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 household goods, cards and gift items we have in stock, as well as local produce, books and seasonal ranges. There's also our range of National Trust souvenirs and gifts. We've got plenty to tempt you, just what will you choose?
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.
Food and drink
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 beers and spirits, there's even a 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 Spirit of Alchemy Kent dry gin, made in nearby Marden, or maybe the toffee and vodka spirit drink. Delicious!
You can't leave without taking home a bottle or two of pale ale made using hops from Scotney Castle Farm. Both Grasshopper ale and Spirit of Kent ale are made using over 50% of hops from our hop farm, the only one within the National Trust and one of the last few working hop farms in Kent.
You can also take a walk out towards the hop gardens and the hoppers huts, just purchase a map from Visitor Reception. Or alternatively, plan to come back during September when we have our Hop Garden Tours and our Hops & Harvest weekend.
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 grasslands. Today, just 3% of the UK’s meadows remain that existed in the 1930’s. Inspired by species-rich grasslands, our designs explore softened interpretations of meadow flowers in the height of activity. Seed heads, grasses and scatterings of micro flora inspire textured prints whilst overhead views of meadow structures and contoured views of layered landscapes create a backdrop of colour. Look out for the print on ceramics and the fragrance in diffusers.
Embrace the summer
As the weather warms up and we shed a layer of clothing and head outdoors, our summer ranges are also arriving.
If you plan to pass the summer in your garden, then our new pots, gardening tools and accessories could help you creat your own little corner of Scotney Castle over the coming months. Our plant centre will stock more tender plants as the season progresses, so make sure to visit regularly to see what's on sale. All our plants are grown in peat-free compost too.
Or if heading out for a picnic is part of your plans, then we have rugs, baskets, cool bags, bamboo plates, bowls, beakers and cutlery, as well as re-useble stainless steel straws. Everything you could need, as well a few refreshing drinks and cordials you could pack for a perfect picnic.
These are just a few of the summer items available in the shop. Do take some time to browse next time you're visiting.
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.
Plants, plants, plants
A walk round our garden will surely inspire you, so why not buy some of the fantastic peat-free plants from our shop and have a go at creating your own picturesque garden at home? There are always plenty of seasonal plants to choose from, as well as containers, gardeners accessories and tools, plus herbs for cooking.
Something for bookworms
The Hussey family had a library packed full of books and we have our own little corner of the shop dedicated to book too. 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.