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.
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.
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.
Whilst the rolltop bath looked particularly inviting, the two rain showers were equally impressive.
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.
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.
Clare gave us a peek at a couple of the other rooms – room 2 has beautiful tall sash windows and a rain shower…
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.
With two spacious lounge areas, squishy sofas and a warming log burner, you won’t want to rush straight up to your room.
The patio and large walled garden would be a lovely spot to relax in once the weather warms up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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