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Scotney Castle

Muddy says: Scotney Castle has got it covered for that quintessential English outing. Steeped in history and all contained within a beautiful wooded estate, with over 770 acres for you to explore, plus those four-legged friends of yours too.

You name it,  Scotney Castle has got it covered for that quintessential English outing. Country house to delve into, tick. Romantic garden to stroll  around.  Tick. 14th century moated castle to  ignite the kids’ imagination. Tick.  And all  contained within a beautiful wooded estate, with over 770 acres to explore, and it’s open 363 days of the year so you can keep coming back.

Scotney Castle is steeped in centuries of history with the earliest record of occupancy dating from 1137 but from 1778, it was the Hussey family who were in residence until it was left to the National Trust in 1970. There is plenty of quirky facts and finds for you, and your team, to unearth such as a secret door in the library made to look like a bookcase,hidden priest holes in the Old Castle, footprints of an Iguanadon, and did you know that Margaret Thatcher had an apartment here during her time in office?

You could also just take time -out and relax in its picturesque garden with the glorious backdrop of the fairytale castle behind you, and why not bring lunch along to eat in its newly created woodland picnic area to  complete that magical  English day? Sunny weather not guaranteed, obviously but hey ho. No matter the weather,  little legs can let off  steam in its natural play area in the garden and wilderness camp on the estate.

And for those who  find picnics a bit  of a faff to accommodate everyone’s tastes, then there is a lovely converted coach house tea-room where you can munch on a seasonal treat, baked on the premises, and much of the vegetables comes from its own Walled Garden. No National  Trust visit is also complete without a visit to its gift shop and you won’t be disappointed here with lots of tasty local produce including bitter made from hops grown at Little Scotney Farm.

You are going  to keep wanting to come back with fun trails hosted every half term, outdoor theatre evenings in the summer as well as festive events, Easter egg trails, guided walks, photography workshops, and much more to inspire and excite you and your brood. If there is a four-legged friend in your family too, then they are also very welcome to roam the estate and garden on a short lead.  Although the house is just for humans, there are plenty of walks in the parkland for you to enjoy with your canine companion.

 

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