What's on around The Holt in the near future

Using our contacts and links in the local area we produce this list. If you are making a special trip to stay with us to visit any of these please check with the venue before you book so that you are sure of all the details as they may change from when we collected them.

11 miles (about 30 minutes by car) from The Holt B&B .....

Scotney Castle, Kent, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JN - Scotney Castle

Monday 1st January, 10:00 am to Monday 31st December to 5:00 pm

Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate
Relax in our picturesque garden with the glorious backdrop of our fairytale castle. Venture into the wonderful woodland and parkland with over 770 acres to explore. Discover the delights of our Victorian country mansion with its secrets and stories; you might meet our much loved cat in residence 'Puss Puss'.

Enjoy a delicious meal in our tea-room or bring your own food along to eat in our newly created woodland picnic area. Your day would not be complete without a visit to our shop, where you will find tasty local produce including our very own Scotney bitter and yummy honey made from our busy bees.

The estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through our beautiful parkland, woodland and Hop farm

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Near The Holt B&B .....

Biddenden Vineyard, Gribble Bridge Ln, Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8DF - Biddenden Vineyard

Monday 1st January, 10:00 am to Monday 31st December to 5:00 pm

Originally home to a 40 acre apple orchard, the Barnes family started to consider diversifying the farm in the late 1960s as apple prices began to decline. After listening to a feature on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour programme about English vineyards being replanted, Mrs. Barnes was inspired to turn to viticulture. In 1969, one third of an acre of vines was planted and Biddenden Vineyards was born.

Today our single estate vineyard spans 23 acres of gentle south facing slopes situated in a sheltered valley, just outside the picturesque Wealden village of Biddenden. 11 different grape varieties are grown here to produce our array of award-winning White, Rosé, Red and Sparkling English wines.

Julian and his eldest son Tom look after all of the vineyard management and winemaking at Biddenden.

The knowledge which the family has built up through experience over the years can be seen in the quality and consistency of the wines produced year on year.

From the first Biddenden wine, which was bottled around 1972-3, production has now grown to around 80,000 bottles per year. All vine work on the estate is still carried out by hand, including pruning, canopy management and picking, with harvest running from mid to late September right through to November.

Great effort is made to ensure that the estate wines produced are of the highest quality, which is reflected by the number of awards we receive.

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Near The Holt B&B .....

Chapel Down Vineyard - Chapel Down Vineyard

Monday 1st January, 10:00 am to Monday 31st December to 5:00 pm

Chapel Down is located in the beautiful Kent countryside, close to the picturesque market town of Tenterden, and is open to visitors throughout the year.
Set amongst 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', the Chapel Down winery has excellent facilities for visitors including a high quality restaurant and a shop stocking a variety of local produce. Visitors are also welcome to explore the grounds, our beautiful herb garden and complimentary vineyard walks. We are open to the public every day from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

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Near The Holt B&B .....

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA - Bodiam Castle

Monday 1st January, 10:30 am to Monday 31st December to 5:00 pm

Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour

Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Windows where arrows were once shot, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.

In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life and gruesome and surprising tales can often be heard from our webster, forester and other colourful characters from the past. Plus we have lots of seasonal events throughout the year.

Please note: Entry to the grounds is included in our admission prices. Tickets must be purchased to enter the castle and/or the grounds.

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14 miles (about 30 minutes by car) from The Holt B&B .....

Batemans, Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS - Batemans Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate

Monday 1st January, 11:00 am to Monday 31st December to 5:00 pm

Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer.

The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Kim was his first major piece of writing that he wrote from his study at Bateman's which links him and his fond childhood memories to India with real clarity and devotion, truly a master piece of descriptive writing. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.

Bateman's is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.

More Information: Holly Turner, 01435 882302, batemans@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Near The Holt B&B .....

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT - Ightham Mote

Monday 1st January, 11:00 am to Monday 31st December to 3:00 pm

Outstanding 14th-century moated manor house

Lose yourself in this romantic moated manor house, described by David Starkey as 'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses'.

Built nearly 700 years ago, this house has seen many changes and been owned by Medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians.

Highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson, who gave Ightham Mote to the National Trust in 1985.

The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.

Venture onto the Ightham Mote estate on one of the three estate walks, which offer unique views across the Kent countryside and stunning displays of flora and fauna. There is the renowned ancient bluebell woodland in spring at Scathes Wood, wildflowers in the summer, autumn colours and the crisp days of winter to come back and enjoy. Discover the hoppers' huts and the source of the water spring that feeds the moat at Ightham Mote.

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Hush Heath Vineyard, Five Oak Ln, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0HT - Hush Heath Vineyard

Monday 1st January, 11:00 am to Monday 31st December to 5:00 pm

Hidden deep in the Garden of England, the Estate is home to award winning English sparkling wine, Balfour Brut Rosé. Since its beginnings the Estate has grown its product range substantially and now boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in beautiful vineyards and apple orchards. An expert team of winemakers combine their skills in state of the art winery to bring this delicious range.

The Estate comprises 400 acres of perfectly manicured vineyards, apple orchards and ancient oak woodlands rich with wildlife, flora and fauna all of which add to the beauty and provenance of what is produced.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!