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Five Bells

The Street East Brabourne Ashford Kent TN25 5LP 01303 813 334

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The Five Bells is the kind of country pub it’s difficult to leave. Just as well, then, that it offers four beautiful guest rooms upstairs. These are no ordinary pub rooms, either: eccentric, luxurious, witty and welcoming, they’re packed with vintage pieces, old paperbacks and fresh flowers, offering comfort and style in equal measure. Each has its own atmosphere – the Fuggle, in the eaves, even tells its own story, set up like an artist’s garret, complete with easel, canvasses and oil paintings hung skewiff on the wall – but all offer retro radios, books and mags to read, huge plump cushions to sink into, luxury toiletries and fluffy robes, and not least, sweeping views of the surrounding North Downs countryside. There are no tea- and coffee-making facilities (though they provide soft drinks and water and will bring you a cuppa if you fancy one) and no TVs – it’s all about unwinding, switching off and enjoying the experience. Choosing between the rooms can be tricky: if the whimsy of Fuggle is not to your taste, you might go for the cosy Ortega or Bacchus, with their open fires (Ortega also boasts an irresistible copper clawfoot tub), or Golding, the cheapest  option, which, although just as lovely as the others, is smaller and has a shower rather than bath.  Breakfast, served in the rustic shop area of the pub downstairs, is a gourmet affair, bursting with local produce. Simple, nourishing and good: the perfect end to a perfect stay.

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