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The Ivy

(Ref. 1093022)

Chestfield near Whitstable, Kent Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Have tried to e mail you a complaint but you are currently and strangely not receiving e mails at your address."

    I therefor printed my e mail and posted to your head office address. It contains photos of our complaints and proof that we came home a day early. Lots of issues. Such a shame as we have been totally satisfied with our previous rentals via Skyes Cottages. Do you have an alternative e mail address to which I can forward my original e mail.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2023

  • "It was a lovely cottage in a nice quiet area we had a lovely break"

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2023

  • "Lovely holiday accommodation - quite the best lounge/sitting room we have ever encountered - very spacious."

    Dining room in the conservatory was also spacious but two of the double glazed units have blown and could do with replacing. Bedrooms were fine. The kitchen had everything one could need. The shower room was also spacious and the bungalow was very good indeed. The lawned gardens added to the sense of space and it was lovely to see the cattle in the field. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2023

  • "Wir haben eine sehr schöne Woche in The Ivy verbracht."

    Bei der Ankunft haben wir uns sehr über die Leckereien im Kühlschrank gefreut. Das Haus war sehr sauber und hatte eine sehr gute Ausstattung. Uns hat es an nichts gefehlt. Die Lage war für uns ideal. Zum einkaufen konnte man zu Fuß zum Tesco und dort war auch die Bushaltestelle um nach Canterbury zu fahren. Gegenüber dem Haus verläuft ein Wanderweg, der sehr gut ausgebaut ist. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und können The Ivy nur weiterempfehlen.

    Reviewed by JuergenJul 2023

  • "The Ivy is one of the most comfortable and clean houses we have stayed in (which is many!"

    ) There was plenty of parking and getting into the house was easy with the key box easy to locate. On arrival there was a very nice Welcome Package with milk, butter and crumpets! We also met the couple who live next door (adjoining side) who were very friendly and full of tips and advice, and very tolerant when our sons aeroplane had to be retrieved from their garden! We have had problems with noisy neighbours before, but this was never an issue at The Ivy! The bungalows location was quiet with the fields to the back and perfectly situated for beautiful walks along the old railroad track (the start of which is virtually opposite the bungalow!) And it was a pleasant walk into Whitstable the opposite direction, which took us about 30 minutes at a leisurely stroll (two 40-somethings and an eleven year old). Whitstable is a really lovely place and our choice of retirement destination! We highly recommend the museum (open Thursday to Saturday) and lunch at the Tudor Tea Room, later followed by dinner at The Peter Cushing ( the husband is a huge fan of his!) We were also within easy drive of Herne Bay, Canterbury (recommend Wincheap Park and Ride at £4 a car for the day!), Dover Castle, Broadstairs, Leeds Castle and so many other incredible places to visit. On to the negative, a few little things were missing which would have made life easier, such as a pizza cutter, spatula/fish slice and a pair of scissors. And the back door was often difficult to lock. And reversing off the driveway could be hair raising due to the bend in the road and speeding cars!!! However, these are very minor issues and I would definitely stay at The Ivy again.

    Reviewed by LucieMay 2023

  • "Everything was as described in a handy location and top marks"

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2023

  • "Lovely clean and comfy cottage."

    ..bit scary having to back out onto a busy road....back door bit tricky to lock. Next door neighbours friendly. Enjoyed our stay .

    Reviewed by DawnApr 2023

  • "Very clean and nice welcome pack however there were a few things that needs a bit of attention No directions to the property Very busy and noisy road."

    It would have been a problem if we had had children Broken patio door handle Toilet roll holder coming off the wall Unkept garden Could have done with a slotted spoon and a pair of tongs

    Reviewed by MarieApr 2023

  • "A very clean and tidy bungalow in a great location for exploring this part of Kent."

    We would have run the hoover around before leaving but unfortunately we couldn't get the vacuum cleaner to work.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2023

  • "A lovely holiday home."

    Lovely view over the farm.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2022

  • "The Ivy is a lovely bungalow just outside Whitstable about 10 min drive to the sea front."

    Tesco is 2 mins away in the car, and the cycle way to Canterbury is across the road. The Ivy has all you need and backs onto farmland with nice view, no local pub close by. The twin room is great but the double room is small with no bedside tables. Some of the doors need the locks sorting which would make it more secure. All said we had a great time and would go again taking the bikes.

    Reviewed by MikeOct 2022

  • "Our short stay at The Ivy was made all the nicer by the thoughtful edible gifts left by the owner."

    The bungalow was extremely well equipped, very cosy and even had some friendly cows in the field at the end of the garden who we enjoyed watching over breakfast in the conservatory. The dog wasn’t too keen though! An excellent property in a lovely part of the world.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2022

  • "We all throughly enjoyed our stay at the Ivy."

    It has a lovely cosy feel. My baby Grandson loved seeing the cows in the neighbouring field. We enjoyed walking the Crab & Winkle way into Whitstable. We look forward to returning again in the future.

    Reviewed by NualaSep 2022

  • "A lovely holiday home in a great location"

    Reviewed by StephAug 2022

  • "We had a great time in this lovely holiday house."

    We stayed here with our daughters aged 10 and 12. The two bedrooms have comfortable beds. The master bedroom was not very dark in the morning so we used eyed backout thingies to sleep in. The bathroom is clean and the shower is nice if a bit cramped. We had quite warm weather during our stay and the house handled it quite well. The nice living room stayed quite cool during the hot daytime. The sunroom in the back of the house heated up quickly but was enjoyable at night time. The garden is enjoyable too and gives a nice view of a large pasture with cows. I enjoy cooking and was happy with the well equipped kitchen. There is a large Tesco very nearby for shopping. We had a good time and would be happy to stay here again!

    Reviewed by MathieuAug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the ivy cottage and thanks for the coffee and food."

    Parking the car was easy and nice having a large supermarket nearby plus a short walk to the coast. A lovely view from the garden across the fields with the cows grazing. This would be a good cottage for cycling with a track from canterbury by the Ivy to Whitstable. This cottage is a good location to explore Kent.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Ivy, the bungalow and Garden were ideal for us."

    The lock on the double door conservatory can be temperamental and the handle is broken, however there are is a side door to the conservatory which is in perfect working order. The owner John is very friendly and helpful when I contacted him about the workings of the vacuum. We stayed for one week and wished we had booked for two, so many places to visit.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2022

  • "Lovely homely bungalow."

    Could have done with some more serving spoons, and oven prof dishes as we like home cooked food. Enjoyed meeting the cows daily. Tesco’s very close to bungalow ( ten minutes) which has a vast selection of food. Not far from Whitstable town , but also not too far for day trips to Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Reculvar, Faversham, and Coventry. Really enjoyed our stay would recommend it, bonus for us the weather was fantastic .

    Reviewed by HeatherJul 2022

  • "A lovely stay."

    A very comfortable bungalow. Loved the Garden and beautiful views. Our dog Elvi loved the garden and especially meeting the cows at the end of the garden. The owners provided everything we needed and a lovely welcome pack of the essentials. 2 miles from Whitstable with a lovely country to the town. Playing fields and meadows near by. Perfect for us and any party of 4.

    Really glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for being great guests! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful."

    The bungalow was beautiful. Clean and comfortable. The cattle at the bottom of the garden were friendly. Lovely outside space.

    Thanks for your feedback, really glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DoreenMay 2022

  • "It is a lovely bungalow in a quiet location with easy access to the main roads for day trips and close to a large supermarket and petrol station."

    The conservatory was a great space for enjoying the view over the fields and for doing a jigsaw and playing games.

    Reviewed by NicolaApr 2022

  • "It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable"

    Reviewed by JeanMar 2022

  • "Good setting on edge of Whitstable as it gives good access to various places in Kent."

    Clean and comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by JackieMar 2022

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Conservatory/diner
  • Central heating with gas fire
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Private driveway for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 1.3 miles, beach 2 miles
  • Note: The garden backs onto farmland and fields, with cows regularly putting their heads over the fence, please consider this before booking and bringing a dog
  • Please note: This property can only accept bookings with a start date of Saturday.

The property

Whitstable 1.8 miles.

Located in Chestfield near Whitstable, Kent is this family-friendly, semi-detached bungalow, The Ivy.

The property is within easy reach of the centre of Whitstable and the delights of Kent's coast, offering a well-equipped, self-catering holiday home to a family of four and their canine companion.

Park up in the driveway of your home-from-home with space for two cars and get settled in straight away.

Kick off your shoes in the porch and find a well-equipped kitchen to unpack your self-catering essentials; utilise the gas oven and hob to whip up tasty meals, whilst sandy towels and bathing suits can be chucked into the handy washing machine ready for another beach day!

Dine in the adjoining, bright and airy conservatory overlooking pleasant fields and farmland just beyond the garden, with seating for six people to enjoy a meal together, along with a study area for a quieter spot to catch up on emails.

Open the French doors to let the outside in on warmer evenings, or why not dine alfresco on the patio with outdoor seating?

Your dog is welcome to wander the garden and stretch their legs but be aware of the farm animals that often come right up to the fence!

As the night draws in, start the gas fire in the sitting room and hunker down for a film on the Smart TV; guests are welcome to log into their Netflix or Amazon Prime accounts.

Freshen up before bed in the contemporary shower room with a walk-in shower to rinse off the day, before climbing under the sheets in one of two bedrooms.

Both the double and twin provide ample storage space for your belongings, with clean, minimal décor to unwind after an adventure-filled day.

Situated just on the outskirts of Whitstable, there are plenty of nearby attractions and amenities; find a handy supermarket just down the road from The Ivy, enjoy a game of golf at Chestfield Golf Course, followed by a well-earned pint in the characterful Chestfield Barn.

Walkers and cyclists will be delighted to find The Ivy just on the edge of the Crab and Winkle Way taking you all the way to Canterbury.

Head into Whitstable to taste locally sourced seafood at The Lobster Shack along the town's bustling harbour, marvel at Whitstable Castle & Gardens, or enjoy coffee and ice cream along Whitstable's shingle Beach Front; the seaside town is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, alongside plenty of annual festivals and events, including the Oyster Festival in July and exhibitions by local artists in the local museum and art gallery.

Pack the car and head to Herne Bay, another traditional coastal resort with a sand and shingle beach to paddle in the sea, Herne Bay Pier hosting classic carnival games, quirky shops and eateries, along with The Seaside Museum for local art and fossils.

Whether you arrived by foot or car, Canterbury is a must-visit whilst you're in the area; the charming cathedral city has cobbled streets lined with shops and eateries, with its renowned Cathedral a beautiful sight to behold, and the family-friendly Roman Museum to unravel the local history.

The Ivy is also a short journey away from Blean Woods National Nature Reserve for dog-friendly woodland walks, picnic tables and paths to suit the whole family, as well as Kent Downs AONB for those seeking more adventure along hiking trails or mountain bike paths amid breath-taking valleys and hills.

Book your next family holiday at The Ivy to discover the best of Kent's coast and countryside.

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About the location


Herne Bay 5 miles; Canterbury 7 miles.

The lively town of Whitstable, which is known as the “Pearl of Kent”, dates back to before the Domesday Book. Its seaside location makes it ideal for watersports all year round, and its fishing heritage is reflected by the Oyster Festival, which takes place every July. The buzzing local museum/art gallery introduces around six new exhibitions each year, and has a fabulous coffee shop. Whitstable Castle dates back to the 1790’s, and hosts events all year round including a big May Day celebration with contributions from local musicians and artists. The town is home to a small, independent brewery, and any need for retail therapy will easily be satisfied by the range of both national stores and charming small, independent shops. Whitstable is also home to The Pearsons Arm, a gastropub owner by celebrity chef Richard Phillips and nearby in Seasalter is the Michelin star-awarded gastropub, The Sportsman which is also well worth a visit. The city of Canterbury, with its fine 6th century cathedral is just 7 miles away; also nearby is Herne Bay, from where on a clear day you can see as far as Southend and the Isle of Sheppey.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas