Best luxury and boutique hotels in Kent

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

Kent has some beautiful countryside, notably in the Weald of Kent, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is known for its orchards and for the distinctive shape of its oast houses, used for drying hops. It is rich in history and architecture, too. Thomas à Becket was murdered in Canterbury’s marvellous cathedral (its building was started by St Augustine in 597), and Canterbury has a fine new theatre, The Marlow.

The Good Hotel Guide has reviews of some interesting hotel accommodation in Kent. Edwardian, Georgian, Jacobean - hotels from every era and set beside the sea, in stunning urban settings or deep in lush greenery, making a hotel stay as varied as you wish! Outstanding places to visit include Sissinghurst with Vita Sackville-West’s famous garden; the moated Hever Castle where Anne Boleyn grew up and where Anne of Cleves lived after her divorce from Henry VIII; Knole House, a beautiful Elizabethan/Jacobean mansion once owned by Henry VIII; Leeds Castle, stunningly set on a lake near Maidstone; medieval Penshurst Place, birthplace of Sir Philip Sydney; Ightham Mote, a picturesque house with 14th-century origins. Churchill’s final home, Chartwell, contains much wartime memorabilia, and you can visit the studio where he painted.

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Hotels in Kent

  • Read's, FAVERSHAM, Kent

    'A charming hotel, highly recommended.' More praise this year for Rona and David Pitchford's restaurant-with-rooms, an elegant Georgian manor house near an old market town. Rona Pitchford is the

  • Romney Bay House, NEW ROMNEY, Kent

    In a 'stunning' setting by a links golf course on the Kent coast, Clinton and Lisa Lovell's small hotel 'exceeded our expectations again', say Guide readers on their third visit. An earlier comment:

  • Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Kent

    Facing Calverley Park, this outpost of the du Vin group occupies an 18th-century Grade II listed sandstone mansion in a Georgian spa town. Some of the smart, handsomely furnished bedrooms overlook the

  • The Marquis at Alkham, ALKHAM, Kent

    Close to Dover and the Channel Tunnel, this 200-year-old inn (managed by Bespoke Hotels) stands above a sloping cricket pitch in a pretty village at the southern end of the Kent Downs. The modern

  • The Reading Rooms, MARGATE, Kent

    Owners Louise Oldfield and Liam Nabb have restored their stylish town house with an air of 'dilapidated grandeur'. Intricate plasterwork has been revealed, a mantelpiece or mirror leans artfully;

  • Thurnham Keep, THURNHAM, Kent

    Amanda Lane extends a friendly welcome, with tea and freshly made scones, to B&B guests arriving at her childhood home, a 'very impressive' Edwardian house on the North Downs. At the end of a long

  • Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse, SISSINGHURST, Kent

    There are breathtaking views -- of ancient woodland, fields, gardens or the castle’s Elizabethan tower -- from all the bedrooms in Sue and Frazer Thompson’s elegant B&B. The Victorian

  • The Front Rooms, WHITSTABLE, Kent

    A short harbourside walk from the centre, this stylish B&B is run by friendly owners Julie Thorne and Tom Sutherland in their discreet, restored Victorian town house. Decorated in heritage whites, the

  • Starborough Manor, EDENBRIDGE, Kent

    In parkland opposite a small moated castle, this 'beautiful' old manor house is a 'relaxing place, comfortable and informal'. It is the home of Lynn and Jonathan Matthias, who welcome guests on a

  • Wallett's Court, DOVER, Kent

    In a pretty hamlet, ten minutes' drive from the port, Christopher and Leonora Oakley offer a wide choice of accommodation at their quirky, family-friendly hotel. There are spacious traditional rooms

  • Rocksalt, FOLKESTONE, Kent

    There are comfortable bedrooms, fresh seafood and exceptional sea views at this stylish restaurant-with-rooms in a small port town. In a striking dark-timber-and-glass building cantilevered over

  • Sands Hotel, MARGATE, Kent

    On the seafront, this Victorian hotel was 'smartly renovated' in 2013 by Nick and Karen Conington, in colours inspired by the sea and the sky. Ornate mirrors and glitzy lamps add 'a touch of glamour'

  • The Milk House, SISSINGHURST, Kent

    At the centre of a village renowned for its gardens, a former pub (The Bull) has been modishly restyled by chef/proprietor Dane Allchorne and his wife, Sarah. ‘Attractive both inside and