Airbnb holiday homes and properties in Kent perfect for a family staycation

by Lauren Abbott

It's no secret that holidays for the whole family can get rather expensive.

And if the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit makes you feel nervous about committing to a holiday abroad, now might be the time to consider a staycation in Kent.

From extra rooms to entire homes and unique accommodation like castles and igloos, Airbnb connects potential visitors with hosts, holiday homes and experiences around the world. We take a look at 10 of their most unusual places available to hire in the county and surrounding area:

Enjoy a good nights sleep in this converted horse box
Enjoy a good nights sleep in this converted horse box

1 Cosy converted vintage horse box, Tenterden

For a glamping experience with a difference, stay in this fun, quirky and vintage horse box on the marshland between Kent and East Sussex. There's no straw or horse manure in site and the two stable doors open from the side of the box so you can take in beautiful views of the rolling countryside.

Complete with a wood burner, outdoor fire pit and barbecue the unusual home-to-hire is popular for short breaks. £90 a night.

Salmestone Barge, Sandwich Marina
Salmestone Barge, Sandwich Marina

2 Dutch barge, Fisherman's Wharf, Sandwich

This beautiful barge on the River Stour is the only holiday home floating on the tidal river in Sandwich say its owners. Along with its fabulous river views, the barge has full central heating, a master bedroom with en-suite, shared family living space, bunk beds, sofa bed and family shower room. Described as a 'romantic, cosy, unique holiday home' this prime waterfront location would make for a unique and memorable staycation on the water for up to six people. £125 a night.

The Gate House gothic castle in Dover
The Gate House gothic castle in Dover

3 The Gate House, fairy-tale mini gothic castle, Dover

This Grade II listed, mini Gothic castle was built in 1850 and is now a fairy-tale holiday home. Originally built as the gate house for the officers accommodation for the Dover Castle Garrison it is now the perfect holiday home for kings, queens, princes and princesses as children love the experience of staying in their own little castle. £135 a night.

The Shepherds Hut is in Challock and can be booked with Airbnb
The Shepherds Hut is in Challock and can be booked with Airbnb

4 Shepherds Hut with hot tub, Challock

The beautiful shepherds hut can be found on an idyllic country estate in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by open fields and woodland on a regenerative agriculture farm you can barbecue in a private garden, relax in the hot tub or swim in the lake with swallows overhead. The unusual sleeping spot is perfect for two adults and two children. £60 a night.

Fancy staying in a secret location? This Secret Cottage is in Westerham.
Fancy staying in a secret location? This Secret Cottage is in Westerham.

5 The Secret Cottage, Westerham

Get away from it all in your own little corner of the Garden of England with this secluded property in a small stretch of woods. It has its own private access to a footpath leading to some wonderful walks in the area for anyone keen to get out and enjoy Kent's picturesque countryside. £115 a night.

This property in Sissinghurst is available with Airbnb Plus
This property in Sissinghurst is available with Airbnb Plus

6 Rustic converted stable block barn, Sissinghurst

This home in Airbnb's Plus range is in Sissinghurst surrounded by National Trust properties and the renowned Sissinghurst Castle Gardens just down the road.

Its quirky country design and beautiful decor is popular with visitors and families who rate it highly. £67 a night.

This yurt is on a working dairy farm
This yurt is on a working dairy farm

7 Ellegant hilltop yurt, near Sevenoaks

Take in the country air from the comfort of your yurt on an organic dairy farm within the picturesque Kent Downs. This secluded spot on a working farm is described as feeling 'a million miles' from the rest of the world and would accommodate a family of four. £75 a night.

Spectacular views of the sea and sky at this bed and breakfast in Thanet
Spectacular views of the sea and sky at this bed and breakfast in Thanet

8 Edgecliff boutique B&B, Thanet

Stunning views of the sea and sky can be found at this bed and breakfast which truly is on the edge of the cliff. The breathtaking scenery and panoramic sea views is wowing visitors who come seeking some time away by the sea and the exceptional hospitality offered by the bed and breakfast's resident owners. £120 a night.

The Cottage on the beach in Sandgate really is on the beach! Picture: Anh Luu
The Cottage on the beach in Sandgate really is on the beach! Picture: Anh Luu

9 The Cottage on the Beach, Sandgate

This Grade 2 listed Georgian cottage has stunning views and direct access from the garden onto Sandgate beach. It comfortably sleeps six to seven people with a large outdoor area designed specifically for beach-side socialising. £150 a night.

The Hobbit House is a unique and unusual place to stay
The Hobbit House is a unique and unusual place to stay

10 Hobbit House, near Bodiam

The unique Hobbit House can be found within the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty on the Kent/East Sussex border. The luxurious hideaway is nestled within a vineyard and was built by local craftsman who buried it into a bank with exquisite views of the valley.

The enchanting home sleeps four and is close to both Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent and Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. £250 a night.

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