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Ightham Mote, Ightham

(4.7/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Step back in time in this idyllic, moated manor house. Built nearly 700 years ago, Ightham Mote has been owned by a variety of interesting characters, including medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII, and high society Victorians. Remarkably, its owners over the years effected relatively few changes to the main structure of the building. This enables you to see how grand the house would have looked in the middle ages. Wander through the picturesque gardens, admire the great hall, and gaze up at the Tudor painted ceiling. Venture into the estate on one of three marked walks; each takes you through ancient woodland and offers superb views of the Kent countryside. After your excursions, pop into the mote restaurant for a meal or some tea and cake. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sevenoaks holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ightham Mote and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Went to this lovely moted building, which has an idyllic feel to it. Not a home used by great nobility, but dating back to the 1300s, it has great charm and warmth. We had two young children with us a...  more »
  • Visited on a busy Saturday and took advantage of a most informative talk by one of the volunteers before visiting the house. Made that experience more enjoyable. All the house stewards were helpful an...  more »
  • A beautiful National Trust house, surrounded by a moat with pretty gardens. Exceptionally friendly and informative guides, nice cafe and gift shop. Off the beaten track, but well worth a visit.  more »
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  • Lovely old building, large flat green for playing with the kids, a moat, nice walks around the grounds, and nature related events. You can also stay there in their lovely accommodation if you are minded to do so. And there is a typical National Trust shop too.
  • Just beautiful! This old mounted home is near seventies and is just lovely.another national trust property with lovely staff[the head gardener is brilliant and beautiful!]
  • Excellent house and garden tours. Very informative volunteers. Beautiful house with a stunning history and an exciting story of rescue and recovery. In a new development for NT properties if you ask the right person in the Billiard Room you can get to play on the table (I got the highest break of the day! Woo hoo!). The house has a lot to view - make sure you give it enough time. One of the NT highlights for Kent.
  • Ightham Mote is a lovely National Trust site not too far from Sevenoaks. The buildings are set in lovely grounds and there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. There are walks, tours of the grounds, kids play areas, plenty of picnic benches and places to relax outdoors. The cafe is also well equipped and has both indoor and outdoor seating with reasonably priced food. We had a lovely day out exploring the grounds and will be visiting again to explore some of the walks.
  • Excellent place. Great spot by the river at the far end where kids can make stone bridges and play in the stream.