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The Stables

Upper Upnor, Kent, ME2 4XE (Ref. 919503)



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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Review(s)

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

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

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

    - Ms Jackson, September 2021

About 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.


  • 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.

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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.