Bedgebury National Pinetum and forest is one of the leading outdoor sites in the Southeast of England. With nearly 10,000 trees and shrubs, the Pinetum is the most complete collection of temperate conifers in the world. Following extensive investment in recent years, the Pinetum now has a visitor centre, enlarged car parking, a cafeteria, bike hire and an outdoor activity centre. 01580 211044
A peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden, ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard. It is a plantman and artist’s garden, featuring a Victorian gazebo, Edwardian rockery and walled fragrant garden. A restored 19th century greenhouse with orchid collection, a mosaic terrace and ornamental ponds. The 17th century house is not open to the public.
Celebrated gardens designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson.
Intimate setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion.
Romantic compartments filled with colourful floral displays.
Lakeside and woodland walks open all year.
Lovely unspoilt Wealden countryside.
Vegetable Garden supplying fresh organic vegetables and fruit to the restaurant. 01580 715330
Set in the Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is the largest area of inland water in the South East of England.
Sailing, windsurfing, a long cycle path round perimeter (summer only), picnic sites, walks, birdwatching, cafeteria. 01892 890716
Considered one of the most romantic castles in England, this historic site was originally the stately home of the Saxon royal family during the reign of Ethelbert IV in 856-860. It has 500 acres of stunning parkland and gardens with events and attractions all year round. A visitor can hire a segway and enjoy the experience of travelling round the castle grounds.
Hever Castle is an important historic castle on the English landscape, and was once the family home of one of England’s most famous Queens – Anne Boleyn, the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. The castle is a romantic double moated 13th century castle which houses historic 16th century portraits, paintings, furniture, tapestries and treasures.
Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.
Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated castle – all in a beautiful wooded estate
Relax in our picturesque garden with the glorious backdrop of our fairytale castle. Venture into the wonderful woodland and parkland with over 770 acres to explore. Discover the delights of our Victorian country mansion with its secrets and stories; you might meet our much loved cat in residence ‘Puss Puss’.