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Woolpack Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Chilham B&B and Inns
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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“LOVELY STAY”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Stayed for three nights - long enough for a proper impression. Rooms are situated in the main building, in a 2 storey barn conversion between that building and the car park (called the Patio Area) and in a building on the opposite side of the road - a garage and filling station in a former life (called the Stable Block). I was in the only single room which was upstairs in the patio area. The room was very small but cosy and quite adequate, a little bit tired but spotlessly clean,en-suite with shower. The floors creaked a bit and the plumbing was less than quiet but you're not paying Ritz prices.
For evening meals there is a choice of restaurant or bar menus - I tried both. The restaurant provided good portions beautifully cooked and presented and the bar menu was very good value - WARNING do not order the Large Fish & Chips unless you are Really Really hungry! It was huge but lovely with fish just right and batter beautifully crispy.
I was very happy with the full english breakfast but from what I could see the continental offering was much less good value. It was a pity that breakfast was not included in the room price.
The bar was a real pub often containing genuine locals and the natives were friendly. There was a good selection of well kept real ales and for a lover of good lagers (not Foster's Fizz, etc.) it was heaven with Hurlimann, Asahi, Oranjeboom and Samuel Adams ALL on draught.
Every member of staff was friendly and helpful and service in the bar and restaurant was quick and efficient but not rushed.
Chilham village is picture postcard quaint and with no through traffic beautifully quiet. It took me back to my childhood to hear birdsong including the cuckoo and early evening bell ringing practice at the church. But also it is not far at all from the M2 and a great centre for getting to many places in Kent. If I'm that way again this will be the place for me.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

This is a very old inn set in beautiful surroundings. We stayed for 2 nights. Unfortunately we were allocated Room 7, on the ground floor, which was very cold and smelt of damp. Although the bedroom was clean and pleasant enough, and we had lovely towels and hot water, the bathroom was of a poor standard, with black mould all around and rusty accessories. The weather was unseasonably cold and we were given an extra duvet. However, only on the second night were we given any noticeable heating, via an additional electric radiator. This helped warm the room but the damp smell prevailed. We were very disappointed with our room, especially as we had booked 8 months previously. Our friends stayed in Room 11 on the first floor and their room was super. Other than that, the bar area is very atmospheric and the food is very good.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

We booked a 2-night stay in The Woolpack based on a number of reviews, including those in TripAdvisor. Email confirmation was quick and efficient, including details of their dog-friendly policy.

Chilham Village is delightful, unspoiled and with a quiet, old-world atmosphere. The pub is centrally located and easy to find; car parking needed keen eyes to spot the notices but was soon sorted out once we had booked in. The pub dates back centuries and the ambience inside is really welcoming, as was the hostess. We were upgraded at no extra cost to a well-fitted suite across the road (with parking right outside the front door) since the room opened directly onto lawned gardens which reinforced the consideration they have for dogs and owners!

Payment is up-front for the room and on departure for any extras (meals, drinks) put on a tab. That seems fair and reasonable.

The room was surprisingly large and well-fitted with comfortable bed, various seating, desk and good en suite. The TV took a bit of fiddling to get it working (a comprehensive inn guide helped) - overall it proved a homely, very pleasant and clean base from which to visit Canterbury (about 15 minutes' drive).

We had breakfasts in The Woolpack and these gave a good choice of menu, cereals and self-serve items. Service was fast and friendly and the Full English freshly cooked to order. One minor gripe: toast stays crisp in toast racks rather than going limp when served piled up! But there was a variety of toasted breads on offer: a nice touch.

Overall an enjoyable place to stay with dogs being welcomed and fussed over. We would stay there again when next in the area - and would look forward to it!

Room Tip: Rooms 16, 17 and 18 are in their own block with rear door access to a lawned area. They front onto a...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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kent
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144 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We stayed for a night and found the room was very nice. Clean linen, nice towels, wet room with disabled friendly grab rails. Lovely to hear and see lots of birds in the garden. Would recommend especially to use as a base to visit Canterbury and surrounding areas.
The waitress very nice and helpful but seemed to be left on her own in the bar she had to take food & drink orders and it was very busy (we did have a bit of a wait for our lunch but it was worth the wait)
Would have been a good idea to have a breakfast included in the price even if it was just a continental one!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Feltham
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Excellent hosts Nicky & Terry, warm welcome, very friendly excellent food & wine. Nothing too much trouble even with them taking my partner and I into Canterbury to enable us to walk back along the river stour.
An inviting log fire in the pub to welcome our return.
Rooms were inviting lovely and clean would recommend to friends.
Once again an excellent stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2013

The quintessential English village 30 min from Dover port. We loved everything about the Woolpak Inn from the excellent food to the roomy room and the perfect little village. Only problem was our downstairs room wasn't entirely sound proof from upstairs but sometimes goes with the territory with old places (don't get me wrong - room was very comfortable). One of the hightlights was Shelleys tea house located in the village square - we had tea and scones with real clotted cream while watching a light snow fall. A real highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Last minute night away, so didn't have time to do much research on this place, plus the other half booked it. Easy to find, with good parking. Slightly weird as the bar is the hotel reception, but OK. We were greeted by a lady who had her mouth full of food, so the first impression wasn't great, however she explained that she had just grabbed a bit to eat when we appeared and apologised. Room was across the road and the room was large with a big four posted bed. Good sized bathroom.

Dinner was served in the restaurant and the meal was nice, but not amazing. Good sized portions, so value for money. Breakfast was good with a choice of cold and hot - good prices as well.

Downside? Room 18 door had gaps and the wind came through and with not curtain that we could pull across the draft made that part of the room cold. Also hot water took an age to come through in the bathroom. Apart from that, I would return if in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Woolpack Inn
Address: The Street | Chilham, Chilham, Canterbury CT4 8DL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury > Chilham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Chilham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Woolpack Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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