National Trust explore – Scotney Castle

We may have only just reached the first weekend of 2019, but we are already onto our second National trust site of the year! If you caught our first ( a return visit to Wakehurst place ), you’ll know that we were very kindly gifted a national trust membership for Chrimbo. We love exploring locally and even more so when we have gorgeous places like Scotney Castle on our doorstep.

So, without further a do, lemme take you on a quick pit stop of Scotney Castle from your very own sofa.

Scotney Castle : Royal Tunbridge Wells

A little history….. for somewhere I had never heard of, it certainly has a rich history. From 1778, it was the Hussey family who were in residence at Scotney until it was left to the National Trust in 1970 by the last Hussey to live there, Christopher Hussey.

With not one, but two homes to visit, there is a lot to be seen at Scotney castle.

On our trip, the weather was nippy but dry leading to the estate being fairly busy. We had to wait a lil while to get into the house, but no matter, there was plenty of gardens to explore.

The house was filled with the last of Christmas decorations. The home was laid how it would have been back in the 1800’s for Christmas day and it was the perfect way to say goodbye to Christmas. I would love to head back in the summer to see the house in the sunshine.

It wasn’t long before we explored all the grounds including the original Scotney Castle. With a gorgeous moat and a little flurry of greenery, we had a glorious winter walk.

I really enjoyed our afternoon at Scotney Castle. It was really interesting to learn the steep history of just one sight. The castle itself is stunning, even in winter, and makes me want to visit again, under sunshine of course. Being just a 40 min drive from home, it was a great new National Trust site to ease into the new year.

So, if you’re searching for a house, castle and sweeping gardens to explore this year, why not make Scotney Castle your first pitt stop.