The Blazing Donkey Country Hotel
Pub & Wedding Venue
Ham, Sandwich is noteworthy not just for its famous road sign by the same name but more latterly for a clutch of furry visitors at the ancient nearby Ham Fen. Take a very short stroll from the hotel and you’ll discover the old fenland and improved wet grasslands with dykes and ditches that together form part of Ham Fen. Look very closely and you’ll discover even more as this very special and rare habitat is now home to the European beaver. Following the Kent Wildlife Trust’s controlled re-introduction of the species in 2011 as part of the fenland management project the species has flourished….As has the Blazing Donkey!
Looking for your dream wedding venue!? Wedding Open Weekend 22nd & 23rd October, 2016 at The Blazing Donkey - 10am - 4pm both days. Meet the team (DJ's, Chefs & Wedding Hosts) Check out our beautiful marquee and gardens!! Special offer rates for bookings on the day - Call 01304 617362 for further information or to arrange an appointment with one of our wedding planners!

Welcome to the Blazing Donkey Country Hotel

Where are we?

Easily confusing most satnavs and in the middle of nowhere- yet only an hour from London! A short drive from the cross channel port of Dover with the cathedral city of Canterbury and upcoming coastal towns of the North East Kent coast all within easy reach.

“It can’t be up here!?”

he said to her driving up Hay Hill. Well guess what folks - it is! ….and all the better for it!

Enjoying a privileged hill-top setting, our special place was here well before the beavers! Although we are tucked away neatly you couldn’t be better placed to enjoy the spoils of Kent’s coast, as we are perched conveniently between the medieval cinque port town of Sandwich and the Kent coast’s rising star, Deal. Following in the footsteps of other fashionable British seaside towns, nearby Deal now attracts its own ‘elite’ and like the whole area in general, is abundant with stuff to do for folk of all ages.

A warm welcome
The historic great barn has been converted and serves as the main entrance & reception area, completely changing the traditional arrival experience – head straight to the heart of the action in a house of fun not formality. No forms to fill in when arriving with us – maybe a pint of craft ale though, or even one of our famous cream teas! We like a gas here too so don’t hang around us for too long if you’re for the quiet life!

The Blazing Donkey has not been “designed”, its evolved really and our accidental open plan vibe refreshes; gone is the formal lounge setting you expect to find in hotels. Instead; inviting roaring fires, comfy sofas, a perfect terrace and garden but most essentially a bar (a magnet to most of our visitors). Together all providing an uber-relaxing feel to a place which we will be sure to unwind you, just as it has done for very many weary warriors before you.

For culture vultures, there couldn’t be a better place to take a short break. We are always on hand with tips and ideas so that you spend your time in this lovely part of the world wisely and get the most from you time with us.