Browse the shelves in Betsy's Second-hand Bookshop at Scotney Castle

Step away from the garden and browse the shelves in Betsy's Second-hand Bookshop. It's a great spot to pick up a bargain and help support our conservation work. You never know what you'll find of interest.

Thanks to generous donations from our visitors, Betsy's has a wide-ranging stock that includes: cookery, gardening, crafts, sport, biography, history, art, and, of course, novels, from original Penguins and classics to contemporary titles. Arranged like a library, there really is something for everyone including collectable older items and a Children’s Corner. There are some amazing reads and a lot to uncover; you could find that out-of-print book you've been searching for, a new author to try, or discover a new interest.

A dedicated team of volunteers sort through the donations and ensure the shelves are always brimming with books. Located by the visitor entrance, the bookshop provides a very pleasant environment to browse as well as a splendid view of the estate. Why not stop by on your next visit to Scotney and pick up a bargain?

Rare and unusual books

Sometimes, we're fortunate to receive more valuable and collectable items. These books are individually priced and we don't have all of them on display but the link below lists what we have in stock. If there are any you would like to view, please email to arrange a time when we can get them out of storage for you. We can post items for an additional fee. 

Scotney Collectors' Corner Book List - February 2022 (PDF / 2.0361328125MB) download

Supporting Scotney through your bookshop purchases

Thank you to everyone who donates or buys books. Last year we raised nearly £20,000 through sales in Betsy's. Every penny of this goes to support our essential conservation work across the house, gardens and the wider estate at Scotney.


Donate your unwanted books

We always welcome donations of books and these can be left with our team in the property office. If you have a particularly large donation that you need help transporting to Scotney Castle, please get in touch on 01892 893820 and we will see what we can do to help you.

Browse the shelves and admire the views from the second-hand bookshop at Scotney Castle
Enjoy the views from the second-hand bookshop
Browse the shelves and admire the views from the second-hand bookshop at Scotney Castle