This was our first trip to Chilston Park and was for our wedding anniversary. We had taken advantage of one of Hand Picked's Package offers which included upgraded accommodation, dinner, bottle of champagne and breakfast.
On arrival we were greeted very efficiently and pleasantly. We were advised we had been upgraded further to the Raj room. On arrival in the room we found it to be large with all the amenities but very overpowering due to the amount of and size of some of the furniture - mainly elephants but also a very substantial four poster.
We returned to reception and asked if we could have another room. This was no problem and because of our reason the young lady went through the available rooms to find one more suitable and we were given a choice of five, one in the main house some in the outside buildings. She was very apologetic for the problem. We were shown each by the concierge who was very patient and keen to find one suitable to us. This we did in the main building - Safari. We were asked when we would like the champagne and we chose pre-dinner in the lounge which was no problem. One slight room problem, to the ladies, which appeared to exist in all or most of the rooms we saw (including Safari) - no full length mirror.
After settling in the room we were ready for an afternoon tea/coffee and went to the lounge. We enjoyed very good and friendly service in front of a log fire with complimentary home made biscuits. Full afternoon tea was available and being enjoyed by other guests but we did not wish to spoil our evening meal. The weather was very cold and snowing so we chose not to take the opportunity of enjoying the very extensive grounds other than a quick view of the lake near the main bulidings and its wildlife.
Prior to dinner we started our champagne in the lounge/bar and perused the menu. The waiter enquired if we were celebrating a special occasion and congratulated us on our anniversary.The package dinner was from the a la carte menu and we had been slightly apprehensive as to what might be in it. We need not have worried as it was quite wide and gave us good choices. We made our selection, enjoyed some more champagne and were then requested to move to our table in a warm (two log fire) and pleasant restaurant which like the rest of the buildings had many original and antique features/furniture.On arrival at our table we found a post card of the hotel with more congratulations, hand written. Dinner service was very good and unhurried and provided by a very friendly and efficient team. The food was very good. Our dessert was served on plates with anniversary congratulations piped in chocolate - a lovely touch.
After a night's sleep we enjoyed a very good breakfast with plenty of choice and good service again. We were checked out friendly and efficiently and departed into the snow/rain.
We will undoubtedly return.
- 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