There is no doubt about it, Kent really is the Garden of England. It is so full of apples, pears, cherries and plums and still has the most hop farms in the country. There are gardens to inspire us, gardens to relax in and gardens simply to run around and play hide and seek! This beautiful county has an impressive 180 gardens which open to the public. Sissinghurst is one of the most famous, with its ‘rooms’ created by Vita Sackville-West for their scent and vibrancy will delight visitors of all ages.
If you love to immerse yourself in history, Hever Castle set in 125 acres of stunning gardens must be on the interary. This is also a fabulous place to take children in the holidays as there are two wonderful mazes, one being a water maze, making lots of fun for children on a hot day! The castle is also open most of the year, with its lifesize models of Henry XIII and his 6 wives and of course the torture chamber, there is so much to explore.
Lawns, herbaceous borders, ponds, exotic trees, woodland walks and a Victorian Walled Garden are on the agenda for visitors at Quex Park Gardens where extensive restoration work continues to bring back the gardens to their former glory.
One of our favourite gardens to visit is Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, tucked on an escarpment to the south of Sevenoaks.
Plan a great family day out in the most imaginative garden to visit in Kent. Discover World-class British sculpture, and learn about Riverhill’s fascinating history, with its links to Darwin and the Great Plant Hunters. Build dens together, discover secret pathways and incredible views and perhaps even spot the elusive Yeti! They organise lots of lovely events from arts and crafts to dog friendly days, so keep an eye on their website.
The grounds at Penshurst Place contain an 11-acre formal walled garden which keeps faithfully to its 1580 design. A spectacular 1-mile yew hedge adds to the excitement creating a series of seasonal, al fresco rooms. Not far from Penshurst, we have some wonderful holiday cottages in Kent, to make a perfect base for your trip whether it is a short break or longer garden exploring holiday.
Blackham, Kent |Sleeps: 2 + 2 children |Bedrooms 1 | From £195
Jane Austen was a regular guest at idyllic Goodnestone Park Gardens, you can wander through the various areas, imagining you will bump into Darcy! A treat year round, visit its 14 tranquil acres in early-Spring and delight in a profusion of snowdrops.
Brogdale, home to the National Fruit Collections, offers orchard tours and fresh apple and pear juice tastings. A bonus if you visit at harvest time: June cherries; August plums; apples and pears from August to October.
Doddington, Kent |Sleeps: 36 | Bedrooms: 11 |From £1,375
The horizon-wide expanses at Dungeness shelter a real horticultural rarity – playwright Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage. Here swathes of poppies, lavender and willow peep through sweeps of single. Why not stay at the fabulous Coastguard Lookout, one of our seaside cottages in Kent.
Dungeness, Kent | Sleeps: 5 | Bedrooms: 2 | From £592
Bedgebury Pinetum delivers a stunning collection of conifers and fine autumn colour; the perfect place for cold-weather walks and here you can visit Go Ape, a favourite place for the adventurous!
Other highlights include intimate Walmer Castle, the fiery winter dogwoods at Broadview Gardens and Hole Park for spring bluebells.
We have some lovely holiday cottages in Kent, the perfect place to base yourself for a garden extravaganza! You can plan you visit so include two or so gardens a day, many of them have delicious cafes, perfect for a coffee stop or a well earned lunch.
For more information about our Holiday Cottages in the UK or our short break cottages please call the knowledgeable Mulberry Cottages booking team on 01227 464958 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org