Gardens to visit: Ightham Mote, Kent

imageIghtham Mote in Kent is one of the country’s most romantic moated manor houses.

Lose yourself in this romantic moated manor house, described by historian David Starkey as “one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses”. Built nearly 700 years ago, this house has been owned by knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high-society Victorians.

Highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson, who gave Ightham Mote to the National Trust in 1985.

The building is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, lakes and woodland walks. Please note there is a steep slope from reception, but a lower drop-off point is available.

Once you have toured the house and garden, shop for local produce, and a variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants, and eat locally sourced food in the Mote Restaurant.

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