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“Great NT staff”

Scotney Castle Garden
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We've visited Scotney a number of times over the years, but this was the first occasion when we've coincided with the house being open. We really enjoyed our visit. Well done NT for having the whole place open during the winter. I'm not sure that I would rate Scotney as highly as some folk in a list of top NT places to visit, but the view down to the old castle is unquestionably beautiful. The staff were great, as so often seems to be the way with the NT. A few minus points though: reception didn't offer us timed tickets for the house (so we had to go back); the kite-making activity (for half-term) was free and good fun but also disorganised and seemingly unsupervised (not so clever with scissors, etc); and although the loos have great eco credentials, they also needed a bit of TLC (and taps that don't feel like an intelligence test - which clearly I failed!). But lots more pluses, including a lovely tea room decked out with fantastic photographic reprints of Kentish history. Great place.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Staff were all friendly with lots of information, as you would expect from a National Trust property.

We loved the old castle, and although in a way it is a pity that the old castle was 'ruined' for building materials for the new house, the ruins are indeed very pretty, much of which you can walk through. The 'new' house is interesting to visit too. We didn't walk through much of the grounds, because it was rather windy, but shall definitely return on a sunny day to explore further.

1  Thank LesleyB
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Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

I visited with my 7 and 6 year old children during mid term break, and had a great time. We took advantage of the free geocaching GPS to make our walk around the grounds a bit more interesting for the kids. Had a great time exploring, despite all the mud from the recent rain! There was also a kids murder mystery on in the main house, which helped with the kids interest level. The house was a nice visit, although we preferred the outside areas. The National Trust staff were very friendly, and we had so much fun we signed up again for membership after a break of a couple of years.

Thank SussexTravelBugs
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The gardens surround two houses; the current large one whiuch is open to the public and the old quite small one, farther down the hill that was ruined by fire many years ago. A gently sloping path takes you around the garden and it is poossible to cross the lake to reach the site of the old house, which is sometimes open and which sells books cheaply - a donation secures your choice. The gardens are worthy of a visit anytime of year due to the wide range of flowers to be seen.

1  Thank sabatinitennis
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had a lovely afternoon here on the way to France. The property and staff were fab although the kite building activity was a bit odd as there was no supervision!

Thank Tracy068
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