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The Stables

Upper Upnor, Kent (Ref. 919503)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "A very enjoyable time at this excellent cottage set in extensive grounds and close to the Castle of Upnor."

    The cottage had character, and all the facilities we required.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "This is a fantastic cottage, the only downside was my husband is 6'3" so had to take care upstairs due to the height of some of the beams!"

    It is in a lovely location with lots to do nearby. Biscuit and Truffle, the owners dogs, are friendly which impressed our daughter. Thanks for a great stay, hopefully we'll be back soon.

    Reviewed by YvonneApr 2022

  • "Brilliant and will definitely come back again."

    Reviewed by VictoriaMar 2022

  • "The house and gardens are perfect, we felt very lucky to have found it."

    They have 2 beautiful dogs at the main house, if you are not a dog fan don’t worry they won’t pester or bother you, if you are they are a delight. The house has a lovely sized kitchen, a very comfortable lounge, very comfortable bed with gorgeous bedding. The bedrooms are up in the eaves of the house, my husband is 6ft 8 and he coped quite well, we have stayed in much tighter spaces. The owners are lovely, very knowledgeable about the local area, they are just across the garden if you need them otherwise you are left in peace. What a fabulous view this house has, we had a chill out Sunday with a roast dinner and just walked the grounds can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ClaireFeb 2022

  • "The Stables is a lovely, well appointed and comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting, which was a pleasure to come back to each afternoon."

    Mark, the owner & the two dogs were friendly & welcoming & the various goodies left for us were very much enjoyed. We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MarilynJan 2022

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at the stables over the Christmas holidays."

    The owners had gone to some trouble to make us welcome with various gifts of food, drink, candles, even a fully decorated Christmas tree. The property was well furnished and more than adequately equipped as a holiday rental. The one slight disappointment was the electric shower which lacked much power. Otherwise the property was very comfortable and we had a great time. The garden and river views were a bonus. A great choice for anyone wishing to stay in this area.

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2021

  • "We had a lovely week's stay at The Stables, the cottage had everything we wanted and more to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable."

    The owners were very friendly and the welcome gift was very much appreciated and the dogs were very entertaining

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2021

  • "A wonderful detached property within the large grounds of the owners property."

    Boasting secure castle walls, views of The river Medway and beautiful gardens with seating overlooking Upnor castle. Situated a two minute walk from two pubs and a five or ten minute drive to whichever supermarket you choose, this self catering haven is ideally situated to radiate to the many nearby attractions. Sitting in the garden there is just a whisper of sound amongst the beautiful bird song to remind you there is still life out there somewhere (should you want it) so peace and tranquillity are assured or those wishing to relax and read and if you wish to watch tv, a DVD from the many available, or listen to your favourite music there are no others around to be disturbed or disturb your enjoyment. Comfortable, clean and well equipped this little gem is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2021

  • "The Stables is a lovely quiet place to stay for the week, great cottage in very nice surroundings and it was a pleasure to stay there."

    Reviewed by RachaelOct 2021

  • "An absolutely beautiful setting but with easy access to a multitude of interesting places."

    The owners, who live nearby, were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "A comfortable base in an extremely interesting situation."

    Very welcoming hosts, would defintely recommend.

    Reviewed by YvonneAug 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation and grounds with very friendly owners and their dogs."

    This was a very interesting region to stay in. We explored some of the areas known to Charles Dickens and walked various parts of the Saxon Shore Way. Plenty to see within easy reach by car too - Whitstable, various National Trust places. A week is not enough to do the area justice!

    Reviewed by StellaJul 2021

  • "It was absolutely lovely."

    The owner made us most welcome, the accommodation was well equipped ,really comfortable, clean ,tastefully decorated and furnished . Obviously a great deal of thought had been given to making The Stables the perfect get away from it all break . We were also able to enjoy the lovely grounds and pool which as we had beautiful weather we made good use of .

    Reviewed by HazelJun 2021

  • "A beautiful setting and welcoming hosts."

    The cottage was so charming and homely. The kids loved the garden and the pool, we would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

  • "We’ve stayed in quite a few holiday cottages in our time and ‘The Stables’ is up there with the best."

    Set in pleasant grounds, the accommodation is comfortable and spacious. The railway stations at Strood and Higham are about a 15 minute car journey away so it’s conveniently located for those wishing to travel up to London. Also the attractions of Upnor Castle, Rochester and Chatham’s historic dockyard are close by. We would definitely look to stay again next time we’re in the area.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2021

  • "Excellent location, very private in large grounds."

    Owner Mark is always pleasant and helpful and the two dogs Biscuit and Truffles are adorable. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Positive review"

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the stables!"

    Lots to do in the area. Our boys enjoyed the pool and the setting is amazing. The cottage is extremely comfortable.

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2020

  • "The stables are situated in large private grounds, if the weather was warmer would have been lovely to sit out and dine with the view of Upnor Castle and the River Medway, It has everything you could need to enjoy your stay, (the bed was so comfortable), It is perfectly situated to visit many attractions, and has a choice if pubs in walking distance if you want to eat out."

    The hosts are on hand for any help if required but leave you to enjoy your stay, For us the dogs were a plus we enjoyed the visits from them,

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2020

  • "Such a wonderful place to stay,very nice people who run it and very helpful."

    It is in easy reach to motorway and surrounding towns. It was a wonderful relaxing place to stay.

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2020

  • "A pleasant stay in a quite neck of the woods."

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "The cottage was comfy and a warm retreat in a little haven of a village."

    The owners were welcoming and not too intrusive. A lovely welcome pack was waiting for us. The owners had also supplied lots of bits which are normally missing in holiday cottages such as hand soap, toilet rolls and cleaning products which was lovely. There is loads to do in the area, walking, seaside towns, historic towns and very close to blue water for some retail therapy!

    Reviewed by RuthNov 2019

  • "Excellent location and hosts."

    Beautiful and quiet grounds. It was lovely to walk around the gardens and there were 2 friendly dogs who loved to play with a ball.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2019

  • "The Stables were a delight, cosy and the back drop of the castle was amazing."

    The High Street just around the corner was in another world with 2 pubs! Down the wooded Lane to Lower Upnor were 2 more pubs, a Restaurant (don't order Steak thou) and lovely walks and views over the Medway. Bus service (197) just ouside the Stable gates was very efficient, the driver even remembered us on the trip home. We did feel an upgrade to the very small and slippery bath replacing with a shower room is well overdue. The kitchen's backdoor glass needs attention, replacing with a Stable door would be in keeping with this lovely place. It would also keep the dogs out and still get fresh air on a hot day! You do need to be a dog lover to stay here, they want playing with all the time!

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2019

  • "Wonderful 10/10 beautiful cottage , peaceful grounds , owners always helpful if ..."

    Wonderful 10/10 beautiful cottage , peaceful grounds , owners always helpful if needed , my daughter swam for the the first time in there pool

    Reviewed by NJun 2019

  • "The Stables in Upper Upnor, Kent is a wonderful holiday cottage."

    We now live in Yorkshire, but originally come from Kent, so were down to visit family and friends and were delighted to have The Stables as our base for the week. It will definitely be at the top of our list of places to stay for our visits in the future.

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2018

  • "We loved almost everything ,the only slight thing and I really mean slight ."

    Is that the bath in the bathroom could do with being tidied up and up grade the tiles etc. As there was black on the tiles.

    Reviewed by JoyOct 2018

  • "This is an ideal spot to discover the area."

    The Stables is well appointed and the owners are on tap if you have any problems. However, I do not think you will have any. Bramble and Truffles are a hoot. The Tudor Rose and Powder&Magazine are excellent for food and are in walking distance. The grounds of the Upnor Castle offer peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the area.

    Reviewed by TrevorOct 2018

  • "We enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the surroundings and the wild life such as birds and squirrels ."

    There were also two dogs on the property belonging to the owners, they greeted us with enthusiasm every day and were a delight.We were made welcome in every way and would not hesitate to go back.There were two pubs just a stones throw away around the corner where we could go and eat .

    Reviewed by JaniceSep 2018

  • "Excellent cottage , wonderfull garden."

    Terrible roundabout to acces and leave Upnor.

    Reviewed by DirkAug 2018

  • "A very pleasant stay in a beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    Would definitely recommend ‘The Stables’.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2018

  • "Just idyllic this place is really lovely Mark and Nicky were superb hosts."

    Will definitely go back

    Reviewed by JennyApr 2018

  • "Friendly welcome, kept checking we were ok."

    Cottage was amazing.lots of original features. . A starter pack of tea/coffee etc for when we arrived. Beds really comfortable . Leaflets to explain history of nearby places were really interesting. 2 lovely dogs, 1 of them a very cute 10 week old jack Russell, the other a very friendly black lab. A fantastic place to stay.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "Very nice property in a lovely walled garden will stay at this property again"

    Reviewed by ChrisFeb 2018

  • "We had a most enjoyable week in this property, which was only two miles from my place of birth and former home in Strood, but which I had no idea was there!"

    The on-site owners were welcoming. They have made an excellent conversion of this former stable. Comfortable and adaquately equipped. Perhaps ONE request - as it is an over bath shower, a slip mat would improve safety. We had four visitors during the week, all of them locals. All were most impressed. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2017

  • "A lovely holiday home in a great historic setting."

    The pictures on the website show the house as it really is. Beautiful garden. Very clean and comfortable house. Very nice bedrooms with good beds. Just superb!!!

    Reviewed by PatrickJul 2017

  • "A very special place with a lot of comfort."

    Very nice garden and nice dogs.

    Reviewed by MarietteJul 2017

  • "A superb converted stables in a truly wonderful setting."

    Hosts could not have been more friendly.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2017

  • "We had a wonderful and relaxing week."

    Location was beautiful, the only negative thing was the missing wardrobes.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2017

  • "Very peaceful location."

    Beautiful gardens. Really comfortable cottage. Great welcome pack from owners. Two pubs serving food within a few minutes walk. Great views and lots of places to visit.!

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2017

  • "The Stables is a beautiful place - lovingly furnished, lots of character, well equipped, extremely comfy (wonderful beds and sofas!"

    ) and in a quiet setting. The friendly owners were very helpful and easy-going. Loved our stay there!

    Reviewed by DorotheeFeb 2017

  • "This is our second visit to the stables,it is in a really beautiful tranquil setting."

    The cottage is very comfortable and furnished to a very high standard .The gardens are lovely to walk round the views over upnor castle and the Medway are brilliant ,This cottage is just what you need after being out and about all day ,we were quite happy to cook in the well equipped kitchen,but in the small village 200yds away ,2 pubs both do food ,and half a mile away is lower upnor which has another 2 pubs both do food .we love this cottage and we will be back Kent is a lovely place to visit lots to do and see.

    Reviewed by Patricia JoanOct 2016

  • "A jewel of a cottage in a superb location."

    Reviewed by IanOct 2016

  • "Fabulous accommodation to visit Kent owners lovely welcome pack very thoughtful."

    Reviewed by Patricia JoanSep 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in the grounds of a large owners house."

    It was good to have the owners close by to resolve any problems immediatley. Very quiet yet close to London also lots of attractions close by.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas range with oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio and lawn area with furniture
  • Shared use of owner's extensive grounds, croquet lawn and swimming pool (available May -Sep) by arrangement
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: This cottage accepts children aged 5 and above
  • Note: The bedrooms are set into the attic and have sloping ceilings, care to be taken
  • Note: The owner's who live on site have two friendly dogs, a Labrador and a Jack Russell
  • Note: All bedding is feather and down but alternative bedding is available by arrangement with the owner
  • Please note that this property accepts a minimum of a 4 night stay unless agreed prior with the owner
  • Please contact the office if you are wanting a shorter break.

The property

This fabulous holiday home is set in the grounds of Upnor Castle House, in Upper Upnor, and offers guests the chance to experience a unique style of self-catering cottage with views of the River Medway, Upnor Castle and so much more!

This spacious detached cottage has been lovingly transformed from what was once a stable block serving the main residence into a spacious, comfortable holiday cottage, therefore combining a traditional property with the demands of modern day living.

The two delightful bedrooms are positioned either side of the family bathroom on the first floor.

The master double bedroom has a wrought iron bed which allows for guests to enjoy the beauty of each morning from their window.

The large kitchen with its dining area makes for a perfect place for guests to come together and enjoy each other’s company over a long, lingering dinner and a bottle of wine.

Perhaps you will want to dine alfresco during your stay, with the Italian kitchen and its pizza oven only a few steps from the cottage and complete with outdoor seating, what could be a better place?

The sitting room has lots of comfy seating, so on a warm evening open the French doors and let the summer breeze drift through as you settle down to exchange news and views or watch a film on the TV.

If holidaying during the summer, you will have the chance to take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, or laze and relax with a good book on the loungers that are positioned in this haven of tranquillity.

While enjoying this beautiful sunspot you could be forgiven if you thought you were somewhere more exotic when you see the figs and bananas growing, this sheltered sunspot is a perfect retreat.

For those who have energy to wear off, then there is the grass tennis court or croquet lawn to use, making this cottage a picture perfect English country house experience.

You may never wish to leave this wonderful holiday home, but only a short drive and you will find yourself in historic Rochester where Charles Dickens was born and died.

In memory to this son of Rochester, the village hosts Dickens’ Week each year.

This lovely city, with its cathedral and castle to explore, cobbled streets, quaint shops and tea rooms, makes for a historic and eventful day out.

Also from the nearby Strood railway station you can be at London St Pancras International in around 35 minutes.

This beautiful holiday home, set in magnificent grounds, with a castle for its nearest neighbour, is the ideal choice at any time of the year.

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About the location


Rochester 3 miles; Chatham Historic Dockyard 4 miles; Maidstone 10 miles; London 35 miles; Canterbury 35 miles.

The village of Upper Upnor and its sister Lower Upnor are located on the banks of the River Medway and opposite St Mary's Creek. The cobbled streets dating back centuries, pass dozens of terrace cottages some of which are Grade II listed and many still displaying the Kentish weatherboarding that at one time could be seen all over this part of Kent. Quaint and quirky, this village seems left behind in time, tucked away in the Kent countryside you may never have known it was there, but for a brief time in history the castle and its riverside village was an important part of Tudor England and was a stronghold to protect the British fleet moored at Chatham Docks from invasion, however, in 1667 it failed in its brave attempt to stem the Dutch attack and was left to join the pages of history. Now a well visited English Heritage property, Upnor Castle is often used as a wedding venue. Upper Upnor is the perfect setting for an evening stroll along the riverside, watching the ships and boats passing by, then drop into one of the two pubs for some liquid refreshment before making your way home. For those looking for a full day out, Rochester is well worth a trip. This was the birthplace of Charles Dickens and many of the settings in his books are based on the places in the city. Indeed there is a Dickens' Week each year, where there are costume parades and street markets all celebrating Rochester's greatest son. Rochester Castle is open to the public and its towering keep is one of the tallest in England and in places the walls are 12 feet thick! This lovely part of Kent offers so much more than you may first think, a day in Rochester, a week in Upper Upnor and never a bored moment. You are also only a 30 minute train journey from St Pancras station and have easy access to Dover and the channel tunnel.

Region Information

Note: This cottage accepts children aged 5 and above.
Note: Swimming pool open May - Sept (weather dependent)
Please note that this property accepts a minimum of a 4 night stay unless agreed prior with the owner. Please contact the office if you are wanting a shorter break.