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Bonnington Cottage

Muddy says: A quintessential English cottage set within the grounds of Goodnestone Park – perfect for a break with the family or a cosy bolt-hole for two!

If you fancy taking a step back in time and experiencing first-hand one of Jane Austen’s favourite places then consider Bonnington Cottage for your holiday with the family. Or ditch the younger lot and go à deux for a more cosy affair.

Located on the Goodnestone Park estate, owned by Lord and Lady Fitzwalter and a regular haunt of Jane Austen, Bonnington Cottage is just a short walk to the quaint village of Goodnestone. Jane Austen’s brother married into the Fitzwalter family and you can follow in her footsteps by visiting Goodnestone Park’s beautiful gardens which are open from April to September each year.

The cottage started its life as a 15th century granary and was converted to a farmhouse in the Victorian era. After much love and attention, it has now been transformed into an idyllic holiday home with that picture-perfect chocolate box exterior coupled with an elegant country style interior that has all of your creature comforts so it can be a home from home affair.

The cottage is incredibly well-equipped for self-catering with a modern kitchen and can be enjoyed all year round. Flop out in its pretty cottage garden during the summer or get snug in the sitting room with its cosy log burner during the winter months. There are two bedrooms, one master bedroom with kingsize bed and one twin room, so perfect for small families or two couples.

The historic city of Canterbury is within reach, with its majestic cathedral, museums, shops and restaurants plus the charming seaside towns of Sandwich, Deal and Whitstable are easily accessible by car. The cottage is located on a quiet country lane and surrounded by lovely walks so whatever the weather, you will have plenty to see and explore!

Finally – as music to our ears, if you really can’t be faffed with putting on a meal when you return from your day out, just head to the local pub. The Fitzwalter Arms is an old-school boozer, within walking distance, that offers pub classics as well as seasonal specials. Plus they do a good kiddie menu. Job done!

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