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The Griffins Retreat

Chillenden, Kent
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4
star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Romantic
Quirky
Shepherd Hut
Log Cabin / Lodge
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Beautiful hand-built shepherd’s hut in a peaceful rural location overlooking the local countryside
  • A luxurious couples escape with wood-fired hot tub and a wood burner for cosying up on chilly evenings
  • Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, with easy access to local farm shops and good pubs
Property code: 88795

Situated in the beautiful Kent countryside, this enchanting shepherd’s hut offers a peaceful escape from the everyday hustle and bustle with plenty of footpaths that link up to surrounding villages and are perfect to explore the rolling countryside. Within 200 metres is the village pub and just a little further is the recently restored Chillenden Windmill - a great place for enjoying the Garden of England. Nearby attractions of Goodnestone Park Gardens, Howletts Park and Wingham Wildlife Park, all within 6 miles. Canterbury is 10 miles away and offers boutique shopping and the opportunity to visit the famous cathedral. Those who fancy a relaxing beach day can enjoy the coastal towns of Sandwich and Deal, both of which have plenty to do and are within 9 miles.

 Inside, the hut has been decorated to evoke a cosy and romantic feel. There is a well-equipped kitchen area with an induction hob, combination oven/microwave and fridge with icebox. A dining table with bench seating offers an ideal spot for enjoying a romantic meal or a game of cards in front of the wood burner on chilly evenings, and a vinyl record player with a collection of records offers a nostalgic trip back in time. The double bed sits at one end of the hut beneath dual-aspect windows and conveniently folds away when not in use. The shower room has a walk-in shower and WC with an electric towel rail to ensure that guests have warm fluffy towels each morning.

Outside, the hut has an enclosed, secluded garden area with a wood-fired cedarwood hot tub from which you can enjoy the stunning countryside views. There is a table and chairs for enjoying al fresco meals using the charcoal BBQ and an outdoor sink. There is also a delightful fire pit area with cosy seating – just perfect for toasting marshmallows under the night skies.

  • 1 bedroom - double
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Induction hob, combination oven/microwave and fridge with icebox
  • Wood burner (logs included)
  • Wood-fired cedarwood hot tub (towels included)
  • Patio furniture and charcoal BBQ
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • DAB radio,Vinyl record player and selection of board games
  • Pub 200 metres and shop 2 miles
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Joice Wisdom

This property joined our collection in 2022 and is managed by Joice.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 35 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Carys, 23rd February 2024

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Enjoyed a wonderful stay! Everything was so well thought about! Very clean and local to a lovely pub! Secluded and peaceful! Would highly recommend to everyone!

Reviewed by Courtney, 23rd December 2023

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Lovely place to stay. Had everything we needed and more. Lovely little extra touches by owners like home made goodies. Very thoughtful. We really recommend and will be returning in future

Reviewed by Mark, 6th October 2023

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A perfect stay for my partners birthday weekend. Thank you so much, we felt so welcome! :)

Reviewed by Greg, 20th September 2023

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The Nest was absolutely spotless and so well furnished and stocked with anything you could possibly need or want for your stay. All the small details were thought of and it made for a very relaxing stay in a beautiful setting. Would highly recommend!

Reviewed by Paul, 15th September 2023

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Lin & Andy, Thank you so much for the stay in The Nest. What an experience. Your attention to detail and the thought that has gone into this place is amazing. We had such an amazing time and will definitely be recommending to everyone we know and are keen to come back in the near future. Thanks again, Paul & Rosie

Reviewed by Sheralyn, 5th September 2023

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We had a perfect stay at Griffins Retreat, we particularly enjoyed the hot tub, such a peaceful location with a nice village pub just a short walk away. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather in the few days we were there. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Georgina, 3rd September 2023

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Lin has created an amazing countryside oasis. The hut was kitted out with everything you could possibly need and the personal touches of homemade cake and freshly cut flowers made it even more special. Would highly recommend staying here - it's everything we needed it to be!

Reviewed by Matt, 16th August 2023

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We booked the Griffin Retreat for our honeymoon and it could not have been anymore perfect! Lin and Andy have done an amazing job with the place and it feels so private. The scenery is amazing amd that's just in the surrounding garden! It feels like the path, plants, pond and surrounds have been put there but Alan titchmarsh and the Ground Force loRead moret. The place really was a dream and we'd love to stay again thank you so much Hide

Reviewed by Keiffa, 6th August 2023

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Was such a lovely experience a peaceful and relaxing couple of days, the whole set up from the location of the shepherds hut to the extras like the fire pit, hot tub and pond were placed perfectly. Everything that you need for a comfortable and convenient stay was there thoughtfully planned out. Lin (one of the hosts) was a great help throughout anRead mored made everything a lot easier. It was a great little place to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet. Hide

Reviewed by Amanda, 31st July 2023

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Just wonderful! So relaxing

Reviewed by Jodie, 17th July 2023

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From the homemade cake, to the overall fully equipped cabin with everything you would possibly need. Cheese graters, and other kitchen equipment, to knitting and games. The hot tub was just what we needed to unwind; again the separate towels and outside blankets, even disposable slippers are provided. The local pub has some of the best pub food I hRead moreave had. Whitstable Bay for fresh oysters is only a 20-25 minute drive away if you fancy an afternoon trip. 10/10 would reccomend! Hide

Reviewed by Sarah, 14th July 2023

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Stunning little shepherd's hut...very private..large outdoor space too..loved the fish pond. A really lovely stay. Peaceful and relaxing

Reviewed by Sarah, 23rd June 2023

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This was the most relaxing place to stay, Not over looked and lots Of really lovely touches Like homemade cake and homegrown strawberries. The hot tub was amazing to watch the stars and chill.

Reviewed by Mark, 30th May 2023

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Amazing couldnt want for anything didnt want to leave

Reviewed by Harry, 14th April 2023

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All you need for a few days getaway as a couple. So well equiped even if weather is not great a can chill either playing games or hot tub. Definitely recommend it, will be great memories for us and would go back again. Thank you for the owners for your welcome gifts and checking is we had what we needed.

Reviewed by Aleksandra, 7th April 2023

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Amazing place for a couple. The hosts thought of everything to make the stay perfect and relaxing. Great facilities, space, location & personal touches by the host. Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed by Rosie, 24th January 2023

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Reviewed by Pat, 20th January 2023

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such a gem! its perfect for what we wanted and conveniently had everything we needed! loved everything about this place will surely be returning!

Reviewed by Layne, 23rd December 2022

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Surrounded by fields and secluded from the hustle of life, this little corner of solitude left us relaxed and refreshed. The owners have thought of everything you might need to distract you from everyday life. You will wonder if this way of living can become your everyday! Take walking shoes or boots, a few books or in our case games and enjoy the Read morequiet. We loved the log burner and the hot tub and used it everyday. We cannot recommend The Griffin's retreat more highly. Hide

Reviewed by Charlotte, 18th November 2022

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Honestly had the best time ever, no complaints at all.

Reviewed by Sophie, 28th October 2022

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Griffins retreat is a little slice of heaven. Its set in such a beautiful part of the countryside. It had everything you could possibly think of. The homemade cakes were beautiful. Lucky for us we had beautiful weather all weekend and watched a beautiful sunset over the horizon whilst in the hot tub. I cant recommend this enough!

Reviewed by Gurjinder, 24th October 2022

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Reviewed by Felicity, 14th October 2022

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We had such a wonderful stay at the Griffin's Retreat. Every little detail had been considered, and the personal touches like milk/tea and homemade cake on arrival were so perfect. We can't wait to go back!

Reviewed by Cherrie, 7th October 2022

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We had a lovely long weekend at the retreat so relaxing and will definitely return

Reviewed by Kelly, 16th September 2022

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Absolutely perfect slice of heaven, this place completely exceeded our expectations and I could not find a single fault with it! You will not regret booking a stay here and we will 100% be returning, thank you to Lin and Andy for thinking of everything and making us feel so welcome x

Reviewed by Joanna, 2nd September 2022

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The perfect place to relax, we can't wait to come back

Reviewed by Alfie, 27th August 2022

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Me and my girlfriend absolutely loved it what a beautiful place to getaway

Reviewed by Emily, 19th August 2022

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Reviewed by Rebekah, 12th August 2022

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What a hidden gem! We throughly enjoyed our time staying at The Nest and will be returning in the future. Lin and Andy have amazing attention to detail with so many wonderful added extras to make your stay even better. The hot tub and private garden area are pure bliss. We had the most incredible anniversary weekend spent at The Griffins Retreat! TRead morehank you. Hide

Reviewed by Bronya, 2nd August 2022

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A lovely hidden gem! We had an absolutely amazing stay, the attention to detail within the property was excellent. Everything we could possibly need was provided, including a little basket of games, a record player and some delicious homemade cakes. The wood-fired hot tub made for perfect evenings stargazing, we even managed to see some shooting stRead morearts. We would highly recommend The Nest and are eager to return! Thanks for a fantastic stay! Hide

Reviewed by Andrew, 29th July 2022

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A beautiful and peaceful escape in the countryside. The shepards hut is lovely and cosy and it has everything you need for a wonderful stay. It is close to a great pub down the road that does awesome food, lots of walks and nature and it has everything you need! We loved it!

Reviewed by Danielle, 21st July 2022

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Reviewed by Graham, 15th July 2022

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Everything about our stay was Incredibly Fabulous...:))) Thankyou.

Reviewed by Samantha, 10th July 2022

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A little slice of heaven all to oourselves, beautiful. Sitting in the cedar hot tub looking up to the ( light pollution free ) night sky, wonderfully relaxing. Made to feel welcome, nothing too small, attention to detail, it all made the stay one we would very much like to repeat. Scott & Sam x

Reviewed by Abigail, 8th July 2022

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We stayed at the property for a weekend in July. It was absolutely fantastic, even better than we imagined! It was very private, the location was great, only 20 minutes in the car from Canterbury and the buzz of the city, but set in a very quiet, oldy worldy area. A great local pub only a few minutes walk away. In the hut there was everything we coRead moreuld have wanted! Nothing was forgotten and every detail was perfect! The hot tub was wonderful. We had a 10/10 stay and would highly recommend! Hide

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