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The Old Dairy

(Ref. 3975)

Herne near Herne Bay, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Couple of pillows badly stain Shower pressure bad"

    Reviewed by Janet3.4Feb 2024

  • "The Old Dairy was very good had all we needed for a great holiday and location was great."

    Bus stop only 50m for bus into Canterbury and only 2pound for a single ticket. The Smugglers inn is 40m away and has plenty of drinks on offer and Colin was very friendly. The Curious Cat is a 15 minute walk and serves good food and drinks at reasonable prices. The property was very comfortable and a nice patio area for a quiet drink. Elaine was a great hostess and was so helpful with our travel plans. Would definitely stay again if and when we visit England.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Vehicular access is quite tricky,but once inside the gates,it is very secure."

    It is peaceful and quiet. The bed and sofa are both comfortable. We enjoyed our week in spite of the facilties being dated. Cobwebs and dust were prevalent and a fair bit of mould and limescale in the bathroom. Also, the bins were overflowing.

    Sorry to hear the Old Dairy wasn't up to the standard we expect. Thank you for your feedback, we have taken it on board and will have the housekeeper rectify on changeover. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy3.4Aug 2023

  • "We had such a wonderful holiday, our host and family were very helpful and what a lovely family!"

    ! The Old Dairy had everything we needed, was cosy, clean and close to some beautiful beaches and the historic city of Canterbury . Very peaceful. Alan &Dawn Nottingham.

    Thank you both, it was a pleasure to have you stay ☺️ Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely and comfortable little place."

    Very friendly and welcoming owners really enjoyed our stay would definitely recommend a stay here thank you for the milk and cakes, the fresh flowers were a lovely touch.

    You're very welcome, we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2023

  • "The property is nice , however would have been more better if the basic amenities are provided , though we understand that it was a last minute confirmation."

    Owners were helpful and reachable over phone all the time . The property doesn't have the WIFI , it would be good if they provide so. Overall its a nice stay

    Thanks for your feedback, we will take it on board Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sunil Kumar4.1Apr 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage - quilt was very hot as the heating was very efficient so didnt need such a high tog."

    Very central for pubs, buses, shop and church. Friendly hosts who provided cakes, milk, eggs and flowers a lovely gesture.

    Thanks for your feedback, we have taken it on board Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Mar 2023

  • "The Cottage needed a lot of updating and hadn’t had a proper clean before our arrival kitchen equipment needed replacing and chairs etc needed a clean The windows didn’t shut properly the paint around them was flaking off The toilet wouldn’t flush properly and was reported the week before our visit we were there for two weeks and it took over a week for it to be repaired There were no blinds at the kitchen /bathroom windows We had snail trails in the kitchen most mornings."

    A very disappointing visit

    We now have a new cleaning company to clean the property. The paint around the windows has been repainted, although this is unfortunately an ongoing issue that we have tried several times to resolve. The kitchen and bathroom now have new blinds. Apologies that your visit wasn't as we would wish. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clarence1.3Sep 2022

  • "We reported that the toilet would not flush sporadically on the first day - not resolved at any point in our stay."

    Decor- bare patches of plaster around the bedroom window. Sealant around bathroom sink badly cracked. External paint in poor condition.No blinds in kitchen or bathroom. Equipment- no oven gloves, plates, glasses etc were mismatched. Very little cutlery. No where to put dry food. Towels need replacement soon. Generally, needs a make over with attention to detail. Suggest owners sleep and eat in the unit to see the need for more and better quality equipment.Do Sykes actually regularly check the standard of cottages?

    We are really sorry about the issue with the toilet. We were aware that this was a sporadic fault and did contact a plumber immediately, who then was unable to come. We did eventually get hold of a plumber and the toilet flush is fully functioning. The sealant around the bathroom sink has been addressed and a painter is due to revisit the property in the spring/early summer to paint the outside. The plates and glasses have been replaced and another set of cutlery purchased. We were unaware that the oven gloves had gone missing, these have no been purchased. New towels purchased and extra set in wardrobe as always. Apologies that your experience wasn't as we had wished. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve2.8Sep 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation with a large garden that you can sit out in."

    Immaculately clean and tidy and larger than it appears in the photos. The village has a very good service to the bus station in Canterbury. A visit to the Butchers Arms (the UKs first micro pub) is a must

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "The location of the Old Dairy is perfect for a variety of day trips."

    Very comfortable accommodation and the friendly hosts were very helpful with suggestions of best day trips and places to eat.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "A warm welcome, peaceful yet within sight of the village centre with excellent walks and bus service routes to Canterbury and Herne Bay."

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, comfortable and clean."

    Reviewed by Toby5.0Mar 2022

  • "The dairy was great for the surrounding area, the buses"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic hosts made us feel very welcome."

    The Old Dairy is charming. Clean and cosy. We had a fabulous time. Perfectly placed to visit lots of lovely places on the Kent coast. A little Gem!!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Feb 2022

  • "We were only had one day as the Old Dairy had water coming through the ceiling, so to make it easier for the owners we decided to leave."

    I have to say that the owners were lovely people and couldn’t have done more for us.

    Reviewed by Edith5.0Sep 2021

  • "At The Old Dairy you are made so welcome, such a beautiful place very clean comfortable and a patio area to sit at too I highly recommend this for a great holiday base for exploring Kent."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Elaine, Gareth and family made us very welcome and gave us ideas for visiting and eating and was always available ."

    Reviewed by Albert5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Old Dairy is a beautiful & well appointed accommodation."

    There is a lovely patio at the rear which a wonderfully little sun trap.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent location, didn’t need to use the car all week because of the frequent ‘bus service from 200 yds along the road."

    The hosts were over and above friendly and helpful yet unobtrusive; nothing was too much trouble for them. Our stay was relaxing and restful and altogether just what we were looking for.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent location with a great bus service to Whitstable and Canterbury."

    Owners very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Bob4.4May 2021

  • "Great location for exploring the local area; great accomadation - very friendly and helpful owners- would reccomend"

    Reviewed by Emmeline4.7Apr 2021

  • "The cottage needs a bit of work on the windows as they are hard to close."

    The shower is very small and nothing to hold on to. The kitchen needs better cutlery i.e. scissors and the tin opener is really hard to use. The bed was very comfy and so was the couch. It was a shame that there was builders in the garden all week, so we cloud not use the outside seating area most of the week. The entrance is very very tight to get out of, it is right on to a very busy road. The plus side are the owners who are very nice and helpful and also being able to use the buses from just up the street. Very good area to visit as the public transport to all areas are very good. Shame there was no pubs for a meal near by. But we really enjoyed our week there.

    Reviewed by Angela2.8Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage!"

    I felt so relaxed and welcome. The owners were so welcome and friendly. The cottage is clean and comfortable and atmospheric. Perfect for a retreat. Beautiful big garden.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was situated in between houses which front directly onto the Main Street."

    This makes access and exit a bit difficult. The people were pleasant and had left milk etc for us on arrival. The cottage itself was very gloomy, due to the size of the windows and the aspect of the property. The shower was a little bijou, but it worked well. There were no curtains just Venetian blinds, which gave a stark quality. The bed was comfortable. I think the property could do with a lick of paint inside particularly around the windows. Herne is well positioned to visit several interesting places.

    Reviewed by Rosalind3.1May 2019

  • "For us, the mattress was too soft."

    But have recommended the property to several friends as, with that one exception, it's beautiful and ideal for touring that part of Kent. The mattress is a purely individual matter and what suits one wont suit another!

    Reviewed by Peter4.4May 2019

  • "It was a comfortable stay with all the things we needed."

    The shower was a little tricky being quite small with nowhere to put your soap etc, but the bed was super comfortable and the electric wall heaters warmed up the cottage very quickly when we arrived. We were welcomed and shown where to park. Getting back out on to the main road can be tricky - we were very grateful for the mirror to see what was coming!

    Reviewed by Kath4.7Mar 2019

  • "The old dairy was very comfortable and the couple that own it are very nice people they left a lovely welcoming touch for us as in some fresh flowers and fresh cream cakes ."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2019

  • "The front door was extremely insecure, no bolts on inside, there was such a large cut out gap on the frame where the latch fitted- door could have been opened from the outside with a screwdriver in two seconds, couldn’t lock door from inside as cellotape had been stuck over it."

    There was a large crack on the underside of the toilet seat -must have been like that for a while as it was discoloured, as was the sealant around the bottom of the toilet. Also the DVD player didn’t work wouldn’t play any of the films, there’s or our own.

    Reviewed by Martine3.4Mar 2019

  • "Lovely ho.ifay cottage, good location for exploring the area"

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Oct 2018

  • "We had a great week the family made us very welcome with lots of information in cottage to go out and about."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable with everything you needed.the flowers and cakes were a lovely touch

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2018

  • "The dairy is a great place to stay, you can reach anywhere you wish to go, without driving to far."

    can get to anywhere if you want to use the buses, having a bus pass is great, and a very good service, right outside the dairy. hearne bay is really nice, broadstairs, and canterbury. the owners are really nice, and the children, and 2 chickens. we had a really good time.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2018

  • "The bus service is brilliant with a bus every 15 minutes."

    The cottage is a bit on the dark side and you need the door open to get enough light in. The television sound control is a bit low and if the kettle was boiling you could not hear the television.

    Reviewed by Fred4.1Jun 2018

  • "Ideal location for Canterbury"

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Apr 2018

  • "Lovely touches with milk and cream scones in fridge and fresh flowers in living area."

    Chose the coldest March to visit but Old Dairy warm and comfortable. Great patio area in large garden with many birds, squirrels and wonderful stars on a clear night. Lady of the house greeted us with good advice on local area. Would recommend wholeheartedly

    Reviewed by Olwen5.0Mar 2018

  • "A very cosy modern cottage with all facilities perfect for a couple."

    In a great location in close distance to whitstable and Canterbury. Lovely friendly owners nice warm welcome . Would defiantly recommend to others and stay here again.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Feb 2018

  • "We had a comfortable stay."

    It is easy to visit all the local attractions and towns from the Old Dairy. I would certainly visit Kent again as there is so much to do. The old dairy met our expectations.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2017

  • "Facilities - only reason for reduced score was lack of washing machine and bath (and the shower was slightly temperamental) - but they did offer a laundry service :-) Location - only reason for reduced score was lack of pavement just outside the property, which made guiding my (blind) partner safely rather nerve-wracking, plus the village shop (only one, I think) REALLY didn't have much good stuff in it, so getting any provisions involved a car trip, which we didn't envisage."

    .but that's nobody's fault. :-) Lastly, I missed seeing the "welcome folder" with all the details for the first half of our stay. Once found, it was very helpful - but can I suggest it's left on the coffee table, where it'd be more obvious? These are all minor points, though - only made as I believe (hope) that feedback is helpful.. The place was lovely and welcoming and very comfortable! :-) Regarding publishing this, you can if you want to.. and feel free to edit if needed. I wouldn't PARTICULARLY like you to, but I don't mind.

    Reviewed by David4.6Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, shared use of owner's washing machine
  • TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books/DVD/games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Shared use of the owner's garden with own decked area and furniture
  • Note: Access to the property is from a main road
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Beach 30 mins walk
  • Please note: there is no access to laundry facilities at this property.

The property

A detached former dairy, situated in the grounds of the owners' home, offering accommodation set over the ground floor, in the village of Herne, near the coastal resort of Herne Bay, sandwiched between Whitstable and Margate.

This charming, one-bedroom Herne Bay cottage is well equipped, with modern furnishing, a vaulted ceiling in the sitting room, a bright double bedroom, a stylish shower room and, outside, a decking area suitable for alfresco dining.

Within short walking distance of this Herne Bay cottage you will find a post office with store, and two public houses.

Herne Bay offers two miles of seafront with ice cream parlours, cafes, restaurants, pubs, and colourful beach huts.

Nearby Whitstable is renowned for its beautiful freshly-caught oysters, served in the local restaurants and pubs, one set right on the beach, along with a harbour fish market.

The town has narrow back streets, interesting independent craft and gift shops, galleries, delicatessens and tea rooms.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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