As it often happens, Charlie and I decided to have a Sunday away from London and visit one of the National Trust properties in Kent. The sun was promising another great weekend and soon we were enjoying the impressive Ightham Mote.
On our arrival we discovered a classic car exhibition right by the entrance. Such a pretty vehicle don’t you think? Suits me…
Exploring the Ightham Mote House
The medieval house, built nearly 700 years ago is absolutely amazing and definitely worth a visit. Before walking into the house, you must admire the beautiful Kentish ragstone and half timbered exterior of the Mote. It is a remarkable piece of architecture and said to be one of the National Trust’s most visited properties.
There is always something very romantic about these old houses preserved in time. The Ightham Mote is no exception. As you descend the sunlight staircase, you can’t help but imagine living in the Tudor era.
There is so much detail, history and architectural variety of 6 centuries, the house and the whole estate will definitely please everyone’s taste.
The fascinating thing about Ightham Mote is its evolution through time. The owners have influenced the interior design of the house with their own individual ideas and additions.
Different design elements feature in the rooms, but it all seems to work. In 1980, after buying the house, Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson added a bathroom and central heating as well as redesigned the property into a Victorian Gentleman’s home.
I especially loved the hand painted Chinese wallpaper and the painted timber beamed ceiling in The New Chapel, it’s gorgeous!
Charles Henry Robinson was the last owner of the house and of course made a few alterations of his own before donating it to the National Trust.
Beautiful views atop the Gatehouse Tower
To enjoy the panoramic views, we climbed up the Gatehouse Tower and were just in time to watch the medieval dance performance on high.
A group of volunteers were dressed in beautiful costumes and performed a well coordinated dance to the visitors.
Enjoying the garden and the grounds of Ightham Mote
I love English gardens and especially those looked after by the National Trust. They are always so well maintained and manicured. So no surprise here that most of my time I spend exploring the outdoors.
While at Ightam Mote we met up with a couple of friends and their children. It was great to stroll through the beautifully green gardens and have a picnic on the grass.
Make sure to arrive as early as possible. Apart from the beautiful house and the gardens, the estate covers 546 acres! And that is a lot to explore!
If you haven’t yet, I really recommend visiting Ighhtam Mote. A great day out guaranteed.
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