Down in the depths of Kent, Chris and Michelle Whalley are quite a team – specialists in creating comfortable and often quirky glamping experiences, the latest of which is perhaps their weirdest creation yet: your very own Secret Garden, just like in the children's book of the same name – a tiny cabin hideaway with its own private and very secluded garden. This Secret Garden can be found alongside their very popular Treehouse and equally popular Honey Lodge log cabin in the small village of Blean, just above Canterbury a few miles from the south London's fave seaside resort of Whitstable on the north Kent coast.
Designed to blend in with the garden and its leafy surrounds, it's a cosy country bolthole for two, with a comfy king-sized pocket sprung mattress tucked up into framework of the wooden pod that looks out onto the outside through glass walls and through its glass ceiling. A wood-burner and underfloor heating help to keep you warm, and there's a gas hob for making a cup of tea or rudimentary meals. You also get a very well packed Welcome Pack full of breakfast and other goodies, milk and a bottle of Prosecco in the under-counter fridge-freezer, and a stable door opens from the side so you can don your complimentary towelling robe and slippers to dash to the two-person wooden hot tub and sit gazing up at the stars while enjoying a glass of bubbly. There is a flushing toilet and shower at the far end of the hideaway, equipped with Neal's Yard toiletries and fluffy towels, and when night falls you can fire up the outdoor firepit and relax under the stars, barbecuing your dinner and and toasting marshmallows to your heart's content.
Designed to be a bite-sized rural escape from London, there's no TV and very limited Wifi, it's a great place to relax, and you can be here in an hour by car from London, after which you may not want to leave at all. But if you do, there are lots of good walks nearby in Blean Woods, along Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable or in nearby Druidstone Wildlife Park, and there's also a local pub a five-minute walk away and plenty of places to eat and drink down in Canterbury or in Whitstable in the opposite direction. There's parking for one car, and all linen and towels are included in the price of a stay. In short it's a perfect and unique refuge for desperate Londoners eager to escape the city with as little fuss as possible.
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What to expect?
A purpose-built log cabin designed to provide a back-to-nature glamping getaway for jaded city folk.
£150 for one night, £250 for two nights, including a generous welcome pack.
Available all year.
How do I get there?
8 Honey Hill Blean Near Canterbury Kent CT2 9JP
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