The Wife of Bath
What We Love
- A food-driven getaway, including complimentary Spanish breakfast and an optional dinnerThe tapas bar and restaurant, by the owner and operator of two other award-winning eateries
- The daily Spanish breakfast and option of a three-course dinner
- The elegant design of the accommodations
What To Know
- This foodie hotel is owned by Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant
- Wye is just an hour outside of London
- The inn is housed in a charming 500-year-old building
Historic Wye, near Ashford in Kent, is filled with stories of yesteryear, most notably featuring as a stop-off point for weary pilgrims en-route to Canterbury in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Today’s visitors can also find a welcome place of rest at The Wife of Bath, named after the notorious character in one of the most famous of Chaucer’s tales. Housed in a Grade II-listed 500-year-old building and separate garden cottage, its guest accommodation oozes a modern-day personality all of its own. Despite being refurbished just over a year ago it’s already been nominated for Best Boutique Stay in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017 and boasts a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The five rooms are named after other Canterbury Tales characters – Franklin, Squire and Cook among them. They are simply but stylishly kitted out with wrought-iron bedsteads and exposed wood-beamed ceilings. The Wife of Bath has been on the foodie map for many a year and you can expect a tasty selection of northern Spanish-inspired dishes in the newly updated tapas bar and a la carte restaurant, under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant – Gordon Ramsay’s former right-hand man. It’s just the thing after a day out exploring the ‘Garden of England’ with this part of Kent boasting a number of excellent hiking trails, as well as being within easy reach of Canterbury, with its famous cathedral.
How to Get There
The building has quite a bit of history in it and it shows within the rooms which gives a pleasant feel. We stayed in the Sir Thopas room for 2 nights and found it a pleasant room. Staff is very friendly and pays attention to details.
The only thing to note probably is the noise level. The room is above the restaurant and the music can be audible. Perhaps it should be taken more into account and the music volume should be heavily reduced once it gets past 10 or something.
All in all a good stay and we will be back.
The room was average size but the big was large and very comfortable. Tea & Nespresso machine in room. Fluffy towels & robe. Cotton sheets and soft pillows. Perfect for an overnight stay and within easy reach of Ashford & M20 but still in the country. Coop within a 5 minutes walk open 7 am til 10 pm. Ate at the restaurant which was also very good.
Thank you once again to Akos and all the Team for making our wedding anniversary very special. From the moment we arrived we received a warm welcome from Akos along with the surprise of a upgraded room, The delicious dinner ,wine, breakfast and charming friendly staff made our stay complete. Our room was so comfortable and all the little added extras are a lovely touch. We went on a midweek retreat and it was excellent value for the money we paid. Hope to see you again very soon.