Published: 12:30, 06 October 2021
Ten of the county's top hotels and B&Bs have been featured in the latest Good Hotel Guide for 2022, published this week.
The Dog at Wingham, near Canterbury
The eight bedroom gastropub gets a page to itself in the guide, and its service "really is second to none" according to one guide writer. Marc Bridgen’s canine-friendly establishment has been garnering awards since his family took it on in 2016 and also made it into last year's guide.
The bedrooms are styled by his mother, Marilyn with 'touches of pizzazz'. The bridal suite has exposed beams and an antique four-poster. The guide notes there is a passion for local produce and transport to nearby golf clubs, including Royal St George's. Find out more here.
The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury
The Grade I listed mansion, once a music venue that hosted Led Zeppelin, has, the guide says, been "made over with a whole lotta love." A 'rare breed country house hotel', it has 29 bedrooms and includes hop pickers' huts which have a "Little House on the Prairie feel". It adds: "The ethos is friendly: everyone, even the gardener, greets you as you pass". Find out more here.
A previous Cesar winner, the Georgian Macknade Manor has been run by David and Rona Pitchford for many years with Frederick Forster now heading the kitchen, after being lured from the City. Described as a "very special place", it has six bedrooms. Its latest inspectors say it has professional and delightful staff and: "In these penny-pinching times, one is being given, most generously and unusually, the room to breathe." Find out more here.
Romney Bay House, Littlestone
Also a former Cesar winner, the 10-bedroom 1920s mansion was built by Clough Williams-Ellis and is run by hosts Lisa and Clinton Lovell. One guide judge said of their stay: "Personal style, a kind hostess, delicious food, an interesting building, good seaside walks. What more could you want?" It has bedrooms with binoculars for the view. Find out more here.
Hever Castle, near Edenbridge
The award-winning B&B with its 28 bedrooms is part of the shortlist for another year, with the guide describing it as "fit for a Queen" with breakfast being a "lavish affair".
“Every room is different: choose one with a gold chaise lounge, or one with a four-poster bed.” Guests have free access to the castle and grounds - you can even wander the grounds after the day visitors have left. Book here.
The Mount Edgcumbe, Tunbridge Wells
The Grade II listed family-run hotel and restaurant by the Common is said to be "surrounded by greenery" and coming with "perky bedrooms decorated in harmonious hues". Find out more here.
Albion House, Ramsgate
Making it into the shortlist this year is the 'stylish' small hotel in a restored Regency building, owned by Ben and Emma Irvine and visited in the past by the likes of Princess Victoria. The guide says: "A sense of grandeur remains today, in the high ceilings and carved fireplaces. It has 14 bedrooms, many with sea views and can be found at Albion Place in Ramsgate. Find out more here.
Alkham Court, near Dover
The guide describes Wendy and Neil Burrows as "wonderfully engaging hosts" with a "love for the area" for guests to their B&B in their Alkham valley farmhouse. It adds: "Breakfast wins fans with a spread of Kentish produce, plus homemade preserves, freshly baked muffins and a large choice of hot dishes. The four bedroom B&B is in Meggen Lane, South Alkham. Found out more about the B&B here.
The Queen's Inn, Hawkhurst
"All hail this revived 16th century coaching inn in a historic Wealden village close to National Trust attractions" the guide says of the eight bedroom hotel and bar with three dining areas. It describes the restaurant as being smart and rustic, with rooms that are 'creatively decorated'. Find out more here.
Thurnham Keep, near Detling
Also having featured in last year's shortlist, it is built from the ruins of Thurnham Castle, and the guide describes Amanda Lane’s establishment as a ‘magnificent place’. Each traditionally furnished bedroom has its own style and a spacious suite is in converted stables. You can book supper in advance and play croquet or tennis in fine weather. Call 01622 734149.
Search more places to stay in this year's guide online here.