Knole Houses

Knole's fascinating historic links with kings, queens and the nobility, as well as its literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England. Thirteen superb state rooms are laid out much the same as they were in the 18th century, to impress visitors by the wealth and status of the Sackville family. The house contains Royal Stuart furniture, paintings by Gainsborough, Van Dyck and Reynolds, and many 17th-century tapestries.

Knole is set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent.

There has been a garden at Knole for 500 years, ever since the days of Archbishop Bourchier, who created a small medieval lavender garden and an orchard near to the house. In the 16th century, under the ownership of Henry VIII and, later, during the tenancy of the Lennard family, this was extended and the Kentish ragstone walls, which run for almost a mile around the 24-acre garden, were added. Punctuating the walls is a series of wrought-iron gates, mostly dating from the time of the 6th Earl at the end of the 17th century. Through these gates are views out of and into the garden.

Then, as now, the garden was divided into a formal area, with lawns and borders and an informal area known as the Wilderness (mentioned by Lady Anne Clifford in her diary in the early 17th century), where mossy paths wind their way under the beech trees. Like the park, the Wilderness was devastated by the storm of 1987. This area of the garden has been replanted, too - to a design which respected the spirit of the past. Several of the avenues, which had been created towards the end of the 17th century by the 5th Earl, were retained.

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Address, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
Opening times11am - 4pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeHouses

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Best Western Donnington Manor


In the heart of Kents countryside, Donnington Manor Hotel offers en suite accommodation with free private parking on site. Guests also have a charming restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi..

Postcode: TN13 2TD
Distance from :
3.2 miles

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Two mountpleasant


Located in Ide Hill, this holiday home features free WiFi. The unit is 33 km from London. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave, as well as a coffee machine.

Postcode: TN14 6JH
Distance from :
3.6 miles

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7Hotel Diner


Just 5 minutes drive from the M25 and M26 motorways, the 7 Hotel and Diner provides free Wi-Fi and free parking. Rooms have modern decor, a flat-screen TV and bathroom. The 7 Hotel has crisp, modern decor in both public and private spaces.

Postcode: TN147AA
Distance from :
4.6 miles

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Waterlake Byre


Waterlake Byre is a holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Edenbridge. The holiday home is 3.4 km from Hever Castle.

Postcode: TN8 7AJ
Distance from :
5 miles

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The Bull Hotel Maidstone/Sevenoaks


Situated between Sevenoaks and Maidstone with easy access to M20, M26 and M25. Newly renovated in 2012, this privately owned 13th century inn is now a 4 star AA rated hotel..

Postcode: TN15 7RF
Distance from :
5.4 miles

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Wingate Cottage


Wingate Cottage is a holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Wrotham. It provides free private parking. London is 37 km from Wingate Cottage, while Croydon is 29 km away.

Postcode: TN15
Distance from :
5.5 miles

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