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.Put Goodnestone Park into our Goodnestone road trip planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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The garden opens for a few Sundays in February, but I'd advise not to go, as there was very little to see apart from a few snowdrops. more »
I came here in September with my mother in law. There was something we both really liked about these gardens, there is just a great charm and atmosphere about them and as we were slightly off-season w... more »
I had the great pleasure of organizing a group of friends to stay at Goodnestone Park in September. It is a magical location nestled in the Kent countryside. The house has been beautifully renovated a... more »
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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