all year except 4 days Christmas, first 2 weeks Jan, 2 weeks Sept, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.
sitting room/bar, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 4-acre garden (terrace, outdoor dining), restaurant wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms.
all major cards.
per room B&B single £140–£195, double £180–£210, D,B&B single £185–£250, double £290–£320. Set dinner £60, tasting menu £65.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Veterans of the hospitality industry Rona and David Pitchford run Georgian Macknade Manor as an elegant restaurant-with-rooms. It stands back from the road, approached by an impressive gravel drive, in grounds shaded by lofty horse chestnut trees, cedars, laurels – hence the tree theme in the naming of the six large bedrooms. All are furnished with antiques. Dual-aspect Chestnut overlooks the front lawn, Laurel has a four-poster and original fireplace, Cedar a view of a majestic Cedar of Lebanon. Three rooms have a bath, one a shower; Chestnut and Cedar enjoy both. All the rooms are stylish and traditional, equipped for practical comfort. Classically trained Mr Pitchford has worked in kitchens since starting as a teenage commis chef at London’s Dorchester. He uses produce from the walled kitchen garden alongside local game and meat in such dishes as Kentish lamb, potato hotpot, carrot purée, seasonal vegetables, while most of the fish arrives fresh from the Whitstable and Hythe quaysides. More vegetarian options would be appreciated but ‘dishes ranged from good to very good indeed’. Breakfast, also cooked by the host, is reputedly excellent. We would welcome more reports.