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Woodlands By The Sea Cottage

(Ref. 1052742)

Sholden, Kent Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Really nice weekend away."

    Lovely garden, really good for a recharge!

    Reviewed by Dayle3.8Mar 2024

  • "Lovely property very comfortable and warm."

    A little remote so be prepared to drive. Bottle of Prosecco in the fridge which we assume was for us, maybe a little note would have been nice.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely relaxing and comfortable cottage."

    Enclosed garden for our dogs, which is a huge bonus. Equipped with everything you need - very happy with our stay. Local friendly pub around the corner and easy walk into Deal for the shops, more friendly pubs and great beach/promenade walks. The Algar Lodge farm shop cafe breakfast is wonderful and the shop has some nice produce. Dianne is a lovely host - made to feel very welcome. We will return.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Dec 2023

  • "Nice place to stay."

    Lovely walks, and accommodation was as described.

    Reviewed by Basil4.7Nov 2023

  • "We were greeted by the owner Diane, pretty hard to find the cottage when it’s pitch black and the instructions weren’t clear."

    The parking isn’t very convenient as we were supposed to park a long way from the cottage in a wooded area, however the lovely neighbour let us park in her drive!!! I have to say, the neighbours are absolutely delightful, so helpful and kind with assisting us with a lost parcel and showing us where to go when we arrived. They must get tired of people coming and going but didn’t show it at all. They were just lovely. The WIFI is terrible. We struggled all week to get a signal and mainly used all of our 4G up. It could do with Broadband and not 4G connection given how much people rely on their laptops and phones. Both beds were pretty hard and uncomfortable and the second bedroom could use two single beds instead of one double. Our twins are 14 and they weren’t keen on sharing a double bed together! Can’t imagine adults or other children would like that either. The kitchen is fairly well equipped but you wouldn’t want to cook a roast dinner as there is a lack of utilities. The property has a lot of character and is an interesting design. It does look as though pieces from varying houses have been placed in the house as nothing matches - modern, boho, Victorian pictures, mandala canvas, old chairs, up cycled chairs - it didn’t flow well & honestly looked like leftovers from other properties. The sofa in the lounge area was extremely uncomfortable. However the electric fire was cosy. The Prosecco was a nice touch as well as the dressing gowns and slippers. Would I recommend the property? Probably not - but we wouldn’t go back to the area again anyway. The neighbours were the highlight though as they were just so accommodating and friendly.

    Dear Matthew, It was lovely to meet you and your wonderful twin daughters last week. It’s very unfortunate that you were unsatisfied with some aspects of your stay, as if we had communicated about any of these issues during your trip I would of been more than happy to address them. I have since rebooted the WiFi signal and it is showing an excellent connection, it’s a shame that I had not known of this issue for you until now, as I am always close by to help solve issues as they arise. We make sure to keep our amenities fully updated on the website to make sure guests know what we can offer. Kind regards, Dianne Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew3.4Nov 2023

  • "The cottage is well kept and is in a very quiet and peaceful area which is located near to both Deal and Sandwich."

    It is spacious and has all the amenities that you would expect and was also very accommodating for our dog. The gardens in which the cottage is set are also very well kept and provided a nice area in which to sit in the evening. All in all it proved to be a perfect location for us to visit places around this section of the Kent coast. The owner is very friendly and was on hand if we needed anything. We would therefore throughly recommend this cottage for their holiday or break

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Sep 2023

  • "Excellent in every respect."

    Very friendly and helpful on arrival and throughout our stay. Great location great price too.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "A comfortable house with spacious bedrooms in a historic building with beautiful gardens."

    Very quiet, lovely hostess and friendly neighbours. Only minutes away from the beach and town. We very much enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Susi3.8Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with a beautiful garden."

    Well located for visiting the Kent coast and countryside. We highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by A S5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely time there."

    The cottage is spacious, very cosy and charming in a quiet place. The garden is beautiful too. Dianne was welcoming and gave us some really good advice. We highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Rosette5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is our second stay here."

    It's such a beautiful, secluded spot, it feels like such a gem. We feel so welcomed with our two children and dog and the grounds are so stunning. It's close to so many Kent attractions, so really well positioned. Thanks again for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Olivia5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was so comfortable and clean."

    A real home from home. Diane, the owner was very friendly and helpful on the first day when we arrived and we enjoyed it all. The garden was big and full enclosed,so we felt safe letting our dog out early in the morning and evening.

    Reviewed by Coralie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely spacious cottage."

    Great for the dogs with enclosed garden. Lots of beautiful destinations in travelling distance.

    Reviewed by Holly3.8Mar 2023

  • "A quiet area good for relaxing."

    Owner friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Elaine3.8Feb 2023

  • "This is a wonderful cottage, perfectly placed for dog walking - which is exactly what we wanted."

    Very clean, very comfortable, and it had everything we needed. The cottage is away from the road so very quiet, and Dianne (the owner) is next door, so if there are any issues she's easily contactable. We had a great time and would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2023

  • "This is a beautiful historical cottage in stunning woodland surroundings with local dog walks a plenty & very close to town."

    The property is well equipped & Dianne is on hand next door for any queries. We were so pleased with our stay that we’ve booked again next year.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jan 2023

  • "Comfortable, yet elegant."

    All you could ask for. We had a lovely stay and great location for touring around. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Jan 2023

  • "Very pleasurable stay."

    Comfortable and clean. Thoughtful owners left us a nice tree,for Christmas and a welcoming drink!!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property - and owner - are very welcoming."

    It's an extremely quiet, comfortable place to stay, well located to explore that part of the Kent coast. Easy to visit Deal, Sandwich and further afield along the coast. The property is tasteful and really well looked after. Nice to stay where the owner has taken so much effort to make the holiday pleasurable.

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Oct 2022

  • "Everything was as we expected it to be, very clean and tidy."

    We stayed at cottage for a week to enable us to visit family we haven’t seen for 15 years. Very nice location, very quiet and glad we stayed.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2022

  • "What an absolutely lovely cottage, perfect for exploring surrounding areas, lovely and clean everything you could possibly need, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking for accommodation in this area, we walked hired bikes got on the bus to Dover, Canterbury and sandwich, we drove to ramsgate."

    Would definitely book here again should we revisit this area. A lovely gesture of a bottle of wine from dianne very nice and pleasant lady.

    Thank you Linda and Glenn for your very positive feedback and I’m happy you both enjoyed your stay at Woodlands By The Sea Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "The best equipped accommodation that we have ever stayed at."

    We wanted for nothing. A real home from home.

    Thank you Colin for your feedback. We’re happy you enjoyed your stay here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage felt like a home, with key personal touches that make it special."

    We've hired lots of holiday homes, never been welcomed with a bottle of fizz before. The house is undersold in your brief. It was larger better furnished and equipped than expected . The garden is large ,secluded and shaded. Justbright for global warming! We had a brilliant holiday. The Cottage was the basis of it. Thankyou Ps needed microwave dishes for cooking and sharp knives.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday staying in Woodlands by the sea cottage."

    It was a lovely home in a beautiful location. The cottage has everything you will need. The garden is lovely and we spent a few afternoons and evenings sat there relaxing. Diane the owner was a lovely, helpful lady, and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage is just outside Deal and we walked there within 15 mins. It is in an ideal location for exploring places like Dover, Broadstairs and Canterbury. We would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautifully presented cottage in idyllic location."

    Very clean and comfortable accommodation with everything we needed for our stay. Bubbly in the fridge and coffee maker (with coffee provided) a very nice touch. Garden was superb also. Owner was very hospitable and welcoming without being at all intrusive. Would recommend to anybody

    Thank you for your feedback and glad you both enjoyed your time here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful and peaceful stay- this was one of our best staycations ever as a family."

    The kids really loved the nearby play area, garden, and the access to Netflix (which we don't have at home). We appreciated the little extras like the welcoming Prosecco and milk on arrival. Wonderfully spacious and light accommodation, and the dog really liked exploring the new area and kept a constant lookout for all the different wildlife. The owner helped us out by installing the WiFi Booster, it made working in the cottage wonderfully easy. We completely enjoyed our visit, and will return if we are in the area again! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this cottage we had everything you could possibly ..."

    We had a wonderful stay at this cottage we had everything you could possibly want very clean and tidy beautiful garden to sit and relax in and the owner Dianne was really friendly and helpful I hurt my foot on the last day of our holiday Dianne even helped me pack my car she was so nice

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday, and enjoyed the house and gardens very much."

    It's a real gem not to be missed. We were made to feel very welcome with our two young children who loved it. Enjoyed using it as our base to explore the surrounding areas and visit family. A very spacious, well equipped and beautiful property. Thank you

    Reviewed by Olivia5.0May 2022

  • "Delightful cottage with a lovely garden."

    Cottage was spotlessly clean and the kingsize bed was very comfortable, sofa bed / couch not so. Large rotating TV made it easy to watch TV whether you were in the lounge or dining area. WiFi signal was weak and certainly not broadband standard. On a direct bus route, but car parking out of sight and between the trees was not easy, especially if another car was parked there.

    Hi Ken Thanks for your feedback and it was great having you here. Regarding the Wi-Fi, I appreciate that during your stay we had issues with the connection, and in response have installed a new Wi-Fi connection in the house so the Wi-Fi is now up to full speed. Thanks Dianne Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ken4.1Apr 2022

  • "Nice cottage great location"

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a very pleasant stay everything we wanted was available lovely surroundings thanks"

    Thank you for your very positive feedback. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure having you to stay at Woodlands By The Sea Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Feb 2022

  • "What a great postion, we found it very comfortable and clean, very doggy ..."

    What a great postion, we found it very comfortable and clean, very doggy friendly, would highly recommend, would go back, great walks and deal beach easy to reach

    Thank you for your feedback Chris and I’m glad you all enjoyed your stay here. We look forward to seeing you again at some point in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2022

  • "A really lovely property which is surprisingly spacious."

    Host was very welcoming and helpful

    Thank you for your feedback Melanie. It’s great to know you both enjoyed your stay at Woodlands By The Sea Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Our second time to stay at Woodlands by the Sea Cottage - and just as lovely to be there in the winter as in the summer."

    Nicely decorated for the festive season - visiting the town of Deal during the Christmas period was very enjoyable and we were lucky enough to get lots of walks in along the coast and over the Cliffs of Dover. Thank you Dianne for making us feel welcome - we had a very lovely peaceful Christmas.

    Reviewed by Regina5.0Dec 2021

  • "Nice property, just a 2 mile walk from Deal seafront."

    Makes a nice walk with the dogs. Plenty of room to walk the dogs in the woods for their morning and evening ablutions. Nice large property with 2 lovely bedrooms. Loads of room for 2 couples upstairs but living room area may be a little cozy with 4 people in there. Kitchen was well equipped, but one thing my wife commented on was the lack of a measuring jug, or ovenproof dishes in which to prepare casserole type meals. The only 2 negatives for us was, it was very bad weather with storm Arlene blowing a gale and we could not get the rooms to heat up further than what they were set for. Tried to just turn the dial up a few degrees on the boiler, but to no avail.. Nothing in the notes and we didn't want to start messing with any of the boiler settings. Also didn't want to annoy the owners every 5 minutes. The sofa in the living room was not great at all. I think it must be amongst the top 3 list of uncomfortable things I've ever sat on. I would defy anyone to sit still for more than 10 minutes without having to rearrange their buttocks. We only had a 3 night break, so none of these things spoiled our stay, but I think a week would have been a different matter.

    Hi Gary First of all, it was great having you here and thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you had an enjoyable stay overall but i'd like to respond to a few points you have made. 1. The heating has been checked and it is working, and is not pre-set. It is up to guests to determine the level of heating based on their requirements, as specified on Point 2 in the house manual. 2. Thank you for identifying certain Kitchen equipment that we could bring in, we will follow up on that. I'm sorry that you experienced such terrible weather and thank you again for your comments. Dianne Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Nov 2021

  • "Dianne the 'host' was most welcoming the property was spacious, well appointed and very comfortable."

    The location was lovely, scenic, atmospheric and very quiet. Highly recommend this holiday property.

    Thank you very much for your feedback Mark. I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hopefully we’ll see you again at some point in the future. Dianne Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely place, certainly didn't disappoint."

    Particularly enjoyed watching the squirrels in the garden.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Sep 2021

  • "Great location and very helpful."

    Would of liked a dishwasher.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Aug 2021

  • "Great cottage and location, lots to see and do Locally - my only critique is that the size of the fridge was far too small for a family of four."

    It meant we had to shop daily. The grounds are stunning , the rooms really spacious and lots of living space too

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely holiday cottage in an excellent location, the property is spacious with large bright rooms, tastefully decorated."

    Shared garden and enclosed paddock which the dog appreciated. Our host Dianne was very helpful and accommodating, I would highly recommend and would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by Denis5.0Jul 2021

  • "Good location to explore this part of Kent."

    Quiet area with a lovely garden. Was very impressed with Deal, visited a few years ago and has improved to the extent we will come again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely week staying in this delightful cottage, with easy access to the coast for walking and enjoying the sea side."

    Also many interesting places to visit, particularly the pretty towns and villages near by.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2021

  • "This was the best holiday cottage we have ever booked, Very spacious accommodation set in what would have a large private family home and private estate."

    Now is a piecefull setting close to all Kent coastal towns and places of interests.

    Reviewed by Isabel4.7Jun 2021

  • "We had a fabulous time at Woodlands by Sea Cottage."

    Dianne was most welcoming and we were very impressed by the little extras ie spare slippers and dressing gowns and a lovely chilled bottle of Cava. The area was full of things to explore from the Petticoat Lane Emporium in Ramsgate to the lovely wild and windy Dungeness. Sandwich Bay was beautiful and the town was very quaint. Deal itself was very interesting with the lovely little streets and tiny cottages. We will definitely return to explore some more. Regina Aoife and Niamh

    Reviewed by Regina5.0May 2021

  • "Positives: Friendly and helpful landlord Pleasant rural location Comfortable bed Negatives: The maisonette is directly connected to the next door property via a wooden door."

    This allows a significant amount of noise to transfer between the two properties. The allocated parking space is in an unpaved wooded area away from the property where my car unfortunately got covered in bird droppings. Reliable internet service, but the WiFi signal extends to the lounge area only. No dishwasher and the fridge is very small.

    Reviewed by Anthony3.8Apr 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage - real home from home, has everything you need."

    We stayed here whilst work was being undertaken in our own home. The owner left lovely treats for us and the dog and was on hand to make sure we were ok after an unexpected power cut (Not a usual thing). Lovely private location with good walks nearby. Lots to do in the local area.

    Dec 2020

  • "We had a peaceful and relaxing weekend in the lovely cottage."

    Great to get away to such a pretty area and just before #lockdown2, so great timing

    Tim & SusanneNov 2020

  • "Thanks for everything including the Cava!"

    Cottage is lovely and had everything we needed (including biscuits)

    Monika & PaulOct 2020

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay!"

    It's been a wonderfully relaxing break away from the city. The accommodation is both snug and spacious and well situated for exploration. Thank you as well for the supplies to get started - Much appreciated!

    Alex & GeorginaOct 2020

  • "Thank you for towels to dry the dog and his treats that he loved."

    Thank you for the bottle of prosecco and I did manage to make a meal on the stove (eventually). Had a great holiday, weather kind to us. Enjoyed the help that you gave us when needed. Brilliant holiday, thanks

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was in a lovely quiet position, it was attractive and comfortable."

    There was everything we needed in It . There were lots of places of interest to visit. Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Sep 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Woodlands by the Sea cottage."

    The cottage is in a lovely quiet setting and is very comfortable. There are many places of interest to visit in the area and owner is very welcoming and helpful.

    Sep 2020

  • "We had a nice stay in your lovely cottage, it met our expectations."

    Fully equipped cottage and we felt comfortable with that homely feel. We liked the area and went to many places we'd never ventured to before.

    Aug 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at Woodlands By The Sea Cottage."

    The cottage is well-presented and spacious. It is in a great location, close to the sea and many coastal towns. We would recommend the cottage to others.

    Aug 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, coffee pod machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking in woodland
  • Canopy available for car
  • Shared lawn and gravelled area with furniture
  • 2 well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: This property is interconnected to the one next door via doors on the ground and first floors, which will be locked unless booking together
  • Please note: there is a £25 pet supplement

The property

A bright and airy holiday cottage resting in the perfect position for all matters of countryside and coastal wonders, Woodlands By The Sea Cottage makes a fantastic choice for an escape to Kent.

Suited to couples, families or groups of friends, the cottage can be found settled on the outskirts of the quaint village of Sholden, with all of Dover, Ramsgate, Canterbury and much more just a scenic drive away.

The sitting area of the open-plan living space boasts a beautifully bright interior, with ample seating for all to unwind and catch up on the day's events in front of the television.

Sitting behind the feature fireplace you will find both the kitchen and dining area, where you can pull up a chair at the table while your home-cooked meal simmers happily on the hob, the well-equipped kitchen offering plenty of preparation space and even a convenient washing machine for your self-catered stay!

Also on the ground floor rests a handy cloakroom, while taking the stairs to the first floor will lead you to the two beautifully-presented double bedrooms, both hosting a colourful mix of furniture as well as plenty of storage space, both bedrooms offer the perfect place to snuggle down in each evening.

Make the most of the sun in the mornings by sitting out and dining alfresco in the shared garden area, gathering your essential breakfast ingredients from the local store in Sholden; a quaint village home to a shops, pub, Grade II* listed church and a cricket field, it has all you need and more for a self-catered stay.

While the surrounding villages also offer a good selection of amenities, real wonder can be found within the historic cathedral city of Canterbury, originally built by the Romans, you can still see evidence of its historic past in its cobbled streets and timber-framed houses at its medieval centre, along with wonderful attractions including the Canterbury Roman Museum, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge and Canterbury Historic River Tours, all perfect for those looking for a day rich in enticing culture, while the Westgate Gardens, Greyfriars Gardens, golf club and driving range and riverside eateries all make the perfect idyllic day out.

If golf is your game then there are 12 courses within a 30 minute journey, but Royal Cinque Ports, Royal St. Georges and Kingsdown are within an easy distance.

Visit the Historic, medieval town of Sandwich, where you can tour its waterways and view its architecture.

Head to Dover to discover its imposing white chalk cliffs, or enjoy a day in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for breathtaking scenery and remarkable nature, for a day you are sure to remember.

Woodlands By The Sea Cottage is a fantastic choice for an escape to Kent.

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About the location


Dover 9.5 miles; Ramsgate 14 miles; Canterbury 18.8 miles

A modest village resting adjacent to the town of Deal, Sholden makes a wonderful holiday base for exploring Kent at any time of year. The village benefits from being within close reach of both coastal and countryside attractions, with the neighbouring towns also offering a wide selection of amenities. Within the village itself there is both a local shop and a pub called The Sportsman offering good food and entertainment throughout the year, as well as there being an impressive Grade II* listed church, St Nicholas, and a cricket field. Sholden is also known to be home to the start of the Miner's Way Trail, a beautiful hiking route linking up the coalfield parishes of East Kent, while even more remarkable walks can be found in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a plethora of terrains to explore from scattered farmsteads to ancient woods, you can find wonder around every corner. The beautiful South Foreland Heritage Coast is also within driving distance, with its famed high chalk cliffs that stretch from Dover halfway to Deal, it's a true marvel to be seen. Deal is a quintessentially English seaside town and provides its visitors with beautiful seascapes overlooking a pebble beach, a historic castle, picturesque pier and quaint streets housing independent shops to explore. Canterbury, Rasmgate and Dover are all within easy reach too, making Sholden a true delight from which to explore the South of England.

Please note the car park canopy will only cover a standard sized car.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas