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Dunorlan Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Dunorlan Park is a park and grounds in Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK.Totalling approximately 78 acres (31 hectares) and containing a 6acre lake, the grounds were landscaped by Robert Marnock for Henry Reed, the merchant and philanthropist who owned the estate and the now-demolished house that once overlooked it.HistoryDunorlan is BuiltFirst record of the land is under the name of Burnthouse or Calverly Manor Farm which appears on a Tunbridge Wells map produced by John Bowra in 1738. After the death of the owner, a Mr Thomas Panuwell, in 1823, the farm was purchased by a land developer called John Ward, who intended to build a 1000acre Calverly Estate to rival the lower village of Tunbridge Wells which was centred around the spring in the Pantiles.However, in the 1850s the farmhouse and lands were purchased by Henry Reed who was the driving force behind the park as it stands today. Mr Reed demolished the house that stood on the grounds and built his own mansion, completed in 1862, which he named Dunorlan. In a sale brochure of 1871/2 the mansion was described as "a most elegant and substantial mansion, erected... entirely of Normandy stone, in the Italian style of architecture, finished throughout in the most perfect manner, and in every way adapted for the comfort and enjoyment of a nobleman or gentleman of fortune". However, Mr Reed was "not at all satisfied with the house" on its completion and during its construction "he was not at all satisfied with the plan. The architect, however, said that his reputation was at stake and he would not have anything altered". As his family grew, he decided to pull down part of the building and erect a new wing. The 1881 Census (the house at this point now belonging to the Collins family) shows the house to have operated with 11 servants, a testament to its size.
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  • Dunorland Park is great to take kids out, there is a nicely designed playground, a lake with geese and ducks and you can also hire kayaks and rowing boats, there is the cafe for food and ice cream and...  more »
  • Perfect for families. Boating lake, cafe, acres of grass for picnics and activity playground. We always walk there but if you have a car the parking is limited so avoid the main entrance if you can. 
  • You'll never be disappointed here - Dunorlan is wonderful all year round. From Park Run to November fireworks, it is an agile, well used and beautiful community facility. Enjoy! 
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  • Great place to walk the dogs and let them run free - poo bag dispensers are very handy. Well kept, not usually crowded and a chilled vibe.
  • Absolutely fantastic, brilliant place to take the family. You can also ride boats, the business is run by a wonderful gentleman. If around the area make sure to come here.
  • A lovely park, and a great place to walk around with dogs or kids. The lake is great for a row too.
  • Lovely park with a lake you can take a pedalo out on, nice cafĂ© and children's play area. Very pretty and good for kids, prams, buggies etc.
  • An excellent park filled with history and things to do including the boating lake