HISTORY: Dating from at least 1622 when it was first recorded as an Ale House and Ferry. the Dog and Duck Cottage at Plucks Gutter, is a 400 year old ferry cottage in rural East Kent which offers a safe and tranquil remote setting in the Kentish Countryside but with the added advantage of an equally remote pub just across the road.! ABOUT THE PROPERTY: The cottage sleeps four in one king bed [Master Bedroom with WC, sink etc] and one double bed [2nd. Bedroom]. Everything else is on the ground floor including a farmhouse kitchen with a Rangmaster and Belfast Sink, lounge and dining room/conservatory. Also, the main bathroom with jacuzzi/steam cabinet, separate shower room and toilet. We can accommodate a further two guests by converting the conservatory but require advance notice. As this is my home when I am here and I enjoy cooking and entertaining you'll normally find spice jars, herbs in the garden and oils and vinegars in the larder - who knows you might even be barbecuing something you caught from the quay outside - we get grey mullet, roach, bream - that's if the cormorants and seals haven't got there first.! Oh and yes, if you want to moor your own boat you can - if you want a trip on the River we can normally arrange that with the Sandwich River Bus. Fishing is available from the Quay at the front of the cottage subject to standard UK Closed Season Rules (16 March to 16 June). WHAT'S INCLUDED: The price you see is what you pay. all Bedding, towels and initial and end of stay cleaning is included, of course. We do not charge for utilities but ask that you replace or pay for any coal or logs used. We have SKY freeview and high speed wifi, of course. HIGH SUMMER, EASTER, CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR BOOKINGS: We are available to be booked during the High Summer Period and over the Christmas and New Year periods BUT only for whole weeks starting on Saturdays. This allows our cleaners sometime with their families. ************************************************************* POLICIES SECTION: NB. It is a condition of booking that you have Travel Insurance. CHILDREN POLICY: We have an unfenced garden leading directly to a tidal river and do not believe the property is suitable for toddlers. We therefore discourage bookings for children aged 1-7 years of age, but this is not a fixed rule - we feel as parents ourselves that this is entirely up to you. PETS POLICY: We love pets.! We have an unfenced garden leading directly to a tidal river and stream - we are suitable for [wet] dogs or other pets - providing you dry them off once they head for the river and all that glorious mud. Don't worry we have a butler sink in the garden to wash off muddy boots and dogs.! SMOKING POLICY: We are happy to accommodate smokers but request that you limit smoking to designated rooms to ensure the comfort of following guests. BREAKAGES POLICY: As you would expect thefts, breakages and extreme damage or cleaning will be charged for. We take a small deposit to cover breakages for clients staying with pets. CHECK-IN: Keys need to be collected from behind the bar of the Dog and Duck Pub which is opposite the cottage [please printout a booking confirmation to show the staff] any time from 1600 until pub closing [call in advance if after 2100 ] - if you stop-off for lunch at the pub you might get the key earlier.! Lost keys will incur a £50.00 charge so please remember to return them at the end of your stay. CHECK-OUT: 1030: but we are flexible if you tell us in advance and it doesn't stop us from turning around the cottage for the next guests. We reserve the reserve the right to charge a late checkout fee of £20 per hour or part thereof to cover time we pay our cleaner to wait for you if you have not arranged in advance to stay past 1030. If you have any special needs please let me know - we can rearrange the cottage to arrange a downstairs bedroom so everything can be on one level our layout is wheelchair friendly [but the cottage is not adapted]. The pub is wheel chair accessible.