Scotney Castle Garden and Estate in England
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Scotney Castle Garden and Estate in England

Scotney Castle Garden and Estate is located to the south of Tunbridge Wells, Kent and is surrounded by Kentish country views. Near to Scotney Castle you can also visit Sissinghurst castle Garden, Bodiam Castle and Bayham Old Abbey.

Scotney Castle Garden and Estate is located to the south of Tunbridge Wells, Kent and is surrounded by Kentish country views.

History:

The first Scotney Castle was built by Roger Ashburnham in 1378-80. Only one of the original four towers remains. The castle was home to the Catholic Darell family for 350 years, and in 1778 it was purchased by Edward Hussey, who put the fragmented Darell estate back together. In 1952 Christopher, an influential architecture writer inherited Scotney and decided to leave the estate to the National Trust on his death.

The building:

Scotney Castle is a brown colour building which has three levels. It is a typical Victorian country house. It was a home of the Hussey family from the late 18th century.

As a National Trust property the house is open from March to December. It has a small cark parking for 30 cars roughly. From the car park to the left you can see two adjacent toilets. One of them is newly built.

Walking along a short distance you can see a small gate that is not open to public. Passing by it you come in the main entrance of Scotney Castle. Inside Scotney Castle you can see old furniture, paintings and many antiques from different countries. Because of lack of staff now you can just visit part of rooms. There are volunteers in every open room to explain the displays. It has a special display in one guest room to tell how Victorians protected their properties when they went out for long period.

The garden:

The garden is very big compared to the castle. In 1835 Edward Hussey III converted the garden in an Elizabethan style. The space of the garden is not flat. It separates into smaller gardens with different plants. It may take you up and down several times. Do remember you just have one entry/exit point. Despite the vibrant colours you can stand in the top of the garden and have a look over spacious Kentish farmland. The rockery garden is the central view point, but it could be very wet and muddy after a rainy day.

Opening times and price:

Scotney Castle is open Wednesdays to Sundays, until October 31 and estate walks are open all year. Opening times for the house, old castle and garden vary, for more details please visit National Trust official site.

Currently the house and garden admissions are £9 for adult and £4.5 for child; The garden only admissions are £7 for adult and £3.75 for child. 

Extra information:

Near to Scotney Castle you can also visit Sissinghurst castle Garden, Bodiam Castle and Bayham Old Abbey. Same as Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst castle Garden and Bodiam Castle belong to National Trust too. Bayham Old Abbey is just five drive minutes from Scotney Castle, but it belongs to English Heritage.

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Comments (2)

This was an interesting one, I've worked in tourism all my life and never heard of Scotney Castle, thanks for enlightening me.

I love exploring old castles.. the ones I like best are actually those that are almost ruins.. so mysterious in a way.

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