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19 Most Unusual Places To Stay In Kent

From converted railway carriages and treehouses, to traditional oast houses and castles, these are the most unusual places to stay in Kent.

Whitstable Promenade
There are plenty of unusual places to stay in Kent

The county of Kent in the South East of England has a lot to offer visitors. It’s home to the beautiful Kent Downs, many pretty historic towns and has 350 miles of coastline. If you’re planning a trip, you might find it difficult to decide where to visit first!

Of course, there are plenty of hotels available, but why not make your stay more of an experience by opting for a ‘one of a kind’ property? Your choice of accommodation really can bring you closer to nature, provide a touch of luxury and inject your stay with an element of fun!

Fancy a treehouse stay in Kent at Oakside Tree Tops?
Fancy a treehouse stay in Kent at Oakside Tree Tops?

There are plenty of quirky places to stay in Kent that we think are guaranteed to make your trip special. How about staying in a shepherd’s hut, log cabin or converted railway carriage? Or would you prefer a luxury castle stay, glamping pod, or river barge? 

We’ve searched through the weird and wonderful to bring you a list of the most unusual places to stay in Kent!

If you’re looking for other options, and fancy something a little more upmarket, don’t miss our comprehensive guide to the best luxury and boutique hotels in Kent.

There are so many quirky places to visit in Kent
There are so many quirky places to visit in Kent

19 Most Unusual Places to Stay in Kent

The Maiden’s Tower, Leeds Castle

Let’s start our list of unusual hotels with some grand options. How grand? How about a choice of castles perfect for history lovers or golfers!

Leeds Castle
The Maiden’s Tower at Leeds Castle is one of our top quirky places to stay in Kent

The Maiden’s Tower is set within the castle walls of beautiful Leeds Castle. It offers huge rooms and a fine dining restaurant with stunning views across to the castle. Guests are able to access the castle grounds at night after they have been closed to the public, which we think makes this a great option for romantics too!

Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Hever

Or perhaps you’d prefer to stay at 13th-century Hever Castle? Just 30 miles south east of London, this luxury bed and breakfast has period features and also gives guests after-hours access to the castle gardens.

Hever Castle
Hever Castle is ideal if you’re looking for unusual accommodation in Kent

It’s a fun option for ghost hunters too, as the ghost of Anne Boleyn is said to haunt the site!

Five Bells Inn, Brabourne

Are you hoping to sample some famous Kentish beers, ciders or sparkling wines during your visit? Don’t want to worry about driving home? Then consider a pub stay! 

The Five Bells Inn, Kent
The Five Bells Inn has a lovely relaxed feel

Kent has plenty of great gastro pubs with stylish B&B rooms. If your ideal pub stay is a historic inn with an open fireplace, a great restaurant, and stylish designer bedrooms, the Five Bells Inn is for you!

Ferry House Inn, Isle of Sheppey

You’ll find another great pub stay with high-quality rooms and river views over at the Ferry House Inn on the Isle of Sheppey.

The Ferry House Inn, Kent
The Ferry House Inn is one of the most charming hotels in Kent

It’s ideally placed if you’re planning to visit to Elmey Nature Reserve or want to spot wildfowl and wading birds at The Swale National Nature Reserve.   

Bushes Oast, Sevenoaks

The next two of our unusual places to stay in Kent are both traditional Oast Houses. These cone-topped farm buildings were originally built for drying hops for beer making are unique to Kent and East Sussex.  

Bushes Oast in Kent
Bushes Oast in Kent is a unique place to stay in Kent

Pretty Bushes Oast near Sevenoaks, sleeps up to five people. Can you imagine relaxing in the private garden and enjoying the natural beauty of the Kent countryside from here?

Goudhurst Oast, Tunbridge Wells

If you’re travelling as a large group, you can still stay in an Oast House. Goudhurst Oast near Tunbridge Wells has a whopping 9 bedrooms and sleeps up to 22 people!

Goudhurst Oast - a traditional oast house stay in Kent
Goudhurst Oast offers you a traditional oast house stay in Kent

This impressive property comes with its own outdoor swimming pool and tennis court to keep everyone entertained.

Hobbit House, Sheerness

There are plenty of quirky places to stay in Kent if you’d like to try glamping!

This Hobbit House is a quirky place to stay in Kent
Looking for fun places to stay in Kent? How about this Hobbit House?

How about enjoying the Kent countryside from a little hobbit house for two? With a private hot tub, this cute place near Sheerness is perfect for a snug and romantic break.

Glamping at Honnington Farm, Tunbridge Wells

Honnington Farm offers arched wooden glamping pods which sleep up to four people.

Glamping at Honnington Farm, Kent
Glamping at Honnington Farm is a unique experience

The well-equipped onsite games room, children’s play area, and BBQ area, make these a great option for family holidays.

Bluebell Shepherds Hut, Rolvenden

You’ll find a different style of hut on offer in Rolvenden near Ashford.

Bluebell Shepherds Hut in Kent
Bluebell Shepherds Hut in Kent is very cute

This cute shepherd’s hut sleeps two and makes an ideal base for visiting Great Maytham Hall, which inspired the famous book, ‘The Secret Garden’. 

Chapel House Estate, Thorne Hill

Next on our quirky places to stay in Kent are the sleek modern versions of a log cabin at the Chapel House Estate. The cabins sleep two and are heated for year-round comfort.

Chapel House Estate
Chapel House Estate cabins sleep two people

The ensuite rooms include a small fridge and drink-making facilities, and you’ll also have access to the estate’s stunning gardens. Dogs and pets are welcome to come along too!

Plumcot Halt, Canterbury

Canterbury has been welcoming pilgrims and guests since 1173! It’s no surprise then that it’s now home to some of the most unusual and quirky accommodation in Kent.

Plumcot Halt, Canterbury
Plumcot Halt is a converted railway carriage in Canterbury

For a couples getaway, take a look at Plumcot Hall, just one mile from the centre of Canterbury. Once a railway carriage, it’s been tastefully converted into a one-bedroom home with everything you need for a one or two-night stay in the city. It’s also dog friendly!

Oakside Treetops, Canterbury

Or how about booking a treehouse stay? Oakside Treetops sleeps 2-4 people, making it a fun choice for either a couple or a small family.

The resident pigs in the farm garden are an unusual touch too!

Port Lympe Mansion Hotel, Port Lympe near Hythe

If your idea of a nature break involves animal spotting rather than camping, then you’ll love the next on our list of the most unusual places to stay in Kent.

Port Lympne Hotel in Kent
Port Lympne Hotel in Kent is very grand

This Edwardian mansion is set in 15 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking Romney Marsh and the Kent coast. It’s a fabulous place to stay, even before we tell you that it’s set in the wider grounds of the Port Lympne and Howlett’s Wild Animal Reserve. 

Port Lympne Mansion Hotel
You get to enjoy a safari as part of your stay at the Port Lympne Mansion Hotel

A stay here includes a safari to see the giraffes, zebras and other animals. And where else in the UK might you be woken in the morning by the sounds of a roaring lion?!

Sea Sunset Cottage, Whitstable

Kent has 350 miles of coastline, and has highlights including Whitstable, Folkestone, Margate and more! So how about booking an unusual place to stay in Kent by the seaside?

Sea Sunset Cottage, Whitstable
Sea Sunset Cottage is ideal if you’re looking for unusual places to stay in Whitstable

You won’t find anything closer to the beach than this cottage in Whitstable (one of our favourite places on the Kent coast!) Sleeping six in three ensuite bedrooms, this beach house has a patio which joins onto the beach, so book early if you want to visit during peak summer.

Beach Cottage, Folkestone

This is another great option for a ‘right on the beach’ stay. This stylish cottage sleeps seven, and the private garden has views directly onto Sandgate Beach.

Beach Cottage Folkestone
Beach Cottage Folkestone has amazing beach views

The cottage includes the use of free bikes. Why not use them to visit nearby Folkestone Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty?

Bellevue By The Bay, Herne Bay

Or how about a stay in the seaside town of Herne Bay? This beach pad is a stylish apartment in a traditional house on the seafront.

Bellevue By The Bay
Bellevue By The Bay has gorgeous sea views

Be warned, the sea view from the bay window and terrace is so good, you might not want to leave the flat!

Seaview Cottage, Dungeness

The last of our coastal options is a white clapperboard fisherman’s cottage. It’s set in the beautiful National Nature Reserve of Dungeness so makes a perfect base for nature walks.

Seaview Cottage, Kent
Seaview Cottage is one of the most unique places to stay in Kent

There’s also the bonus of the famous Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature steam railway line running right past the house! This makes it a particular favourite with young families visiting the area.

Lady Florence, Maidstone

There are even some unusual places to stay in Kent which are ON the water rather than next to it!

Lady Florence riverboat in Kent
Lady Florence riverboat is ideal if you’re looking or quirky stays in Kent

Lady Florence is a small modern houseboat that sleeps four. It’s moored on the River Medway near Maidstone and has views over to pretty Allington Castle.  

Dutch Barge, Sandwich

And finally, how about staying in the historic town of Sandwich? This river barge sleeps up to six and is moored in the centre of town, close to restaurants and cafes. 

Dutch Barge in Kent
Dutch Barge in Kent is located in Sandwich

It also makes a stylish and handy base for exploring nearby Pegwell Nature Reserve.

We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about all of these unique and quirky places to stay in Kent. If you’re looking for other options, and fancy something a little more upmarket, don’t miss our comprehensive guide to the best luxury and boutique hotels in Kent.

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