Despite the cold weather today, we made use of our National Trust memberships and visited Scotney Castle, built in the 14th Century by Roger de Ashburnham, Conservator of the Peace in Kent and Sussex. It is located near Lamberhurst in Tunbridge Wells, which is in the beautiful garden of England (Kent). 😉
The castle is situated on 750 hectares of beautiful rolling green hills filled with sheep and cows. There are lots of trees and plants in amongst the sculptured gardens. There is even a quarry, which has the footprint of an Iguanodon, left here over 100 million years ago.
Sadly we saw very little flowers, but were told that it is most beautiful in early summer, so we will definitely be visiting again.
Before seeing the castle we got to visit the Victorian house, that was build in 1830 by Edward Hussey. He had an architect create a new Victorian mansion at the top of the hill, looking out across the valley towards the medieval castle.
There is a steep path down to the castle remains, the moat and the gardens.
The castle was mostly ruined by Edward Hussey to create the spectacular scenery for his mansion on the hill. There is not much to see in the castle, only a few rooms on two floors. One of the four towers still remains, but was sadly locked.
Here is a great video by Ray Woods of Scotney Castle showing off its beautiful scenery.