Back to our Roots - Folkestone short break
- The Burlington Hotel
The locally rated 4-star hotel is just steps away from the unique Victorian clifftop promenade – The Leas
- Canterbury Tales
Learn the story of one of the UK’s most historic cities during an included excursion
- Folkestone Harbour
The picturesque harbour is home to a working fishing fleet
- Grape Britain
Enjoy a visit to the Elham Valley Vineyard, nestled in the Garden of England, and a wine tasting too!
- Solo Travellers
- Half board
‘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.
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 Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel is set just yards away from the clifftop promenade named The Leas, which affords superb views of the English Channel. The regenerated harbour is just a 20-minute walk away, with the harbour arm now home to an array of high end food and drink outlets. Back on dry land there are award-winning beaches and a coastal park, while your hotel is also just a 15-minute walk from Folkestone’s town centre and central railway station, four miles from the Channel Tunnel and eight miles from the UK’s most popular ferry port in Dover.
Out and about
In recent years the port of Folkestone has seen lots of regeneration and development, with brand new shopping areas, leisure facilities and boutique hotels. In addition to the Creative Quarter near the harbour – which is a buzz of workshops and galleries, as well as quality food and drink establishments – the attractions of the town actually project out into the water. Since a recent redevelopment, Folkestone’s Harbour Arm has rapidly become a food, drink and entertainment destination for locals and visitors alike, every day of the week from March-September. Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne Ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, the arm still embraces the town’s working fishing harbour. Small, independent businesses along the pier give it its unique flavour and it’s a superb spot for catching a cool sea breeze and enjoying great views of the town and the cliffs. The town is also home to numerous art installations, created as part of the noted Folkestone Triennial – launched in 2008 as the flagship project of the Creative Foundation, an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to helping regenerate the town. Keep an eye out for works by Tracy Emin and Yoko Ono plus the Folkestone Mermaid by Cornelia Parker – a nod to the famous Copenhagen statue modelled on a local woman. Banksy even graced the town with an original piece in 2014, though it is not currently on display to the public. Further afield, if you head east along the coast towards Dover you will discover the designated coastal park of Samphire Hoe – created using the product of the excavation of the Channel Tunnel – from which you can marvel at the White Cliffs and enjoy an unspoilt natural habitat for wildlife. The area’s maritime history is well preserved too, through ancient remains and architecture. The
Places of interest: Folkestone Harbour and Harbour Arm • The Leas and its Bandstand • Sunny Sands • The Creative Quarter • The Battle of Britain Memorial • Dover Castle • Dover Sea Safari
Canterbury and the Elham Valley Vineyard
Enjoy a trip to the historic city of Canterbury where you will have free time to explore independently. After finding somewhere to have lunch at your own expense, you will be transferred to Elham Valley Vineyard, a charity run by The Fifth Trust. You can look forward to a tour of the workshop aswell as a talk on the vineyard and indulge in a wine tasting before returning to your hotel in Folkestone.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Walking Tour of Folkestone
Learn the history of the town on a walking tour of the Leas, which will include a stop at the Rhodesia Hotel – the birthplace of Saga. The tour will finish with a cream tea at the Grand Hotel.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
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.