A lordly pile that's set in 60 acres of gardens, in the midst of a 3,000- acre estate of Kent park and farmland.
The family accommodation is in Eastwell Mews. This is a conversion of the Victorian stable block into 19 cottages and apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. Some look out over the countryside, others onto a courtyard. As well as use of the hotel facilities, each one also has a kitchen and eating area.
Posh meals in the hotel's The Manor restaurant. Simpler fare, including children's dishes, from the bar menu. For self-caterers, Sainsbury's, Tesco and other shops in Ashford, are within five minutes' drive. A brasserie with a separate children's menu will open in the new leisure complex (see below).
An outdoor heated swimming pool, spa and all-weather tennis courts. An indoor leisure centre with swimming pool, gym and sauna is also due to open in February.
In the area
Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Rye and the Eurostar terminal.
Londoners mainly, plus quite a few Belgians, who arrive on the Eurostar from Brussels.
A two-bedroom cottage costs £400 for a three-night stay, including Saturday night, or £600 for a week.
Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR (tel: 01233 213000, fax: 01233 635530). There is also a freephone reservations number: 0500 526735.