My lady picked this place out of the blue and were we glad she did. We were on our way from Pevensey and had time to spare.
The entrance itself is stunning a walkway over the moat and through the portal, on the right are steps to the guardhouse quite high up not for the infirm at all but well worth the climb. The view from the top window in particular is wonderful of course we had brilliant sunshine it might be different in Winter.
Once wwe came down we were met by a spectacular view of the Priory at ground level. The Priory has had extensive refurbishment after a fire gutted it but it had all been restored to what it was like before hand and very impressive it is. Although Ightham Mote is larger in both grounds and buildings, the Priory had the same feel to it, you can imagine it being lived in all those years ago.
The furniture is authentic and very well looked after and arranged as it would have been in the times of its use. Unlike most medieval houses this house has plenty of light coming in through the windows. It was a very enjoyable walk round immersed in the history of the time with no crowds which is good and bad, good for us who enjoy these places however not so good for the Priory which has need of funds to keep it in such great condition.
The grounds are extensive and very well laid out with much to take in, a truly impressive sight to walk round. Any kids that go there should be taken to the Kitchen Garden so that they can see where their apples,strawberries and all the rest of their good food is cultivated albeit on a small scale.
The restaurant was extremely clean and well laid out we only wanted a light lunch so ordered accordingly. We had enough on our plates to last us through till the next morning and it was delicious and very well priced. Unfortunately they did not stock wines so I had to make do with bottled shandy and my lady with water, not a problem. The staff were very cheery and well turned out they served the food in a very professional way.
All in all a very good time was had and we were unhappy to leave but had to get home, I cannot emphasise too much about what a delight it was to visit this exquisite little gem of a place
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