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“Well worth a visit”
Review of Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ightham
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Owner description: Ightham Mote is a magical 14th century moated manor house, surrounded by beautiful gardens, lakes and woodland walks. Built nearly 700 years ago, the house has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high-society Victorians. Highlights include the picturesque gardens, courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel.
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Entrance fee for non National Trust members is £10.40 to the house and garden and parking is £2 all day for non members. The oldest part of the house is around 1350 and has been modified through the centuries. It is quite fascinating to see and touch all the old walls and panelling and the old leaded windows are something else with their stained glass cartouches. I loved the fact that the previous owner came over from America on a cycling holiday as a young man and saw the property over the garden wall and fell in love with it. When he was 60 it came up for sale and he purchased it! The billiards room is very interesting with its huge collection of porcelain meat strainers arranged around a ceiling shelf - they are works of art in their own right. All of the guides were interesting and very pleased to share their knowledge - they were very approachable and didn't mind people touching and admiring the wooden architecture. It was a rather wet and windy day when I visited so I didn't spend much time in the garden. Of course the most interesting thing is the fact that the house stands in the square moat. It didn't look wheelchair accessible as there are many small corridors and staircases. There is a small shop selling garden bits and National Trust souvenirs - all affordable. Toilet facilities are good and the restaurant was excellent. Had a lovely potato and herb soup with a large roll and a large coffee for £5.50 All round I thought it was excellent value and a very enjoyable visit.

3  Thank Charison
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Amazing place, well looked after by the National Trust - they've spent a fortune here in recent years on restoration and it shows. Take a few hours here and enjoy.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

On a wet day in May this was a lovely place to look around - a really friendly feel to this historical home and beautiful garden (even when damp). And pretty good tea and scones too. Well worth a visit when in Kent.

Thank Graycee54
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I had wanted to visit Ightham Mote since a read a novel set there years ago. I was not disappointed! The house is absolutely beautiful, so atmospheric! Would definitely recommend!

Thank GinnyStaffordshireUK
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

You wouldn't know this treasure was here just driving through Ightham - but follow the signs for the Mote and then be amazed! Very easy parking (free if members of National Trust|), short walk and then down to the most beautifully restored building and well-tended grounds. Interesting interior with quite a lot to see. Very short restoration video by the Time Team showed the incredibly meticulous restoration programme which is now complete.
An excellent visit topped up with a cream tea in the well-located restaurant. Also,lovely grounds and picnic area where children can really stretch their legs.
Do go, you won't be disappointed.

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