Set in the peaceful Alkham Valley, the Marquis of Granby is a relaxed, atmospheric old pub with…
“Enjoy the sauna and hot tub, located to enjoy garden and valley views” - VisitEngland Assessor
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Alkham Court Farmhouse is situated in the beautiful Kent Countryside with stunning views across the Downs on this family farm with sheep and horses. There are 4 luxury bedrooms with king-size beds and little touches to make your stay special. Guests have complimentary use of the spa barn with hot tub and sauna overlooking the garden. White Cliffs of Dover 10 minutes and Canterbury 20 minutes’ drive from the farmhouse.
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The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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