Monday, August 20, 2012
It is not too far to travel for a weekend away but far enough to feel like a break. Mark Hindle spent a few days in Kent.
136 Boxley Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, Kent. ME14 2AE.
Three AA star.
From £67.20 for a double room, from £83.20 for a double room including breakfast.
To book telephone 08457 767676.
For more information visit the website at www.bestwestern.co.uk
The hotel has a total of 42 en suite bedrooms, each with TV, hairdryer, ironing board, tea and coffee-making facilities.
Judging a weekend away can be surprisingly tricky.
Get it wrong and your planned break can involve a lot of time driving, stuck in queues and the Sunday return turns into an exhausting cross-country trek leaving you anything but refreshed for diving back into the Monday morning routine.
The key to success is distance. We judged that Kent was just right to be far enough away to feel like a break, but close enough to get all the travelling done in a relaxed enough fashion, and thankfully Maidstone turned out to be just right.
We stayed in the Best Western Russell Hotel on the edge of town. It is a clean comfortable base to explore a town which has just undergone a makeover and provides enough to hold a family’s interest for the weekend.
The new look and plenty of independent shops give the bustling centre of Maidstone a fresh feel and it was enough to simply wander and take it all in.
Further afield, the Garden of England has plenty to offer with historic homes and castles as well as the traditional seaside resorts at Folkestone and Margate.
We opted for a family trip to the delights of historic Canterbury – less than an hour away. The town is a gem and offers so much for both shoppers and history buffs. A days spent here was the highlight of the trip.
The Best Western Russell Hotel proved to be an excellent base and the journey home was a comfortable one.
A weekend away that actually left us refreshed was in itself a refreshing change.