Situated in the beautiful south-eastern corner of England is a county that borders London, Sussex and Surrey. Kent is ‘The Garden’ of England – named because of the abundance of fruit, flowers and vegetables that are grown here. The glorious Kent countryside is home to many hop gardens, the orchards are resplendent in blossom during the Spring and early summer, then as the Autumn months begin to creep into sight, the trees become swollen with glorious fruit.
The county is also home to several large ports – Folkestone, Dover and of course the Channel Tunnel – which means that you could wake up in one of England’s prettiest villages, cross the 20 odd miles of the channel and spend the day shopping in Normandy, Calais, or the picturesque Honfleur and still be home in time for supper!
First, the historical significance of the district of Kent is truly amazing. Home to several famous homes of historic men and women of influence, the area is also fantastic for historical architecture. Ightham Mote for example, is one of the oldest castles in England, dating back to medieval times. Not far from this castle is the Hever Castle, where Ann Boleyn lived as a girl before becoming romantically involved with Henry Tudor VIII. Kent has more historic houses than any other county – Knole, Scotney, Penshurst Place, Chartwell, Groombridge Place, Finchcocks, Tonbridge, Hever, Chillham, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castles, and Rochester to name but a few. Be sure to do your research and find only a couple that you think you would really enjoy so that you can peruse the grounds at your leisure.
Kent is also home to some truly amazing woodlands gardens that can be enjoyed all year round, although they are most resplendent in the summertime. They are perfect places to picnic, walk or cycle about. The Miniature World Garden at Lullingstone Castle is a must-visit destination, a small garden with tiny continents outlined in pebbles and filled with plants native to their respective continents. The real garden, itself, is built in much the same way, although it takes 80 minutes to walk all over the entire earth’s garden. The garden is home to many different kinds of orchids that can be found all over the earth, and yet reside on the castle grounds in Kent. For a fantastic woodland adventure, visit Shorne Woods Country Park, a free day out but with a café within the park for an idyllic afternoon tea.
The restaurants in the area are masters of producing tasty dishes with the local produce that is so famous. In addition, many restaurants draw on their abundance of fresh seafood to create amazing meals. Fresh, delicious, and creative, all the restaurants offer a unique taste with one common theme: freshness. None will leave you bored.
Tanner Farm Park is one of the best motorhome or caravanning parks in the region. They host over 100 pitches for tents, caravans, or motorhomes, each complete with 16-amp hookup. The park contains a shop, which is open from 8:30am-6:00pm, selling all you could need, including calor gas, and will re-freeze your ice-packs with a voluntary small donation to charity as an option. The bathrooms contain the usual toilets and hot showers, however both blocks have disabled access, with one block containing an adapted shower for ease of use. In addition, they offer access to wireless broadband, dog walks, cycle paths and a library to be enjoyed. The farm is located just outside of Kent with easy access to many of the county’s tourist attractions. If you desire more information, the reception has leaflets and local knowledge on offer.
Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent TN12 9ND.
If you wish to stay near the port for a ferry ride over to Normandy or Calais, Hawthorne Farm in Dover is the place for you. Set in 27 acres and meticulously landscaped, this exquisite site is close to nature whilst still being easily connected to the outside world thanks to convenient public transport links. The site is protected by a security barrier for added peace of mind, with the park containing their own café, takeaway service, shop and laundry facilities so that most of what you need is close by.
The local village of Martin Mill is a short walk away, and has a welcoming atmosphere with quaint pubs, cafés, shops and the local railway station. Playing fields are over the road from the site, for those who have boisterous children or grandchildren visiting, however for a steadier pace the walking paths in the surrounding area are fantastic.
The majority of the site is made up of static caravans, with residential homes and holiday homes to let. The campsite is at the far end of the grounds in its own separate area. There is plenty of room for games and picnics, and the use of the facilities is included for the duration of your stay.
Martin Mill, Dover, Kent CT15 5LA.
If Ramsgate is your area of interest, or luxury is your Holiday Park or Residential Park desire, then The Foxhunter Park is the place for you. A 5* Park with a wealth of leisurely amenities on offer from a heated outdoor pool with Roman whirlpool, to a European lagoon garden complete with the busts of beautiful maidens. An 18-hole putting course, tennis court and a Children’s adventure playground are also among the luxuries available. The Restaurant has a Bar and a takeaway option, if you do not wish to dine in or prepare a meal, with the Clubhouse open most evenings until late for the night owl’s on site. Amusements for children can be found in their own club, with arcade games, shows and daily competitions – allowing you a little R&R time.
The Village of Monkton is very picturesque and not far from the coast, it is a short walk to the local beaches or a trip via the bus service. Statics are available to rent on site and the family that run the park are more than happy to help in any way they can.
Monkton, Near Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4JG.
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Sandra Hamilton writes for lifesure for their static caravan insurance. Sandra has had many years experience of blogging on a wide range of topics including park homes, static caravans and motor homes.