Magnificent Georgian mansion that's ideal for large groups and once inspired Jane Austen, surrounded by beautiful grounds in the pretty Kent countryside.
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
This magnificent Georgian mansion, which once provided inspiration for former visitor Jane Austen, offers visitors the chance to experience regency grandeur with 21st century luxuries. Guests visiting Goodnestone House are guaranteed an unforgettable experience they will cherish forever.
Driving through the elegant grounds, via the traditional gate house, visitors catch their breath as they first set eyes on Goodnestone House. It is everything Regency lovers could possibly desire - handsome, elegant and deeply luxurious and surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and pretty gardens.
Enjoy grand banquets at the stunning dining table beautifully-laid, ready for guests to take their seats and enjoy unforgettable meals. Make the most of these magnificent moments by bringing in outside caterers to provide wonderful dinners which guests can enjoy free from hassle. For more informal meals, enjoy leisurely breakfasts in the bright breakfast room at the large wooden oval-shaped table. The lovely shaker-style kitchen has everything cooks need to create culinary masterpieces.
There are several stunning reception rooms to relax in after dinner, where guests can sink into the period-style sofas and marvel at the fabulous surroundings. The walls of the Drawing Room are covered in grey de Gournay silk wallpaper, inspired by the tastes of the late Lady FitzWalter, and the room also has a yew wood Ince & Mayhew cabinet that was made for the stately home in the 1700s by the renowned British upholsterers and cabinet makers. This fantastic room also has an open chimney and some lovely, comfy seating where you can relax and unwind with your loved ones come the evening.
You may wish to enjoy a game on the 19th century roulette table, or play a tune on the piano to entertain your group. There are also a selection of board games available to keep you busy. Guests can also retire to the library, complete with a cosy wood burner, for a brandy and a quiet chat, or explore the unique Round Room and its pretty painted panels.
Step outside and you have a gorgeous sitting area for 24 people, where you can socialise long into the evening. There are also a number of outdoor games on offer including croquet, badminton, table tennis and a mini golf set. You even have bicycles that you're free to use if you wish to venture out and explore.
When it is time to head to bed, the rooms are no less elegant and stylish than the rest of the house. Each of the exquisite bedrooms has been individually styled and inspired by former residents and visitors to the house. The Henry room is full of horse-themed touches to reflect Henry Plumptre's love of all things equestrian. While the floral Colefax and Fowler wallpaper in the FitzWalter Room echos the tastes of the late Lady FitzWalter. The Jane Austen room sits on the first floor and is home to some of Austen's early works which you're free to read.
Elegant antiques, sumptuous fabrics and the most luxurious of bedding has been used in all these large bedrooms which have fabulous views across the grounds. Original oils in golden frames are beautifully complimented by the stunning patterned wallpaper used tastefully throughout the house.
Caterers can be arranged to provide for during the stay but there are many good places to eat in the nearby area.
For day trips and dinners out, head to historic Canterbury. Wander through the Cathedral and make reservations at The Goods Shed and The Pig - they both hold Michelin Stars.
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