“ Address: North Street / New Romney / Kent / TN28 8DR / Tel: 01797 362381 „
The Broadacre Hotel is a family run business situated on the South Coast of Britain in the middle of New Romney. The building itself is in parts beleived to be 17th century and was originally a farmhouse. THE TOWN AND AREA New Romney is one of the Cinque Ports on the edge of Romney Marsh about a mile and a half from the seafront, it is famous for the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Romney Marsh is famous for it's stories of smugglers and smuggling in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in particular the tales of gangs such as Hawkhurst Gang, the Mayfield Gang and the Aldington Gang, known also as the Blues. Smugglers were commonly known as owlers. The Town has an impressive Norman church in the centre of the town which originally stood on the seafront. There are a series of Almshouses on West street founded by John Southland in 1610. The local comprehensive school is named for him. The town also has a golf course which has been used several times for qualifying in the Open Championship and was a favourite of Denis Thatcher husband of Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister during the 1980s. New Romney sits on the A259 and is easily accessible by road. The main beaches at Littlestone and Greatstone are popular and beautiful the former being a stone pebbled beach the other mostly sand dunes. Just up the road is the town of Dymchurch which has a small fairground and many tourist shops situated right on the beach. If you follow the A259 up the coast you can reach Folkestone and Dover giving easy access to the channel Tunnel and the Harbours there to France. Along the coast you can still see historic Martello towers that formed key parts of the defense of the are during the Second World War In literature Romney Marsh features in the Doctor Syn novels by Russell Thorndike about the famous smuggler hero. There are many postcards and pictures available showing illustrations of Doctor Syn some of which can be found in the foyer of the hotel. Many other well-known writers have been associated with the area: the children's writer Monica Edwards, E.F. Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia novels; Henry James, who lived in Rye; H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Stephen Crane, Radclyffe Hall, Noel Coward, Edith Nesbit, Rumer Godden, and Conrad Aiken. Rudyard Kipling and his Smugglers' Song are famous. THE HOTEL The hotel was once known as The Gables and has 4 star guest accomodation in the main house and the cottage within the grounds. In total there are 9 rooms varying in price from 50 to 80 pounds per night. All of the rooms have ensuite, flat screen televisions (with freeview channels), tea and coffee making facilities, bottled water and biscuits. There is free Wifi access available and a code given on your key to your room. There is car parking space beside the hotel available for 8 cars and parking in the street directly outside between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.00am. All rooms come with a breakfast served in the main dining room with options from serve yourself cereals, fruit and orange juice, to tea and coffee, toast and cooked breakfast from the kitchen. Vegetarian meals can be ordered via prior arrangement. Saturday, Sunday and Monday breakfast hours are 8 am till 9am and weekdays 7.30am till 9am. Dinners are also available Monday to Thursdays between 7.00pm and 8.30pm There is a bar attatched to the hotel with a beer garden that offers some special occassionas during the summer months. Opening hours Monday to Saturday 6pm till 11pm, Saturday Lunchtime 2pm till 3pm, and Sunday hours 7pm till 10.30pm. The Hotel is easilt contactable through their website http://www.broadacrehotel.co.uk which also gives a list of many local attractions. MY REVIEW I worked for the Smith family in 1998 as a weekend waitress and recently went back to stay for a brief weekend in order to see family in the area. The staff are friendly and cheerful, always happy to help, lend an extra cup for your room or have a brief chat about any events they may have during your stay. The decor of the foyer in leather chairs and sofas in comfortable seating arrangements with a cosey atmosphere. The dining room has cottage style furniture and is clean and tidy. The rooms are very english country in style and pleasantly warm and clean throughout. The breakfasts are plentiful and enjoyable served by waiters and waitresses. One of the nights that i stayed at the hotel they had a barbecue in the Beer Garden and a small family band playing rock and country tunes with a raffle. My family and I had an enjoyable time. The only complaint i had was getting the shower head to the right height for little ole me and twisting it the right way for an appropriate spray. If you are looking for a warm, friendly hotel on the south coast then you can't do better than this, they have kept up their standards in the ten years since i worked their briefly and will I imagine continue to do so in the future.