One of the country’s best bed and breakfast establishments can be found right here in the county. Hever Castle’s luxury B&B has maintained its 5* Gold status and also gained an award for its breakfasts. The accommodation was recently (May 26) assessed by Visit England and got a 96% quality score. To gain a 5* rating businesses have to score between 85% and 100% and are marked on bedrooms, bathrooms, cleanliness, hospitality and breakfast.
The Gold award goes to accommodation which offers the ‘best of the best’, offering exceptional quality and going the extra mile for their customers and the Breakfast Awards recognises breakfasts which exceed guest expectations.
Visit England says: “Hever Castle Bed & Breakfast continues to be very well maintained and offers an excellent standard of bed and breakfast accommodation. All the team are wished every success for the year ahead.”
Hever Castle’s four-bedroom holiday cottage, Medley Cottage also maintained its 5* Gold rating, scoring 94%.
House manager Roland Smith said: “We are delighted that despite the challenges of the pandemic with furloughed staff and extra procedures to follow, both the bed and breakfast and Medley Court comfortably retained their 5* rating. Well done to our hard working and dedicated members of staff for maintaining their high standards of cleanliness and customer service.”
The bed and breakfast is housed in the ‘Tudor Village’ – an Edwardian extension to the castle which consists of the ‘Astor Wing’ and recently refurbished ‘Anne Boleyn Wing’ – with 28 bedrooms in total.
The extension was added by William Waldorf Astor to accommodate staff and guests and was previously only available for weddings and corporate events.
In 2012 underfloor heating, flat-screen TVs and WiFi were added as part of a refurbishment to open the accommodation up to the general public. The doors opened in March 2012. All bedrooms are en-suite and individually styled, with some offering four-poster beds, roll-top baths or walk-in showers. Guests at the luxury B&B have exclusive access to some of the 125-acre award-winning gardens when they are closed to the public.