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.

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shorttitle = 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily ac
title = Leeds Castle
venue = Leeds Castle
venueAddress = Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1RG
distance = 30 minutes by car
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details = 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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shorttitle = Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening w
title = Great Dixter
venue = Great Dixter
venueAddress = Northiam, East Sussex
distance = 8 miles - 20 mins
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details = 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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shorttitle = Smallhythe Place Ellen Terry
title = Smallhythe Place Ellen Terry
venue = Smallhythe Place
venueAddress = Small Hythe Road, Smallhythe, Kent, TN30 7NG
distance = 8 miles (about 20 minutes by car)
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details = Shut Monday and Tuesday 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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shorttitle = Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior -
title = Bodiam Castle
venue = Bodiam Castle
venueAddress = Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA
distance = 6 miles, about 30 minutes by car
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details = 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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shorttitle = Outstanding 14th-century moated manor house
title = Ightham Mote
venue = Ightham Mote
venueAddress = Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT
distance = 30 miles, about 45 minutes
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details = 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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shorttitle = Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill
title = Chartwell
venue = Chartwell
venueAddress = Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
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details = 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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shorttitle = Vineyard, producing award-winning wines, ciders and juices.
title = Biddenden Vineyard
venue = Biddenden Vineyard
venueAddress = Gribble Bridge Ln, Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8DF
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details = 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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shorttitle = Chapel Down is located in the beautiful Kent countryside, cl
title = Chapel Down Vineyard
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details = 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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shorttitle = Balfour Winery, Hush Heath Estate
title = Balfour Winery, Hush Heath Estate
venue = Hush Heath Vineyard
venueAddress = Balfour Winery, Hush Heath Estate, Five Oak Ln, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0HT
distance = 10 miles, about 20 minutes by car
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details = 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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shorttitle = 16-acre, family-run gardens with a renowned bluebell wood, i
title = Hole Park Gardens
venue = Hole Park Gardens
venueAddress = Benenden Rd, Rolvenden, Cranbrook TN17 4JA
distance = 10 minute drive
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details = A delightful country house garden This is one of the best known gardens in Kent, a worthy winner of Visit Kent’s Garden of the Year award in 2016. Four generations of the Barham family have created a wonderful 16 acre garden in a magical parkland setting that must be everyone’s dream. Extensive yew hedges and herbaceous borders should be at their best for our opening, with meadow and woodland gardens to explore as well, all rounded off with homemade teas and light in The Coach House. If you have not been before do come and see this garden and for those familiar with it, there are always new projects, including new borders planting and improvements to the Egg Pond.
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shorttitle = Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita
title = Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
venue = Sissinghurst Castle
venueAddress = Biddenden Road, Kent TN17 2AB
distance = 4 miles (about 12 minutes by car, 1.5 hours walk)
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details = Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. We've undertaken research to find out more about Vita and Harold's original design and we are taking steps to recapture the vision that they had. Keep an eye out for changes we are making around the garden this year. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450-acre wider estate.
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shorttitle = Scotney Castle
title = Scotney Castle
venue = Scotney Castle, Kent
venueAddress = Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JN
distance = 11 miles (about 30 minutes by car)
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details = 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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shorttitle = Batemans Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated
title = Batemans Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate
venue = Batemans
venueAddress = Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS
distance = 14 miles (about 30 minutes by car)
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details = 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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shorttitle = Tulip Festival
title = Pashley Manor Gardens - Tulip Festival
venue = Pashley Manor Gardens
venueAddress = Pashley Manor Gardens Pashley Rd Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE
distance = 10 miles - 25 minutes
weblink = www.pashleymanorgardens.com
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details = In late April/early May Pashley Manor’s spectacular Tulip Festival sees this garden, on the border of Sussex and Kent, carpeted with over 40, 000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. One hundred and twelve varieties of tulip are planted in colour themed garden ‘rooms’. Visitors can wander from elegant displays of white lily flowered and palest cream classic tulips planted around an old brick terrace, to the open space of sweeping herbaceous borders covered in a riot of reds and oranges surrounded by tendrils of bronze fennel, or romantic soft pink peony flowered blooms cloistered between red brick walls and pleached pear trees. Follow the winding paths down to the woodland, where the Bluebell Walk is often in flower around the same time as the tulips. Yet more tulips are on display as cut flowers in the Bloms Bulbs marquee. Bloms, winners of sixty six Chelsea Gold Medals, are on hand throughout the Festival to share their knowledge of these beautiful bulbs and to take orders from those inspired by the spectacle. With a café serving locally sourced and homemade cakes, scones and light lunches, which can be enjoyed on the terrace, a shop with gorgeous gifts, souvenirs and plants, and exhibitions of garden sculpture and floral art, Pashley’s Tulip Festival makes a superb day out.
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shorttitle = Sculpture Exhibition
title = Pashley Manor Gardens - Sculpture Exhibition
venue = Pashley Manor Gardens
venueAddress = Pashley Manor Gardens Pashley Rd Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE
distance = 10 miles - 25 minutes
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details = Pashley Manor is proud to host an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at their award winning gardens in Sussex at the Sculpture in Particular event from late May to early June. The garden’s sweeping vistas, formal walled gardens and winding woodland paths create the perfect landscape for sculpture, with some pieces providing focal points while others are tantalisingly glimpsed amidst trees and flowers. There is sculpture on display all season from April to September but during the eight days of the Sculpture in Particular event this is complemented by the exhibition of smaller pieces in the house. A peek inside the wood panelled hall of the sixteenth century house, which is not usually open to the public, reveals a display and sale featuring interior pieces as well as several that would be perfect in smaller gardens – an interesting collection for visitors to enjoy viewing, or perhaps even invest in a piece. There is also an exhibition of floral and botanical art in the Garden Room café – visitors can enjoy cakes, scones and light lunches in this charming setting, and a selection of floral and botanical prints and cards on sale in the Gift Shop.
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shorttitle = Kitchen Garden Week
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venue = Pashley Manor Gardens
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details = Gardeners love to eat what they grow and since in July an abundance of produce is ready to enjoy, after all the planning, planting and hard work, what better time for Pashley Manor, on the border of Sussex and Kent, to dedicate a week to the Kitchen Garden. The current Kitchen Garden, designed and planted in 1990, is a re-creation of how the long –lost Victorian potager might have been. In July the Kitchen Garden, hidden within its soft red brick walls, is full of fresh produce and flowers that supply the café and feed the house. Espaliered pear trees and vine arches welcome you to the Kitchen Garden; scented and colourful sweet peas grown on tall bamboo pyramids flourish at each corner. Many different types of lettuce and salad jostle for space with parsley, chives, coriander and other herbs, while artichokes and early courgettes, peas, beans and beetroot cohabit with soft fruits, which make visitors gasp with envy. Most of the produce in Pashley’s Kitchen Garden is grown from seeds from Dobies. During the eight days of the Kitchen Garden Week there will be the chance to talk to the gardeners and ask questions and advice, as well as a focus on how the produce from the garden is used in the café menus; plus there will be local honey and homemade chutney on sale in the Gift Shop.
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shorttitle = Sarah Raven Perch Hill Open Days
title = Sarah Raven Perch Hill Open Days
venue = Sarah Raven Perch Hill Open Days
venueAddress = Perch Hill Farm Willingford Ln, Brightling, Burwash, Robertsbridge TN32 5HP
distance = 17 miles (about 35 minutes by car)
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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 - Tulip Festival

Wednesday 22nd April, 10:00 am to Tuesday 6th May 2020

In late April/early May Pashley Manor’s spectacular Tulip Festival sees this garden, on the border of Sussex and Kent, carpeted with over 40, 000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy.

One hundred and twelve varieties of tulip are planted in colour themed garden ‘rooms’. Visitors can wander from elegant displays of white lily flowered and palest cream classic tulips planted around an old brick terrace, to the open space of sweeping herbaceous borders covered in a riot of reds and oranges surrounded by tendrils of bronze fennel, or romantic soft pink peony flowered blooms cloistered between red brick walls and pleached pear trees.

Follow the winding paths down to the woodland, where the Bluebell Walk is often in flower around the same time as the tulips.

Yet more tulips are on display as cut flowers in the Bloms Bulbs marquee. Bloms, winners of sixty six Chelsea Gold Medals, are on hand throughout the Festival to share their knowledge of these beautiful bulbs and to take orders from those inspired by the spectacle.

With a café serving locally sourced and homemade cakes, scones and light lunches, which can be enjoyed on the terrace, a shop with gorgeous gifts, souvenirs and plants, and exhibitions of garden sculpture and floral art, Pashley’s Tulip Festival makes a superb day out.

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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 - Sculpture Exhibition

Monday 25th May, 10:00 am to Friday 30th May 2020

Pashley Manor is proud to host an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at their award winning gardens in Sussex at the Sculpture in Particular event from late May to early June.

The garden’s sweeping vistas, formal walled gardens and winding woodland paths create the perfect landscape for sculpture, with some pieces providing focal points while others are tantalisingly glimpsed amidst trees and flowers. There is sculpture on display all season from April to September but during the eight days of the Sculpture in Particular event this is complemented by the exhibition of smaller pieces in the house.

A peek inside the wood panelled hall of the sixteenth century house, which is not usually open to the public, reveals a display and sale featuring interior pieces as well as several that would be perfect in smaller gardens – an interesting collection for visitors to enjoy viewing, or perhaps even invest in a piece.

There is also an exhibition of floral and botanical art in the Garden Room café – visitors can enjoy cakes, scones and light lunches in this charming setting, and a selection of floral and botanical prints and cards on sale in the Gift Shop.

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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 - Kitchen Garden Week

Tuesday 14th July, 10:00 am to Saturday 19th July 2020

Gardeners love to eat what they grow and since in July an abundance of produce is ready to enjoy, after all the planning, planting and hard work, what better time for Pashley Manor, on the border of Sussex and Kent, to dedicate a week to the Kitchen Garden.

The current Kitchen Garden, designed and planted in 1990, is a re-creation of how the long –lost Victorian potager might have been. In July the Kitchen Garden, hidden within its soft red brick walls, is full of fresh produce and flowers that supply the café and feed the house. Espaliered pear trees and vine arches welcome you to the Kitchen Garden; scented and colourful sweet peas grown on tall bamboo pyramids flourish at each corner. Many different types of lettuce and salad jostle for space with parsley, chives, coriander and other herbs, while artichokes and early courgettes, peas, beans and beetroot cohabit with soft fruits, which make visitors gasp with envy.

Most of the produce in Pashley’s Kitchen Garden is grown from seeds from Dobies.

During the eight days of the Kitchen Garden Week there will be the chance to talk to the gardeners and ask questions and advice, as well as a focus on how the produce from the garden is used in the café menus; plus there will be local honey and homemade chutney on sale in the Gift Shop.

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17 miles (about 35 minutes by car) from The Holt B&B .....

Sarah Raven Perch Hill Open Days, Perch Hill Farm Willingford Ln, Brightling, Burwash, Robertsbridge TN32 5HP - Sarah Raven Perch Hill Open Days

Friday 25th September 2020, 9:30 am

General information :

The gardens will be open from 9:30am-4:00pm, and admission is £10
There is no need to book on our open days; just turn up on the day, park in the field and pay at the gate.
Our Perch Hill shop will be open for you to browse and buy from our range of plants, seeds, and home and gardening products. Please note we have limited space here, so do not stock the full range of products available on our website.
Tea, coffee, homemade cakes and light lunches are all available to purchase. Lunch will be served from 12.15pm.
We're sorry but we cannot take coaches on Open Days. Please look at our Visitor Information page – Private Visits if you would like to book a group visit.
Sorry, no dogs allowed in the garden.
If you require further information, please ring us on 01424 838000. If no-one is available to take your call, please leave a message on our answer machine and we will get back to you.

Our East Sussex garden is not open every day, but you can visit on the open days that are listed below. The Perch Hill shop is also open on these days, but otherwise only on weekdays by appointment, or on one of our Christmas Shopping Days. Please phone 01424 838000.

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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

in August

Shut Monday and Tuesday

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

in August

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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6 miles, about 30 minutes by car from The Holt B&B .....

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

in August

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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30 miles, about 45 minutes from The Holt B&B .....

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

in August

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

in August

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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30 minutes by car from The Holt B&B .....

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

in August

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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Near The Holt B&B .....

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

in August

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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8 miles, about 15 minutes by car from The Holt B&B .....

Chapel Down Vineyard - Chapel Down Vineyard

in August

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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10 miles, about 20 minutes by car from The Holt B&B .....

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

in August

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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10 minute drive from The Holt B&B .....

Hole Park Gardens, Benenden Rd, Rolvenden, Cranbrook TN17 4JA - Hole Park Gardens

in August

A delightful country house garden

This is one of the best known gardens in Kent, a worthy winner of Visit Kent’s Garden of the Year award in 2016. Four generations of the Barham family have created a wonderful 16 acre garden in a magical parkland setting that must be everyone’s dream. Extensive yew hedges and herbaceous borders should be at their best for our opening, with meadow and woodland gardens to explore as well, all rounded off with homemade teas and light in The Coach House.

If you have not been before do come and see this garden and for those familiar with it, there are always new projects, including new borders planting and improvements to the Egg Pond.

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4 miles (about 12 minutes by car, 1.5 hours walk) from The Holt B&B .....

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Road, Kent TN17 2AB - Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

in August

Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. We've undertaken research to find out more about Vita and Harold's original design and we are taking steps to recapture the vision that they had. Keep an eye out for changes we are making around the garden this year. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450-acre wider estate.

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

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

in March 2023

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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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

in May 2023

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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We look forward to seeing you soon!