Penshurst Place & Gardens
During our weekend in Kent we visited Penshurst Place & Gardens.
Penshurst Place is the ancestral home of the Sidney family. This medieval manor has been built in 1552 but it retains the warmth and the character of a family home.
It's thanks to the lack of family fortune that the house and the garden have kept their originality and haven't been rebuilt as so often happened with this kind of estates in the 18th and the 19th century.
Penshurst Place is a kaleidoscope of architectural styles and personal tastes from at least 8 periods, from Medieval through Tudor to Victorian.
The Barons Hall, the Long Gallery, the State Dining Room, the Queen Elizabeth Room, the Tapestry Room, ... all to be visited - unfortunately no photography allowed (I did manage to snap one in the Queen Elizabeth Room, though!).
The formal garden of the 11-acre piece of property - one of the oldest gardens in private ownership - is walled, with records dating back to 1346. This historic garden is a rare surviving example of Elizabethan design and one of the oldest in private ownership.
The 'gardens within gardens' offer a variety of plants and flowers, foliage and bloom, throughout the year. daffodils, helleboris, tulips and magnolias in the spring ... wisteria, paeonies and roses in the early summer ... apples, crab apples and nuts in the fall.