A country escape with London Golf Club
Sometimes you just want to pack up your clubs, escape the city and take a rural retreat. Positioned just 20 miles from London and within the beauty of the Kent countryside, the 700 acre London Golf Club makes for the relaxed golf escape you’ve been dreaming of. What’s more, with country castles and vineyards on the club’s doorstep, you’ve got the perfect excuse to extend your stay and really make a break of it.
One of the finest downland courses in Europe, London Golf Club’s International Course has played host to the 2018 and 2019 Staysure PGA Senior Championship and Volvo World Match Play and Regional Open Qualifying. Spanning acres of idyllic countryside, it goes without saying you can expect glorious views while you play, along with nail-biting tee shots over lakes and fast fairways for a challenging round that’s sure to get the heart pumping.
The next day
No Kentish retreat would be complete without a little wine tasting and vineyard visit, so we recommend heading just a short drive away to The Mount Vineyard near Sevenoaks. Enjoy an afternoon of vineyard views, tastings of some of their finest wines and a tour that takes you from grape to glass as you discover this local hidden gem. Round off your day with a cheeseboard paired with a sparkling tipple or two for a real taste of Kent.
Renowned as one of Kent’s finest gardens, this tranquil space will help you slip into neutral and put the stresses of everyday life firmly on pause. Stroll seven acres of rare plants and discover romantic ruins, a fairytale Italian garden, peaceful woodland and borders packed with colour. And because no country staycation would be complete without a little freshly baked cake, be sure to stop by the Old Dairy Tearooms for a delectable cream tea.
Oh yes, in Kent you really can spend the night in a castle! Check in at Hever Castle’s very own bed and breakfast and you’ll be guaranteed a memorable evening in one of 28 luxurious rooms set in the Astor and Anne Boleyn wings of the castle. Relax onto sumptuous sofas in the beautifully panelled lounge or take a turn in the rather splendid Billiards Room for a true country house experience. The next day, we recommend exploring the castle and discovering its rich history (after all, this was Anne Boleyn’s childhood home), before strolling through those magnificent award-winning gardens.