Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

PLACES TO VISIT

Sissinghurst Castle

Celebrated gardens designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson.
Intimate setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion.
Romantic compartments filled with colourful floral displays.
Lakeside and woodland walks open all year.
Set in lovely unspoilt Wealden countryside.
Vegetable Garden supplying fresh organic vegetables and fruit to the restaurant. Outstanding views from the tower.
01580 715330
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. Kent

Marle Place

A peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden, ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard. It is a plantman and artist’s garden, featuring a Victorian gazebo, Edwardian rockery and walled fragrant garden. A restored 19th century greenhouse with orchid collection, a mosaic terrace and ornamental ponds. The 17th century house is not open to the public.
01892 722304
www.marleplace.co.uk
Marle Place Kent

Scotney Castle

One of England’s most romantic gardens.
A ruined 14th-century castle with moat, rare heather-thatched ice house.
Superb displays of rhododendrons and azaleas.
311 hectares (770 acres) of beautiful estate parkland to explore
Only NT-owned working hop farm
01892 891081
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Scotney Castle

Bedgebury National Pinetum

Bedgebury National Pinetum and forest is one of the leading outdoor sites in the Southeast of England. With nearly 10,000 trees and shrubs, the Pinetum is the most complete collection of temperate conifers in the world. Following extensive investment in recent years, the Pinetum now has a visitor centre, enlarged car parking, a cafeteria, bike hire and an outdoor activity centre.
01580 211044
www.bedgeburypinetum.org.uk

Bewl Water

Set in the Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is the largest area of inland water in the South-east of England.
Sailing, windsurfing, a long cycle path round perimeter (summer only), picnic sites, walks, birdwatching, cafeteria. Car parking charges reduced to £2.00 per car.
01892 890716
www.bewlwater.org
Bewl Water, Kent