After 20+ hours in the air from Melbourne, Australia, my partner, Giuliano, and I left Heathrow and caught a train straight to Cranbrook, and Church Gates. We had five nights and four days at Church Gates and it really felt like a home away from home. The owners, Joe and David, are truly lovely men: kind, welcoming and helpful, yet never intrusive. Each morning when we came down to breakfast Joe (or David, at the weekend) would make a pot of tea. Then Joe would ask us what we'd like to eat. I was a bit of a disappointment to him, I think, as, apart from the first morning, I mostly had cereal, wonderful fresh fruit, tea and toast. Giuliano, though, was more than happy to have a full English breakfast, or part thereof. All the ingredients - the sausages, the bread, the fruit - were excellent, as is Joe's cooking. After he'd cooked our breakfast Joe sat on the sofa and chatted with us (as did David, at the weekend). Giuliano and I had the double room with ensuite (and its deep bath). It was the most comfortable bed of our entire trip. (We later went to Italy). We visited Sissinghurst Castle and Garden, Bodium Castle, Great Dixter house and gardens. And one morning, we were talking to Joe at breakfast about where we'd go and invited him to join us. He took us to Marle Place garden. It was lovely to have his knowledge of the garden to guide us. Now back at home in Melbourne, we remember our stay at Church Gates, and Joe and David, with much fondness. Giuliano and Robyn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Church Gates is a charming 16th Century historic listed house in the heart of Cranbrook. Joe and David will spoil you with their renowned hospitality, local knowledge and wonderful breakfasts served on Spode china by the inglenook fireplace. Bedrooms have a bohemian air with antique furnishings and views out to the floodlit church tower and medieval Stone Street. Church Gates is conveniently located in the middle of Cranbrook, within walking distance of lively cafes, great restaurants, traditional pubs and speciality shopping. Set in the leafy High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter Gardens and many other historic attractions are just a short drive away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Church Gates Cranbrook, Kent, England