Knole, the country house
Knole House

Nestled within the 1000-acre Knole Park located to the south-east of Sevenoaks in Kent is Knole House. One of England’s largest country houses.

The current house dates back to the mid-15th century, with major additions in the 16th and, particularly, the early 17th centuries. Part of the park and the house are now owned and managed by the National Trust after the 4th Baron Sackville donated it to the Trust in 1947. The family still owns the rest of it.

It is an interesting place to visit, there’s a lot of room to explore and play. The conservation building is also accessible where you can see some of the things they do. The cafe is spacious with a good selection of food and drink.

Super friendly deer
Resting in the shade

The wildlife are human friendly but it is still advisable to stay alert and stay away.

Inner tower
Knole Park view from the rooftop
View from the roof

The interior of the house that’s publicly accessible is dimly lit, I suppose it is to protect the paintings on the wall and the fabrics. However, like in the royal bedchamber below, it is not well enough lit to admire the textiles and some elaborate details.

According to the National Trust website, they’ve just opened up the attic so we might check it out soon. Their shop is full of interesting books though.

I think this is the orangery.

To get there, use TN13 1XH postcode and follow directions below.
From north and west: leave M25 at exit 5 (A21) and follow signs for Sevenoaks. Turn right at mini-roundabout. Park entrance is in Sevenoaks town centre, left off A225 High Street (opposite St Nicholas Church). 
From the south: Leave A21 at junction signposted Sevenoaks and follow A225 for Sevenoaks. Park entrance is on right after about 2 miles. 
From the east: Follow A25 through Seal. Turn left at traffic lights. Continue ahead and through High Street. Park entrance is on left 300 yards beyond the top of the High Street.

NT Knole House website