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Our Kent selection of places to stay includes a dignified seaside house at Littlestone, Romney Bay House, and the Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells, a particularly successful easy-going chain. Kent used to be the centre of hop growing in England, and remains important for fruit growing. The North Downs rise quite steeply in the north of the county. Below them, spreading to the south, is the Weald of Kent, a distinct geographical area, in prehistory thickly forested, now a charming patchwork of woodland heath and open country.