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9 Swallow Court

(Ref. 936749)

Herne Common near Herne, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything that you would want and expect from a Holiday Cottage."

    Really well appointed, with excellent modern equipment in the kitchen and bathrooms. The location is superb, particularly access to the truly wonderful Curious Cat pub. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Herne.

    Reviewed by TimNov 2023

  • "On first entering the property it presented well."

    However, issues soon became clear. The cottage needs a deep clean, for example the oven is dirty, as are the oven tins. The upstairs windows have green mould and there is part of one of the bedroom ones which has a piece taped on with sticky tape. The shower door has thick black mould on the bottom and the kettle has bad furring and more mould. When we arrived on the friday afternoon the TV didn't work. We phoned the owner who said he knew and was trying to find someone to look at it. It was eventually mended on the sunday afternoon, and worked ok on monday, tuesday and wednesday, but on thursday and friday there was no bbc 1 or bbc 2. When we arrived home there was an email to advise that there was a problem with reception. Needless to say we will not be returning and it was the worst Sykes cottage we have been to.

    I am sorry that the cottage didn’t come up to expectations. We have looked into the issues raised. The oven and oven tins will be thoroughly cleaned. As for the mould, on the windows, we stayed at the cottage the week before and we didn't see any. The original cast iron window frames on the landing do suffer from condensation. If we could, we would replace them with double glazed units. Unfortunately we are in a conservation area and are not allowed to do so. Apart from regular inspections, we do rely on our guests to inform us of any problems. We did respond promptly to the TV signal (we had new aerial installed on Sunday!) You could have mentioned these other issues and we would have responded. Again, apologies for not having a better experience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroleNov 2023

  • "The cottage was very well equipped, warm and comfortable."

    Everything you could want has been provided, and it is clearly a well cared for and cherished property. The location is great, and handy for getting around this part of Kent. I would thoroughly recommend a stay (as well as the food at The Curious Cat just across the road).

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2023

  • "A very nice cottage in a good location near the Kent coast ."

    If anything I felt that the description didn’t do it justice - as the history and renovation of the workhouses cottages was fascinating . The cottage was nicely furnished and spotless . I only took one star for the rather soft bed although it wasn’t a major issue for us and didn’t spoil our holiday . Would recommend to anyone looking to stay in this interesting part of Kent . I’m

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2023

  • "Lovely property comfortable & matched my high cleanliness standards completely."

    Well equipped for all our needs during our stay. We would go again if it was a little closer to the coast. We have stayed in four properties with Sykes & have not been disappointed. I would recommend 9, Swallow Court for a stay & would recommend Sykes as an agent too.

    Reviewed by ElaineSep 2023

  • "Had a great time."

    The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything you might want. Easy to find with off road parking space and plenty of additional roadside parking. Full size fridge/freezer, easy to use oven with plenty of pots and pans. Lots of information and instructions provided. Very quiet area but conveniently close to Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable. Great food at the Curious Cat pub, just across the road. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by NicolaSep 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped and comfortable cottage in great location."

    We only deducted a star due to lack of tumble drier and also very cluttered cupboards. Excellent informative email from owner before arrival.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJun 2023

  • "A lovely house & very well equipped, parking a bit confusing due to sign being hidden in hedge!"

    Canterbury rd outside very busy at peak times

    Reviewed by IainJun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage great to explore near and far ."

    The curious cat is only minutes away and a great place to eat the atmosphere is lovely and so are the staff they will go out of there way to make you feel very welcome. The smugglers Inn is in the village about 10 mins walk down the hill another nice pub also there is a micro pub 10 the other way called goodies ales .There are lots of places to visit for the day .Dover, Ramsgate ,margate ,and of course Canterbury don't forget to visit the cathedral which is spectacular. In the cottage a few things that I didn't like the bed was to low ,to soft for us and not big enough,also could do with some new towels they were well worn out .There were no canisters in the kitchen for our tea ,suger and coffee we had to make do with using mugs for the week .It would have been nice to sit out at night time at the front of the cottage perhaps on a slabbed area instead of the back of the cottage where at night it was cold because the sun was on the frount. We didn't find the dvd player till our last night it wasn't with the TV in the living room.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2023

  • "What a cracking place to stay as a family we couldn’t have wished for a better base whilst on holiday in Kent."

    The owners gave thought about it and the cottage is equipped with everything you need whilst there, I even got beaten at Scrabble. We shall be back,if down that way again.

    Reviewed by RobinMay 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, the cottage was comfortable and well equipped and very clean and tidy, although the Venetian blinds could do with a good dust."

    The double bed was a bit soft and low for our liking, but everything else was fine.

    Reviewed by KevinApr 2023

  • "Very clean cottage with every requiremement catered for, just perfect."

    Reviewed by ClareMar 2023

  • "The cottage was very comfortable for our long weekend exploring the area."

    All the facilities in the cottage were excellent, and having instructions before we arrived regarding the key box was very useful. We would definitely be booking the cottage at some time in the future.

    Reviewed by ElizabethFeb 2023

  • "Warm and comfortable with modern kitchen and bathroom ."

    Location is great to explore the area. Parking is easy and most welcome.

    Reviewed by LorettaDec 2022

  • "Very clean and tidy, well presented, plenty of kitchen utensils and additional kitchen items which were much appreciated."

    Netflix was a hit and a smart TV much appreciated! Property warm and cosy and modern interior.

    Reviewed by MonikaSep 2022

  • "The cottage was excellent."

    A perfect, dog friendly location. The cottage had everything we needed and more. Very clean and well maintained in a lovely location just outside Herne Village. We will definitely be booking it again next year.

    Reviewed by JimSep 2022

  • "The property was exactly as described with so many little extras thought of - hairdryer, toothbrush charger and for dog owners everything thought of and supplied and how many places can you pick your breakfast grapes from the garden vine."

    The pub over the road is wonderfully convenient, sadly you do take your life in your own hands crossing the road but we survived several time !!!

    Reviewed by Marian RosemarieAug 2022

  • "Our stay was perfect, cottage is delightful, conveniently placed for seeing the area."

    Cottage would benefit having a downstairs loo but wasn't a problem for us. Would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by RosalindJun 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Swallow Cottage, the cottage was very clean and well equipped."

    Lots of walk’s for our dog.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "Wonderful place to stay to relax and unwind, very peaceful."

    Our first visit and we won't hesitate to return. Very clean and welcoming, everything you need to enjoy your stay Thank you to the owners for a great cottage Kim and Alan and our cockerpoo Dillon

    Reviewed by KimOct 2021

  • "Lovely weeks stay at Swallow court, everything was perfect."

    One point to mention do not let your dog out onto the communal grass at the back of the cottage as the neighbours will soon let you know it isn’t the done thing. There are plenty of walks near by, so it is good for dog walkers in that respect.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2021

  • "This was a lovely cottage conveniently located for the areas we wanted to visit."

    It was spotlessly clean and had everything and more you could wish for in a holiday home. All credit to the owners of this property.

    Reviewed by TrevorSep 2021

  • "A lovely well appointed, clean & comfortable cottage which was an excellent base for our first visit to Kent - we immediately felt at home and would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2021

  • "Swallow cottage was a perfect base for our week."

    The cottage was well equipped, clean and comfortable. We had everything we needed for a perfect stay. Although away from the main town the location was a brilliant with lots in the area only a short drive away to go to.

    Reviewed by LynnMay 2021

  • "The directions we received from the owners said to turn right just after the First and Last pub."

    As the name changed quite a while ago to the Curious Cat we were a bit puzzled and past it at first. Overall it was a good place to explore the area and we had a good holiday

    Reviewed by JenniferOct 2020

  • "Lovely, well equipped, dog friendly accommodation in a really quiet area."

    Good location for days out, found Whitstable particularly enjoyable. Great pub, the Curious Cat, just a short walk from Swallow Ct! Only down side with property was the foot boards on beds - not good if, like me you're six foot plus!

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2020

  • "The cottage we rented was exactly what we needed as a place to stay for an extended period of time."

    It catered to all of our needs and the hosts went above and beyond our expectations with their dog friendliness! I would most definitely recommend this place to friends and family if they want a trip to Kent as it is not only very easy to get to places, but again, the cottage was so well equipped for every bodies needs.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2019

  • "Thank you to the owners who helped when I locked us out of the cottage."

    Reviewed by GailNov 2019

  • "The cottage is in a very quiet location and is equipped to a very high standard."

    Reviewed by ValerieOct 2019

  • "The cottage had a lovely feel to it."

    Everything that we needed was there. Good quality furnishings and white goods. We were able to relax immediately.

    Reviewed by ChrisrineSep 2019

  • "Never had to shave standing bowled over toilet before"

    Reviewed by PamelaJun 2019

  • "Friendly development of historic buildings in northern Kent, close to Canterbury and Herne Bay and the sea."

    Very well equipped cottage that made for a good stay

    Reviewed by ColinMar 2019

  • "Great cottage with everything we needed and big enough to have family around for Christmas dinner."

    I would use again in a heartbeat .

    Reviewed by JoanDec 2018

  • "Lovely and clean cottage."

    They had thought of everything. Even provided extra towels and doggy shampoo for those muddy walks. We only used the cottage as a base to sleep this time but are definitely looking to book for longer stay.

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2018

  • "The cottage is part of a development based on the Victorian Blean Union Workhouse so the history of the site is very interesting."

    The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped and we had a very happy stay, so much so that we booked to come back next year before we left.

    Reviewed by RayOct 2018

  • "The cottage was marvellous in all aspects, very clean, tastefully decorated, and beautifully equipped."

    I especially enjoyed having breakfast on the patio while watching our dog playing in the yard. The entire estate is extraordinary - a former home for the poor built in the middle of the 19th century that was later converted to a hospital and now has the feel of a small village with beautiful cottages. Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury are easily accessible both by car and by bus. There are also many footpaths, and quite a few wonderful hikes started directly behind the cottage. The cottage is perfect for guests both with or without dogs. I highly recommend it! And in German: Wir waren das erstemal mit unserem Hund in England, und ich hatte nicht allzu viele Erwartungen an ein Cottage, wo Hunde erlaubt sind. Dieses war aber alles andere als ein Kompromiss: Eine wunderschöne Anlage, und ein großzügiges und sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtetes Cottage. Die Lage war sehr gut geeignet, um Kent zu erkunden. Es war aber auch sehr gut, dass der Hund sich gefahrlos im großzügigen Innenhof austoben konnte und man gleich von dort aus lange Spaziergänge im nahegelegenen Wald und auf den Feldern machen konnte. Von den Feldern aus konnte man das Meer leuchten sehen! Eine Bushaltestelle war gleich an der - allerdings recht stark befahrenen Straße - hinter der Anlage, man hätte also auch gut ohne Auto nach Canterbury, Herne Bay und Whitstable kommen können (und vor dort problemlos nach London, Rochester, Broadstairs ...) Wir hatten einen sehr schönen Urlaub dort! Mrs. Hoelscher and family, Bremen, Germany

    Reviewed by AndreeJul 2018

  • "A lovely place to stay."

    Facilities and general cleanliness was first class. A really nice pleasant holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "I can only say the cottage was awesome perfectly Situated in a quiet place and ..."

    I can only say the cottage was awesome perfectly Situated in a quiet place and perfect for going to different places and a pub on the doorstep for great food

    Reviewed by JuneJun 2018

  • "The cottage was excellent & well located for the area."

    The cottage is well presented, spotlessly clean & exceptionally well equipped. The local walks were ideal for our dog.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2018

  • "It was such a relaxing break, the cottage was warm, had all the home comforts and was extremely clean."

    It was quite central to both Canterbury and the coast towns and we will be recommending it to our friends.....many thanks for an enjoyable stay. (:

    Reviewed by AnthonyFeb 2018

  • "Lovely clean well equipped property."

    Loved the doggie cupboard for our furry friends. Well furnished and lovely decorated. Beautifully positioned for coast and towns. Have already booked again - lovely cottage - Thank you

    Reviewed by LyndaMay 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite basin and WC, second bedroom with a single bed and family bathroom make up the first floor
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with sofa bed available
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car with additional roadside parking
  • Enclosed front and rear gardens with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 2 mins walk.

The property

Herne 1 mile.

This beautiful holiday home is part of a residential complex that sits just outside the village of Herne in Kent.

This cottage has stylish, contemporary accommodation ideal for small families or couples looking to stay in a quiet location where walks and woodland are just outside your door.

The ground floor comprises a spacious sitting room and well-equipped kitchen with dining area, a perfect place to sit enjoying time together whilst sharing a bottle of locally brewed ale, which can be bought from the micropub just a short walk away.

Upstairs there are two attractive bedrooms, the master with a double bed.

A second bedroom with a single bed and family bathroom make up the first floor.

Views from the windows, which run along the upper hallway look down over the communal gardens.

The rear courtyard garden is enclosed by a white picket fence and has an archway with a grape vine growing over it, enhancing the beauty of this charming cottage.

This is a lovely spot to sit and read on a sunny morning whilst watching your children and dog play, as you plan your activities for the day ahead.

Within a few minutes of leaving this holiday cottage you can find yourself walking through Blean Woods where dogs are welcomed and waymarked trails are signposted.

With over four hectares of woods and meadows to explore, this beautiful part of the Kent countryside is now a nature reserve with a conservation order protecting trees, flora and fauna.

In the springtime the woodland is carpeted with a beautiful display of bluebells and wood anemone.

If you feel like a day of historic adventures, shopping and eating, followed by an evening at the theater then head to Canterbury which is certain to have you enthralled whatever the time of year.

A day on the beach, complete with a paddle in the sea and an ice cream sundae will surely appeal to your little ones, so be sure to visit Herne Bay which is just a hop, skip and jump away.

Whether you are looking for a summer holiday or just a winter weekend away, this lovely home is sure to offers guests a time to remember.

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About the location


Whitstable 6 miles; Margate 12 miles; Canterbury 6 miles.

Herne is a small village within walking distance of the traditional Kent coastal resort of Herne Bay, which offers 2 miles of splendid seafront frequented by water sports enthusiast including rowers, yachtsmen and jet ski riders, and by those who simply enjoy walking along the beach with its colourful beach huts. Throughout the year the town enjoys summer concerts, continental markets, carnivals, car shows and the Herne Bay Festival. Whitstable is 6 miles away, famous for its Oyster fishing boats, local harbour, fish market, maritime history and wide choice of excellent cafes, restaurants and independent shopping. Margate, 12 miles away, is a vibrant and traditional seaside town with attractions including donkey rides and an attractive harbour. The cosmopolitan city of Canterbury is 6 miles away, with oldest cathedral in England and a wealth of historic buildings which can be enjoyed whilst walking one of its many walking trails and a shopping centre with unusual shops and good eateries.