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Doug, many thanks for sharing your wonderful property with us. Fabulous weekend, we are already discussing a return visit ... Best Regards.Read more…
Situated at the end of a 'no through road', in the depths of the Kent countryside is the tiny hamlet known locally as Dode. Virtually wiped out by The Black Death in the 14th century, all that remains of the original village is the small, former, Norman church, which was last used as a place of worship in 1367, then deconsecrated. Restored in the Victorian era, it is now a popular venue for civil wedding ceremonies. The site as a whole is steeped in ancient history, details of which can be obtained from the owner, who is an expert on the subject.
The two cottages stand just below the church and enjoy a really peaceful outlook across fields and up to woodland on Holly Hill. They offer a superb location for keen walkers with easy access onto the North Downs/Pilgrims Way, which leads to England's premier cathedral city of Canterbury.
Although well away from busy main roads, Dode is within easy driving distance of a number of visitor attractions, such as the incomparably beautiful Leeds castle, medieval Igtham Mote, Chartwell, former home of Sir Winston Churchill and the historic naval dockyard at Chatham. The cathedral city of Rochester with its Norman castle above the River Medway, is an easy drive as are the creeks and inlets of the north Kent coastline where there are a number of RSPB bird sanctuaries. London, via the M20 is an hour's drive.
The two cottages are timber framed, built of green oak with imaginative use of locally crafted wrought iron work. They are designed very much as small, country 'hideaways' - an ideal place for retreat and quiet reflection - with an intimate, medieval feel about them. Good use is made of the available living space, and they are well equipped for their size.
Woodside is the larger of the two cottages, with an extended living area and more comprehensive kitchen facilities. It has the added attraction of a hot tub in the downstairs double bedroom.
Entrance into open plan sitting room with flagstone floor, and comprising sitting, dining and fitted kitchen areas. Shower room/wc. Galleried double bedroom with hot tub and en suite shower room/ wc. Steep, solid open tread stairs with hand rail lead directly from living room into a bedroom/sleeping "loft" with small 'lookout' window, very low beamed ceiling and double bed.
Small, stone paved area at the cottage entrance and access to the two acres of grounds surrounding the cottages and church.
Doug, many thanks for sharing your wonderful property with us. Fabulous weekend, we are already discussing a return visit ... Best Regards.Michaela, Tara & Brenda, November 2016
A weekend we will never forget
We came to Woodside for a relaxing weekend to celebrate a birthday. We had a wonderful time walking our dogs and the hot tub is a real bonus. Beautiful cottage and surroundings. We were lucky enough to see inside Dode Church. A truly amazing place and topped what has been a weekend we will never forget. We will definitely be back very soon.The Gooch family and friend, Demi Gardener, February 2016
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Rural but Magical
Wonderful location and we both enjoyed our stay at Woodside for the two nights that we hired the cottage for in December. We were married on the grounds inside a beautiful church and ceremony was just magical. You must endeavour to visit Dode Church during your stay and take in the breathtaking views inside and out. There are some lovely walking areas for a good old ramble, a few local village pubs serving good food and at the end of the day you can have a relaxing soak back at the cottage in the hot tub which we enjoyed. Although there is no mobile phone reception due to poor signal there is a payphone at the cottage that can be used if needed. We would definitely go back again!Arji & Darren, February 2016.
We enjoyed our second consecutive year at Woodside and would highly recommend this beautiful place for a truly relaxing, peaceful holiday with wonderful views and walks.Fiona Bliss, December 2015
Warm and Cosy
We had a lovely Christmas in the cottage which was warm and cosy despite the horrible weather. How are we ever going to have Christmas without a hot tub now?!Dr Lucas, December 2015
For us this property was perfect and not even a night at The Ritz would have topped this magic experience!Mr and Mrs Perks, December 2015
The property is very tucked away down very narrow lanes, it is only a few miles to Rochester, a very underrated, beautiful city around the cathedral.Guest's review, August 16 2014.