A sense of place
Nestled at the foot of a deep valley, the gardens at Ightham Mote occupy fourteen acres, with a sequence of water features running throughout.
Why not relax in the enclosed garden, be inspired by our cuttings and vegetable garden, meander through the orchard with historic apple varieties or stroll around the historic pleasure grounds?
With an 18th-century cascade, terraced walks on either side and stunning views of the house, the north lawn is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Hidden behind high walls, this secluded, paved garden with central fountain is a relaxing place. Its soft planting reflects the American idea of a traditional English garden.
Awash with colour, the cuttings garden provides beautifully scented cut flowers for the house and fresh vegetables for the restaurant. The scent from the cuttings garden is especially good at the end of June when the sweet pea walk is at its best.
Catching the early morning sun, the orchard occupies the site of the original sixteenth-century kitchen garden. Featuring a variety of historic apple trees, the orchard is a lovely place to sit and admire the view.
Historic Pleasure Grounds
With a meandering stream, ornamental lake and specimen trees, this landscaped walk at the north end of the garden has its origins in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After the area's gradual decline following the First World War, you can once again enjoy a quiet stroll.
A lost garden
Following its decline in the early twentieth century, the South Lake pleasure grounds are slowly emerging. This area is only accessible on one of our complimentary guided tours.
Thanks to a grant from the SITA trust, the independent funding body created in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund, we have been able to carry out some much needed work on the South Lake.
Forming part of the original medieval water system and once site of an ancient mill, over the past few years, the South Lake has been silting up and has been smothered by rushes. The continued decline would have had an effect on the ecological nature of the site, so it has been our primary focus to restore the pond habitat.
Whilst the area looks quite bare at the moment, the work will benefit a number of BAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) species including common toad, grass snake, soprano pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats.