Sandway, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2BE
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Sandway, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2BE
Chilston Park hotel is an elegant 17th century Grade I listed country house, set in 23 acres of rolling countryside and dense woodland. You´ll find an oasis of calm, comfort and warmth. The warm, homely and welcoming atmosphere runs through all of its fifty three bedrooms, each of which has its own individual character. Dine in the magnificent restaurant under the watchful gaze of the family portraits and enjoy succulent food and wine as well as sumptuous surroundings. At the end of your meal retire to the drawing room and enjoy a fine brandy served at exactly the right temperature.
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" Dog Collar Museum, Leeds Castle, Maidstone
A showcase of canine neckwear! What’s not to love? This delightful museum’s content spans five centuries of doggie fashion right back to medieval times and displays collars from back when their decadence was a display of their owner’s wealth. From deeply foreboding iron spiked affairs to seriously swish velvet numbers, you’ll see all sorts here - some 500,000 people visit each year to enjoy this quirky museum within the ground of Leeds Castle.
Stay at: Chilston Park Hotel, a simply gorgeous 17th century Grade 1 listed country house within 23 acres of grounds. A total treat."
"Some hotels are just difficult to resist. Chilston Park near Maidstone in Kent is like staying at the country house of a gentleman acquaintance, back in the early years of the twentieth century. The hotel doesn’t go for retro-chic. There is no attempt to convince you that you’re stumbled into the set of Downton Abbey, but so much of it remains unchanged from the days when the Akers-Douglas family lived here during the Edwardian era that it’s easy to forget that the M20 roars past less than half a mile away.
In 1983 the descendants of Aretas Akers sold it to become a hotel. Sotheby’s bill of sale hangs in the hotel today and shows that the interior of Chilston Park has changed very little over the years. The elaborate stucco ceiling of its long dining room is immediately recognisable, as are the marble fireplaces and the superb Victorian oak staircase under which a small bar has since been tucked. The bedrooms in the main house are all highly individual, lying off four corridors that are lined with an eclectic collection of artworks. Most of it is arresting, some of it good and some of it the kind of thing your Edwardian friend took a personal fancy to at auction and sees no reason to remove.
Dinner in the evening feels rather like you’ve joined a house party. People take drinks at various tables around the house, including on sofas below the extraordinarily staircase that seems almost too big for the house . If you drink here you’ll enjoy the glow of an open fire but you'll also be faced with two huge carved wooden dragons – or are they lions? - brought back from some foreign trip and still wonderfully hideous.
In the dining room – named Culpepper after the family who once owned Leeds Castle and Chilston Park - the service is friendly and prompt. The starched tablecloths, flowers and silver cutlery exude have an old world charm. The menu is predominantly British – beef, pigeon, lamb – all locally sourced and the selection of English cheeses to end the evening is irresistible.
Afterwards find an old armchair by the fireplace (if you can squeeze past the dragon-lions) and savour your digestif. Or wander down to the broad fish pond at the front of the house, close your ears to the M20 and watch the moon rise. Then make your way upstairs. This, after all, is the joy of staying at a hotel with a fine dining room: all you have to do afterwards is toddle upstairs and sleep it off with a big smile on your face."
"When Chilston Park was built at the end of the fifteenth century it was a two-storey red-brick manor house on three sides of a courtyard. By the beginning of the eighteenth century the house was surrounded by formal gardens, including a very long avenue of lime trees running north to south along its eastern flank. As the years passed the courtyard was built up to make a single Victorian block and the formal gardens were swept away to create picturesque lakes and lawns in the drastic naturalistic style that Capability Brown wrought upon English country houses. On New Years Day 2000 however hotel guests planted a new avenue of lime trees stretching east from the house towards the rising sun. This is the route to take for an autumn walk at Chilston Park. The limes turn yellow, red and gold in the season, and as your pass under them you’re likely to see many rabbits who remain remarkably at ease with the presence of hotel guests. You’ll see sheep too, neatly kept at bay by a ha-ha, and there will definitely be ducks. At the edge of the lake pick up the public footpath, which will give you great photos of the hotel as you pass back on the far side of the lake. You’ll probably send the ducks scattering in surprise. Finally the footpath deposits you on the Boughton Road. From there turn left and left again and you’re back on the hotel drive. Hopefully you’ve booked the Queen Anne Suite which has the hotel’s only original four poster bed. It’s so high that a stool is provided so you can get on to it. Seriously. You’ve hardly been on a big walk this afternoon but reward yourself nonetheless with a snooze or check through all all the autumn colours you snapped on your phone."
"Ruby wedding anniversary: You’re clocking an impressive figure by now: 40 years of married bliss (!) deserves some serious celebration. Chilston Park, a Grade 1 listed red brick mansion in 23 acres of countryside in Kent, is spot on. The interiors are as impressive as the façade, think chandeliers, ornate fireplaces, a grand dining room and drawing room to retire to for a glass of brandy after a six-course meal. As this is your ruby wedding anniversary, eschew the modern rooms (beds with soft white duvets, sink-into carpets) and book a manor house suite, which have a four-poster bed, polished wood floors and ruby-coloured walls."
Information on Chilston Park Hotel , Sandway , Lenham , Maidstone
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 17 x Mews Classic Doubles, 4 x Mews Executive Doubles, 2 x Mews Junior Suite, 8 x Manor Classic Room, 1 x Manor Classic Room, 11 x Manor Executive Room, 7 x Feature Rooms, 3 x Manor Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Visa
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: Honeymoon Suites, perfect Country House Manor
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Red Stars, AA 2 Rosettes
DVD player, Satellite TV, Modem point, Wi-Fi, Four-poster rooms
25 acre grounds, 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 7 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, For up to 110 delegates, Heli-pad
Board games, Giant Games
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Golf (10 mins), Clay shooting (15 mins), Horse riding (30 mins)
|Local directions:||From the North, travelling clockwise around the M25 leave at junction 3 taking the M20 towards Maidstone and Dover. Leave the M20 at junction 8 and join the A20 towards Lenham. Continue along the A20 passing Leeds Castle and Harrietsham. After passing a Texaco garage on the left, follow signs to Lenham Medieval Village. At the village square turn right, continue for approx. half a mile and bear left at the fork in the road signed Chilston Park. At the crossroads go straight over, the Hotel drive is a quarter of a mile on the left. Travelling anti-clockwise around the M25, leave at junction 5 onto the M26 which merges with the M20. Leave at junction 8 and follow route as previous. From the south, from the M20 travelling north leave at junction 9 and follow A20 towards Lenham, pass through Charing and after approx. 2 miles take the turning on the left signed Lenham village. At the village square turn right, continue for approx. half a mile and bear left at the fork in the road signed Chilston park. At the crossroads go straight over, the Hotel drive is quarter of a mile on the left.|
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Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
London (1 hour)
London Gatwick (45 mins)
Lenham (5 mins)
Review of Chilston Park Hotel
Posted Joanna BCustomer stayed May 2012by
My partner and I stayed here for my birthday last year. The room we stayed in here was lovely and big and with a four poster too. We had a special deal where we had room and dinner and breakfast for about £130 which I think is a bargain. The food was delicious and the room was comfortable. The grounds of the house are also beautiful too.
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