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Home Counties

The exterior of Ferry Cottage, nr Maidenhead, Berkshire  © John Miller

The exterior of Ferry Cottage, nr Maidenhead, Berkshire © John Miller

You could think it may be densely populated and just home to the bustling metropolis of London, but don’t underestimate the South East’s capacity for hidden charms, secluded landscapes and shady nooks to catch your breath.  

From the hazy meadows and pastoral valleys of the South Downs, the woodland at Ashdown Forest that inspired AA Milne’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and the sheltered sun-drenched beaches at the Isle of Wight, unwinding is easy - once you know where to look.

The dazzling White Cliffs of Dover in Kent are both a slice of history and a sun drenched coastal spot, they defended Britain during both World Wars and became a part of British identity. Spot birds and wild flowers on a nature trail, then grab a drink and something to eat at our café with views of the English channel.

Explore the South Downs, a 70 mile stretch of rolling green chalk hills topped by the aquamarine horizon of the coast. Here you can enjoy bracing coastal walks along the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and picnics under dappled chestnuts in the woodland at Marley Common.

Bookworms – make time to visit Bateman’s in Kent, Rudyard Kipling’s much loved home in the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald. Its spacious lawns, winding paths, fragrant garden and home feel as if the writer has only stepped away for a short while.

Find a holiday cottage in the Home Counties and discover new places to explore.