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Hever Castle's bed and breakfast accommodation gains five-star Gold Award – again!

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 with Medley Cottage (black and white building in the foreground). Picture: Hever Castle & Gardens

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.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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