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Mellissa's stay at The Nut Hatch

Published: Thursday 13th Jun 2019

Written by: Vanessa Moore

Mellissa Williams, the blogger for The Diary of a Jewellery Lover, stayed at The Nut Hatch, near Canterbury.  Read her review here...

In a beautiful part of rural Kent, is The Nut Hatch, a cosy conversion, in the grounds of the owner's home in the little village of Goodnestone, I was invited to review the Nut Hatch recently by Kent and Sussex Cottages and as I have never been to Kent I thought it would be an opportunity to explore the area too. After a four and a half hour drive from South Wales, and a wrong turning or two (I blame Mr W!) we arrived in the sleepy little village of Goodnestone, seven miles from Canterbury.

The Nut Hatch is a beautiful small conversion big enough for two and a baby and first appearances didn't disappoint. We were greeted warmly by the owner Emma, her husband and children and given a key to this unique property. The accommodation was decorated in shades of white and blue with a pop of colour here and there. It was fresh, modern and stylish, and you could tell the owners had excellent taste. In the lounge area was a sofa and comfy chair, a Smart TV with blue ray player built-in and a wood burner to heat the conversion.

Emma left us some food and drink for our arrival, which was a lovely touch after a long drive. Farm fresh eggs from her own chickens, fresh milk, local cheese, homemade bread, unsalted butter, apple juice, asparagus and homemade cake. A selection of homemade jam, Marmite, tea and coffee was also made available to us.  I wasn't expecting so much food and it was a fabulous surprise! The cake was so amazing we had to tuck right in too.

Next to the open plan lounge was the kitchen, with a washing machine, fridge with small freezer compartment, oven, two ring stove and sink. A kettle, toaster and microwave were also in the kitchen. All pots and pans you could need were provided to make a simple meal. Washing up liquid, and dishcloths were also available so you didn't have to bring your own, which you occasionally have to do in self-catering accommodation. There were a small indoor dining table and chairs big enough to seat four. Granola and porridge oats were available complimentary for your breakfast. Upstairs on the mezzanine level was the bedroom and bathroom. Again impeccably decorated, the bedroom was gorgeous and looked brand new. Super soft robes and towels were on the bed waiting for us, and as I walked into the bedroom the carpet sunk underfoot, adding an air of luxury. Two small bedside tables were by the bed and there were plenty of electricity sockets as well as USB sockets too. A hairdryer was stored in the bedside table, and there was a long full-length mirror as well as a mirror in the cupboard which was big enough to hang your clothes for a few days. A small radio and two ornamental birds were also by the bed, adding that countryside decor. If you wanted to read in bed you had a selection of books from which to choose. The bathroom had a bath and shower as well as sink and toilet. Toiletries were provided and included good quality soap, shampoo and shower gel as well as a luxury bath essence.

I really loved the blue and white tiles by the sink, such a beautiful design feature. The bathroom has sensor lighting which came on as you entered, and the bathroom was lovely and warm due to underfloor heating. A welcome booklet from the owners told us about the area and recommended some cafes and restaurants within a short drive. As well as being spotlessly clean (I never saw one speck of dust)  the owners seemed to know what is needed for a comfortable stay. We felt like royalty being greeted with simple home comforts like homemade cake, and they even provided Mr W's favourite - Marmite, without asking. The Nut Hatch is incredibly well designed too. Although there is only one room downstairs the lounge and kitchen seem to blend into one and the dining area was useful too. Wi-Fi was relatively fast and free and there were plenty of sockets available including USB sockets built into the wall.

The Nut Hatch is also placed well to explore the gorgeous Kent countryside, being in the middle of fields of sheep and yellow carpets of rapeseed. The little village of Goodnestone has a pub, a few houses and Goodnestone Park, a mansion with estate and gardens. Wingham Wildlife Park and Howletts Zoo are both close by and make a great day out for young and old.  We took a trip to Canterbury one day and really enjoyed this small city. Canterbury Cathedral is the biggest cathedral I've ever visited and it has so much history as people have come on pilgrimages here since medieval times. We also visited the Canterbury Tales, the Roman museum and explored the shops, which were a great mix of independents and well-known chains such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. 

The next day we visited Dover and Dover Castle and it was a super day out, Dover Castle was amazing! 

If we were in the area we would definitely stay again. A beautiful conversion, well situated for exploring the Kent area. Thanks to the hospitality of Emma and her family and Kent and Sussex Cottages for hosting us.

Highly Recommended.