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Kent is a county in southeastern England that borders Greater London and Surrey. It is famous for its beautiful landscapes, food, and wines. Its scenic cities and towns are a draw for history and art lovers and those seeking a colorful coastal escape.
With such a wealth of beauty in every corner of the county, many boutique hotels accommodate visitors.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Kent
10to12 Folkestone Bed and Breakfast
Price: From $221 per night
Located in the charming port town of Folkestone, the 10to12 Folkestone Bed and Breakfast can be found in a traditional Victorian house with contemporary interior design. Folkestone is only 1 hour away from London by train and welcomes many visitors throughout the year.
The 10to12 is only a few minutes away from the beach and close to the main attractions in town. Delicious breakfasts cooked to order are served to guests daily, with everyone able to customize their choices at any time.
There is a sun terrace where guests can lounge when the weather cooperates and a pub in the basement that is a huge hit with locals and tourists.
The elegant rooms at the 10to12 are spread over 2 floors. Each includes complimentary water bottles, tea and coffee, designer toiletries from Duck Island, and a hairdryer. A flat-screen TV with DVD player is also provided.
Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Price: From $132 per night
Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and dates back to the 13th century. Nowadays, some of the castle’s wings are used as an exclusive boutique experience that treats guests to an unforgettable stay in an impressive location.
The luxurious accommodation options at Hever Castle can be found in the Anne Boleyn Wing and the Astor Wing. Both these areas of the castle are Edwardian but full of Tudor style.
Those wishing to stay at Hever Castle are encouraged to book in advance. For the Astor Wing, 8 weeks before the desired stay is the recommended time frame. For the Anne Boleyn Wing, 6 months is usually the case.
These opulent en-suite rooms feature individual design accents, luxurious toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. Tea and coffee-making facilities are provided.
House of Agnes
Price: From $154 per night
The historic House of Agnes was built in the 15th century when it first opened as an inn. It achieved national fame when it was mentioned in “David Copperfield,” the Charles Dickens novel.
The House of Agnes is located in central Canterbury and is known for having the largest Victorian walled garden in the city. It is only steps away from the Canterbury West train station and within walking distance of Canterbury Cathedral and Marlowe Theatre.
Accommodation options at the House of Agnes are spread across the main building and the former site of the original stables. There are luxurious themed rooms, modern en-suite rooms, and a cottage-style room.
There is a lounge with a library and an honesty bar where guests can relax. Each room features complimentary Wi-Fi, a TV with a DVD player, and luxurious towels.
The Marquis of Granby
Price: From $146 per night
The Marquis of Granby can be found in the charming village of Alkham, surrounded by the beautiful Kent countryside. This location gives guests great access to Canterbury, Ashford, and Folkestone.
The hotel is known primarily for its award-winning pub, but it also offers elegant boutique rooms that feel like a private country retreat. Guests can enjoy the gastropub-with-a-twist offerings at the Marquis before they retire to their comfortable rooms.
Each accommodation option includes a queen-size or super king-size bed, air conditioning, a large en-suite with a luxurious shower, a soothing color palette, and a cozy seating nook. Tea and coffee-making facilities are also available in every room.
The Marquis offers beautiful views over the countryside and Alkham Valley. Beautiful furnishings, quirky design accents, and luxurious materials exist in every hotel space.
Price: From $117 per night
Mount Edgcumbe can be found in Royal Tunbridge Wells, in a Georgian-style house with great views over the Tunbridge Wells Common. Known for its gastropub and beer garden, Mount Edgcumbe also provides great boutique accommodation in a stylish setting.
Each opulent room at the Mount Edgcumbe features a unique design that celebrates the amazing landscapes around Royal Tunbridge Wells. With influences from all over the world, guests will find signature antique pieces and character-filled details in every room.
Each of the accommodation options at the hotel includes a comfortable Hypnos bed with a deep pocket sprung mattress and a spacious en-suite with a walk-in shower. Some of the rooms add a roll-top bath for extra pampering. In addition, every bathroom at the location is an elegant Burlington design. Deluxe toiletries are provided by Bramley’s.
The Old Rectory
Price: From $150 per night
The Old Rectory can be found in an 18th-century building in the Saxon village of Great Mongeham, near Deal. The high-quality hospitality and the elegant rooms make The Old Rectory a charming stay for any type of guest.
The hotel offers free off-road parking next to the property. Additional storage space for golfing equipment or bicycles that guests bring with them is provided by the hotel. This peaceful hideaway is in the middle of a conservation area and next to St Martin’s Church. Dover is only 8 miles away, and Canterbury is 20. Deal is less than 2 miles away and has all the shops and amenities of a small town.
Full English breakfast is served to guests every day, along with a selection of cereals. The refined rooms include a flat-screen TV with Freeview channels, tea and coffee-making facilities, along with soft towels and bathrobes. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered in every room.
One Warwick Park Hotel
Price: From $141 per night
The One Warwick Park Hotel can be found in Tunbridge Wells. This stylish boutique option was once a brewery, then a schoolhouse. Located near the train station and the Pantiles, the One Warwick Park Hotel is close to all the best pubs and shops in the area.
This boutique experience provides guests with great business services, meeting spaces, and event spaces. It includes a trendy cocktail bar and an afternoon tea service. The sophisticated boutique rooms at One Warwick Park are spread between the main building and the adjacent townhouse.
Each room at the One Warwick Park includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a large flat-screen TV, a king or super king-size bed, and designer toiletries from Temple Spa. They also have elegant neutral color palettes, bespoke furniture made from top-quality walnut, handmade curtains, and luxurious linens.
Romney Bay House Hotel
Price: From $141 per night
This gorgeous secluded location offers guests a private retreat in an intimate setting. The homey atmosphere and the attentive staff create a warm environment that makes guests want to stay far longer than their predicted time frame.
The Romney Bay House Hotel features a restaurant open 4 days a week that serves a fine dining 4-course menu to visitors with prior booking. Ingredients used by the restaurant are fresh and locally sourced.
Rooms at the hotel have views either over the sea or over the serene golf course. They each include tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a TV.
The Wife of Bath
Price: From $135 per night
The elegant Wife of Bath can be found in a historic refurbished building in the scenic village of Wye, near Ashford. Owned by a Michelin-starred chef, this boutique experience includes a world-class restaurant serving meals inspired by Northern Spanish cuisine and English fare.
The trendy on-site bar serves delicious cocktails, and the beautifully-appointed rooms have been created with maximum comfort and style in mind. In the main building, 3 of the rooms can be found above the restaurant, while the other 3 are in the cottage annex.
Each of them is aptly named after a character in the Geoffrey Chaucer classic “The Canterbury Tales.” Every room includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a deluxe bed with Egyptian cotton linens, a Nespresso coffee machine, premium complimentary toiletries, and ironing facilities. A hairdryer is also provided.
Price: From $132 per night
The stylish Yarrow Hotel can be found in the picturesque Kentish town of Broadstairs. Originally built in 1894, the Yarrow has now been converted into an elegant boutique option that preserves many of the original Jacobean-style details while adding modern comfort.
The Yarrow treats guests to a delicious gourmet breakfast every morning, with continental and hot food options. Afternoon teas and fine dining are also available for guests to enjoy at the on-site restaurant.
Rooms at the Yarrow come in a range of sizes, all featuring elegant modern designs. Each of them includes a writing desk, mini-safe, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other in-room amenities include a full-length mirror, air conditioning with individual controls, and an ironing board. Suites add a super king-size bed and a separate lounge area.
Visitors to Kent can explore the famous cathedral in Canterbury or delight in picturesque coastal towns like Whitstable. Art lovers will want to stop in Margate, where they will find the Turner Contemporary gallery. Known by its nickname “The Garden of England,” visitors will also be able to sample some of its amazing gastronomy made with fresh, locally-grown ingredients.
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