Shopping at Scotney Castle

No visit to Scotney Castle is complete without a browse of the shop and plant centre. Take some time to look at the beautiful seasonal ranges, decorative items for your home, cards and gift items, as well as local produce, books, plants and outdoor ranges. There's also our range of National Trust souvenirs and gifts. We've got plenty to tempt you; what will you choose?

Embrace the season

If you plan to pass the summer in your garden, then our new pots, gardening tools and accessories could help you make a head start on creating your own little corner of Scotney Castle. Our selection of gardening books can also provide inspiration and advice for planning your garden.

The plant centre is well-stocked with flowering bulbs, shrubs, roses and perrenials right now, offering colour at every turn. Stock up knowing our plants are sourced from suppliers who grow in peat-free compost too. We've followed this principal for a few years now as we recognise the importance of peat as a carbon store, a great habitat for wildlife and its role in water management.

Pick up a colourful plant from the shop
Spring flowers in bloom in the plant centre
Pick up a colourful plant from the shop

A walk round our plant centre will surely inspire you. We also have a selection of pots, containers, gardeners tools and equipment, sun hats, gloves, solar powered lights, wind chimes and decorations to enhanace your garden. Make sure to visit regularly to see what's new on sale; we get new deliveries most weeks.

Scotney's home grown ale

As the only working hop farm in the National Trust and one of the last few in Kent, we're proud to offer for sale pale ale made using hops from Scotney Castle Farm. Viceroy pale ale, Grasshopper ale and Spirit of Kent ale are made using over 50% of hops from our hop farm. You really can't leave without taking a bottle or two home with you. You can also buy a chilled bottle to enjoy with your lunch from the tea-room.

Take home a bottle of local ale made using Scotney crops
Scotney Castle local ales
Take home a bottle of local ale made using Scotney crops

Food and drink treats

For something a bit special, then take a look at the food and drink items. From jams and chutneys, to chocolate, sweets and biscuits, plus teas and spirits, there's even a good  selection of local produce. If you have a sweet tooth then try the Goupie chocolates, or perhaps the Hive & Keeper local honey. If gin is your thing, then try the Anno Kent Dry Gin, made in nearby Marden, or maybe the toffee and vodka spirit drink. Delicious!

Tasty food and drink in the shop at Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle food and drink shop
Tasty food and drink in the shop at Scotney Castle

A wonderful souvenir

If you've enjoyed your visit to Scotney Castle, then take a look at our souvenir range of items. Our guidebook is a fantastic way of remembering your visit with us, with great pictures of the house, garden and estate, as well as the history of the people who lived here. Or perhaps something more practical like a Scotney Castle tea towel or mug? There are plenty of Scotney Castle pens, pencils and notebooks too, perfect for our younger visitors who might have a bit of pocket money to spend.

Take home a souvenir from your visit to Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle souvenirs
Take home a souvenir from your visit to Scotney Castle

This year,  to mark the 125th Anniversary of the National Trust, there's a new range of key rings, pin badges, book marks, bags and notebooks, many with inspirational quotes from our founder, Octavia Hill. These are on display in the shop right now and would make a lovely souvenir of your visit, whilst showing your support for our charitable causes.

Pick up something from our stock to celebrate 125 years of the National Trust
Pick up something from our stock to celebrate 125 years of the National Trust
Pick up something from our stock to celebrate 125 years of the National Trust

Discover the new season's collection

Every season, a new collection is released inspired by a National Trust property or outdoor space. Inspiration can come from many areas -  the flora or fauna of an outdoor site, the detail on a wooden panel or a piece of embroidery. Every collection has a story and a heritage, reflecting the diversity of the properties we look after within the National Trust. 

The season, the theme is Riverlands. The exclusive prints have taken inspiration from rich foliage-lined river banks, grass wetlands and the buzzing wildlife found in these tranquil places. Through elegant textures, bold hues and intricate details, we celebrate how healthy rivers, streams and wetlands help support the environment and redefine places they run through. The collection also highlights how nature’s waterways nourish and inspire us with their sights and sounds of beauty.

Riverlands collection
Batemans retail 2020 riverlands
Riverlands collection

You can find the print on vases, scarfs, throws, bags, mugs, candles and bamboo picnic ware. Items are available in the shop or the full range can be seen online. Watch out for more items arriving as the season progresses.

Sustainable Living

If you're trying to do your bit for the environment and cut down on the amount of waste you generate, then perhaps something from our sustainable range might tempt you. We have stainless steel re-usable straws - a great replacement for paper or plastic ones, ethical and sustainable cleaning products, bee's wrap food storage, re-usable coffee mugs and durable water bottles. Plus some interesting books to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Choose to live more sustainably with some products from the shop
Scotney castle sustainable living shop
Choose to live more sustainably with some products from the shop

Something for bookworms

The Hussey family had a library packed full of books and we have our own selection within the shop to provide you with a few hours of entertainment or education. Have a browse of the books for kids and adults, covering subjects such as cooking, gardening, National Trust publications and more. You'll also find the odd book on the shelves in fashion, sustainable living and seasonal ranges.

Browse the books for garden inspiration
scotney castle books in shop summer
Browse the books for garden inspiration

So do take a minute to browse the shop. Every purchase you make helps us with our conservation work within the National Trust and helps us look after special places like Scotney Castle.