Kent, United Kingdom

Elmley Cottage

Price per night from$645.85

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Coastal cool


One-of-a-kind reserve

Take a walk on the wild(life) side and head to Elmley Cottage, a homely hideaway on the sprawling Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent. The contemporary space has been designed with restful gatherings in mind – from sun-dappled breakfasts in the open-plan kitchen to marshmallow toasting around the fire pit. And, you might not be the only guests checking in – see swift migrations in spring and starling murmurations come autumn. It’s a right hoot watching the wildlife from the cottage’s huge windows, though the meadows and marshland are best explored à la Attenborough (just don’t forget your waterproofs).

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First Glance

  • Elmley Cottage is a thoughtfully designed space, with bright rooms and charming communal spaces.
  • The open-plan kitchen is spacious and light, with windows on all sides that look out to the reserve. It is fully equipped (with a range cooker) and has a dining table that seats ten guests.
  • The connecting living room is a cosy space, with a fireplace, cow-hide rugs, patterned futons and cushions, sofas and armchairs.
  • There are three separate bathrooms – the upstairs bathroom has a shower over the bath tub; the downstairs one has a walk-in shower.
  • The house can also be booked for retreats and events, with room for 12 yoga mats.

Villa highlights

  • Nature near London
  • Open-plan living spaces
  • Sweeping reserve views

Sleeping arrangements

  • There are five double bedrooms, which sleep up to 10 guests; four are upstairs and one is on the ground floor.
  • The first light-filled bedroom is decorated with touches of nautical navy. There is a super-king-size bed (can be twinned on request) and a day-bed for a third guest, plus an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower.
  • A double bed sits under the eaves in the snug second bedroom, which has hues of sage, rose and cream.
  • The third bedroom is equally bright and has twin beds. The neutral space is brightened by accents of mustard yellow and blue stripes.
  • The romantic fourth bedroom is decorated in grey and rose pink, and has a super-king-size bed (which can be converted into twin beds, on request).
  • Downstairs, the fifth bedroom features teal wood-panelling and cosy cushions, plus a king-size bed in the corner. This room is recommended for guests with reduced mobility. There’s also a desk, and the room can be used as an additional sitting room, study or playroom, instead.

Key kit

  • Roberts radio
  • Smart TV
  • Verden bath products
  • High chairs, cots, books, toys and children’s baths can be provided on request
  • Selection of teas and coffee (including freshly ground and eco-friendly pods), plus dairy and oat milk
  • Welcome hamper with fresh bread, butter, milk, local apple juice and marshmallows


  • Elmley Cottage’s private gardens roll into the wilderness of the 3,300-acre reserve.
  • You’ll find outdoor dining furniture, deck chairs, a gas barbecue and firepit, with blankets and marshmallows.
  • There’s space for four cars just outside the cottage, and a car park on the estate for any additional cars.
  • Head to the swimming pond or Cockleshell Beach (in summer only) for endorphin-releasing dips.


  • Elmley Cottage sits in the heart of Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey.
  • London City Airport and Gatwick Airport are an hour’s drive away; Heathrow Airport is under two hours away.
  • The property’s private Cockleshell Beach is a 10-minute walk from the cottage and is open to visitors in the summer months.
  • Several of Kent’s quaint towns and seaside spots are within driving distance of the reserve; Faversham, Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate are between 25 and 40 minutes away by car.

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Price per night from $645.85