Lily’s Barn near Cooling is a wonderful barn conversion for couples, families and welcomes four-legged friends. Surrounded by easy walking routes and near to two RSPB site for birdwatching, a holiday in touch with nature is guaranteed here.
The open plan interior is comfortably furnished and homely. The patio and garden area offer the opportunity to relax with your favourite drink and freshly cooked food in the company of your family and doggy friends.
This cottage serves as a great base for any outdoor enthusiasts who want to visit this wonderful county.
At A Glance
Two Dogs Allowed
Flat Screen TV
About Lily’s Barn
Lily’s Barn has two spacious bedrooms; one double with a king size bed and beamed ceilings and one twin, both with plenty of wardrobe space.
The open plan kitchen, dining and living room area with wooden floor is welcoming and inviting and allows you to cook, dine and relax together, whether at breakfast, lunch or after a busy day exploring the area.
The barn has a house bathroom with shower and a garden with garden furniture.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Cooling, Nr Rochester
The village of Cooling is famous for its 13th century church, dedicated to St. James. It was the inspiration for the first chapter of Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, where Pip, the hero of Great Expectations meets Magwitch the convict, in the cemetery of the church. There are 13 gravestones in the churchyard known as Pip’s graves. The church is open daily and has a 19th century vestry which is lined with cockle shells.
Bird lovers will enjoy the easy access to not one but two RSPB reserves within easy driving or even walking distance from Lily’s Barn. Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve, managed by the RSPB is just over four miles from the barn and has a wide range of birds from winter waders to nightingales and cuckoos.
No matter what the season, there are always new opportunities to see different bird species, to enjoy the open horizon and enjoy the remoteness of this reserve.
Similarly, the RSPB reserve at Northward Hill, just 2.5 miles from the barn, with scrubland, flat marshes, a bluebell wood, a cherry orchard and a rookery, offers the opportunity to see nightingales, lapwings and white throats, amongst other species.
The town of Rochester, the second-oldest diocese in England, four miles from the barn, is the perfect place to spend a day for those who enjoy shopping, good food and history. Its cathedral is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and has been used for worship since the 7th century although the majority of the current cathedral dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Rochester’s high street is steeped in history with Tudor houses, 17th and 18th-century townhouses and a distinct lack of national high street chains – most of the business are locally owned tea shops, vintage clothes shops and pubs and restaurants. Dickens lived in Higham, a village near to Rochester, and included some of the places in the town in his books. Visit Six Poor Travellers House and Eastgate House for places you may know from his books.
With unbeatable access to local walks, two RSPB nature reserves and the historic town of Rochester, on the doorstep, Lily’s Barn is a fantastic place to stay for families and their canine friends. A welcome pack of local food is available on arrival and a doggy welcome pack is also included. The garden area is perfect to relax in after a day walking with your four-legged friends.
The barn’s proximity to Rochester offers the opportunity to see how people lived in Dickens’ time at the historical sites in the town, and to enjoy tea, coffee and cakes at a local café or restaurant.
The barn has been lovingly converted with country walks, relaxation and pooches in mind. Dogs are made to feel welcome with access to fields for amazing runs out and really enjoy walks along established walking trails in the immediate vicinity.
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