Goodnestone Park Gardens, Canterbury. Hand Picked Gardens in Kent, England
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Goodnestone Park Gardens, Canterbury

Goodnestone Park Gardens

Near Wingham
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 840107
Fax: +44 (0)1304 840107
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Visitors to Goodnestone are always surprised to discover such a haven of beautiful tranquillity hidden away in south-east Kent. The gardens have many centuries of history behind them and have been created by generations of the FitzWalter family who have lived here since they built the house. The gardens have been brought to their present level of acclaimed quality during the last forty years. They are full of gardening quality at all times of the year, from early spring to late-autumn, but they are just as enjoyable for a peaceful family day out or a walk in the Kent countryside. The gardens also provide the setting for special events, including concerts, plant fairs and wedding receptions.

Goodnestone Park Gardens covers approximately 14 acres – the formal area around the house, with the Parterre planted for the millennium – leads into the Arboretum and woodland area. Finally the walled garden redesigned and planted during the last 30 years. Jane Austen visited frequently. Her brother marrying a daughter of the house.

Goodnestone Park Gardens, Canterbury

Gardens, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Car Park, Private Group Tours, Partial Wheelchair access for the disabled

Goodnestone Park is 60 miles from London via the M2/A2 and situated roughly midway between the Kent towns of Canterbury, Sandwich and Dover. From A2 Canterbury to Dover, take B2046 signed Aylesham & Wingham, then turn R before Wingham, signed to Goodnestone From A257 Canterbury to Sandwich turn R in Wingham, signed to Goodnestone. Link to

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"One of the loveliest gardens in Kent". - Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, The Field

"The rural lanes between Canterbury and Sandwich conceal a gem of a garden." - Kathryn Bradley-Hole, The Daily Telegraph

"Sissinghurst without the crowds… I have never been in a garden more peaceful, romantic and welcoming, nor one with plants more imaginatively combined." - Pamela Harper, Pacific Horticulture

"The overall impression is that you have stepped into the very heart of rural England." - Stephen Lacey, The Garden

"Totally unsuspected, a walled kitchen garden covering several acres has been turned almost entirely into a flower garden… It is a dramatic moment when you see it first and it is some time before you continue to explore." - Fred Whitsey, Country Life

"Five miles from Canterbury and almost the same distance from the M2 motorway, Goodnestone Park feels a hundred miles away from everywhere and more than a hundred years away from the 1980s, such is the timeless tranquillity of its gardens and parkland." Jane Fearnley -Whittingstall, Rose Gardens

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