Looking for somewhere special to meet?

Family gatherings, Community, Youth, Performance groups, Retreats – all welcome!

‘Kench Hill exceeded all our expectations!’
‘What an amazing place. The building itself is beautiful and caters for so many people. ..Gardens are beautiful too. 100% recommended for anything from a little get-together to a wedding reception.’

Kench Hill offers superior hostel accommodation with spacious bunk rooms plus several double & single bedrooms. Clean and cosy, it is ideal for residential courses or a relaxing retreat for families, teams and group celebrations, including wedding receptions. We welcome non-school groups to Kench Hill in holidays and weekends (from 2pm Friday to Sunday afternoon), with optional activities provided by our expert tutors.

Straw Hall

The purpose-built Straw Hall is ideal for events with seating for 80 guests. It serves as a banqueting room, dance hall, yoga space or for choirs. Please note we are in a quiet rural location where sound travels a long way. To avoid disturbing neighbours there should be no noise outdoors after 11pm

We offer self-catered or catered visits for up to 55 people.  A ground floor bedroom is available for visitors with limited mobility (see Access statement). In summer months there is also a large bell tent in the garden. Groups have use of our fully equipped kitchen with electric & gas oven, fridge, freezer + commercial dishwasher, plus gas BBQ for outdoor dining. We can supply organically-grown seasonal produce from our kitchen garden. Supermarkets in Tenterden are open until 10pm (4pm Sunday), with dining choices including fish & chips, Chinese, Indian, Turkish, plus pub food. Nightingales Farm Shop nearby specialises in fruit, juice and cider.

A range of flexible catering options can be provided to suit your budget- we offer healthy, nutritious meals using fresh local ingredients, many picked from our own garden. Young visitors are encouraged to eat salad, fruits and vegetables. We cater for all dietary needs including vegan, halal, gluten-free (with prior notice).

See KHCTerms&Conditions here. Check Availability here. Our minibus + driver may be available for hire during your stay – please enquire.

Self-Catered Hire Prices 2022-23

PEAK rate: March-October, plus Christmas/New Year. OFF-PEAK rate: November-February.
Price for groups up to 40 persons, extra guests £20 per person/night. Surcharge for larger groups. Please enquire for charitable rate discount (£100).

HIRE PERIODWeekend (2 nights)Mon-Fri (4 nights)Week (7 nights)
PEAK 2023£1950£3550£6100
OFF-PEAK 2023£1600£2950£4850
PEAK 2024£2250£3600£6250
OFF-PEAK 2024£1800£2950£4850

Note: Festive Season and Bank Holidays prices are bespoke and peak rate, date dependent.

The Kench Hill Charity is a non-profit making organisation. Our facilities are offered at competitive rates, with discounts for charitable groups from London Borough of Hackney and some other organisations.  The cost is for exclusive occupancy, inclusive of bedding for up to 40 guests (additional charge if excess of 40).  An optional bed-making service is available for an additional £200 (beds will be made prior to your arrival, according to your room plans).  Otherwise linens will be left in rooms.  Currently VAT is not charged.  Our usual change over day is Friday, with a minimum 2 night stay.  Please enquire for other group sizes and hire periods.  A deposit of up to 25% of total is required to confirm the booking


  • No smoking or pets allowed in the building.
  • Bed linen provided, but not personal towels or toiletries. A bed-making service is available for £200
  • We provide tea towels, cloths & toilet paper, but not disposable kitchen towel or washing-up liquid (except dishwasher solutions).
  • The Centre is in a rural area. Nearest public transport and shops are nearly 2 miles away.
  • We expect visitors to leave the Centre clean and tidy on departure.
  • We are committed to help protect the environment and expect visitors to assist us Reduce, Re-use & Recycle. Please bring minimal disposable packaging. Our tap water is excellent drinking quality, so no need for bottled water. We compost food on site and recycle all materials. We provide food waste bins and allow 1 black wheely bin of non-recycled waste & 1 green recycling wheely bin per group. Excess waste will be charged @£20 per bin.

Local Taxis (NB Pre-booking ESSENTIAL) – AH Cars 01580 762444/07456 592353
St Michaels/Tenterden Taxis 01580 762277/764777.
MTC 01622 890003 (to/from Headcorn British Rail station)

For local information go to https://www.mytenterden.co.uk/

For additional luxury self-catered accommodation nearby Setts Wood Cottage can be booked via www.airbnb.co.uk. This property is not linked to the Kench Hill Charity, but is adjacent to the Centre and is highly recommended. facebook.com/settswoodcottage/