Dunorlan Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells

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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  • August 15, 2017
    Great park. Beautiful pond where you can rent rowing boats and pedalos which are reasonable to rent and the time given is generous. The lovely chap who is in the kiosk there, her been there for decade...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Clean and great views. Nice cafe. What more could you want! The place is on a hill so not ideal if you cannot handle steep hills. But otherwise they have pedal boars to rent and row boats. Great place...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful park with boating lake and cafe. We spent the morning on the water in kayaks and peddlos. We had a light lunch in the cafe, which although packed still offered great service. Afternoon spent...  more »
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  • Beautiful and wide. The lake adds value, with its pedal boats, the ducks and the freshness it adds to your walk. Perfect to bring kids and pets, as they can enjoy the open space without you losing sight of them. Convenient for runs in the pathways. Also plenty of intimate little green spaces surrounded by nature, if celebrating with loved ones, or seeking a time of solitude. Toilets, café and information available.
  • Love this park. Plenty of space to relax, enjoy the scenery. Exercise. Walk the dog. Mess about on the lake or enjoy a meal in the reasonably priced cafe. Only down side is few parking places
  • Beautiful park for walking and picnics. Good cafe and little playground. You can also hire boats to explore the lake.
  • A very good place to start with to relax and enjoy your time alone or with the family. Good play ground for kids and a lovely place of sanctuary to see wild ducks and geese which you can feed and help on route to their destinations in warmer climate.
  • Dog walkers have taken over this once beautiful park. It's FULL of dog crap almost everywhere you step. Free car parking so dog owners bring their dogs (a continuous stream throughout the day). You can't find a quiet place in the park that dogs aren't in. Ban dogs or at least keep them on leads.

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