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6 of the most romantic hotels in Kent

PUBLISHED: 15:25 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 05 February 2018

Animal lovers will adore being treated to an overnight stay at elegant Port Lympne Hotel (photo: Manu Palomeque)

Animal lovers will adore being treated to an overnight stay at elegant Port Lympne Hotel (photo: Manu Palomeque)

Manu Palomeque

We have picked some of the most romantic hotels in Kent to stay with your loved one

1. Sands Hotel, Margate

An absolute gem of a boutique hotel, Sands is trendy yet classical, luxurious yet unfussy. Its claim to fame is its incredible view, so prepare to be wowed with a view across the sands and out to sea. Rescued by a property entrepreneur in 2011, the Victorian hotel was derelict and destined to be converted into flats. Now boasting 20 rooms, an excellent bar, a contemporary restaurant with sea views and a terrace for al fresco dining, it’s the perfect base for a romantic weekend at the seaside. During the day, explore Margate’s Old Town, go rollerskating at Dreamland and take a walk along the beach towards Broadstairs.

Great views from the rooftop bar at The Sands Hotel in Margate (photo: Manu Palomeque)Great views from the rooftop bar at The Sands Hotel in Margate (photo: Manu Palomeque)

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2. Port Lympne Hotel, Hythe

If your partner is an animal lover, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park has a number of overnight accommodation options - none more romantic than the elegant Port Lympne Hotel. Originally built in 1913 as a family home for Sir Philip Sassoon, the imposing mansion was frequented by friends including Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin. John Aspinall bought the estate in 1973 and set about turning its grounds into a wild animal park. With impressive views over the Romney Marsh and towards the sea, the Edwardian mansion has beautiful bedrooms, a relaxing bar and one of the most romantic and dramatically decorated restaurants in Kent. And of course, no stay would be complete without a tour of the wild animal park itself.

3. Albion House, Ramsgate

Set high on the cliff and overlooking the Royal Harbour, Ramsgate’s Albion House was built in 1791 and is one of the finest buildings in the town. Shortly before she was queen, Princess Victoria famously stayed here for some time while recovering from an illness. Today the building, used as council offices for many years, has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. The rooms are all beautifully presented but the Drawing Room Suite is the star of the show, with its original wrought iron balcony wrapping around it on two sides. What was once the council chambers is now an inviting bar and their relaxed restaurant, Townley’s, is ideal for a romantic dinner. During the day, enjoy the harbour surrounded by its cafés and quirky boutiques, and take in the sea air on one of the area’s scenic walks.

Albion House in Ramsgate has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotelAlbion House in Ramsgate has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel

4. Read’s Restaurant with Rooms, Faversham

It was voted best restaurant at Kent Life’s Food & Drink Awards 2016, and thanks to its setting - an elegant Georgian country house in its own beautiful grounds - Read’s is as romantic as it comes. Traditional in style, the six bedrooms and bathrooms are all luxuriously appointed and guests can dine at the award-winning restaurant. And with Faversham a 20-minute walk away, you can wander into the pretty town to explore its lovely shops and markets, take a tour of the Shepherd Neame brewery and enjoy a walk along the creek.

Read’s Restaurant with Rooms, Faversham was Kent Life'’s Restaurant of the Year in 2016 (photo: Manu Palomeque)Read’s Restaurant with Rooms, Faversham was Kent Life'’s Restaurant of the Year in 2016 (photo: Manu Palomeque)

5. Brandshatch Place, Fawkham

Not just for fans of motor racing, Brandshatch Place is a spa hotel set in 12 acre of grounds. If a romantic spa break is your idea of a perfect Valentine’s gift, this should be high on your list. It’s all about understated grandeur here and the 38 rooms are all spacious and well equipped. The spa has seven treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a lovely indoor pool and steam and sauna rooms. And if you can’t resist the temptation of the famous racing circuit nearby, plan in a visit to Brands Hatch for one of their regular events or book your loved one a driving experience.

6. Hever Castle B&B

Regularly rated one of the best places in stay in Kent, the luxury B&B accommodation at Hever Castle is first class. The location is the main attraction here, with 28 rooms set in the Edwardian wings of Hever Castle. Commissioned by former owner William Waldorf Astor, in a Tudor style to blend in with the castle, the rooms in the Astor and Anne Boleyn Wings allow overnight guests to play the part of royalty for the night. Each room blends original features and antique furniture with modern comforts, and some have views of the castle itself. There is an excellent breakfast and complimentary access to the castle and gardens.

The B&B accommodation at Hever Castle is truly luxurious (photo: Manu Palomeque)The B&B accommodation at Hever Castle is truly luxurious (photo: Manu Palomeque)

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