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Reviews - Abbot's Fireside

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High Street, Elham, , Elham, CT4 6TD
The Abbot’s Fireside Elham, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, has five delightful bedrooms all named after the well-known or local people relating to the history of this ancient building. The Duke of Wellington used the hotel as his headquarters whilst preparing his final battle with Napoleon at Waterloo. King Charles II and the Duke of Richmond hid from Cromwell's Roundheads in the main fireplace, during a clandestine visit to England during their exile. 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 now carries 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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Guest Reviews Based on 39 reviews
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90% recommended this accommodation to a friend 87% would stay again
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A must stay
The ambiance is wonderful, the customer service, second to none and the food exquisite

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Jennifer P

From Basildon, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Abbots fireside - a real hearth warming experience!
Ok - so a poor pun, but a wonderful place. I was blown away by the place. Recommended!

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R Munoz

From UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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weekend getaway
This hotel is packed with history. A beautiful old building. We stayed in the Charles II room which was comfortable but basic. A hairdryer would have been appreciated. The food was good but a little overpriced.

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B Tyler

From UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Loved it here!!
Really lovely hotel with lots of character!! Staff were all really friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic and my room was more than comfortable. Will definitely stay here again.

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N Read

From UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Historic Pub
The Abbotts Fireside is a glorious historic pub, full of character with sloping floors and walls. Information displayed in the bedroom gave details of the history and these were most interesting. Our room was very comfortable and spacious but with very limited hanging space for clothes. This did not affect us as we were only staying one night. The provision of a few hangers which could be used with hooks provided might be helpful. All the food was very good and all the staff most friendly and welcoming.

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Ann C

From Daventry, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Wonderful stay in olde England
Had a wonderful stay at Abbot's Fireside,just like olde England.All the staff were very helpful and nothing was to much trouble.John was a excellent host and the setting was great.We hope to call again

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L Hobson

From Rotherham, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Lovely room except problems with faulty door lock. Advised to have breakfast early due to a conference taking place, although breakfast was taken as advised, large group of people in dinning room made it not a very relaxing experience, came to hotel to get away from work and this was like being back. Extra charge for cooked breakfast (although aware of this when booked) not a good selling point. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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steven b

From Cardiff, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Overnight stay after dropping daughter at Kent University
What a lovely old Inn.
With a warm welcome, good ale and delicious food, we would thoroughly recommend it.
The room was excellent - very old, beamed, sloping floor and leaded window. A comfortable bed and night, serenaded in the early hours by a family of starlings nesting in the Wisteria below the window - lovely.

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Nick P

From Falmouth, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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Historical stay
We had a lovely stay in a very well appointed room. The new owners were very enthusiastic and welcoming. Room was very spacious and the bathroom clean.
The only negative was the food in the restaurant, we had to send back a seafood dish that was off.. But the steaks were good.
Overall would stay again.

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P Morley

From London, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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Charming Hotel
The Abbot's Fireside is a charming hotel packed with character and history.
The evening meal was excellent, and the service was to a high standard.
The hotel is under new management (11 weeks) and they are enthusiastic and caring.
I would have liked to have had access to Wi-Fi, but could not find any information.
I wish the team every success, and will certainly stay there again.

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ian k

From Beckenham, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

Couple

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