Palace Farm Hostel

“An ideal base for exploration of the Kent Downs.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Sittingbourne, Kent

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Palace Farm Hostel is in the Kent Downs AONB, so its surroundings are well-known for scenery and wildlife, giving excellent opportunities for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. Individuals, families and groups are accommodated in double, twin and four to eight bunk rooms with en suite facilities, and bed linen is provided. Communal lounges have TV and the outside barbecue facilities and picnic benches provide a pleasant place to relax.

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4 Star Hostel
Palace Farm Hostel
Down Court Road, Doddington, NR SITTINGBOURNE, Kent, ME9 0AU


Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Kent

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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