House of Agnes, Canterbury (15 miles from course)
A wonderful 15th Century hotel, full of history, set within the City walls and within walking distance of all the city’s amenities
17 ensuite double bedrooms, 4 of which are twin bedded plus 2 rooms that can be twins or triplets (with King and single bed), plus a two-roomed suite that can sleep two or three people (King bed and single bed). The largest private garden in Canterbury. Off street parking (limited headroom for access). There is air conditioning in most of the main house rooms, and fans in all the others.
This beautiful Bed and Breakfast has the largest walled garden in Canterbury and free off-road parking. Only 200m from Canterbury West train station and a short walk from the Cathedral, the Marlowe Theatre, restaurants and shops, the main house has the newly restored Cottage room and eight boutique-style themed rooms. All are uniquely furnished and with an abundance of amenities.
The site of the 15th Century stables provides a further eight bedrooms. The modern en-suite bedrooms, all with the same amenities as in the main house, boast a sleek interior design enhanced with tasteful artwork and soft furnishings, providing guests with the stylish quality one expects at the House of Agnes.
The unique ‘honesty bar’, library and a comfy lounge with eclectic decor and quirky furnishings create an interesting talking point and add to the friendly atmosphere that prevails here. Enjoy a glass of local Kentish beer and a game of chess or amuse yourself with one of the other board games readily available.
Breakfast, set out in wood-panelled Quadrant room is a highlight; a cold buffet greets all guests with a selection of fresh fruit, juices, cereals, pastries, yogurts and preserves. This is followed by a freshly cooked Kentish breakfast or our ‘Special of the Day’ using local produce such as homemade sausages and free-range farm eggs, which is hugely popular, and a great way to start the day. Vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements are also well catered for.
The heritage garden and buildings are steeped in history; as well as the recent discovery of a Roman skeleton and other Roman artifacts, an extremely rare Astrolabe Quadrant dating from 1388 was unearthed during 2005 renovations. It was described as ‘one of the greatest discoveries of its kind in the world’ and is currently on permanent exhibition at the British Museum. It was referred to by name in Charles Dickens’ novel ‘David Copperfield’ as the House of Agnes Wickfield who eventually became David’s second wife.
House of Agnes was shortlisted for the Kent Tourism ‘Rest Your Head’ Award 2017 in the category of Small Accommodation Provider of the Year
The City of Canterbury
All the amenities of this historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are within walking distance. These include the Cathedral and the surrounding historic mediaeval streets, a wide and varied selection of shops, supermarkets (Sainsburys 75m), restaurants, banks, doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, libraries etc.
In addition there are Canterbury and Christchurch universities, the St Lawrence County Cricket Ground, two hospitals, two railway stations and, of course, a wide variety of cultural opportunities including the renouned Marlowe and Gulbenkian theatres.
From the bus station in the city centre, there are services to neighbouring towns such as Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Ashford, Dover, Deal and Folkestone.
From Canterbury West the Javelin High Speed train passes through Ashford to London’s St Pancras, with a journey time of just 56 minutes, as well as providing Eurostar services via Ashford to the Continent.
Canterbury is also well placed for access onto the M2 motorway and, for further cross-Channel services, the port of Dover and the EuroTunnel Terminal at Cheriton are both within easy reach.