We joined the National Trust today. We have been members before, so thought we would give it another go.  It cost us £99 for the two of us for a years membership, which is not bad when one considers how many National Trust historic houses, castles, mills, gardens, coastlines, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, villages… and pubs there are around our lovely island.

Our first visit was to Igtham Mote, which is an outstanding 14th century moated manor house located in Kent near the village of Ightham.

We got to see the bottom half of the house as that was the only part open at this time of the year as well as the lovely gardens. We will definitely go back in March, when the rest of the house is open to the public and the gardens are starting to bloom. Definitely worth a visit even if one is not a National Trust member.