Dave and I have been talking about how much we’d love to go back to England. Last time we spent most of our vacation in London, but we’d like to get out of the city a little more and see other parts of the country someday. This lovely old Tudor with its adjoining cottage on Sandwich Bay, for instance, would be an amazing place to stay.
According to the rental site, “Sandwich Bay is a long sweeping inlet of the sea on the east coast of Kent. Sandwich is known for being one of the best preserved medieval towns in the UK; within the old town walls the many beautiful period houses have changed little since the creation of the Domesday Book, making it a great destination for history lovers.”
Property Consultant Julie says, “To find such a striking Tudor manor right on the seafront is quirky enough, but the sweet-as-pie cottage adjoined to the main house is truly a unique home which guests won’t want to leave…”
Can you tell I’ve had vacation on my mind a lot lately? Last week I was daydreaming about going to Maine and now I’m planning imaginary trips to the U.K. Too bad I’ve got a big college tuition bill due for my son next month that takes priority. But let’s not think about that now! Let’s see how they decorated the Tudor and focus on that instead…
The listing says, “Perfectly placed for couples looking for a stylish break away not far from London, the resplendent Arts and Crafts-inspired decor will delight discerning guests and is just a pebble’s throw from the beach at Sandwich Bay.”
Oh, to have a Smeg…
This bedroom is in the cottage and looks so cozy. Makes me want to crawl in right now and take a nap:
There’s even a playroom if you want to bring the kids:
This bedroom was decorated with classic William Morris wallpaper:
I was charmed by this green bedroom with the shuttered windows and small fireplace:
I grew up reading as many English novels as I could get my hands on. I saved my allowance for weeks to buy an entire set of Jane Austen’s novels at our local bookstore, and they’re sitting on the bookshelf next to me as I type this.
To be honest, that’s probably why I became an English Lit major in college. It sure wasn’t to get into a high-paying career after graduation! Ha.
The listing says, “The Restoratory has a sweet al fresco dining courtyard area where the call of the gulls will provide the soundtrack to your day. The traditional clapperboard beach huts provide a quirky addition to the gardens in which children will be delighted to find shrimping nets (the beach is one of the best for shrimping in the UK!).”
I’d love to walk through the town and see all the medieval-era houses, wouldn’t you? Visit Unique Home Stays for all the photos and information about renting both the main house (The Restoratory) and the adjoining cottage (The Butlery).
P.S. Looking for charming houses to rent in the U.K. is kind of an obsession of mine even when I’m not planning a vacation. Here are a few more that I found…