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Reviews - Abbot's Fireside

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High Street, Elham, , Canterbury, 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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89% recommended this accommodation to a friend 89% would stay again
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Old English charm and excellent service
Lovely old guesthouse, within easy reach of Canterbury and the coast. Staff were attentive and welcoming, rooms characterful and cosy. Continental breakfast was great, loved the fresh croissants!

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B Campbell

From UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Excellent Oldie Worldie Pub with lots of history & character
Lovely quaint, very old pub with accommodation. Stayed for a night, room was excellent, evening meal was of very good standard and quality, chef's signature chips are a must. Excellent customer service throughout our stay, thank you.

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David G

From Crowborough, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Countryside gem
Can't praise this wonderful retreat and its staff enough. Food was great. Such a historic place to spend cosy night with great atmosphere.

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G Grayson

From Sheffield, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Old World Charm
A beautiful building dating from the 1600s, set back on a quiet road through an old village. Would certainly appeal to overseas visitors. Staff VERY friendly and helpful.

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Louise Green

From Prestwood, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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A lovely quiet retreat
Stayed here for 2 nights. Perfect place to relax and unwind. Elham is a quiet and picturesque village, and the Abbots Fireside is the jewel in the crown. With only 5/6 rooms it is small
but charming. As expected of a period property, the walls and floors are wonky and the plumbing slightly erratic, but that just adds to the character of the place. You don't stand for 500 years without bearing a few scars! Food good, customer service excellent. Will certainly stay again.

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Louise B

From Dartford, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Good Value for Money
Low on staff during the visit so it was a little hectic, however very friendly staff

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Stephen L

From UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Cosy and charming
room was clean, spacious and comfortable. 2 bulbs had gone and the gentleman at the desk replaced them straight away. Dinner was lovely and homely and not a bad price. The continental breakfast that was included gave a great choice. No request was too big. I would happily stay here again.

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E Benson

From Sidcup, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Quaint old fashioned, but a bit small

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J Thurston

From Grimsby, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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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

Travelling alone

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