Cottage rental in Ashbank, Kent

Property reference 364156
7 nights:
£788 - £1,238
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Nestled within the grounds of the beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent sits this quaint holiday cottage. A wonderful base from which to build a perfect holiday with the family, in a fabulous, unique location. More details...


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Leeds Castle is just a few miles from the Kentish town of Maidstone and has been quoted as “the loveliest castle in the world”. Set within 500 acres of stunning parkland and with a host of things to do you would be hard pressed to find a more magical place to stay. With a moated castle, spacious grounds and even a maze there is plenty to keep everyone amused for a whole day out.

For those who like excitement Leeds Castle also has a Go Ape attraction which is a high wire climbing adventure through the treetops. Take to the trees and speed down the zip lines, enjoy the rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings all set high above the forest floor.

Why not have a go at a Segway Tour and take in the sights and sounds of the castle not usually seen by visitors on foot, the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Perhaps finish off your tour by having a cream tea in the Fairfax Hall the converted barn restaurant within the grounds.

Maybe a hot air balloon flight is more to your liking. Simply nothing can compare with the sensation and experience of a flight in the Leeds Castle Hot Air Balloon. Flying shortly after sunrise or before sunset, a flight over the stunning Kent countryside is an exhilarating yet tranquil experience that will be remembered long after the flight is over. A Leeds Castle Hot Air Balloon ride makes an unusual, exciting and surprising gift for those special occasions.

For golf enthusiasts don’t forget to bring your golf clubs, with a par 33 2681 yard course within the grounds, what better way to spend an afternoon, you could even book a lesson with the castle PGA golf professional Steve Purves.

If falconry is your thing why not book some time with the castle falconer, Mark Brattle, You will never forget the moment when a hawk first swoops down and lands on your gloved fist. This experience will be offered for the first time during 2012, be one of the first to take part in this new exhilarating experience.

For those wishing to make a day trip to France, Kent offers both the Eurostar Train at Ashford and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone which will transport you to a French location in 30 minutes – just don’t forget to pack your passport! And with London being less than an hour’s drive from the doorstep you are ideally placed for exploring the South East.

For more ideas please visit our ‘things to do’ section on the website.


  • Property types

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  • General

  • Kitchen

    Tumble dryer
    Electric hob
    Washing machine
  • Living room

    DVD player
  • Bathrooms

    Double shower
  • Bedrooms

    Twin beds
  • Leisure activities

    Swimming pool


Guards House sleeps 6+2 in 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms

Ground Floor

Living room with seating for 6, woodburning stove, TV and DVD player

Kitchen with pantry, dishwasher, electric oven with electric hob, table with seating for 6

Shower room with double shower, washing machine and tumble dryer

First Floor

Master bedroom (sleeps 2) double sleigh bed, fitted wardrobe

Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2) double zip link bed which can either be made up as a double or twin, dressing table, chest of drawers

Bedroom 3 (sleeps 2) has twin beds, fitted wardrobe

Family bathroom with bath with shower over


The garden overlooks a woodland area, mainly laid to lawn with a raised terrace area


Includes free access to Leeds Castle and grounds and use of Health Club, including swimming pool, at the nearby Mercure Hotel.

Guards House is a truly unique place to stay which oozes an abundance of charm and character. The light and spacious rooms, beautiful soft furnishings and a large garden backing onto woodland; this self-catering holiday cottage would be a perfect base for those wishing to explore the Kent countryside. Situated on the outskirts of the majestic Leeds Castle steeped in history being a 200 year old former barrack room, the cottage is extremely quiet and peaceful. There is a wonderful feeling of space and light throughout creating a really comfortable ambience. It is a walker’s paradise with acres of castle grounds to explore, what more could you want from a short break or longer vacation with friends and family.

Guests are given a free pass to the castle and are welcome to wander around the castle and grounds at leisure and enjoy everything that this magical place has to offer. The nearby Mercure Hotel also offers use of their gym and leisure facilities, so pack your gym kit and swim suit!


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