Palace Farm Hostel, Down Court Road, Doddington, Sittingbourne / Faversham, Kent, ME9 0AU
Palace Farm Hostel is a relaxing and flexible four star hostel on a family run arable and fruit farm. It is situated in the village of Doddington, which has a pub, in the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is great for walking, cycling (cycle hire available £10 a day) and wildlife. The location is central for exploring Canterbury, Rochester, Chatham, Leeds Castle and the many other historic towns, villages and castles in Kent. The accommodation, in converted farm buildings, consists of ten fully heated en suite rooms sleeping up to 39 guests. The rooms surround an attractive courtyard garden with lawns, patio and barbecue area, ideal for families and groups. The en suite rooms cater for all age groups and those with disabilities. There are quality double beds, single beds and 3ft bunk beds. Duvets, linen and continental breakfast are included. There is also a small tent only camp-site. Green Tourism Business Scheme GOLD Award winner.This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.
or call Graham and Liz Cuthbert on
39: 1×8, 1×6, 2×5, 1×4, 1×3 and 4×2
All year. 8am to 10pm flexible, please ask.
From £18-£35 (all private en suite rooms). Reduction for groups.
From A2 between Sittingbourne and Faversham turn south at Teynham, signed to Lynsted. Go through Lynsted and over M2 bridge, take 2nd turning right into Down Court Rd. Farm is 90 metres on left. Directions from other approaches on website.
Trains: Sittingbourne (London Victoria to Dover or Ramsgate, or St Pancras to Ramsgate). Buses from Sittingbourne to Doddington two hourly (Mon-Sat), last buses from Sittingbourne Station 17.51 Mon to Fri & 17.30 on Sat. No buses on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
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Doesn’t this sound like the perfect base to explore the picturesque North Kent Downs?
Sometimes, its all in the details and Palace Farm Hostel in North Kent seem to have that covered.
Yes, it is on an a working farm in the North Kent Downs AONB. So far, so bucolic. But look more closely. The garden and patio is beautifully kept. The interior is a very high standard – cleanliness is a recurring theme in their reviews. The en-suite rooms cater for disabilities. Bedding and breakfast are included. The owners are keen that their activities on the farm and the hostel are done in the most sustainable way possible, that’s why they’ve won a Green Tourism Gold award for the hostel.
No wonder one of their reviewers wrote:, “With Liz and Graham as your hosts, the nicest people you could wish to meet, you can’t go wrong. Truly five star accommodation.”
Doesn’t that sound like a perfect base to explore the picturesque downs on foot or by cycling? The group in the picture seem to think so.
Air source heating, solar panels and a green frame of mind have earned Palace Farm the GTBS Gold Award
Palace Farm is a working farm growing plums, Christmas trees, wheat, pumpkins and other vegetables for local sale. The farm has free range chickens and eggs with bright orange yolks are fished out from under hedges and made available to guests in season. In the past weed killers were used between trees and under hedgerows. The orchards has closely mown grass separating the fruit trees. Following advise form a Conservation Consultant, Palace Farm now leaves weeds under hedges unsprayed which has encouraged natural insect predators, so there is seldom a need to use sprays for pest control. The rabbits enjoy the extra undergrowth too.
Palace Farm uses under-floor heating and an air source heat pump to provide warmth in the Granary hostel accommodation. The Granary was converted in 2011 and is so well insulated that there the wood burning stove installed for back up warmth is hardly ever used. The Courtyard rooms at Palace Farm have low energy lighting and huge amounts of insulation, heating is provided by a “clean burn” log burner fueled by waste wood from the farm. Hot water is provided using solar panels for heating.
Did you know that we are one of the few places in the British Isles where you can still see and hear Turtle Doves.
Find out more about the wildlife on Palace Farm here.