Great British castle gardens - Scotney in Kent
|The moated manor house at Scotney draws visitors from all over the world|
|The manor was dis-assembled by former owner Edward Hussey for effect!|
|Part of Scotney's charm is the woodland walks, particularly when the leaves start turning|
The grounds at Scotney comprise many acres of woodland, which suffered badly in the great storm of 1987, resulting in a complete replanting by the National Trust in the last 30 years. The results are impressive given the extensive use of rhododendrons and azalea, which make a colourful and sweeping landscape and allow glimpses of the moated manor below to maximum effect as you wander down the valley. Both spring and summer seasons offer spectacular colour displays.
Christopher Hussey, well-known art historian and grandson of Edward Hussey III, who built the new house on the site, using stone from the quarry, resided here for nearly 20 years with his wife Betty, during the 20th century, and left the property to the National Trust on his death in 1970. This was in keeping with his family motto: "Vix ea nostra voco", meaning "I scarcely call these things our own".
Today the Scotney estate offers visitors the chance to tour the house at the top of the hill, with its magnificent views over the surrounding countryside; the chance to walk in undulating countryside; an opportunity to explore the former quarry, which has been turned into a garden and walk around the ruins of the medieval manor, with its views over the moat. It would be hard to find a more romantic setting than this, especially early in the morning, when the mists rise off the water or on a beautiful summer 's evening.
|Circular beds in the grounds of the ruined manor house|
|The moated medieval manor looks different from all angles|
|The new house, built by Edward Hussey III, is open to visitors|