On Sunday I visited a lovely National Trust property with my family. The property that we visited was Scotney Castle which is located in Lamberhurst, Kent. In total the Estate is 770 acres in size so there is plenty of land for you and your family to enjoy. On this estate there is a Victorian Mansion House and a distances walk from the house is the Old Castle that was once the main house of the Estate. The Scotney Castle Estate lies in the valley of the River Bewl on the Kent/Sussex border and has been inhabited since at least the 12th century.
The Old Castle:
In 1778 when Edward Hussey purchased Scotney the ‘Old Castle’ was described as being: surrounded by a large moat of running water which was well stocked with fish. The ground floor of the Castle consists of front and back kitchens, Housekeeper’s room and a Parlour. On the first floor their was 2 Parlours, a large dinning room, a Breakfast and 2 Dressing-rooms, 5 Bedchambers, a study and library. On the second floor, 8 rooms; Kitchen and Pleasure gardens within the moat, planted with plenty of Fruit trees and Flowers; without the Gates a Garden, Shrubbery, Warren, Orchard, coach-house, Brew-house, Stabling for 8 horses and other offices; a cold Bath with an excellent Mineral Well of the same quality as that at Tunbridge Wells.
The Victorian House:
Within the Victorian Mansion House The Hall this is actually the heart of the house which connects with all the other principal rooms. The Hall is simply decorated with plain oak panelling with painted walls. The Study has a plasterwork ceiling which was designed by Salvin in the Jacobean Revival style. The chimney piece within the Study was originally wood-grained and marbled. It was painted white around 1900. The Library had many book cases on the walls all away around the library. Also within the library was inviting sofas and a drinks trolley. The Garden Lobby was the little room below the main stairs which provided access to the garden. The Dining room has a huge buffet sideboard and many pictures on it’s walls. The Small Dining Room was placed between the Kitchen and the Dining Room, this was originally used as a servery, where food would be served up before being brought to table next door. It then became the family’s everyday dining room. The Kitchen it placed next to the Small Dining Room. Next to the Kitchen is the Kitchen Lobby and Servants’ Corridor this area was the connection between the main family house and the servant wing. Part of the set of 19th century servants’ bells can be seen in the corridor, as well as the fire buckets. The Butler’s Pantry is next which contains an extensive collection of Hussey family china and pottery. Next the Flower Room Betty Hussey loved flowers, both real and artificial. This room was created during the 1950s as a space where flowers from the walled garden could be arranged. Upstairs is a Dressing Room and a Drawing Room which was an informal sitting room. The Hussey Bedroom was immediately above the library with a view of the Old Castle. The Bathroom and Wardrobe was installed as an en suite and walk-in wardrobe by the Husseys. Next was the Red Bathroom, the Red Bedroom and the Green Bedroom. Following onto this is the Bamboo Bedroom, Friends Bedroom, Corridor and Salvin Bathroom and the Salvin Bedroom.
As well as the Old Castle and the Victorian Mansion House you can visit the gardens and walk acres of woodland, parkland and farmland. The Scotney Castle estate is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Scotney Castle is well worth a visit and I would definitely recommended it to everyone especially families. There is definitely plenty to see and do while you are visiting Scotney Castle so why not come a long and have a look around for yourselves.