For those interested in the English countryside, this tour will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Garden of England – Kent – by visiting two great manor houses with their relaxing parks.
A hidden gem, Ightham Mote looks like a beautiful little castle but is actually a manor house. It was built in 1330 and has a long history of owners from knights and courtiers of Henry VIII and high Victorian society. Each room differs from another: for example, the Great Hall still has impressive painted ceiling with Tudor roses and medieval portraits, where in the other room one can find beautiful Chinese wallpapers, extremely fashionable in the 19th century. There is also a medieval garden around the house, orchards, water features, lakes and woodland walks. This place will cast a magic spell on you to forget about the stress of big cities, and lose yourself in this little peaceful oasis.
More on: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/
Knole is one of the most historically important houses in England. Built in 1480th, the house was enlarged throughout centuries and used to be a residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, thereafter changing its ownership, for many centuries, to Sackville`s family. In the rooms opened for visitors, travellers can find the best collection of the royal antique furniture of the Stuart`s period. Set in the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole is the magnificent and very memorable place. It will capture your memory and heart, compelling you to visit it again.
This garden was created at the end of 19th century and contains many exotic and rare trees and bushes from around the world. The garden is particularly stunning during bluebell bloom in spring; however, other seasons will surprise you as well with their colour palettes, fresh air and the nature.
More on: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/