The House at Scotney Castle

Crammed with paintings, textiles, furniture and books the house feels like the last owner Betty has just popped out to the shops.

A picturesque home

The house was built in 1837 by Edward Hussey III from the sandstone quarried from the grounds of the Old Castle. It is positioned to overlook both the castle and estate, with the garden also designed and created at the same time. This meant that all the three elements: house, garden and estate would work as one in creating a perfect picturesque country home.

The wood panelling and some of the significant furniture was also designed specifically for the house by Salvin which gives a lovely flow of continuity to the home. However the Hussey family were great collectors and hoarders of everything so you will see many influences from different generations as you walk around.

Timed tickets

Entry to the house is on a timed ticket basis, running every 15 minutes from 11am throughout the week.

These timed tickets give you entry to the house on a self-guided basis, but our friendly team of volunteers will be in each room to help answer your questions.

Tickets are available to obtain on the day, on arrival at Visitor Reception, on a first come first served basis. Tickets cannot be booked in advance but we have plenty available throughout the day. Please be aware that on busy weekends and bank holidays these may sell out.

House accessibilty and virtual tour

There is an access lift available to the ground floor of the mansion house, which is operated by trained staff. Please inform a member of the visitor reception team on arrival if this facility is needed.

A virtual tour of the first floor is provided for those who are unable to use the staircase. Please ask a member of the house team for this facility. Seats are provided around the house for visitors to use.

A full access statement can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

Collection of dust on the dining table after one week at Scotney Castle

To dust, or not to dust, that is the question.

When visiting Scotney on a Friday you might have seen the house team at work, taking everything off the dining room table, dusting the collection and resetting it all again. You may think that the subject of dust is a rather bland; however, it is an interesting part of my work here at Scotney and I would like to share it with you.