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Westgate Cottage

(Ref. 960985)

Sittingbourne, Kent Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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100 Customer Reviews

  • "The following comments are not criticisms but for information for prospective visitors."

    The pub that was said to be within one mile is in fact a restaurant only open certain hours/days of the week and is not dog friendly. There is also no pavement into the village and it is quite a fast road. We would also like to suggest that a couple of oven proof dishes would be useful.

    Reviewed by Maureen3.8Mar 2024

  • "I have enjoyed a lovely week at Westgate Cottage."

    A very friendly welcome from the owner who kindly showed me around the cottage prior to moving in. There was also a very nice welcome bottle of wine, cake and cookies which were an add bonus. I enjoyed the peacefulness and privacy of the accommodation and found many local walks within easy distance of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Rowena4.4Mar 2024

  • "Charming cottage, comfortable with everything you need."

    Dog friendly garden with public footpath on your doorstep. Smart TV a bonus. Thank you to Claire, warm welcome with a lovely chocolate cake, great to have a cuppa before unpacking. (M2 junction 5 major roadworks worth checking route, cottage easy to find from Sittingbourne.)

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2024

  • "Second booking of our 2-month stay at Westgate Cottage."

    Also our second year there and we'll be back next year which I'd say is recommendation in itself. A lovely annexed cottage next door to the owner Claire who is especially welcoming and keen to ensure you have everything for your stay. Comfortable, clean and cosy and our little dog Max enjoys the garden and local walks. Definitely recommended for long or short stays.

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Feb 2024

  • "Another fabulous 2-month stay at our second home!"

    Everything clean and tidy and Claire was welcoming as always. Comfortable and warm cottage and love that our little dog Max is welcomed too. We've already booked for next year!

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m So pleased it went so well. I look forward to seeing you next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Jan 2024

  • "Perfect home from home."

    Pet friendly. Spacious with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The extra little touches were really lovely and made it all the more welcoming. Highly recommended. We liked it so much we've booked for 2024.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, well equiped and in great area for local attractions."

    Very spacious inside and lovely welcome pack left for us by the owners .

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Dec 2023

  • "Parking was a little tight but adequate"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "Nice comfortable place to stay with plenty of room."

    Plenty to see around the area. Thanks for the cake, biscuits and wine !!

    Thank you for your review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay in Kent."

    This was a comfy cottage and we enjoyed some lovely weather. The dog enjoyed the enclosed garden. When we booked we had a clear plan of where we wanted to visit and managed them all - White Cliffs, Dover, Deal and Bodian Castles, Chartwell, Canterbury Cathedral and Battle Abbey. We enjoyed Sunday Lunch at the Maypole Inn nearby and, on the night we had a power cut, were able to get an Indian takeaway from Sittingbourne -a good one too! We appreciated the welcome pack left by the owner too! There is some road noise possibly as a result of major road works in the vicinity. Everything you need is here though and we would return if we were going back to that area.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay and would highly recommend a visit to everyone."

    Claire was a brilliant host with the goodies she supplied well received. Loved it!!

    Thank you for your review. It was so good to meet you. I’m so pleased you had a lovely holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin And Judy5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was very nice and comfortable also the owner was very nice and help full to."

    If we come to this area again we would go there for shore.

    Reviewed by Allan Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a very peaceful cottage with a lovely private garden."

    The host was very helpful and responsive. The location is a short drive away from a lot of good walks.

    Thank you for your review. It was lovely meeting you all I’m so glad you enjoyed your week here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Poornima5.0Aug 2023

  • "Westgate Cottage is cosy, comfy and Claire is very welcoming ."

    When we arrived we had a friendly tour around the gorgeous cottage and then she left us to enjoy our holiday. We were left some treats and some essentials to begin our holiday which were very welcome! Thankyou Claire we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely spacious accomodation well appointed nice safe outside space for the ..."

    A lovely spacious accomodation well appointed nice safe outside space for the dog lots of lovely treats for us all very welcoming and friendly host

    Reviewed by Bryan4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable week at Westgate Cottage."

    It is a lovely homely cottage with a secure garden which delighted our Jack Russell Tinchy. The owner Claire was very welcoming and provided us with a much appreciated welcome pack. The home made cake was delicious. If we decide to visit the area again then we will definitely check if Westgate Cottage is available.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great location, easy access to lots of interesting places."

    The cottage is very comfortable and spacious. We arrived to find the kitchen well stocked with essentials and a couple of treats which was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely host who made us feel very welcomed and she provided all essential information via phone call/text."

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a very relaxing stay and Claire was a wonderful host."

    The welcome pack was great. Good location for what we required. We originally booked for 7 nights and ended up booking another 6

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2023

  • "Although I was there for work I had a pleasant stay and clare is lovely all the little touches she provides are thoughtful and considerate ."

    Only down side I would say is near a busy road for walking in rush hour but other then that was perfect . The garden was all fenced in and made it very pleasant

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7May 2023

  • "This is a lovely place to stay, perfect for our elderly dog with an enclosed garden and walks on the doorstep."

    Lovely friendly host who left us some delicious treats to welcome us. This is our second stay and we hope to stay again in the future. Everything you need and more

    Thank you for your lovely review. It was so good to see you again and will look forward to the next time. With very best wishes Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Mar 2023

  • "This property is lovely and the owner Claire is such a nice friendly & helpful lady, she gave us such a warm welcome, & the fruit etc she left was a really nice touch."

    we highly recommend this cottage & we might try and go back again in the summer, even our dog loved it there

    Thank you for your lovely review. I’m so pleased to hear that you’d enjoyed the cottage and that you might come again in the summer. I look forward that. With Best wishes, Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vivian4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had a really pleasant stay at the cottage."

    We felt very welcomed and appreciated all of the nice extras provided including bread and milk. Despite the inclement weather we were nice and cosy indoors. Great base for visiting family in the area. We would highly recommend the cottage and we hope to visit again in the future.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I’m so glad it all worked out well for you and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Mar 2023

  • "I had a wonderful stay at Westgate Cottage everything you need to have a quiet relaxing stay is there, Claire the owner was lovely, very generous and friendly, she went out of her way to make sure we had a great time which was very much appreciated."

    The cottage was equally as nice very homely with great facilities I would highly recommend Westgate Cottage. Thank you again Claire.

    Thank you for your review. It was good to meet you and I’m so pleased you had such a good stay at the cottage. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ricky5.0Mar 2023

  • "My husband and I have just left Westgate Cottage from a 2-month stay."

    We were able to basically treat it as home for this extended stay. Claire is a wonderful host, being available if needed but gives you privacy also. Claire was helpful in regard to parking and in turn we helped out with annual gas and electric checks being accommodated. Our elderly dogs settled very well and loved the garden. As other reviews have mentioned, the bed is an old style sprung frame and rather uncomfortable especially for an extended stay and could do with a new firmer mattress. However we discussed this with Claire and she is considering arrangements for our stay next year. The kitchen is well appointed; there were even things I thought "oh these are fab" and have bought some for myself back home. I really want the 'dancing ducks' from the kitchen windowsill, so cute! Wi-Fi is supported by a booster in the cottage and I was able to work from home with no issues. Whilst we weren't on holiday and were both working (we live locally), we enjoyed our stay at Westgate and have already booked for 2 months next year and look forward to catching up with Claire in January.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for your stay at Westgate Cottage. It was lovely to meet you both. Thank you for telling me about the bed. It is a fairly new mattress but I hope I have addressed the problem so it should hopefully be comfortable for you next time you stay. I had no idea that you found it uncomfortable. In my recollection there was only onE man who commented on it being uncomfortable - that was about two years ago. All my checks that need to be done annually for health and safety are done in January and February. The electricity doesn’t have to be checked for 5 years. Unfortunately as you are using Westgate for working from home, you are there the majority of the time so unfortunately the annual checks will be done when you are staying next time. If there are problems with anything I’d really ask if you could tell me when the problem arises so I can help resolve them Regarding the cleanliness would you be kind enough to explain what wasn’t up to scratch also so I can address that too! You must be enjoying this little burst of Spring weather. Look forward to seeing you all again. With best wishes, Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susannah4.4Feb 2023

  • "We had an extended stay at Westgate Cottage of 2 months and were very comfortable and felt welcomed by Claire."

    The dogs were accommodated and whilst Claire was on hand if needed, we were given our privacy. We rebooked for 2024 whilst we were still there which is a great recommendation in itself.

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Jan 2023

  • "We had an extended stay at Westgate Cottage of 2 months and were very comfortable and felt welcomed by Claire."

    The dogs were accommodated and whilst Claire was on hand if needed, we were given our privacy. We rebooked for 2024 whilst we were still there which is a great recommendation in itself.

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Jan 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay, ideal for us to visit family."

    Thank you to our host Claire who made us very welcome. Our only comments are the fridge /freezer is not working as efficiently as it should be, a lot of water daily in the fridge base and drawers, and there is only one large cooking tray for the oven.

    Dear Kay, It was lovely to see you again and I’m so pleased you will hopefully now be the owners of a new dog. Could you help me to raise the standard for you? I can solve the fridge freezer problem but if you couid give me feedback regarding the cleanliness and the comfort and the accuracy of listing and the facilities and maintenance I can then look into what I could do to make that better for you should you come to Westgate cottage again. I did help by getting the cottage cleaned every week for you. I Also replaced the television when it had a fault although they couldn’t change it straight away. If I’d known how easy it was to give you my television, I would have done that straight away. Thank you for your help over this. I look forward to hearing from you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay3.8Nov 2022

  • "We were pleasantly surprised at how big this accommodation was and a great location to explore that part of Kent ."

    Relaxed approach to our dog coming too. Nice touches of a cake , biscuits, wine, butter, milk local eggs and tea bags left for us. A little noice from the road but mostly while outside in the large garden! The pub within walking distance doesn’t allow dogs even in the bar area even though they were empty sadly.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Nov 2022

  • "Very homely home wonderful home from home very spacious for two bedroom ."

    Very well equipped kitchen .best welcome pack ever had .Greek restaurant was well worth a visit .Great location to visit our family in Maidstone Folkestone Dover and Sittingbourne Will definitely go back highly recommend

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. I’m so pleased you were able to see so many of your relatives while staying in the cottage. It was a great pleasure to meet you and I look forward to seeing you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our Stay at Westgate was very enjoyable."

    The comortable accomodation has everything you may need for a relaxing time away. Being located just 10 minutes from the main roads, it is possible to visit a number of major attractions in all directions The very generous welcome goodies were an added treat. Thank you "Claire" for making us most welcome.

    Many thanks for your lovely review. I’m so glad you had such a good stay and I hope we’ll meet again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Johanna4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Westgate cottage."

    Claire was very welcoming and made sure that we had all the essentials needed on arrival with some lovely treats as well. Cottage was everything we needed for a relaxing break.

    Thank you for your lovely review. I hope we will Meet again some day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nuala5.0Oct 2022

  • "Ourselves and our 2 greyhounds had a comfortable stay at Westgate Cottage."

    Claire was very helpful and provided fruit, bread, milk, biscuits,tea, coffee and wine on our arrival. The cottage was very comfortable and clean and was everything we could have hoped for.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Oct 2022

  • "This was our first time away with our new rescue dog and she loved the cottage."

    It was spacious, comfortable and cosy and we looked forward to getting back to relax after walking all day. The homemade cake and biscuits were lovely (we left the wine for the next guests). The WiFi was a little patchy (my partner tried to work, but didn't have enough signal), but it wasn't a big deal. The only thing that might have made it better for me would be a smart TV for Netflix etc. We loved the reading corner though and not having smart TV made us sit and read a book in the evening. Claire came to say hello and check if we needed anything. It's a lovely cottage and if we come back to Kent, we would stay there again.

    Thank you for your review. You’ll be pleased to know we now do have a smart TV for you! Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Oct 2022

  • "Wow!!!"

    ! The cottage was wonderful. Comfortable, spacious, very clean , uncluttered but well equipped. Lovely welcoming atmosphere and nice goodies including a homemade cake. Big enclosed garden for our dog . Nice local restaurant and pub. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the end of September 22022, for a one bedroom cottage it was very large and well equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    The lovely lady supplied us with a bottle of wine, amazing chocolate cake, chocolates milk, butter, eggs, biscuits never before have we been so spoiled. If you're looking to stay in Kent we would Highly Recommend this property.

    Thank you for your lovely review. I hope we will Meet in the future. With best wishes Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2022

  • "What a lovely welcoming romantic week we had at Westgate cottage."

    The owner Claire baked us a cake and left a welcome pack. So clean and comfortable we will definitely book again. Easy to visit locations we lived at 40 year ago in Kent. Very quiet despite motorway nearby. Excellent cottage.

    Thank you for your lovely review. I look forward to seeing you again. With very best wishes, Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, beautifully cared for."

    Perfect for us with our elderly dog (springer spaniel) Rosie. Very comfortable, nice and private and the enclosed outside space was great for Rosie too. Claire was a brilliant host and took care of us perfectly. The location was ideal for us to visit family and friends and we loved it so much we have booked to return for next year. We were also provided with some lovely goodies on arrival. Would highly recommend. Nice walks very close too.

    Thank you for your lovely review. It was very good to meet you and it will be lovely to see you again in the Spring next year. With very best wishes, Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Aug 2022

  • "It was one of the best accommodations weve had !"

    !!claire the owner was amazing so warm and friendly also the goodies that she left cake eggs milk butter were so thoughtful!!!and she loved the dog !!would definitely recommend it!!!

    ThAnk you for your feedback. It was lovely to meet you all and I hope we meet again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2022

  • "The host greeted us and made us feel very welcome."

    There was numerous goodies in the cottage for us to eat and she had even gone to the trouble of baking us a cake. Overall a good experience and there wasn’t to much to fault from our perspective. The only issues we had was that the garden wasn’t secure for our cockapoo and the road outside was exceptionally busy so was very noisy. The bed was an old fashioned spring mattress and was only a double which was a lot smaller than our super king size at home. As I say a good experience overall and there will always be something that people prefer differently.

    Reviewed by David3.8Aug 2022

  • "Very pleased with the cottage clean comfortable and well equipped would recommend it"

    Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was very spacious, with plenty of storage room, and equipment for cooking."

    It was useful to have an extra loo. Claire the owner had left delicious and generous welcome 'goodies'; and was very kind and welcoming. The road was quite busy during the day, but quiet at night. There is a sunny garden and patio. The two days we remained in the cottage due to the extreme heat, it was even too hot to sit in the shade. The cottage was cooler. We walked to the village Craft centre (which doesn't now have crafts) but a shop and tea room, for lunch. The service was friendly with lovely food. We tried to book a table at 'The Maypole' in Borden. Unfortunately we were 'rudely' informed one night was for bingo, and the other had a funeral party. Two other evenings were the hottest of the year; we felt unfair to kitchen staff, so ate in the cottage, .There is a Greek taverna in Oad Street, but as we do not enjoy Greek food we didn't visit it. There is a lovely country park nearby at Hucking, with walks onto the North Downs. Marvellous views across to the South downs, where we spotted our first Clouded Yellow butterfly. A challenging walk to White Hill park,(in the heat) with many steps. We didn't really enjoy Faversham, although it does have many lovely buildings, but the walk along beside the river wasn't very attractive. Canterbury was worth a visit with great architecture and a pretty riverside walk. There is also a huge shopping centre. We would have liked to visit Leeds castle, but ran out of days. The only reason we wouldn't return is because we always like to visit different areas of the country.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Jul 2022

  • ".lovely cottage.clare very friendy and helpful"

    .the treats when arrived were really welcome

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Westgate Cottage."

    It was spotlessly clean, quiet, comfortable & extremely well equipped. We found it very spacious for 2 people. ( We have sometimes booked 4 persons accommodation because we have on occasion found one bedroomed cottages a little cramped for us & our dog.) Claire was friendly & helpful but not intrusive. She spent a long time on the phone giving us detailed travel directions because of roadblocks around the extensive roadworks. Thankfully the restrictions were removed shortly after we arrived & the roadworks did not cause us any problems. This is the only cottage we have stayed in for 2 weeks where there was a mid stay clean & bedding change, which we very much appreciated. We enjoyed the welcome pack too, especially the chocolate ginger cookies! We found the location gave us plenty of scope to visit places we were interested in (mostly gardens & quiet beaches for the dog). We would heartily recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a peaceful break in a beautiful area.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage is very spacious for two people."

    All rooms large and decorated lovely. There is plenty of storage space (far more than we needed) and the kitchen has a good, useful, selection of kitchen ware. In addition to a kind welcome pack, the bathroom was provided with most toiletries we wanted. Clean, tidy and everything worked as it was supposed to. Our only reservation was that the patio area is surrounded by high vegetation and the property, so doesn't get much sun. Claire, the owner, lives next door and was welcoming and helpful. She was unobtrusive but we still had a couple of nice chats. The Oad Street bistro is within a short walking distance (across fields if you prefer) and does a great selection of breakfasts, brunches and lunches, including vegan, veggie and gluten free. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The area is brilliant for exploring, with Dover, Leeds Castle, Canterbury and many other interesting places within less than an hours drive. The nearest town, Sittingbourne, was good for day to day supplies though we didn't find it very welcoming in evenings. Too many raucous pubs with bouncers on the door for our liking. In summary, a great cottage and location. We may return...

    Reviewed by Pete4.7Jun 2022

  • "A beautifully decorated building with excellent facilities."

    A friendly owner and lovely country setting.

    Thank you so much for writing a review. I’m so pleased you had a lovely holiday in our cottage. It was very good to meet you both. Best wishes Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, very well equipped, clean and very comfortable."

    The Owner was very welcoming, nothing was to much trouble. We have been to several cottages over the years, but Westgate Cottage is the very best, the holiday began the moment you entered the property. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2022

  • "What a lovely 3 nights we had here."

    Claire is delightful - extremely considerate and thoughtful, but also respects privacy. So many lovely gestures like the chocolate cake, sparkly wine etc etc and even a lovely birthday card and bunch of tulips. The cottage has a lovely atmosphere and we felt very relaxed. Dishwasher and Washing Machine there too and doggie treats and towels. So handy to have the extra toilet too. The ensuite shower room is well spaced out and spotless - its extractor fan can be turned off so hubby doesn't wake you in the night. Oh dear! I'm not really obsessed with toilets!!! Everything was spic and span. We are actually allergic to other dogs (except our non-shedding cockapoo) and we did not wheeze or sneeze at all, so it must have been incredibly well cleaned from any previous doggy visitors. It is very peaceful and spacious, with a pretty, enclosed lawned and well-planted garden (including a huge magnolia tree which was in flower when we were there!) (for the dog to enjoy as well as us) It includes a good patio with table and chairs. You can chose sun or shade. Enjoyed lunch at the nearby Craft Centre (dogs allowed in the courtyard outdoor seating area, with a pleasant walk across fields to get there if you don't want to go on the road). We weren't able to sample the evening Greek Taverna food nearby as there was a wedding party there that night, but I gather it's excellent. Claire was extremely helpful in my queries about good seaside places. In the end we went to Whitstable and enjoyed tea and cakes up at the Castle gardens and then a seaside stroll to the dog-friendly beach. Also visited (also with our dog) the large Mount Ephraim Gardens which is family-owned and much better than we expected. We definitely aim to return to stay again in this lovely cottage. There are plenty more places to explore by car (and lots of nearby country walks), but it was so comfortable in the cottage that we had to force ourselves to leave it! Thanks, Claire, for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was clean , welcoming and exceptionally well equipped !"

    It is well placed for exploring the area . The host was so friendly too and we mustn’t forget the welcome pack she left for us , so very thoughtful .

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay and explore Kent."

    Claire was an excellent host; the goodies provided for us to enjoy were much appreciated. Property was very comfortable and well placed with road and rail connections to see places such as Hever Castle, Canterbury, Sandwich, Rochester, Faversham (all highly recommended). Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was spotless and Claire had left a lovely welcome pack."

    It had everything you could possibly need. We had to cut our visit short for family reasons but we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage with everything needed for a relaxing holiday."

    Perfect location for visiting the many coastal locations in Kent. The owner Clare was very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Annemarie5.0Mar 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this very clean, comfortable, cosy, and well equipped cottage, and very much appreciated the generous and well thought out welcome pack."

    We found the owner to be both friendly and helpful, a pleasure to meet her. The location is ideal for accessing coastal areas, Maidstone, and north Kent. Directions to the cottage were excellent; but be aware that the lane is narrow and a little care is needed when turning into the parking space - easy with a small/medium car, do-able but slightly tricky with a larger one. Overall, we would definitely stay at Westgate Cottage again.

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very comfortable with plenty of space."

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.4Jan 2022

  • "Had a Brilliant stay at Westgate Cottage."

    A lovely cosy cottage with a great host Claire and have also recommended it to friends already.

    Reviewed by Johannah5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Westgate Cottage, ideal base for us and our small dog to visit family."

    The property had a homely feel about it, warm, well furnished, with an extremely comfortable bed. Our westie loved exploring in the secure cottage garden. Many thanks to Claire for her friendship, and making us feel so welcome. We very much hope to visit again next year. Kay, Glenn and Hamish

    Reviewed by Kay4.7Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at Westgate cottage, ideally positioned for touring Kent"

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Oct 2021

  • "Definitely the best cottage we've stayed in for a long time."

    Lovely welcome pack and a lovely size considering it's for just 2 people. Would absolutely recommend!

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Oct 2021

  • "A most comfortable cottage, well maintained and equipped."

    The welcome pack was excellent and the contact with the owner and her family was positive and helpful. A slight problem with wi fi access was quickly sorted. A hand rail to assist with access to the shower cubicle would be beneficial.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with a safe secure garden for our dog, we had everything we needed for a base to explore Kent."

    Claire was a wonderful host and left lots of lovely welcome goodies for us to enjoy. We would love to return soon.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Oct 2021

  • "Perfect location for visiting Chatham Docks, Oare Nature Reserve, Elmley National Nature Reserve, Whitstable and Canterbury, all within easy reach."

    Host very friendly with an excellent welcome pack including lovely touch of fresh garden roses in bedroom. Only slight disadvantage was traffic noise from the lane outside during the morning and evening rush hour, no noise from nearby motorway.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Sep 2021

  • "Claire,the owner, who lived next door took the time to come round and greet us and left a starter pack and a whole bunch of goodies, ie."

    a home made cake, bicuits, bread ,milk and a variety of other things including a lovely bottle of wine. We were made most welcome and the property was ideal for our spaniel Charlie who settled in immediately. Very comfortable and spacious.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2021

  • "Friendly host and lots of things to do in the area."

    Cottage was exactly as described and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week’s holiday here!"

    The cottage was perfect for two of us and our Bernese dog - who loved exploring around the large garden, especially in the trees and bushes around the edges! :-) (The broken fence issues had been fixed so it was safe for her to roam freely.) Inside was spacious, a little dated in decor, however had everything we needed for our stay and it was spotlessly clean prior to our arrival. Claire, the lovely owner who lives next door, had left a few goodies for us to enjoy, including a tasty cake, wine, biscuits, bread and fruit. We even woke to a surprise delivery of a bottle of bubbly and card on our anniversary which was such a thoughtful touch! The cottage was easy to find and located just off the motorway which meant we could drive easily to many of the wonderful places Kent has to offer. It is only 1/2 hr from the coast. We visited Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Canterbury and Broadstairs (which was our favourite so we returned!). I would recommend The Royal Albion Hotel there for food/drinks; it overlooks the sea and it is very dog friendly inside and out. (You can’t book on the day though.) There is also a retro ice cream parlour along the front which does a free dog friendly ice cream! There are main supermarkets and takeaways a short drive away in Sittingbourne. The Plough and Harrow pub, which is now a Greek taverna, is only a 5/6 minute walk away and does takeaways and we had this one evening which we thought was delicious! There is also a craft centre opposite which apparently does a tasty breakfast and lunch but we didn’t have time to visit this. Thanks for a memorable holiday.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Claire was a lovely hostess and left a wonderful welcome pack including wine and cake and a lot more."

    The house was well equipped with everything you would expect. The house is an annexe to the main house and is situated centrally for exploring Kent, not far from the coast and Leeds Castle, Dover etc We would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Kendell5.0Jul 2021

  • "Claire is a very nice helpful person and gave us a super welcome pack."

    The cottage is clean but dated. There is a high step down from the front door and an extremely high step into the shower which is good and powerful. The garden is nice but definitely not dog friendly and could do with a bit of looking after. There is a busy road on the other side of the fence, we couldn’t let our dog off the lead. The kitchen is well equipped with nice dishes and glasses, fridge could do with updating. The cottage is isolated and you have to use the motorways to get around. Unfortunately the weather was not in our favour and we came home 2 days early.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Westgate Cottage."

    It is within easy reach of many places to visit. The owner Claire was very friendly and left us generous welcome pack with delicious cake and wine amongst other items. A very clean cottage and well equipped. Had everything we needed for our week. Would happily stay here again if visiting that part of Kent in the future. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lydia4.7Jun 2021

  • "This is a beautiful bungalow in lovely surroundings in the heart of the garden of England."

    We arrived in the middle of a rainstorm and were shown around by Clare, the owner, who had left a massive welcome pack of goodies to eat and drink. The living area is large and roomy, the kitchen well stocked with a dishwasher and large fridge and proper freezer and there was plenty of crockery and everything you could possibly need for four people, never mind just the two of us. The bedroom with en-suite is lovely with access to an enclosed flower garden. We had absolutely no trouble with TV signal or WiFi. We don’t have a dog and were a little apprehensive about others having a dog there before us but the place was immaculately clean and tidy. The parking spot is a little tight, and there is room for only one car but that was all we needed. We drove straight to the bungalow without getting lost (which is a first for us!) due to the precise directions provided, and we quickly learned how to get about the local area. We recommend booking the local attractions well in advance; we will have to visit Leeds castle next time we are in Kent, and we very much hope to stay at Westgate Cottage again.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2021

  • "The kitchen had very limited cooking utensils."

    ..ie one frying pan...and we finished up buying some utensils that we bought home with us. The advertised wi-fi never connected. There is a BT hub in the socket but the password was for a Sky wi-fi. The cottage is spacious but is tired in decor and there was a lot of cobwebs in every room and behind doors. We were also told to supervise our dog in the garden as the fence was broken and there was a busy main road the other side. There was a welcome food pack for our arrival which was nice. The cottage is in the middle of nowhere so you would be very stuck if you didn't drive.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear the issues you experienced during your stay at Westgate Cottage. We encourage all guests to contact us if they have any issues by leaving a card with all of our contact details so if there are any issues then we can rectify this as soon as possible. We appreciate you feel there was a lack of kitchen utensils including one frying pan. The cottage is fully accommodating for two people as it requires sufficient equipment for two. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned for 5 hours on changeover day and take care to ensure cleaning standards are met particularly in current Covid times. It is advertised on the website that the property is in the country and a car is required to visit. There are two local attractions such as across the field on the public footpath to the Oad Street Craft Centre Restaurant that serve delicious food. Also nearby is the Plough and Harrow Greek Taverner where they do very good Greek takeaways and is in the centre of some very good places to visit like Gardens, Castles, the sea, Chatham Dockyard etc. If we had been made aware aware of any of your issues then we would have done whatever we could to resolve them. Our previous feedback has 100% scores so we have not received any other comments like this before. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike1.9May 2021

  • "Claire the owner was exceptionally kind and accommodating of all our needs"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2021

  • "We loved Westgate cottage."

    It was in a lovely spot and close enough to major roads to enable us to get out and about and see some lovely parts of Kent including Chartwell and Sissinghurst National Trust estates. Our host was very welcoming and left a very kind welcoming pack. We could have stayed longer in this spacious but cosy and warm cottage. We hope to return sometime.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was warm and comfortable with everything required for a lovely holiday."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful and her welcome pack was very generous. George, Cumbria.

    Reviewed by George4.7Oct 2020

  • "Claire was a very welcoming host, always on hand if you needed anything."

    There was a welcome package for us when we arrived which was very well received after a 6 hour drive. Cottage was warm and clean situated in a nice quiet location with a lovely Greek taverna and craft centre which does a good breakfast a minutes drive down the road

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Oct 2020

  • "Everything you could possibly need in this comfortable little cottage."

    Tucked away from a busy lane leading directly to the main route to the Kent coast and M2, it's perfect for exploring. The welcome was lovely with cake, a bottle of wine and a few essentials to start your holiday. The WiFi is just about adequate, so not sure how good it would be for gamers. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would be happy to come back here.

    Reviewed by Jenny3.8Oct 2020

  • "Owners went above and beyond in making the cottage welcoming."

    Everything you could possibly need was included and the shower was lovely and hot. Spotlessly clean and tidy throughout. Quick tip for dog owners. There is a communal ground to walk your dog on in nearby Bredgar. Park in the close opposite. Bredgar is about 2 miles away. Thank you Zach and Claire for your excellent cottage

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2020

  • "Brilliant base for exploring Kent."

    Very comfortable accommodation with its own patio and sitting area. Hosts very friendly and welcoming. Beautiful homemade cake and a fridge full of goodies to start us off for the week. Would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    The garden was very pretty and well kept. It was the perfect size for our dog. The welcome pack was the best we have had from any self catering. It is ideally located for easy access to all parts of Kent.

    Reviewed by Caron5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely host Claire welcomed us to her beautiful, well equipped Westgate cottage."

    She was available if needed but unobtrusive. Welcome pack was very thoughtful & generous. Cottage and garden were spacious and just right for a relaxing break with our dog. It provided a great base from which to walk and drive to other locations in Kent. We were blessed with warm sunny weather. Thank you for an excellent holiday!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is extremely comfortable and very well equipped."

    It was like a home from home and the owner very welcoming and left us lots of goodies on arrive. Great garden for our dog to enjoy, we would highly recommend this cottage and hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Mar 2020

  • "Highly recommend this cottage."

    The comfort and convenience were outstanding as was the welcome. Will certainly look to come again.

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Jan 2020

  • "A warm homely cottage made even more comfortable by a very good host ."

    The welcome package was the best we have ever had . The location is convenient to the motorway yet far enough away not to be to intrusive with many interesting places to visit in the area

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2020

  • "A lovely warm welcome and real home from home!"

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Jan 2020

  • "Second time we have stayed here - equally as good as the first."

    spacious, comfortable, warm, clean - what more can we say Mrs Freeth could not have been more helpful.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Nov 2019

  • "I was especially pleased that dogs were allowed at no extra charge and had use of the front garden."

    Thank you very much for that. A good walk for dogs at Blean woods at Canterbury, but walks are not well signed so take care not to get lost as I might have had there not been a lot of people around that day. Canterbury lovely as usual, but be warned that parking charges are extortionate...£1.90 per hour in the multi story at Whitefriars. In fact parking charges in Kent generally are high compared to where I live. My trip was to do historical research and much of my time was spent at the archives at Maidstone and my total cost of parking for the week came to £20. Near to the cottage there is a "craft centre", which has quite a nice little shop where I got some lovely post cards and mats of Kentish scenes reasonably priced. Other items there too pricey for me, but still a nice shop and cafe. Finally a word of praise for Sainsbury's and Argos staff in Sittingbourne who were exceptionally helpful/friendly.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Nov 2019

  • "We were exceptionally pleased with this accommodation."

    It was like home from home. the host claire was so friendly and helpful.and the welcome package exceeded anything we have ever experienced before. Our stay here was exceptional. We cannot wait to get back. when we arrived we just wanted to move our belongings in and live here forever. It was accessable to the whole area of this garden of eden. my family live close by and visited, they were amazed at this beautiful property.a little off the beaten track which they hadn't known was there.My sister thinks she may use it as a quick quiet get away from her home in Rainham Thank you so much Claire and Zach for our unforgettable wedding anniversay stay.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Nov 2019

  • "The property is rather dated and in need of a refurbishment."

    The bed dips in the middle. The shower cubicle is leaking as there is a damp patch on the wall. The owner is very pleasant and rather exceeds the usual welcome pack with wine, cake, butter, milk, bread, cookies and a multitude of bathroom supplies.

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Regarding the slight damp by the shower, this has been rectified. It was very good to meet you and hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shelagh3.8Sep 2019

  • "Claire is a lovely host."

    The cottage is a real home from home and the welcome pack exceeded our expectations. There is everything you need and it is very clean and comfortable. The cottage is situated in an area where you can easily travel to places. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Sykes Cottages staff were really helpful and pleasant to deal with, they went out of their way as they knew we were struggling with no wifi connection."

    Sorry I don't remember the name of the lady that helped us but she was amazing and very patient. The cottage was perfect and I can't recommend it highly enough, Thank you!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Clean spacious and well equiped. Perfect base to access the rest of East Kent. We had a fantastic break and would highly recommend Woodgate Cottage

    Reviewed by Tony4.1May 2019

  • "Westgate Cottage was very warm and comfortable with lots of space and the kitchen was well equipped with a good welcome pack."

    The cottage was centrally located and easy to reach for Isles of Sheppey, Faversham, Canterbury and Maidstone.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0May 2019

  • "Friendly helpful owners ,an excellent, thoughtful welcome pack and kitchen tools to match our own."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2019

  • "We received such a warm welcome from the owners and the welcome pack was a lovely touch."

    The cottage is one of the best ones that we have stayed in

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Apr 2019

  • "Claire is an extremely kind and thoughtful hostess."

    The arrival pack and bottle of wine was lovely gesture and greatly appreciated. The perfect welcome after our long journey. We would not hesitate to re-visit, or to recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Feb 2019

  • "Westgate cottage was practically perfect!"

    Very clean, extremely comfortable bed, spacious kitchen and lounge. And Claire provided a most generous 'welcome package'. The property is quiet and includes a pretty garden and patio.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2019

  • "Very comfortable and spacious cottage, great hospitality"

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jan 2019

  • "We had a warm welcome from the owner."

    The cottage is lovely and cosy and tidy. We immediately felt at home. And our (well bred) dog was most welcome. Westgate Cottage is well situated, not far at all from the historic sites and cities, from London and from the seaside. All within 1/2 to 1 hour drive.This part of Kent is very interesting and beautiful. We had a wonderful and enjoyable stay and for our next trip to Kent we certainly shall choose Westgate Cottage again. We highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Francoise5.0Dec 2018

  • "It was absolutely amazing the host fantastic could not fault it highly recommend"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2018

  • "My boyfriend and I stayed here for a few days and got back yesterday."

    Had an amazing few days here, despite the weather. Claire was so welcoming and the little touches were very much appreciated. Especially the bottle of wine

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2018

  • "Very generous welcome pack and friendly host in this very spacious cottage ."

    If we visit this area again we would not hesitate in booking Westgate Cottage .

    Reviewed by Les5.0Sep 2018

  • "A nice cottage with a very warm welkom from the owner."

    Very good equipment in the kitchen en and a nice interieur. We had 12 very good days in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Frans5.0Aug 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with shower, WC and basin
  • Cloakroom with washing machine, WC and basin
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with sofa bed for extra flexibility
  • LPG heating and electric fire
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed garden to the rear with terrace and lawn areas
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub 5 minute walk
  • Shop 1.7 mile
  • Note: Accommodation is on the ground floor but there is a step up to enter the property and into shower.

The property

This lovely cottage is an annex of the owner’s home in the quintessentially English hamelt of Oad Street, close to the market town of Sittingbourne in Kent.

The accommodation is all ground floor and furnished in a wonderfully traditional style, in-keeping with the quaint aesthetic of the village.

Step into the property and find yourself in a bright and airy hallway, to the right you will find a cloakroom with handy WC and washing machine.

Further down the hall you will find a spacious sitting room with country-style furniture surrounding a feature fireplace with electric fire.

The room also features patio doors leading out to the lovely garden with patio and lawn area.

Take a seat in this calming space on a warm evening and enjoy a delicious meal alfresco.

The kitchen can be found just off the sitting room and is fully appointed with a dining table in the centre.

Through a further door is the bedroom, with double bed and additional door leading out to the garden.

Oad Street has a very popluar Greek Taverne called the Plough and Harrow, this hamlet is complete with its own craft center which offers delicious menus and very good service, completing this hamlet is its own small garden centre.

There are plenty of walking opportunities around the village and the beautiful surrounding area.

A short drive away is the market town of Sittingbourne which offers plenty of shops and eateries to enjoy.

If you are looking for a peaceful getaway in a rural village location, this property is ideal.

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About the location


Gillingham 12.3 miles; Rochester 13.9 miles; Canterbury 16.7 miles.

Sittingbourne is a modern market town situated in the Swale district of Kent in South East England. It is located by the Swale, a section of sea separating the Isle of Sheppy from the mainland, as well as sitting beside the Roman Watling Street. Sittingbourne offers a number of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as the historic Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway. For lovers of the outdoors there are plenty of places to visit, explore Milton Creek Country Park or head over to the Elmley National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppy. The history of the town can be explored in more detail at the Heritage Hub, the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum or the Milton Regis Court Hall Museum. Further afield are the towns of Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Gillingham as well as the city of Canterbury. With easy travel links to plenty of towns and cities as well as London, Sittingbourne is a convenient base for exploring the surrounding areas.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas