Thirteen superb state rooms laid out as much as they were in the 17th century to impress visitors by the wealth and standing of the Sackville family. The house boasts many famous paintings and tapestries. The house inspired Vita Sackville-West, who was born at Knole, to write her best selling novel 'The Edwardians' and was also the setting for Virginia Woolf's famous novel 'Orlando'.
Knole is set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent where Sika and Fallow deer roam freely amongst ancient oak, beech and chesnut trees. Over
200,000 trees have been planted since the great storm of 1987 which destroyed 70% of these trees in the park - the abundance of decaying wood (see some of the photos) now provides a haven for wildlife.
Lord Sackville's private garden has been in existence for over 500 years and provides the most beautiful view of the house. The Wisteria is very old and well established creating the most wonderful display of scented blooms along the garden walls in May. We are planning to go back next May.
So if you come with me I'll take you round the inner courtyards, the outside of the house from various angles, and a little of the gardens and deer park, to see it in pictures for yourself.
The ice House
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