The closest and top National Trust Garden visitor site. Vita Sackville-West began transforming this garden in the 1930’s with her husband Harold Nicholson. A ruin of a castle but a delightful garden to visit.
Less than 15 minutes drive to a privately owned 15 acre garden which has been in the Barham family for four generations. In Spring there are carpets of bluebells, long borders full of summer time herbaceous plants and wonderful autumn colours in the woodland areas.
Visit Pashley Manor Gardens, on the border of Sussex and Kent, to see romantic English landscaping and artistic planting framed by fine old trees, fountains and ponds, with the unusual Tudor/Georgian manor house, which is a private family home, creating a memorable backdrop to the beautiful and dynamic gardens.
This is a garden in which to linger and enjoy the sights sounds and scents of the season-from the mass of blossom in the spring to the dazzling colours of autumn. One couple’s inspired vision and continued commitment over the past fifty years has seen their garden grow into one of Kent’s most popular attractions.
A Victorian country house and romantic garden with a 14th century moated medieval castle set in 770 acres of beautiful wooded estate in Lamberhurst.
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.
Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to Rudyard Kipling.