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Explore the 365-room house and surrounding deer park at Knole. According to the National Trust, this mansion may have been a "calendar house," built with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances, and 7 courtyards. In the old estate office, listen to interviews with servants, residents, and conservation workers. Approach some of the 500 deer--descendants of the same deer herd hunted by Henry VIII, a prior resident of the house--wandering the 405 hectare (1,000 acre) park. Plan to visit Knole and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sevenoaks attractions using our Sevenoaks itinerary maker.
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The outside of the house is very impressive and is a huge affair but sadly a lot of the house is undergoing restoration with the result that very few rooms in the house can be seen. The best part of t... read more »
The house itself is being fully restored so little to see. Even if it wasn't being restored the house is so dark that you cannot see anything until one of the helpers lights it up with a torch. The ca... read more »
Beautifully restored house and lovely gardens now with an excellent restaurant and coffee room. Just be aware that you have to pay to drive in.
Knole Park and it's house are lovely to explore. The grounds have plenty of walks and lots of wildlife roaming around. On occasions the house is closed, but you are still able to wander around it's courtyards. Over the last year or so there have been some renovations going on which means the cafe is outdoors. Whilst the food is good the selection is fairly basic and the only available seating is exposed to the elements (and it can get quite windy at times). I assume this will change once the renovations have completed.
A massive, sprawling historic house - more of historic town really. The property is huge and the family still live in parts of it. Visiting on a Tuesday in the summer allows access to the still private 26 acre walled garden - well worth it as you will not only be able to enjoy the garden which is usually inaccessible but will be able to see aspects of the house not normally viewed. In 2016 undergoing restoration so this has pluses and minuses. On the plus side some of the furniture is displayed in a new way and you can get close to it. On the downside parts of the property are closed off. Opening soon (mid summer 2016 I believe) are a new conservation studio and brew house restaurant / cafe. These should round-out the experience nicely. We'll be visiting again.
What a lovely place, nice ground which you can walk and cycle, just be mindful of the golfers and let them play through. The house is being refurbished and as a result if you go now you might not get to see all of it. As national trust members this really isn't an issue for us as we are local and will visit numerous times of the year. We were lucky enough to be one of the first groups to have a guided tour with people in period dress! very good touch, makes it all a little bit more real.
Great place for a walk in lovely woods and gardens. If you lucky, you might get a selfie with reindeers.
Lovely house in beautiful deer parkland with a fine selection of furniture from tudor times onwards. Friendly volunteers are there to give you lots more information on the house and its history.
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