About this listing
Our home is being lovingly renovated, as it was in a very sorry state when we moved here in 2009. It has been a labour of love and is ongoing. We are artist and musician's friendly. We have many personal interests and willing to share.
This family room can be arranged as two separate single beds, or as a super king-size bed, as you desire.
Welcome to the medieval village of Charing in Kent - the Garden of England and Chaucer country. Set in the mid-Kent countryside this small village remains unspoilt and beautiful. An ideal spot for walkers, cyclists, artists and photographers, the country side views are stunning all year round.
Our late Victorian house is being carefully restored in traditional cosy style and has a comfortable and modern ambience. We ask you to read all parts of our profile carefully, to make sure that you understand what you are booking for, including the style of breakfast offered.
Here we have one double bedroom available, with two single beds, which can turn into a super kingsize bed, plus there is space for a child's bed.
The spacious family bathroom, with shower and roll top bath also has underfloor heating. There are two other separate toilets as well, one on the ground floor.
The house is just 5 mins walk from Charing railway station on the main line to London, Canterbury, and Ashford International which gives quick access to London, Paris, Brussels, Marseille and Continental Europe.
Also close are the historic towns of Canterbury, Rochester and Tenterden - worth a visit for sightseeing and shopping.
Local amenities include good restaurants and fine old country pubs, as well as shopping at the famous Ashford Designer Outlet and country markets close by.
The area has many places of interest to appeal to all tastes - Leeds, Bodiam and Dover Castles are within easy reach, as well as famous gardens like Sissinghurst, the secret gardens of Sandwich, and the well known Rare Breeds Children's Farm at Woodchurch.
Britain's most haunted village - Pluckley, is only a few minutes away, great fun for the ghost hunter!
For the more active, local sporting facilities include, Golf, Fishing, Boating, Gliding, Parachuting, Ballooning, Shooting and Horse Riding. Charing has a horse racing track, which hosts several annual point to point events, and racing at Folkestone is only a short journey away.
The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies above this area. Nearby WW2 airfields are still flying vintage aircraft locally, including Spitfires. The RAF Memorial at Folkestone is a focus for flying displays in the summer.
Children love the nearby coast with sandy beaches, as well as Kent's unique and world famous Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature steam railway. The famous pig racing at the Rare Breeds Centre is a must in the summer months.
We are two friendly and welcoming adults, and an affectionate female cat. We speak fluent Portuguese, fairly good Spanish, and will have a go at French and Italian. Professional Complementary Therapies are available by prior arrangement - please enquire by email.
There is wireless internet connection and TV. Continental breakfast included. Tea & coffee in your room, hairdryer and bath robes. Free car parking.
Charing is a beautiful and welcoming village close to the North Downs, with great walks and many amenities.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family. Please let us know in advance if you have any specific or unusual requirements.
Guests have access to their upstairs bedroom, bathroom, downstairs communal areas, kitchen and garden. Unfortunately our house is not suitable for people with severe physical disabilities. Please enquire before booking, as we are a 'can do family'.
Interaction with Guests
We are normally around during the day, and are willing to offer advice and guidance on things to do around here, or help you out with any queries or difficulties. We are easy going and helpful, and also appreciate our space and privacy. It's a balance that has been easily achieved with most guests.
We live fairly close to the centre of our village, with shops, post office and Pubs, and near the crossroads with the A20 main road. This road can be busy during the day, specially in the summer months during harvest time, and the holiday period. Once in a while (on average once a year), operation stack is imposed on the M20 motorway, so traffic increases on the A20 during the day. However, traffic lightens considerably after about 9.00 pm, and you should have no difficulty in getting a quiet and restful night's sleep. Most of our guests confirm this too.
Our house is just five minutes' walk to Charing Railway station, with direct connection to central London, and Ashford International Station. We have a bus service connecting Maidstone with Ashford and Folkestone. Charing is on the famous Pilgrim's route taking walkers to Canterbury. The area is also very good for cycling. There is free car parking just two minutes' walk from our house.
Other Things to Note
Our Victorian home has the original victorian stairs to access the first floor of the house; these stairs are slightly narrow, and may not be suitable for guests who have mobility restrictions. There is a hand rail fitted to the stairs. Please email beforehand to check any personal requirements.
Bedtime is around 11-11.30 pm and we are flexible, so long as noise is kept down.
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 9.30 am, as we both work from home.
Smoking is allowed in the garden only – thank you!
Pets are welcome by prior arrangement. We request that you bring your pet's own bedding, as animals are not allowed to sleep on your bed. There are no exceptions for this.
We also ask that you bring your pet's own water and food bowls. An old towel to place under the bowls will avoid spillages of food and water on the bedroom carpet.
We request that you leave outdoor shoes downstairs or outside your bedroom.
We politely request that you replace (or pay for) any accidental breakages or damage.
We want you to enjoy your stay, and this is our home too. Please ask if you need anything in particular, or you have any questions.
We request that you do not eat in your bedroom - thanks. Dried foods are ok. We have had stains left on the carpet and furniture from berry fruits and dark liquids, some of which have been difficult to remove. We hope that you understand. We are trying to keep rules to a minimum; some have been added due to recent incidents.
About the Host, Grace
I live with my husband Ken in a small village in the beautiful county of Kent - the garden of England. We both work from home, and have a friendly female cat. We love traveling and making new friends. We use natural medicine, and enjoy reading, cooking, the theatre, walking in the countryside, growing vegetables and gardening. We are easygoing and flexible, and enjoy good company and a good laugh.