Such a unique place to stay, for guests who delight in a fairytale setting but appreciate 21st-century comforts. From the village street through a grand arch to lawns, fine trees, a pond and the tower soaring into the sky – the grounds are shared with residents of the old castle cottages next door. The ground floor hosts a small museum – all yours during your stay – telling the story of the tower and its restoration. From there a lift whisks you to the floors above, or follow a spiral staircase. It’s all enchanting – heavy drapes at high arched windows, octagonal dining room, kitchen with impressive stained glass, wood-burner in a huge fireplace, a terrace for sunny days. Bedrooms are fit for fairytale royalty – plush super-king silvery bed in the main bedroom, with painted metal pillars supporting a bathroom above; in the others, cosy rugs on wooden floors, antique chairs and brass lamps. Truly one of a kind. Guests who descend from the tower’s airy heights may like Tonbridge for eateries, historic houses (Ightham Mote, Chartwell, Hever Castle…) or the North Downs Way and other trails.