Planning 101 8th November 2023

10 of the Best Elegant Hotel Wedding Venues in Kent

A county well loved by the romance novelist Jane Austen, it makes sense that Kent is full to the brim with beautiful historic hotels, filled with character and charm. Add to that pretty countryside and coastal surroundings and a nod to the past at every turn, a hotel wedding in Kent is guaranteed to be the loveliest backdrop to your wedding day. 

Below we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites, from a stunning mansion in a wildlife park to modern takes on traditional properties, striking the perfect balance between old and new. 

1. Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve 

A huge 600 acre country estate and home to Kent’s largest wildlife park, Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve is a stunning four starred mansion that is the perfect backdrop to any wedding day. Licensed to host ceremonies in various locations, you’ll also love spending your first night as a married couple stargazing in their Bubble. 

2. One Warwick Park Hotel 

Located in the heart of Tunbridge Wells right beside the historic Pantiles high street, One Warwick Park Hotel is a luxurious and chic wedding hotel. Licensed for ceremonies, it has space to host up to 120 of your guests and is a great blank canvas wedding venue. The hotel is also home to 39 bedrooms and has a dedicated wedding planner on hand to ensure your day runs smoothly. 

3. Rowhill Grange Hotel 

With a wedding ready exclusive use barn called The Clockhouse, this venue is beautifully quaint yet timeless with a thatched roof, mullioned windows and white washed wood cladding. It can host up to 120 guests, has a dedicated bar, internal courtyard and even a unique bridal suite called The Thatchers. 

4. The Buttery and Glasshouse 

A wedding venue tucked behind the 14th century coaching inn that is The Bull Hotel, this lovely spot blends old and new through its combination of The Buttery and The Glasshouse. Renovated in 2022, say your vows in the barn style Buttery followed by a reception with up to 100 guests in their Glasshouse, complete with wraparound glass doors and retractable domed roof. 

5. The Tunbridge Wells Hotel 

An elegant and luxurious hotel located on the historic Pantiles that gave Tunbridge Wells it’s royal status, The Tunbridge Wells Hotel is licensed to hold ceremonies on the bandstand within the Pantiles. Follow this up with a reception in either their function room for up to 60 guests or alternatively hire out their full restaurant for up to 70 guests. 

6. Royal Wells Hotel 

Situated overlooking the common and just a stones throw from the centre of town, this hotel owes its regal title to Queen Victoria, who made frequent trips here as a young princess in the 19th century. The venue can host up to 80 guests for a ceremony and reception, with two function suites for you to choose from. 

7. Albion House Hotel 

A lovely Georgian hotel with views out over the channel, the Albion House Hotel is able to host intimate weddings for up to 40 in their Georgian rooms or alternatively the Chamber for larger parties. The venue has 14 double bedrooms for your guests to stay in, along with a dedicated wedding coordinator. 

8. Eastwell Manor 

Part of the luxury group Champney’s, the fairytale Eastwell Manor is a striking wedding venue covered in dreamlike ivy, creating the ideal background to your wedding day and photographs. The venue offers three oak panelled reception rooms to host your ceremony, breakfast and evening party within, along with the help of their dedicated team of wedding planners. Host your ceremony by their Italian gazebo in the tranquil gardens, followed by a delicious wedding breakfast made by their award winning restaurant and plenty of dancing after that! Plus, don’t forget to make the most of their extensive spa treatments on the days surrounding the wedding. 

9. Chilston Park 

A 17th century manor house nestled within 77 acres of Kent parkland, this pretty venue can host up to 150 of your guests for a ceremony and 100 guests for a wedding meal. They are also able to host ceremonies outside, in the lovely grounds which are also ideal for lots of wonderful wedding photos. 

10. The Vines of Rochester 

Located just a stone’s throw from Rochester Castle and Cathedral, The Vines of Rochester is a lovingly restored hotel that can cater for both traditional and festival style weddings. For traditional, host it within the house alongside a 3 course sit down wedding breakfast. For festival style, host it outside in their Nordic style tipi with lots of live music and plenty of food and drink circulating.