Scotney Castle Exterior Decorations Project

Completing the exterior decorations on the Old Castle

During August and September the Old Castle and house will have scaffolding in place, while we carry out essential maintenance work. For safety reasons and to complete the project as quickly as possible, the Old Castle island will be closed during this time.

Every five years essential maintenance is carried out to the Old Castle & house. This helps us to look after both the exterior and interior of the house, by allowing specialists to get up close to the brickwork and prevent any arising issues. Works can include window and roof repairs, stonework repairs and maintenance and vegetation clearance.

Our exterior decortations project was due to take place in 2020, but due to the pandemic has been delayed until now. We're expecting the project to be finished by mid-September, just in time for the autumn colour to start.  

Making progress

Since the project started a couple of weeks ago, the garden team have been busy working alongside contractors to remove vegetation from the Old Castle walls. Vegetation clearance is vital for ensuring the stonework is looked after and any allows contractors to complete any repairs whilst the scaffolding is in place.

Vegetation clearance on the Old Castle walls
Vegetation clearance on the Old Castle walls
Vegetation clearance on the Old Castle walls

Moss and Ivy are also being removed from the Old Castle roof, as well as from the boat house. Both tiles and woodwork are being checked and anything broken is being replaced.

On the south elevation of the house the glass panels and wooden frames have been removed from the library bay windows. The wooden frames surrounding the glass are rotten and are currently being rebuilt ready for the original glass to be reinstalled. Once in place this should solve the water ingress and pest problems within the house, by weatherproofing the south elevation. It will also help to control the environment within the library, protecting the collection from damage.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. Without income from our supporters we wouldn’t be able to look after our special places, such as the Old Castle, for generations to come.

The house at Scotney Castle, Kent

The House at Scotney Castle

The ground floor of the house is open via a one-way system and entry will be controlled via a queue at the front of the house. We advise you visit the house first on arrival.

View of Scotney Castle from the estate

The Estate at Scotney Castle

The estate at Scotney Castle in Kent offers an array of parkland and woodland with perfect picnic spots, hop gardens and a herd of Sussex cattle.