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The Blazing Donkey Country Hotel

(27 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.0
  • Value 4.3
  • Friendliness 4.8
  • Cleanliness 4.3
  • Facilities 4.0
  • Service 4.7
  • Location 4.3

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The Blazing Donkey Country Hotel Information


The Blazing Donkey is a 22 bedroom country hotel perfectly situated at Ham, near Sandwich Bay and only an hour from London. The hotel's feel is informal and relaxing. Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and the city of Canterbury are all within a short drive and Dover is close-by too making us the perfect stop off for those on the way to and from the continent. This a real get-away location, truly rural yet also within easy reach of so very much to do. And we've turned the traditional hotel layout on its head in our own idiosyncratic way. Set in beautifully kept grounds is the main house, once a farm dwelling- now sympathetically restored and home to our main bar, reception, restaurant and lounge areas. Gone is the formality though, replaced with deep, oversized sofas and arm chairs to properly curl up in beside one of our inviting roaring fires. There's no polished panelling, pelmets or fitted carpets; instead stripped back blonde floorboards and flagstones take pride of place. In the warmer months guests may enjoy super views of the gardens from the raised terrace while enjoying a glass of Kentish fizz or one our latest craft ales. Whether on business or pleasure a truly relaxing and friendly atmosphere is what you'll get at the 'Donkey. Our kitchens produce daily changing menu's inspired from local produce. Our food is unashamedly British and you may expect to find some amazing modern twists on the classic favourites. Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner as well as snacks are available every day. For a personalised experience, we are are on hand and can assist with a range of services during your stay including golf tee times and pamper days. English Heritage sites with cathedrals, castles and ancient attractions are in abundance locally too. Margate's Turner Contemporary gallery is nearby along with much of the Kent coast ripe for exploration. Whether seal watching, taking a rib-ride around the coast, you'll be able to fill your days with fun

It’s often said that the ‘Donkey has a uniquely relaxing feel about the place and while you are with us we would like you to unwind as much as you possibly can and enjoy our hospitality. A little bit about the place….originally a farm labourers dwelling dating back to 1763 the ‘Donkey became a pub in the 60’s. The Martin family from Dover acquired the property back in the late 80’s. Since then, it has undergone somewhat of a gentle transformation. 1995 saw the first hotel clients welcomed following the conversion of the old stables. Today not much of the original dwelling is in evidence; the main building now boasts an impressive lounge & bar while the reception area and dining room is situated in what was the original barn which was itself sympathetically restored by the family back in 1989. Perhaps the crowning glory of our special little place are the beautifully tended gardens which are overlooked by our patio-terrace where guests congregate in the summer months while enjoying their favourite drink or even a meal. The converted stable accommodation was officially opened by family friend and world renowned golfer Peter Alliss.


  • 24h reception
  • Shuttle service
  • Baggage store
  • Bar
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Porter / concierge service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Weddings & private parties
  • WiFi internet
  • Meet & greet service
  • Cleaning service
  • Transport service
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Golf course
  • Driving range
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Restaurant - starred
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Specially appointed rooms
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • 24 hour security
  • Express check in
  • Express check out
  • Pet basket
  • Pet bowls
  • Well lit path(s) to entrance
  • Wide entrance to property


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Long-term parking
  • Recreational vehicle parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu
  • Highchairs

Business Facilities

  • Desk working station
  • Meeting rooms
  • Photocopying
  • Printing
  • Conference & events


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Half-board
  • All-inclusive
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Gambling
  • Golf
  • Golf - driving range
  • Golf - miniature
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Antiques & fairs
  • Theatre
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Water-skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting


  • Check in
    15:00 (Reception open 24 hours)
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Dogs welcome
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties allowed including bachelor parties
Booking Terms and Conditions


We ask any guests in need of mobility assistance to advise us prior to arrival so that proper provision can be made. Assistances included but are not limited to portable ramps where required.


  • Road from A2/M2 London Road (5.0 miles)
    From the A2/M2 take the A256 exit to Sandwich (Dual Carriageway). Take exit to Eastry off A256. Once on Eastry we are signposted (brown amenity sign) to "Blazing Donkey" at the junction where "Eastry Pharmacy" is located.
  • Train from Sandwich (3.0 miles)
    We are a short taxi ride from Sandwich railway station
  • Boat from Dover Ferry Terminal (5.0 miles)
    Head out of Dover towards London on M2/A2. Take first exit to Sandwich A256 dual carriage way. Exit A256 at Eastry. We are signposted from Eastry where an amenity sign post directs you at the junction adjacent to the Eastry Pharmacy. We are only 10-15 mins from Dover docks.

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