Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Appledore Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7DG

Contact: 01580 762 073



Kench Hill is a local authority-linked residential education centre, providing high quality accommodation in an attractive, comfortable Georgian manor house (Grade II-listed) with taught activities for Key Stages 2-4, including ‘A’ level.

We specialize in environmental education, science, geography, history.  The Centre benefits from an on-site warden, qualified teaching staff and exclusive occupation by groups at all times. Staff have single bedrooms and a separate lounge. The property is rated as 3*** Hostel accommodation by VisitEngland.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 50 students plus 4 staff. Minimum group size of 26 is charged in peak months.

Please provide location information?

Located in rural Kent in peaceful gardens surrounded by farmland, away from the road. Just 5 minutes from the attractive market town of Tenterden with bus links to Ashford and Maidstone.  30 minutes from Eurotunnel. Close to the coast at Camber Sands, Dungeness, Hastings, and historical sites eg Battle Abbey, Bodiam Castle. 

why you are great for educational visits?

Kench Hill is a homely, comfortable setting with caring staff, particularly suitable for younger children or those with special needs. It is ideal for visits through all seasons. The house is warm and cosy and we can provide waterproof clothing for all sizes.

We can offer a complete service to schools, from booking coaches to supporting inexperienced staff before and during their visit. We are very experienced in working with families and youth groups as well as inner city schools, and have particular expertise working with children with special needs, especially autism and ASD. 

We have a large kitchen garden supplying organically-grown produce to our kitchen, and healthy eating is an important focus of our facility, which has environmental sustainability at its core.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

We offer a fully taught activity programme starting at 7.30am with chicken-feeding and ending with bat/night walk or a campfire at 9pm (weather permitting). All activities are curriculum-linked with accompanying teaching notes. On-site activities are included in the cost and include bread-making, orienteering, gardening, raft-building, environmental art, pond-dipping etc.

Off-site trips to local sites of interest including coastal or river studies, farms, castles etc. Every trip is tailor-made for each group, from Key Stage 2 to ‘A’ level field work.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

7 spacious bunk rooms with 2-10 bed spaces per room. 3 single plus 1 double bedroom for staff. Plus 1 ground floor single/double bedroom for wheelchair access.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We hold the LotC Quality Badge. Our Health and Safety manual contains risk assessments for all on and off-site activities and is downloadable from the website. We encourage all new visitors to make a preliminary visit.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Sandi Bain BSc, PGCE, Head of Centre; Chris McGaw, MSc, tutor.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

School groups from £150 per pupil for 5 days/4 nights inclusive of all taught activities on-site. Shorter breaks and weekends charged pro rata. Self-catered hire from £2 250 for 4 nights.

Please list facilities available?

Free wi-fi and LAN cables in lounges. Several classroom spaces and our new Straw Hall, a large sustainably-built structure.  Tuck and gift shops for children. Minibus for off-site trips. 2 acres of garden with play areas, games hut, football field, ball games, snooker, table-tennis, table football, climbing frame.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Several first aiders, providing 24 hour cover if required, although we do prefer groups to bring 1 first aider if possible

Are there disabled facilities?

1 ground floor bedroom for up to 3 children with up/down riser bed and access to wet room with shower and WC. All communal areas are accessible, and visits can be tailored to accommodate wheelchair users and other special needs. We have use of an accessible minibus for off-site trips if required.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?

An outstanding location, impressive accommodation and the best staff it’s possible to meet. (Head of Geography, Skinners’ Academy, Hackney)

The whole learning experience was amazing for my class…The food is absolutely brilliant and definitely a highlight of every child's (and the staff's) experience. It was great to have home-grown produce cooked with such love and care... Links to the curriculum were exemplary. (Year 6 Teacher, William Patten Primary School, Hackney)

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We can arrange to visit schools to talk to parents/pupils and staff prior to a trip, particularly in the London area.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres

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