Chiddingstone was the Tudor home of the Streatfeild family. In the 19th century the house was remodelled in the style of a castle. Decades later, it was the same dream of living in a castle that inspired art collector Denys Eyre Bower to move in.
Highlights of the fascinating Bower collections are on display throughout the castle, which was his home from 1955 to 1977.
Bower collected Ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Buddhist and Stuart and Jacobite artefacts, as well as books. Visit his study to learn more about his dramatic life.
Sitting in 35-acre grounds, the castle has far-reaching views. Explore an Ancient Egyptian-inspired grass maze, an avenue of Japanese cherry blossom trees, a Victorian Orangery, and the lake – which can be fished all year round.
Sit in the sheltered courtyard and enjoy a light lunch or cream tea served on vintage china. Visitors (and dogs) may access the Tea Room without having to pay admission to the castle.
The Gift Shop in the old well tower sells local produce, gifts, antiques and second-hand books.