Scotney Castle is stunning! The Tudor-style house was built in 1830s with the banks just below the house covered with wild flowers
but it’s the fourteenth century moated castle that is the highlight of the garden.
Scotney Castle is signposted from A21 at Lamberhurst in Kent – follow the brown tourist information signs.
Walk through the walled garden, past the house and suddenly the views open up in front of you.
The Picturesque gardens were laid out by Edward Hussey and developed further by his nephew Christopher Hussey who wrote about the great houses and gardens of Britain for Country Life magazine.
There’s always something going on at Scotney with family trails and guided walks but it’s easy enough to find somewhere to have a picnic away from the crowds although most people end up with a view of the moated castle – it’s just too good to miss.
The house was designed in 1835 by Antony Salvin for Edward Hussey while the Castle was built in 1378 for Roger Ashburnham with alterations made in sixteenth and seventeenth century. The ruins lie on an island in the River Teise and are reached by a stone causeway.
There’s the usual National Trust cafe and shop on site.