The ever popular National Trust, Knole House with its six hundred years of history and thousand acre Park containing 350 wild deer is directly opposite Knole B&B. Various changes have recently taken place at Knole, with the Gatehouse Tower opened to the public for the first time this year. In addition the eagerly awaited Brewhouse Cafe has also just opened, enticing visitors with a new menu and gift shop. The new mezzanine level seating area overlooking the cricket pitch should be completed very soon.
This National Trust Garden is less than 5 miles from us, with its variety of different areas, from the Rose, Rock, North and South Gardens and the spectacular views over the Weald of Kent.
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Riverhill Gardens which are a 2 minute drive from us have been privately owned by the same family since 1840 and consist of 170 years of continual planting and growing, creating a rich and valuable plant collection for visitors to enjoy. Various events and activities ideally suited to families take place at Riverhill during the season.
The National Heritage Site of Ightham Mote is owned by the National Trust and dates back 700 years. This idyllic manor house has a rich history which can be enjoyed by the public, as well as its two chapels there are timbered cottages that date back to the 1400's. The gardens both formal and informal are not to be missed.
Penshurst Place, "a grand place on a charming scale" is a Grade 1 listed house and gardens. The house dates back to 1341 and a tour can be taken of the 10 rooms which includes the impressive medieval Baron's Hall. The 48 acre grounds which include 11 acres of formal garden are considered to be the most beautiful in England. Well worth a visit!
Chartwell, owned by the National Trust is the famous home of one of Britain's greatest politicians, Sir Winston Churchill. The house has many treasures and offers a fascinating glimpse into the personal life of the Churchill family with the Studio, built in the 1930's, exhibiting a large collection of Churchill's artwork. The 82 acre woodland estate is ideal for walkers and dog owners to explore.
Hever Castle, once the home of Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII, is the not to be missed 13th century double moated castle. It is nestled in the Kent High Weald and surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The 125 acre award-winning gardens have to be explored along with the 38 acre lake.
Lullingstone Castle dates back to the time of Domesday, with Henry VIII and Quenn Anne both being regular visitors. The castle can be reached at the end of a good walk through the lavender fields along the River Darent, starting in Otford.
The former home of six of England's medieval queens and today one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
The grounds offer an array of activities ranging from open air concerts, falconry, flower festivals to mention just a sample of what is on offer in the 500 acre estate.
Map of local attractions
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens