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“Really great host and a most enjoyable stay.”

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The Victorian Bed and Breakfast
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Really great host and a most enjoyable stay.”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Just returned from a most enjoyable week-end at The Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Our Host, Mr Harold Brown, was such a delight to meet and a fountain of knowledge. Made us feel at home straight away. We both loved the feel of the house. Victorian throughout and so many delightful artefacts in every nook and cranny. It has obviously taken Harold a lifetime to gather together such treasures. If I were forced to find any negatives, then I would have to say that we both would have loved a hospitality tray in the bedroom. I fully understand that it might not be "in keeping" to have a kettle on show, but perhaps it could be hidden away in a cupboard maybe? Obviously, a television wasn't to be seen either, so I thanked my lucky stars that I had taped the first episode of the new "Downton" series! We did enjoy the welcoming tea and home made Victoria Sponge (with fresh cream and strawberries!) served to guests around 4.30 to 5.30 every day. We were able to make friends and even arranged to go out later that evening to dinner together. A real bonus and not something that would be likely to happen in a Premier Inn! Altogether a lovely experience and one that we hope to repeat as soon as possible.

Room Tip: The Garden Room is ideal if you don't like stairs!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Olney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I use Trip Advisor a lot to check out possible destinations, but have never written a review before. My husband and I are quite particular about what we like, but charm and hospitality are vital elements of an enjoyable stay. The Victorian B&B is absolutely wonderful. It's stuffed full of the most amazing and original Victorian antiques and Harold Brown, the owner, is a splendid and most generous host, as well as being incredibly knowledgeable about the Victorian period. I can't recommend this place enough for anyone who likes to stay somewhere a little different from the usual corporate blandness of many modern hotels.

Room Tip: Ask for the most recently refurbished room. It was just being finished when we stayed and looked fan...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

This is no ordinary "themed" B & B.
Harold Brown has a love of the Victorian era and has carefully selected artefacts and photographs from the period to recreate a tasteful, elegant house which has been decorated in keeping with high quality textiles, soft furnishings and wall paper. But best of all - Harold was a Butler to Royalty - so the service he gives his lucky guests is first class too. The rooms and en suite bathrooms are spotless. Guests are met on arrival with afternoon tea and homemade cake. Breakfast is a feast.
Don't expect a TV in your room, or tea and coffee making facilities in your room. But if you want old world charm and service, in the heart of the Kentish Weald and within walking distance of The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells - you will be delighted with your stay

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the house are quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We have just returned from a thoroughly enjoyable stay at the Victorian Bed and Breakfast. A truly remarkable haven filled with authentic victorian artefacts, the house is elegant and sumptuous but is also comfortable and homely. Harold Brown, the owner, is an extremely kind man and afternoon tea and cake is offered every day to be taken in the lovely sheltered gardens. He is also quick to ensure that everyone`s tastes and appetites are well catered for at breakfast time with quality fresh produce, cereals, freshly squeezed juices and the like! The bedroom we stayed in was large, warm and beautifully decorated with lots of storage space and a well equipped bathroom with powerful shower.
The house is very well situated in a quiet position on Lansdowne Road, has ample parking space and is well within easy walking distance of the city centre and a wide variety of restaurants. For those wishing to visit National Trust and English Heritage properties and places you really couldn`t be in a more central position - and Harold is a mine of information about all of them!
Highly recommended - a visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells wouldn`t be the same without a stay at The Victorian!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seal Beach, California
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Travel back in time to a sumptuously restored Victorian Home...Harold has an eye for exactly what this home would have been like in the 1850's. His meticulous restoration is just amazing. We weren't expecting such a magical place, but when we walked in...it was like going back 150 years. He is an expert of the Victorian age and has dressed the B and B accordingly. He was a lovely host and tour guide. I felt like a little princess in our room. I am only sad that we booked only one night as I could have stayed a whole week! Royal Tunbridge Wells is a wonderful small city and only and hour from London by train. We were close to Sissinghurst and Chartwell and had a wonderful short time here. If you plan a trip here, be sure to ask for his newest room "I'd call it the William Morris Room". It has a grand flare with an incredible bathroom. Sit in a big Claw Tub and face a fireplace....I loved my room next door which was lighter and airy...like the a princess room, but the William Morris room was fit for a KING! It was not quite finished when we were there but he showed it to us....We so appreciated his aesthetic eye for details. I will return one day. Thank you, Harold, for being simply the most wonderful host we could have asked for!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms the best. You look out to the tree tops. Quiet street.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We loved our stay. Jill was attentive and helpful and cooked us scones to coincide with the time of our arrival. The house is clean, spacious and well equipped, and a few minutes walk from the town centre. We would recommend this lovely B&B

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Fabulous host Harold, has completely restored this Victorian Bed and Breakfast. The attention to detail is astonishing. Lovely welcome, plenty of parking space, afternoon tea is included in the deal - Victoria sponge of course! The Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance of the city centre and all local sites. Breakfast was a full English affair with cereals and croissants to boot. All served up in an opulent dining room, dripping in gold and red. Quirky and historic. A fantastic stay. My only gripe was that it was a little cold for me, but as I have Raynaud's, I get colder than the average person. There is a new room being renovated with fireplaces in both the bedroom and bathroom and I would probably choose to stay here next time.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Victorian Bed and Breakfast
Address: 22 Lansdowne Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2NJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Royal Tunbridge Wells
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Victorian Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1861, the house in leafy Tunbridge Wells has never been as Victorian as it is now. Deep colours, rich velvets, marble tables, authentic wallpapers, tasseled lamps, portraits of Queen Victoria, tea and Victoria sponge by the fire. Be prepared to take a serious step back in time. ... more   less 
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