The Cave, Kent’s newest and most luxurious hotel, has been launched with one of the region’s leading PGA Professionals, Advanced Fellow Johnathan Callister, at the forefront of the stunning £12 million development.
Less than an hour from central London just off the A2 near Faversham, The Cave (www.cavehotels.com) is set within the former Boughton Golf Club, part of Callister’s Pentland Group, and now rebranded as The Cave Hotel & Golf Resort.
The Cave’s owners, chairman James Tory and chief executive Callister, aim to deliver the ultimate in affordable luxury. Callister explains: “My chairman James and I have been lucky enough to stay at some of the best hotels around the world and have taken our inspiration from those.
He adds: “We have tried to put all the things we love into our brand, and all the things that frustrate us, we’ve taken out. We have created an affordable luxury hotel with a five-star feel without the rules that traditional hotels have.”
The Cave’s centrepiece is the 3,000 sq ft penthouse which comes with its own chef, butler and a cinema screen, and with The Open at Royal St. George’s this year, there’s already a lot of interest from some of the world’s leading golfers in the penthouse as their base for the week.
Each of The Cave’s 41 rooms offers a state-of-the-art experience, from bespoke furniture, beds from the Queen’s suppliers Harrison Spinks, 65-inch TV screens and adjustable mood lighting, to a £100,000 chauffeur-driven Mercedes for taking guests to and from local and high speed rail connections.
Another unique feature is The Cave’s swimming pool area, an atmospheric and inviting sanctuary offering the perfect place for guests to relax and unwind, with pamoramic views, the warm water pool, a 12 person Jacuzzi and its own opti-myst fireplace, and a sauna.
For the Cave’s diners, the Firepit restaurant offers a unique sharing-plate experience with international flavours fused to create an “indulgent, reimagined menu”. Callister comments: “We want people to leave already planning their next visit because of the experience, whether that’s the best night’s sleep they’ve had or the food.”
Another PGA Professional at the heart of the new destination’s operation is its Director of Golf, Steve Mitchell, who has been part of the Pentland Group for 20 years.
Brought in to manage the golf club’s business during the hotel’s development programme, he said: “The Cave’s transforming the existing business, and the hotel’s approach to delivering the highest quality customer experience will improve the golf club’s as well. There’s even more to look forward to as we develop our plans to improve the golfing facilities.”