Gardens and Historic Houses

Great Dixter (2m) – Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6PH   t: 01797 252878
Great Dixter is a historic 15th century house and beautiful garden, formerly the family home of famous gardener Christopher Lloyd.

Hole Park (5m) – Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JA   t: 01580 241344
16-acre, family-run gardens with a renowned bluebell wood, in bloom in spring, plus a tea room.

Merriments Gardens (7m) – Hawkhurst Rd, Hurst Green, East Sussex TN19 7RA   t: 01580 860666
This colourful 4 acre garden in East Sussex is not to be missed and is a showcase for the nursery that it accompanies it.

Smallhythe Place (8m) – Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG   t: 01580 762334
Early 16th-centruy house once the home and retreat of Victorian actress Ellen Terry with a thatched Barn Theatre and garden.

Lamb House (9m) – Wall Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7ES   t: 01580 762334
Georgian house with literary associations and peaceful walled garden.

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens (10m) – Biddenden Road, Kent TN17 2AB   t: 01580 710700
Colourful and abundant garden created by Vita Sackville- West and Harold Nicolson with panoramic views from the top of the tower over the working farm and estate.

Pashley Manor Gardens (10m) – Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE   t: 01580 200888
On the border of East Sussex and Kent with fine old trees, fountains and ponds, and winner of the HHA / Christie’s Garden Of The Year Award ‘One of the finest gardens in England’.

Bateman’s (13m) – Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS   t: 01435 882302
Former house and gardens of Rudyard Kipling from 1902, where he wrote many of his famous works.

Godinton House & Gardens (17m) – Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP   t: 01233 643854
Guided tours of the Jacobean house and medieval hall, formal gardens and an age-old yew hedge.

Matfield House (18m) – House The Green, Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 7JT   t: 01892 722454
Matfield House is a grade I listed Georgian house built in 1728 in the Queen Anne style for Thomas Marchant, a yeoman farmer from Horsmonden and his heiress wife Mary. Small groups, by appointment only.

Doddington Place Gardens (26m) – Church Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0BB   t: 01795 886101
Doddington Place Gardens is part of an 850 acres Edwardian estate, located on the edge of Doddington village, near Faversham.

Hever Castle & Gardens (35m) – Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG   t:01732 865224
Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. No matter what time of year you visit you are guaranteed a breath-taking display.