Overview Of Scotney Castle

The "New" Castle
Step into Scotney Castle and relive what it was like to live in a true medieval, moated manor house. Ripe with historical events, this home is a picturesque relic of the past.

The “new” castle stands atop a beautiful estate where visitors come to explore all year long. Surrounded by a moat that was rumored to be swam by a Catholic minister to escape persecution, the “new” castle is a marvel from start to finish.

The National Trust runs tours of the home periodically, and guests can even enjoy a flyover tour. Many bricks from the original castle were used in the construction of the new home. A view of the old house is able to be seen from the bedroom window in the room where the lady of the house resided to remind her of the home’s origins. Discover the serenity of Scotney Castle.

The "Old" Castle
The “old” castle, or original structure, dates back to 1378, and underwent many renovations and rebuilds during its time. The old castle was dismantled for the most part, and historians and visitors will flock to the garden due to the old castle. The ruins are a garden feature that stands to remind visitors of a time when the home wasn’t owned by the Hussey family.

Secluded, the home cannot be seen by the road. A fairytale roadway with twists and turns leads into the estate, where visitors can marvel at the home’s sandstone exterior. Hidden priest holes in the home’s exterior are often missed, but always a delight when visitors see them.

A secret door in the library exists, and if you traverse to the quarry on the property (where the home’s sandstone was quarried), you’ll find a 100-million-year old footprint of an Iguanodon. Blended together in perfect harmony, guests can visit the garden and traverse to the new home while relishing in the history of the old castle in the garden.

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History of Scotney Castle

What is the story behind this incredible castle?

A true English country house, Scotney Castle can be found in Kent, England nestled in the valley of the River Bewl. The home stands as a testament of the wealthy society that existed during the times of kings and queens in England.

Owned by the National Trust, this picturesque castle, or home, is open to the public today, and its history is just as breathtaking as the home itself.

When researching the castle, the earliest records of the estate’s ownership leads us to Lambert de Scoteni. The records going back to this time are sparse, but there was a Lambert by the same name that was a Baron. There are also birth records of a person with the same name being born in 1124.

If the birth records are true and the two people are one in the same, it’s plausible that the estate was handed down to Scoteni at a young age. One thing is for sure, the estate didn’t include the castle on the property.

The castle was constructed between 1378 and 1380, and the…

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