The modest ambition of Ightham Mote's owners are the reason that the house has survived. The original builder, although unknown, was clearly someone of wealth. The rest were squires, sheriffs, MPs, even courtiers, but they never aspired to higher office or lavish entertainment, and were mostly indifferent to changes in fashion. But who were they?
A man of chivalry and virtue? The medieval knights are not how we image them and Sir Thomas Cawne is no exception.
Find our about the Hautes of Ightham Mote - a family at the forefront of one of the most fascinating periods of English history.
Richard Clement, a force to be reckoned with in 16th century Kent. His life would make a great novel.
With nearly 300 years at Ightham Mote, here's a glimpse into the lives of our longest reigning family, the Selbys.
Our special exhibition during 2017 focuses on Queen Palmer's stay at Ightham Mote when it became an artistic hub playing host to leading cultural figures, including artist John Singer Sargent.
Painted on the north lawn in the late nineteenth-century, John Singer Sargent's 'A Game of Bowls' captures a piece of Ightham Mote's past. Find out how you can support our appeal to keep it here for ever.
Aiming to retain the original fabric of the house wherever possible, and to use traditional methods and materials, the conservation work at Ightham Mote took 15 years to complete.
What the Butler saw...
Step inside the moated manor house to discover how the house evolved to meet the changing needs of its owners over 700 years.
One of the original 'open' gardens in the National Garden Scheme, the gardens at Ightham Mote have been welcoming visitors to their different 'rooms', rather than an overall grand scheme.
With woodland clothing the hill tops and the steep valley sides of the Greensand Hills, the Ightham Mote estate is a peaceful oasis, whose roots are firmly based in its medieval past.