Boys Hall

Willesborough, Kent

With smugglers’ tunnels beneath, this ‘beautiful, gabled 17th-century manor’, five minutes from Ashford International, stands in ‘a secret garden oasis with a rose and herb garden’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘So much more than your average restaurant-with-rooms, Boys Hall accompanies its delectable dishes with beautifully crafted rooms in a historic property.’ Despite the uninspiring location just five minutes from Ashford International, our inspectors were wowed by this gabled 17th-century manor which stands in ‘a secret garden oasis’. ‘Bedrooms surpass the standards of many in top-quality country-house hotels, blending the glories of ages past with contemporary comforts.’ Sovereign bedroom (a reference to coins, not Charles I, though he spent a night here in the Civil War) had ‘a carved oak four-poster, plush red sofa and compact shower room’. Don’t expect a TV, and be prepared for ‘sloping floors, quirky alcoves’. Complimentary tea and cakes are served in a lounge with fireplace, beamed ceiling and squishy sofas. In a glass-and-timber extension, seasonal all-day menus include ‘rump steak nicely crusted, enriched with smoky flavours from the firepit, and bone-marrow peppercorn sauce; exquisite-tasting John Dory, roasted kohlrabi, bisque, brown crab rouille’. Owners Brad and Kristie Lomas are much in evidence. ‘Staff are friendly, professional and obviously proud of their workplace.’

Hotel details


Hall Road
TN24 0LA


01233 427727


9. Not suitable for wheelchair.


all year, Wed–Sun, noon-11pm, only certain days and times over Christmas period.


Pub bar, guest lounge, reception/lounge, restaurant, private dining/meeting rooms, 3.5-acre garden, dining terrace, parking.

Background music

'chilled jazz and electro in the background'.


all ages welcome, charge for extra bed. Children's menu.


only in pub.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £180 (continental breakfast), cooked dishes £10–£15. Set-price menu £25/£35 (2/3 courses).