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Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone

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Goodnestone Park is a stately home and gardens in the southern part of the village of Goodnestone, Dover, Kent. It is approximately from Canterbury. The palladian house was built in 1704 by Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet. His grandson, Brook Bridges' daughter, Elizabeth, married Jane Austen's brother, and Austen visited them on the estate regularly. Goodnestone House is a Grade II* listed building, enlisted on 13 October 1952. The gardens are considered to be amongst the finest in southeastern England.HistoryAlthough the modern-day Goodnestone House was built in 1704 by Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet, the estate was occupied during Tudor times. In 1560, Sir Thomas Engeham purchased the estate and lived in a manor house on the property. The manor was abandoned by his descendants during the reign of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and the estate was sold to the Bridges family who had departed from their previous property at Grove House in Fulham, Middlesex. Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet evidently demolished the original manor and ordered the construction of a new palladian house. The date of the house is etched onto a brick on the main front.Not long after the house was built, extensive formal gardens developed around the house, the brainchild of William Harris. However, Sir Brook Bridges, 3rd Baronet (the grandson of Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet) replaced the gardens at the end of the 18th century with a landscape park and made several alterations to the house. He married Fanny Fowler and had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Edward Austen, brother of the famous author Jane Austen. The young couple stayed at the nearby Rowling house for several years before moving to Godmersham and Jane was a regular guest at Rowling and Goodnestone. It was after staying at Rowling House in 1796 that she began writing her novel Pride and Prejudice, originally named First Impressions.
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  • My sister and I visited on a gorgeous sunny day and arrived as they opened up for the day. Very quiet, which we liked, a lovely walk through all areas, not as big as I thought it would be. Some areas ...  more »
  • Went for a walk and to see the gardens. Had lunch first in the Tea Room. Quaint Tea Room where you had to put your own milk in the cup at the counter and help yourself to salad with what you ordered. ...  more »
  • Disappointed as had seen it advertised as “the prettiest garden in Kent”, I have only seen a few gardens while on holiday in Kent but this certainly is not the prettiest. It’s ok, nice walled garden, ...  more »
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  • I can only rate it up to 5 stars but it needs more. This place is amazing. I think you need to put it on your bucket list of holidays in the UK.

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