Review date: 10. April 2009
Accommodation dates: 3. - 6. April 2009
Accommodation: EBURY HOTEL, CANTERBURY, Kent
We live in Switzerland and flew into Gatwick from there. Although I spent most of my youth in Whitstable, I wanted to stay in Canterbury as it's a city that I just love.
We chose to stay at the Ebury after having searched the internet and were not to be disappointed. As we were three adults and a four-year old child, we opted to stay in one of the self-catering cottages dotted around in the beautiful gardens. The hotel is a Victorian house, tastefully decorated, set in lovely gardens with ample parking space.
Breakfast offered a buffet of fruit juices and cereal and both Continental and full English breakfasts were available.
Our cottage consisted of 2 double rooms, a living-dining room area, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom-shower. There is also a colour T.V. and phone available.
Our 4-year old particularly enjoyed the heated, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. To my knowledge, the Ebury is the only hotel in Canterbury with such a facility.
The staff were particularly friendly and helpful. The hotel boasts their French chef, Pierre, but unfortunately we were not able to taste his dishes as the evening we wanted to eat was his day off and the kitchen closed. Our fault for not having got informed previously.
Canterbury itself is very appealing. For shoppers the various departmental stores offer good quality items and all have restaurants available too. For those who like to rummage, I suggest going into the side streets or down to the older part of the city where small private shops are particularly inviting and quaint. Most of the original Roman city walls are still standing too. The gardens around the Westgate where the River Stour runs were in bloom and offer a welcome stroll and moment of relaxation.
If you want to visit Canterbury and the surrounding area, I suggest you stay at the EBURY HOTEL - you will not be disappointed.