Determined to join the 2020 staycation trend, I asked Arthur if he’d prefer a coastal break, city stay or countryside retreat and he decided the country. He’s not the biggest fan of the hustle and bustle of London Town, so I can see why he wanted some peace and quiet.
I plumped for Kent as it was close enough to London for us to get there easily by train and I began my search on Airbnb, looking for cute places to stay in Kent. If you read my New Year’s Resolutions blog post way back when, then you’ll know booking through Airbnb was actually a 2020 aim. As soon as I came across The Potting Shed, I knew it was the one. It’s a pub in Langley, Kent with rooms built out the back that look a little like hobbit huts.
When we arrived for check-in, our room was still being cleaned (I can imagine the process is even more thorough with coronavirus around) so we opted to have a drink in the bar first. A lovely G&T was the perfect start to our idyllic stay.
Our lodge/hut/cabin thingy was exactly how I expected – SUPER CUTE! The décor was really chic and along with a spacious bathroom and living area it was ideal for our two-night minibreak.
On our first evening, we decided upon a two-hour orchard walk. Before booking, I had a little scout online about things to do in the local area and The Potting Shed website actually had a catalogue of surrounding area walks. After our stunning sunset stroll, we arrived back just in time to grab a pizza at the pub.
Breakfast was included with our stay, so the next morning we had a leisurely start to the day and enjoyed brekkie alfresco. While sipping fresh orange juice, I booked our trip to Leeds Castle for the day (which was lovely by the way). Full review coming very soon! When we returned back it was happy hour, so we also enjoyed drinks alfresco.
We had dinner reservations at the pub for the evening (you could venture somewhere else for eats if you’ve got a car, but there’s only a few other pubs within 30 min walk). But we were so glad we did stay at the pub because this time we went all out – Arthur had the steak and I had the lamb – and it was divine! Although my photography skills didn’t manage to snap a good picture of the mains, I did capture the beautiful dessert.
What was even better than the Insta-worthy abode and the tasty food, was the fact that every single person that worked at the pub was literally SO nice. Customer service was on point the entire time. And let me tell you that is so rare. We were really impressed.
So if you’re looking for an Instagrammable staycation in the countryside – THIS is where you should go!