Historic Gardens

Port Lympne, near Hythe

Picture of Port Lympne An early 20th century formal terraced garden laid out for Sir Philip Sassoon by the architect Philip Tilden, with planting by Norah Lindsay and later Russell Page. The Grade II* registered site comprises around 14 acres of formal gardens set within 42 acres of woodland. Elaborate terracing and an impressive Italian Renaissance-style stairway overlook Romney Marsh and the sea. Surrounded by 600 acres of wild animal park.


Restoration House, Rochester

Picture of Restoration House Restoration House in Rochester, which is an amalgamation of two medieval buildings, was named after the stay of King Charles II on the eve of the Restoration. Its long-walled garden has recently been restored and extended by the present owners. It incorporates mature trees and archaeological features, with a formal pond connecting two parts of the garden through a central brick wall which divides the garden. A boxwood parterre, sunken greenhouse, vegetable and cutting gardens are some of the features which can be discovered. Research report: https://www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk/research-projects/Medway/Restoration House.pdf


Riverhill Himalayan Garden, Sevenoaks

Home to the Rogers family since 1840, these family run gardens of over twelve acres comprise a recently restored walled garden, rose walk, wood gardens and an Edwardian rock garden. Breathtaking views over the Weald of Kent are visible from various parts of the gardens together with a Himalayan Hedge Maze.