The cottage is ideally located within a park in the cathedral city of Canterbury, just steps to everything the city offers. Beautifully remodeled, the cottage offers a standard of luxury and quality unmatched within the city walls.
Our cottage's unique location within a city park in the heart of Canterbury offers the best of all worlds - a idyllic, peaceful setting but just minutes of the city centre, cathedral, restaurants and shopping. We have carefully remodeled the cottage to provide every modern convenience while preserving its historic character. With a well equipped kitchen, living and dining rooms, plus two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cottage is especially well-suited to families or couples traveling together. Laundry facilities, your own private walled garden, and private parking further add to the cottage's appeal.
--From the Gardener to the Chauffeur--
The first Gardener’s Cottage was built in Dane John in 1812 by John Simmonds (James Simmons in some records), a banker and city alderman who had obtained permission to improve the public land of Dane John Field as an “ornament to the city, conducive to the pleasure and health of all the inhabitants”. He did so at considerable personal expense, and for his trouble was rewarded by being summoned to court for non-payment of a small debt! He returned the land to the city in anger, whereupon it fell into disrepair until the city took over its upkeep in the second half of the century, building the current cottage for the head gardener in 1877.
The cottage became the home of Kay Seymour in 1975. Kay, who had driven ambulances in WWII in heavily-bombed Portsmouth and had always loved driving, found herself bored and struggling to make ends meet in retirement, so when she saw a job advertised for a chauffeur to the Mayor of Canterbury, she applied for the job (fibbing slightly about her true age) and became the first woman civic chauffeur in England. She lived in the house until her death in 2006, when her daughters renovated the cottage as you find it today.
Full use of the house and private walled garden, with off-street parking for one vehicle onsite.
Общение с гостями
We greet you upon arrival, with a few welcoming amenities to ease the start of your stay. For longer stays, we provide interval cleaning at a mutually convenient time and day.
Другие важные подробности
As many guests have commented, our kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped for those who like to cook. The private walled cottage garden is a lovely space to enjoy in warmer weather. You may park your car off-street, right by the front door of the cottage. (Parking is a very valuable amenity within Canterbury's city walls!)
Smoking and pets are not allowed in the cottage or garden. We ask our guests to live lightly in the house, respecting its age.
We do not ask for a security deposit however we do politely request all our guests