The Castle Hotel is a boutique hotel in Eynsford offering a beautiful restaurant, relaxing bar area for drinking and dining and seven individually designed rooms. Sit outside in our bespoke patio area and enjoy the glorious floral displays in summer, or pick up a book from one of our shelves in the library and curl up in front of a blazing fire in winter.
There is space and time here for you to relax and enjoy yourself. In keeping with our contemporary interiors, our service is calm but focused, and dedicated to ensuring that you thoroughly enjoy your time as our guest.
We are situated in beautiful village location with its very own castle right opposite. Eynsford also boasts a village shop, a butchers, two other restaurants and another pub! Attractions in the area include Lullingstone Castle & World Gardens, which is a twenty minute walk away, a Roman villa, Eagle Heights bird sanctuary & Brands Hatch right on our door step. Also within walking distance is the pretty medieval bridge over the river with its picturesque ford. But don’t take the car through it’s deeper than it looks!
If you want to see more of the local area we recommend you do the Eynsford to Farningham village walk: it takes about an hour and loops through Eynsford, along the fields overlooking the castle and into Farningham village with it's beautiful river and architecture. This walk is also perfect for dogs who are welcome to join you in our dog-friendly hotel rooms or in our restaurant.
Eynsford dates back to 864 AD but the first mention of The Castle Hotel is under it's original name: The Harrow Inn. This is found in the post office directory which states "1829 Henry Booker". We imagine Henry was either the owner of the building or the first landlord.
There is not much written about Henry, but there was a Francis Booker who lived in Eynsford, born 1746, who was a famous left handed English cricketer. Possibly an ancestor?
In 1904 Elliott Till of Eynsford, a teetotaller and a local benefactor, bought the Harrow Inn in the village center. He refurbished the pub, adding new windows and the library, which at that time was the restaurant, with a function room upstairs to the front of the building. He must have added bedrooms for guests at this stage as well, as he then renamed the pub the Castle Hotel.
Elliott Till also decreed that the landlord should serve only one alcoholic drink per person per day! The brewery were understandably not happy with this decision and took him to the high court.
If anybody knows any more history on this marvelous inn, we would love to hear from you.
Sharon & Gordon's TV debut!
Owners Sharon and Gordon participated In Channel 4's Four in a Bed in 2015 and were named winners of their group.
They described their experience as "A wonderful insight into the world of television, where we made many great friends"
Our sister hotel The Abbey Hotel in Battle, East Sussex also appeared on Four in a Bed.
Check them out on catch up and follow their experiences filming the show.