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Howfield Manor Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chartham
Certificate of Excellence
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
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“Lovely location, great for weddings!”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

We went to a wedding here in Ocober 2011.... it was the perfect setting for a special day. The bedroom was equally good...

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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chatham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

From the very moment of arrival the staff here were solicitous and friendly. The room was comfortable and quiet and therefore condusive to a good night sleep. The lounge is comfortable and tucked away from the rest of the hotel. A nice place to catch up with friends and a drink or have a game of chess! And if you don't have an opponent perhaps one of the staff in a quiet moment may be willing to take you on.Ate in the Library with 14 of my friends and enjoyed it immensely. The food was really tasty and very well presented. The chef is to be commended on the choices available. All freshly cooked , beautifully presented and served by the staff with aplomb. The availability of 'to share meals' was something unusual and very welcome. Also, I did enjoy the unhurriedness of the breakfast - especially being able to delay ordering the cooked breakfast until I'd finished cereal and fruit which is not normally the case in hotels. That was much appreciated. All in all a relaxing place to be. Hope to return again next year.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

What a great and comfy stay. The room was brilliant - everything worked and there was space. The evening meal for 15 of us was tasty, plentiful and all arriving at the same time. The service was attentive - even though we were in an individual room that was some way from the restaurant. Overall the staff were friendly and helpful.
Well chosen by our Canterbury friends!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I stayed in Howfield Manor Hotel, Chartham one night last summer and had a lovely time, so when I needed to arrange a triple birthday celebration for a group of 15 I thought of Howfield Manor. From making the initial arrangements with the very helpful staff, through to the stay itself, I cannot fault it. The rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious. We had the use of a comfortable lounge and a private dining room.
I would like to commend the chef for delivering such good quality food, nicely cooked, all hot and all at the same time - this is not always the case with a large group. The restaurant staff looked after us very well, nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was also fantastic; a good choice and high quality ingredients; the waitress was a marvel of efficiency and charm.

There is always a bit of anxiety when making arrangements for a large group, but Howfield Manor came up trumps for us. A great time was had by all and we are hoping to repeat the experience next year.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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England
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Went for New Years Eve and stayed the night.
Very good evening with excellent attentive service. Food was very good BUT don't expect to get much in the way of vegetables. THREE baby carrots and TWO tiny cherry tomatoes do NOT constitute vegetables. What is the problem with show off chefs??
The "band" was good but far too LOUD. It was a relatively small room but still they had to use amplifiers! We literally could not hear ourselves talk. Ridiculous!

Bedroom was small and clean but carpet looked as though it had not been vacuumed in a while. Great to have a bath and shower with lots of hot water.

Breakfast big disappointment. Only ONE person serving which meant service was very very SLOW. Why do so many hotels seem to think its not necessary to give good service at breakfast? The baked beans were actually COLD and had to be sent back.

Would I stay there again? No

  • Stayed December 2011
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paulsharma, Director of Sales at Howfield Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 9 January 2012
Thank you very much for your review.
I am sorry you felt there was a lack of vegetables, out staff are trained to offer more to all diners during their meals.
The evening was advertised as a dinner dance with live music so it would always appear louder than recorded music
Breakfast in a hotel of this style is never rushed and we pride ourselves in allowing our geust to relax and enjoy their breakfast in a leisurely fashion. In this day and age everything is always at a fast pace and sometimes our allowing a refined and enjoyable experience can be construed as slow rather than relaxing. As a small hotel, 15 rooms, one member of serving staff has always sufficed
Should you change your mind and wish to stay again you will always be welcome
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Derbyshire
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

We stayed for 1 night on the 18th December 2011 it was perfect. Eva the lovely receptionist was so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble what an asset she is to the Hotel .. We stayed in Room 1 which was perfect king sized bed in a spacious room with feature fireplace. Lovely breakfast and loved sitting in the fireplace room after. Would highly recommend this Hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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paulsharma, Director of Sales at Howfield Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 9 January 2012
Thank you so much for your review I am glad you enjoyed your stay and that Eva in particular made this so.
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

First off, and not diminishing from my overall score of excellent, you have to understand that if you like the seductive, visual perfection that chain hotels can offer you or you don't buy second hand goods or you're very fussy about detail then this really isn't the place for you.

This is an independant hotel. It is used, ancient and slightly tatty and this is called having character. It oozes character. Walk around and discover the hidden away nooks and crannies where you can get a quiet drink next to a fire or sit over a lit well. It smells old, ancient even - not a bad smell but a very dignified odour of the ages.

As with many buildings like this it has sections that are from different eras and the place is a hotch potch of the medeivel and victorian.

The grounds are generous and worth a wander around. As you do, you'll see the decks scattered around the lawns and if you visit in the winter as I did, you'll get an idea of what this place can do in the summer - parties, bands, weddings, concerts, absolutely ideal.

As with any hotel, the building is just bricks and mortar and mean nothing without the people inside that make the place work. And this is what keeps my final score at excellent. Friendly, witty, helpful and from all different parts of the world - an international cast. The lovely Eva, the party organiser, is as into your party plans as you are without interfering or trying to take over. I found the receptionist humorous and fun and the barman slick and professional.

In the morning at breakfast, a guest in our party commented that her poached egg yolk was hard but the breakfast was so nice she didn't care and wasn't going to mention it. Suddenly, a member of staff appeared and asked "would you like me to fetch you a soft poached egg, my apologies". It is all very personal and very competent.

The only suggestions i'd have to improve the place would be keep an eye on the details - bit of varnish here, brass polish there, don't leave Henry the hoover in the coridoor, little things and it might put that extra edge on it. Doesn't bother me but I know it does others.

That said, I love the place. Held my wife's 40th birthday party there and it couldn't have been any better.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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paulsharma, Director of Sales at Howfield Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 9 January 2012
Thank you so much for your review I am glad you enjoyed your stay
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Property: Howfield Manor Hotel
Address: Howfield Lane, Chartham, Canterbury CT4 7HQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury > Chartham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chartham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Howfield Manor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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