Mount Ephraim, Luxurious B&B in the Kent Countryside.

By Lyn Funnell

Passing through the high wrought iron gates, we drove slowly along the curved drive, with beautiful landscaped gardens on each side.

And there in front of us was the stately sight of Mount Ephraim. 300 years of history. Stunning!

We parked our car and walked to the B&B door. We were really looking forward to spending the night in such luxury surroundings.

Let me backtrack now.

In the Summer we were driving along in Newick, Sussex when we saw a sign advertising English Cherries. As they are the tastiest cherries In the world, we pulled into the layby to buy some. Itzel, the girl selling them, gave me the details of the fruit farm at Mount Ephraim Gardens, I gave them a call, and it all led from there.

There was a row of little security boxes in the hall and we’d been given a code to collect our key.

Our room, called Maid, was up two flights of stairs and through a fire door, at the end of the corridor.

We unlocked the door and -wow! The room has two large windows with views over the gardens, with the sea in the distance. And there’s a bathroom which was obviously once another bedroom. Both the bedroom and the bathroom have little fireplaces in them.

There was a large bath. Relief! I hate showers.

A kettle and a well-stocked tray supply tea and coffee, with top-ups at the end of the corridor.

And the bed – 10/10 for comfort.

Let me suggest a couple of things that I’d have liked to have had;

A stool or chair in the bathroom would have made dressing easier. And a small table beside the sink for washing bags, makeup, etc. Also dressing-gowns and slippers. But I’m being picky.

We went out for an exciting stroll round the 13+ acres of garden, which will be covered in Part 2 along with the fruit farm.

Breakfast was served in the old staff kitchen, which has the most wonderful huge kitchen range in it.

Elliott Payne served scrambled egg with smoked salmon for me and Full English for John.

‘Wow, I’ve got half a whale here!’ I said.

‘Better too much than not enough,’ was Elliott’s reply.

He and his partner Sophie McGaw live in a house in the grounds. They are very busy in the Summer season, making and serving tea, coffee, and cream teas.

Elliott is a handyman, so when things are quiet, he goes round checking for minor repairs and paint jobs.

Our room was perfect, which is amazing in such an old house, with no cracked skirting boards, etc.

Lucy Dawes, the daughter of the owners, showed us round the main part of the house.

Mount Ephraim has belonged to the Dawes family for over 300 years.

It mainly relies on weddings nowadays to pay for the upkeep of the house.

They also have several music festivals in the summer.

With the beautiful house and the amazing gardens, I can’t think of a better venue for a wedding or a special party.

Would I go back there? Yes yes yes! I’d love to see it with snow covering the ground.

We look forward to hearing from you

We have 5 ensuite rooms open all year round, 4 nights a week Wednesday to Saturday nights. Our rooms are individually decorated and come with flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, WiFi and free parking. Guests can enjoy exclusive access to our 10 acres of gardens outside of opening hours.

The B&B address is Mount Ephraim Gardens, Staplestreet Road, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TX.

The best way for people to book a room is via our reservation page on our website:

Bed and Breakfast at Mount Ephraim ( They can receive a 10% discount by booking on our website as opposed to booking via etc.

We do have a phone number but as we are not often around to answer it, it is best for people to book online. They can email us at for general enquiries about the B&B.

These are our prices:

High season (1st April – 31st October): between £150 – £185 breakfast included.

Low season (1st November – 31st March): between £140 – £175 breakfast included.

Mount Ephraim Gardens, Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent ME13 9TX


  • Lyn Funnell

    Lyn is the co-owner of Unknown Kent and Sussex. She lives in Sussex. Lyn has been writing for most of her life, both Fiction & Non-Fiction. She loves cookery & creating original recipes. She's won a lot of prizes, including Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu & on BBC The One Show as a runner-up, making her Britain's Spag Bol Queen! She has had nine books published so far. History, Travel & Restaurant Reviews are her main interests.

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