A May 2004 trip
to Canterbury by getawayguy
Quote: We went to England to see where our ancesters came from. We stayed at Broome Park, a 400-year-old manor house. We explored the town of Canterbury, with its fantastic cathedral. We visited Stonehenge, Folkestone, and London as day trips from our base at Broome Park.
We walked in from the highway to the four-centuries-old, five-story manor house. It looked like a castle to us. As it turns out, the difference is that castles are fortified, and manor houses are not. The lady who checked us in showed us to our rooms. We were given a large room that held a double bed, two nightstands, two large easy chairs, a coffee (tea) table, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, and a cable TV. The bathroom was about half as large as the bed/living room and was completely remodeled with both a full glass shower and a Jacuzzi tub. The wide hall between the two rooms had space enough for a small refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster, a tea set, and all of our dishes and utensils. Our view was to the rear of the property, where a flock of sheep grazed in a green meadow. The scene couldn't have been more peaceful-looking.
On the ground floor, guests enter through the front porch into the great room. It was designed to impress, and it does. The ceiling is as incredible as the two massive fireplaces. There are four rooms off the great room, including a billiard room, a private bar/pub, a meeting room, and a very nice restaurant (with good food). The front lawn is used as a putting green for practice before heading out on the 18-hole golf course located on the property. Broome Park is a wonderful, relaxing place to stay or to use as a base from which to take some of the wonderful day trips available in southern England.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2005
Restaurant | "Century Chinese Restaurant"
We were hungry and looking for something different. When we saw the outside of the building, we thought "Chinese food in England--how good can it be?" I wanted a buffet, but my wife wanted to order off the menu. H.K.Diner offers dine-in, carry-out, or delivery, but no buffet. They suggested we go next door and ask for the "special buffet".
At Century Chinese Restaurant, the waitresses explained the "special buffet" they offer. There was no buffet tables set up with prepared food on display. Instead, for a fixed price, you are allowed to order anything you want from the menu. They will prepare it fresh and bring it to your table. While you're enjoying your first choices, they are preparing additional choices you've made. You can keep ordering more dishes until your appetite is satisfied. There is no limit. The meal was the best Chinese food we have experienced anywhere. The meal, including dessert and beverages, was 12.50 pounds each (about $23.36 each), plus tip.
During our meal, we struck up a conversation with the owner, who was assisting our waitress. She was a gracious hostess and told us about her family and her background including her journey from China to England. When we left, we felt like we had not only found an excellent restaurant, we had also made a new friend.
New Century Chinese Restaurant
6 Upper Bridge Street
Canterbury, England CT1 2NA
Attraction | "Canterbury walking tour"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2005
34 Margaret's Street
Attraction | "Day Tripping to Stonehenge and Back."
They give each person a wand to carry on their walk around the monuments. The wand picks up signals as you progress and broadcasts information about the history of Stonehenge. By the time you have circled the monuments, you have heard a great deal of information. There are different theories about the origin and purpose of Stonehenge, but no one can say with certainty what the truth is. Not all of the original stones are still present. Some were taken away and put to other uses over time. Stonehenge is managed by English Heritage and is surrounded by 1,500 acres of land owned by the National Trust. For 5,000 years, people have been drawn to Stonehenge, where they marvel over this amazing feat of engineering. Even after you witness it with your own eyes, it will still seem impossible that people of a simple farming culture accomplished something so incredible. We spent about an hour and a half there, including a visit to the gift shop on-site.
We took the bus back to Salisbury, boarded the train to London's Waterloo station, switched trains to Canterbury West station, and sat down to dinner at Nando's Restaurant before 8pm. We spent five times as much time getting to and from Stonehenge as we spent at Stonehenge, but it was worth every minute. It was a day we'll always remember.
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Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2005
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