Abbot's Fireside


High Street, Elham,, Canterbury, CT4 6TD

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The Abbot’s Fireside Elham, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, has seven delightful bedrooms. Whether you are on holiday or on business when you enter the Abbot’s Fireside, you will encounter a warm and friendly welcome, be surrounded by antique furniture, open fireplaces and original leaded glass windows throughout the lounge, restaurant and bedrooms. Our lounge and restaurant feature huge medieval fireplaces which, like the hotel itself, are listed by the Historical Society.

Built as an inn in 1451 and throughout Tudor and Stuart times, the building was known as 'The Smithies Arms'. The restaurant has an excellent reputation for its cuisine and wines. The village of Elham lies in the centre of Elham Valley, declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can walk or cycle for hours through the unspoilt Kentish hills. There are three golf courses in the area, together with a course at Leeds Castle, which is only 30 minutes away. Interesting places to visit are the historic city of Canterbury and its Cathedral, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens and the towns of Tenterden and Rye with their many antique shops. If you like to cross the Channel, the Abbot’s Fireside Hotel is the ideal location to stay the night. The Channel Tunnel is only a 10 minute drive from Abbot’s Fireside, The Port of Dover only 20 minutes and Manston airport is 45 minutes away. We warmly welcome you to The Abbot’s Fireside and hope that you will find your stay with us an enjoyable one.

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Showing Wednesday 7 October 2015 to Thursday 8 October 2015

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Wedding Licence
Car parking available onsite
Restaurant , Bar
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Wake Up Call Available
Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas

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From 15:00 hours
Until 11:00 hours
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Pets are not allowed

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82% would recommend it to a friend


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  • Alex C

  • August 2015

Staying in a pub with no food, no beer, no customers and no staff = spooky

First impressions of the Abbot's Fireside are very promising.

Its a lovely old building inside and out but when we arrived at 6.45 on a Sunday it was deserted except for a rather bored young man wearing a hoodie and jeans hunched over his laptop sitting in complete darkness. The young man explained the pub stopped serving food at 5pm on a sunday. This was not made clear on their page on the Laterooms website. We ended up having to go to the next village for a Chinese and had to go to the pub round the corner for a drink. There was no cooked breakfast in the morning. Call me old fashioned but when I stay in a hotel I like a proper cooked breakfast not a bowl of cornflakes. The room was nice but staying in a closed pub is not an experience I can recommend. When I stay in a pub I expect to be able to sit in the bar and have a drink after dinner but the bar was closed. I will not be returning in a hurry. Clearly something has gone badly wrong with this place. Its a shame because it should be a lovely old inn to stay at but not under the current managment I'm afraid.

  • Arno V

  • August 2015

unfriendly staff and not a very welcoming feeling

We didnt like the hotel.

Staff gave us the idea that they rather went along with what they where doing and didn´t really care.

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