Gardens and Historical Houses in the Southeast
Garden, lde Hill, Kent.
National Trust) 5-acre hillside garden, with the highest tree-top in
Kent, noted for its fine collection of rare trees and shrubs; lovely
spring and autumn colour. TEAS. 5m SW
of Sevenoaks. 1& half m. S of A25 on Sundridge-lde Hill Rd.
1&half m N of Ide Hill off B2042.
acre garden surrounding early 18th.cent. manor, well-known for its
collection of historical keyboard instruments. Spring bulbs; mixed
borders; autumn garden with unusual trees & rare shrubs; recently
restored walled garden. TEAS.2m W of
Goudhurst, off A262.
Bank Hol Mons, Aug every Wed, Thurs &
Park, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent.
with Jane Austen who stayed here. 10 to 12 acres; good trees;
woodland garden, snowdrops, spring bulbs, walled garden with
old-fashioned roses. Picnics allowed. TEAS (not in Feb, March). Village
lies S of B2046 from A2 to Wingham. Brown tourist signs off B2046
say Goodnestone Park gardens. Suns April 1
to Oct 15 (12-6), Mons, Weds to Fris March 27 to Oct 27 (11 -5).
Closed Tues and Sats.
Borough Green, Kent.
designed 7-acre garden of exceptional beauty. Spacious setting of
well-maintained lawns and paths lead visitors through plantsman's
collection of trees, shrubs, heathers and herbaceous plants. Good
autumn colour. Early 17th. cent. house (not open). TEAS on Suns, Bank
Hols. (2-5).2m E of Borough Green.
A20 at Wrotham Heath, take Seven Mile Lane, B2016, at lst Xrds turn
R, garden on L half m.Open Suns in March
and every day April 1 to Oct 31 (11-6).
Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest,
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent,is one of England's most beautiful
gardens and a history spanning 700 years. Together with its Enchanted
Forest,designed to amuse,intrigue and entertain, with Deer, Alpacas, Eagles, farm animals and giant fish there is something
for all the family.
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Castle, nr Edenbridge, Kent.
Visitors can explore the magnificent gardens for all seasons which include Italian gardens with statuary, sculpture and fountains; large lake; 'splashing' water maze; rose garden and Tudor herb and knot garden, topiary and yew maze. 120yds herbacious border. Romantic moated castle,the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, also open. Refreshments available.
3m SE of Edenbridge, between Sevenoaks and East Grinstead. Signed from junctions 5 and 6 of M25, from A21 and from A264. Open every day.
March & Nov (11 -4) Apr to Oct 11-6, Castle opens 12 noon)
Ightham Mote, Ivy
garden and moated mediaeval manor c.1340. Mixed borders with many
unusual plants; lawns; courtyard; orchard of Kent apples; water
features including small lake, leading to woodland walk with trees,
rhododendrons and other shrubs. (The National Trust) TEAS.6m
E of Sevenoaks off A25 and 2&half m S of Ightham. Buses from
rail stations Sevenoaks or Borough Green to Ivy Hatch, 112m walk to
Ightham Mote. House and garden.
(10.30-5.30 last admission 5pm)
KNOLE, Sevenoaks, Kent.
Once at the centre of court life, Knole was the inspiration for Virginia Woolf's Orlando, and contains extraordinary furniture from the royal palaces, alongside superb portraits, textiles and silver. Don't miss seeing how a grand estate was run. Understand Knole's whole history in their stunning visitor centre, then sit and dream among the lemon trees in the Orangery. Walk among the deer in the park and the landscape gardens, herb garden. TEAS. Station:Sevenoaks. Well signposted.(National Trust) (11-4 last adm 3pm.)
LEEDS CASTLE, Maidstone, Kent.
in the Doomsday Book of 1086,the Castle, set in 500 acres of
parkland, has been a royal residence to six of England's queens and a
palace to King Henry V111. Gardens are spectacular all year, but the
spring display of daffodils and wood anemones, followed by azaleas
and rhododendrons, is magnificent. Now with the Knights Realm Playground,the Maze, Falconry Displays, the Black Swan Ferry and Elsie the train. Day tickets purchased will last a whole year.
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