The National Trust in Kent: Ightham Mote

PUBLISHED: 08:31 23 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013

The National Trust in Kent: Ightham Mote

The National Trust in Kent: Ightham Mote

Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of its bequest to the National Trust, Ightham Mote is the perfect setting for a winter's visit

The National Trust in Kent: Ightham Mote


Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of its bequest to the National Trust, Ightham Mote is the perfect setting for a winters visit


December marks the end of an important anniversary year for one of the National Trusts more unusual houses in Kent.


Ightham Mote, a rare example of a medieval moated manor house, was given to the National Trust exactly 25 years ago by its American owner, Charles Henry Robinson. The 1320-built house near Sevenoaks has been owned by a number of people throughout its history, each of whom has made an impact, with varying degrees, to both its exterior and interior. The result is a fascinating blend of styles and traditions that together make Ightham Mote a most interesting place to explore.


And now that Christmas is almost upon us, the National Trust is urging people to come and help celebrate this generous donation with a winter visit to Ightham Mote during its Silver Anniversary Christmas season.


Part of the main house will remain open to the public until 19 December (closed Mon, Tue and Wed). Here, visitors will be able to see the Courtyard, Conservatory, Outer Hall and Great Hall decorated for a Victorian Christmas.


The table in the Great Hall will be set for Christmas dinner with Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson and his family, who lived at Ightham Mote between 1889 and 1951. In the early 1900s they invited some notable guests to join them at table, including Octavia Hill, the social reformer and co-founder of The National Trust.


Outside, you can take a turn about the formal gardens with their lovely topiary, fountains and half-timbered cottages that date back to 1475. Younger visitors especially are always fascinated by the courtyard, home to what is believed to be the worlds only Grade I listed dog kennel.


Larger than the average canine residence, the kennel was built especially to house Dido, a previous owners St Bernard.


The wider estate at Ightham Mote remains open to the public all year round, from dawn until dusk. Hardy ramblers can wrap up warm and come along to walk off the excess Christmas calories with peaceful strolls and ambles in the woods.



THINGS TO DO



● 26 Nov: Make your own Christmas wreath


Learn how to make a beautiful Christmas decoration to hang on your door, 30, includes all materials, refreshments and a light lunch. Booking essential .


01732 810378, ext.100.



● 2 Dec: Monthly Pudding Club


Enjoy a two-course supper with a selection of home-made desserts in the Mote Restaurant, 19.75. Booking essential.


01732 811314.



● 10, 11, 17, 18 and 20 Dec: Christmas Carols at the Mote


Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies and then sing along in the Courtyard as a local choir leads the audience in a selection of well-known carols. Then enjoy a two-course supper in the restaurant afterwards, 27.50. Wrap up warm, no high heels. Booking essential.


01732 811314.



● 26, 27 and 28 Dec: Christmas Brunch and Treks. Make Christmas last a bit longer by enjoying a full English breakfast and bracing trek across the delightful Ightham Mote estate, 22.50 (26 Dec), 17.50 (27 and 28 Dec). Booking essential.


01732 811314.



GET IN TOUCH


Ightham Mote


Mote Road


Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT


01732 810 378


http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-ighthammote




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