Important Announcement: Our reservations team are operating as normal, albeit remotely and can assist with amendment of bookings and new bookings from early December! We are excitedly looking ahead for when Boris allows us to re-open and have some fabulous offers for the festive period. We have a full itinerary for Christmas & New Year but the availability is quite limited - For the VERY BEST rates call 01304 617362 to make your flexible booking

Welcome to The Blazing Donkey Country House Hotel



A message from our General Manager…


Dear Friends – Following the latest government restrictions it was with great sadness that we were once again forced to close the doors, particularly after such a fantastic season for us. Indeed we were overwhelmed with the support shown from all our clients following the last lockdown. Our priority has always been your safety and we were able to react really quickly last time and operated COVID-safely form the minute we re-opened – consequently our guests were made to feel safe and we saw record numbers of visitors which was great.

If you have a reservation with us after 3rd December this will remain as booked for the time being. Under our flexible booking policy if you have a booking during the closure period we are able to “re-date” your stay at ANY available future date to suit you.

Thinking Ahead….While the next few weeks will be difficult for us all, we remain committed to focusing on better days to come. Since we re-opened earlier this year we promised to “make the most of every minute”, and that promise remains. Our doors maybe closed for now but our reservations team are still available to talk to you about festive celebrations, Christmas & New Year breaks and much much more. We have introduced a fully flexible rate for all future bookings meaning that you may book directly with us in full confidence. And don’t forget you can also buy gift vouchers (which we think make the perfect Christmas present!) with extended redemption periods.

According to our latest advice there will be a review of our tier status here in Dover District on Wednesday 16th December. Should any changes follow they will be implemented on Saturday 19th December. This means that if Kent is lowered to say, tier 2, then we will be able to open The Blazing Donkey then. We are therefore taking bookings for Saturday 19th onwards . Tables and rooms are bookable on this website accordingly and full refunds are available if no change to the tiers take place.

Weddings – As a result of lockdown we have seen an unprecedented level of disruption to all couples that had booked their weddings to take place with us here this year. We sincerely thank you all for your understanding and patience and we are obviously thrilled that you are ALL now re-booked for future dates – AMAZING! Nonetheless, we remain on hand throughout lockdown 2 for you to either chat or perhaps facetime with us regarding any aspect of your big day. For any couples still searching for their perfect venue we would welcome the opportunity to present our facilities by way of a virtual tour- there are some great packages now bookable! Just email

To all our guests and customers, and in particular our amazing wedding clients we couldn’t do any of what we do without you. We are so very thankful for your unwavering support and understanding throughout this most surreal of years. This support has allowed us to continue to invest in this amazing property throughout the lock-down period and yet more improvements are taking place now while we are closed again.

On behalf of us all here, please accept our very best wishes to you, your family and friends. Keep positive, stay safe and we look forward to warmly welcoming you back “on the other side” when our doors are flung open again!

Best wishes – John Constantin – General Manager – November 2020

Explore the delights of the South East Coast while enjoying the best in Kentish hospitality – only an hour from London…!



Hidden away in the Kent countryside and only a short distance from Sandwich Bay, our special place is one of very few truly independent country hotels in the county of Kent. Situated at Ham, near Sandwich it’s a wonderful place to take a short break, relax and unwind, while enjoying the flora and fauna and of course the very best in Kentish hospitality.

The ‘Donkey is a 22 bedroomed country house hotel with its own pub and dining room-and new for 2020 our very own glamping site. We have fantastic party and reception facilities too. Our hotel is situated only an hour from London with Canterbury, Deal, Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate all within a short drive – the cross channel port of Dover is just up the road making us the perfect stop off for those on the way to and from the continent.

We are a real get-away location, truly rural yet also within a stone’s throw of so very much to do. Our nearby East Kent coast is a mecca for tourists. The irresistible draw of St.Margarets Bay, Walmer, Kingsdown and Sandwich Bay has resulted in growing numbers of visitors flocking to this little-known corner of our country to discover all that it has to offer.

Golf fans wishing to test their skills over the links of Royal St.Georges (2020 Open Championship venue), Princes, with its inspired 27 hole set up and Royal Cinque Ports are spoiled here too with such a cluster of world class golf courses right on our doorstep (see VIP golf).

Actually, the pub came first and so the hotel’s vibe is quite an informal one. We want you to unwind and chill out while you are with us so we’ve turned the traditional hotel layout on its head – gone is the formality often found, replaced instead with a rustic charm emphasized by an open-plan layout with stripped back blonde floorboards, riven flagstone floors and a uniquely relaxed atmosphere.

In the Winter guests can park themselves in one of our deep, oversized sofas or arm chairs and properly curl up beside one of our inviting roaring fires. And in the Summer our beautifully kept gardens are a world away from the daily hum-drum and the perfect hideway.

Our restaurant is intentionally not fine dining –its popular locally and comes without all the fuss -but with all the charm – and our food; deliciously unpretentious and unashamedly British. Expect pies and puds in the Winter and day boat fish and salads in the Summer. Great steaks are on all year!

Whether on business or pleasure, we very much hope to welcome you to our special place very soon, where it will be our genuine pleasure to extend to you the warmest of welcomes to Ham, Sandwich!

Don’t just take our word for it…