“In a sleepy Kentish hamlet lies the remains of 12th-century Thurnham Castle, and just beyond the site sits Thurham Keep, a deceptively young Edwardian country house given its Jacobean-style exterior. Surrounded by seven acres of gardens with views out over the Weald, this house offers not just beautiful grounds but a heated pool, grapevines, a tennis court, a croquet lawn, a summer house formed from a 1920s tram and various ponds – it’s certainly got it all. The interior doesn’t let it down, with only the finest marble, panelling, parquet floors and gorgeous Edwardian furnishings, adding to the aristocratic splendour. At breakfast enjoy homemade jam, honey from the hives and seasonal produce from the kitchen garden, served in the light and airy morning room or on the terrace in summer. Much like a mini resort, Thurnham Keep is perfect for lengthy stays – that summer ‘staycation’ or romantic winter getaway.”
Written by Charlotte Luxford
“There's no doubt, Thurnham Keep is one of the most special places to stay in the South of England and our aim is to ensure your stay is a happy and memorable experience. Located 3 miles from Maidstone in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the ancient Pilgrims Way with its Chaucerian associations, the house sits just below the site of Thurnham Castle and the crest of the North Downs. This beautiful Edwardian country house, surrounded by 7 acres of gardens, enjoys stunning views out over the Kent countryside and the Weald. Yet, it is easy to access being 5 minutes from the M20, 10 minutes from the M2, 2 minutes from Bearsted station (London Approx. 1 hr) or 20 minutes from the Eurostar service at Ashford International station.
Our little hamlet of Thurnham comprises the Black Horse Pub, renowned for its good food and conveniently situated at the bottom of our drive, the ancient church of St Mary’s, the ruins of Thurnham Castle, Cobham Manor Riding Stables and a scattering of houses. We are fortunate to have two neighbouring villages, Detling and Bearsted, each approximately one mile away. Bearsted is particularly picturesque, famous for its ancient village green upon which cricket is still played throughout the season.”