The very name Boughton Monchelsea evokes an image of a classic English village.

And that’s exactly what it is.

Propped on a ragstone ridge between the North Downs and the Weald of Kent, it has its own village green, a 12th century church, a 16th century pub – The Cock Inn – and a post office.

With an abundance of open space and rolling hills, Boughton Monchelsea offers an escape to the country, but with the benefit of having Maidstone’s popular shops, restaurants and leisure facilities just a few miles away.

There is a lot more to Boughton Monchelsea than quintessential country living. The village and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer.

Eating and drinking

Boughton Monchelsea pubs include The Cock Inn, which dates back to 1568. Listed in the Good Beer Guide 2016, The Cock Inn is a typical old English pub featuring exposed beams and cosy inglenook fireplaces. It is a regular stop-off for walkers, and offers fabulous country cooking as well as a wide selection of fine ales and world wines. It even featured in the classic 1949 film Kind Hearts and Coronets, starring Sir Alec Guinness and Dennis Price.

The Curious Eatery, at The Albion Inn in Boughton Monchelsea, describes itself as a “quirky, fun, foody eatery providing tasty and colourful food”. Run by two sisters who trained at the most acclaimed cookery school in South Africa, and supported by chef Ollie who was Junior Sous Chef at Tom Kerridge’s restaurant ‘The Hand and Flowers’, this restaurant offers an exciting menu. They’ve even got ‘winter globes’ in the restaurant garden allowing you to enjoy your evening meal outside under the stars.

The Bull Inn in the nearby village of Linton, is equally steeped in history. Dating back to 1674, its low beamed and cosy interior provide an old-world ambience. The pub offers a wide range of drinks and a delicious menu.

The Tickled Trout in nearby West Farleigh, is a stylish modern pub serving delicious food and offering Hush Heath wines and ciders. Outside there is a deck terrace for al fresco dining, a large landscaped garden and a children’s play area.

Castle View Restaurant at Leeds Castle offers stunning views across its terrace to the castle. The views are even more spectacular by night when the castle is lit up. The oak-beamed restaurant offers delicious meals made with the finest local and seasonal ingredients, and served in a relaxed atmosphere.

Maidstone also offers lots of popular chain restaurants as well as a number of independent restaurants including La Taberna Spanish Tapas Restaurant and La Villetta Italian Restaurant.


Boughton Monchelsea lies on a ragstone ridge between the North Downs and the Weald of Kent. It was famed for its Kent ragstone, which was quarried in the village from Roman times up to the 1930s. As such it has commonly been named Quarry Hills.

Stone used for the building of Westminster Abbey, the present-day Houses of Parliament, and the repair of Rochester Castle came from here.

There are many historic buildings in and around the village including St Peter’s Church, which was built around 1100, and the Elizabethan stone-built former manor house, Boughton Monchelsea Place, which was built in the 16th-century.


There are a number of primary and secondary schools in and around the village.

The beautiful Boughton Monchelsea Primary School is over 160 years old, and built of Kent ragstone which was quarried in the village.

There are a number of primary and secondary schools in and around the village.

The beautiful Boughton Monchelsea Primary School is over 160 years old, and built of Kent ragstone which was quarried in the village.

Other nearby primary schools include Tree Tops Primary Academy, as well as Tiger Primary School, which is just under a mile to the north of the village. Also close by are Molehill Primary Academy, East Farleigh Primary and Senacre Wood Primary. The Holy Family Primary is a local Catholic primary school.

Secondary schools include New Line Learning Academy and Cornwallis Academy.

The closest grammar schools are Maidstone Grammar School, Invicta Grammar School and Oakwood Park Grammar School.

Independent schools include OneSchool Global in Maidstone, and the prestigious Sutton Valence School which was founded in 1576.

Transport & connections

Boughton Monchelsea’s proximity to main roads and railway stations means that it is well connected to larger towns and cities.

It is close to the M20, giving easy access to the channel ports, while London is a little over an hour away by car.

For train services, Maidstone’s stations have direct services to London Victoria in just over an hour, and for international travel, Ebbsfleet and the Eurostar at Ashford International are just over 20 miles away. Gatwick Airport can be reached in just over an hour.

Staplehurst, Marden and East Farleigh are the closest stations with commuter services to London. Staplehurst to London Charing Cross in just over an hour; Marden to Charing Cross in an hour; East Farleigh to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street or London St Pancras International via Paddock Wood in 1 hour 15.

Things to do, places to see!

Described by historian, Lord Conway, as “the loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle is only a short distance away. The romantic castle is surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. There is so much to do here, with two spectacular kids adventure playgrounds, birds of prey, adventure golf, and Segway tours. And don’t miss its famous maze, created from 2,400 yew trees.

Visit historic Mote Park with its beautiful walks, woodland rivers and lake. There is so much to do including children’s play areas, Dino golf, Sky Trail, a climbing wall, segways, angling, and a watersports centre and leisure centre. There are even model railways and model boats. You can also visit Mote House, with its walled garden and small waterfall.

Stoneacre National Trust House is a medieval yeoman’s house and garden. Built in the 15th century, this half-timbered house, featuring a great hall and surrounded by glorious garden, orchard and meadows, is a perfect example of a Wealden Hall-House. Inside you can view its beautiful collections of furniture, wood and metal work.

You can also enjoy wonderful woodland walks over the Otham Valley from here.

Kent Life – Heritage Farm Park is just a short drive away and offers a great family day out.  Full of history, it is still a working farm, and you can get up close with the animals. There is an outdoor playground, and lots of other fun activities to get involved in.

For arts and events, there are a number of venues in Maidstone offering music, comedy, theatre and art, including the Hazlitt Theatre and Maidstone Leisure Centre.

The Outdoor Life

With so much beautiful countryside all around, there is no shortage of stunning walking routes to enjoy in the area.

One such walk is The Greensand Way, a circular walk from Linton via Boughton Monchelsea. This popular walk can be configured so you end it by rewarding yourself with a visit to The Bull Inn!

Take a stroll along the River Medway. There are a number of walking trails that include sections along its meandering banks.

If you are a keen angler, Monk Lakes is just a short drive away in Marden, and offers 7 lakes set in a picturesque country setting.

The Ridge Golf Club is only 3.8 miles away, and enjoys outstanding views across the Weald of Kent.