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The best hotels in Kent

The best hotels in Kent

Elmley Nature Reserve, Isle of SheppeyWith its 3,300 acres spread across the south side of Kent’s Isle of Sheppey, Elmley has been the UK’s only family-owned national nature reserve since the 1980s. Back then, rewilding – the act of regenerating landscapes to encourage thriving wildlife – wasn’t at the top of many farmers’ agendas. Philip Merricks persevered here, becoming a pioneer in conserving the countryside, and now these marshes are home to rare birdlife. Merricks’s daughter took over the land more recently, opening up a restored farmhouse B&B and a cluster of smart shepherd huts. Address: Elmley Nature Reserve, Elmley, Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey ME12 3RWPrice: Cabins from £180 per night (sleeps four)Book your stayRead about more stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects

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