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Thurnham Keep Country House B&B

Thurnham Keep Castle Hill, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LE England
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Thurnham Keep is a beautiful Edwardian Arts & Crafts country house, surrounded by 7 acres of beautiful gardens, enjoying stunning views out over Leeds Castle and across the Kent countryside. Located 3 miles from Maidstone, in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the house sits next to the site of Thurnham Castle ruins and the just below the crest of the North Downs. There are many nearby places of historic interest (e.g. Leeds Castle) and a number of famous gardens within easy driving distance (e.g. Sissinghurst). With the M20 and M2 being close its an ideal stopover for cross-channel travellers. There is a mainline train station 1 mile from the Keep with direct line to London (1 hour). With half a dozen excellent eateries in the Thurnham/Bearsted/Hollingbourne area guests have a wide choice of dining options. Guest amenities include snooker room, tennis court, swimming pool (summer months only) and croquet.
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Kim110166 wrote a review May 2021
London, United Kingdom21 contributions18 helpful votes
Just had an amazing stay at this wonderful country house set in 7acres of beautiful grounds. The host Amanda is very welcoming and passionate about the history of the home. Mark is more than happy to share his knowledge and experience as a beekeeper of the hives kept in the grounds and the fresh honey you can sample at breakfast. We stayed in the Leeds room and it’s absolute luxury, extremely clean, well decorated and so peaceful. The view from the window is fantastic, you can see for miles across the Kent countryside. There’s a magnificent large, heated outdoor pool which when the weather is nice would be an added bonus to your stay. They have garden furniture on the terrace for you to relax and enjoy at your leisure. On arrival you are offered tea and scones and Amanda makes lovely shortbread which is in your room for you to enjoy with various teas and coffees to hand. Breakfast is amazing with different choices and all fresh quality food. We enjoyed a lovely meal at the Blackhorse Inn which is literally a 2 minute walk down the drive and across the road. All in all we have had a fantastic, memorable stay here and cannot recommend it enough. Thankyou Amanda and Mark
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SageChoice wrote a review Oct 2019
Wisbech, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
From our first communication with Amanda I knew we'd made the right choice. We wanted a luxury break to visit some of the many delights of the area including Knole, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Penshurst etc and Thurnham Keep is perfectly placed for all of them. A warm welcome in the afternoon with tea & scones, a relaxing walk around the superb gardens, a soak in the biggest bath I've ever seen (Hever Suite) followed by an excellent dinner at the restaurant at the bottom of the drive meaning we could both enjoy a glass (or two!) of wine with our meal. The view from the bedroom window was lovely to wake up to and the mini fridge with fresh milk for morning tea was a nice touch. Lots of choices for breakfast including delicious bowls of freshly prepared fruits, homemade jams and honey from their hives. A perfect short break from our busy lives.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Anne H wrote a review Sep 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
Amanda was the most marvellous hostess for whom nothing was too much trouble. Thurnham Keep is a beautiful family home with furnished with exquisite taste and she ensures her guests feel very welcome and it was an absolute delight to spend two nights there. We shall definitely return.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Bob J wrote a review Aug 2019
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom36 contributions20 helpful votes
If you want flunkeys and lackeys, 24/7 room service, and all modern amenities, this is probably not for you. But maybe you’d prefer a beautifully renovated historic house, with superb views and a lovely hostess? If so, Thurnham Keep is definitely the place for you. It is of course a family home, not a hotel, but this adds to its charm and allure. Enjoy.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Phil S wrote a review Jul 2019
Tampa, Florida42 contributions37 helpful votes
We were looking for a quiet stay in a rural setting in southern England and found Thurnham Keep on Trip Advisor. It was perfect ! Amanda is a wonderful hostess, breakfast was delicious, the house was/is beautiful, clean, and comfortable. Gorgeous view from our room (from any of the four rooms - they’re all nice). The Black Horse pub at the end of the drive was so good we went back again for dinner our second night. We spent a full day at wonderful Leeds Castle - a short distance away. Just can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Thurnham Keep and it’s delightful proprietors.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thurnham Keep Country House B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Nearby attractions include Kent Owl Academy (3.6 miles), The Extraction Room (3.2 miles), and Escape Hub (3.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Yew Tree Inn, Market House, and La Villetta.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Thurnham Keep Country House B&B located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Thurnham.
Are there any historical sites close to Thurnham Keep Country House B&B?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Leeds Castle (3.4 miles), Stoneacre (2.8 miles), and Kit's Coty House (4.3 miles).