The most romantic hotels in Kent for a chic mini-break

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Coastal cool, sea views, epic country settings and a burgeoning foodie scene – the best romantic hotels in Kent have all the ingredients couples need for a luxe getaway. In the staycation stakes, Kent makes a great alternative to hotspots like the Cotswolds and Scotland, with plenty of exciting places to check in to.

If you're looking to make grand gestures, fairytale castle hotels and country manor house escapes make it easy to do; take moonlit walks and boat trips on the lake at Hever Castle or cosy up in front of crackling fires at Eastwell Manor or Chilston Park.

For some clean-lined contemporary-chic, head to Rocksalt Rooms in Folkestone and enjoy a food-fest with ocean views. Slap-up feasts are a give at this seafood restaurant with rooms. Foodies will also love The Duke William in Ickham, a cool local pub with rooms that has reportedly pulled in A-listers as well as mere mortals with a taste for the finer things in life.

Over in Hythe, you can sleep under the stars at Kent's very own 'savannah' at the luxurious Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, which offers a magical safari experience, including the chance to stay in a 'bubble' for the night – uninterrupted views of the surrounding wildlife guaranteed.

We've rounded up the best romantic hotels in Kent below for some seriously stylish quality time together. Go on, treat yourselves to a perfect mini-break for two at these magical and memorable spots in Kent.

Hever Castle, Edenbridge

What could be more romantic than a stay at a historic castle hotel? Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and you can sleep in an Edwardian wing named after her, attached to the ancient building.

Imagine moonlit walks through the Italian garden, boat trips à deux on the lake, or stealing a kiss on the impressive drawbridge.

Take a break from reality and cosy up in front of the roaring fire in the sitting room, tuck into afternoon tea in the breakfast room, then slink off to your luxurious four-poster bed.

If you book while the castle is closed to the public, you'll even enjoy a private tour.

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No 42 by GuestHouse Margate

A relatively recent addition to the Margate hotel scene, No 42 by GuestHouse is a favourite from the hospitable brothers behind the rapidly expanding group (whose surname, aptly, is Guest). The 21-bedroom Victorian property is right on the shore, with a rooftop bar for romantic views of Margate and Thanet – equally good views await in the seafront-facing rooms, especially those that have a balcony.

The hotel also has a restaurant overlooking the water, plus a wellness space called the Field Trip, which will dispense treatments as well as snacks.

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Rocksalt Rooms, Folkestone

Everything about Rocksalt is designed to woo, from the soul-stirring views over Folkestone's harbour to the mouthwatering seafood plucked from the water by local fishermen.

Indeed, the contemporary restaurant with its impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, ocean vista and top-notch fare is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

Enjoy a post-dessert stroll under the stars along the harbour before heading to your king-sized bed in your ultra-cool modern room, with exposed brick details. Wake up with the seagulls singing and the salty sea air refreshing your spirits.

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The Falstaff, Canterbury

In a 15th-century building in Canterbury, the Falstaff has lots of romantic (and historic) charms, with original beams and sloping ceilings in the bedrooms, and plenty of cosy corners.

The coaching inn dates all the way back to 1403, with the slightly more recent addition of an assortment of velvet armchairs in various colours, a cocktail bar and regular bottomless brunches. It’s within minutes of the high street, which leads to the cathedral for an especially scenic stroll.

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Eastwell Manor, Ashford

This ivy-clad manor house set in 62 acres of outstanding Kent countryside is the epitome of romantic hotels.

The grand country pad is accessed by a long, winding drive and offers a blissful rural retreat while being just an hour's drive from London.

Run by Champneys, Eastwell Manor is a wellness destination where you can blend romance with pampering at the impressive onsite spa.

The manor rooms channel modern country interiors, while the two shepherd's huts with cosy wood-burning stoves make the perfect intimate bolthole.

Take mist-shrouded walks around the grounds and kick back with cream-topped scones in front of a crackling fire. Bliss.

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Albion House, Ramsgate

If it's design-led decor, a super-stylish bar and sea views you're after, this romantic hotel in Kent has got you covered.

The boutique vibe at Albion House doesn't fall into any coastal interior cliches, and instead offers bold colours and cool artwork with the odd striped nod to seaside chic.

Choose a suite for a wraparound balcony and ocean views, and you can make the most of long, lazy mornings, with an a la carte breakfast included.

In the evening, head to the buzzy bar and enjoy a cocktail on sink-in soft chairs with an ambient candlelit glow.

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The Woolpack Inn, Warehorne

This 16th century pub is a dreamy bolthole perfect for escaping urban life.

In the morning, the breakfasts feature local hen's eggs, Kent sourdough and yoghurt from a nearby farm, while slap-up seafood dinners won't disappoint come dinner time.

The beautiful beach of Camber Sands is just a short drive away from the Woolpack, so you can enjoy a powdery stroll before snuggling up with a G&T fireside at the inn.

Decor is quirky shabby chic: think dairy urns for bedside table and old rowing oars as wall art, while some rooms boast roll-top baths. The ideal cosy-up cocoon for couples.

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The Duke William, Ickham

Low ceilings, industrial-style lighting, and moody grey interiors create a cosy, contemporary atmosphere in this idyllic local pub with rooms.

Thought to have been frequented by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt when they were married, the Duke William's got the Hollywood seal of approval – and it's not hard to see why.

Great grub is guaranteed and the ambient restaurant boasts a winter-warming open fire.

Rooms are modern and stylish in neutral tones, offering a cool sanctuary to relax in with a content belly and a head full of fresh air.

The traditional village of Ickham offers country walks aplenty, while Canterbury is just a 20-minute drive away if you fancy a culture fix. Our advice? Stay put in your chic country retreat.

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Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury

A stylish lodge in the grounds of one of the UK's most impressive cathedrals, you say? Romance certainly isn't dead.

The Canterbury Cathedral Precincts are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, being home to the oldest church in the English-speaking world as well as the Cathedral itself and St Augustine's Abbey ruins.

At the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, you can enjoy a glass of fizz in the pretty gardens, wake up to views of the Cathedral from your bedroom, and discover the extensive library.

While you feel like you're in an oasis of calm, buzzing Canterbury and its array of restaurants are just a walk away. A romantic city break with a difference.

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Chilston Park, Lenham

Looking for an authentic country house getaway? Call off the search. Chilston Park is just the ticket, with its traditional decor of pelmets in the bedrooms and Chesterfields in the breakfast room.

The romance starts immediately with a long, winding driveway leading up to the majestic building. Wander around the 22 acres of picture-perfect parkland, enjoy generous afternoon teas, and play games of giant chess on the lawn.

The romance is in the nostalgia of every nook and cranny of the building that dates back to 1100.

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Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Hythe

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is Kent's largest wild animal park set on a huge 600-acre site and home to more than 700 animals including black rhinos, western lowland gorillas, giraffes, tigers, lions, leopards, bears and more.

It offers a luxury safari right here in the UK. Perfect for couples, you can stay in a range of unique accommodation, from the luxurious boutique hotel to a romantic night under the stars in the 180-degree, panoramic bubble pod.

You could also snuggle up together in a cosy shepherd’s hut or sleep within a whisker of tigers or lions in luxury lodges within the reserve.

Explore the many beautiful sites around the reserve, including the beautiful Moroccan Courtyard for afternoon tea, or slip into a luxurious bath with a Big Cat for company. A truly unique and magical experience.

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