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The family home of the late Christopher Lloyd who devoted his life to creating one of the most experimental and constantly changing gardens in the UK. Expect to see plants surviving thousands of miles from their natural home, whether it's a mountainside or a desert.



This internationally renowned garden was developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It comprises small enclosed compartments, with colour throughout the season, resulting in an intimate and romantic atmosphere (the garden is more peaceful after 4pm).



Scotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the Picturesque style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May/June with trees and shrubs providing autumnal colour. The estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland



Rudyard Kipling's family home. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer. The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East.



Built in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928, and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the working Barn Theatre.


LAMB HOUSE - NT (5 min walk)

A brick-fronted with a surprisingly large town garden run by the National Trust, The house is linked with literary associations – both Henry James and E. F. Benson lived here.


Houses & Gardens Near Rye

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1. Scotney Castle & Gardens - National Trust
2. Batemans House & Gardens - National Trust
3. Great Dixter House & Gardens
4. Smallhythe Place - National Trust
5. Lamb House - National Trust
6. Sissinghurst Castle Garden - National Trust

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