The weekend is here and with it, the opportunity to get out and explore some of the beautiful Kent countryside. Today we decided to visit Scotney Castle near Lamberhurst and we weren't disappointed.
A visit to Scotney Castle offers a 14th century moated manor house, a large victorian house (where Mrs Thatcher once had a flat) and romantic gardens where every few steps offer a view that you feel compelled to capture. This post concentrates on the gardens and the picturesque beauty of Scotney. I'm not going to clutter this with too many words, instead I'll let the photos do the talking.
It was lovely to see grasses and wild flowers. You get a sense of freedom walking around Scotney. Although the vistas were so carefully planned, there still manages to be a feeling of natural co-existence here.
Standing next to the stream, this plant looks like a relic from prehistoric times. It is a fabulous plant with prickly stalks and rough leaves. I call it a giant rhubarb plant but it goes by the grander name of Gunnera manicata. Glorious.
We had a wonderful time strolling around these inspiring yet tranquil, romantic and natural yet intricately planned grounds. You are compelled to capture the essence of these gardens and I hope this has given you a taste of Scotney. Next time, I'll be covering the castle and house.