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Stately Homes & Gardens in Kent

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Kent Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

tabIGHTHAM MOTEStately Homes & Gardens
Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT
Dating from 1320 this rare example of a medieval moated manor house offers the most extensive visitor route since the National Trust acquired the property in 1985 to include Great Hall, Crypt, Tudor Chapel with a hand-painted ceiling, and the private apartments of the American donor Charles Henry Robinson.

Ightham Mote also offers lovely gardens & water features with lakeside and woodland walks.
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Tel: 01732 810378

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9QG

Award winning gardens set in 200 acres of wooded parkland feature a series of magnificent walled gardens set against the romantic backdrop of a 17th century moated manor house. Children love the 'Dark Walk', Tree Fern Valley, Groms Village and giant swings. There are also Birds of Prey flying displays every day, a canal boat cruise to and from the forest, and a full programme of special events. Groombridge Place welcomes educational groups, offering a choice of cross-curricular activities supporting Key Stages 1 and 2 of the UK National Curriculum.
Tel: 01892 861444
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Chartwell House

Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Tel: 01732 868381    Fax: 01732 868193    E-mail:

Chartwell House Photo @ Richard Howell

Chartwell House -
Photo: Richard Howell CCL


Family home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Bought by Sir Winston for its magnificent views over the Weald of Kent to Sussex, Chartwell was his home and the place from which he drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life.

The rooms and gardens remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books, maps and personal mementoes strongly evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this great statesman.

The beautiful terraced gardens contain the lakes Sir Winston created, the water garden where he fed his fish, Lady Churchill's rose garden and the Golden Rose Walk, a Golden Wedding anniversary gift from their children.

Many of Sir Winston's paintings can be seen in the garden studio.

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Emmett's Garden

Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, TN14 6BA
Tel: 01732 868381    Fax: 01732 750489    E-mail:

Emmets Garden Photo © Stephen_Nunney
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Charming Victorian garden with year-round interest.

Influenced by William Robinson, this delightful informal garden,  with the highest treetop in Kent was laid out in the late 19th century, with many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world.

While there are glorious shows of spring flowers and shrubs, a rose garden and rock garden, Emmett's is equally attractive for its spectacular views at all times and for its autumn colours and bluebells in April + May.

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Knole House

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Tel: 01732 462100     Fax: 01732 465528    E-mail:

Knole House -
Photo: Colin Smith CCL


One of the great treasure houses of England, set in a magnificent deer park.

The original 15th-century house was enlarged and embellished in 1603 by Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset and one of Queen Elizabeth's favourites, and has remained essentially unaltered ever since - a rare survival.

The thirteen state rooms open to the public contain superb collections: 17th-century royal Stuart furniture, including three state beds, silver furniture and the prototype of the famous Knole Settee, outstanding tapestries and textiles, and portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Lely, Kneller and Reynolds.

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Scotney Castle Garden & Estate

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8JN    
Tel: 01892 893820        E-mail:

Scotney Castle Garden
& Estate - Photo: Brian Bailey CCL


One of England's most romantic gardens, designed in the picturesque style around the ruins of a 14th-century moated castle.

There are rhododendrons and azaleas in profusion, with wisteria and roses rambling over the old ruins.

Wonderful vistas and viewpoints abound and there are beautiful woodland and estate walks.

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Sissinghurst Castle

Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB
Tel: 01580 710700     Fax: 01580 710702    E-mail:

Sissinghurst Castle Tower Photo © Richard Croft
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One of the world's most celebrated gardens, the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.

Developed around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion with a central red-brick prospect tower, a series of small enclosed compartments, intimate in scale and romantic in atmosphere and including the renowned White Garden, provide outstanding design and colour through the season.

The study, where Vita worked, and library are also open to visitors.

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Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG
Tel:  01580 762334     Fax: 01580 761960     E-mail:

Smallhythe Place © Vernon Dunhill
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Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens.

The half-timbered house was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928, and contains many personal and theatrical mementoes.

The charming cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the Barn Theatre.

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Stoneacre Lane, Otham, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 8RS
Tel/Fax: 01622 863247     E-mail:

Stoneacre Photo © Penny Mayes
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Half-timbered yeoman's house.


Dating from the late 15th century, the house features a great hall and crownpost and is surrounded by harmonious garden, orchard and meadows.

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Temple Manor - English Heritage

Knight Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent
Tel: 01634 827980

The manor house of the Knights Templar, constructed during the thirteenth century.

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Down House

Luxted Road, Downe, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7JT
: 01689 859119

An intimate window into the life of England's best known scientist. It was from his study at Down House that Charles Darwin worked on the scientific theories that culminated in a book - On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection - that both scandalised and revolutionised Victorian Britain. Down House, built during the late eighteenth century, remains much as it was when Darwin lived there. On the ground floor, the rooms have been furnished to reflect the domestic life of the family. The study holds his writing desk, chair and numerous objects connected with his work.

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Hall Place

Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ
: 01322 526574

A fine Grade 1 Listed country house built in 1540 for Sir John Champneis, a Lord Mayor of London, and extended in the 17th century. The house is set in beautiful formal gardens on the banks of the River Cray. Now owned by Bexley Council, some of its rooms are open to the public. A magnificent Great Hall contains an 18th century chamber organ built by George England. Hall Place houses Bexley Museum and galleries that offer a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year. The house is also the venue for concerts, lectures and private functions. Open daily in summer and Monday - Saturday in winter.

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Belmont House and Gardens

Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0HH
Tel: 01795 890202    Fax: 01795 890202    E-mail:

The unique Georgian house of Belmont, set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by classical English country parkland, commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside and is a completely unspoilt and distinctive example of the work of architect Samuel Wyatt. Whilst the house and gardens evolved over the years it remained the seat of successive Lords Harris from 1801 until the Sixth Lord's death in 1995. Belmont contains fabulous mementos of the family's history and travels - fine paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and the finest collection of clocks in private hands in the country; a collection assembled by the 5th Lord. The house also contains a unique collection of watercolour paintings by the Trinidadian artist Michel Jean Cazabon.

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Chantry Heritage Centre

Fort Gardens, Commercial Place, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BH
Tel: 01474 321520   

A 14thC chapel with displays on the town's history, an audiovisual about the building and material from an important local Roman site. The social history room includes displays about General Gordon of Khartoum, Princess Pocahontas and important local industries such as cement and paper.

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Godinton House & Gardens

Godinton House, Godinton Park, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP
Tel: 01233 620773

Godinton House & Gardens has absorbed the history and culture of Kent for 600 years, creating a visible architectural story dating from the medieval 14th century. Set in the tranquil parkland of the Godinton Estate, it has evolved over many centuries. Refreshments, picnic area.

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Restoration House

17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1RF    
:  01634 848520

Restoration House, in the Kent city of Rochester, takes its name from the stay by King Charles II on the eve of the monarch's restoration to the throne. Described as England's finest pre-Civil War town house belongs to Robert Tucker, who admits his work there is "a labour of love". Restoration House: Has beautiful rooms filled with 17th/18th century furniture and portraits by Reynolds, Gainsborough and others. A walled garden includes a formal pond, yew hedges and herbaceous borders. Cutting garden, vegetable garden and a recently discovered Tudor garden. Currently being restored.

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Mount Ephraim Gardens

Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TX
Tel: 01227 751496   

Mount Ephraim Gardens are at the heart of an 800 acre estate comprising the house and gardens, a progressive fruit farm, woodland and grazing. The glory of the garden lies in its superb site. The house, rebuilt in 1870, but the home of the Dawes family for over 300 years, commands a truly magnificent view over woodland parks, orchards and the Swale and Thames Estuary.

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The Pine Gardens

Beach Road, St Margaret's Bay, Dover    
: 01304 851 737

Situated at St. Margaret's, just outside Dover, the Pines Gardens is a six acre park renowned for its trees, plants, and ornamental waterfall. The gardens are organically managed, many fine features including a glass labyrinth, own organic kitchen garden. Extensive buggy and wheel chair access with lots of seating for visitors. Few places offer a more relaxing or inspiring experience. There is a picnic area with full wheelchair access, and a truly stunning view of the White Cliffs.

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Marle Place Gardens

Marle Place Road, Brenchley, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 7HS
Tel: 01892 722304 

A romantic, privately owned Wealden garden of 10 acres with many interesting trees and shrubs. Bog garden & mosaic terrace. Light refreshments, rockery and woodland walk. Artists studios usually open. Sculpture in garden. No dogs please.

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Iden Croft Herbs

Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 0DH
Tel: 01580 891432     E-mail:

Beautiful, aromatic Herb Gardens and a 15th century Walled Garden. Home of the National Mint, Origanum and Nepeta Collections. Plant/Herb Shop. Extensive facilities and garden for disabled. Coach parties book in advance.

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Sprivers Garden

Horsmonden, Kent, TN12 8DR
Tel: 01892 893868     E-mail:

Small formal garden. The 18th-century style garden has walled and hedged compartments, herbaceous borders, a rose garden and nearby woodland walk.

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St John's Jerusalem

Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, DA4 9HQ
Tel: 01732 810378     E-mail:

Tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel. The large garden, moated by the River Darent, contains some magnificent trees and herbaceous borders. The chapel was part of the former Commandery of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, established here in 1199, of which the remainder was converted into a private residence.

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Penshurst Place & Gardens

Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG
Tel: 01892 870307    Fax: 01892 870866    E-mail:

One of England's oldest family homes with a medieval heart and historic gardens. Toy Museum. Shop. Playground. Banqueting. Corporate Hospitality. Group/Educational visits. Weddings.

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