Cottage Holidays in Rochester, Kent, England
Find self-catering accommodation to rent in Rochester - a small city on the banks of the River Medway in Kent. Visitors from around the world come to visit Rochester; its cathedral, castle ruins and the association with Charles Dickens makes it a popular destination from British and foreign tourists. Find a place to stay that suits you and enjoy exploring at your convenience in the knowledge that you have a welcoming holiday home to return to for meals, snacks and sleep.
Facts about what Rochester offers for Self-Catering Holidays
One good way of finding more about Rochester is to download a treasure hunt from the Internet that encompasses more than just the main sights and high street, although the high street is attractive, has numerous coffee shops and interesting independent outlets that are enjoyable to browse.
Rochester, on the River Medway in north Kent is most famous for its annual Dickens Festival. Charles Dickens lived at Gad's Hill in Rochester until his death and associations with Dickens can be seen in many parts of the town. There is a museum to the life and works of Charles Dickens at Eastgate House in the High Street, one of many fine period buildings
There are several interesting shops in the Victorian High Street including a doll's house shop and old-fashioned style sweet shop complete with jars of sweets in the window. An attractive street for a stroll, there are Tudor and other historic buildings to enjoy. You may also want to take a short detour to view the Corn Exchange and some of the remaining city walls.
Rochester Castle was erected by William the Conqueror. The 113 ft high keep remains and is being preserved by English Heritage. Visitors are welcome to climb the stairs to the top of the keep for superb views of Rochester, Rochester Cathedral and the River Medway on payment of a small entrance fee. The castle is surrounded by pleasant gardens, popular with visitors.
An annual Christmas Market in early December brings tourists and shoppers into Rochester en-masse. Parking has to be booked in advance and it may just be more sensible to find a holiday home to rent outside the town and take the bus into the centre.
Rochester is a rewarding self-catering break destination, especially if the main event is shopping. Not only are there local shops but the big designer Bluewater Shopping Centre is a half hour drive away along the A2. Other places to visit are the historic docks in Chatham, The grave of Pocohontas at Gravesend. There are lots of other tourist attractions for all ages. Places of interest very much depend on your own personal age group, older couples will not want to visit Diggerland unless accompanied by grandchildren.
There is plenty of holiday accommodation to rent in Rochester and Kent, including country cottages in small Kent towns and big farmhouses brimming with exposed beams and character.
Featured Holiday cottage to rent near Rochester:
3 bedroom Lodge, South Coast.
2 - 8
An amazing family summer holiday awaits the lucky people who book this three bedroom barn conversion with an outdoor swimming pool, mini gym, sauna and games room facilities near Knockholt just inside the M25 near London, convenient for many of the top tourist attractions in the city as well as shopping at Bluewater and touring northern Kent.
Special features: free internet access, pool (Outdoor swimming pool in garden.), games room, sauna.
7 bedroom Medieval Manor House, South of England.
10 - 26
Searching for an impressive historical country house in Kent? If so this 7 bedroom manor house could be perfect for your party, special event or special holiday, with a games room with snooker table and grand piano plus beautifully presented extensive gardens with tennis courts, this is a great place for large groups of up to 26 friends or family to holiday altogether.
Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room.
3 bedroom Holiday Lodge, Kent - the Garden of England.
2 - 6
With a fun sounding name, this colourfully decorated 3 bedroom holiday lodge is well equipped for an enjoyable break for all of the family and two of the bedrooms benefit from sea views, this delightful property is located within a holiday park atop the cliffs in Kent where the shared leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, crazy golf and tennis court.
Special features: free internet access, pool (), tennis court.
3 bedroom Bungalow, Kent Downs.
2 - 6
Unique holiday cottage with fabulous sea views perched high on the cliff in a breathtaking location along the White Cliffs of Dover.
Special features: free internet access.