Get your holiday off to a good start with a visit to Ightham Mote. The word can a little tricky to say, it is pronounced “Item Mote”. Ightham Mote can be found close to the village Ightham is near Sevenoaks in Kent and is a medieval moated manor house. It is a stunning property and as the name suggests the 14th Century manor house is surrounded by water.  

Ightham Mote was home to many families over the years.   The last owner was a man called Charles Henry Robinson from Portland, Maine in the US who visited the house in his early 20’s.   In 1953 while still in US, he saw an advertisement in a magazine showing that Ightham Mote was for sale.   He bought the house and spent his Summers there for the next 30 years.   During his years at Ightham Mote he decorated the house with furnishings and furniture he believed would have been suited to its era.  When Charles Henry Robinson died in 1985, he gifted Ightham Mote to The National Trust.     

When you have taken in all the beautiful sights of Ightham Mote and you fancy exploring the Kent Downs you can walk in the footsteps of our predecessors on the 4.5 hour circular walk from Ightham Mote to Old Soar Manor.  Ightham Mote boasts is set on 546 acres of land.

Other places of interest near to Ightham Mote.

Ightham Mote is a 42 minute drive from Cumberland House B&B in Horley.

While you are visiting Ightham Mote, you could also drive 24 minutes to visit Chartwell House which was home to Winston Churchill for over 40 years.   

Also, while you visiting Ightham Mote, and you could drive 24 minutes to Hever Castle which was home of Anne Boleyn’s family (please note that Hever Castle is not a National Trust Property)

Covid-19       Book your National Trust visit in advance.

At the time of writing this blog, the world was experiencing the Covid-19 Pandemic.   During this period, you will need to book your visit to any of the National Trust Gardens.   The Houses may have to be admired from the outside.   

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