Top romantic spots in Kent and East Sussex

Love is in the air at our special places in Kent and East Sussex, where stories of sweeping romantic gestures and secretive love affairs lie waiting to be discovered. Find your very own secluded spot this Valentine's Day under the twirly chestnut tree at Ightham Mote, or steal a kiss in the shadows of the romantic ruin at Bodiam Castle. By spending time at our places with your special someone, you'll help us to love them for years to come.

A frosty view of the lake and island at Chartwell, Kent

Requited love 

Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Lady Clementine had a famously close relationship. The golden rose avenue at Chartwell is a tribute to their enduring love. In more recent times, the Urn Island has seen new love stories blossom, with a proposal to remember for our House and Collections Manager out on the lake.

Close view of the trunk of an ancient Spanish chestnut tree

Under the twirly chestnut tree 

Lead your beloved on a romantic walk through the gardens of Ightham Mote. With over 600 years of history, the winding paths must be secret-keepers to many a love affair. Linger under the twirly chestnut tree and steal a kiss.

Knole Park in Kent is beautiful at this time of year.

If trees could talk 

The majestic trees of Knole Park have stood undisturbed for centuries, a silent observer of the love affairs of Kings and paupers alike. Wind your way around the ancient tree walk with your dearest one and find the perfect spot to declare your love - the secretive oaks won't tell.

A close up of a swan on the moat at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

A bubbling love affair 

Bodiam Castle has a history of grand gestures of love – rumour has it Lord Curzon was inspired to propose here. Forget the world and wander in and out of the shadows of this romantic ruin with the special one in your life.

Wedding couple holding hands

Love letters 

Love runs deep in the story of Scotney Castle, where Christopher Hussey proposed to Betty in the gardens. The looping pathways take you on a romantic trip to remember, with just the ducks on the moat for company.

A dog and man observe the garden in a black and white image

Man (and woman's) best friend 

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson's love for one another at Sissinghurst Castle Garden is clear in their abundant letters. What's less well-known is the love Vita had for her faithful four-legged friends. They will forever keep watch over her garden refuge from their grave sites in the woods. Toast to love in all its forms at a Valentine High Tea in the Granary Restaurant.