PLACES TO VISIT
Goudhurst and Kilndown have many interesting places to visit nearby:
FinchcocksMusical Museum, beautiful cellar restaurant within an 18th century Grade 1 listed manor house.
Finchcocks is a fine Georgian manor set in a beautiful garden, surrounded by parkland, on the outskirts of Goudhurst. It now houses a celebrated collection of over 100 historical keyboard instruments, of which over forty are in full working order.
Finchcocks can be visited without appointment on Open Days from 5 April 2015 to the end of September.
Open days: Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August.
(House, gardens and restaurant open from 11-5pm.)
Scotney CastleOne of England's most romantic gardens.
A ruined 14th-century castle with moat, rare heather-thatched ice house.
Superb displays of rhododendrons and azaleas.
311 hectares (770 acres) of beautiful estate parkland to explore
Only NT-owned working hop farm
Marle PlaceA peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden, ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard. It is a plantman and artist's garden, featuring a Victorian gazebo, Edwardian rockery and walled fragrant garden. A restored 19th century greenhouse with orchid collection, a mosaic terrace and ornamental ponds. The 17th century house is not open to the public.
Sissinghurst CastleCelebrated gardens designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson.
Intimate setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion.
Romantic compartments filled with colourful floral displays.
Lakeside and woodland walks open all year.
Set in lovely unspoilt Wealden countryside.
Vegetable Garden supplying fresh organic vegetables and fruit to the restaurant. Outstanding views from the tower.
Bedgebury National PinetumBedgebury National Pinetum and forest is one of the leading outdoor sites in the Southeast of England. With nearly 10,000 trees and shrubs, the Pinetum is the most complete collection of temperate conifers in the world. Following extensive investment in recent years, the Pinetum now has a visitor centre, enlarged car parking, a cafeteria, bike hire and an outdoor activity centre.
Bewl WaterSet in the Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is the largest area of inland water in the South East of England.
Sailing, windsurfing, a long cycle path round perimeter (summer only), picnic sites, walks, birdwatching, cafeteria. Car parking charges reduced this year to £8.00 per car.