Good Hotel Guide Review
Swan about in country house splendour at Amanda Lane’s ‘very impressive’ B&B, in an Edwardian house built from the ruins of Thurnham Castle. The hostess offers a sweet welcome, with home-baked treats for afternoon tea; up the oak staircase, home-made shortbread and seasonal fruits picked from the gardens are left in the ‘beautiful’, traditionally furnished bedrooms. One (Sissinghurst) has an antique bed; two have a huge, original Edwardian bath in the bathroom; all have wide views over the extensive grounds and surrounding countryside – look out for pheasants. Communal breakfasts have home-made jams, honey from the garden’s bees and eggs from resident hens. Arrange supper in advance or venture out to one of the many pubs nearby. Oak-panelled sitting room (wood-burning stove), dining room, conservatory. Billiard room (in the old chapel). Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview). No background music. 7-acre terraced garden, pond, kitchen garden, dovecote, summer house. Terrace (alfresco breakfasts). Heated outdoor swimming pool (June–early Sept). Tennis, croquet. Parking. 3 miles from Maidstone. Children over 12 welcomed. 3 bedrooms. Per room B&B £130–£160. Closed mid-Dec–Feb.