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Short breaks in Kent

Short breaks in Kent

Use our Hand Picked Kent visitor guide to plan your short break in Kent. Take a midweek break in Kent for the best rates available.

Hotels in Kent

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa, Fawkham, Kent

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa Fawkham Kent

A sophisticated Georgian mansion built in 1806. Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa stands proudly in the lush countryside known as the Garden of England. One of the finest country house luxury hotels in Kent, Brandshatch Place is a haven of relaxation and hospitality.

Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, KentChilston Park Hotel Lenham Kent

Set back from the tree-lined lanes of Kent, the manor house at Chilston Park is a unique Grade 1 listed property. Over the years, it has been a home to eminent politicians, writers, Lords and Viscounts. Today it is a luxury hotel, just as you would imagine, set within 22 acres of rural parkland in the heart of the Garden of England.

There is plenty to see and do in Kent. This county has it all, a selection of top visitors attractions as well as a deer-park, one of the very few left in England .

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Eagle HeightsEagle Heights

Eagle Heights is one of the UK's largest bird of prey centres, currently having a collection of approximately 150 raptors. This includes over 50 species, many of which are now breeding at the centre or can be seen flying in daily demonstrations. They have an increasing collection of reptiles and mammals, including Meerkats, Otters, Cheetah and Huskys. The centre provides sanctuary for wild, injured raptors and regularly release rehabilitated birds back to the wild.

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One of the few excavated villas fully open to visitors, Lullingstone provides a unique opportunity to trace Roman domestic life over three centuries. Begun in about AD 75, the villa was frequently altered to suit the tastes and beliefs of successive wealthy owners. Towards the end of the 1st century, they added a heated bath-suite and pagan 'cult-rooms': these display a rare and important treasure - a painting of two water-nymphs, by far the oldest wall painting in English Heritage care After a period of decline and more changes, a big new dining room was added in c. AD 350: this still retains outstanding mosaics, including Europa and the Bull and Bellerophon killing the Chimaera. Soon afterwards the villa-owners became Christians, creating a chapel: the painted symbols found there are among the earliest surviving evidence for Christianity in Britain. The villa was destroyed by fire soon after AD 400.

Knole ParkKnole Park - Deer-park

Knole Park is one of the few deer-parks in England to have survived the past 500 years (there were 700 in the 16th century) and the only one in Kent. The park was first enclosed by a fence in 1456 by Thomas Bourchier to indulge a passion for hunting, which was popular among the nobility of the time.

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Penshurst PlacePenshurst Place & Gardens

The Place to Visit in Kent, located just South of Sevenoaks. Discover the beauty and tranquillity of this historic family home. With unique medieval Baron’s Hall, fascinating staterooms, and historic Tudor walled gardens with colour and interest throughout the seasons. Toy Museum, Woodland Trail, beautifully furbished Garden Tea Room and a Gift Shop.

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Marwell ZooMarwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is approximately a 35 minute drive away from the hotel, and is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them.  The 140-acre park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

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Brands Hatch Racing CircuitBrands Hatch Racing Circuit

One of the world's most iconic motor racing venues, Brands Hatch will play host to some of the biggest international events on the calendar in 2009, including the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, DTM and the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

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London Club GolfLondon Club Golf

With two sensational tournament golf courses, the Heritage and the International offer a challenging, enjoyable and memorable golf experience, close to our Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa.

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Things to do in Lenham

Leeds CastleLeeds Castle

Leeds Castle, the prettiest castle in Kent, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years.

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The Pilgrims' WayThe Pilgrims' Way or North Downs Way

Focal point of Lenham village landscape is The Pilgrims' Way or North Downs Way, on the slope of the downs with its miles of open countryside and spectacular views and highest point most certainly is the two hundred foot chalk cross. Which passes just to the north of Lenham.
This cross is a memorial to those who fell in the Great War. It was first carved into the slopes of the Downs in 1922. It has since been fully restored in 1994 and is now officially dedicated in remembrance of those who lost their lives in both the First and Second World Wars.

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Fremlin WalkFremlin Walk

Fremlin Walk is an inspirational new shopping experience creatively designed in the heart of Maidstone. Built on the site of an old Kentish brewery, the new development places the historic county town of Kent in the UK’s top 50 shopping destinations.

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Buckmore ParkBuckmore Park

Buckmore Park is an MSA licensed, 1200m international outdoor kart circuit catering for sports, corporate and hire-kart drivers aged 4 to 84 years.

Established in 1963, facilities include a stylish conference centre and the biggest fleet of hire-karts in the country.It is the kart circuit where current British F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button learnt their craft. The circuit caters for all, whether it be an individual child or a corporate group of 280; from Bambino through cadet and junior to senior racing in both hire and owner/driver.

With five fleets of karts for 2009, and quad bikes, Argocats, Powerturn buggies and Laser Tag, Buckmore Park near Chatham and Maidstone has it all. Buckmore: the best place to go karting. Set your sat nav to ME5 9QG for karting and so much more.

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Charthills Golf Club

With outstanding facilities on all fronts, Chart Hills Golf Club is the perfect venue for all occasions. Hailed as one of the finest recently-built golf courses in England, Chart Hills is the British architectural debut of six times Major winner, Nick Faldo. Set on 200 acres of gently undulating Kentish hills, Chart Hills was officially opened for play in August 1993 and despite its relative youth in golfing terms has earned something of a reputation when it comes to hosting championship golf.

Chilston’s agreed rate £57.50 per round

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Hever Castle

Since 1983, the castle has been owned by Broadland Properties Limited and open to the public. The castle has a homely atmosphere and houses historic 16th century Tudor portraits, furniture and tapestries. Other artefacts include two magnificent Books of Hours (prayer books), both signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn.  Costumed figures of Henry VIII and his six wives in the Long Gallery adds to the atmosphere and is popular with the children. The Council Chamber in the thirteenth century gatehouse contains collections of historic swords, armour, instruments of execution, torture and discipline

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Biddenden Vineyards

The surrounding area boasts many scenic and interesting sites. As part of your visit, you may include Leeds and its castle, Tenterden and its railway, Sissinghurst and its gardens or just take time to wander along the streets of the many historic towns and villages. Situated close to the Channel ports, the Vineyard also makes an ideal stopping point when travelling to or from the continent.

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Chapel Down

Offering world class wine from England, Chapel Down England remains one of the most tolerant, caring, enterprising, ingenious, creative, stylish, energizing and occasionally eccentric places on Earth. If those values are important to you, then you're English - whether you were born here or not. They are not just English values. They are Chapel Down's values.


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