A stunning location
Littlebourne is a charming village situated in the picturesque county of Kent in southeastern England. Littlebourne is a quintessential English village with a rich history, quaint architecture, and stunning surroundings. The Village is located in the heart of Kent, just a short drive from the historic City of Canterbury, and is surrounded by breathtaking countryside loaded with numerous walking and cycling routes.
There is no shortage of things to do and see in and around the village, making it the perfect destination for those looking to experience a slice of traditional England. Visitors can explore the stunning St. Vincent's Church with dates back to the 10th century, or walk along the Little Stour River that meanders through the village. For those interested in history, Canterbury's The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in central Canterbury.
Littlebourne is also an excellent base for exploring the wider area of Kent. Visitors can venture to the nearby city of Canterbury to experience its rich history and iconic landmarks such as the stunning Canterbury Cathedral and vibrant shopping streets. Further afield the beautiful Kent coast boasts some of the country's most stunning beaches, such as Whitstable Beach which is famous for its mouth-watering seafood.
Not far from Littleboure is Wingham Wildlife Park a medium-sized wildlife park that covers an area of 26 acres. In 2011 the species count at the park reached 180 species, growing to over 200 in 2013 covering fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and birds. A great day out for all the family.
For excellent food, there is no shortage of choice:
The Rose at Wickhambreaux - recently added to the Michelin Guide, their view:
This characterful, 14C Kentish pub has a cosy, rustic style: dried hops hang from wooden beams, wood burning stoves provide warmth and a daily changing blackboard menu hangs on the wall. Chef-owner Billy uses seasonal, local produce from suppliers he knows well, and the resulting dishes are bursting with complementary textures and flavours. The welcoming team run the place in a charming manner.
The Pig at Bridge Place - their view:
Our commitment to a 25-mile menu not only supports our local suppliers, but means we can be 100% honest on the provenance of our ingredients. Our local suppliers are some of the most exciting and inspiring artisan producers out there! Kent’s distinctive character and unique combination of agricultural farmland, ancient orchards, newly planted vineyards and history of hop growing, all within casting distance of the sea, means THE PIG-at Bridge Place has access to some of the freshest local fish, locally brewed beers, amazing meats, delicious fruit and award-winning English wines in the country!
The Bridge Arms, Bridge -
The Bridge Arms is nestled within the beautiful rural village of Bridge situated within the Nailbourne Valley 2.5km South of the cathedral city of Canterbury. The menu concept created by Daniel, Natasha & Head Chef Josh, uses seasonal produce to support our local suppliers and to accommodate guests looking for a family friendly pub while highlighting the best British produce. All new aspects stem from the teams abundance of knowledge and previous experience, offering a new and refreshing perspective. The seasonal menu is produce driven focused on cooking over local charcoal in a Josper oven. The grade II listed building is situated only 10 miles from the coast, showcasing the surrounding natural produce providing us with an abundance of fresh & local seafood; as well as being in the center of the beautiful countryside with plentiful supply of meats and poultry. An especially important time to support local businesses, at a time when we all need each other most. .
Fordwich Arms, Fordwich - another listing in the Michelin Guide, their view:
England’s smallest town is a pretty little place and this elegant Arts and Crafts style building fits it perfectly. It sits in a delightful spot beside the river and its wisteria-covered terrace affords wonderful views. An impressive wood-topped bar and open fires welcome you in and the wood-panelled dining room bursts with charm. Cooking is distinctly modern, they use excellent quality ingredients, and their vision is without bounds, resulting in some impressive creativity and adventurous contrasts. The wine list contains plenty of gems from some first-class individual producers.
Other great things to do:
Wine Tasting at Woolton Farm -
Woolton Farm, near Canterbury in Kent, is steeped in family history and fruit growing heritage.
The owners of The Old Tannery have been working this land for over 100 years. Today they produce multi award-winning wines and ciders, accommodation and hospitality.
Sample the finest Kentish produce at The Barn, try our wonderful Woolton Farm wines by booking their wine and cider tours. You can also enjoy food and drinks at Woolton Barn from the first first Friday in April to the last weekend in September.
?Howletts Wild Animal Park -
in the parish of Bekesbourne, near Canterbury in Kent, was established as a private zoo in 1957 by John Aspinall. In 1962, the House known as Howletts was being restored. A small cottage was inhabited by an employee. The animal collection was opened to the public in 1975.
During your stay, you will have the opportunity to discover some of Kent’s most famous landmarks and attractions, including the historic Canterbury Cathedral, the scenic White Cliffs of Dover, and the breathtaking Leeds Castle. Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or outdoor pursuits, you will find plenty to keep you entertained in this diverse and fascinating county.
Littlebourne is a delightful village that offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and charm making it an excellent destination for visitors to explore both the local and wider areas of Kent.