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Hononton Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Brenchley B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“A wonderful B and B with a warm welcome!”
Reviewed March 8, 2011

This B and B is a real gem. We stayed three nights with Maggie and Simon, and it was like staying with friends. We would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Hononton cottage is a 500 year old house which has been beautifully decorated and renovated by Simon and Maggie. It is surrounded by apple orchards and is at the end of a quiet lane not far from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Before we arrived, Simon was most helpful with our email queries regarding the state of the winter weather and we felt we knew him well before we arrived. On arrival Simon and Maggie made us a welcoming cup of tea and were so helpful with any questions we had about the surrounding area and things to do. Simon frequently looked things up for us to make sure we didn't waste time which was great.

Our children stayed downstairs in a lovely spacious room with a generous ensuite bathroom with bath, which like the rest of the house was beautifully decorated, and included such generous touches as a wide variety of different soaps and so on. The room was stocked with a selection of teas and coffees, including herbal teas, water, lemonade, biscuits and so on. The children were made to feel more than welcome and bonded straight away with Maggie and Simon too. Our room was upstairs with a double bed which was very comfortable and the room again was decorated with much care and attention to detail, with again a large modern bathroom ensuite.

The breakfast was just superb each morning, there is a wide selection of cereals, a hot breakfast offered, tea, juices, coffee, toast - as much as you can possibly eat, and we felt very spoilt!

As for the surrounding area of Kent -- we picked this cottage for its reviews and also its wonderful location. We should have stayed longer, and plan to return as there are so many things to do -- major sights -- which make fantastic day trips. We were there in the winter, so went with what was open, which was more than enough to occupy us for three days. We visited Hever Castle (Anne Boleyn's childhood home) , Leeds Castle, Canterbury, and also went to a pantomime in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town in which we also spent some time admiring. Royal Tundbridge Wells, so nearby, is well worth exploring and has an excellent range of restaurants and shops, and is famous for its beautiful Pantiles. We hoped to get to Rye, Battle, Dover Castle and there is Vita Sackville West's Sissinghurst Castle and gardens nearby too, and there is so much more to see in the summer months on top of that.

All in all, we had a wonderful time. We definitely hope to go back and see the rest of this stunning county, but most of all, we would return just to see Maggie and Simon anyway. In a six week trip around Europe, this was one of the best places we stayed. If you are not sure, just go ahead and book. It is lovely.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

This 2 day stay was booked by my partner as a surprise for my birthday. And, what a surprise it was. The welcome was as if we were old friends. The setting is fabulous, and the room was a total pleasure. Whilst the cottage is 400 years old and the rooms maintain their period charm, every conceivable convenience was provided for us, including wi-fi access.
Breakfasts were just perfect with just as much attention to detail. We wanted for nothing during our stay.
Simon and Maggie are to be congratulated. The level of service and attention that is found here is second to none, and fantastic value for money too.
We will definitely plan to stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bavel, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

We travel to the UK 3 or 4 times a year and Hononton Cottage has become our most favourite B&B. We always use it, for the simple reason Simon and Maggie offer incredible hospitality and a service you do not even get in hotels at three times the price. The cottage is absolutely unique; location, comfort and the breakfast service (!) are unmatched.
For us, getting a good rest in a comfortable bed and a room with modern amenities is important. Hononton Cottage offers all this, and much more. The area is beautiful with great shopping and restaurants in nearby Tunbridge Wells. A trip to London is also quick and easy from here.
We would not dream of looking elsewhere and can highly recommend this B&B without any hesitation. Do book early though, as this treasure has found many admirers!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Guelph On. Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed October 20, 2010

The value that Hononton has and continues to maintain was brought into quite a contrast for me. On the Saturday before I stayed at a Big name hotel in Orlando. When I compare the value I received Hononton wins hand down. The atmosphere at hononton is fantastic and the hosts Simon and Maggie are superb in looking after you. I feel lucky that I found this place and will definately be staying here again and again.

John Vandergrift

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

This year was our 4th August Bank Holiday stay at what is the best B&B my wife and I have ever stayed at in the UK. Kent is a wonderful County for National Trust & English Heritage places to visit. The B&B is almost central for all visits. and its location is the epitome of peace and quiet. The owner Simon can never do enough for you. Our first visit was not long after Simon had lost his first wife, yet he still made our visit so memorable that we just felt like we were at home. Last year we met Maggie, and this year we met the new married couple, Simon & Maggie. This was also the 2nd year we have taken friends to our little piece of heaven on earth. Evening visits to the Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells is a must, there are the most wonderful restaurants to choose from and the Pantiles has weekend evening street entertainment. Two restaurants to recommend, The Italian in the High Street Signor Franco's and the Nepalese Gurkha restaurant named Mooli. A Kentish Treasure, well that's the B&B and the hosts.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Manchester, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

This peaceful, beautiful 400 year old cottage is not to be missed. It is surrounded by orchards in the weald of Kent with miles of walking trails. Centrally located it is within easy driving distances of all the stately houses and castles of Kent. The hospitatlity afforded you during your stay is unmatched and the superb breakfasts are first class. The rooms are very comfortable and filled with antiques.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Guelph On. Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed June 25, 2010

As a business traveller I get to be exposed to all kinds of accomadation. Hononton Cottage is at the top of the list. Over the past 6 months I have stayed there 3 times and have never been disappointed. Simon and Maggie are superb hosts and make you feel not as a guest but as a friend. I am sure I will be back several more times.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Hononton Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Address: Hononton Cottage Palmers Green Lane | Near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Brenchley, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7BJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Royal Tunbridge Wells > Brenchley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Brenchley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Hononton Cottage Bed & Breakfast 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sixteenth-century Grade 2 listed farmhouse a mile from the centre of Brenchley village, at the end of a quiet lane and surrounded by apple orchards. Rooms sympathetically modernised with every luxury you would find in a hotel, including wifi, flat screen TV with DVD and ample parking. Log fire burning in the colder months. Good pubs nearby for an evening meal.The ideal setting for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, near several National Trust gardens and castles nearby but still within easy reach of Tunbridge Wells (8 miles), the South Coast (one hour) and London by train in 45 minutes Paddock Wood Station 3 miles). Fresh local produce used where possible. Homemade marmalade and jams. ... more   less 

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