Balfour Hush Heath Estate

Balfour Hush Heath Estate, Staplehurst: Hours, Address, Balfour Hush Heath Estate Reviews: 4.5/5

Balfour Hush Heath Estate
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Hush Heath Estate is a 400-acre family-owned Tudor estate in the heart of the Kent countryside, with ancient oak woodlands, apple orchards and vineyards. Balfour Winery on the Hush Heath Estate is the home of award-winning English wines and ciders, and is open to visitors 7 days per week including Bank Holidays. The estate offers multiple tour and tasting experiences, and is also the perfect location for celebrations and corporate events. The estate also owns two fabulous local pubs that offer great food along with beautiful boutique hotel rooms, all within 15 minutes of the winery- The Goudhurst Inn, and The Tickled Trout.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Josephine
2 contributions
Amazing wine and dine experience !
Oct 2021
We had an amazing wine and dine experience accompanied by the lovely Lindy .
The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable .
Booking was easy and we were kept updated about menu choices and timings of the day including the offer of pick up at the local station.
We were welcomed with a lovely glass of fizz on the balcony overlooking the estate before our tour of the vineyard, orchard and ancient oak woodland.
This was followed by a tutored wine tasting of six wines .
The estate is truly wonderful and the enthusiasm and knowledge shown by Lindy was much appreciated .
The day ended in a high end three course lunch with wines paired to each course .
It was a lovely way to celebrate a birthday .
Left feeling very spoilt with a few bottles to enjoy at home from the estate shop.
We will definitely be back .
Thank you Lindy sharing your love of The Balfour Hush Heath Estate.
Written November 3, 2021
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Dear Josephine Thank you so much for your review about your recent wine and dine experience. Our team is delighted that you enjoyed the day and the reservations department, the chefs and Lindy are very pleased that every aspect of your experience was enjoyable. Do return when you can and our thanks once again for sharing your birthday celebrations at Balfour Winery. Best regards, Sarah
Written November 11, 2021
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hennie16
5 contributions
Wine Tasting
Oct 2021 • Friends
We had a wine tasting with Suzy and we loved it. Very informative and educational but light hearted and fun at the same time. The wines were delicious and the grounds were beautiful. I would definitely recommend.
Written October 25, 2021
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Thank you for such a lovely feedback about your tasting and Suzy. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you at Balfour Winery again soon. Lindy
Written October 28, 2021
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Bob B
Ipswich, UK25 contributions
Tour and lunch!
Oct 2021
We met with friends for a self-guided tour of the vineyard and stayed for lunch platters and a bit of wine. We were treated well despite staff being busy with a special event on the day, and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and visit!
Written October 8, 2021
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Dear Bob We are really delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Balfour Winery. Thank you for mentioning our staff who all work extremely hard to make the experience memorable. Please do come and visit us again. Lindy
Written October 15, 2021
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Ang
1 contribution
Good wines, not really friendly owner
Oct 2021
Friendly staff, canteen-like wine tasting room with some interesting art work. We had two different 'flight' tastings with some charcuterie. Decent food, decent sparkling wines (/range) for the price; the still red is avoidable. The wine making process could have been described better when queried.

The owner seemed fairly upset about a baby making some noise - maybe they should state that they don't welcome families with babies/toddlers so that people can avoid visiting them too. He also could have sat himself and his friend not that close to the family as the vast room was rather empty; or guide staff on where to sit families when they visit.
Written October 6, 2021
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Thank you for writing to us regarding your recent visit to Balfour Winery. Your comments are very important and we shall definitely be addressing your points. You are always most welcome to return and we shall be delighted to see you. Lindy
Written October 15, 2021
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DebbieDLondon
Greater London, UK97 contributions
where was the wisdom about the wine?
Oct 2021
Dinner and wine pairing evening.

I really wanted to love this evening. I've been to the vineyard before to buy wine and the venue is great.

The food was nice, and so was the wine. But the whole point of a wine pairing event is to learn about the wine. We were given a drink on arrival and the lady mentioned the grape. That was the most information we had about anything. They served each course, with the glass of wine but that was it!

There should have been someone at the front introducing each wine with the course, why it worked so well and information about the wine. We noticed some bottles had the labels created by artists in the shop - this would have been a good opportunity to introduce this properly.

Consequently there was zero atmosphere to the evening.

So all in all it really wasn't worth £95 per head. We could have had dinner in Mayfair in an exclusive restaurant for that price and had much better service and information.

A real shame.
Written October 3, 2021
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Dear Debbie We are most concerned that you were disappointed in your visit to the Dining Club. We are pleased that you enjoyed the food and wine but sad that the presentation of the wine did not fulfil expectations. Receiving feedback is vital so that we can improve our service and your experience. We hope that you will visit the Estate in the future and look forward to welcoming you. Lindy
Written October 7, 2021
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Louise Kemp
10 contributions
Lunchtime visit meeting friends
Oct 2021
Visited here during a trip to Kent for a week with friends. Really friendly staff, went out of their way to accommodate us as there was a corporate event on. Lovely walk through the vines and ancient oaks followed by delicious sharing boards and a glass of wine at lunchtime. Thank you.
Written October 1, 2021
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Thank you so much for visiting us when you were in Kent recently. Your feedback is very important to us and we hope to welcome you here again soon. Lindy
Written October 7, 2021
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Jeremy K
4 contributions
A lovely surprise
Sep 2021 • Friends
Met up with friends there at lunch time and was not sure what to expect. Walked the vineyards and woodland and returned for shared platters and wine in a welcoming, modern building attended by friendly staff and a wonderfully friendly marketing lady/person. Excellent.
Written October 1, 2021
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Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to seeing you again soon. Lindy
Written October 7, 2021
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caroline
West Malling, UK3 contributions
A truly memorable day
Aug 2021 • Family
This was a belated Mother’s Day gift….it didn’t disappoint.
My partner, myself and my daughter went ( it happened to be my daughters birthday that day as well )
We had a truly lovely afternoon….I’m not going to lie, I thought it might be a bit boring but it was really interesting and the lovely lady who did our tour was passionate and knowledgeable and I felt myself wanting to know about the vineyard and it’s story.
The staff are friendly and helpful especially the young man who served us ( sorry I didn’t get his name) who when he found out we were celebrating a birthday delivered a delicious glass of bubbly on the house….it really is the little things that count and this establishment has made all the little things count in a very big way.
A truly memorable day….thank you so much.
Written August 24, 2021
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garysquires
Tadley, UK86 contributions
Excellent day out.
Aug 2021
What an excellent day out. We visited for my mum's 70th Birthday and had a private wine tasting tour. This is a great venue and the tour guide is full of knowledge. The food was excellent and so was the service.

Only thing that they need to add is a tea and coffee, some people after several wines just needed a hot drink to relax before the taxi back.
Written August 23, 2021
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Kris-LondonGB
London, UK39 contributions
Amazing place
Jul 2021
Saw the signage and popped in to have a look around. What an amazing place. A stunning building that reminded me of similar places visited in California. Staff were lovely and wine excellent. Will recommend and visit again
Written August 19, 2021
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