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Last updated: 23 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Three miles outside Canterbury, Bridge Place is an impressive Jacobean mansion with a colourful history – in recent decades, it was known for hosting rock and roll parties and gigs, including Led Zeppelin. 

This is a quirky, character-filled establishment, from the seven Hop Picker’s Huts that sit on stilts alongside the river, providing tranquil, waterfront accommodation, to the Potting Sheds, which double as spa treatment rooms. 

The kitchen has a strict sourcing policy – everything comes either from the kitchen garden, or within a 25-mile radius – and the lunch and dinner menus change each day, according to what’s available.  

A sexy, sophisticated bolthole, with food to die for.

Surrounding area

Set down a private drive off a quiet country lane, just outside the village of Bridge, this is a tranquil, rural retreat – you’re immersed in countryside as soon as you step outside the door.  Bridge is an easy stroll away if you fancy a bit more life, with a picturesque high street and two pubs. 

The charming medieval village of Chilham is fifteen minutes’ drive, the pretty seaside of Sandwich is twenty-five.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury , Kent , United Kingdom (UK)[5 miles]

One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Britain, with stained glass windows dating back to the 12th century. Home of the Church of England, and the final resting place of Thomas Becket.

Best for ages: 18+ | £14

Dover Castle

Dover , Kent , United Kingdom (UK)[18.9 miles]

Fascinating, well-preserved castle boasting bags of medieval history and secret wartime tunnels. Great for families.

Best for ages: 6+ | £24

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Bucolic churchyard on a sunny day

St. Martin’s Church

Canterbury , Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[4.4 miles]

The oldest church in the English-speaking world, St. Martin’s is part Roman, part Saxon and part medieval, and has been a place of worship continuously for over 1,400 years.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Ruined abbey surrounded by grass

St. Augustine’s Abbey

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[4.6 miles]

Originally created as a burial site for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, the ruins are a tranquil spot for a quiet walk or picnic, away from the hubbub of the busy High Street.

Best for ages: 18+ | £8

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Close up of the roof and window of Tudor-style building

Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Canterbury , Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[5.1 miles]

A museum, gallery, library and visitor centre all housed in an elegant, Grade II-listed building, with exhibits including prehistoric artefacts found in and around Canterbury and works by local artists.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Tourists punting down narrow stretch of the River Stour lined with Tudor buildings

Punting on the River Stour

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom (UK)[5.2 miles]

Get a different perspective on Canterbury’s historic houses and quiet back streets with a trip along the River Stour; book a guide to do the punting, and sit back and enjoy the views.

Best for ages: 6+ | £10 | 1+ hours

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Kent, United Kingdom (UK)

A character-filled, historic and lively town rich in British history dating back to Roman times. The spectacular cathedral is the home of the Church of England.

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