Garden Tours

Dale Hills is based close to a variety of national trust properties, open gardens and historical sites. Please find a variety of options below. 

Pashley Manor Gardens - (1.8 miles)

Pashley Manor is a quintessential English Garden located on the Susses and Kent border in the heart of South East England's garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds.

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Scotney Castle (4 miles)

Country house, romantic garden and 14th Century moated Castle, all in a beautiful wooded estate. Relax in the picturesque garden with the glorious backdrop of our fairytale castle. Venture into the wonderful woodland and parkland with over 700 acres to explore. Discover the delights of the Victorian country mansion with its secrets and stories.

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Bayham Old Abbey (6.2 miles) 

 The impressive ruins, built from golden local sandstone, include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse. Bayham Abbey is now set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London.

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Bateman's (6.4 miles)

Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling. 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. Kim was his first major piece of writing that he wrote from his study at Bateman's which links him and his fond childhood memories to India with real clarity and devotion, truly a master piece of descriptive writing. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.

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Bodiam Castle (7.9 miles)

Archetypal 14th Century moated Castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour set in the heart of an Historical landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th Century Bodiam Castle is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments.

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Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens (10.1 miles)

Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450-acre wider estate.

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Great Dixter House & Gardens (11.2 miles)

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust and Christopher’s friend and head gardener, Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

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1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey (11.6 miles)

For a memorable family day out in Sussex explore Battle Abbey and Battlefield, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Discover more about the most famous date in English History while walking in the steps of King Harold and William the Conqueror.

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