What a difference a day makes ! On arriving at the hotel we were shown to an executive room, a bit of a disappointment, drab furniture, a cobweb in the corner of the room that had been there a few days ! I queried with the receptionist about the room, she said that it was definitely an executive room, all had different themes, well on spying other rooms on the same floor we drew the short straw. Moving on, dinner in the restaurant on the firtst night was areal joy. Very attentive staff, a very personable and amusing young man took our drinks order, I ordered a Cosmopolitan, only his second expereince of mixing one, but very well done. A lovley Maitre D, tall, thin chap, unfortunately didn't get his name. Dinner was perfect, wonderful food in a very relaxed atmosphere with the right amount of service, nothing intrusive, but obviously they knew we were there and kept an eye on wine, water, plates etc. The next morning again, brakfast a really lovely experience, we were shown to our table, the waitress brought us orange juice, took our breakfast order again all first class. Well dinner on the second evening was a totally different experince, we went down for dinner, waited ages for our drinks order to be taken, then dinner was a total disaster, waiting ages between courses, nearly an hour between starter and main, when I queried this with the waitress she assured us ours was the next to be plated up but is was at least another 10 mins before our food arrived. We did notice that others seated near us had a similar experince! At breakfast the next morning again a disappointing experience, we were pointed to a table, nobody came to take our order until at least 15min after we sat down and then our breakfast order was lost so all in all a dispointing start to the day. The hotel itself is lovely and some of the staff were very courtese, charming and friendly. The scones served with afternoon tea were totally delicious, but what a shame that some aspects let it down. I personally think that some staff do not have the relevant training and perhaps they need more help in the kitchens, but lovely location not far from the pretty village of Lenham and half an hour from Canterbury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grade 1 listed Chilston Park offers one of the most exclusive hotels in Kent. Set back from tree-lined lanes, the manor house at Chilston Park Hotel in Kent is set in 22 acres of parkland and features a two AA rosette restaurant. One of the most best loved hotels in Kent, over the years Chilston Park has been a home to eminent politicians, writers, Lords and Viscounts. Today it is a classic British country house hotel with plenty of style and charm and one of the most perfect wedding or leisure destinations in Kent. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this 4 AA red star hotels in Kent are the antiques and history that surround it. The hotel has many interesting artefacts that date as far back as the 17th century manor house. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chilston Park Maidstone
- Hotel Chilston Park