Originally a public house dating back to 1763, The Blazing Donkey opened as a hotel in the 1990’s having converted an attractive stable courtyard to provide 22 superb cosy and very comfortable guest rooms. The rooms are all en-suite with baths and showers and were opened in 1995 by Peter Alliss. The former guest list is like a who’s who in golf with the likes of Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Joost Luiten all having used the hotel as their base when playing Royal St. Georges.
Sitting in extensive grounds the property’s attractive main house boasts a superb bar and restaurant facilities along with some chill-out lounge space too. Think inglenooks, flagstone floors and beams for its genuinely and authentically cosy Kentish vibe. In the Winter the open fires crackle away and in Summer an elevated terrace overlooks the beautifully kept gardens where there is plenty of space for a bit of chipping practice! The reception desk even has a chipping mat for the use of guests!
The hotel is only a short drive from Sandwich Bay, home to Royal St. Georges Princes Golf Club and Royal Cinque Ports are very close by making the ‘Donkey a perfect base for golfers looking to test their skills on the Kent coast! This charming Inn truly provides a real tonic off the course and a warmth of welcome and atmosphere hard to find in hotels for golfers. It’s really a hotel in disguise as a top notch pub restaurant and that’s perhaps why its so popular.