Hidden away in a secluded valley in West Kent, is Ightham’s perfectly preserved medieval moated manor house. It has been described as “'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses', featuring 14 acres of gardens, lakes, natural springs, secret glades and a house full of stories and character.
Built nearly 700 years ago, Ightham Mote has seen many changes and the estate has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. Acquired by the National Trust in 1985, it was restored in a 20 year restoration and conservation project featured on TV.
Visitor highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson. That is not to mention its picture perfect setting surrounded by flowing water.
The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks. Close to the visitor entrance is the Mote Café and the Coach House Shop is opposite the house, which has a great selection of local products and National Trust ranges.