Sand, sea, steam and scheduled ancient monuments

Our 2015 family holiday was based around Littlestone-on-Sea close to New Romney in Kent.  The extensive property was right on the seafront with excellent east facing views over the English Channel to France.

The beach is a mixture of shingle, sand and mud and the tide goes out a long long way; so much so the Littlestone Lifeboat is deployed by a special adapted tractor.

The famous Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs close-by all the way from Hythe to the tip of Dungeness.  The railway provided entertainment for three generations of the family during our stay.

The beautiful Kent countryside is home to many pretty towns and villages including Tenterden and Appledore with traditional peg tiles and white clapper board buildings.  Nearby is the historic town of Rye in East Sussex.


The famous gardens at Great Dixter, home to the late Christopher Lloyd, and also the National Trust gardens at Sissinghurst Castle created by Vita Sackville-West provided ample horticultural therapy.


We also visited the 14th-century moated Bodiam Castle and spent a day overlooking the white cliffs of Dover.