Scotney Castle

Add Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

Garden

Scotney Castle - Photography by John Miller

Address/Location

Lamberhurst
Kent
TN3 8JN

Contact

Tel: 01892 893820

Garden

Although the earliest records for Scotney go back to 1137; it was not until 1378 that the Old Castle was built in response to the attacks and raids that were being perpetrated by the French against the local population. The medieval castle fell into decline and today all that remains of the original building is the south tower.

Acres of seemingly wild and uncultivated mature gardens tumble down the hillside to the lily-strewn moat, where the ruins of the Old Castle sit serenely surrounded by water among tranquil woodland glades. 

In the 16th century, an Elizabethan Manor house was built by the Darrell family, which integrated the sole remaining tower.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, when the Church was moving toward Protestantism, the Darrell family took a huge risk by concealing  Catholic priest Father Richard Blount, for seven years in a secret chamber. Father Blount survived in hiding and eventually died in London in May 1683.

Ultimately, the manor house fell into decay and was abandoned.

In 1778 Edward Hussey purchased Scotney and commissioned architect Anthony Salvin, to design and build a new house using the sandstone that was available in the grounds.

The family remained in residence until 1970 when Christopher Hussey left the estate to the National Trust.

Some of the rooms in the house were opened to the public for the first time in 2007, these rooms have been kept more or less untouched, each one containing personal possessions belonging to the Hussey family.

In the gardens the snowdrops and daffodils provide the first early splash of colour after the dark winter. From late April until mid May is the best time to take a stroll through the magnificent profusion of vibrantly coloured rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia.

The summer months of June and July are for fragrance and scent when the copious rambling roses and wisteria perfume the air. Assorted herbaceous boarders are awash with colour throughout the year.

In autumn it’s all change as the foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of bright copper, orange, red and gold.

The 780 acre estate can be explored all year round, using the trails and footpaths that cross the property, dogs are welcome to join in with the rest of the family. Cattle and sheep graze the grounds so please keep your dog under control.

Over 300 acres of the estate is covered in ancient woodland which is home to native woodland wildlife. No matter what the season, it is possible to enjoy nature’s treasures all year round.

Leave time for some family fun as young explorers let of steam in the natural play area with its drum kit, play house and mud kitchen. If they are still looking for adventure organise a search party to find the iguanodon footprint!

The tea - room is open daily and serves delicious light lunches and cream teas, including homemade soups and cakes using fresh ingredients from the walled garden and Little Scotney Farm.

Did you know that Scotney has the only working hop farm in the National Trust? The hops are used to produce Scotney Ale and Scotney Bitter. Why not visit the shop and pick up a bottle or two to take home with you as a momento of a great day out.

See the review of a day out at Scotney Castle from one of their visitors.

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
House & Garden£13.50 per ticket
House & Garden£6.75 per ticket
House & Garden£33.75 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

2018 House 11:00 - 15:00 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
2018 Garden 10:00 - 16:00 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles

Search Again?

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

What's Nearby

  1. Bewl Water Campsite

    Bewl Water Campsite

    Set in serene natural surroundings, the campsite at Bewl Water is perfect for those...

    1 miles away
  2. Cedar Gables Campsite

    Cedar Gables Campsite

    Small, dog friendly, family run campsite. Close to many countryside attractions. Footpath...

    1.32 miles away
  3. Bedgebury Camping

    Bedgebury Camping

    2.5km from Bedgebury Pinetum and near the village of Goudhurst. Campsite open for 28 days...

    1.94 miles away
  1. The Star and Eagle

    Hotel accommodation

    2.59 miles away
  2. Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club

    Situated in beautiful countryside high on the Kentish High Weald.

    3.11 miles away
  3. Goudhurst Inn

    Inn with rooms

    3.13 miles away
  4. Hononton Cottage Bed and Breakfast

    Hononton Cottage is a 16th Century Grade Two listed farmhouse typical of the Kentish...

    3.93 miles away
  5. Winchmore House B & B

    Bed and Breakfast

    4.25 miles away
  6. Sunninglye Farm

    Sunninglye Farm

    Sunninglye farm is to be found on the Kent / Sussex border in the High Weald, which is an...

    4.26 miles away
  7. Tanner Farm Park

    100 motor/touring caravans. 20 tent pitches.

    4.73 miles away
  8. Violet Cottage

    Self catering cottage

    5.46 miles away
  9. The Queens Inn

    Inn with rooms

    5.49 miles away
  10. Original Cottages

    Gorgeous cottages in glorious locations.

    5.51 miles away
  11. Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel

    Set in the heart of Kent, Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel provides a stunning location for...

    5.54 miles away
  12. The George Hotel

    The George Hotel

    Hotel with bar and restaurant

    5.55 miles away
  13. Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages

    Holiday cottage agents

    5.64 miles away
Previous Next

Search Again?

Type:
Area:
Keyword: (OPTIONAL)

Now featuring traveller reviews from TripAdvisor.