Travellers who stop at this Georgian manor house on the way to Dover or the Channel Tunnel might be tempted to go no further. More

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Macknade Manor
Canterbury Road
ME13 8XE
01795 535344
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all year except Christmas, 1st week Jan, 2 weeks Sept, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.


sitting room/bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 4-acre garden (terrace, outdoor dining), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed.


not allowed in public rooms.

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all major cards.


[2016] per room B&B single £140–£195, double £180–£210, D,B&B single £185–£250, double £290–£320. Set dinner £60.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Travellers who stop at this Georgian manor house on the way to Dover or the Channel Tunnel might be tempted to go no further. On the outskirts of a historic market town, Rona and David Pitchford’s restaurant-with-rooms stands in its own grounds shaded by mature trees, with a walled kitchen garden. Rona Pitchford is a welcoming hostess, while her husband cooks seasonal fare featuring local produce and home-grown vegetables and leaves. At dinner, dishes are listed alongside foodie quotes: white asparagus, new season wild morel, poached egg comes with a hint of GK Chesterton; pan-fried halibut, crushed new potatoes, cep purée, confit lemon champagne is sauced with AA Milne. (‘How long does getting thin take?’ Pooh asked anxiously.) Bedrooms are individually styled, with a big bed, paintings, drapes, swags, antiques and expensive toiletries; guests may help themselves to the honesty bar and communal pantry well stocked with home-made biscuits and treats. Dinner, and the much-praised breakfast, may be worked off the next day at the seaside at Whitstable, just eight miles away.

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Macknade Manor
Canterbury Road
ME13 8XE

Guest comments

'Our stay was near perfect. Like being in a country house where your hostess has impeccable taste and is a first-rate cook. Our room was spacious and furnished with style but with an eye to comfort as well as appearance. ' - LB - November, 2016
'This is a charming hotel with six rooms and fabulous dining. The rooms are very comfortable and not fussy. There is a well-stocked pantry which is a good touch. Everything is spotless and efficient. The four poster bed we were in was super. Dinner was excellent. Served by obviously happy staff and with great care without fussing. We had the tasting menu and wines which was good value and special. Breakfast was also kept simple and more enjoyable for that. ' - Dadvid Soanes - November, 2013
'One of the most comfortable and welcoming hotels we have stayed in. A beautiful house. Our room was gorgeous. The ambience was delightful in the candlelit restaurant (no piped muic). Our half-board package was good value. ' - Anna & Bill Brewer - November, 2011
'A very enjoyable stay. Many nice little touches. Delightful house, warm welcome. Nice room (Wisteria) without being exceptional. Upstairs pantry appreciated but water needs a filter. Not enough spaces for people to sit and have pre-dinner drinks (and soda was flat). Good food but vegetarians are a bit of an afterthought. On the evening we could not manage puddings on the set dinner menu, tea and coffee were given free - refreshing honesty. ' - David Birnie - July, 2009

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