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Molly Miller reveals why opting for a staycation in one of these local establishments offers a wealth of things to enjoy for holiday makers of all ages…


A summer getaway, whether for a weekend or longer, is the perfect antidote for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And as the recent blue skies take our minds to sun, sea, and sand, the idea of packing our bags and saying ‘au revoir’ becomes irresistible.

While far-flung holidays have their appeal, there’s something truly pleasing about staying put and enjoying the best of what Great Britain has to offer. And luckily, our hometown of Tunbridge Wells boasts some incredible sites that you won’t find abroad.

Whether you prefer quaint countryside cottages, chic hotels, or rolling campsites, there’s a Kentish getaway to suit every taste – and here we’ve rounded up some of our favourites:


Salomons Estate:

This retreat is a countryside haven, offering the perfect getaway if you’re after relaxation this summer. Boasting six beautifully refurbished holiday cottages, each with its own unique appeal, Salomons Estate can cater to different group sizes and preferences.

For large parties, The Old Gate House is an excellent choice, featuring five double bedrooms, a private garden, three spacious bathrooms, a cosy lounge and snug, a fully equipped kitchen, and a grand dining room.

Alternatively, The Cottage, once the estate’s keeper’s home in the 17th century, combines historical charm with modern luxury, offering three double bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living area, two luxurious bathrooms with roll-top baths, and a private courtyard for al-fresco dining.

Couples seeking a countryside escape will find solace in Salomons’ Garden Cottages. Tucked away behind a beautiful walled garden, these four unique homestays – Peony, Lavender, Rose, and Honeysuckle – boast fully equipped kitchens, stylish lounge/dining areas, cosy bedrooms, and ensuite bathrooms.

All six houses at Salomons effortlessly blend modern comforts with rustic charm, capturing the timeless spirit of the estate’s history. During your stay you can enjoy scenic walks around the gardens, visit the estate’s fascinating museum or indulge in a delicious afternoon tea or Sunday lunch on the terrace.

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One Warwick Park:

Just a stone’s throw from Tunbridge Wells’ famous Georgian colonnade, The Pantiles, One Warwick Park Hotel stands proud on the corner of Chapel Place. Following an extensive development in 2016, this hotel is known for its incredible interiors and offers 39 sumptuous suites along with two luxurious self-catered apartments. Whether you’re staying for a night or longer, your guest experience will be second to none.

Each room blends comfort and elegance, featuring modern amenities, plush bedding, and beautiful bathrooms equipped with complimentary Temple Spa products for a restful visit. Families can take advantage of interconnecting rooms, and for those seeking a self-catering option, both The House and The Apartment provide luxurious stays.

The House boasts four double bedrooms, a marble kitchen, and an elegant lounge area perfect for hosting. Meanwhile, The Apartment offers a cosy, yet open-plan design, ideal for couples or small families, with a beautiful private courtyard for summertime entertaining.

Thanks to One Warwick Park Hotel’s convenient location, you’ll find picturesque landmarks such as Penshurst Place and Scotney Castle are just a short drive away. Boutique shops and independent stores are also right on your doorstep, offering a delightful shopping experience. And for those seeking a refreshing cocktail and bite to eat, the hotel features a stunning art-deco inspired lounge bar and its very own restaurant, The Brasserie. Here you can enjoy delicious, locally sourced meals and throughout July, a complimentary drink!

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Bewl Water:

Combining the peace and quiet of sleeping under the stars with the opportunity to disconnect and spend time with loved ones, there are few things better than pitching up with only nature for company.

And whether it’s the lush wilderness and marvellous landscapes that bring you here, or the great selection of outdoor adventures, southeast England’s largest reservoir, Bewl Water, is a popular destination for campers during the summer.

Set across 800 acres on the Kent and Sussex border, the site provides 80 spacious pitches and two beautifully-refurbished Mongolian yurts.

With ample space for children to play, quiet areas to relax, and communal spaces to meet fellow campers, there’s something for everyone. Hot showers, toilets, and freshwater taps are conveniently located near the pitches, and the Waterfront Café provides tasty meals to refuel during your stay.

Fitness-friendly activities such as fishing, bike hire, and laser tag will keep campers entertained, while a wide range of water sports awaits on the reservoir. Slip, splash, and slide on the Aqua Park, or opt for a more relaxed experience with paddleboarding or sailing.

All campers receive 20% off Bewl Water’s activities, and for those staying in the yurts, rates are reduced during the week.

Usually £125 per night, glampers can enjoy luxury for less and book a minimum of two nights for just £95 per night. The offer is available on selected dates Monday – Thursday and will be applied automatically when booking online at

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