Muddy says: Goodnestone Park is a stunning, privately owned stately home and garden near Canterbury. You can hire the whole house for that truly special function or weekend with friends. There’s a reason it was a favourite of Jane Austen and the producer of Downton Abbey!
Looking for a boutique wedding venue? Got a milestone birthday, anniversary or function and really looking for something a bit Ooh-la-la? Gorgeous Goodnestone Park is the family seat of Julian Plumptre, the 22nd Lord FitzWalter and sits in 15 acres of land and manicured gardens.
Jane Austen was a regular visitor here. Her brother Edward once lived on the estate and she based the double wedding in Pride & Prejudice on his marriage to Sophia Bridges and Sophia’s sister Elizabeth’s wedding to William Deedes that took place in that very church.
The house has been sensitively – of should that be Sense and Sensibility – restored to its former glory. The house is available to hire for weddings, event and as a high-end holiday rental. The team at Goodnestone Park have a long list of trusted suppliers to help create a bespoke and unforgettable day. It can cater for civil ceremonies, receptions and accommodation. For those wanting a religious ceremony, the historic Holy Cross church is a stone’s throw from the house.
Goodnestone Park sleeps 24 in 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms including Drawing room, Dining room with seating for 24, Library, round painted reception room (ideal for small wedding receptions), first floor sitting room with TV/DVD, hallway with sweeping staircase, huge breakfast room, Kitchen, Large gardens and grounds extending to 15 acres, extensive terraces, BBQ with ample parking.
Or, just visit for the day, and day dream about Darcy in the beautiful gardens, they’re open from 30 March – 30 September on Sunday, Tuesday to Friday and Bank Holidays from 11 – 5pm. When you’re done, enjoy a Cream Tea or light lunch in The Tea Room open May – August. Enjoy hot and cold drinks including apple juice made from heritage varieties grown in Lord FitzWalter’s orchard.
And when it comes to the more wintry months, you may want to try your hand at pheasant and partridge shooting which will run at this 1,750 acre estate from mid October to mid December 2019. Goodnestone Park Shoot started in the early 1960’s for army officers stationed near Dover by the Estate’s then owner, the 21st Lord FitzWalter.
The shoot is now run by his youngest son and they are currently offering a day’s shoot for 8/9 guns for £ 9,000 in combination with the hire of the house for one night midweek ( from £ 2,520 – Tues/Wed/Thurs) or two nights on a weekend ( from £ 5,360). I’m game if you are….