You may recall that we took Monkey to Kent for his birthday, back in December. We’d spent some lovely time at Bodiam Castle on his birthday and then a wonderful morning exploring Scotney Castle. We had one last moat to see before heading back to Oxfordshire. We left Scotney and decided we could just about fit in a quick stop at Ightham Mote near Sevenoaks before hitting the M25.
We parked up and walked down for a quick stop at Ightham Mote, the National Trust medieval moated house. The last of the three moated properties in Kent we were to explore that weekend. It really was going to be a flying visit, and we were going to have the opportunity to explore the vast estate sadly. But we did get a chance to have a quick look around the house (currently closed for conservation until 4th March 2017) and admire the exquisite building surrounded by the moat.
It really is a beautiful old building and one to be admired from all sides. Monkey, who, as normal, had found a stick as soon as we’d arrived was doing his ‘bridge troll’ impression. Halt Mummy, you cannot cross.
I could have stayed all day admire the details of the building and the stained glass but made do with a quick run around with Monkey the tour guide.
A quick stop at Ightham Mote saw us all wishing we could stay longer.
As well as the main manor house there are some lovely buildings sat further back in the grounds. I don’t think they are open to visitors but they are still worth admiring.
Something certainly caught Monkey’s eye.
Then he decided to investigate the little ornamental pond, a spot of imaginary fishing was required apparently.
It really was a flying visit, a last chance to stretch our legs before hitting the motorway, but one that left us wanting to go back at some point in the future. A quick stop at Ightham Mote wasn’t enough to really get a proper feel of the place, but it was better than not going at all. Have you been?