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House of Agnes, Canterbury

House of Agnes

Canterbury, The UK

This boutique B&B dates back to the 1400s and features and characteristics of the original building are still evident throughout. Mentioned in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield (as the house of David’s second wife), the owners are proud of the building’s heritage and have sought to preserve this as much as possible.

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with several small lounges and seating areas, a DVD and games library, and a fully-stocked honesty bar. There is no lift, instead, a winding staircase with wooden steps leading past exposed stone walls takes guests up toward the rooms.

Due to the building’s historic nature no two rooms are alike. Each is named after a different world city and has vibrant hues and quirky decor to match its name. Expect patterned wallpaper, large rugs, themed artwork and differing bed sizes and configurations. Eight of the rooms are situated in the old stable buildings within the large walled garden.

In the mornings, a buffet breakfast of fruit and cereals, crusty bread and freshly-baked pastries is served alongside a hot Kentish breakfast cooked to order. 


We love the history behind the beautiful House of Agnes, and although it’s difficult to predict the style and size of your room, we find the decor, comfort and hospitality more than makes up for this.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Due to the historic nature of the building, each of the 17 rooms differs greatly. Although not large, each is individually decorated and named after an international city with decor themed to match. Expect exposed brick or stone, wooden beams, oriental artwork, large rugs or antique furniture as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, TV and DVD players. Bathrooms vary from snug to spacious and come with plush robes and either walk-in showers or bathtubs. Eight rooms are located in the stable buildings, two of which have separate entrances and a private terrace.


House of Agnes is situated just beyond the ancient city walls, yet still in the heart of Canterbury. It is within a ten-minute walk of the cathedral, five minutes on foot from the Marlowe Theatre and even less than that from the Great Stour River. The B&B is surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops.

Food and drink

As a B&B, House of Agnes does not serve lunch or evening meals. For breakfast, guests can choose from a cold buffet of fruit, juices, yogurts and cereals, as well as a hot English breakfast, cooked to order and using local Kentish ingredients. Gluten-free food can be provided. The property also has a well-stocked honesty bar.

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