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Back to our Roots - Folkestone short break QQQ+

Folkestone, England

  • The Burlington Hotel
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Folkestone Harbour
  • Grape Britain
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‘One of the coolest places in the UK’

Enjoy a sociable short break in the rejuvenated Victorian seaside town of Folkestone – deemed the eighth coolest place to live in the UK by The Times last year. During your stay at the locally rated 4-star Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel (3Q+) you can look forward to two included excursions, the first taking in the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury, just over half an hour away, and also stopping at a local vineyard, allowing you to enjoy a taste of the fruits of the Garden of England.

As your hotel is ideally situated just a few steps from The Leas – the Victorian clifftop promenade – you can also look forward to a guided walking tour which lifts the lid on the history of the resort, which has been rejuvenated in recent years by targeted regeneration. The redeveloped Harbour Arm, which opened in 2015, offers views of France, Dungeness and Folkestone along with a champagne bar and a wealth of pop up eateries, all surrounded by the glittering water of the English Channel on a sunny day. The town’s working harbour is now fringed by up-scale eateries and the Creative Quarter is a hub of galleries, workshops and boutiques – not to mention an array of independent food and drink establishments which will have foodies buzzing. Further afield you can seek out coastal beauty and thriving nature in the form of the Samphire Hoe coastal park to the east or the unique Romney Marsh wetland to the west, while the port town of Dover, the shopping hub of Ashford and the historic city of Canterbury, complete with its world famous UNESCO-listed Cathedral, are all within half an hour’s drive of your hotel.


  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Two excursions
  • Saga Host
  • Two evenings of entertainment
  • Porterage at your hotel
  • Cancellation rights


Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel, 3-5 Earls Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2HR. Tel: 01303 255301


The 4-star hotel in the ever regenerating Victorian resort of Folkestone, the Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel (3Q+) has been a fixture in the west end of the town since the 1890s. Set in tranquil surroundings, just a few steps from The Leas - a charming and unique clifftop promenade overlooking the English Channel – the hotel blends Victorian charm with all the mod cons you'd expect of a contemporary hotel. Relax with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends on the open-air terrace. There will also be two evenings of entertainment where you can mingle with fellow solo travellers.


Of the Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel’s 60 tastefully-styled rooms, Saga guests stay in standard double rooms.

Flat-screen television
Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

Wining and dining are catered for by the Bay Tree Bar & Grill, a modern stylish yet comfortable setting in which to enjoy a glass of wine or a signature cocktail and a dinner menu that is based around local produce from Kent – it is known as The Garden of England after all. Breakfast is also served in the Bay Tree Grill.

The Martello Bar offers round the clock drinks and comfy and quiet seating areas ideal for coffee during the day or a relaxed drink in the evening.

The hotel's bar
The restaurant
A standard twin room


Back to our Roots

The Victorian resort of Folkestone on the Kent coast is where it all began for Saga more than 65 years ago. After returning from wartime service, our founder Sidney De Haan and his wife Margery bought the 12-room Rhodesia Hotel in Clifton Crescent – a short walk from your hotel. At the end of the 1949 summer season the couple set about thinking of ways of keeping their hotel ticking over year-round and realised that retirees had limitless free-time and out-of-season breaks with fewer crowds, attractive rates and like-minded travellers might appeal to them. De Haan charged £6 for an all-inclusive week, but with such low profit margins, travel agents were not interested in marketing the trips.

In 1951 Saga was born – initially as the Old People’s Holiday Bureau – as De Haan chose to employ direct marketing and travelled to South Yorkshire, with its huge population of pensioners, to pitch his breaks, which included return coach travel and day trips to France. Such was the popularity of the trips that the De Haan’s soon invested in a second hotel. As the business grew into a multi-million pound empire, Saga began to pioneer tourism in the Algarve and in other parts of the UK and, still maintaining its home base in Folkestone, today sends hundreds of thousands of customers around the world each year.

Back to our Roots - Folkestone short break QQQ+

Folkestone, England

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