A Luxurious Weekend at Shepherd House in the Garden of England

A Luxurious Weekend at Shepherd House in the Garden of England


If you’re on the look out for a relaxing weekend away in luxurious surroundings, then Shepherd House in Faversham could be the perfect getaway. This recently opened boutique B&B is located in Kent, the garden of England. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re visiting Michelin starred gastropub, The Sportsman, less than 5 miles away in Seasalter.

Shepherd's B&B Kent
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
It’s a very elegant Georgian townhouse, right in the heart of the town. As you step indoors, prepare to be wowed by the stunning interior design. Co-owner Clare has restored it with care, retaining all the original architectural features yet infusing new life with bold colour schemes. She’ll immediately make you feel welcome and offer you a complimentary glass of local sparkling wine.

Shepherd's wine
ACCOMMODATION
The rooms themselves are a work of art – can I move in please? Our room was number 1, the most generous double at 35 square metres with a spectacular open plan en suite.

Shepherd's hotel room
Whilst the rolltop bath looked particularly inviting, the two rain showers were equally impressive.

Shepherd's rolltop bath
The full-size Kiehl’s toiletries add to the good impressions, and there was a brand that was new to me – Magic Organic Apothecary Fortifying Green Bath Potion, which had a lovely minty fragrance.

Shepherd's toiletries
AMENITIES
Great attention has been paid to detail, with bunches of fresh flowers, a retro Roberts digital radio, super-king size beds and underfloor heating. There is complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the townhouse and private parking is available upon request.

Shepherd's Faversham Kent
Clare gave us a peek at a couple of the other rooms – room 2 has beautiful tall sash windows and a rain shower…

Shepherd's Kent bedroom
Just look at this fantastic view from the bath over to the walled garden in Room 3. Incidentally, I think it would be brilliant if they gave each room a name, as they’re all so unique.

Shepherd's bath Kent
THE TOWNHOUSE
With two spacious lounge areas, squishy sofas and a warming log burner, you won’t want to rush straight up to your room.

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The patio and large walled garden would be a lovely spot to relax in once the weather warms up.

Shepherd's Faversham B&B
We settled in to the lounge to catch up on the papers whilst another couple enjoyed a bottle of wine and a game of Scrabble. There are no dining facilities at Shepherd House but you’re welcome to bring a bottle of your own or to buy one from the supermarket around the corner. If you are holding an event at the townhouse, then catering can be arranged. It certainly makes a stunning venue for a meeting, wedding or other celebration, accommodating up to 20 guests with table seating for up to 16.

Shepherd's Faversham Kent
Clare can give you recommendations for local restaurants if you’re not lucky enough to have secured a booking at the nearby Sportsman pub. We had lunch there next day and I’ll be writing about it as well as our visit to Whitstable in more detail later, but for now here’s a photo to wet your appetite.

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For dinner we headed to Posilippo, a cosy Italian restaurant situated in a former mill, in a picturesque creekside. The pizza and zuppa di pesce seafood platter were really tasty though we were seated next to two large groups. I do wish that restaurants gave diners a choice of table when they’re not completely full. There are quite a few good pubs within walking distance of Shepherd’s so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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BREAKFAST
Make sure to go to breakfast hungry as you’ll first be offered a selection of croissants, pains au chocolat, local Kent honey and jam…before your cooked breakfast – a healthy smoked salmon with perfectly scrambled eggs, or a hearty full English with delicious sausage, bacon and mushrooms. We were impressed with the quality of the produce, and quite a bit of it comes from Macknades’s the local farm shop which is well worth a visit if you want to take back a few foodie souvenirs.

Shepherd's Faversham breakfast
SURROUNDINGS
Something of a hidden gem, Faversham has a unique mix of medieval and Georgian architecture, as well as the Shepherd Neame brewery buildings. A market is held several days a week in the market square. The creek area has a quirky selection of antiques shops and the surrounding Kent countryside is well worth a visit. At just over an hour from London by rail or road with direct trains to St Pancras and Victoria, it’s easily accessible. From here, you can visit the atmospheric coastal towns of Broadstairs, Deal and Margate for the new Turner Contemporary museum. You can also use Shepherd House as a base to travel to the Continent, with the Eurostar from Ashford to Paris and Brussels. Alternatively, head inland to historic Canterbury Cathedral or Leeds Castle and Gardens.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
For some serious rest and relaxation in very cool surroundings, look no further than Shepherd House. Its quirky, laidback style, friendly welcome and great location will ensure that you never want to leave!

Have you ever visited the Garden of England, Kent? Do you have any tips for first time visitors?

Shepherd House, 56 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8PG  UK

Our stay was complimentary for the purposes of this review. Prices start from a very reasonable £140 per night including bed and breakfast

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Love all the bright coloured walls and the T-Rex with a handbag is awesome 🙂
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • That bath definitely does look luxurious!

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  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What a beautiful place. Love the dinosaur over the bath. Were there doors on the bathroom?

  • stylentonic Constantinos

    splendid! xxx

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  • Shepherd House looks like the perfect relaxing weekend getaway! That bathtub is amazing!

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  • Paola

    Such a relaxing house, I love the colors!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • I love love love Georgian townhouses! A freestanding clawed tub in front of a fireplace (working or not, who cares! I can always stack pillar candles in a non-working fireplace) is basically my bathroom dream come true. x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • You and me both 😉 As for the dual rain showers, they’d certainly prevent any arguments in the morning 😉

  • It looks like such a charming place! I lived in the UK for six years but never visited Kent, which lies between London and Luxembourg. I have to go one day for sure.

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    • There’s so much to see in Kent and it’s got lots of lovely food to eat too, definitely worth a visit

  • looks wonderful!

  • This truly does sound like a wonderful place to stay and I’ve no doubt the surrounding Medieval and Georgian architecture nearby must be a pleasure to explore. Oh and yes, a big ‘yum!’ to the breakfast!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • It’s a really pretty little town, very compact so we went everywhere on foot. The breakfast was delicious!

  • Corinne C

    This looks lovely. That bath in front of the fire! Is there a door though? I love how the bath is all open but I think I’d be off put by the toilet if there isn’t a door haha.

    Corinne x
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  • The rooms look so warm and inviting! It sounds like an amazing and pleasurable stay

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  • Ellie Adams

    That bath!! This is literally the perfect weekend staycation destination, so gorgeous and the perfect place to switch off from everything!

    Elle
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    xx

    • It was so easy to get to that we were able to spend lots of time just relaxing and enjoying the hotel surroundings

  • Wow I’d love to take a dip in that gorgeous bath, looks like it’s worth the stay alone! 😉

  • It looks like a great find here Suze, Nice of Clare to show you the other rooms and surroundings to get a good feel for the place.

    I’ve never tried one of those free standing baths before, they always give a mystique of luxury to me which this place surely is.

    • You must try one of those rolltop baths, they’re a bit tricky to climb into but once you’re in you don’t want to get out again!

  • That fire place looks so cozy and I love that they use Kiehls bath products! Beautiful photos and review 🙂

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  • You wouldn’t believe how often we potter past Faversham on the train – next time I’m hopping off!

  • You had me at “full-sized Kiehls.” Swoon!

    District of Chic

    • Well they’re to use on the premises not to take away, but it’s nice to have full-sized ones to use

  • Can we just take a moment to enjoy those baths and fireplaces?! All of the heart emojis!!! One day my house will look like this!!! Faversham looks really pretty too. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

    Polly xx

  • I’m really keen to pay The Sportsman a visit this year, so Shepherd House would be an absolutely perfect spot to stay in! We’re keen to visit more of the UK this year and hopefully stay in some lovely Georgian townhouses such as this one!

  • Lucy

    I love visiting different parts of the UK, Shepherd House looks lovely, especially the huge bath Lucy x

  • Beauty Follower

    The bath tube and the view from the window are the best thing of this place 😉

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  • T-Rex, a standalone tub, and Kiehls…I’m loving ALL the elements of the Shepherd House!