Secluded and nestling within two acres of beautiful gardens, yet within a 10 minutes enjoyable stroll to the historic centre of the Kent city, its famous Cathedral is among a host of tourist attractions worth discovering. The visitor is presented with a choice of ancient delights, or the contemporary experience of shopping in independent quality stores.

Our spacious executive room was appointed impeccably and furnished luxuriously, its windows opening to the lawned gardens. Decorated in a contemporary style to complement the 19th Century Gothic building, free wi-fi and a large flat-screen TV are aspects of the accoutrements. We enjoyed our dinner in the Fountains Restaurant. Locally sourced Garden of England produce was used to good effect in a varied menu, the meal being served promptly and by attentive, friendly staff.

After a good night’s sleep, we partook of a leisurely breakfast consisting of a extensive hot and cold buffet, with everything available from full English to a selection of pastries, fruit, continental cheeses and cereals.

Canterbury is a superb base to explore all that wonderful Kent has to offer the county visitor.

We enjoyed a trip to coastal Whitstable, which is famous for its quaint cobbled streets, seafood and, of course, its oysters. A bracing walk along the harbour front soon worked off the excesses of breakfast.

Factbox

Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel

36 New Dover Road,

Canterbury,Kent CT1 3DU

Tel: 01227 760341

www.bw-abbotsbartonhotel.co.uk

A weekend break for two nights costs from £65 per head, per night.

Best for

  • Discovering Canterbury and The Garden of England
  • Ideal location for business, or pleasure
  • Relaxing and unwinding

Could do better

  • Clearer instructions to operate the air conditioning

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