Our guide to luxury Kent holidays

From the hop fields and abundant orchards of the east to the trendy vineyards and white cliffs of the south, the "Garden of England" calls to the weekend adventurer. This is the Unique guide to luxury Kent holidays.

Hailed as England’s oldest county, Kent wears its maritime-meets-architectural heritage on its sleeve. Here, the iconic chalk cliffs of Dover stand sentinel; a geographical marvel, and a symbol of home, hope, and freedom. The mediaeval city of Canterbury brings towering spires, timber-framed houses, and cobbled lanes to the countryside mix, weaving 16th-century pie makers and jolly emporiums through the county like a Chaucer tale. What's more, the landscape is dotted with castles; from Hever Castle, the former home of Anne Boleyn, to Leeds Castle, oft crowned "the loveliest in the world."

Follow the salt trails to the coastal towns of Whitstable and Margate, where centuries-old seafood restaurants and family-run shacks a stroll from shingle beaches celebrate the North Sea’s bounty. Home to the world's leading English winemaker, Chapel Down, the county welcomes bon vivants for tours, tastings, and vineyard picnics. Of course, you’ll need somewhere to call home; so will it be an artist’s retreat in Brookland or a listed cottage — complete with a wood-fired hot tub — a stone’s throw from Deal? Find tips on what to see, do, and where to eat in our guide to luxury Kent holidays.