Box Cottage

Eastling, Kent
  • 4
  • 2
  • Pet Friendly

Named after the box hedges in the garden, this quintessential English cottage is in the most picturesque location, perfect for long lazy summer holidays or cosy short breaks in the winter.

  • A romantic retreat in a rural setting
  • Surrounded by lovely country walks
  • Dogs very welcome

About Box Cottage

This romantic traditional English country cottage is host to all the beautiful features you would expect to find. Named after the lovely box hedging that surrounds the cottage, this Grade II listed cottage dates back to the 17th century. It has recently been renovated to provide a wonderful self-catering Kent holiday home. With a traditional brick path leading up to the front door of this English holiday cottage and surrounded by immaculate front and back gardens, this is set in a truly romantic location for a special break away.

Box Cottage has been sympathetically furnished with traditional pieces complimented beautifully with up to date soft furnishings. A special feature of the Kent holiday cottage is the exposed inglenook fireplace in the dining room which has a fully-working wood burning stove to ensure that your winter breaks are cosy and comfortable. Original old pine floorboards downstairs add to the character, as well as traditional brick flooring in the entrance hall. A small winding staircase leads up to two bedrooms which are tucked into the eaves, both overlook the front garden out of little leaded windows and make the most of the stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside.

The pretty garden extends to the rear of the holiday cottage and from the kitchen you can wander out and enjoy the private outside space. As the holiday cottage is in such a rural area of Kent there are an extensive network of delightful footpaths to explore so it is ideal for walkers whether you are just looking for a short evening stroll or a long cross country ramble. In the colder months why not look forward to cosying up by the fireplace with a good book and glass of wine. This cottage is ideal for anytime of year.

There is private parking for one car and also parking outside this Kent holiday cottage on the quiet lane.


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"The Toddler could not stop enjoying your garden. Smelling the flowers, looking at the bees, wondering around became his number 1 hobby. My friends and I really enjoyed your beautiful cottage. Thanks for the warm welcome touches we found!"

May 2018

"We've had a lovely week. The weather couldn't have been better. We were so lucky! The cottage is quaint & full of atmosphere, the bed very comfy! We enjoyed exploring Kent. Thank you for the welcome basket, we've stayed in a few self-catering cottages but have never been presented with anything so generous."

Sandra and Malcolm - April 2018

"We loved your little house and many thanks for the goodies. Never have we been so blessed at a holiday cottage - thank you"

March 2018

"Thank you for such a lovely stay in your fabulous house. We were really interested in such a historical house. The beds were made up beautifully and cosy."

Tanya and Family February 2018

"We had a lovely time here at box cottage, thank you for the little goodies. The weather this weekend was beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves."

Natasha - August 2017

"Thank you so much for a lovely place to stay and visit this amazing countryside. We really enjoyed the welcome pack and your most friendly neighbours."

July 2017

"We had the most wonderful days with the nice warm weather. We dined outside in the lovely garden every day and we loved the well-equipped cottage as well! Thank you for the welcome pack and for more than nice time we had here"

April 2017

"We have spent an idyllic few days in this lovely cottage. We received a very warm welcome and the basket and flowers were a lovely touch. Unfortunately one of our dogs had an accident and ripped his pad - the local vets in Teynham were outstanding and treated him immediately.....also big thanks to The Carpenters Arms who provided us a gorgeous take away feast on plates which we returned. A very warm welcome from the landlords was received. Thank you."

Ms Britton - September 2015

"A short break but nonetheless a lovely one! We managed to sit in the beautiful garden, enjoy some lovely walks with our dog Harvey, had a good meal at The Carpenters Arms, visited Whitstable to enjoy a walk along Tankerton beach. The cottage is lovely, very peaceful and relaxing, we hope to return. Thank you."

The Lunn Family - August 2015

"Very lovely, romantic, cosy weekend break here at Box Cottage. Such a lovely, quaint property! Thank you."

The Halseys - August 2015

"Second time here, enjoyed as much as the first time. Sunshine (a little bit!), lots of rain but this didn't stop us having a very nice time in this welcoming cottage!"

The Thomas Family - August 2015

"We'll never forget this beautiful holiday here at Box Cottage. Everything was lovely - the cottage, the garden, the countryside and even the weather! Thank you for the warm welcoming, the flowers and the food basket. We'll return to Germany with a lot of wonderful reminders of England and Kent."

The Jaehne Family - August 2015

"The whole family spent a wonderful time in your pretty cottage and in the amazing garden. The time goes by very fast because of our interesting tours around Kent. So it wasn't enough time for a visit to your local pub - Carpenters Arms! So...we'll be back soon, I hope!!"

The Follinger Family - August 2015

"Thank you for letting us feel very welcome, with all the nice surprises! We enjoyed the very narrow roads near Box Cottage; we had our own private driveway coming from Newnham! We love Box Cottage! We enjoyed the Kent and East Sussex Railway, Bodiam Castle, London, Royal Tunbridge Wells, a trip along the coast (Whitstable, Herne Bay, Ramsgate, Sandwich), Brighton, Easbourne with Beach Head and Canterbury. Coming home in the evening and having a drink in your beautiful garden was really great!! Thank you!"

The Bouman Family - July 2015

"Thank you very much for a wonderful stay - lovely cottage and blue skies all week! We will be back!"

Mr & Mrs Payn - July 2015

"Lovely stay, great weather, so we really enjoyed the beautiful garden (shame no BBQ). Had some great walks with Eddie (the dog) who loved the church!"

The Monteith Family - June 2015

"A really cosy and embracing cottage. Had a happy and peaceful stay. Appreciative of all the little details and extras. Thank you for getting things in, it was much appreciated. Garden idyllic - Box Cottage has a place in my heart now."

Miss Wells - June 2015

"Beautiful cottage and the garden is perfect. Thank you for the treats and fresh flowers - they were a lovely touch. It has been very relaxing and the area is so peaceful. Will definitely recommend. Very sad to be leaving!"

The Briggs Family - June 2015

"Eastling is a beautiful part of the world! It's really close to lots of interesting places (London, Canterbury) which makes travelling easier. It's also close to Dover which is very useful. The cottage is very nice and very well decorated!! There are also a lot of nice walks around the cottage. PS Thanks for the cereals and honey!"

The Drew Family - May 2015

"A fabulous, relaxing, cosy, quirky and quaint English cottage that will leave you wanting to return time and time again."

April 2015 - T. Payne

"Met the owner who was friendly and generous with the welcome pack. Lovely wood burner and a huge supply of logs that were free to use. The cottage was charming."

March 2015 - D. Anstey

"Warm comfortable and cosy. Very well equipped would not hesitate to recommend."

February 2015 - R. Patterson

"Our second visit to Box Cottage and just as wonderful as the first. Thank you Marcia for the welcome hamper, flowers etc and for lighting the wood burner for our arrival! We have had a restful break but also found time to visit The Carpenters Arms for a music night, The George Inn for Sunday lunch and Doddington Village hall for a festive panto! Can't wait to come back in February with our son. Many thanks once again for your hospitality."

December 2014 -Maria and Dave

"Thank you for your lovely welcome goodies and logs for the wood fire. The Cottage was lovely and full of character, nice and warm, very cosy. We enjoyed our stay here and will try to come next year. Our two dogs soon made themselves at home and enjoyed the nice walks in the area."

November 2014 - Mr Villis from Portugal

"Thank you Marcia for the use of your quaint little cottage. We are no strangers to these parts and frequent the local pubs on many weekends away up on the downs. We have stayed in Doddington, Otterden and Stalisfield on many occasions but this was our first stay in Eastling, a village we adore. Box Cottage has been our best yet and has captured our hearts. I feel this is not only due to its wonderful quirky character but predominantly the wonderful homely atmosphere you have created and the personal touches you supply. Our only disappointment has been having to leave early as our grandson had a tummy upset and needed his Mummy and Daddy! Upside is we have already booked to come back next month which we shall look forward to very much!"

November 2014 - Maria and Dave

"Thank you for your lovely cottage! Our break was very pleasant. We managed to fit a lot of things - Belmont Gardens, Doddington, Mount Ephraim... The country is very beautiful!! We like the garden and the squirrels! We really enjoyed our stay here!"

November 2014 - The Du Merle Family

"We had a wonderful few days in Box Cottage. Thank you for the warm welcome and the very thoughtful food hamper, not to mention the beautiful fresh flowers awaiting us on the dining table. We have had a very relaxing time here and hope to visit again in the future."

October 2014 - Kieran and Tess

"Thank you for providing such a lovely cottage and with the lovely extras of food, drink and flowers. Now I know why old people ( particularly in the north) were short and hunched over - anyone tall and upright would never have survived into old age living in a cottage like this! Thanks and best wishes."

October 2014 - Steven and Jackie

"This was our first family holiday.. it has been perfect. The Cottage is like a home from home. The bread and cereals etc were spot on, especially for having that essential first cup of the day. Beds are comfy and the fireplace a fantastic way to warm the cottage. The garden is peaceful and was a perfect place for breakfast on our first morning here. Kitchen is well equipped to cook evening meals and plenty of crockery and cutlery. Would recommend Howletts to visit and Whitefriars shopping centre in Canterbury. Thanks to Sue next door for the honey. The pigs in the field opposite are lovely. Went to walk to see the ewe tree and woods. Thank you for a perfect break. P.s the local owl family are a treat to hear along with the resident frog in the garden pond!"

September 2014- The Jenkins Family

"Fantastic stay in The Box Cottage. Thanks for the Cava. Oysters in Whitstable, curry in Faversham, Scotney Castle ( and the Vineyard Pub). All wonderful apart from banging my head!"

September 2014 - Mr and Mrs Wingfield

"Thank you for a lovely stay. We had great weather too! Thanks also for the fresh flowers and welcome basket. A nice touch. Garden looks lovely and the birds seem to enjoy it- especially the sparrows. Doddington gardens is worth a visit as is Quex house and museum."

September 2014 - Mark and Tanya

"Thank you for a lovely stay in your cottage! We really enjoyed it. Especially Josh who liked the garden for laying on the grass!"

August 2014 - The Bigby Family from The Netherlands

"Thank you for a wonderful stay and a warm welcome with a basket of groceries and flower arrangements in every room! What a cosy cottage. We enjoyed the garden in all its colours very much."

August 2014 - The Brouwer Family from The Netherlands

"Our visit to Box Cottage in Eastling, Kent was certainly a box of delights. The beautiful fresh flowers which festooned the character property and the thoughtful welcome basket helped us to feel instantly at home. During the week I really felt we'd moved in when one of the neighbours thoughtfuly brought round home grown courgettes. The local pub had excellent food and we loved the church , the two thousand old yew tree next to it and the enthusiastic pigs nearby. Thank you to all involved making our stay so cosy and memorable."

August 2014 - B. Scherber

"Lovely cottage with a beautiful cottage garden."

June 2014 - J. Rogers

"Small but cosy. Lovely back gardens. The owner was very hospitable with a nice thoughtful welcome basket. Quiet little village and we enjoyed the peaceful quiet surroundings, coming from a bustling city background."

June 2014 - Mr J. Yip

"Delightful cottage - lots of charm. Very attractive enclosed garden - very safe place for our small dog. The village of Eastling itself was lovely - and so quiet. Perfect cottage in a perfect location for a quiet break in the country."

April 2014

"A charming cottagewith a lovely garden. warm and comfortable. Generously provided both in welcome pack and logs and impeccably clean. A lovely holiday."

March 2014

"Highly recommended!! We had the most wonderful holiday in this lovely, very well equipped cottage. Would love to come again!!"

December 2013

"Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful cottage, it's been wonderful. Its a lovely house and we have enjoyed every minute, the food you left was much appreciated, as well as you allowing us to extend our stay. Thanks again."

September 2013

"A lovely time in this enchanting and quirky cottage. We were really touched by the thoughtful welcome touches and felt immediately at home. Thank you for providing the perfect stay in this corner of the UK."

September 2013

"Thank you, we really appreciated the goodies that you left for us. It is so peaceful here. Wish we could have longer here in your lovely cottage."

September 2013

"Dear Marcia Thank you for the warm welcome in your lovely cottage! We've had a lovely week here, with a lot of sunshine. We've been to Leeds Castle, Wildwood, Whistable, Brogdale-Farm, farming world and Dover Castle. There is so much to do and visit here! We really enjoyed our stay here in your cottage, with it's beautiful garden."

August 2013

"We love....... > Box Cottage > Your lovely welcome > The wonderful weather > Kent, London, Diggerland, the small train, Leeds Castle, Dover Castle and the beach > Beer and pubs Thank you for all!! We had a wonderful time!"

August 2013

"I have loved being in Box Cottage. The Cottage loves having people around! We felt very welcome with all the nice welcoming flowers, fruit, things in the fridge and the garden and thank you for your advice. We loved Go Ape in Leeds Castle with the very long zip lines! I really regret we have to go! We will surely come back!!"

July 2013

"We had a nice stay, had lots to see, did some nice walks to Newnham and Doddington."

June 2013

"A wonderful prize. The minute we set eyes on this fairytale cottage it was a dream come true. Thank you!"

May 2013

"The owner was more than generous in the provisions she left for us. We loved the cottage and were made to feel very welcome at the pub, church and by the neighbors."

December 2012

"It was all wonderful! We just wanted to stay forever!"

September 2013

"The entire service was clear, straightforward and helpful at the various points when I needed to use the service. The owner was more than generous in the provisions she left for us. We loved the cottage and were made to feel very welcome at the pub, church and by the neighbors."

December 2012 - Christmas Period

"Just spent two lovely weeks at Box Cottage with 2 children. Although the weather was not always good, the cottage was always warm & cosy. Cooking was fun every tool you needed was in the kitchen. I myself ( 1,90 m) had sometimes trouble with the low doors , but that added to the charm of the cottage. Thank you very much!"

The Pakulla Family- October 2012

"Very pleased with cottage and yourself."

June 2012

"It was perfect!!!"

Mrs T.L., July 2011

"We are very pleased with the quality of your cottages, we would like to find more of them in Sussex."

Mr W, Nov 2010

"Fantastic website, great cottage and we'll book again with you."

Miss M. Feb 2011

"We loved the cottage box, it was comfortable and cozy"

Mr O. March 2011

"We arrived at the cottage and there were fresh flowers, basic food items and a small bottle of wine. We really appreciated the owner's thoughtfullness. We are from Australia but if/when we come back to the UK we would love to stay at Box Cottage again. It was a great experience and the people in the village added to our holiday experience. Thank you."

Mr. R.N Australia 4.10.10

"The most charming cottage, warm and cosy. No one renting this gorgeous, delicous cottage could have asked for a better owner/renter. The cottage was spotless and we tried to leave it in the same condition we found it. We both slept well and loved our surroundings, the gardens, the neighbours and the pub. If I had to give Chocolate Box cottage a score from 1-10 it would be 20! We are hoping to come again next year."

Mrs A.S South Carolina, USA

"We loved the cottage, our stay and your welcome and extra care, also loved the garden."

G.A The Hague, Holland May 2010

"Lovely cottage, very homely and cosy! Close to everything we needed/wanted and more! Will come back soon as so lovely. Thank you."

A.A April 2010

"It was wonderful to arrive and everything is here at the cottage ready for a relaxing stay. Thank you!"

P.S Sussex April 2010

What makes this area
So special...

The village of Eastling is just a few miles from the market town of Faversham, with its famous creek and historic public houses. There are many walks around this beautiful part of the Garden of England. Circular walks can be found on For gardening enthusiasts, there are the pretty gardens of Mount Ephraim, Belmont House, Doddington Place and Goodnestone Park Gardens, and nearby is Brogdale, the home of the National Fruit Collections, for apples and cherries.

Property details

Box Cottage: sleeps 4 in 1 double bedroom and 1 twin, 2 reception rooms, 1 bathroom with bath and shower attachment. Wifi internet.

Ground Floor

Traditional brick path leads up to the front door, through a pretty front garden and then into the entry hall.

Sitting room, with two sofas seating 4, original old fireplace, flatscreen TV and DVD

Dining room, exposed brick inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove. Dining table and chairs, comfortably seating four.

Kitchen, with exposed brick walls: fridge/freezer, electric oven, gas hob, washer dryer and microwave.

Bathroom, bath with shower attachment

First Floor

A very narrow winding staircase with rope bannisters leads up to the first floor: (staircase not suitable for young children or toddlers and tall ones may bump their heads!)

Double room (sleeps 2) 4'6" double bed

Twin room (sleeps 2) two single beds


In the cottage gardens, there is a teak table and chairs for four guests with a breakfast table also for two. BBQ, coal provided.

There is also a very small pond in the garden so children should be supervised at all times.

Parking for one car off road and easy on street parking.


Central heating throughout


What you need to know

Welcome pack includes wine, flowers and treats courtesy of the owner.

A cot and highchair are available upon request.  The cot can go into either bedroom so please specify on booking which bedroom you would prefer the cot be placed in.

A gardener will attend the cottage garden for one day each week.

This property is not suitable for guests with difficulty on stairs or low ceilings.

As Box Cottage has a small pond to the rear garden and a narrow twisting staircase, guests are asked to supervise their children at all times.

Mobile phone coverage can be patchy but is possible if standing outside the cottage across the lane. Complimentary late check out for short breaks.

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