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Chilston Park, Lenham, Kent
Chilston Park hotel does what is says on the tin: it's a classic British country house hotel. Unashamedly traditional, this Kentish hotel offers comfortable bedrooms and a formal restaurant serving classy British cuisine and generous afternoon teas that are particularly popular with those celebrating the birthdays of older relatives. The house itself is a beauty, set in delightful private grounds that slip seamlessly into the countryside and provide a beautiful backdrop for G&Ts on the lawns with epic games of giant chess.
We love the sense of anticipation that builds as you follow the tree-flanked driveway up to the manor house.
The hotel is set in 22 acres of parkland in the Kent countryside, 12 miles from Maidstone and close to the Kent Downs AONB.
By car: 1 hour 15 mins from London via A2, 1 hour 30 mins from Brighton via A23. 3 hours 15 mins from Nottingham. Free parking is available on-site.
By train: Lenham station is a 4-minute drive from the hotel, accessed in 1 hour 30 mins from London Victoria, 45 mins from Canterbury. trainline.com
Style & Character
Those looking for an authentic, nostalgic country house experience will like it here. Pottering around the lake and gardens, admiring the house from every angle, is a delight.
Service & Facilities
Enjoy pre-dinner drinks by the fire, watching guests descend the staircase in their evening best.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Complimentary parking
- Marble Lounge
- Afternoon tea
- Wedding facilities
We love the extremely comfortable beds and luxurious linens. And fluffy Larry the Lamb, who can be placed outside your room to prevent unwanted interruptions.
Mews Classic, Mews Executive, Mews Junior Suite, Manor House Classic Double, Manor House Executive, Feature bedroom, Suite
Facilities include: Wi-Fi, TV with freeview, Hypnos Lansdowne cashmere mattress, 'Sheer Lux' microfibre pillows, ensuite bathroom with selection of hand-picked toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes, fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits.
Food & Drink
Whether sourced locally or from further afield, the provenance of many items on the menu is provided.
Marble Lounge: Smart but tranquil lounge overlooking lake. Afternoon tea, Champagne, drinks and snacks. Afternoon tea from £26.50 per person.
Culpeper's restaurant: Formal dining, 2 AA Rosettes. Traditional British cuisine, seasonal dishes, local ingredients. Mains from £15.