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The Joiners Arms, West Malling, has opened four stunning French boutique style bedrooms following a £140,000 refurbishment by Kent brewer Shepherd Neame and licensees Tony and Sharon Stevens.
The luxury double rooms, Amelia, Olivia, Evangeline and Beatrice, feature original marble topped French furniture, quality décor and fabrics and high quality en suite facilities, with White Company products and bath robes.
Each bedroom has been individually styled with its own designer fabrics, colour scheme and bespoke furniture, one including a feature V&A volcanic limestone free-standing slipper bath and another a hand-painted four-poster bed.
There are modern facilities too, including flat screen LCD TVs, coffee pod machines and iPod stations, while all rooms come with complimentary WiFi.
Licensee Sharon designed the rooms, one named after her daughter and another after her niece, using the highest quality furniture and bathroom fittings. She said: “We had the idea while on holiday in France when we stayed in a boutique hotel in La Rochelle which we thought was very similar to this building. There is not much high quality accommodation in this part of Kent so we hope to offer something different.”
Themed as “No. 64 at the Joiners”, the boutique accommodation will appeal to business travellers, wedding parties, visitors to local restaurants and couples taking romantic breaks. West Malling is an historic market town in the heart of the Kent countryside, featuring many excellent bars, pubs and restaurants. It is also close to the Kings Hill Business Park, Brands Hatch race circuit and some top quality golf courses, including Kings Hill, West Malling, Wrotham Heath and the London Club.
The Grade II listed Joiners Arms dates back to the early 1700s and is constructed of plum-coloured brick with impressive bay windows and a red-tiled roof. Joiners’ tools line the walls and there is an inglenook fireplace and a paved garden.
Shepherd Neame carried out a major structural renovation to the first floor, strengthening existing beams, improving sound insulation, installing new wiring, plumbing and heating. The layout was altered, creating en suite bathrooms and a staircase which allows guests to access their rooms without having to go through the bar. Tony and Sharon followed up the work by decorating and fitting the rooms to the highest standards.
The High Street inn is the latest to take advantage of Shepherd Neame’s matched investment scheme in which the brewery works with tenants to share the cost of trade-enhancing improvements.
Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “Our property team has used skill and imagination to bring the upper floors of The Joiners Arms up to 21st century standards. Tony and Sharon have gone on to invest in characterful furniture and high quality fittings to create four exceptional rooms.”