both on walking distance (5 minutes). One point of attention would be the blinds in the bedrooms: at sunrise the rooms were fully illuminated, so the nights were really short..

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2023

  • "Holly Tree House is a very spacious, clean and well maintained home with nearly everything needed and without having to bring anything from your own home."

    Rooms are spacious with plenty of storage with the utility room being an added bonus. The only things we found missing that could have been useful was a mop for the kitchen floor and a hard sweeping brush for the patio area outside. Very minor things though and we enjoyed our stay immensely.

    Hi Paul thanks for your lovely feedback. We have been out and purchased a mob and bucket and a hard broom and dustpan and brush for the garden, all located now in the utility room. Honestly didn’t think anyone would want to do housework whilst on holiday, but really appreciate you like to keep a clean home too thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very nice well kept property."

    Bed very comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable week at Holly Tree House."

    On arrival the property was spotlessly clean and some refreshments had been left for us which were much appreciated. The beds were very comfortable as was the lounge and the kitchen was equipped with everything one would need for a self-catering holiday with hot water always available. The only thing one needs to remember to bring is a Tea Towel. The shops and seafront were about a 10 min walk and we enjoyed Fish & Chips and a Chinese takeaway during our stay and had delicious tea and cake at Makcaris at the Bandstand in Herne Bay. There is a well stocked Morrisons and an ALDI in the town plus a Tesco Express very close to the property. We used Holly Tree House as a base to walk some of the Saxon Shore Way and visited Sheerness, Whitstable, Birchington, Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate during our stay. We travelled to Herne Bay by train and Holly Tree House was in a most convenient location, being about a 6 min walk from the train station and the local buses stopped nearby too. We travelled on the trains most days and found them to be punctual and reliable but maybe we were just lucky! We hope to return to Holly Tree House again one day. Thank You very much to the owners.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was our second visit to this property and some changes were improvements."

    We were interested to find ants walking across the living room carpet, although not in numbers. We were also concerned about the attitude to vaping. It was lumped with smoking and drugs and the notice said, not within 500 metres of the front or rear garden. Whereas I can understand a request to not smoke or use drugs on the property, the 500 metres is ridiculous as the public footpath is about 5 meters from the front door and the immediate next door neighbour vapes. 500 metres takes you into the next street. Ridiculous. Also this information was not available until arrival and I think it should be available before booking. Otherwise the house is really lovely, comfortable and spacious with excellent parking.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Apr 2023

  • "Holiday Tree House was a lovely place to stay, a real home from home and perfect for discovering Kent."

    The furniture in all rooms was very comfortable and the house was nice and warm. The only negative for us was that the kettle could have benefited from descaling and a water filter for filling the kettle would have been good.Coming from a hard water area ourselves we of course understand that the water is not the owners fault but a water filter would solve the issue of ‘scum’ on your tea. We did get around this by buying bottled water for filling the kettle so it was only a minor irritation. All in all we had a lovely time reconnecting with my cousins and rediscovering my roots

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Feb 2023

  • "Delightful house to stay in with off road parking."

    Furnished to a high standard including being decorated lovely for Christmas. Beds were extremely comfortable and house was very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Dec 2022

  • "We had a terrific winter stay at Holly Tree House; The house was warm and cosy, super comfortable beds and we had the wood burner running most nights which made the evenings special."

    Great location just 10 minutes walk to the seafront, then another 5 minutes gets you to the centre of town with a good selection of pubs and shops. Ideal hoilday property; easy parking, local shops and a decent garden for summer breaks.

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Nov 2022

  • "Holly Tree house is a real home from home."

    It is spacious and comfortable. It is set in a quiet residential street close to all amenities. It is ideal for coastal walks and close to the station and bus stops if you don't want to use a car. This is the third time I have stayed at this property because the set up means it is ideal for friends or family to share. Hope to return again .

    Hi Barbara, Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, it’s so nice to know you enjoy your time at Holly Tree. We are always looking to upgrade anything in the house and have this week installed a brand new toilet in the downstairs cloakroom. Look forward to you staying again soon. Dave and Emma Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin3.8Sep 2022

  • "Excellent property quiet location and the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in."

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful holiday."

    House was in a great location, within walking distance to everything. House was clean and comfortable and was well equipped. The garden was lovely to relax in. We would definitely return

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2022

  • "As we wrote in the guest book we had a fantastic week at Holly Tree House."

    The house was very well equipped, clean and comfortable as well as a great location. The only things that could have improved it would have been doors for the kitchen and lounge and curtains in the bedrooms to make the rooms darker.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was our second visit to Holly Three House this year."

    Very comfortable and we'll maintained, it is obvious that the owners care about renters enjoying their stay by the way they have furnished and maintained the house. Hopefully future renters will enjoy and respect the property in the future, we are looking forward to our third stay in September, thankyou, Jeff and Jacquie.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Jun 2022

  • "A really nice respectable property in a residential area, about 10 minutes stroll to the sea."

    Clean and comfortable, enjoyed it very much and have booked it twice more in June and September. The only improvement that I would make is to put the TV in the master bedroom into the lounge, and the lounge one into the bedroom as it is quite an aged model and does not have a electronic program guide so if you don’t have a news paper you are scotched. The owners should be proud of the way this property is presented and I hope future guests will respect and look after the property. Jeff Golding.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have immediately bought and installed a new large smart TV for the lounge, to improve everyones stay. Thank you for watering the garden, the grass is growing so well along with the plants. See you again soon in June Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0May 2022

  • "This is the 2nd time I stayed in this house with my dog Bertie - very ..."

    This is the 2nd time I stayed in this house with my dog Bertie - very comfortable, clean and well equipped- close to sea front and central for trips to Whitstable or Canterbury , lovely stay - Thank you and will be back again

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great location, easy walk to town and beach front."

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Oct 2021

  • "This house takes dogs, doors removed downstairs and replaced with gates, to keep dog’s out of kitchen and lounge, this is a trip hazard to the elderly."

    No handrail on stairs. As we have 2 over 75’s with us it was a problem. Downstairs toilet not good, undecorated, no flooring, in utility, smelt very damp and musty.

    Reviewed by Kay3.8Sep 2021

  • "It would be a good idea to put some hooks on the bathroom door."

    The garden had a lovely dining area but no umbrella.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Jul 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    Very well equipped. Had all we required.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.7Jul 2021

  • "Renovations in the house next door completely ruined our holiday."

    Sykes and the landlord offered nothing in return. we should’ve been informed about the noise. we paid a lot of money and my husband gets up at 4am everyday for work and doesn’t come on holiday to be woken at 7.45. the noise was absolutely awful and we came home the day before we were due home just so we could get a lay in the next day.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.1Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean, but renovations going on in adjoining property spoilt our stay, contacted owner not really interested, just said sorry, told us that would be the noisiest day, not true, contacted Sykes also not really interested, owner came back again and was more concerned over having to give people the choice to stay or cancel."

    We came home a night early just so we didn’t have to wake up again to the constant banging before 8 in the morning. It’s a shame as we should’ve been given the choice to go or cancel. My husband gets up at 4am everyday for work, and came away to relax. Not to be told oh well the weather is nice you can go out.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Jul 2021

  • "Lovely house - owners have thought of everything - fully equipped - even a safe in main bedroom."

    Very Comfortable and well looked after. Ample parking. Location fabulous for visiting Whitstable, Canterbury- visit the Cathedral- walk round the gardens - take a punt along the Stour or just unravel the history. Sandwich Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs - are also close by - Broadstairs also has a shopping Centre Westwood Cross . Highly Recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely accomodation , very close to the beach ."

    The cottage was very clean and roomy and was well equipped with everything you could need .

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2020

  • "Our second time here, lovely and clean, comfy home, upstairs doors could do with sorting out as don’t close properly and bed in main room is rock hard."

    But apart from that, lovely stay, near to all amenities. Nicely kept garden.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Aug 2020

  • "Excellent location being so close to the beach and down a quiet residential road."

    We settled in very quickly, everything you needed was there including a nice garden. Owner of the property very approachable and helpful. My only nit pick would be that under the bed cleaning needs tlc. We would stay there again and do recommend it to others

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Jul 2020

  • "Me and my family had a lovely long weekend in Herne Bay visiting family, it is the 2nd time we have stayed at Holly Tree Cottage, we had everything we needed and the wood burner was the highlight as it was lovely to chill in the evenings with the log burner roaring away, house is close to a local Tesco Express and a short walk to the beach."

    We will definitely like to stay again soon.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Jan 2020

  • "An excellent base, enjoyed the wood burner."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely house."

    Comfortable clean and well equipped. Mind you we are old fashioned and we had to buy a teapot but that is not a complaint just us being awkward!!! Great location for getting everywhere. Used the train instead of driving which was brilliant. If you stay here take a trip to Ramsgate and visit the tunnels. Very interesting. A great couple of hours.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're please to hear you enjoyed your stay at 30 Leighville Drive. Please note that a teapot, cafetiere, sugar bowl and milk jug are now available at the property following your recommendation. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslea5.0Sep 2019

  • "The only things that let it down was lack of teapot, coffee maker and hairdryer."

    There wasn't a first aid kit. And the house could have been cleaner. Those are the negatives. Everything else was very positive and we enjoyed our visit. Lovely house. Great location.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday. We do provide a vast range of amenities for Customers but some most Customers will bring their owner hair appliances. We don't provide first aid kits due to allergy reasons. The cleanliness scores for this property are very high. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin3.4Aug 2019

  • "Clean and well-equipped."

    Wonderful kitchen. Lovely garden. Had to play at the shower to get the right temperature and the shower played too by giving cold bursts just when you thought you'd got it, but by the end of the week we didn't notice. Loved it so much we've booked the same cottage for the same week next year!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and have booked for 2020. We look forward to seeing you then! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful, clean, and in a lovely location."

    The owners left bread, milk, tea and biscuits which was really lovely. Only criticism would be, that it advertises having a game room, and it doesn’t, intact there are no games at all in the house so it shouldn’t advertise that. But apart from that we were very impressed.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am sorry that you saw the games room on the property description. This was a website error by Sykes Cottages and has been rectified. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha4.7Aug 2019

  • "The house was in a great location and very good value for money."

    The house was plenty big enough for 4 adults and a child. It was just a shame that the owners hadn’t the time and care to finish better standard, mainly the painting of doors and wood work. It really let the whole house down.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Jul 2019

  • "The mattress on my wife single bed, you could feel the springs and was extremely uncomfortable to sleep on, fortunately we were able to swap a mattress out of the spare bedroom which was a lot better."

    the shower was a bit under powered and the hot control was rather stiff and awkward to use. otherwise we were happy with the property.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you found the mattress uncomfortable during your stay. Please note that the property owner has taken your feedback into consideration and has now updated the mattresses accordingly. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mervyn3.4Jun 2019

  • "The zoo was wonderful as I done the tiger experience was the best the zoo in wingham just outside Canterbury and the home we said in was great Thanksyou."

    Reviewed by kathleen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The property was close to the beach for dog walks and had all the amenities we could want."

    We were wonderfully surprised that the owners had left us bread, milk, tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits. Also washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and washing powder. It saved us having to buy any of those. Also we were impressed with the recycling bins.Not many places we have stayed in provide this.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely house, perfect location for us."

    Warm and comfortable and clean throughout. Would definitely book this house again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Mar 2019

  • "Very comfortable spacious property, nicely decorated with quality finishes and fittings."

    Owner was very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. Really enjoyed our stay here while we moved house and it helped to make the process less stressful. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2018

  • "House was perfect for our needs and would definitely use again."

    The extra touches ie coffee, tea and biscuits were a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Sep 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x kingsize - with Freeview and safe, 1 x double - with Freeview, 2 x 3ft twin
  • Bathroom with shower, bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground Floor WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Electric car charging point at property, charged at £20 per week
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, high chair and 3 stair gates provided
  • Off-road parking for 2 vehicles
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Enclosed lawned garden with decked area and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking, vaping, or drugs to be used inside Holly Tree House or within the property boundaries
  • Shop (Tesco express) 2 mins and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Access via key safe with security lighting and access at the side for bikes. Please note: Dogs are allowed in kitchen and utility area only
  • Note: Sorry, no shoes allowed in lounge or carpeted areas
  • Note: Utility room with a separate back door to the garden
  • Note: Ironing board and iron in property.

The property

This cottage is located in a grass-lined residential area of Herne Bay, in easy distance of local amenities, with historical monuments and a shingle beach bringing the village to life.

Perfectly designed for families, 30 Leighville Drive is a home away from home, somewhere unique to spend some quality time after a day of sightseeing and so much more.

From the hallway wander into the lounge which houses seating for six people, and a log burner for those cosy winter nights.

The beautiful kitchen/diner comes presented in a contemporary fashion with a table excellently placed for views of the garden.

On the ground floor you will also discover a cloakroom with WC, and a utility area with extra appliances helpful for washing the dog, or cleaning outdoor equipment once you have returned from an adventure.

The upper level promotes a peaceful night's sleep, the rooms almost mirror each other in style, yet provide varying options to suit the whole family.

From the master suite to a pretty single bed, there is a place for everyone.

Soft furnishings and a neutral overtone tie the layout together wholeheartedly, with a luxury bathroom to finish 30 Leighville Drive including both a bath and shower.

The enclosed garden is awaiting a visit with its decked area and furniture, your chance to unwind under the summer sun with a refreshing drink to sip.

For you convenience, an outside tap and hose is also available.

In this English seaside town, there are many eateries serving everything from traditional fish and chips to exotic delicacies.

and of course, no seaside town is complete without an ice cream parlour and Herne Bay has two.

The historic city of Canterbury is only seven miles away, with its famous cathedral and historic past, offering theatres, museums and art galleries as well as shops, restaurants, and trips along the river.

For a day of cobbled streets and browsing around quaint little shops, then leave for Whitstable, all adding to a fabulous stay at 30 Leighville Drive.

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About the location


Whitstable 5 miles; Canterbury 7 miles; Broadstairs 13 miles; Dover 23 miles.

Herne Bay has been a popular holiday destination for many years. With its award-winning shingle beach and restored Victorian memorial gardens, this offers families the perfect, relaxing holiday location. Herne Bay's seafront is home to the world's first freestanding purpose-built Clock Tower, built in 1837 which looks down onto the well-kept promenade. As expected when visiting an English seaside town, there are many eateries serving everything from traditional fish and chips to exotic delicacies, and of course, no seaside town is complete without an ice cream parlour and Herne Bay has two! The historic city of Canterbury is only 7 miles away, with its famous cathedral and historic past, offering theatres, museums and art galleries as well as shops, restaurants, and trips along the river. For a day of cobbled streets and browsing around quaint little shops, then make for Whitstable, famous for its Oyster festival and a popular harbour town at any time of year. Herne Bay is ideally situated for exploring this part of the Kent coast.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas