Recharge and Discover at Kent’s Newest Boutique Hotel
This summer, Boys Hall Restaurant and Rooms in Ashford will bring together the curious, reopening its doors to offer guests an indulgent Kentish escape at an ancient Weald house with a wild heart and warm hearth.
Guests will be part of the latest chapter of the lovingly restored 17th century house, situated in acres of wild country garden; discovering its story of smugglers, political unrest and bountiful treasures, while immersed in food, drink and experiences inspired by British traditions, Kentish produce, creativity and craftsmanship.
Lovingly restored over the last two years by new owners, husband and wife team Bradley and Kristie Lomas, Boys Hall, the 17th century Jacobean manor house near the heart of Ashford town, has at last been restored to its former glory. Turned back into a ‘home’, guests will be able to sink into an armchair in front of a roaring fire, lose themselves in the wild meadow grounds, recharge in the restored heritage rooms, and delight in the finest ingredients our diverse county has to offer, all underpinned with Boys Hall’s home comforts with an indulgent twist.
For Kristie, securing the property meant a longed-for return to Kentish roots, as well as finally realising the couple’s vision to turn their lifelong dream of ‘creating the ultimate getaway destination’ into reality. Driven by the Lomas’ passion and commitment, Boys Hall has undergone extensive renovation works, including a beautifully constructed oak framed extension and exterior ragstone wall carefully constructed by Kristie’s dad, Richard using Kentish ragstone rock; all in keeping with the building’s original period features.
Set to reopen this Summer, the redesign will feature a comfy-lux 70 cover restaurant, where the emphasis will be all-day-dining and a locally inspired seasonal menu; showcasing the best of Kent. Housed in the capacious new dining hall, the restaurant was constructed using local oak that was cut to size and shaped on site by local carpenters. Brad, with his hands-on approach throughout the build, has contributed to many of the structural elements, while also continuing to oversee the project.
Guests will be invited to enjoy drinks and small plates on the terrace, in one of the multiple cosy reception rooms or in the charming wood-clad on site pub – another of the estate’s many characteristic features. A premium wine cellar will sit beneath the kitchen and is set to feature an extensive selection of specialty vintage wines from both English and worldwide producers.
Expect a sumptuous interior with panelled rooms, sink-in-to sofas and velvet finishings, while upstairs, each of the luxurious 10 bedrooms take on their own distinctive character. 5 grand suites will feature super-king beds, spacious opulent bathrooms, freestanding roll top bathtubs and idyllic window seats to enjoy the view over the surrounding grounds. The remaining 5 bedrooms will have cosier ensuites, some with bathtubs and others with walk-in showers.
Three acres of beautiful grounds surround the manor house which has been lovingly restored by keen gardener Kristie and her mum, Rita. Explore the rose garden, enjoy games on the front lawn and breathe in the aroma of the restaurant garden – all planted by the Lomas family (including the little ones).
Later phases of the project are set to include the re-opening of the Victorian walled garden and an introduction to a multitude of Boys Hall experiences and offerings.
The Lomas’ hope that Boys Hall will feel like a home away from home and wish to make the guest experience relaxing, special and memorable.
Everyone’s welcome; staycationers and locals alike!
“We have loved every minute of restoring this timeless and beautiful period property. We cannot wait to see life back in the venue and people enjoying themselves, whether that’s sipping a cup of tea in one of the reception rooms or a Gin & Tonic on the lawn overlooking the gardens. It’s been such a privilege to be able to combine our experience and love of home comforts and become a part of the rich history of this house, which we immediately fell in love with. We also feel extremely lucky to be at the heart of Kent and surrounded by the most incredible producers and suppliers, who we will now be able to showcase.
“We want our guests to feel just as at home as we do, and for everyone who stays in the first year, a tree will be planted in the gardens.”
Kristie & Brad Lomas