Scotney Castle – two for the price of one… @ScotneyCastleNT #SpringWatching

IMG_1004IMG_1013A ruined 14th Century moated house set in rolling Kent countryside, which, populated by so many rhododendrons, will be even more of a sight in their season…

IMG_0981Yes, that’s a real Henry Moore on the island…

A Victorian mansion built above, and above an imposing Quarry Garden looks over the surrounding estate, ruins and countryside beyond ..


I confess to having spent the greater portion of my allotted time at Sissinghurst, so this was a quick gander around the two properties. I think the House attendant who ushered me into the filled-to-the gunnels Victorian House could scarcely believe the hurricane speed of my tour of both ground and first floor rooms (homely and impressive at the same time) – and after the gardens, parkland and grounds spanning the mansion and ruins. My first visit, and indeed worthy of a longer inspection, especially should the rhododendrons be in flower.

Spring sunshine, school holidays, just after Easter. Busy! The families enjoying their picnics and boisterous games of hide and seek were clearly very happy and contented. And so I admit was I – the undeniable romance of a ruined moated castle, grand Mansion and the rolling countryside setting are a winning combination.


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