Alkham Court Farmhouse
There’s nothing like staying on a farm, but it’s a fact that not all farmhouse B&Bs are created equal – indeed you’d be hard pushed to find a B&B anywhere, of any description, that comes up to the high standards of Alkham Court Farmhouse, one of our favourite B&Bs in this part of the world. They have won a Tourism South East 'Beautiful South' awards not only for 'Best B&B' but also for 'Best Glamping' for their associated Greenhill Glamping business and they recently won an award for 'Best B&B in England', no less!
Owned and run by Wendy Burrows and her husband Neil, they genuinely enjoy sharing the delights of their Kentish farmhouse with other people – something that can't always be said. There’s a personal welcome on arrival, together with a slice of homemade cake, which you can enjoy in the garden or next to the wood-burner indoors depending on the season. Wendy is always keen to share her favourite walks, cycle rides and nearby attractions, whether it's walking the White Cliffs of Dover or visiting Dover Castle; she can even arrange for you to explore the nearby bridleways and footpaths on horseback. It's also just a short walk to the village, where there’s a decent pub, and numerous footpaths take you straight out into the surrounding downs. There's a sauna and hot tub in the barn; they serve legendary, award-winning breakfasts, and provide optional packed lunches and evening snacks. Like we said, they've thought of everything at Alkham Court...They even have a couple of unique and very comfortable glamping options on the farm, if you fancy experiencing a bit more of the Great Outdoors.
What about the guest rooms? There are just four, three on the ground floor and one upstairs, each individually designed and furnished but all equipped with high-quality bed linen, robes and slippers, tea-making facilities, a Nespresso machine, still and sparkling mineral water, Freeview TV and a DVD player, digital radio and mini fridge – and (a nice touch, this) fresh flowers on arrival. Bathrooms are recently refurbished and have posh toiletries.
On the ground floor, the Garden room has a country feel, a king-size bed and comfy chairs, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. It can be joined with the next-door Wisteria room to make a family suite. Wisteria itself has a super king-size bed, which can be changed to a twin, and a lovely old-fashioned slipper bath and shower. Also on the ground floor is the spacious Pheasant room, a little more contemporary, with a hand-crafted super-king-size bed and generously proportioned walk-in shower. A cosy hideaway upstairs is Badger room, also with a super-king-size bed and a large en-suite shower, plus a sofa to loll about on.
We reckon this is one of the most luxurious places we know in this part of south east Kent. If only all B&Bs were like this!
The Owner Says
Are you looking for the wow factor? Our guests are always taken aback by our stunning views across our farm and the Kent Downs which you can enjoy from our Oak Room at anytime or just relaxing in our hot tub or in the garden!
The local area
Our guests love to walk along the famous White Cliffs of Dover at any time of the year, which is just a 10-minute drive from our farmhouse – you can walk right along to South Foreland Lighthouse. Dover Castle, with its secret war time tunnels, is a great day out as well. We have maps you can borrow so if you'd like to explore our own Alkham Valley we can recommend the best walks! The historic city of Canterbury is just 20 minutes' drive away for visiting the Cathedral, touring city on foot or river, discovering the city's history or enjoying some great shopping.
Double rooms with breakfast, £140–£170 a night.
Open all year.
Coming from London on the M20, follow the signs to Dover after Junction 13; drive through the tunnels and exit on the A260 towards Canterbury/Folkestone. Turn left at the roundabout, head back over the motorway, then turn left to Alkham. Continue for approximately 2 miles and turn right into Meggett Lane; Alkham Court is on the right just before the top of the hill. Approaching on the A2, follow the signs to Dover and when you reach a roundabout with McDonald’s take the 4th exit (Dover North/River and Temple Ewell); take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout (River, Temple Ewell), then turn left after 100m turn, go through Alkham village and turn left after the garden centre into Meggett Lane.
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