Anne and I have been in Kent for a few days grandchildren sitting.
We had one day to ourselves for a few hours and visited Scotney Castle. It was a whirlwind tour as there is so much to see. I think you need a full day or two to take it all in, especially when the extensive gardens are in full bloom. We were just a little early in the season to see any real colour.
Our day started in mist and fortunately by the time we reached the castle the sun began to break through.
Scotney Castle Manor House
Scotney Castle in the mist
Scotney Castle and Moat
, unfortunately gardeners were busy where I wished to take another scene.
Ruins and tree
against the light.
Scotney Castle and Manor House
Manor House through the trees
Finally, a bees nest in a tree. Aparrently they have been there some time and swarmed last year. They did return to the nest though.
Sentry on guard
All taken with the E-5 various lenses and settings.
Thanks to: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/
for the copy below
Scotney Castle is a hidden gem, set in one of the most romantic gardens in England.
The fairytale 14th-century moated ruined castle is surrounded by stunning gardens. Early in the year snowdrops appear, followed by banks of primroses, daffodils and drifts of bluebells. Scotney looks beautiful all year round, with magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmia and rambling roses in the summer.
Visitors to Scotney Castle will experience a whole new aspect to their visit as further rooms of the Victorian country house are opened to the public for the first time.
The house was the beloved home of Christopher and Betty Hussey. Christopher Hussey bequeathed the garden and surrounding estate to the National Trust on his death in 1970 and following the death of Betty in 2006, the house and the garden have been reunited.
Discover the ice-house and boathouse, and look out for the Priest's hiding place!
Then enjoy a fine walk through the surrounding estate with its parkland, woodland, hop farm and wonderful vistas and views.
We would like to share with you the opening of this family home, as we reveal further rooms and extend the visitor facilities over the coming years. So make sure you come back and visit us again, as there will be something new to discover each time.
The National Trust has a variety of holiday cottages to rent dotted around the county. For full details, go to nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays.