I stayed at The Grove Ferry Inn for two nights and have to say that it is a extremely charming hotel.
The downstairs pub / restaurant has a rustic country feel. The drinks are reasonably priced and the homemade pizzas are amazing!
Upstairs, each room has been decorated differently. Each room is a decent size and comes with an en-suite and a seriously comfy bed. My only complaint about the sleeping quarters is the number of spiders that find their way into the rooms - for anyone for a dislike for the nasty little crawlers I would think twice about booking here. Over two days, a total of 12 spiders were removed from my room alone.
The location of the hotel is also good. We really enjoyed sitting on the outside deck next to the canal.
To sum up:
Service = good
Location = good
Food & drink = great
Beds = fantastic
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our homely little slice of Kent. The Grove Pantry Pub is an old Georgian manner sitting on The Great River Stour in the middle of the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. The Georgian manner is now our very own pantry pub with pigs, goats, chickens, pheasants and quails all in our gardens and helping us to be proper country folk. Our menu is brought to you by our very own forager chef who trawls the countryside each season to bring you fresh ingredients. If our chickens are up to it the eggs on your full English will be freshly laid and collected that morning and if you cant quite polish the breakfast of don't worry Lily and Pickle our pigs will eat the left overs except for the bacon naturally. If you are naughty during your stay the team might rope you in to helping pick the fresh veg, herbs and fruit from our garden or feel free to volunteer and you might get a free slice of cake. But don't forget there is loads to be seeing and doing in the local area including boat trips chartered from the pub and pleasant walks around the nature reserve that boasts some very rare birds and beautiful panoramic views of the marsh and river. Don't expect a glitzy spanking hotel but expect loads of character, lovely old rooms with all the facilities you need to spend a weekend in the country with the added benefit of a short hop to the beach or Canterbury itself. The pub has its very own pantry area where you can pick and choose items made by the team, we have open fires and stoves, plenty of comfy chairs, a menu to make your mouth water, ales racked up on the bar and some scrumptious wines. The rooms are big and airy in that typical Georgian fashion, each is individually styled and has its own bathroom. All rooms have large sash windows overlooking either the river or across our front garden into the nature reserve. oooh! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Grove Ferry Hotel Upstreet