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A Virtual Tour of Scotney Castle

 

 

Majestic in every sense, Scotney Castle is a home everyone visiting Kent will want to visit. The home’s grounds are just as beautiful as the home’s interior. When guests take the journey up to the property for the first time, they’ll start their very own tour of the castle and step back into history.

The Path Leading to the Home

The path leading to the castle brings the home to life. Birds can be heard chirping in the distance, and the hustle and bustle of the city is left behind as the moat’s water remains strangely silent. Peeking through the lush vegetation and trees, it’s almost impossible to miss the castle on your way up. Quiet and majestic, the castle and moat will bring the experience to life.

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The Majestic Moat

The moat is one of the most beautiful in all of the UK. You’ll be brought back to a time when castles were strategically built for fortification, and moats provided an extra line of defense against enemies. What many people don’t know is that the moat was once used as a way for Father Richard Blount to escape from prosecution. He was a minister in the castle who was able to minister to his followers between 1591 and 1598 at a time when Roman Catholics were not allowed to practice their religion. Catholicism was illegal at the time, and Father Richard Blount would jump over the walls and swim across the moat to escape. The moat is filled with lily pads and surrounded by beautiful trees, plants and flowers to make it a truly majestic site.

Lush Gardens and Ruins

The Scotney Gardens are the most famous area of any tour of the estate. What makes the garden so special is that the old castle, which was mostly dismantled, is used as a part of the garden wall. This is a natural transition where foliage and nature have overtaken the old castle wall that is now a garden feature.

Walkways through the garden are paved and easy to walk. Beautiful flowers and vegetables are seen all throughout the gardens, with yellows and reds making the garden a visual beauty. Purple flowers bloom in the spring months as well as white flowers, which add to the beauty of the home

The Scotney Gardens are the most famous area of any tour of the estate. What makes the garden so special is that the old castle, which was mostly dismantled, is used as a part of the garden wall. This is a natural transition where foliage and nature have overtaken the old castle wall that is now a garden feature.

Walkways through the garden are paved and easy to walk. Beautiful flowers and vegetables are seen all throughout the gardens, with yellows and reds making the garden a visual beauty. Purple flowers bloom in the spring months as well as white flowers, which add to the beauty of the home.

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The ruins allow for the imagination to run wild, as guests can walk through an old doorway to the other side of the wall. The lower level still has window panes in place, The top of the wall’s windows have been removed and allow you to glance up at the blue skies and imagine the original castle on the estate. An old boat house still stands on the property, too. The grounds are an astonishment.

There are also places for the kids to play and a kiosk outside during the warmer months to drink tea and enjoy other treats. There is a gift shop and place to buy food on the property, but eating is not allowed in the home.

Entering the House

The home is majestic – a true castle. And when walking in, don’t miss the inscription outside of the castle. You’ll notice that some of the home’s exterior looks a lot like the old castle, and this is because the builder used some of the stones from the old home in the new home.

A peek into the lady of the home’s room will provide you with a look into the garden and the old castle structure.

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The dining room features a large wooden table with period chairs for 10 people to sit and eat. All of the plates and silverware are left out on the table, featuring some of the finest diningware that money can buy. Beautiful furniture is everywhere in the castle as well as large fireplaces and beautiful handmade carpets.

Right before entering the dining room, you’ll find a red seat in front of the mirror with a window to enjoy the fantastic views.

Users can enter the small kitchen, which features a small refrigerator and stove, a seat for preparing food, and large ceiling to floor windows.

Outside of the home you’ll find an old fountain that is no longer in use. Large sculptures can be seen outside of the home’s entrance, too.

The library is filled with countless volumes of books as well as an old piano with a bust on top of it and a mirror that was undoubtedly a place for the lady of the house to practice piano. Red couches and chairs are found in the library as well as a set of blue lamps and chandlers.

There is a second room with white walls and a much brighter atmosphere, albeit less of a collection of books. The reliefs and textures on the walls are breathtaking.

Portraits of the owners of the home can be seen downstairs, with two chairs situated near the fireplace with a painting of the home in the middle of the mantle.

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