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Scotney Castle Garden

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A fourteenth century moated castle with a garden that is a prime example of picturesque aesthetic ideas applied to garden design. From 1952 to 1970 it belonged to Christopher Hussey, author of an excellent book on The Picturesque, which traces the ideas to Price and Knight. The author's grandfather, Edward Hussey, was an amateur artist and had the new house built with a terrace, designed by William Sawrey Gilpin, and a transition to the picturesque castle garden. The latter is planted with exotic plants, in the picturesque manner. Lanning Roper designed a circular herb garden near the bridge.

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, TN3 8JN

March to October. Wednesday to Sunday. Open 11am to 5pm. Also weekend opening in November and December. Phone infoline on 01892 893820. Estate walks open all year.

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  • over 4 years by Anonymous 2 / 5

    December 2011. Booked for a group of 4 people to have the traditional Christmas Lunch.
    Staff were very friendly although clearly out of their depth. I felt very conspicuous as It all took place in a very normal, un-Christmassy cafe along with some very over - excited kiddies. ( but to be fair - it is Christmas! ). Starter was adequate but the main course was fairly cold, complete with congealed gravy and under-done roast potatoes. Dessert was ok. This was all mentioned to the staff who were, to be fair, very apologetic.
    I would certainly not book here again or recommend to friends. Poor value.
  • almost 6 years by Pete 5 / 5

    A romantic "moated" ruined castle surrounded by Rhodeys? what more can you ask for?

    well the national trust could run a shuttle bus for the oldies :D
  • over 7 years by Gail Fanning 5 / 5

    One of the best romantic gardens I have seen! The ruined castle reflected in the moat with clematis, honeysuckle, and roses growing over and through the walls...what could be better?
    Also magnificent rhododendrons and woodland walks by the river: don't miss it!

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