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Stoneacre

Stoneacre

Maidstone

Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens

Leeds Castle is just a short distance from Maidstone and was once described as "the loveliest castle in the world". One of the most famous of the Kent Castles, its closeness to Maidstone makes Leeds Castle a fantastic day out and one which you will want to return to again and again.

Stoneacre, owned by the National Trust, is open to the public on limited days each year. This fine Yeoman's house has a great hall and settles into the landscape within a cottage garden.

Maidstone has two atmospheric castle ruins, which are free and interesting to explore. Thurnham Castle can be found on the top of the North Downs and the easy point of access to this castle is from White Horse Wood Country Park. Whilst it is a short walk the views across the county are astonishing.

Sutton Valence Castle can be found in a prominent hill top position looking out over the valley towards Winchelsea. It dates from the 12th century and was owned and occupied by a succession of Kings and its position enabled high visibility of any potential invasion.

Check out our pages Less than 40 minutes from Maidstone, where you will find some other wonderful historic houses, castles, monastaries and other very interesting places.

Gardens

There are some world class gardens to discover within the Maidstone area, but if you are in the centre of town do check out a hidden gem.  The Infirmers's Garden is hidden behind a high stone wall between the Archbishop's Palace and All Saints Church.  Its history was to provide the herbal treatments required for those staying on the pilgrimage route between London and Canterbury, so the growing and harvesting of these plants was of major importance to the health of the travellers and locals.

The Friars has a Peace Garden which has been created to engender exactly that for its visitors and Leeds Castle also has a rather lovely cottage garden which was originally a Culpepper garden.

Sissinghurst, Hever, Lullingstone, Great Dixter and a number of other spectacular gardens by world class designers and plantsmen can be found locally. 

Things To Do Highlights

Thurnham Castle

Thurnham Castle

Thurnham Castle and the site on which it stands appears to have been used for...

Sutton Valence Castle

Sutton Valence Castle

This is an imposing ruined castle with a history dating from 12th century. The...

Stoneacre

Stoneacre

15th century half timbered Yeoman's house featuring a great hall and crownpost,...

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