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

Tuesday 1st January, 10:00 am to Tuesday 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

Tuesday 1st January, 10:00 am to Tuesday 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

Tuesday 1st January, 10:00 am to Tuesday 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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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

Tuesday 1st January, 11:00 am to Tuesday 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

Tuesday 1st January, 11:00 am to Tuesday 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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Near The Holt B&B .....

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS - Chartwell

Sunday 24th February, 11:00 am to Monday 28th October to 5:00 pm

Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill

Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home from 1922 and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration until the end of his life.

The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man. Additionally, every winter we put on a new temporary exhibition to explore Churchill in more detail and draw items out of storage.

The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary.

Beyond the gardens there is an expanse of woodland with looped trails and natural play areas. There's den building, a Canadian camp and opportunities to stretch your legs.

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8 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from The Holt B&B .....

Smallhythe Place, Small Hythe Road, Smallhythe, Kent, TN30 7NG - Smallhythe Place Ellen Terry

Thursday 7th March, 11:00 am to Monday 28th October to 5:00 pm

Once the most highly paid actress in England, Ellen Terry bought Smallhythe Place in 1899 as her country retreat away from her busy life in London. She lived here until her death in 1928, creating many memories along the way.

More Information: Smallhythe Place , 01580 762334, smallhytheplace@nationaltrust.org.uk

Please note that Smallhythe Place is closed on Monday and Tuesday

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8 miles - 20 mins from The Holt B&B .....

Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex - Great Dixter

Monday 1st April, 10:00 am to Thursday 31st October to 5:00 pm

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

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Near The Holt B&B .....

Leeds Castle, Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1RG - Leeds Castle

Monday 1st April, 10:00 am to Thursday 31st October to 5:00 pm

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

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10 miles - 25 minutes from The Holt B&B .....

Pashley Manor Gardens, Pashley Manor Gardens Pashley Rd Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE - Pashley Manor Gardens

Monday 1st April, 11:00 am to Monday 30th September to 5:00 pm

Visit Pashley Manor Gardens, on the border of Sussex and Kent, to see Romantic English landscaping and artistic planting framed by fine old trees, fountains and ponds, with the unusual Tudor/Georgian manor house, which is a private family home, creating a memorable backdrop to the beautiful and dynamic gardens.

Pashley Manor Gardens - Swimming Pool in Summer by Kate Wilson
Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award winning garden.

Relish the gardeners’ attention to detail; savour the homemade, local food in the café; relax on the terrace with refreshments; be captivated by the exhibitions of sculpture and art; peruse the gift shop and be charmed by the knowledgeable and friendly team.

Mr and Mrs James Sellick are the owners and inhabitants of Pashley Manor, a Grade I listed timber-framed house, dating from 1550 and enlarged in 1720. They opened their gardens to the public in 1992, having brought them to their present splendour with the assistance of the eminent landscape architect the late Anthony du Gard Pasley and their team of gardeners, and would be delighted to welcome you here in 2017.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!