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Ightham Mote, Ightham
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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Approaching the house from the car park the house looks amazing with the moat completely surrounding the house and the house is said to be "the most complete small medieval manor house in the country"... read more »
Although I am a life member of the National Trust I had never heard of this place until I read Green Darkness by Anya Seton a few years ago. Much of the action takes place at Cowdray in Midhurst (whic... read more »
We belong to the National Trust so was able to view this amazing building for free. However, you can still park up and walk around the stunning grounds.
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.
The guides were friendly and entertaining enough but the house seemed a little bare of past 'treasures.' With so many layers of history, it is not surprising the older layers get buried beneath the more modern era. That said, I expected a clearer time-line, presenting those various eras of history, with the appropriate artifacts. The little furniture on show was either repoduction or a few shoddy, woodworm infested pieces thrown anywhere! I remember it having a bit more to offer years ago. The Cafe too, was a disappointment. No real menu and set in an area enclosed by a blanket of trees, which had no view and blocked out the sun! However, the grounds are quite beautiful and extensive and the whole place is child and pet friendly. Would I come back for a second visit? I'm afraid I found it just a bit too expensive for what there was. A 'gift aid' was automatically added to the price of entry and we were not asked if we wanted to donate!
Lovely place, beautiful grounds to wander around and really interesting house. There are plenty of guides (over in each room of the house) to tell you about the history and items on display and talks and tours are available. Well worth a visit, though look at these national trust driving instructions as satnavs may take you poorly signposted routes; via the A25 is best.
Fantastic visit, full of history with very knowledgable guides. Astounding to think it's been occupied since the 1300s. Lovely grounda that are very welk kept. Well worth a visit
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.
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