Kate Phillips would like to welcome you to the Orchard Cottage website

ABOUT US

Nestled in the Kent Downs near Canterbury is Orchard Cottage Holidays, providing self catering accommodation on a family run small holding.

Whether you want to get away from the hurly burly of modern city life or simply want to explore Kent’s countryside, a holiday in one of our two orchard mobile homes (“The Summer & The Everglade”) will help you do it. We provide a quiet remote rural location with the caravans sitting in an old Kentish orchard which is both spacious and tranquil allowing you to completely unwind.

During your stay you can enjoy the farm animals, meet the horses and taste our home produce – fruit from the orchard (apple, pear, plum and cherry) and free range eggs.

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SEE OUR ANIMALS

Cuthbert

Meet Cuthbert, the Hebridean ram.  Cuthbert is father to the lambs born to my ewes, usually around the Easter holidays.  Just in time for the spring sunshine and grass.

Scout

Sierra’s best friend is called Scout, and is my daughter Megan’s riding pony.  He is an older gentleman and has joined us for a quieter lifestyle in semi-retirement.

Sierra

Sierra has been with us since a foal and is very much part of the family.  She has a lovely nature and is very inquisitive, always wanting to know what is going on.

Lambs

Spring is a busy time with the ewes having their babies and the ‘sock’ lambs arriving.  These are orphan lambs that I rear on bottles.  They are friendly and will follow anyone with a bottle of milk.

Hebridean Ewes

Our four Hebridean Ewes help to maintain the orchard through light grazing, they are mountain sheep that are light footed and willing to eat most things.  They are part of our conservation plan for our small holding as we are committed to making our home as wildlife friendly as we can.

Pepper

Pepper is the Orchard Cottage cat, he is semi feral and from a rescue centre.  He is not a sociable cat but he is a fantastic mouser and is partial to a rabbit.  You may  see him hunting out in the orchard.

Pigs

The pigs have arrived at Orchard Cottage and are getting to know their paddock.  They enjoy the windfall fruit  from the orchard for tea.

The Girls

The girls supply us with fresh eggs.  You will often find them wandering around the garden, stables, and orchard.  Please ask while you are staying with us if you would like fresh eggs

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THE ORCHARD

The Orchard is a beautiful and tranquil place to visit. We have five varities of eating apples including Bramley’s, Cherry Trees, Victoria Plums, Greengage’s, Giant Plums and two varieties of Pears. There is an abundance of wildlife that either lives in or visits the orchard. Ranging from Pheasant, Partridge and Quail, to Rabbits and Badgers. Also a wide variety of birds including Finches, Tits and two types of Woodpecker.

We manage the small holding with conservation in mind, using Hebridean sheep to graze the orchard. Our pigs are free range enjoying a wooded corner from April to October, providing us with excellent quality meat. We have a small number of chickens and a bantam cockerel called Lucky, these wander freely in the garden and orchard during the day.

Our holidays provide a perfect way to enjoy Kent’s countryside; whether you want to explore on foot, by bicycle or just soak up the peace and quiet on your own deck. Orchard Cottage lends itself to people wanting a quiet holiday.

 

WHATS NEW

Thank you to all my guests for the lovely reviews and recommendations. Both my holidays…

New lambs born Easter week at Orchard Cottage. This is Isabella at 30 minutes old.

This spring the Hebridean ewes had their babies; 3 girls and a boy.  The lambs…

  • iconPaul & Jenny July 2016

    Lovely caravan in an idyllic location.

    "Access is via narrow country lanes but this isn't a problem as there is very little traffic. Ideal base to explore Canterbury and the Kent coastal resorts of Herne Bay, Whitstable, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, which we did during our recent five night stay. If you are looking for a quiet country retreat in a beautiful setting then this is the place for you."
  • iconJoanne May 2016

    What a lovely place and such a privilege to be here to enjoy it!

    " Thank you for the sweet surprise, we hope next time we will have more time to enjoy it all."
  • iconNic & Family May 2016

    With our thanks for providing such a welcome haven on our overnight visit to Kent.

    "With our thanks for providing such a welcome haven on our overnight visit to Kent."
  • iconJennifer March 2016

    Orchard Cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

    "The animals are fun to watch and the welcome warm and friendly. The caravan has everything you need and it feels like home. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay, Orchard Cottage is a rare gem."
  • iconMr & Mrs Dowling July 2016

    We had a wonderful week

    "Kate, the host, was friendly and helpful, with advise on the local area. She provided flowers, milk and a scrumptious jam sponge on arrival. The van was attractive, comfortable and well equipped, even a table, chairs and parasol on the decking area. There are sheep, pigs, chickens and horses on site which you can feed with the owner. The area is perfect for walkers and cyclists. We had some amazing and varied walks through beautiful woods and countryside with stunning views across Kent. Be prepared for some steep uphill climbs! Only 8 miles from Canterbury, Ashford and Faversham if you want to visit. We will definitely be staying again."