The apartment is in the village of Rhodes Minnis, in the Elham Valley and is close to many footpaths over farmland, bridleways and forestry tracks. There is forestry which stretches from here almost to Canterbury.
There is a local petrol station selling a small range of groceries. There is an animal charity Tea Rooms serving light lunches, snacks cakes and teas. Free range eggs are available for sale locally.
Elham is approx 1.5 miles down a leafy lane. Here there is a lovely village square which dates from 1251 when Edward 1st granted a market charter to the town. The ancient church of St Mary the virgin dates from about 1180. The interior is richly furbished with alabaster plaques, a 12th century font, Tudor wine glass pulpit an eagle lecturn and a chest hewn from the trunk of a Yew tree dating back to 1200. There are 43 listed buildings in Elham with a history dating from Medieval times through Tudor times and beyond.
The village is situated about halfway along the valley that bears its name and has become rightfully known as a haven for walking. The rolling hills and open fields provide a fantastic selection of linear and circular walks on well marked paths which wind through unspoilt villages, ancient woodland, pasture and chalk grassland with stunning views accross the valley. The Elham Valley Way is a recognised way marked route that stretches from Hythe to Canterbury following the course of the Seabrook Stream and the Nailbourne river.
Elham is also on National Cycle Route no.17.
There is a nature reserve at Park Gate Down with Highland cattle and Konik ponies, famous for its flowers, Orchids and Cowslips.
There are 2 Pubs, The Rose & Crown, a 15th Centuary Coaching Inn, and The Kings Arms, both serving real ales and pub grub. There is a quaint old restaurant The Abbots Fireside built in 1614 which is also licenced. There is a village stores, tea rooms and a part time Post Office in the Kings Arms. There is also a vineyard with shop and tea rooms.
Approx 1.5 miles in the opposite direction, lies the slightly larger village of Lyminge where you can find more shops including Post Office, Chemist, Hardware and Hairdressers. There is a cafe which serves all day breakfast, a Chinese Restaurant & takeaway, and a Fish & Chip takeaway.
Stelling Minnis is approx 2 miles distant. Here there is a common and many of the properties still retain grazing rights. There are pleasant walks on the common and there is a good Pub serving very good value meals as well as a selection real ales. There is also a village stores.
Nearest superstore, Tesco at Cheriton Folkestone, 6 miles.
We are 4 miles from the M20 and about 7 miles from the M2.
There is a regular Bus service through Elham and Lyminge serving Folkestone to Canterbury.
There is a Bus from the top of the road in Rhodes Minnis serving Canterbury to Hythe.
Trains to London are available at Sandling, Folkestone and Ashford. The new high speed rail link connects Folkestone to London St.Pancras in just 50mins. Eurostar to the continent is available from Ashford.