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Old Post Office

(Ref. 1052575)

Ruckinge near Hamstreet, Kent Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, was exactly as described and would recommend."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2024

  • "It was very nice to be welcomed by the owner, Chris who showed us round the property and explained things we needed to know."

    The instruction sheets left in the cottage to explain how to operate things like the dish washer, tv etc were extremely helpful. The cottage was extremely well equipped and homely. I don’t think we could have found anything better for our needs as we were using this as a base for a family get together and our daughter to get prepared for her wedding at the Secret Garden, Mersham. We look forward to going back one day to have a relaxing holiday with family and explore the area.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2024

  • "It's unlikely we would book this house again for two reasons; a) the proximity to the road."

    It's not busy by any means, but vehicles roar through at well over the 30mph limit, starting early in the morning. So the place wasn't as tranquil as we expected. b) there's too much stuff in

    Reviewed by Margaret3.1Mar 2024

  • "It was lovely to have basic provisions available on arrival - tea, coffee selections, milk, toilet rolls, napkins etc."

    The addition of blankets for pets to use on the couch is nice, and thoughtful to provide dog-do bags. The property is just as it looks, cosy and comfortable. There is a well maintained and interesting wildlife garden, with lots of seating (weather permitting). Well situated for local walks, and travel in all directions, with plenty of interesting places to visit within a 30 - 40 minute drive radius. Excellent garden centre, pub and Indian takeaway locally too. We have had a great time at this property, and plan to return.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely place to stay, shame there was only me and Delilah the dog, rattled around a bit."

    House is great and i'm looking forward to staying there again in the near future. Hopefully the weather will be better so i can sit out in the lovely garden

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2024

  • "Great communication with the owner, the property was perfect for us everything ..."

    Great communication with the owner, the property was perfect for us everything we needed for our stay, location was great as well close to Ashford outlet Canterbury and not too far from London

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2023

  • "An odd property, which some visitors will hate : others will 'enjoy' its eccentricity."

    Downstairs is very different from the self-contained flat upstairs. Downstairs was very dirty, with some of the owners bits and pieces left lying around. It was hazardous for the less mobile and children - loose carpets for example, with chemical cleaning products seemingly left around everywhere. The garden was an accident waiting to happen, with metal and other debris lying around,a slippery pathway in the wet ; a danger for the aged, less moblle, children ...... and dogs. The owner greeted us on arrival - very friendly chap, who had lit a lovely log fire for us. Indeed, logs were available (no charge) for the length of our stay. The house was nice and warm. But so scruffy. Lots of spider plants everywhere - presumably for the musty damp? The house downstairs and the garden needs better maintenance : but very well equipped up and down. And inexpensive out of season ..... you pays your money!

    Reviewed by Alan1.9Nov 2023

  • "The post office was generally a comfortable holiday home."

    It reminded me of a Gites de France, with it's eclectic mix of decor, ornaments etc. There is some uneveness of the flooring which someone who is not steady on their feet might have a problem with. We looked at OS maps before booking and were pleased to see quite a few marked footpaths so were looking forward to being on them with our dog. However, apart from the signpost, most were impossible to actually find. There are some walks on cards at the home but these were published in 2001 and many have changed since. As with many places, a lot of motorists completely ignore the 30MPH limit through the village so there is regular noise from traffic. The dishwasher wasn't working so no change from washing up fo us

    Reviewed by Marilyn3.4Sep 2023

  • "A lovely house with great facilities."

    It mixed a feeling of old Kent with every mod con required for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Sep 2023

  • "The accommodation worked well for us with the upstairs and downstairs duplication of facilities."

    It felt like a lived in home that we were borrowing for the week but it had everything that we needed. The large screen TV in the downstairs lounge was a plus. With the fine weather we were also able to enjoy meals at the large table in the garden.

    Reviewed by Theo5.0Aug 2023

  • "Property was very well equipped to the point of cluttered."

    No where in kitchen to put any food we’d brought for the week except the fridge. Great having two kitchens though. Garden was very over grown and although charming not easily accessible in parts - may have been a worry if you had young children, my elderly mum had a problem accessing some parts of the garden. We had to clean down the garden furniture before using it. Next door are building a house so all week there was building work which started at 8am! Owner had left lots of tea/coffee/sugar etc. there was every utensil imaginable. So many towels and linen. The stay was really comfortable but more like staying at someone’s house whilst they were still living there. Ruckinge is very rural. Nothing there except a church and a pub. But it’s only 15 minutes to the sea and a great place for walking. Property is good for taking your furry friends. All in all we had a good holiday and a lovely rest in this. quirky property. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Jul 2023

  • "Very well equipped corkage but a bit remote"

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2023

  • "When you walk into this property it is akin to receiving a 'warm and welcoming embrace' - it is a feeling of 'home'."

    The kind of place where you know that it has been 'lived in' with personal memontos - but not intrusive to your own stay - they simply add to the overall experience. For a group of people, a family with teenagers or 2 families the space is perfect - a real 'upstairs downstairs' layout with 2 living spaces all in one - perfect! One is met by the owner who was friendly and informative, and the Instruction Manual filled in any other gaps. The large outside space was a veritable 'Garden of Eden' with several seating spaces as one makes one's way from the front to the rear and if you block out noises from neighbours you can imagine a little paradise, especially if the weather is kind. A maintenance issue with the iron was settled promptly with no hassle from the owner. Kudos!

    Reviewed by Honey4.7Apr 2023

  • "Very enjoyable week in an unusual property, with modern comforts but also a lot of character (and an absorbing collection of local books!"

    ). We only used half of a quite large house, but could well imagine coming back with friends. The owner Chris showed us round on arrival, and provided meticulous guidance for appliances such as the wood burner. All good!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable property and would be big enough for two families."

    It’s like taking a step back in time and very relaxing. Accurate description - don’t expect modern or minimal. Lots of walks nearby and easy to get to Kent coast beaches.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Feb 2023

  • "This was a lovely cottage to stay in and very central to get to places."

    The house was spotless and had everything you would possibly need. Perfect for 2 families, or even for a girls week away which is what we had, the lay out meant we had space and didn't have to be together all the time... 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms gave us room to be sociable or not. The log burner was a lovely addition and we spend most of our evenings in the dining room as it was so cosy. Chris met us and showed us around which was a lovely touch - made it that bit more personal. Thank you for facilitating a lovely week away.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Dec 2022

  • "Place was very quirky and homely."

    Loved the space and facilities. Only downside was garden which needs some attention.but it has great potential. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Very well equipped! Off road parking! Very dog friendly! Loved our stay. Good base in the country side for travelling around. Very good food in nearby pubs in Bilsington and Appledore or seafront Dymchurch.

    Reviewed by Cornelia4.4Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely time."

    House was so well equipped we everythingvould possibly need with really clear instructions for everything! So much space for us all too. Great location to get to different beaches. Very enjoyable week!

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Aug 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Old Post Office, we were met by the owner and shown around , we were really impressed by the little extra's for our furry friend."

    I spent the week trying to work out how it was laid out in the days of it being a working Post Office, I would have loved to have seen some photos! I can't think of anything that we needed during the week that was not available, the fans were very much appreciated as we were staying during the hottest few days. We had a great day at Great Stone beach in front of the Yacht Club on the hottest day, and thoroughly enjoyed our day in Ramsgate where we visited the Tunnels. We found The Dukes Head in Hamstreet to be very good value and the food was delicious, alongside very helpful and friendly staff. Highly recommend this charming cottage as a base for exploring Kent.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Everything you need and more."

    Most importantly when traveling, comfy beds!! A very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property, everything had been thought of."

    Extremely comfortable.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7May 2022

  • "The owners met us to show us round and explain how things worked."

    Every appliance had laminated instructions which were very helpful. We were given milk, tea bags, coffee, and drinking chocolate. Even nappy bags, dishwasher tablets and cleaning materials were in abundance. The book shelves had a wonderful supply of maps, guides and reading materials, including many on local history. Upstairs was light ,airy and tastefully decorated. We stayed downstairs ,being just a couple plus dog. The king sized bed was very comfortable. We both slept very well.We have experienced terrible beds in some self catering places. Unfortunately beds don’t get a comfort standard in self catering,and it can be a gamble. We had the feeling that we were sharing someone’s actual home, rather than a place with no atmosphere. The garden was well fenced so we didn’t have the worry that our dog would escape. The Old Post Office is well situated for access to the Military Canal and dog walks, plus the Romney Marsh.

    Reviewed by Tilly5.0May 2022

  • "We spent 3 days walking the Royal Military Canal and The Old Post office Ruckinge was the perfect place to return to each evening to chill out."

    It is well equipped, very spacious but also very homely. The only downside was that we didn't have much time to spend in the garden which is full of surprises. Ideal for walkers, otherwise a car is a necessity, as the bus service is non existent and cabs are unwilling to come out that far as we found out. After walking 6 miles to Appledore , and being refused by several cab firms it was only the good will of a local that saved us from having to walk another 6 miles back ! I have to add that the canal walk is beautiful.

    Reviewed by K5.0May 2022

  • "We found this a very spacious, comfortable let, well located for the local beaches."

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Apr 2022

  • "We felt very cosy and enjoyed the time together."

    Everything you Need for such the holiday was on place. Thank you very much

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was our 1st stay at this property and we were not dissapointed as this the perfect location for our requirments."

    The owner Chris who met us on arrival is a nice chap and eager to help. We will without doubt book this property again.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jan 2022

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • First-floor: Kitchenette/diner and sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, 2 x microwaves, 2 x fridge/freezers, 2 x washing machine, 2 x tumble dryer, 2 x dishwasher, 2 x TV with Freeview, Wood-burning stone, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and chair available on request
  • Parking
  • Garden with furniture.No smoking
  • Shop 1.9 miles, pub 1.1 miles
  • Beach 8.8 miles

The property

Based in the quiet village of Ruckinge in South Kent is this delightful property, Old Post Office.

Originally a post office for the village, the property has been lovingly converted into a character-full holiday home, providing a great touring base for family and friends alike.

After a lovely day at the beach, look forward to putting your feet up in the lounge, relaxing into your evening whilst catching up on your favourite TV shows.

You have all you need to put together a feast in the kitchen, equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and even a dishwasher so washing up is effortless!

Move into the dining room to enjoy a deliciously prepared meal as you chat about the holiday so far, with thought about what is next to come whilst enjoying our wood burning stove.

On the ground floor you can discover a double and twin bedroom, ideal for the older members of the group, while upstairs offers a double and single bedded, offering a variety of sleeping arrangements.

Wake up to a refreshing shower to kick start your day or enjoy soothing evening baths for complete relaxation.

The first floor also occupies a quiet sitting room and a useful kitchenette/diner boasting similar appliances to downstairs, providing plenty of options for guests.

On a warm evening, take yourself out to the garden and relax at the furniture, sipping on a glass of rosé while the children have fun on the grass.

Stroll into Hamstreet to find a small selection of amenities, including a convenience store for picking up any essentials and a pub and Indian restaurant, perfect if you want to take a night off cooking.

If the weather’s good, be sure to soak up the sun at St. Mary’s Bay, a sandy stretch between Dymchurch and Littlestone-on-Sea, providing ideal conditions for sandcastle building, swimming and snorkelling.

Alternatively, walkers will appreciate exploring the scenic routes within Kent Downs AONB where a wealth of wildlife is awaiting to be explored.

Those with children must visit the popular Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne; get close to prehistoric life-sized creatures or take a journey through the safari park while meeting incredible animals along the way!

For a change of scenery, take a day trip to Canterbury, one of the most beautiful historic cities in the country and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With plenty to fill your holiday itinerary, a getaway to Old Post Office promises one to remember.

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About the location


Ivychurch 4.3 miles; West Hythe 8.8 miles; Ashford 9 miles.

The village of Hamstreet lies 6 miles south of Ashford on the A road between Ashford and Hastings. Until the coming of the railway in 1853, Hamstreet was just a hamlet known as ‘Ham’ based around the village centre which contains many buildings in the traditional Kentish weatherboard style. Today, the village is known for offering a selection of independent shops, cafés, a convenience store, a pub and an Indian restaurant. Surrounding the village are two large areas of public woodland, namely Ham Street Woods and Orlestone Forest, which are both regarded as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Nearby, the villages of Appledore, Ivychurch and Kingsnorth offers a wealth of history and culture, along with some fascinating attractions.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas