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Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle near Hawkhurst, Kent

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Scotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the picturesque style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May/June with trees and shrubs providing autumnal colour. The estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland. A wide range of activities throughout the year, including open-air theatre and opera, lecture lunches, family activities and estate and wildlife walks. Dogs welcome on leads around estate but not permitted in the garden


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