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Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks

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4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Emmetts Garden is an Edwardian estate located at Ide Hill, near Sevenoaks in Kent, UK. It is now owned by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (National Trust).HistoryEmmetts Garden was open farmland until 1860 when the present house was built. The name 'emmett' is a local word for ant and refers to the giant anthills that covered the area until the 1950s. The house and land was purchased in 1890 by Frederic Lubbock, a banker and passionate plantsman. Lubbock's elder brother was John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, coincidentally a world expert on ants, which may have influenced his decision to purchase the property.The gardens were initially laid out between 1893 and 1895 under the influence of Lubbock's friend William Robinson in the fashionable Edwardian style popularised by Gertrude Jekyll. The shrub garden was added later in 1900-1908.After Lubbock's death (1927), the estate was acquired by an American geologist Charles Watson Boise. He made various alterations to both house and garden but retained the original character of the gardens.In 1964 Charles Boise bequeathed Emmetts to the National Trust. Since then the Trust has sought to maintain the botanical diversity of the garden developed by the two men.Many of the old trees and shrubs planted by Lubbock were brought down in the Great Storm of 1987. Following the storm, which had the benefit of bringing more light to the gardens, the National Trust has undertaken a sympathetic replanting programme.
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  • Always something to see ,what ever time of the year you visit .Good walks ,glorious views,so peaceful. 
  • Nice place for a long walk, there are some small garden areas but it is mainly shrubs and trees. Depending on time of year the cherry blossom or roses etc must be spectacular if you catch them out. Th...  read more »
  • A bit off the beaten track but worth the effort. Looked at its best under a cloudless sky. Not a huge amount to do other than let children run until they drop, admire the rock garden and the outstandi...  read more »
  • It's always a pleasure to visit Emmetts. No matter what the time of year there is always something of interest in the garden. The volunteers are friendly and the tearoom up to the normal National Trust standards with plenty outdoor seating when the weather is kind.
  • A very pleasant place to visit. A hilltop location with lovely views over the weald of Kent. Many colourful rhododendrons, rock garden, formal rose garden with lily pond and fountain. Staff very helpful and pleasant. Good tearoom at reasonable prices. Great for adults and children. Check on National Trust website for opening arrangements.
  • Wonderfully understated place. Amazing garden, nice refreshments an d a good children's play area.
  • Great garden to see and visit with the family. Great cozy cafe, many places to have a rest at. Very nice woodland walk and lots of space to play. Commute to and from is troublesome. Buses don't work on weekends. Rent a cab or a car to get here. 4 miles walk form a train station.
  • Beautiful, relaxing, wonderful views.
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