There is nothing quite like a day out exploring some of Britain’s beauties. And that was exactly how I found myself at wonderful Scotney Castle. It was the first time I driven a significant distance on a family outing but, with my sister and nan in tow, we’ve bravely made our way down many a treacherous country road in search for the place my nan had had cut out on her fridge for several months. We had decided to treat nan to a day out for her birthday present, though I must admit I didn’t really know anything about the place, and certainly not why she was so desperate to go. However, I have to say that the moment I arrived I was blown away with how spectacular the whole estate was, and what an amazing day out it was.
Scotney Castle is run by the National Trust, and consists of the main house, a castle, a walled garden, and a magnificient estate. Entry cost £14.90 (without gift aid) and that includes a time entry ticket to visit the house. Initially I thought this was a bit steep, mainly biased due to my previous encounters with the National Trust, who in my eyes always seemed to be very expensive places with not a lot of information but run by people who often had an over inflated sense of importance. It’s why I’ve avoided going to National Trust places recently, as there’s always that sense that you’re intruding, but I have to say that the staff at Scotney Castle. We only encountered one lady who I would say was peak ‘National Trust’, but once we actually made it past the reception, everyone was so kind and friendly.
Before we set off exploring the estate, we stopped in the tearoom for a quick cuppa. That is another reservation I, like a lot of you I’m sure, have about visiting places with the National Trust- the prices are normally extorionate. However, that was not the case at all. We got three coffees and two cakes for just over ten pounds and it was absolutely delicious. We later returned for dinner and that was equally scrummy and low cost. Definitely something to bear in mind if you fancy a visit.
Our first stop was the house which was very impressive. Every room was filled with hundreds of marvels to stare at, and was always accompanied by a helpful member of staff. The helpful layout and one way system meant it didn’t feel as though you were being herded about the place but also that you could take all the time you wanted to.
We then moved onto the estate, making our way down the (very steep) hill to the castle. I think this was my favourite part of the whole trip. Looking as though it had just walked out of a Romantic painting, you couldn’t help but fall in love with it. With the sun beaming and the birds singing, you could really imagine just sitting on the lawn with a good book and watching the world pass by.
Having thoroughly explored the place, and before the weather turned, we made our way back to the car and ventured home. I had such an amazing time and definitely want to go back in the summer to see it in full swing. If you are looking for a brilliant day out that is also fantastic value for money, I cannot recommend this place enough!