Five Bells Inn – Brabourne, Kent
There was a time when the remote hillside location at the Five Bells Inn meant that Brabourne village locals were joined only by pilgrims, who stumbled across the beautiful 16th-century country inn seeking food and a bed for the night. Now the inn has been renovated in gorgeous modern-rustic style by local company Ramblinns and offers a warm welcome to locals seeking great locally sourced food and drink from the extensive menu, as well as good company. Unique touches abound across the playfully upcycled interiors designed by owner John Rogers. Guests can choose one of the four sumptuous suites, each named after Kentish hops and grapes, from the copper-bathed luxury of Ortega to the bohemian artisan’s loft that is Fuggle, all with open fires or woodburners. The Five Bells Inn is located in a glorious rural setting from which to enjoy the tranquility of Kent’s North Downs or explore the many delights of the local area. Doubles from £120.
Name to Know: Inn-keeper Wentzel Coetzer, who can tell you all about the many fantastic walks in the area such as the Pilgrims’ Way.
See: Ramblinns are so called because you can ramble between the group’s three inns. Take a three-hour hike through the tranquil countryside and let the Ramblinns bus meet you along the way with a picnic.
Eat: Lookers pie made with lamb reared on the Romney Marshes.
Buy: Romney Marsh Wools natural beauty products which are used in the rooms and can be purchased along with local produce and treats.
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