Come and enjoy our country lanes, they are so pretty at the moment! There are banks of primroses and wild violets in Meggett Lane leading up to Alkham Court and are a joy not to be missed. From May onwards you are very likely to start seeing the badgers especially the youngsters appearing from their setts. We have a sett just below our driveway and guests often see them during the evenings!
Tourism South East announces the shortlisted businesses for the national awards and we are delighted to be one of five representing the South East:
The Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year category recognises the huge contribution that small accommodation businesses make to the tourism industry and this year’s representative for the South East is a shining example. Alkham Court Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Kent exemplifies excellence and as previous winners they are hoping for success in 2013. Neil and Wendy Burrows, said: “Alkham Court is absolutely thrilled to be finalists at this very prestigious event. We have previously won two Beautiful South Awards with Tourism South East, in 2006 & 2012, and it is great to be recognised nationally. This is a fantastic boost to our business and will enhance our reputation for offering excellent quality and service.”
Couldn’t resist taking a photo of our sunset this evening! As the saying goes “red sky at night shepherd’s delight” so definately expecting a sunny weekend after a cold, white Easter!
We’ve been featured in this month’s Kent Life magazine in their Travel Life section ‘Down on the farm’ as part of celebrating Farm Stay UK’s 30th anniversary this year.
We’ve been members of Farm Stay for 10 years now, with Neil being chairman of our local Kent Group and now Director for South East.
Farm Stay is a national co-operative organisation where we all help to promote each others accommodation from B&B, self catering etc across the UK with a very popular brochure and website: www.farmstay.co.uk
Kent Life quotes Alkham Court as holding the highest quality in tourism rating, with a five-star award, plus a Visit England Gold Award and a Breakfast Award.
In 2012 it won Gold in the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards, which recognise businesses and destinations across the tourism industry for their exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards. Look out for:
- Spa barn with a hot tub and sauna
- The Oak Room offering panoramic views and is warmed by a log-burning stove
- Breakfasts include locally sourced ingredients, such as Farmer Palmer’s bacon and sausages, Alkham Valley preserves and honey, artisan bread from Sandgate Bakery and Wendy’s own blueberry breakfast muffins
Snowdrops at Goodnestone Park Gardens
A really lovely setting to enjoy the snowdrops open on every Sunday from 24th February 2013 to 24th March.
Goodnestone Park Gardens, Goodnestone, Wingham, near Canterbury www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk
February 2013 Kent Life Magazine:
Alkham Court is mentioned in Kent Life’s County News!
‘Tops in Tourism’
‘Alkham Court Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast were among 17 south-east tourism businesses awarded Gold at the Beautiful South’s Awards for Excellence 2012-2013.
Now in their 22nd year, the awards recognise businesses and destinations across the tourism industry for their exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards.’
We now have a page on Pinterest! I am adding boards with pictures of our bed and breakfast, interesting websites, my favourite things and local produce and crafts (so far). I’m always looking for more great ideas, so hope you can follow and repin some of my pictures!
This week we celebrated Farmhouse Breakfast Week ’20th – 26th January 2013′ at Brenley Farmhouse with our Kent Farm Stay Group and to raise money for our local childrens’ hospice. We welcomed 25 guests including James Beresford CEO from Visit England, Andy Woodward CEO from Farm Stay, Barbara Sleep National Chairman from Farm Stay, local press including Kent Life.
Benefits of Breakfast
Benefits of a great farmhouse breakfast:
- Gives you energy
- Breakfast gives your brain a boost
- Breakfast makes you happier
- It’s good for your waistline!
- Breakfast provides important nutrients
Golden views and a Gold Award for Alkham Court
Farm Stay UK member, Alkham Court has won a gold award in the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2012-13.
The five-star bed and breakfast, based in the heart of the Alkham Valley near Dover, was presented with the top award in the Bed and Breakfast category and will now go forward to the finals of the Visit England Awards for Excellence. Neil Burrows, owner of Alkham Court and South East Regional Director of Farm Stay UK said: “We diversified our working farm to offer bed and breakfast accommodation more than 10 years ago and work hard to give our guests an experience they won’t forget. Our guests enjoy stunning views of the Kent countryside and we pride ourselves on the level of hospitality we provide.
The Beautiful South Awards are now in their 22nd year and recognise businesses and destinations across the tourism industry for their exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards.
“From luxury bedrooms, breakfasts made with local produce and even a hot tub, we love nothing more than to welcome guests, make them feel comfortable and show off all that Kent has to offer. This award pays tribute to all the hard work we put in, now it’s time to look forward and hopefully we will come out top in the national finals.” said Neil.
Alkham Court has been a member of Farm Stay UK for more than 10 years, for more information about Farm Stay UK please visit www.farmstay.co.uk, or to become a member please contact Andy Woodward on tel 02476 696909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on Alkham Court please visit www.alkhamcourt.co.uk or speak to Wendy or Neil Burrows
For more press information please contact Katie Burt at Positive PR on tel 01935 389497 or email email@example.com.
(051) December 2012
Notes to Editors:
Farm Stay UK now has over 1,000 members who between them offer more than 1,200 different types of either bed & breakfast or self-catering accommodation. Farm Stay UK’s website allows people to search hundreds of properties in superb rural settings so couples and families can enjoy country breaks, short trips, rural retreats, business trips or longer stays on a farm in the UK. For more information go to www.farmstay.co.uk, or like us on facebook www.facebook.com/FarmStayUK
We are very lucky to have a number of local farmers markets near to ‘Alkham Court’ which I have listed below, some are held weekly such as Capel-le-Ferne and Whitfield markets, both only 5 minutes drive from our farmhouse and should not be missed during your stay!
At Capel Farmers Market:
This market is held every Tuesday morning and the stall holders are always happy to give samples and explanations about their local produce. Some of my favourite stalls are Farm Palmer’s meats and their ‘Egerton’ award winning sausages which are my family’s favourite and they specially make gluten-free sausages for my daughter. We also recommend Hilary and Mike’s stall of artisan bread, which offers lots of other tempting goodies (we love their sausage rolls and fantastic savory pastries which sell out very quickly). Kevin, with his great selection of home grown fruit always has a selection of seasonal fruit ready for me to use for our fruit compotes at breakfast!
Our Local Farmers Markets:
Capel-le-Ferne: Every Tuesday from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm ‘Our local award winning market’
Village Hall, Lancaster Avenue, Capel-le-Ferne, Nr Folkestone, CT18 7LX
Whitfield Farmers Market: Every Thursday from 9.00 am – 12.00 noon
Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Whitfield, nr Dover, CT16 3LY
Hythe Farmers Market: Held on 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month, from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Methodist Church Hall, between Chapel Street & Prospect Road, Hythe, CT21 5BG