From the moment I contacted Chilston Park I was treated with courtesy and helpfulness. I wanted to arrange a surprise celebration for my husband's 65th Birthday & Retirement. Vicky helped me through all the stages in order that I got exactly what I wanted. I chose the special package, consisting of accommodation, private dining and breakfast for our group of 10. Menus, wine lists etc. came by e-mail so that the surprise would remain until the chosen day. Vicky checked with me every step of the way to ensure that I had everything I needed, right down to the cake stand and knife.
On the special day we arrived, surprise number 1, and were shown to our room which was delightful. After unpacking we went off to have our pre-arranged cream tea which was where surprise 2 occurred as all the other guests were waiting. Enter gobsmacked husband. The tea was lovely and allowed him to open his cards and presents. Everybody else then went off to book into their accommodation. This required everybody looking at the individuality of each other's rooms, again everyone was pleased with their rooms.
For the dinner there was a champagne and canapé 'reception' first which went down very well. This was followed by the meal which was excellent. Our waitress was Kayleigh who was perfectly at ease with the group, extremely attentive and intuitive, a real delight. The library, which looked resplendent in white linens and sparkling glass and silver, had been decorated by the staff with the bits and pieces we had brought along and the special cake had pride of place on a side table. It was fantastic to be able to leave everything to the hotel and enjoy the evening myself. We were not hurried away at the end of the meal and were able to enjoy the company and the privacy.
After a good night's sleep we all returned to the library for a private breakfast and then took advantage of the beautiful weather and strolled round the grounds. A lovely end to a fantastic occasion which Chilston Park can obviously do so well. Thank you for keeping the secret and thank you for making it such a brilliant occasion for all of us.
- Also Known As:
- Chilston Park Maidstone
- Hotel Chilston Park
- 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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