The quiet village of Petham, nestling in a valley below the rolling North Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is an ideal retreat, a centre for spectacular walks, and a perfect base for exploring the historic city of Canterbury only a few miles away.
Petham is notable for its community spirit, with a new award-winning village hall presenting regular entertainment for the residents. The surrounding countryside, dotted with farms and quaint old buildings, incorporates Earley Wood, a Woodland Trust property where visitors may explore 53 acres of broadleaved trees, plants, wildflowers and wildlife (watch out for the adders’).
Petham offers some fascinating places to stay in addition to its caravan and camp sites. Slippery Sams is a Grade II-listed building constructed around 1450. Named after the local smuggler Samuel Jackson, it provides accommodation in an 18th Century barn converted into cottages.
The secluded Upper Ansdore Guest House is a medieval hall house dating back to 1380. However, the grandest property in the area is the private Petham House, an ltalianate building set in 31 acres of parkland.
A visit to Canterbury, meanwhile, caters for the whole family with its famous buildings, children’s facilities, restaurants and shopping.