All day visit to Squerryes Court and Titsey Place – 13th September 2017 at 10:30
Location: Meet at Squerryes Court Westerham Kent TN16 1SL
Cost: £40.00 (including wine at Squerryes and lunch at Titsey)
Book online. There are currently 2 places available for this event.
Squerryes Court (www.squerryes.co.uk) built for Sir Nicholas Crisp 1681-5), was bought in 1731 by
John Warde whose family still lives there. The archetypal late C17 Grade I red-brick manor house
nestles half-way down a slope on the greensand ridge, providing favourable growing conditions for
azaleas and rhododendrons. Part of the garden has been restored in the Anglo-Dutch style based on
remarkably surviving early-C18 plans. The Squerryes vineyard has recently won top national awards for
its sparkling wine.
Titsey Place (www.titsey.org) was bought by Sir John Gresham in 1534. It was inherited in 1801 by
Katherine Leveson-Gower whose great-great grandsons left Titsey to the Titsey Foundation and David
Innes, whose family live there now. The house, partly gothicised in 1831-56 and situated on the upper
greensand ridge, has magnificent views over the Darenth Valley to the South Downs. Its restored walled
kitchen garden is an evocative survivor of Victorian horticulture.
Squerryes - house and garden
Allington Castle, Blackthorn Trust and Boxley Abbey – 20th September 2017 at 10:00
Location: Allington Castle, Maidstone, ME16 0NB
Cost: £35.00 (including lunch)
Book online. There are currently 7 places available for this event.
Three interesting places in northern Maidstone. Our visit will start with a guided tour of the house and
garden at Allington Castle by Sir Robert Worcester and/or Nicholas Butler, the estate manager. We will
go on for lunch at the Blackthorn Trust where there will be an introduction to the work of the trust and
to its community garden. We then move on to Boxley Abbey where James Best-Shaw will give a short
talk about the history of the place and show us the superb mediaeval barn and the gardens.