Kent is an ideal short break or holiday destination, and offers a wide choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from quaint cottages, converted barns, bed and breakfasts, and conical oast houses, to chic city hotels, seaside guest houses and family-friendly caravan and camping parks. This is just a small selection of what is available in the county.
1. Rowhill Grange
Rowhill Grange is a charming 18th Century country house hotel, snugly surrounded by acres of glorious gardens, tended grounds and a picturesque lake. The hotel is set deep in the heart of the Garden of England but only 30 minutes by train from the centre of London.
2. Eastwell Manor
Luxury 4-star Eastwell Manor has 62 individually styled bedrooms, an intimate lounge and fine dining restaurant. Guests are welcomed by warming log fires and a magnificent panelled reception hall which leads through to the luxurious drawing room, bar and dining room all overlooking the beautifully manicured lawns.
3. Chilston Park
Set back from the tree-lined lanes of Kent, the manor house at Chilston Park is a unique Grade 1 listed property. Over the years, it has been a home to eminent politicians, writers, Lords and Viscounts. Today it is a luxury hotel, set within 22 acres of rural parkland. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this luxury 4 star hotel is the antiques and history that surround it, guests will find many interesting artefacts that date as far back as the 17th century. Many of the 53 bedrooms feature original fireplaces, four-poster beds and antiquities.
4. Wallett’s Court, St Margarets Bay
Wallett’s Court is an historic country house hotel with an award winning restaurant and luxury health spa nestling in the heart of White Cliffs Country just 10 minutes from Dover. The property has stunning four-poster bedrooms in the old manor and contemporary rooms in converted Kentish barns, all set in acres of beautiful landscaped gardens.
5. ABode, Canterbury
The ABode Canterbury is located in the heart of bustling city centre. The hotel boasts 72 luxury bedrooms and is home to Michael Caines renowned restaurant serving the best Kentish produce. From intimate meals in the two AA Rosette restaurant, to hot food in the Old Brewery Tavern, or a glass of something sparkling in the Champagne Bar, the ABode is a haven of tranquillity behind the busy city streets.
6. Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells
Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells is set in one of the historic spa town's architectural landmarks, a Grade II-listed sandstone mansion built in 1762. Hotel du Vin has strived to retain its authentic detail carefully, adding the brands unique touch to the 34 exquisite bedrooms, featuring pristine beds with luxurious Egyptian Linen and stunning décor of antiques and memorabilia.
7. The Bell Hotel, Sandwich
The Bell is a traditional hotel with a chic modern twist. Situated on the quayside in the historic Cinque Port town of Sandwich guests have the choice of thirty-seven individually decorated ensuite bedrooms, a restaurant menu which varies with seasonal availability and two beautifully refurbished function rooms, ideal for weddings, conferences and private events.
8. The Marquis, Alkham
The Marquis is an utterly unique and distinctive small hotel and restaurant offering boutique style luxury accommodation in the heart of the countryside. The styling is contemporary and the décor is chic, but look outside the window and you couldn’t be anywhere other than Kent.
9. The White Cliffs Hotel, St Margarets Bay
The White Cliffs Hotel offers a new approach to hotel accommodation in rural and village centre locations. The hotel captures the essence of life in coastal England with a contemporary atmosphere and a refreshingly independent way of thinking.
10. The George Hotel, Cranbrook
The George Hotel & Brasserie is one of Cranbrook's most historical landmark buildings dating back to the 14th Century. It is now transformed to one of the most unique boutique hotels in Kent with 12 individually designed rooms offering a blend of period and contemporary style. Both the awarded dining room and brasserie offer a regularly changing menu using produce mainly sourced from the Kent and Sussex countryside and coast.