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
As the days get lighter and we start to move towards warmer spring days, take some inspiration from our spring ranges that are arriving in the shop every week now.
If the change of season sees you launch into some spring cleaning, then our range of eco-friendly cleaning ranges of products, guaranteed to make your house gleam and smell devine. 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.
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.
If you're interested in the hop farm, why not take a walk out towards the hop gardens and the hoppers huts? You can purchase a map from Visitor Reception to guide you out there. Or alternatively, plan to come back during September when we have our Hop Garden Tours and our Hops & Harvest weekend to immerse yourself in the local hop harvest and meet local producers of traditional Kent goods.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.