Wow, what an amazing garden. If you enjoy gardens, grandeur and history then this is a must see. It is a living, breathing English country estate that has been in one family since 1552 and is currently owned by Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent.
The house and landscape here is steeped in history, you feel as though you are walking round a living, breathing museum but without the crowds or stuffy atmosphere. There are people picnicking on the manicured lawns next to an Elizabethan parterre and others enjoying afternoon tea in the café overlooking a 14th Century tower.
The garden is particularly thrilling due to its use of garden rooms and surprise vistas. Walking through a relatively small ‘garden room’ containing a pond or some fabulous sculpture that takes your interest on a detailed level you then duck through an arch in a dark green yew hedge and are met with a massive walkway and views on a completely different scale.
This play with scale excites the mind as you move around the space, constantly being drawn between small detail and larger, grander views.