Local Information about Rodmersham Green, Kent

Green cottages are situated in the conservation area of the village of Rodmersham Green near Sittingbourne on the North Kent coast. Close to good transport links, these luxury cottages are very convenient as a location to explore Kent and also for day trips to London or the Continent.

The cottages are opposite the village pub; the Fruiterers Arms run by Tony and Adrian. The pub serves bar and restaurant meals including their speciality steak on a stone. The village shop Rodmersham Coffee and Shop, run by Paula, is 4 doors away from the cottages, and sells a variety of local produce, papers, magazines, teas, coffees, cakes, lunches and snacks. On a sunny day you can sit outside, relax and enjoy the view of village life. Pre-ordered food boxes (at an extra cost) are available from the store, ready for your arrival. Please ask for details.

Old Post Cottage and Candy Cottage are a great base for exploring the Kent countryside with their close proximity to the beautiful North Kent Downs and Cromers Woods, a 28 hectare ancient woodland owned by the Kent Wildlife Trust, best visited in March to early July and October.

Just 2.5 miles from the cottages, east of Sittingbourne, you will be able to join the No.1 Cycle Route, which follows the North Kent coast passing through Rochester and Canterbury. The ride takes you through the village of Conyer, along the creek side and past the yacht club - it’s worth stopping off at The Ship at Conyer enroute! In addition there are some lovely local cycle routes we can advise on including rides through Rodmersham, Milstead and Bredgar and into the Kent Downs AONB and along the Pilgrims Way.

For steam enthusiasts, classic car/tractor buffs or children of all ages the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway opens its doors once a month (see links for opening times). BWLR has a delightful 2 foot gauge line tucked away in the heart of the Kent countryside, near the village of Bredgar in a richly wooded area of the North Kent Downs.

The Kent town of Faversham is a short drive away (or reasonable cycle ride) from the cottages and offers many attractions to the holidaymaker to explore more of Kent. The historic town centre is well worth a visit during your stay with many historic sites including Maison Dieu which are the remains of a medieval monastery - it has been a village museum since 1924 and is the oldest in England. Faversham's gunpowder mills have dominated the Kent town's industry for the last 400 years and the Chart Gunpowder Mills are well worth a visit; here you can see the 11 processes in making gunpowder.
Faversham is also the home of the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm - here you can spend a lovely day out and get a real taste of the fruit growing industry in Kent, sample the food in the café or buy local produce. Hops also feature in this area of Kent and the Faversham Brewery of Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewery in England, offers a wonderful two hour tour where it is also possible to sample the brews, a perfect trip out with all the family to learn more about Kent during your stay at these holiday cottages! The Faversham website contains lots of information about the town and local area including a what’s on listing and some fabulous walks and “food trails” (see links). Faversham Creekside is really interesting to visit with its moored Thames barges and quaint quayside. For those wanting to get closer to the sailing action they can book a trip on the Greta Thames barge, moored in Faversham and Whitstable or the Edith May in Lower Halstow. Once a year the famous Swale Match takes place (normally August) – a Thames barge sailing regatta. In winter the Edith May moors up in Lower Halstow and doubles as Tea Room (see link).

There are several glorious Kent gardens to explore for a fun day out during your stay at this Kent holiday cottage, including Mount Ephraim Gardens at Hernhill, where you can wander around the magical gardens and enjoy lunch or tea at the restaurant. There are also the Doddington Place Gardens and Belmont House and gardens which are both well worth a visit during your stay at the cottage.

The Historic Dockyard of Chatham, Kent, is a unique, award-winning maritime attraction - here you can explore 400 years of Kent history and there are costumed guides to show you around. This is a wonderful Kent attraction to visit with the children as there are a number of interactive displays and talks including making rope and exploring a submarine.

For older children, teenagers and even adults a trip to the Buckmore Park Go Karting Circuit is a fun day out whilst you're staying in this Kent holiday cottage. This is where Lewis Hamilton began his racing career! The circuit is open all week and it is possible to book special parties in advance.

The whole of the North Kent Coast is a lovely place to explore, from RSPB nature reserves for bird watching on Elmley Marshes on the Isle of Sheppey to harbours such as Whitstable where you can sample the famous oysters. With pretty beach huts and the traditional seaside resorts of Herne Bay, and Broadstairs, this is a very popular area of Kent for enjoying a traditional seaside holiday, and it is all on the doorstep of these traditional Kent holiday cottages.

The Cathedral City of Canterbury and the county town of Maidstone, both in Kent, are also both only approximately 15 miles away from the cottages.