Hidden away in a secluded Kent valley at Ivy Hatch, near Sevenoaks, is Ightham’s perfectly preserved medieval moated manor house, featuring 14 acres of gardens, lakes, natural springs, secret glades and a house full of stories and character.
Built nearly 700 years ago, Ightham Mote has seen many changes, and the estate has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. Acquired by the National Trust in 1985, it was restored in a 20-year conservation project featured on TV.
Visitor highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, the Tudor painted ceiling of the New Chapel, the Grade I-listed dog kennel and the private apartments of former owner Charles Henry Robinson.
Exploring the house allows you to find out about the stories of the past families that lived there and how they influenced the house you see today. Not to mention enjoying its picture-perfect setting, surrounded by flowing water like something out of a dream or fairy tale.