Set in the Southeast of England, bordering East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London is Kent, widely regarded as the Garden of England due to its abundance of beautiful orchards and hop gardens. Kent has more castles, gardens and historical houses than anywhere else in the UK, making it a perfect destination for lovers of history and gardens.
Visitors will love exploring the impressive, privately owned country estates of Hever castle and Penshurst place, as well as one of the wonderful National Trust and English Heritage properties Kent offers, such as Chartwell, Smallhythe place, and Ightham Mote. Another interesting visit would be to Knole, the largest private house in England, set in 1000 acres of deer park, or take a trip to the former country home of the BBC's Greatest Briton, Sir Winston Churchill.
Among the impressive castles in historical Kent is Tonbridge castle. Tonbridge castle is one of the few Motte and Bailey castles in Kent and dates back to the 13th century. Another great castle to visit is Leeds castle, near Maidstone, with landscape grounds and surrounded by a moat.
Kent's gardens are also a joy to walk around and explore, and there are a variety, in all shapes and sizes. Iden Croft and Yalding are specialist herb and organic gardens; there are also lesser known ones to visit like Great Comp and Marle place. Perhaps the most impressive, is the world famous Sissinghurst castle garden.
Kent is also a great place to get out and enjoy a walk. The picturesque countryside has an excellent network of footpaths on offer, catering for those looking for a short stroll to a hike lasting several days. Surprisingly for some, the reputation of wines produced in England is steadily increasing, with some English wines now being regarded as among some of the best tasting wines in the world. The Several, small vineyards and wineries in Kent produce a selection of award-winning, red, white and sparkling wines and there are regular free wine tastings where visitors can enjoy a taste for themselves.
There is a huge choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets in Kent. Choose from converted barns, country houses or tradition bed and breakfasts and guest houses. Here at Kent bed and breakfasts, we are proud to profile some of the very best.