Welcome to Swallows Return

_PJG9091It is difficult to put into words how beautiful this barn conversion is. If you are looking for a rural location with easy access to culture, wildlife and the seaside then simply look no further.

With dual aspect windows and French doors and several outdoor seating areas so that you can make the most of the abundant wildlife and birds.  In pride of place there is a majestic olive tree in the Mediterranean garden which provides shade to the side of the barn and is perfect to settle down with a book to relax.  The decked area to the rear has far reaching views over Romney Marsh and the boardwalk to the side makes sure that you do not miss out on anything.

Furnished to an extremely high standard and comprehensively equipped, the owners wanted to make your stay with them feel like a real home from home.

If you are looking for a get-away for just the two of you, we also have a beautifully presented one bedroom cabin in a peaceful location and perfectly placed for exploring the footpaths of the Kent countryside and with a good pub within walking distance.  The market town of Faversham is just 5 miles away with easy access to Whitstable and Canterbury. Find out more here.

This was our second visit to Swallows Return. We had such a great week the first time that we booked a fortnight this year.

Bill and Penny are the perfect hosts and so generous with sharing their beautiful garden too. They are always there if you need them and are lovely people to talk with, but never intrude.

The accommodation is really second to none and everything is very high spec. Everything you could possible need is there, it really is like a second home rather than just holiday accommodation.

It is so clean and I have never stayed anywhere that has such immaculate pillow and mattress protectors –  Alex Polizzi would find no fault here! In the unlikely event that there were any problems Bill and Penny would immediately rectify.

We cannot recommend this lovely place highly enough. We feel very lucky to have found it and hope all the good reviews don’t mean that we won’t be able to find a free week next time!

Our son was very interested watching all the surrounding fields being harvested, with the tractors even working late into the evening with headlights.

Luckily we took our binoculars and spotted fox cubs playing in the early evening in the adjoining field. We also enjoyed watching the bats and the swallows swooping all around us. Then, of course, there are the adorable hens free to wander around the garden

Whilst it is so peaceful and quiet and easy to spend time enjoying the garden, playing on the tennis court, reading and relaxing on the deck, it is also a great base to explore the surrounding area.

We went to Rye, Canterbury, Tenterden, Chilham, Littlestone & Greatstone, Walmer, Deal, Dover (the latter three all had castles well worth visiting), Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Hythe, Lydd Airport, Ashford, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Dungeness. All were no longer than an hour’s drive away and some were less than half an hour

Very many thanks to our delightful hosts –  lovely memories of Swallows Return will stay with us for a lifetime

P.S. I just forgot to add that the view from the kitchen window was amazing – full of lush, tropical foliage and flowers.

Katie, Chris and Phillip –  2019


If you can drag yourself away from the tranquil surroundings, the coastal town of Hythe is close by as is the miniature railway at Dymchurch and the wartime Martello Tower.

The owners’ beautifully designed garden is part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) and is open twice a year. There is also a tennis court at the property for your enjoyment (please note that tennis court use is with owners permission).

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Note: There is a fenced pond at Swallows Return and children should be supervised at all times.

Shop: 3 miles   Pub: 0.5 mile    Coast: 9 miles

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