Blazing Donkey Country Hotel
“A short drive from the coast and the historical sites of Kent.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The Blazing Donkey has a long history dating back to 1763. Over the years, it has had many incarnations and in 1988 was acquired by the present family and slowly transformed into what it is today; a beautiful country hotel taking pride in its past and firmly looking to the future. The rooms, the majority of which are housed in a purpose built annex block, are all individually appointed and well equipped. The restaurant, in one of the original parts of the main house, serves award-winning dishes using only the best of Kent produce. Weddings and other occasions are catered for up to 200 guests. Ample and secure parking area.
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About the area
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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