Canterbury luxury bed and breakfast
You'll find this special B&B nestled in the heart of East Kent - at the crown of the Elham Valley. We offer luxurious accommodation situated in beautiful countryside and yet within easy access to the City of Canterbury (less than 5 miles), Channel Tunnel terminal, ferry ports and the coast. Beechborough B&B is an ideal base for you to enjoy walking, cycling, sightseeing or... just plain relaxing! Off road parking and free Wi-fi access are available for all our guests.
We use quality produce from local farms for our meals and you can be sure of a warm friendly welcome on arrival from your hosts Lizzie, Martin and Rudi our well trained chocolate Labrador. We hope you enjoy all that our picturesque little village has to offer, including our favourite Shepherd Neame CAMRA listed pub - The Mermaid Inn, which serves first class local beer and lunchtime food.
Whether you fancy walking, cycling, country pursuits or sport - we’re perfectly located to suit all. The North Downs Way (a national trail) passes by our local pub ‘The Mermaid’. Our bed and breakfast accommodation sits in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), so you'll enjoy country views from our rooms and plenty of beautiful vistas across rolling Kent countryside round and about. You'll find walking maps in your room and we can safely store bicycles. After a hard day of activity, come home to a hot bath to soothe sore feet, relax, have something to eat and enjoy an evening in the pub supping local ale. Perfect!
We're less than 5 miles from the historic City of Canterbury with its breathtaking cathedral, restaurants, bars, shops and everything else that a City has to offer. Explore the pretty market town of Faversham and visit the Shepherd Neame Brewery, or enjoy some sea air at Whitstable. Maybe even visit Dungeness with its bleak landscape and where you can see the totally original seaside garden of Derek Jarman. You could even enjoy a day out either to France or Belgium if you drive onto Eurostar from the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone. Wine and cheese awaits!
Or just relaxing:
There’s no need to rush around. You’re more than welcome to use the upstairs daybed room to relax, read books or sit. Of course, weather permitting, you can enjoy the garden and sit under the parasol and read a book - maybe take a gentle stroll. There’s nothing here to disturb you apart from the distant sound of sheep, birds and the occasional horse trotting past at the end of the garden... oh, and not forgetting the neighbours chickens!
Rooms, food and facilities
1 king size double ensuite (The Sports Room)
1 twin (The Twin Room) - please note this is not ensuite and can only be booked when booking The Sports Room.
- Tea/Coffee facilities
- Herbal tea/Night drinks
- Fresh mineral water
- Daily clean/replenish
- Wireless internet
- Alarm clock/wake up call
- Trouser press
- Iron/ironing board
- Ample off street parking
- Garden (weather permitting)
- Direct access to Elham Valley Way
The following are available at an extra charge (by prior arrangement):
- Evening meal / light supper (£varies)
- Morning paper (at cost)
- Packed lunches (£10pp)
- Champagne on arrival (£varies)
- Laundry facilities (£5 per load)
- Flowers in room (£varies)
Sorry, no dogs, as we have our own
How to find us
Leave the A2, signposted Barham. Turn right at the end of the sliproad, under the A2. Right and then immediately left into Frog Lane. Bear left by the church into The Street. Right by the pub into Park Lane. Beechborough is on the right hand side, gravel drive, green porch.
Leave the A2, signposted Barham/Bridge. Turn right at the end of the sliproad. Either first left into Rose Lane (red sign for The Mermaid Inn) or second left into Frog Lane.
How this holiday makes a difference
We welcome guests from near and far and hope that although you arrive as strangers, you will leave as friends. Many have fallen in love with what the Elham Valley has to offer and we see many frequent visitors - always a pleasure to welcome back old friends! We try our best to help everyone feel welcome and hope that you enjoy the Garden of England as much as we do.
Even if you're thinking of visiting us for the first time, you can always be confident of a genuinely warm and friendly welcome, and we'll be ready with a nice cup of tea, a cold drink or a glass of wine if you need it, after a long drive or a hard day at work. The choice is yours.
We take pride on being local experts, so feel free to pick our brain about things to see and do in the local area. According to your interests and the weather we can recommend a variety of wonderful local walks from our door: such as a simple evening stroll through the meadow adjacent to the village church which has some stained glass that dates from the 13th Century. If you're interested in encountering our local wildlife, or seeing wild flowers, (in spring or early summer) we know where they can be found; and when you're most likely to have an opportunity to see (or hear) them. Just ask.
We're on the Elham Valley Way and many of our guests enjoy the beauty of this well maintained walk. It's a recreational route that runs all the way from Hythe to Canterbury, approximately following the courses of the Seabrook Stream and River Nailbourne (ask us about the legend involving St. Augustine). The route is easy to follow and marked with arrows. so really keen walkers can experience the whole route in both directions over a weekend. It passes through some of Kent's finest landscapes. We can help you plan your route on the map and give you tips about things to look out for, from the seaside bustle of Hythe, to the Seabrook Valley, the dramatic escarpment of the downs, un-spoilt villages such as Elham, and the ornamental parklands and ancient woodlands near Barham. Don't forget to bring your camera; and, if you have one, you could, like some of our guests, bring your bike too. If you need a picnic, please ask, as I'm happy to put together a little something for a small charge.
We find our guests welcome our no shoe policy inside the house; but don't worry, we always welcome walkers and cyclists, so we'll always find somewhere to dry wet clothes and store the muddiest of wellies and walking boots.