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Hotel of the week: Eastwell Manor, Ashford in Kent

By LLM Reporters on 19th March 2020

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Kent, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of London life yet close enough to escape the city in under an hour, Eastwell Manor is the latest project by Champneys, the UK’s original health spa.

The hotel takes full advantage of its gloriously bucolic setting, and their Kent location, fondly referred to as ‘The Garden of England,’ proves there’s nothing more quintessentially English.

Housed in acres of breathtakingly beautiful landscaped gardens, and at the end of a long sweeping tree-lined drive, you’ll find the stately manor house.

The Eastwell story heralds over 450 years, most notably with the fourth child of Queen Victoria residing at the Manor with his family until 1893. The Queen herself was a regular visitor as evidential photographs emerged of her ice-skating on the lake.

Inspired by its medieval heritage, the hotel offers so much more than just a weekend escape; you can catch falconry displays and many other activities such as golf, croquet, and pétanque around the grounds during the Summer months.

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Kent, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of London life yet close enough to escape the city in under an hour, Eastwell Manor is the latest project by Champneys, the UK’s original health spa

Step back in time through the stone-clad courtyard to one of the most incredible entrances to a hotel for this reason

Eastwell Manor is one of the most popular choices for couples to say ‘I do’, with sweeping staircases, and spectacular backdrops providing picture-perfect photo opportunities. And of course, the hotel is well equipped to cater for large wedding parties and their guests.

The hotel’s main restaurant, dubbed the Brasserie at the Manor, offers traditional British dishes which see a subtle continental twist; making the experience more akin to fine London dining.

There’s also the lounge bar, a warm and cosy setting and the ideal place to relax and enjoy a tipple or one of Eastwell Manor’s famous cocktails.

Classic bedrooms have plush soft-furnishings and decorated to reflect the character of Eastwell Manor, many having four-poster beds and freestanding baths. At the same time, the standard bedrooms provide spacious and extensive accommodation.

Classic bedrooms have plush soft-furnishings and decorated to reflect the character of Eastwell Manor

Some rooms have private terraces with uninterrupted views across the North Downs, and all provide private seclusion with peaceful, beautiful outlooks. The new Eastwell Mews rooms are freshly renovated if you fancy something different. Housed in converted Victorian stables, they comprise of 39 en-suite bedrooms that offer quirky, contemporary-styled accommodation. For another fun slumber option, the new shepherd huts located on the grounds provide a cosy and charming alternative.

The newly unveiled health spa boasts a hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms, and of course, the Champneys world-class spa treatments. The jewel in the crown is the 20m heated indoor swimming pool – flanked by relaxation beds with wraparound curtains for a moment of peace and calm.

Even the changing rooms are one step further than your average spa, dressed in marble, all of the vanity areas are bedecked with GHD dryers and straighteners.

For Mother’s Day 2020, there are some great offers, including a Mother and Daughter Spa Day starting from £200. The day includes arrival at 10am, two-course lunch, head in the clouds scalp massage each, use of all the facilities, and a gift for mum – with a departure of 6pm.

The newly unveiled health spa boasts a hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms, and of course, the Champneys world-class spa treatments

The spa treatments, including facials and massages, offer a moment of calm and instant rejuvenating results, and a spa day starts from as little as £89. If you’ve never experienced a facial or massage, Champneys offer pampering at its most indulgent, creating bespoke treatments to cater to any of your individual skincare needs.

If you are a fitness fanatic, the health club also offers a state-of-the-art gym and fitness classes (you can purchase individual membership just to the gym).

If you’re making a weekend of Eastwell, the nearby area of Ashford also boasts a designer outlet for all your shopping needs. If it’s the beach and fresh sea air you fancy – Folkestone Beach is very close. If you have children to entertain, Eastwell has a partnership with the Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, Kent, a sanctuary that protects and breeds beautiful yet endangered species.

So the next time you are in search of an exquisite break that offers it all – do not hesitate to explore the magic of Eastwell Manor.

Factbox

Address: Eastwell Court, Boughton Lees, Ashford TN25 4HR
Phone: 01233 213000
Website: eastwellmanor.co.uk