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.
The hotel is smart, modern and sophisticated. 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.
Seven beautiful bedrooms provide some of the finest accommodation in Kent. While the bar and restaurant promise superb local produce, first-class ales, wines and cocktails. Sit on our outdoor patio and enjoy a cocktail in summer, or warm up with a mulled wine in front of a blazing fire in winter. At The Castle Hotel relax and enjoy a chance to soak up the historic surroundings in true comfort.
Here at The Castle Hotel, it seems history is never far away….
We are situated in a beautiful village with its very own castle, located directly opposite the hotel. Eynsford also boasts two other restaurants and another pub! Attractions in the area include Lullingstone Castle & World Gardens, a Roman villa, Eagle Heights bird sanctuary, the lavender fields at Castle Farm, Brands Hatch racing circuit, a local vineyard and the historic town of Sevenoaks right on our doorstep. Also within walking distance is the pretty medieval bridge over the river Darent with its picturesque ford. 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. There are also many off lead walks you can take with your dog. Whether they like to splash in the river or run through woods, Eynsford is perfect for dog friendly walking holidays.
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.